The decision to participate in the party-list elections is a desperate attempt to bring their issues to the electorate: the rape of forests, the plunder of resources, the torching of schools and the killing of elders.
Category: Indigenous Peoples
“Activities undertaken by security forces as well as armed groups within and around IP communities in Mindanao have resulted in legitimate expressions of fear and insecurity, in displacement, and is endangering the security and safety of non-combatants, including women, children and older persons.”
“We bring home victory: the support of a broad range of people to the people’s resistance in Mindanao, which is also the Filipino people’s struggle.”
“In 1996, President Fidel Ramos said Apec will bring development, and will make us a Tiger Economy. Now, we can’t even meow like a kitten.”
“Here in Manila, the Apec leaders meet, while we, the indigenous peoples, are being shooed and driven away. We have the anlasiw to show our strong unity as fighting people from Northern and Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and Mindanao. We will continue to unite against the US-Aquino regime.”
The group vowed to defend their land, life and natural resources against what they call as capitalist plunder, exemplified in APEC policies.
“President Aquino, your heart is as hard as that of the Pharaoh who refused to end the oppression of God’s chosen people.”
“As an international organization for peoples’ struggles, we stand with the indigenous peoples, the oppressed people, the workers who have a stake in supporting each other in the struggle.”
“This shows how desperate Aquino is to silence our calls to junk Apec, all for his masters.”
“You think you can hide the people’s protest? But as we leave Liwasang Bonifacio, we move closer to the venue of the summit.”
Members of the Philippine Army’s 23rd infantry battalion reportedly told the community to burn down the school.