By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions BAI BIBYAON LIGKAYAN BIGKAY was early for the nine o’clock ceremony at the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) today. She sat at the front row of the hall, flanked by her two companions and interpreters, a Manobo Datu and a Catholic nun, patiently…
Category: Indigenous Peoples
In Sultan Kudarat, the town mayor, the police and some local govt agencies are bringing the military’s counter-insurgency operations to IP schools, forcingout of school over a thousand Dulangan Manobo students.
The two-week Manila campaign of struggling Moro and indigenous peoples has inspired a literary folio.
Indigenous and Moro protesters march back to the US embassy to declare their verdict: “Death to imperialism!”
Who are the injured protesters who sued the Manila Police over the US Embassy violent dispersal? They are indigenous peoples, peasant, worker, medical practitioners, youth, and jeepney driver – just ordinary folk fighting for their rights.
“They should pay for what they did…they treated us like animals.”
In a dialogue, indigenous peoples and Moro asked Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to shut down destructive large-scale mining.
“I have aready put my life on the line fighting for our rights. Let us return home.”
“The Lumád who were killed there were those who joined the NPA.”
They depict their stories through performances. Using indigenous instruments and their own language, they educate the city-bred about their struggles and aspirations.
“People showed defiance, assertion and grit. And because they have been wounded, they will even be more assertive next time.”