Rappler Talk: Lumad bakwit school – Raid or rescue?

Rappler Cebu bureau reporter Lorraine Ecarma speaks with Lumad teacher Chad Booc, and members of the Central Visayas police force

Four months have passed since the unprecedented arrest of Lumad students, teachers, and datus from an evacuee school in Cebu on February 15. 

It has also been a month since the Davao del Norte Provincial Persecutor cleared the complaints filed against them.

Lumad teacher Chad Booc, engaging with media for the first time since his arrest, said that parents of the Lumad children had already warned students of the operation, but did not anticipate the police’s use of force. 

Police Lieutenant Colonel Ehdel Pereira, acting chief of the legal office of the Central Visayas police, and Central Visayas Police Public Information Office chief Lieutenant Colonel Maria Aurora Rayos maintained that their personnel were merely assisting social service workers in carrying out the operation. 

Rappler Cebu bureau reporter Lorraine Ecarma speaks with Booc, Pereira, and Rayos on Rappler Talk on Wednesday, June 9.

How did a rescue operation lead to a mass arrest? And what awaits the recently released Lumad school members?

Catch the conversation here at 3 pm. –