ALERT: Traditional Lumad leaders listed as terrorists
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2018 04:13:28 +0000
From: ‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network

Traditional Lumad leaders listed as terrorists

Three Lumad leaders—Datu Mandayhon, Datu Mampadayag and Mamerto Guyanon—aare listed as members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice to qualify the group as terrorist organization on February 21, 2018.

“The listing is an affront to the Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao who have been subjected to centuries of massacre, ethnocide, and exclusion,” said Datu Jomorito Guaynon, chairperson of Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization.

Datu Mandayhon leads a community of Talaandig families along the Pantaron Range in Bukidnon has rarely set foot in the city. According to Kalumbay, Mandayhon’s home is at least two days on foot from the last point a vehicle could get into, but he was forced to join his community when they had to massively evacuate in 2016 after two of their members felt emboldened to defy their traditional laws. The two killed their fellow Talaandig and some Banwaon neighbors, assured that they would not be punished because they had affiliated with a state-protected armed paramilitary group led by the Dela Mance brothers.

Kalumbay believes that the government encourages paramilitary forces because they push for and protect business interests in the ancestral domains. The community of Datu Mandayhon is a prospect for mining companies. “The Dela Mance has already been protecting a banana plantation in the ancestral lands of the Higaonon, home of Mamerto Guaynon, bordering the Pantaron Range,” the Kalumbay chairperson added.

On the other hand, Datu Mampadayag has constantly been with the Banwaon families who time and again run from military operations guided by fellow Banwaons who have turned their backs on tradition and have become greedy for money. Their community has been staunchly defying the atrocities of the paramilitary group formerly led by the deceased Mario Napongahan, a fellow Banwaon leader who had been pushing for the entry of mining into their ancestral domain.

“These three have been tirelessly serving their communities in a thankless effort to protect what remains of our ancestral lands. Identifying these leaders, our communities’ leaders, as terrorists only serves to further undermine the legitimate struggle of the Lumad for self-determination and self-governance,” Goaynon stressed. “We believe that this is another move of the government in its efforts to drive the Lumad once more away from our lands.”
to the Philippine Government by writing to:

H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
New Executive Building
Malacanang Palace
Compound JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
1005 Philippines
Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

Hon. Vitaliano N. Aguirre II
Secretary, Department of Justice

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission On Human Rights
Telefax: 929-0102, 928-5655, 926-6188

Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
Tel: 373-97-87

Hon. Democrito O. Plaza
Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur
Tel: (085) 343-7144/343-7136/343-3750

Hon. Jose Ma. Zubiri, Sr
Governor, Province of Bukidnon
Tel: (088) 221-2523; (088) 813-3845

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