Friday, September 18, 2015

Surigao Sur under state of calamity

TANDAG CITY, Philippines  – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur has declared a state of calamity due to the influx of lumads to this city, following the killing of their leaders by an armed group claiming to be anti-communist.
The lumads have been staying at the provincial sports complex arena since Sept. 1.
The declaration was contained in Resolution No. 076, which was passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a regular session on Wednesday.
Gov. Johnny Pimentel said the declaration was made after villagers from five towns fled their homes on Aug. 9 due to the killing of two of their leaders in San Miguel.
“This was followed on Sept. 1 when two more lumad leaders and a chief of a tribal school were killed in Lianga town,” Pimentel said.
Provincial administrator Efren Rivas said three other Surigao del Sur towns were affected by the lumad unrest and evacuation.
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 Rivas said the province is running out of relief goods and funds to assist the evacuees. He said their stock is good only until Sept. 21. - From philstar.com 

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