DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 October) — A forensics team from the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday exhumed the bodies of seven persons slain in Patikul, Sulu on September 14, in the presence of their families, to determine the cause and manner of death. The military had earlier said the seven were Abu Sayyaf […]
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 Oct) — Citing “ongoing military operations and other programmed command / unit activities,” three military officials in Sulu on Monday asked the Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for an extension until October 15 to answer claims of the families and witnesses that the […]
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has asked three military officials in Sulu to answer allegations in the affidavits of families and witnesses that the seven persons slain in Patikul town on September 14 were civilians harvesting fruits and not Abu […]
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /18 September) — Three government agencies have deployed teams to Patikul, Sulu to investigate the September 14 alleged massacre of seven fruit pickers who the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter. In the House of Representatives, the Makabayan bloc and the chair of the House Committee on Peace, […]
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 September) — The killing of seven persons in Patikul, Sulu on Friday was a result of an encounter with the Abu Sayyaf, according to the military, but a Moro group says it was massacre of civilians allegedly harvesting mangosteen fruits while a university professor says it was a case of […]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 March) — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Region 12 has started its investigation into the alleged encounter between government troops and suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato last December that left nine tribal residents dead. Lawyer Erlan Deluvio, CHR Region 12 director, said […]
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QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/04 Oct) – Below are few extracts in both Bahasa Sug and English on what seems to be an anonymous Tausug-American War Documentary of the legendary “Bud Dajo Massacre.” Due to loud sound effects, the wordings of “kissa” or “song” of Bud Dajo are hardly audible. It is possible that some words in the extracts do not fully reflect the original. But attempt is done to make the extracts very close to the original with their contextual English translation. We’d like to extend our thanks to the producer of said Documentary. It is hoped that this small effort in transforming into written text the consciousness of Bud Dajo is appreciated. Kissa sin Bud Dajo Duun man magpatimbul sila Ha dunya mag-awla Hangkan magsabil sila Dih hitugut in sayrulla Ha pag sayrullah dih lumamud Sahirun nabantug Nag-isun nagtayakkup Piyabud naghakut Dih mapulah-pulah In buhawih dakulah In hulah dih magridah Nag-anduhud in hulah Sah walah nagsurender Mabayah pa sila magsabil — Bunuh Pag-atubang sin Tausug iban Milikan Song of Bud Dajo It was there when they took notice The world would not suffice The reason they sought martyrdom A paper to trample their freedom The cedula they refused Sahirun was famous They consulted and united To the mountain they brought It was exceedingly grotesque A tornado that great Nature wouldn’t submit The country in thunder But, they never surrendered They’d rather be martyred — Tausug-American War [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Julkipli Wadi is Professor of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines].
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 Sept) — Police operatives tracked down and arrested in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat province a suspect in the 2009 massacre of 58 persons, 32 of them from the media, in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. Joint police operatives in Region 12, carrying a search warrant and warrant of arrest, arrested Akmad Macaton, 25, at 9:30 a.m. […]