KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 05 December) — Leaders of church, militant and environmental groups condemned the killing of a tribal chieftain and three other family members in an alleged encounter between communist rebels and the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on Sunday afternoon, claiming the four were civilians and not members […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Nov) – Joint police and Army operatives arrested five suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in an operation on Monday afternoon at an outskirt village in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato, belated reports said. Sr. Supt Franklin Alvero, South Cotabato police director, said in a report Wednesday the […]
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 8 June) – At least 30 hectares of illegal tilapia fish pens in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato have been cleared in line with efforts to conserve the lake and to prevent fish kills there, an official said. Zaldy Artacho, Lake Sebu municipal agriculture officer, said they conducted the clearing operations […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 March) – Fish cage operators in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato have agreed to voluntarily dismantle their excess fish cages in a bid to reduce the critical lake’s utilization to the allowable 10-percent limit. Zaldy Artacho, Lake Sebu municipal agriculture office chief, said Wednesday such move was an offshoot of […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – The municipal government of Lake Sebu launched on Friday a massive cleanup of its critical main lake following the worst fish kill in the area in recent years. Rudy Muyco, lake warden of Lake Sebu, said the “general cleanup” of the lake is part of the initial interventions set […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — Officials of Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato have placed the entire area under a state of calamity due to a recent massive fish kill that destroyed around P126 million worth of tilapia. Roberto Bagong, action officer of the Lake Sebu Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Health personnel in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato are closely monitoring at least 30 persons who might have had contact with a rabies patient who died two days ago at the provincial hospital in Koronadal City. Dr. Jocelyn Bayquin, Lake Sebu municipal health officer, said Thursday they recommended the immediate […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for a one-year moratorium on fish cage operations at the critical Lake Sebu following the massive fish kill that destroyed around P124.5 million worth of tilapia. Siegfred Flaviano, Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) chief, said Monday the move is in line […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Oct) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has recommended the relocation of residents in three upland communities in Lake Sebu town due to the hazards posed by the presence of ground fissures or tension cracks in the area. Ariel Austin Acosta, MGB-12 senior geologist, said Thursday their […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Oct) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the conversion of the municipal hospital of Lake Sebu into a regional drug treatment and rehabilitation center. South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said the municipal government has offered the use of the hospital and its development into a […]
Students from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato perform during the street dancing competition that highlights the Golden Foundation Anniversary and T’nalak Festival of the province on Monday (July 18, 2016) in Koronadal City. The province is home to the world-famous T’nalak, a handwoven abaca fabric made by the T’boli indigenous peoples. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) — I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic, sentimental and very much affirmed as I sat throughout the 2016 Commencement Exercises of the Ateneo de… »
LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/10 March) — A paradise lost. Seventy-five year old Sindoy Cuyan recalls how as a young T’boli girl, swimming in Lake Sebu was “pure fun,” its… »
On September 1985, Lake Sebu, one of the most important watershed areas in the country, was proclaimed as a protected landscape. Lake Sebu is home to a number of indigenous peoples including the T’boli, known for their intricate weaving and exquisite brassware, who have lived in Lake Sebu for centuries.
In a dialogue held last May 28, days after the Solidarity Caravan, the barangay captain of the said area expressed disapproval over the activities held MinHRAC and its legal assistance team, saying that the residents should have approached him instead. He also noted how the names of the suspect were not mentioned the first time residents brought their case to him, and how the Bañagados were only implicated during MinHRAC’s intial interviews with residents held days after the incident.
Since then, he has lived with intimidation and harassment from the Bañagados, which eventually led to the shooting and death of his half-brother, Tinis. However, due to lack of corroborating evidence, no case has been filed to make the Bañagados accountable.
Pictures of the Lake Sebu Solidarity Caravan can be seen at the MinHRAC facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.432045140148375.102002.150412344978324&type=3