Militiamen destroys demo farm

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected militias raided a village before dawn Thursday and torched a school cottage and destroyed a tree nursery in the southern Philippine province of Agusan del Sur, church leaders and human rights group said. Human rights group Karapatan said the attack destroyed a 2,500-square meter demo farm run by the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development, Inc. (Alcadev) in Sibagat town. No one was reported killed in the latest raid on Alcadev schools, but it left about three dozen students and teachers without a demo farm and cottage in the village of Padiay. Bishop Antonio Ablon told The Manila Times that the gunmen also burned text books and other educational supplies, including sewing machine, rice stocks, diesel generator and audio-visual equipment used by students. It was the second attack since September this year when militias – used by the army in fighting communist rebels – killed Alcadev’s executive director Emerito Samarca and tribal leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo. The militias also burned two elementary schools operated by the Tribal Filipino Program for Surigao del Sur in the villages of Han-ayan and in Panukmuan all in Lianga town in Surigao del Sur province.

Al Jacinto

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