Category Archives: Diatagon

Group says mining interests behind military presence in Lumad lands

DIATAGON, Lianga, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/24 July) – Military presence in Lumad or indigenous communities in Surigao del Sur is meant to stifle local opposition to the entry of mining firms, leaders of a Lumad organization said. Sherwin Tejero, of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sa Sumusunod (Mapasu) or Sustained Struggle for the Next Generation, in an […]

Military has last word on ‘bakwit’ in Surigao Sur, says village chief

DIATAGON, Lianga, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/22 July) – The military has the final say on the handling of the evacuees from the upland communities of this barangay and neighboring areas, Diatagon barangay chair Remegio Pareja on Friday said. In an interview, Pareja admitted that soldiers from the 75th Infantry Battalion are closely keeping watch over 1,200 […]

‘Bakwit’ Dinner

A mother prepares food for her family inside the gym of Diatagon, Lianga in Surigao del Sur where over 1,200 individuals from the barangay’s upland communities and neighboring villages have sought shelter, on July 20, 2018. They fled their homes on July 16, 2018 citing the presence of an Army detachment in their area which […]

On Guard

Soldiers from the 75th Infantry Battalion keep watch outside the evacuation center in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on July 20, 2018. Journalists who want to interview the evacuees from the barangay’s upland areas are required to get “clearance” from the Municipal Peace and Order Council. MindaNews photo by GG BUENO

Roads to evacuation site in Surigao Sur blocked, journalists required to get ‘clearance’ from MPOC

DIATAGON, Lianga, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/20 July) – Soldiers of the 75th Infantry Battalion have blocked all four entry points from the national highway to the covered court of this barangay where some 1,800 upland residents sought refuge after fleeing their homes on Monday, July 16. On Thursday, the soldiers placed themselves at the street […]

FIELDWORK REFLECTION: Are Surigao’s Lumads the Philippines’ Rohingyas?

LINGIG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 01 December) — The parallelism is striking. Roningya people live in the Northern Rakhine state of Burma but are considered ‘homeless and stateless’ as they are not acknowledged by the Burmese government despite their claim that they had been living in that area prior to the declaration of Myanmar’s […]