[In the news] Bishop Cabantan urges demilitarization in Upper Pulangi -Bukidnon News

Bishop Cabantan urges demilitarization in Upper Pulangi
Bukidnon News
February 16, 2012

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch / February 10, 2012) Malaybalay Bishop Jose A. Cabantan has called for the demilitarization of city’s Upper Pulangi district as the Armed Forces of the Philippines increased its presence in the area after sightings of New People’s Army elements were reported since January 2011.

Cabantan told the 42nd Diocesan Pastoral Assembly of the Diocese of Malaybalay this week the presence of the NPA and the military in the area has become “a case of concern for the whole Diocese.”

He said the NPA and the military should leave the area and keep it as a “peace zone.”

He told Bukidnon News Thursday night he simply echoed the concern raised by Fr. Peter Walpole, SJ, who heads the Apu Palamguwan Education Center (APC) in Bendum, Busdi, one of the barangays in Upper Pulangi.

He said the classes in the IP school were stopped in January on reports of rebel sightings. The area should be peaceful for the children to continue going to school, he added.

The bishop said the APC has helped addressed the socio-cultural needs of the indigenous peoples in the area especially the children and the youth.

“It is sad to note that the serene atmosphere was disturbed by the presence of armed groups. First the presence of the New People’s Army and now the military,” he said in his letter to Col. Romeo Gapuz, chief of the 403rd Brigade on February 8. He said not only were the classes disrupted but also “the lives of the people were affected.”

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2 thoughts on “[In the news] Bishop Cabantan urges demilitarization in Upper Pulangi -Bukidnon News

  1. I support the call of Bishop Cabantan to urge the military and the new peoples army to stay away from schools and the IP community. Let us maintain the Peace Zone and respect the rights of the children.

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    • Dear Rolly de los Santos,

      We are one with you and the Diocese of Malaybalay headed by Bishop Jose Cabantan in respecting and upholding the rights of the communities in armed conflict areas like in Bukidnon and as well as to come to terms to country’s best interests such as peace and social justice.

      Human Rights Online Philippines

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