Posts by tag: Mindanao

2 months ago

Hopes up for Bangsamoro interim extension until 2025

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Hopes up for Bangsamoro interim extension until 2025

Hopes are high for Congress to approve the extension of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) until 2025 for it to have some leeway to respond to the exacerbating problems resulting from COVID-19 and establish institutions for self-governance in the Bangsamoro region.

2 months ago

Who’s afraid of critical students?

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Who’s afraid of critical students?

But there can be no further wondering why government feels threatened by progressive education. State forces insist that they “rescued” Lumad students—they rescued them from further learning how government assists in the corporate plunder of their ancestral lands, from realizing the potential of their collective strength as our young heroes then realized their collective strength.

2 months ago

REFLECTION: Scandals?

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REFLECTION: Scandals?

Why? They had no weapons nor drugs or anything illegal. They were only holding class peacefully. The police called the raid a rescue, but the videos convict the attackers as criminals. That was a scandal of terrifying violence against children.

2 months ago

UCCP Bishop to NTF-ELCAC: ‘No abuse and child trafficking at Haran shelter’

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UCCP Bishop to NTF-ELCAC: ‘No abuse and child trafficking at Haran shelter’

A group of Manobo evacuees seeking refuge inside the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran compound decried on the repeated accusations of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) that ‘’bakwit schools’ train child warriors and earn profit from taking shelter in the cities to expose their plight in the communities they temporarily left behind.

3 months ago

Not yet

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Not yet

Datu Benito Bay-ao was one of the Lumad leaders who were taken into custody after that disgraceful raid at the Bakwit School in Cebu City. Just six years ago, Dats Bens (as we call him) spoke with pride and optimism in this documentary about their Lumad school in their village of Dulyan, and across the other upland villages in the Pantaron under the Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon organization. Schooling in the cities made them ashamed of, and forget about, being a Lumad, he said. But with their schools built right in their domain, young Lumad could learn while keeping their tradition alive.

3 months ago

USC, church slam ‘rescue’ of Lumad students in Cebu

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USC, church slam ‘rescue’ of  Lumad students in Cebu

Police and social workers in Cebu on Monday took custody of 21 Lumad students and arrested tribal elders and school teachers from their “Bakwit School” in the University of San Carlos Talamban campus, claiming this was a “rescue” from a rebel training school.