“Wanting to educate ourselves is our way of fighting those who threaten the environment we vowed to protect.”
Kung magiging katulad na ng iba pang mga taga-patag na Kristiyano ang mga katutubo sanhi ng ‘pag-unlad’ o ‘development’ na ipinapahayag ng mga nasa pamahalaan, ano na ang mangyayari sa katutubong kultura, paniniwala, kalinangan, wika, at pamamaraan ng pamumuhay ng mga lumad, ng mga Moro, ng mga taga-Kordilyera at ng mga Mangyan? Ano ang pag-unlad kung mabubura naman ang kanilang lipunan dahil lalamunin lamang ito ng mga kalinangang kanluranin?
The film made by Mindanaons (Director Arbi Barbarona hails from Davao) and portrayed by the Lumad themselves is enough representative of the Southern Filipino narrative located amid the hotbed of rebellion.
She doesn’t fear Duterte’s threat of killing them all; she fears more the threat of seeing our natural resources, and the virgin forest, destroyed.
But hope springs eternal. Environmental defenders everywhere are tirelessly working to protect the last frontiers of nature and restore our despoiled environment.
The family of slain Lumad youth Obello Bay-ao is appealing to the Department of Justice to investigate the case of his murder.
“As much as you, migrant workers all around the world are dreaming of coming back home with your families, we share with you our dreams, for our right to education, right to self-determination, a democratic government, and a just society.”
Julito Otacan’s work is crucial for the project to take hold and help the lives of the Lumad communities
“He became the leader in his class. After school, he helped his father in tilling a piece of land.”
Dubbed as Pambansang Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya, the members of national minorities under the flag of Sandugo are returning to Metro Manila on Thursday, August 31. They will camp out in UP Diliman, their main camp, and in two other satellite camps near other universities. They have scheduled mass meetings and delegations to various government offices until September 21, but they invite the public to meet with them in their camps or in their scheduled mass actions.
Similar tales of forced evacuation from their lands hounded the rest of the national minorities, spurring them to this second Lakbayan.