11206942_1635447053396219_3841767434364613056_n_editedWe condemn the Aquino government for issuing statements that condone the killings and other human rights violations being committed against the Lumad.

All statements coming from the Aquino government deny the role of the military, the government, and the government’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan in the said killings and rights violations.

The Commission on Human Rights said that both the military and rebel group NPA are recruiting the Lumad to their respective ranks. Malacañang, through spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, claimed that the military does not recruit from the Lumad. The AFP said that it does recruit from the Lumad.

At worst, these statements seek to justify the militarization of Lumad communities as well as the extra-judicial killings and human rights violations being committed against the Lumad. They show nothing less than the resolve of the military and the government to carry on with their repressive measures against the Lumad.

The Aquino government refuses to recognize that the Lumad have been fighting for the life and survival of their community in defending their ancestral domain against big foreign mining, plantation and logging companies.

It refuses to recognize the root causes of the Lumad’s struggle, which are also the root causes of the continuing armed insurgency in the country. It persists in its simplistic analysis that the Lumad are dupes who are being used by the NPA.

It refuses to seek a peaceful resolution of the root causes of the armed conflict by resuming the peace talks with the NDFP. It persists in its militaristic counter-insurgency plan and continues to sabotage the peace talks by refusing to honor agreements that have been signed by previous governments.