“Long live the Alsa Masa” (Masses Arise), said these residents in a sitio in Agdao, Davao City at the height of its popularity or notoriety (depending on where you were in the political fence) in early 1987. Then OIC Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said: “The Alsa Masa is bound to falter because any mass movement founded on myth is bound to falter.” Duterte said what must be addressed are the roots of the insurgency.
Villagers unload caskets of the victims of the massacre in Upper Mapula, Paquibato District, Davao City sometime in July 1987. At least 10 civilians were killed in an attack reportedly perpetraded by paramilitary members against a Lumad community.
LAKE MAUGHAN TRAGEDY
LAKE MAUGHAN /MT. PARKER disaster in T’boil, South Cotabato, 6 September 1995. At least 37 persons were killed.
Senator Loren Legarda escorts Brigadier General Victor Obillo (light blue scarf) and Captain Eduardo Montealto (black scarf) following their release from the New Peoples Army (NPA) on March 8, 1999.
THE MORNING AFTER
The morning after in Ipil in Zamboanga del Sur (now Zamboanga Sibugay) was sacked allegedly by the Abu Sayyaf (residents say “Abu Sayop”) on April 4, 1995, residents check the public market for whatever can be salvaged. The attack left at least 50 persons dead.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes swears in Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the 16th President of the Philippines on 30 June 2016 with his children beside him – (L to R) Veronica (holding the Bible of Duterte’s mother, Soledad), Sebastian, Sara and Paolo.
Rescue workers search for survivors of Air Philippines flight 541 after it crashed into a coconut field in Barangay San Isidro, Samal Island on April 19, 2000. All 131 passengers and crew on board were killed.
SAN PEDRO CATHEDRAL BLAST
After the Easter Sunday bombing on April 19, 1981, where 17 persons were killed and scores wounded, the Christmas bombing (December 26) in 1993. At least six persons were killed and at least 130 wounded in the early evening blast.
Pag-asa, the first captive bred Philippine eagle hatched at the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos District, Davao City on January 15, 1992.
Residents from the interior villages of Pikit in North Cotabato evacuate to the town center following the early morning aerial strike near their villages on Sunday, 10 August 2008.
DAPECOL HOSTAGE DRAMA
A mortician collects fingerprints from the slain inmatesof the Davao Penal Colony in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte following three-day hostage drama leaving nine persons dead on March 8, 1998.