By Beatriz Zamora
Nine Lumad communities were forced to flee from their homes in Lianga, Surigao del Sur after the threat of a surveying bomber plane atop mountain communities in the area, Wednesday night.
At least 2,000 individuals were displaced, 633 of which were Lumad students affected with the suspension of classes in the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV).
Military operations have been underway in Lianga since Monday. Checkpoints have also been established in the area since the President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law last May 23.
With this policy, residents and visitors are required to prove their identity to the authorities.
Along with 17 other communities, the nine displaced groups have also been forced to evacuate last 2015 after paramilitary men killed Lumad leader Dionel Campos and ALCADEV executive director Emerito Samarca.
The Lumad evacuees are currently at the Simowao Tribal Community School, nine kilometers from the national highway in Surigao del Sur.