11 months Lumads account for 70 percent of NPA’s fighting force MB
By Mario Casayuran About 70 percent of Communist rebels fighting the government come from the indigenous peoples (IP) community. The Communists collect as revolutionary tax some P1.2 billion per year in region 11 (the Davao provinces). New People’s Army (MANILA BULLETIN) These were revealed Tuesday in an interview by The Manila Bulletin, and during a public hearing conducted by the Senate Cultural Communities Committee chaired by Senator Imee R. Marcos on the closure of 55 lumad (IPs) schools in the Davao region. The so-called “Salugpungan Centers” were reportedly closed because they were already being run by elements of the Communist ... more