Posts by tag: Indigenous Peoples

10 years ago

Why they flee sitio Bermuda

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Somewhere in Bankerohan, in a compound still shady with trees, three-week-old Vermon Autan sleeps soundly on a mat in the bottom bunk of the dormitory-type room that he shares with his parents and four other siblings. The place is not his home.

10 years ago

‘Exodus’ calls for end to militarization in countryside

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Concerned organizations and individuals form an alliance called Exodus for Justice and Peace to call for a stop of the militarization in the countryside and for the return of hundreds of Lumads displaced from their communities. The alliance also seeks justice for the death of tribal chieftain Dominador Diarog, peasant leader Celso Pojas and other victims of human rights violations. Photo shows Exodus’s members signing a statement of unity calling attention to the daily needs of victims, including health and medical services, psychosocial therapy sessions for women and children, legal services, moral support, among others. (davaotoday.com photo by Jonald Mahinay)

11 years ago

The slaying of Datu Diarog

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A CHILD’S PAIN. Four-year-old Mimi suffers from a gunshot wound after their house was strafed by unidentified armed men on April 29. Mimi is one of the ten children of slain tribal leader Domingo Diarog, who was killed April 29 when their house in sitio Kahusayan, barangay Manuel Guianga in Calinan was strafed by unidentified men. Datu Docris Daug, a tribal leader from barangay Daliaon Plantation, and lumads from the K’tala-Bagobo tribe are asking Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s help in their quest for justice for their slain leader. The military blamed the New People’s Army (NPA) for the attack. But in a statement, the NPA denied having a hand in the strafing incident. Instead, the NPA pointed the culprits to be “working closely with the 73rd Infantry Battalion/Task Force Davao of the AFP at the behest of Apollo Quiboloy.” Quiboloy is known as a close friend of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

11 years ago

On Earth Day, environmentalists denounce Tudaya power plants

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Environmentalists are saying that altering the natural conditions of these important bodies of water in Mt. Apo would mean loss of biodiversity and, eventually, the death of the mountain. This could spell disaster for the Davao region, whose lands are nourished by its natural topography, which, in turn, ensures the year-round bounty of fruits and produce.

Members of Panalipdan hold an Earth Day protest in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office in Lanang, Davao City. (davaotoday.com photo by Jonald Mahinay)

11 years ago

Military operations displace Ata Manobo families

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TUCKED-IN. Using a piece of cloth slung to their bodies, lumad women swaddle their young ones, tucking them close to their bodies as they walk. Ata-Manobo women and children are among those displaced by the relentless military operations in Talaingod. Many of the residents were accused of being guerrillas. (davaotoday.com photo by Jonald Mahinay)

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11 years ago

Mandaya farmers call for a stop to military operations in Davao Oriental

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PHOTO ESSAY From the towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental, more than 200 Mandaya farmers walked the five-kilometer distance from the downtown area of Mati, the province’s capital, to Barangay Dahikan, the seat of legislative power, to criticize the military for the alleged human rights abuses in their villages.