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Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro

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THE “WALIYAN” (main ritualist) is the man garbed in an all-white outfit with headgear. PHOTO COURTESY OF INITIATIVES FOR INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUES

Before sunrise on Wednesday, the “waliyan,” priests of the Erumanen Manuvu indigenous communities in Bukidnon province and Carmen town, North Cotabato province, held a synchronized ritual to implore the gods that their appeal to President Aquino for respect of their rights will finally be heard in the Bangsamoro governance setup.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

As peace dawns, ‘lumad’ seek answers

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ARUMANEN Datu Roldan Babelon and Timuay Santos Unsad of the Tedurays talk about their prospects in the Bangsamoro. 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.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Tribal warriors honored for fighting off Moro rebels

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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.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Tribal group decries focus on lowland aid

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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.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Magbabaya’ a green god for tribe

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MEMBERS of the Higaonon tribe lead a communal rite seeking permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other terrestrial resources that are considered  priceless gifts. PHOTO FROM MinDaNow!

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.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Resolving ‘rido’ under Bangsamoro

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HIGAONON tribal leaders document the discussions on indigenous peoples’ rights during public consultations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Iligan City. PHOTO FROM PAILIG ACADEMY FOR GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY

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.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Legal strategy to stop Pulag intrusions

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THE CORDILLERA police have been tasked with enforcing forestry laws on communities that have become divided between protecting their forests and expanding their farms. EV ESPIRITU/ INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

From tax declarations and Torrens titles to agrarian reform certificates and, lately, certificates of ancestral domain titles (CADTs).

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Badjao being moved out of the sea

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MEMBERS of the seafaring community of  Badjao in Zamboanga City flee in their boats at the height of the siege of the city by followers of Moro leader Nur Misuari. EDWIN BACASMAS

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.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Lumad’ villages caught in crossfire

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A LUMAD woman from the Manobo-Matigsalog tribe and her child rest inside the Compostela municipal gym. At least 67 families, or some 300 persons, from the upland community of Side 4, Mangayon village in Compostela town in Compostela Valley fled following clashes between government troops and communist rebels there last Oct. 4. FRINSTON 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.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

2 killed in ambush by suspected tribesmen opposed to mining

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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.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Over 5,000 babies born to underage mothers in South Cotabato

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Children perform a Manobo harvest dance. In South Cotabato, the incidence of teenage pregnancy is highest in municipalities with large populations of indigenous peoples.

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.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Troops kill 2 ‘bandits’ in Davao Sur clash

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Davao del Sur

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.

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions,Uncategorized | Read More »

Education to restore the Mangyan’s identity

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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.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

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