““We will take back our lands! We will get justice.”
Category: Indigenous Peoples
Two members of a Banwaon group that opposes development aggression and militarization in their ancestral lands were gunned down this week.
“Kahit ilang beses kaming magbakwit, di kami titigil (No matter how many times we are displaced, we will not stop).”
“I could never imagine what you are going through, but I want you to know that you can use my voice and my reputation, no matter how humble it is. I am with you.”
The IP Agenda contains many of long-standing demands for justice, social services, and respect for culture – which boils down to respect for the indigenous peoples right to self-determination and ancestral lands.
“We believe this possibility should not be wasted.”
“Curfew hours were strictly imposed and the movements of the locals were closely monitored and controlled…They were not even allowed to work in their farms.”
Disagreeing with President Duterte, indigenous groups said the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act and the NCIP should be scrapped.
Even before President Duterte withdrew the government’s unilateral ceasefire declaration on July 30, paramilitary groups attacked a Lumád community.
With President Duterte’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, Mindanao ‘bakwets’ hope soldiers will leave their communities and they can finally go home.
“It is one step, but government should also pull out soldiers, hold human rights violators accountable, and allow evacuees to go home and reestablish their livelihood, schools and communities.”