The war on terror which is being popularized now as a war against extremism in Mindanao resulted to the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017. While the military is relentless in their pursuit against the Maute terrorist group, the big impact is felt mostly by the most vulnerable groups in the islands - the Moros (Islamic communities) and the Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) their communities long victimised by oppression, discrimination, and systematic marginalization.
The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR) is strengthening its campaign and hoping for support to the humanitarian initiatives in response to the ongoing Marawi Crisis and the continuing evacuations of Lumad communities due to military attacks.
The RMP-NMR is urging church and religious communities or institutions to speak out and call for support for the communities under attack.
Amirah Ali Lidasan, a Moro woman leader from the Iranon tribe, is the spokesperson of Kalinaw Mindanao—an interfaith network that was formed after then-President Estrada declared an all-out war in Central Mindanao in 2000. It also responded to the crisis caused by the eruption of violence after the failure of the MOA-Bangsamoro Juridical Entity under the Arroyo government in 2005. Kalinaw Mindanao is currently active in campaigning against Martial Law in Marawiand Mindanao due to the massive human rights violations it brings, and assists in the establishment of TindegRanao, a survivors’ movement for justice and rehabilitation. Lidasan is a member of the national executive committee of the SuaraBangsamoro, and acts as co-convener of the Moro-Christian People’s Alliance (MCPA).
Beverly Longid is the international coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples’ Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), and also acts as the coordinator of the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Network on Extractives and Energy (AIPNEE). She is from the Kankanaey tribe of the Cordillera.
Both of them are consultants of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region for Moro and Indigenous Peoples’ issues, respectively. RMP is a mission partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines.
27 September 2017, 3 pm I Fratelli Scoule Crsitiani (La Salle Generalate House), Rome, Italy.
Organized by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of the Creation (JPIC) Commission of the Union of Superior Generals (USG) and the International of Union Superior Generals (UISG)