Category Archives: IP

Forensics expert, kin of 8 Lumads killed in South Cot refute military’s “encounter” claim

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/13 January) – A forensics expert and family members of the eight Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) killed last month in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato belied Saturday the military’s claim that the victims died in an encounter. “Ang lupok halin sa military (The gunfire came from the military),” Lita Wali, sister of Datu […]

‘Indigenous peoples must assert right to self-determination’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 January) – Indigenous peoples must understand and assert their right to self-determination, tribal leaders in Bukidnon told the Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series initiative. Datu Amay Iwag E. Linsahay, a Talaandig chieftain in Manolo Fortich town, defined the right to self-determination as freedom from conquest and submission to beliefs, knowledge, […]

34-member panel of Lumad elders, leaders to meet with BTC  on BBL provisions

DAVAO CITY – A 34-member panel comprising Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) elders and leaders will engage the 20-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in a roundtable discussion in relation to the 36 provisions of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that may “adversely impact our rights and way of life.” Lawyer Reuben Lingating, chair of the five-member […]

“Lumad schools have permits, Mr. President,” Lumad groups say

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 26 July) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to  Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) to leave their hinterland schools because he will order them bombed as these are “operating illegally and you are teaching the children to rebel against government” has rendered the Lumads “more vulnerable to attacks,” Lumad groups said. In a joint […]

A SOJOURNER’VIEW: A 2016 Christmas Story

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Dec) —  This story began a long, long time ago if time is viewed by the millennials.  It began with an American Jesuit named Fr. Vincent Cullen, SJ.  Not many Mindanawons today know him but he is a legend among the Indigenous Peoples in Bukidnon as well as Lumad areas […]

PEACETALK: Learning from Each Other in Conversation: Peace Processes, and Colombian and Philippine Ethnic Groups

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Dec) — After the peace accord brokered by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) failed to earn approval in the October 2016 referendum, that unfortunate development in the Colombian peace process got cited as an example of what Filipinos would not want to happen in […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: On Children’s month and children’s right to participation

Letter to the Editor On Children’s Month   November 21, 2016   On children’s month and children’s right to participation November 20 was the anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which mandates and obliges governments including the Philippines to uphold children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation.  […]

IP issues to be addressed in GRP-NDF nego on socio-economic reforms

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 September) — The situation of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) will form part of discussions on socioeconomic reforms in the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front, two government peace panel members said in a forum Wednesday. At the media roundtable on “Addressing Marginalization: the Indigenous […]