Category: Indigenous Peoples

As a struggling lesbian writer, where shall I find a literary mother? By Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz Northern Dispatch A lesbian who does not reinvent the world is a lesbian in the process of disappearing. — Nicole Brossard The silence surrounding the lesbian in Philippine literary history is appalling. Anglo-European lesbian critics can at least…

The streets of Davao still seethe with the indignation of the thousands of Nenas, Lydas, Indays and Juanas who, decades before, had given birth to one of the country’s most active and determined women’s movement. By Cheryll D. Fiel DAVAO CITY — A boy who must have been around four years old clung tightly to…

The killing of two activists in Ilocos and Abra has brought to 150 the total number of politically-motivated executions this year. Kim Quitasol and A.T. Bengwayan NORTHERN DISPATCH BAGUIO CITY—The city’s militant organizations, joined by others from nearby Ilocos Sur and Abra provinces, held an indignation rally here Nov. 30 to condemn the “political assassination”…

The frustrating quest for justice for Christopher Batan’s death reflects the justice system in the country: It works at a snail’s pace and you don’t even know if it is headed to the right direction. Twelve years since his death, Chris’ family, friends and tribe mates are still waiting for full justice. BY ARTHUR L.…

Wearing tapis (wrap-around skirt) and baag (G-string), Igorots (general term to describe the indigenous peoples from the Cordillera mountain ranges) picketed the Asia Pacific Mining Conference and 2005 Exhibit at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati on Oct. 11. By AT Bengwayan Northern Dispatch Wearing tapis (wrap-around skirt) and baag (G-string), Igorots (general term to describe…

First of two parts The assault of massive corporate mining will surely be met with strong resistance by indigenous communities who have continued to nurture and protect their territory. The people will not simply allow the devastation of their land and resources in the name of profit which has no value in their life. By…

A fourth year student of Easter College Inc. in Baguio City discovered, during a school immersion program, how an indigenous group in Ilocos Sur called the I-Lamag implements its own forest utilization, management, protection and ownership system. BY NARCISO ADDAMO Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com I witnessed during our immersion with fellow students from the…

How are the rules of bodong (traditional peace pact) and state laws used to settle conflicts between two tribes? This question elicited a thousand and one responses from Kalinga tribes who, in an assembly here last week, moved for the holding of a bodong congress soon. By Lyn V. Ramo and Marlon Gomarcho Northern Dispatch…

The Supreme Court has upheld with finality the constitutionality of the Mining Act of 1995 but the struggle against this law that allows transnational corporations to engage in destructive mining activities continues, especially in Mindanao. By TYRONE VELEZ Bulatlat.com DAVAO CITY – With the Supreme Court (SC) deciding with finality on the constitutionality of the…