On the second death anniversary of volunteer teacher for the Lumad, Chad Booc, his closest friends recalled his words and the life he lived. His selflessness continues to inspire many others to serve the marginalized and oppressed.
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Despite the attacks and the experience in prison, the four continue to struggle for education and land because they have witnessed ancestors who sacrificed their lives just for their land.
Even in the US, the message is clear: “Philippines is not for sale!”
SOS Network said authorities forcibly entered the residence of Lumad leader Edwin Oribawan Sr., threatening his daughter and two other children.
Ngunit hindi nila alam,/Kami ay mga binhi / At ang pagsuklob sa amin ng lupa / Ay hindi nangahulugang paglukob sa amin ng dilim/ Bagkus ito ay pagsibol/ Kami ay uusbong, tutubo, mamumulaklak, at muling magbubunga
“We in UP hold Bai and all Lumad leaders in very high esteem – for her incredible strength and leadership, for standing for her advocacy and for defending her tribe. She’s very strong and vocal. There is no way we could silence Bai.”
The last four years for Lumad students like Inday and Toper seemed like a tug-of-war struggling for their right to learn, and fighting for their return to their ancestral lands.
“It hurts to see our school built on our unity as a community being shut down. It hurts that they are not respecting our rights.”
“They told me we wouldn’t be released unless we admit to being rebels.” — Lumad teacher
Save Our Schools Network protested the transfer and called it “illegal transport of minors.”
“It contradicts the proper protocols of handling children. Supposedly they should have been brought to a social welfare facility and not in an undisclosed place.”