Rights groups report Philippine military bombings
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Accuse government of puting hinterland communities in firing line in campaign against rebel, terror groups
Tribal people protest alleged police and military abuses during a demonstration in Manila. (Photo by Mike Taboy)
A series of military bombardments of suspected rebel hideouts has displaced thousands of tribal people in the northern and southern provinces of the Philippines.
Human rights group Karapatan reported that the aerial bombings started on March 9 after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military and the police to attack rebel strongholds.
"The directives to bomb and flatten the hills have severe repercussions on the ground," said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan’s secretary-general.
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