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DAVAO DELNORTE: Santo Tomas town, AFP, Kiwanis hold “Fiesta sa Nayon” for Ata-Manobos

Gipatigayon sa school grounds ng Sitio Talos, Barangay San Jose ang KIWANIS One Day ” Fiesta sa Nayon”

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The Making of Kiwanis Playground, diin ang mga kabataan ug bagani nga Ata-Manobo,kauban ang AFP (Army ug Air force) ang miplastar sa mga ligid nga gamit sa maong playground. Kahinumduman nga niadtong Hunyo 19,2021, napahitabo ang ground breaking ceremony sa playground.

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Sa maabtikong pagdumala ni Lorna Go ng Kiwanis Division 7, nahan-ay ang pagpahitabo sa maong aktibidad.Si Tatay Erning Ernesto Evangelista mapasalamaton sa tanan pribadong sektor nga nagatabang sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan aron mahatag ang mga pangihanglanon sa mga TOMASINO, mapagamay man o dako nga programa.

Ilalom sa kritikal nga pagbansay ni Atty. Elayza Lapina sa mga pribadong sektor nga mamahimong pares sa mga programa, gipaniguro kini nga aduna gayud katakus ug maayo nga tumong ang mao nga organisasyon aron sa malungtaron nga kalamboan sa kabaranggayan.Sa pangulo ni Battalion Commander Donald Gaffud ng 89IB MAKATAO Battalion, hapsay nga napasiugda ang aktibidad.#AksyonAngSolusyon#tataycares

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ESPERON SLAMS NPA FOR USING SALUGPONGAN SCHOOLS VS. GOVT

TRAINING GROUND FOR CHILD WARRIORS

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SALUGPUNGAN SCHOOLS CLOSURE. National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr. attends a Senate hearing on the proposed closure of 55 Salugpungan schools on Tuesday (Aug. 27, 2019). Esperon said the New People’s Army’s alleged use of the schools in its recruitment of young indigenous people into the communist movement does not adhere to international norms and Philippine laws. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Tuesday said the use of Salugpongan schools by the New People’s Army’s (NPA) in its alleged recruitment of young indigenous people into the communist movement does not adhere to international norms and Philippine laws.

During a Senate hearing on the suspension of 55 Salagpongan schools catering to indigenous peoples communities across Davao Region, Esperon said these educational institutions have been converted as breeding grounds for the NPA to promote its ideology that espouses the violent overthrow of the government.
Esperon cited Republic Act 11188, which provides that children in situations of armed conflict have the right to be protected from recruitment into government forces or armed groups and from participation in armed conflict.
He also cited the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, which states that armed groups distinct from the armed forces of a country should not, under any circumstances, recruit or use in hostilities persons under the age of 18 years.
“Therefore, covering to international norms and Philippine laws on the status of children in situations of armed conflict, the Salugpungan in Region 11 teaches the students with different beliefs and systems far from what government prescribes,” said Esperon.
Last July, the Department of Education (DepEd) ordered the suspension of the permit to operate of the 55 schools operated and owned by the Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers in Davao Region.
Esperon, who chairs the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, presented his report by enumerating the following reasons for the suspension of the schools’ operations: the institutions do not teach the curriculums in accordance with DepEd guidelines; trains its students to hold mass actions against the government; and, teaches students to rebel against the government.
Esperon’s claims were based on the affidavit executed on Dec. 6, 2018 by Melvin Loyod, a former student of a Salugpungan school and eventually became a volunteer teacher in a Salugpungan school in Sitio Pongpong, Barangay Sto. Niño in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
During the same hearing, Datu Awing Apuga, a former child warrior of the NPA, called for the total closure of the Salugpongan schools.
Apuga recounted that he was only five years old when his father brought him to an alternative school, believing they would give him proper education but he was eventually trained to become a child warrior of the NPA.
Apuga noted that at the age of 15 years old, he was already taught to handle an M16 rifle and would regularly practice “target shooting.”
“Kung sino makatama sa gitna yun yung mataas na grade (Whoever hits the mark gets a high grade),” Apuga said. 

“Yung tribo namin ginagamit na lang nila para gawing mga aktibista… Nire-recruit talaga ang mga estudyante (They used our tribe and turned our members into activists… They are really recruiting students),” he added. 

He then joined the NPA and became a rebel under the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) for seven years.

Currently, Apuga is a tribal leader in Talaingod and an IP rights advocate. He is also an active member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Talingod town, tasked with defending their ancestral domain from NPA incursion.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

“JOMA SISON A COWARD”

TRIBAL LEADER SLAMS JOMA LIES AND DECEPTION

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Not a coward like Joma

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).

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Live with us before accusing of spreading lies

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

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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.

Ancestral lands

“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)

COWARD

TRIBAL LEADER SLAMS SISON LIES AND DECEPTION

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I’m no coward like Joma

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).

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Live with us before accusing of spreading lies

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.

Ancestral lands

“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)

Satur told: Stop exploiting lumad children

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Concerned members of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities on Saturday confronted Bayan Muna president and former solon Satur Ocampo and his companions at the Talaingod Police Station for allegedly recruiting children to rally against the government.

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Bai Pilar Libayao, Municipal Indigenous People Mandatory Representative, told Ocampo and his companions to respect the lumad and to stop exploiting their children.
“We have great respect for you, but do you respect us? You don’t have to bring the children if there’s no war in the mountains. Why would you bring them there?” she said in the vernacular.
Libayao said the National People’s Army (NPA) and some non-government organizations (NGOs) are the ones destroying peace in the mountains.

Mindanao’s tribal leaders vow to fight ‘bloodless war’ vs. NPA

Lumad tribes, she said, are peace-loving people who work quietly to provide food for their children and do not want to take sides between the activists and the government.
“Disturbance happened because you came here. In the evening, the NGOs are good at talking to children. If they’re unable to evacuate [the children], armed people will go up the mountains to get the children. No soldier will go up the mountains if there are no one from the other group there, that is the truth,” she said.
Libayao said her husband was killed by members of the NPA to silence him from talking about the group’s activities.
“There’s a radio announcement that lumads have human rights, but the soldiers, none, those killed by NPAs, none. There’s no one saying that soldiers are the ones who abuse, because it’s the NPAs who first kill the soldiers),” she said.
Alamara group founder Datu Andigao Agay, who was also at the Talaingod police station, said Ocampo’s group has no right to file a police report against the lumad or the police regarding the incident.
“We appeal to you, release our children and bring your teachers. It is not right that you’ll have us reported…you are the guilty ones, you should be the ones reported because this is our territory,” he said.
A woman from Ocampo’s group explained that they were in the area “to rescue” children and teachers of the Salugpungan Learning Center following the supposed forcible closure of the school. She added they were fired upon at the checkpoint because of the rescue.
Meanwhile, Libayao said their group deserves to be detained because what they did is a form of child exploitation.
“That’s right because you’re getting children in the middle of the night, what is the problem? Why perform a rescue, is there a war?” she said, adding that the Lumad elders are no longer interested with the Salugpungan schools.
“We don’t like your schools anymore, no more teachers from you. Every time you enter [our area], people are killed because of war, you kill our leader, so we don’t like you,” he said. (PNA)

MANIPULATORS

SATUR SLAMMED

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GOV. DEL ROSARIO: LEFTISTS MANIPULATING TRIBAL PEOPLE

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.

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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.

 

Satur Ocampo, 17 others out on bail

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)

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