BACOLOD City, Negros Oc., Sept. 18, 2015 – With one heart and in solidarity with victims, the Augustinian Recollects (OAR) in the Philippines have recently released a series of placards and computer graphics as a way of protesting the recent killings and harassment of Lumads in Mindanao.
“Our common statement is symbolized by unified #endlumadkillings photos. We stand with the struggle of the Lumads, protection of their rights and dignity as a people,” said Br. Jaazeal “Tagoy” Jakosalem, OAR, of the Recoletos’ Commission on Social and Ecological Concerns, in a statement.
According to him, the early Recoletos in what is now Caraga used to live with the indigenous peoples (IP) of the region.
Jakosalem shared their missionaries helped Mindanao IPs stand on their feet by teaching them sustainable agriculture and fishing.
He added that their religious protected Lumads from the alleged greed of mining companies, politicians, and business people which now endangers their lives and their communities.
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
The placards and computer graphics flash “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor,” which is the theme of the ongoing Year of Conscecrated Life, and hashtagged one-liners like #PLANETOVERPROFIT, #endlumadkillings. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)