Jett Manuel's fight after UP Maroons' second win: #StopLumadKillings
MANILA, Philippines – After leading the Maroons to their second consecutive victory in UAAP season 78 basketball series, Jett Manuel is fighting another battle – to help end the killings of the Lumad in Mindanao.
In a photo posted by the UP student publication Philippine Collegian on its Facebook page shortly after the game on Wednesday, September 9, Manuel is seen holding a paper with the hashtag #StopLumadKillings. His right fist is also clenched, an iconic gesture of UP activism that serves as the central image on the Fighting Maroons' new logo.
"Fighting Maroon Jett Manuel joins the fight of indigenous peoples against militarization and harassment in Mindanao. The victory of the UP Men's Basketball Team today is an inspiration for students and the youth who are also in solidarity with our lumad brothers and sisters," the photo's caption read.
The recent spate of killings and other alleged human rights violations perpetrated against the Lumad have forced thousands of indigenous peoples to leave their communities in Surigao del Sur, Bukidnon, Sarangani, and Davao del Norte.
In a meeting with UP Diliman student councils and organizations Wednesday afternoon, the Lumad urged "students and the youth to join their fight for justice and to end militarization in their communities," the Philippine Collegian posted on its Twitter account.
Bilandres: Sana masuportahan ang aming panawagan na madismantle ang paramilitary groups. #StopLumadKillings— Philippine Collegian (@phkule) September 9, 2015
Alcadev: Sana mailabas lahat ng nasabi naming katotohanan.Makakatulong din ang mga lapis at papel para sa mga estudyante. #StopLumadKillings— Philippine Collegian (@phkule) September 9, 2015
SOS CARAGE: Ang simpleng pagpost sa Facebook at pagtweet sa Twitter ay mahalaga para mapakalat ang mga isyu ng mga Lumad. #StopLumadKillings— Philippine Collegian (@phkule) September 9, 2015
According to the group Katribu, at least 53 Lumad had been killed extrajudicially under the Aquino administration. Based on the group's data, the killings have intensified in 2015, claiming 13 lives as of September 1. – Rappler.com