Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. and Governor Edwin Jubahib led on August 16 the turn-over of housing units to 68 members of the Indigenous People in Davao del Norte.
The beneficiary of the housing units in Sitio Tibucag, Dagohoy, Talaingod, were members of the Ata-Manobo tribe who returned to their village after years as evacuees at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Center in Davao City.
The housing project is a program of President Rodrigo Duterte tp provide adequate shelter for the IPs in remote villages.
NHA to build 400 houses for IPs in Talaingod
The National Housing Authority in Region 11 (NHA-11) would build around 400 houses for the members of the Ata Manobo tribe in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Read More
The housing units in BarangayDagohoy constructed by the NHA is funded from a PHP80 million fund for the construction of housing for the IPs in four housing sites inTalaingod.
The projects are the Balai Himulayanan in Barangay Dagohoy, Balai Hibatanan in Barangay Palma Gil, Balai Pamanoykan in Sitio Cuyas, Barangay Sto. Niño and the Balai Hirogo-Unan housing in Sitio Basak, Barangay Sto. Niño.
At the groundbreaking rites and time capsule laying of the Balai Hirogo-Unan housing project in Sitio Basak, Barangay Sto. Niño in 2020, NHA-11 regional manager, Engr. Zenaida M. Cabiles, said housing for the IPs, is the fulfillment of Duterte’s election promise to provide adequate shelter for the Indigenous People .
MANILA – About 87 percent of surrenderers from the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao are members of indigenous peoples (IPs), according to an official of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).Lawyer Marlon Bosantog, the spokesperson for Legal Affairs and IP concerns of… Read More
Lumad not an indigenous term and associated with the CPP, NDF, and NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic Front – New People’s Army)
NO TO ‘LUMAD’. The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples wants to correct the misnomer that all ethnic groups can be called “lumad”. In Resolution 08-009-2021 issued on March 2, 2021, the commission said the elders, leaders, and members of different ICC/IP groups in Mindanao requested that they not be called “lumad”. Instead, they want to be referred to by their ethnolinguistic group names. (Photo courtesy of NCIP)
MANILA – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) issued a resolution denouncing the use of the term “lumad” when referring to Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC) and different Indigenous Peoples (IPs) groups.NCIP Resolution 08-009-2021 issued on March 2 stated that… Read More
MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said online news site Rappler should issue an apology for supporting the narrative of Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) regarding the use… Read More
A member of the European Union (EU) Parliament has blamed western media for the bad image of President Rodrigo Duterte before the world audience.
“I think it’s through the western media that President Duterte is being painted as some semi-dictator and generally democratically elected. But I have a different point of view because I think the world is a very huge place and the Philippines has a different culture than Europe,” said Tom Vandrendriesshe as he brushed aside negative reports about the Philippines.
In Brussels, Belgium, Vandrendriesshe also expressed concern over reports about international funding to communist-linked organizations in the Philippines.
Vandrendriesshe vowed to help the Philippine government put a stop to the flow of financial support .
“I intend to make a dialogue with the Belgium government about the international financial transferring of money. We will have a great picture on where the money is coming from and to which organization it goes and which, should I say, violate the law,” said Tom Vandrendriesshe, in a meeting here with a Philippine delegation from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on Dec. 4.
Vandrendriesshe, who is a member of the Vlaams Belang National Party and Identity and Democracy Group, said as part of the delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he is happy to help the Philippines.
“My party is a right-wing party so we advocate democracy and freedom of speech, free enterprise. We are also an anti-communist party and have a long tradition of defending regional identities in different countries. We have risen, standing up against the promotion and advancement of radical Islam, I believe these also threaten the Philippines,” he added.
Lawyer Norberto M. Navarro, NCIP Commissioner who headed the Philippine delegation, said they are glad that Vandrendriesshe shares the same mind, especially that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, New People’s Army (NPA) are actually terrorist groups that have been declared as such by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
“The protection of indigenous peoples is live and robust in our country, but it’s been painted by communist groups as bad, that we have been neglecting. One, because it’s for bringing up stories; and second, because they are vulnerable. The indigenous peoples are vulnerable and easily manipulated,” Navarro said.
He said identified international non-government organizations (NGOs) have been the source of funding by communist groups.
“Wittingly or unwittingly these foreign funding agencies have given their support. At the minimum, 60% of the funding does not go to the communist schools but siphoned off for their armed uprising,” he added. “Four months ago, our Department of Education closed down 52 schools of indigenous peoples because they were found to be using those schools, not for education but to teach children how to become child warriors, how to make bombs, etc.”
Navarro added that because it’s the Belgian government providing funds for these intermediary organizations, referred to by the Philippines as foreign funding agencies (FFAs), it’s also a matter of responsibility how the latter attach conditions for the use of these funds.
Vandrendriesshe floated the question if these NGOs have ties with communist parties in Belgium.
“Because we also have a communist party here, and it’s very small. But we do know they have a lot of international ties, they are very interested in that,” he added.
He brushed aside negative reports about the Philippines.
“I think it’s through the western media that President Duterte is being painted as some semi-dictator and generally democratically elected. But I have a different point of view because I think the world is a very huge place and the Philippines has a different culture than Europe,” he said.
He also appreciated the Philippine delegation’s effort of addressing the matter to the Belgian government and having documented facts for the European Union and other governments in the European countries.
“So, these organizations, some are terrorists. These are typical organizations founded in the 70s,” he said.
Here in Europe, he added, they depict themselves as being some kind of neutral organization, which isn’t basically true.
“But it’s good that you gave me other information. I’ll be glad to read. It’s good to be informed on this kind of topics which impact your country,” he said. (PNA)
Mandaya villagers shared music, dances, and traditional cuisines, and took part in friendly traditional competitions during the annual Kalindugan Festival in Davao Roeintal on October 25.
During the festival, grade-schoolers from the different sitios treated spectators and visitors with a full display of their cultural heritage through various presentations. Accompanied by the beat of the drums made of indigenous materials and other traditional instruments, the children donning their customary Mandaya clothing stomped their feet as they danced with enthusiasm and energy showcasing the Mandaya way of life and a glimpse of the past depicting their tribe’s struggles and victories.
CHICAGO, Illinois – Unperturbed by whatever will come his way for exposing the truth about communist lies and deception, a tribal leader said Monday he will never abandon his fellow indigenous peoples (IPs), unlike what Jose Maria Sison did more than 30 years ago.
In an interview by Filipino reporters at the Philippine Consulate General here, Datu Ramon Bayaan, of the Obu Manuvu Tribe from Arakan, North Cotabato, said he will never leave his community just to seek refuge and safety someplace else.
Bayaan was answering queries from Chicago-based journalists who floated the idea of asylum after the former placed himself in the line of fire due to revelations that he and seven other IP leaders from Mindanao made against the Communist Party of the Philip[pines and New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
SAN FRANCISCO, California – Her tears were not a mark of weakness but of overwhelming grief, disappointment, and love.Bae Christine Banugan, chief of Mandaya tribe in Caraga, Davao Oriental, was not able to hold her emotions when a young Filipino American (Fil-Am) stood up and chanted in US… Read More
NOT A COWARD
Bayaan said he will never do a “Joma”, referring to the CPP founding chairperson Jose Maria Sison who fled to The Netherlands after peace talks failed in 1987.
“Si Joma Sison lang ang taong nakilala kong duwag. Pinabayaan niya ang Bayan niya at nagpunta sa ibang bansa (Joma is a coward for abandoning his Motherland for a foreign country),” he added.
Malacañang had criticized Sison for leaving his comrades to settle for a comfortable life in Europe, leaving his comrades to fend for themselves, and wounded comrades in the mountains left dying only for government soldiers to rescue and accord medical care.
“For IPs like me, our lives are imprinted on our ancestral lands,” said Bayaan, who is the founding chairperson of PASAKA Confederation of Lumad Organizations in Southern Mindanao. ‘Our ancestral lands are our life.”
As a former member of the NPA for 3 years, and later of the CPP for 12 years, Bayaan admitted he was able to organize 25 groups in the whole of Mindanao, and was a witness to oppression, deception of the tribes especially the killing of thousand traditional leaders who oppose communist ideology, and replaced them with revolutionary leaders.
“Tinulak kami ng napakaling problema na makarating sa malayong lugar na ito (A pressing problem prompted us to travel far and be here),” he said of his group’s ongoing speaking tour in several areas of the United States.
He said IPs were duped by the CPP-NPA into believing that they found an ally in the latter which was later found out to be undermining the government by sowing chaos with promises that the communists are their real defenders and protectors.
“Ang kultura namin nagsasabi na kung saan nagpunta ang mga tao at grupo na nagbigay ng problema sa komunidad ay kailangan naming puntahan at kausapin (We were brought here because our culture dictates that we resolve miseries caused to our tribes wherever the sources may be),” he added.
The CPP-NPA and its political arm, National Democratic Front, he said, have been getting financial support from foreign donors, not only from European Union members but also from United States (US) non-government organizations (NGO) to further their violent cause.
“Ang pinapakiusap namin sa mga kabayan sa Chicago, at ibang parte ng US na tulungan kme na huwag suportahan mga mga kaalyadong grupo, mga NGO, at iba pa na nagpapakilala na tumutulong sa amin pero wala namang nangyayaring tulong (We appeal to all fellow Filipinos in the US to refuse support for communist-linked groups who disguise using solicited funds for IPs),” he added.
Bayaan said only the National Commission on Indigenous People or NCIP can legitimately carry the voice and aspiration of the IPs, not Bayan USA and Gabriela, among others.
The CPP-NPA is also listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)
Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario on Monday said leftist organizations use indigenous people (IPs) “to push their own agenda,” and accused them of maneuvering the truth.
This, after former Bayan Muna party-list lawmaker Satur Ocampo and his companions were charged Friday with kidnapping and human trafficking over the transport of minors in Davao del Norte.
In a statement, del Rosario denied Ocampo’s allegations that a paramilitary group forcibly closed the Salugpongan Ta’TanuIgkanogon Community Learning Center, Inc. (STTICLCI) in Dulyan, Palma Gil village, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
“The so-called ‘right defenders’ exploited the issue to demonize the government and raise funds for their benefit,” he said.
He said it was the local government unit and tribal leaders who pushed for the closure after seeing Salugpongan schools being used as platforms by leftist groups for anti-government propaganda and armed struggle.
“We cannot allow a few cunning individuals to mar our development momentum in the Lumad municipality,” del Rosario said.
Del Rosario called on the leftist groups to stop exploiting the Lumads and start working closely with the government instead.
“The incident revealed how the age-old conflict between the government and those who seek to overthrow it took its toll on our innocent and disadvantaged IP brothers and sisters,” he said.
“Time and again, we have proven that genuine pro-poor governance is the key to alleviating the lives of our Indigenous People,” he added.
Ocampo and 17 others, tagged as ‘Talaingod 18’, were arrested last Wednesday evening for violating Republic Act No. 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act of 2012 after allegedly holding 14 minors without parental consent and permit from the LGU.
The leftist group, however, defended this move, saying it is part of a fact-finding mission on the Salugpongan schools’ closure. (PNA)