By Germelina Lacorte
Timuay Santos Unsad, a Teduray leader, knew Camp Omar ibn al-Khattab by heart, not as a camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but as a site of a sacred stone that the Tedurays call “batew,” a brown stone as big as a hill that never stops growing.
By Aquiles Z. Zonio
After several decades, the municipal government here has given recognition to 300 T’boli and B’laan tribal warriors who risked their lives defending the town against Moro separatist rebels in the 1970s.
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Panay’s largest indigenous peoples group has appealed to the government to also help victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in hinterland communities and not only those near coastal areas and town centers.
By Louie M. Rodaje
Colors burst along the banks of Lake Danao as villagers clad in crimson traditional garb gather for a communal rite that traces its roots to ancient traditions and is performed to seek permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other resources.
By Ryan D. Rosauro
Returning from a campaign sortie during last year’s midterm polls, supporters, mostly relatives, of lawyer Abdul Malik Manamparan, who was seeking the vice mayoral post of Nunungan town, Lanao del Norte province, were ambushed. Twelve people were killed and eight were wounded.
By Vincent Cabreza
From tax declarations and Torrens titles to agrarian reform certificates and, lately, certificates of ancestral domain titles (CADTs).
By Julie Alipala
Badjao residents displaced by the three-week siege of the city by followers of Moro leader Nur Misuari in September here are appealing to the government not to uproot them from their traditional habitat—the sea or its coasts.
By Frinston L. Lim
Clutching his 4-month-old daughter and blowing air on the baby’s nape to soothe her, Rey Bug-ot wondered what would be left of his farm when he returns to his village.
By Orlando B. Dinoy
A soldier and a government-backed militiaman were killed in an ambush perpetrated by suspected followers of anti-mining B’laan tribal leader Daguil Capion in Barangay (village) Kimlawis in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur on Friday, the police reported Saturday.
By Dennis Atienza Maliwanag
More than 5,000 babies have been born to underage mothers in South Cotabato over the past four years and population officials blame it on excessive media access, poor parenting, peer pressure and tribal culture.
By Eldie Aguirre
Government forces on Friday killed two members of a notorious bandit group – believed to be associated with armed anti-mining B’laan warriors – during a clash in a remote village of Kiblawan town, Davao del Sur, the authorities said.
By Stephen Norries A. Padilla
Sixteen-year-old Allan Agaw dreams of getting a college degree like other young Filipinos. But unlike many of them, he wants to complete his studies to be able to give back to his community someday.
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Supporters of the Ati tribe on Boracay Island have appealed to the claimants of the land granted by the government to the tribe to withdraw their opposition to the tribe’s ownership of the property.