A Marawi City evacuee tells of the hardship of searching for his kin under martial law in Mindanao.
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The University of the Philippines-Diliman serves as the base camp for some 3,000 national minorities up to Sept. 22.
“Natural resources are being plundered from the ancestral lands of our national minorities.”
Ni IPE SOCO Rumagasa ang hangin Tangay ang kanilang awit Papalayo sa tahanang Tinutungkab ng dayuhan Humalo ang sariwang taghoy Sa alingasaw ng urbanidad Tinahak ng mga paang bihasa Sa pagtawid sa mga ilog Sapa, pilapil, at dawag Ang aspalto ng lungsod Na sumisipsip ng kanilang Lakas at hinahon Doo’y natunghayan nila Nagtatayugang gusali Nagkikislapang…
In a ceremony, leaders of Sandugo, an alliance of national minorities, express their gratitude to peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) for upholding their rights in the peace negotiations with the government.
They depict their stories through performances. Using indigenous instruments and their own language, they educate the city-bred about their struggles and aspirations.
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It remains to be seen whether the present President Rodrigo Duterte, a known supporter against the killings of indigenous rights activists, will listen to the demands being pushed by indigenous peoples.
“A blood compact united our ancestors way back in history. Now we are united again in one struggle.”
Leaders of national minorities from different regions in the country dance during the launch of Sandugo.