[In the news] Agusan Sur villagers flee mil ops -MindaNews

MindaNews » Agusan Sur villagers flee mil ops.

By Mindanews
May 12, 2012

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – Residents of a farming village in Trento, Agusan del Sur have evacuated in the wake of military operations, human rights group KarapatanSouthern Mindanao said in a statement today.

Karapatan said the 10th and 4th Infantry Divisions bombarded Sitio Upper New Visayas, Barangay New Visayas, Trento on May 7 resulting in displacement and alleged abuses against civilians.

Rev. Jurie Jaime, spokesperson of KARAPATAN Southern Mindanao, was quoted in the statement as having said the operations also took place in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

He alleged the operations were intended to clear the areas for large-scale mining ventures.

Karapatan said it sent a team to Trento and found that 83 families or close to 400 individuals evacuated from Sitio Upper New Visayas and Sitio Maitom of Barangay New Visayas due to the reported bombing runs by the military on May 7.

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