Scranton, Pennsylvania (WiredPRNews.com) — Nearly 25,000 people joined in the commemoration of the International Humanitarian Law Day lead by the PNRC – Philippine National Red Cross this weekend in Manila.
The PNRC walked along with students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez College, and the City College of Manila. The Army of the Philippines sent a group of 588 active and dynamic military personnel, ROTC – Reserve Officer Training Corps, and reservists in order to escort the “Walk for Humanity” march.
From the Port Area in Manila, supporters of Human Rights marched along Roxas Boulevard to the Plaza Rajah Sulayman and to the Liwasang Bonifacio. In a very small program which took place at the Quirino Grandstand, the Red Cross denounced the on-going armed quarrel in North Cotabato.
Previously, Richard Gordon, the Chairman of the Red Cross, said nurses as well as doctors fear going to far-flung areas such as the cholera-stricken city of Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat because of the skirmishes and clashes in North Cotabato between the para military forces and Muslim rebels.
Richard Gordon, Chairman of the Red Cross, said on Friday, “We now have 21 volunteers, including seven doctors and 11 nurses. The problem is that some doctors who want to go to the town feel that they are not secure because of the on-going tension.”
Out of the 147 cases reported, eighteen died due to dehydration while 127 were admitted in the hospital. Gordon further added that the rural communities in Palimbang are generally home to the native group Manobos.