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!”
“Natural resources are being plundered from the ancestral lands of our national minorities.”
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.
Ni IPE SOCO Rumagasa ang hangin Tangay ang kanilang awit Papalayo sa tahanang Tinutungkab ng dayuhan Humalo ang sariwang taghoy Sa alingasaw ng urbanidad Tinahak ng mga paang bihasa Sa pagtawid sa mga ilog Sapa, pilapil, at dawag Ang aspalto ng lungsod Na sumisipsip ng kanilang Lakas at hinahon Doo’y natunghayan nila Nagtatayugang gusali Nagkikislapang…
“If the AFP continues to violate the ceasefire, it will not be long and it is highly probable that the NPA would retract its unilateral ceasefire.”
“They should pay for what they did…they treated us like animals.”
In a ceremony, leaders of Sandugo, an alliance of national minorities, express their gratitude to peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) for upholding their rights in the peace negotiations with the government.
In a dialogue, indigenous peoples and Moro asked Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to shut down destructive large-scale mining.
“The Lumád who were killed there were those who joined the NPA.”
“People showed defiance, assertion and grit. And because they have been wounded, they will even be more assertive next time.”