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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 »

Bangsamoro will mean death knell for MILF–Iqbal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will cease to exist once the Bangsamoro entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) comes into being in 2016, the rebel group’s chief negotiator said Friday.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | 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 »

Educating ‘lumad’ the ‘lumad’ way

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A SILDAP teacher holds classes in a chapel on a hill. GERMELINA LACORTE/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Reflecting on his upcoming graduation, a teenage Dibabawun student recalls going to class with an empty stomach as his most difficult time in school.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Seeking forgiveness from the gods

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MANDAYA “balyan” Masandak Sikat, one of the balyans who performed the ritual. Photo by GERMELINA LACORTE

The haunting melody of the kudlong echoed through the former site of Barangay Andap as people, mostly lumad from five ancestral clusters of the town, marked the 40th day of Typhoon “Pablo,” seeking to reconcile with nature.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Lumad’ leader killed in 2nd attempt on his life

A lumad leader based in Opol, Misamis Oriental, who survived an assassination attempt in December last year, was killed by unidentified assailants here, police said.

Posted: June 6th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Searching for ‘lumad’ tales, songs, dances

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My students, who went on a literary journey in search of “lumad” lore, songs and dances, were told to experience what it’s like in the communities of indigenous peoples (IPs or lumad) and to take home memories of our recent visit to three of Mindanao’s IPs.

Posted: May 19th, 2012 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Davao caroling turns tragic for ‘lumad’

DAVAO CITY—Mayor Sara Duterte offered a P50,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the killer or killers of a lumad woman who was chopped up after she was killed and her body parts dumped in various parts of Tugbok District here. The body parts were found last Wednesday and Thursday. The [...]

Posted: December 16th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Burnishing bona fides

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In Sunday’s Inquirer, columnist Randy David recalled the “Mang Pandoy” tragedy. On a 1992 TV show with 11 squabbling presidential contenders, this dirt-poor gardener offered a startling swap: his life for cash. His kids could then finish studies and break free of poverty that sapped his own life.

Posted: November 29th, 2011 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

MILF asks Aquino: Popularity or peace?

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In a virtual challenge to President Benigno Aquino III, Moro rebels have asked whether he is willing to sacrifice his popularity for the sake of ending the armed conflict in Mindanao. Michael Mastura, a senior member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), spelled out the choices for Mr. Aquino—popularity or peace —in an interview [...]

Posted: August 15th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

MILF eyes new state

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COTABATO CITY—A senior Moro rebel leader on Monday demanded a genuine Muslim autonomous state not subservient to Manila, and President Benigno Aquino III indicated Christians and Lumad would be given a choice of whether they would want to join a new autonomy setup. Civil society groups warned against a military-civilian “third force” which, they said, [...]

Posted: August 9th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

MILF: President Aquino gave us hope

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A top Moro rebel leader on Sunday said the Tokyo talks between President Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Murad Ebrahim had given the insurgents “new hope” for an end to a decades-old war that had claimed tens of thousands of lives. MILF vice chair Ghadzali Jaafar said the rebel leadership believed in [...]

Posted: August 8th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Closed mining firm still ‘sows fear’

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The continued presence of armed security men hired by a mining firm that was ordered shut down for illegal operations, has been sowing fear among members of a tribal community in Zamboanga del Sur, the province’s governor said yesterday.

Posted: June 23rd, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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