- The Lumads denied their schools are being used as tools by communists
- The indigenous group said the schools are duly recognized by DepEd and SEC
- The group demanded that the President should retract his statement threatening to bomb the schools
The Lumad group of indigenous people in Mindanao denies President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation that their schools area being used by rebels to teach communism ideology and brainwash the younger generation of the group into hating the government.
During the delivery of his second annual state of the nation address, President Rodrigo said he will order the military to bombard the schools.
“You are operating illegally and you are teaching the children to rebel against government,” President Duterte had claimed.
However, the Save Our School (SOS) Network, a network of children’s rights and human rights advocates advocating for the Lumad children’s right to education and right to self-determination, clarified that they are duly recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Also, the SOS, on its official website, condemned President Duterte’s statement threatening to bomb the Lumad schools. It also demanded the President to retract his statement.
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said it has no plan of bombing the schools and clarified that the President was just sending a message that the schools could not function if it does not comply with government’s rules and regulations.