Category: Indigenous Peoples

Leaders of Lumad organizations from six regional federations representing some 10 major tribes in Mindanao vowed to defend the last of their ancestral lands against the assault of large-scale mining. BY TYRONE VELEZ Bulatlat.com Dipolog City— Leaders of Lumad organizations from six regional federations representing some 10 major indigenous tribes in Mindanao vowed to defend…

Burying the dead is an important ritual for Muslims and they had to do it within 24 hours. With the lone Muslim cemetery in Metro Manila severely congested, those with the means are forced to transport their dead to Mindanao costing at least P10,000 in air fare alone. The establishment then of a second Islamic…

Young journalists in Negros have banded together to professionalize media practice. There is reason to celebrate this Christmas as the organization they formed a year ago continues to be strong. BY KARL G. OMBION BACOLOD CITY – Last Dec. 11, members of Liga Journalista (Journalists’ League), an organization of mostly young journalists in the Negros…

The Philippine military has been using the Lumads in a village in Compostela Valley Province as human shields as it pursues its campaign against the communist New People’s Army. By Marilou M. Aguirre davaotoday.com Posted by Bulatlat.com NABOC, Compostela Valley Province – From Davao City, one has to travel for three hours to reach Monkayo…

Siyuan Tundag, an Ata-Manobo, has seen the worst as her people struggled to keep capitalist intruders out of their ancestral land. But she remains a steadfast Lumad and a voice of her tribe’s tribulations. By Cheryll D. Fiel TALAINGOD, the Philippines — Treks along the crevices of mountains are very much part of the Ata-Manobo…

The Catholic Church and the Davao City government are waging a fierce battle against each other over contraception. Women like Hazel Baraw get caught in the crossfire. By Germelina A. Lacorte DAVAO CITY — Life for Hazel Baraw, 28, hardly changed after she got married. Before, she used to work as domestic helper, earning a…

How the new value-added tax law adds to the suffering of Davao’s women and mothers. By Grace Uddin DAVAO CITY – Ever since her husband, a house painter, started getting fewer clients last year, Miranda, a 41-year-old mother of one, started working as a bet taker in their community for the illegal gambling called “last…

The series of violent incidents in Diwalwal last October – a huge fire, a gas poisoning, and a cave-in – could be part of the plot by vested-interest groups to drive small-scale miners out of Mount Diwalwal. By Daisy C. Gonzales DIWALWAL, the Philippines — Alma Placio, 33, looked exhausted. She just had a baby.…

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”…