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NSM Update 3: Lacub children affected by military operations, military encampment near school

Drawing of a child during the psychosocial therapy initiated by the National Solidarity Mission
A helicopter flying above the school ground was among the disturbing images drawn by the students. Many of them recalled that their classes were often disturbed because of the ear- deafening sound of the helicopter that land and bring supplies to the soldiers encamped near their school.

Stop AFP operations in Abra, resume GPH-NDFP peace talks

"Tell your army troops to pull out of Lacub, Abra!" Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan demanded to Sec. Teresita Ging Deles as the group staged a protest action in front of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). "Instead of perpetrating rights violations against the residents of Lacub, Abra and continue in violating international humanitarian law, the Aquino government should resume the peace talks with the National Democratic Front," Palabay said. 

Military did not escort civilians who retrieved their dead, but used them as shields

Abra National Solidarity Mission (NSM) Update 2: 

NSM-Lacub Update: Nat’l Solidarity Mission in Lacub, Abra begins

LACUB, Abra -- More than a hundred delegates from Church, human rights, lawyers groups and people’s organizations from Metro Manila, Baguio City, and Ilocos, Cagayan Valley joined the families of the victims of human rights violations in going back to the communities in Lacub, Abra affected by the NOLCOM directed military operation launched by the 41st IB in Sept. 4 and 5. Said military operation resulted in the killing of two civilians and seven members of the New People’s Army. 

Nat’l Solidarity Mission to investigate rights abuses in Abra

A National Solidarity Mission (NSM) to Lacub, Abra commenced yesterday, as representatives of various people’s organizations, human rights groups and progressive partylist organizations joined human rights workers and peace advocates in Northern Luzon. The mission is set to investigate human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Lacub, Abra, in the light of the continuing military operations of the 41st Infantry Battalion and the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in the area since August this year. 


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