“These beacons of hope for the indigenous communities are now being shadowed over by the continuing threat of militarization and development aggression.”
Month: October 2015
Paramilitary cult groups were known for their brutality, brazenness and impunity. The purpose, as US counter-insurgency, counter-terror manuals revealed, was to generate enough terror and fear.
Some 700 Lumad from different parts of Mindanao arrive in the nation’s capital, Oct. 26. They are greeted by students, religious groups, workers, urban poor, women and other sectors. The indigenous people of Mindanao stage #Manilakbayan2015 to call for a stop to the attacks on their schools and communities. Photos by Loi Manalansan, Fred Dabu…
“We hold President Aquino responsible for this policy of ethnocide and persecution that targets Lumad communities. We hold him accountable for the abuses committed against Lumad women and children.”
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In the mountains, there are mining companies. In the plains, the plantations occupy the land.”
An estimated 25 million agricultural workers suffer one incident of pesticide poisoning every year.
“Our fight for greater state subsidy for education continues.”
“What’s at stake here is the Lumad schools, the heritage, the yutang kabilin (ancestral land). The Lumad must survive.” — UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan
“Even in the middle of this very urbanized city, the Talabugta is there.”
The second in five children, he had to discontinue college at the University of Mindanao in 2009, after his father, Ludiño Monzon, was gunned down allegedly by soldiers from 67th Infantry Battalion in Boston, Davao Oriental, near a police station.
Indigenous peoples such as Manobo, Matigsalug and Mandaya, in their traditional attire, march playing the buntong and kudlong.