Manila, Philippines, Mar 4, 2020 / 18:18 pm
After a recent military attack in the southern Philippines, a bishop has called on the government and rebel forces to withdraw soldiers from tribal communities.
Bishop Valentin Dimoc, Vicar Apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe and the Filipino bishops' chair for indigenous peoples, has asked both state and non-state military to leave tribal lands alone following reports on displaced communities and civilian violence.
Nearly 100 families were reportedly forced to flee from Diatagon, a village in the Surigao del Sur province, Feb. 29. Government troops had swept through the area looking for communist rebels, the human rights group Karapatan said, according to UCA News.
Three people were injured during a shootout among the houses of the village. The attack also injured a five-year-old child.