Philippines: soldiers drive tribal people from homes

By: Joe Torrez, Quezon City,
Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 4:54 pm

Members of an indigenous Dumagat community from the mountains of Rodriguez, Rizal, just east of Manila have fled their homes after soldiers reportedly drove them away from their village. The villagers are now sheltering elsewhere around the capital.

Vanessa Cruz, a Dumagat woman who is now staying with protesting farmers in Quezon City, said three members of her tribe have been gunned down and her brother arrested.

She said the “harassment” started June 11 when government troops took over a 300-hectare piece of Dumagat land in the village of Carugu.



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