Duterte bares plans to ‘hamlet’ Lumads – CNN Philippines – Speaking to Lumad leaders and barangay captains in Davao City on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte bared a plan to keep the Lumad community away from the influence of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
“I will hamlet them. Why? Because if they remain scattered, they are really in danger. I cannot get their loyalty if they are scattered because they are afraid to be away from each other. Kamong mga nitibo [you natives],” Duterte said in a mix of English and Bisaya.
He was quick to add “dili ta mo presuhon [I will not imprison you]” and said that this was meant to protect them in their respective territories. He also said that he would even provide the indigenous people with arms.