01 September 2016—Another 2-year-old boy belonging to the Manobo Tigwahanon evacuees from San Fernando, Bukidnon died of pneumonia earlier today while admitted at the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center in Malaybalay City.
The boy identified as Racky Duyan, son of Datu Mente and Benita Duyan of Sitio Tigbugawan in Brgy. Cawayan, is the second fatality among the Manobo-Tigwahan community members who fled their villages on July 31, 2016 because of a strafing incident perpetrated by a paramilitary group a day earlier. The strafing resulted to the death of a pregnant woman and the wounding of several others.
Five days before Racky’s death, Charwin Amas, 2-year-old son of Datu Ekil and Kristine Amas was the first to succumb to pneumonia. His remains is being laid at the ‘Kampuhan’ (camp-out) as of this writing.
Datu Mente said his son suffered physical injuries as they tried to run for cover during the July 30 incident. Since then, his son had become weak and suffered recurring fever and cough. The day Charwin died, Racky was admitted to the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center but died at around 4 o’clock this morning.
Jemboy Mandagit—chairperson of Lumad organization, Kasilo—scored paramilitary leader Alde ‘Butsoy’ Salusad for the terror he sow that caused the displacement of the communities and forced them to live under the harsh living conditions at the Kampuhan.
Mandagit’s group also criticized the provincial government of Bukidnon for their inaction. “We are here right in front of the provincial capitol erecting our camps to bring into the attention of Governor Zubiri our plight, but we have yet to hear from him any concrete plans,” Mandagit said. “It pains us to think that it would still take two children’s lives before they will act on our situation.”
Led by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) and supported by the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), a medical intervention was held earlier this morning to address the emergency health issues the evacuees suffer.
“A full-blown medical mission will be held on the coming days to resolve the comprehensive well-being of the displaced indigenous peoples,” said Thessalonica April Diaz, program officer of RMP-NMR. “We will be needing additional medicines and food supplements, and we also hope to gather health workers to help us in the activity,” added by Diaz.
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