Posts by tag: lumad

9 years ago

Hundreds flee Agusan village due to intensified military ops

Hundreds flee Agusan village due to intensified military ops

by John Rizle Saligumba
Davao Today

Initial reports from Karapatan Southern Mindanao showed that Agusanon residents fled on Sunday from Barangays Kauswagan, Sabud, Mansanitas and San Mariano. The residents along with 224 children evacuated to Barangay Kauswagan Elementary School.

10 years ago

Nothing to celebrate on IPRA’s 15th year, party-list says


Davao Today

“The IPRA law only served as a tool to legally plunder our ancestral lands. The law, in its present form, cannot provide the realization and attainment of our rights” — Francesca Tolentino, secretary general of the Katribu Partylist

13 years ago

Coming Home


After one month and 13 days at the evacuation camp, the Manobo evacuees finally went home to Lianga on August 30. Aboard a convoy of 40 trucks to barangay Diatagon, the lumads left the grounds of the Diocese of Tandag that served as their evacuation camp. But barely a month after coming home, the soldiers are back again, recruiting them to the Task Force Gantangan, a paramilitary group to fight the government�s war against the insurgents.

14 years ago

Mindanao group slams recruitment of lumads to fight the NPAs



Lumads belonging to the Mindanao-wide indigenous peoples group Kalumaran claim theyre being recruited to fight the NPAs against their will. ( photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Lumads are made to fight against each other so that big mining companies and plantations can come in and take control of the ancestral domain, said Norma Capuyan, Kalumaran vice chairperson.

Dulphing Ogan, secretary-general of the indigenous peoples group Kalumaran, said that militarization remains to be the greatest problem facing the lumads, who are also fast losing their ancestral lands to big mining and plantation companies without their consent.

In other places, a mining firm operates but there are no plantations, he said, But in all places, the military presence brings about widespread fear.Read on.