Category Archives: lumad

Group to file human rights complaints before GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 April) – Complaints of human rights violations allegedly by government forces will be filed before the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) of the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), a leader of a militant group said Monday. Rafael Mariano, chair emeritus of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, told […]

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PASSION FOR MISSION: Answered Prayers

MALITA, Davao Occidental (MindaNews / 05 April) — I mistook it at first to have been written by a second grader who had just learned how to write. The crude penmanship, the many misspelled words, and the arbitrary use of periods and commas throughout the Tagakolu composition were clearly the work of someone unskilled in […]

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PASSION FOR MISSION: Answered Prayers

MALITA, Davao Occidental (MindaNews / 05 April) — I mistook it at first to have been written by a second grader who had just learned how to write. The crude penmanship, the many misspelled words, and the arbitrary use of periods and commas throughout the Tagakolu composition were clearly the work of someone unskilled in […]

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Government must address budget lack for CADT processing – Dureza

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 March) – Lack of funds, among other concerns, has prevented the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples from processing applications for a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza said. Government agencies must work together in addressing these issues so that the Lumads may […]

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Duterte to “choose investors” to develop Lumad lands for oil palm, mining

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) — Addressing an Indigenous Peoples Leaders’ Summit inside a military camp on Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to personally choose the investors who would develop their ancestral domains that are presently under the influence of the New People’s Army (NPA). He said Lumads may want oil palm and other […]

Group urges DepEd to protect Lumad schools

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 November) – A group has urged the Department of Education (Deped) to protect Lumad (indigenous peoples) schools from possible harassments with the collapse of peace talks between government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF). In a statement issued on Tuesday, Save Our Schools – Network Southern Mindanao spokesperson Meg Monteverde said the […]

Army pushes for closure of school for Lumad in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 November) — Government troops are pushing for the closure of another school for indigenous peoples or Lumad in an upland village in Malapatan town in Sarangani which they suspected of being run by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and sympathizers. Capt. Rodini Bogador, spokesperson of the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion, said Monday they monitored […]

Lumads push for peace sanctuaries

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) – Tribal leaders are planning to establish peace sanctuaries within their ancestral domains in Mindanao that they hope the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) will acknowledge even if peace negotiations between the government and communist leaders won’t resume. In a press conference Wednesday at the Mergrande Ocean Resort, Talomo District, Alim Bandara, Timuay Supreme Council […]

Ex-lawmaker optimistic on GRP-NDF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 August) – Hopes for peace remain alive because President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “not the type of a person who immediately closes his mind and heart to everything” when it comes to the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front, former Gabriela representative Luz Ilagan said Monday. “When he was our mayor, we knew that […]

BOOK REVIEW. Panagkutay: Bringing us right into the Lumad lifeworld

BOOK REVIEW. Panagkutay: Bringing us right into the Lumad lifeworld Levy L. Lanaria, Ph.D. A.Th. TITLE: Panagkutay: Anthropology & Theology Interfacing in Mindanao Uplands (The Lumad Homeland) Author: Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR Publisher: Institute of Spirituality in Asia, 2017 (This review by Levy L .Lanaria, Ph.D A.Th., faculty member at the Department of Philosophy and Religious […]

FILM REVIEW: Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill)

FiLM REVIEW: Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill) Director: Arbi Barbarona Screenplay:  Arnel Mardoquio Cinematography: Arbi Barbarona, Bryan Jimenez Editor/Sound Designer; Arbi Barbarona Assistant Director: Christine Austero Musical Director/Scorer: Arnel Barbarona Art Director: Raleon Monsanto Production Designer: Bagwani Amplayo Producers: Norhaiya Diabo Macusang, Milo Tolentino, Arnel Mardoquio, Arnel Barbarona Cast: Malona Sulatan, Jong Monzon, […]

Soldiers, paramilitary men accused of threatening teachers, students of Lumad school

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) – Teachers and students of a school for Lumad in Davao del Norte have been prevented from holding classes since June 5 by soldiers and paramilitary men, one of the teachers said. In a press conference Monday, Ricky Balilid, a teacher at Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc. (MISFI) Academy accused soldiers and Alamara […]

VP Leni wants mandatory representation of Lumads done by law not just dep’t order

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 May) – Vice President Leni Robredo said she wants a law version of the department order giving indigenous people (IP) a mandatory representation in policy-making bodies and other local legislative councils issued by her late husband, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, in October 2010. During “Leap V: […]

FEATURE: Kaamulan: dancing in the streets in the midst of violence?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 March) — The sojourners who travel the length and breath of the Province of Bukidnon at the very heart of Mindanao – the country’s resource-rich island mythically referred to at one time as Land of Promise — cannot help but be in awe at the great beauty of its landscape. On a […]