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7 who gave shelter to lumad kids in Catholic university face kidnapping, illegal detention cases

/ 06:55 PM February 16, 2021

CEBU CITY—At least seven persons arrested by police face charges for bringing to this city 19 minors from a lumad group in Davao del Norte who fled their ancestral land out of fear of a growing military presence there.

The seven people would be charged with illegal detention, kidnapping and trafficking in persons, according to Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo, Central Visayas police director.

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The lumad minors were supposedly rescued by police from the University of San Carlos, a Catholic school, in Cebu City on Monday (Feb. 15).

Montejo said the indigenous children, belonging to the Manobo tribe, had been staying in the university’s retreat house since 2018.

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He said the children were being indoctrinated and exploited by Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogan, a group that operates schools for lumad children in Mindanao areas where there are no regular schools, and are being used to generate attendance in anti-government protest rallies.

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TAGS: Cebu City, charges, flight, illegal detention, Kidnapping, lumad, Manobo, Military, Police, Regions, rescue, retreat house, University of San Carlos
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