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Davao City opens doors to lumad fleeing atrocities

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By Antonio L. Colina IV

Davao City – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the city was ready to accommodate lumad evacuees, who may be forced to flee their homes in the hinterlands due to the reported atrocities allegedly committed by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Duterte said she has already asked the military commanders in the city to report those people who need assistance from the government so that they can immediately act on their concerns, especially those lumad who are caught in the crossfire.

The mayor said the evacuees could take refuge and temporary shelter at the city-run evacuation facility in Los Amigos, Tugbok District that can house up to 1,000 individuals.

Duterte said she supported her father President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s issuance of Proclamation no. 374, designating the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as terrorist groups.

She hoped the national government and military forces will “work on ending this conflict and this problem the military way, or in another way or the peaceful way.”

“We just want resolution for all the issues that have beset our country for the past 50 years,” she said.

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