CHR-10 cites land rights, gender equality as major IPs issues

In the last leg of the National Inquiry on the Situation of Filipino Indigenous Peoples (IPs) on October 27 at Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-10 reported that land rights, gender equality, migration, government service accessibility and employment are among the major issues of the IPs in Mindanao.

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CHR Focal Commissioner on IP Rights Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana said that the inquiry includes three thematic areas which are the protection and promotion of the IPs’ land and cultural rights, effectiveness of the current government process to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of IPs, and the state of economic and social development of IPs in the Philippines.

 

“Layunin ng National Inquiry na alamin ang kasalukuyang kalagayan ng ating mga kapatid na katutubo sa buong Pilipinas at ilarawan kung ano ang antas ngayon ng pagkilala at pagtupad sa inyong karapatang pantao,” Gana stressed.

 

(It is the aim of the National Inquiry to know the current situation of the IPs in the Philippines and describe the level of recognition and fulfillment of your human rights)

 

IP communities in regions 9, 10, CARAGA and BaSulTa (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi provinces of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) participated in the national inquiry.

 

Community leaders and members from Bangigi, Subano, Manobo, Bajau, Kolibugan, Sama Bangigi, Sama Dilaut, Sama, Tausug, Bukidnon, Manubo Pulangyon, Yakan and Talaandig shared some of their experiences in their area which hindered them to establish their cultural identity and further brace development.

 

Representatives from BaSulTa said that one of their primary concerns is the treatment of women in their area especially in Jolo noting that most women are not prioritized in accessing education since they will just be confined in homes as housewives.

 

Aside from gender equality, illegal employment of Badjaos in Malaysia was also reported where the group’s representative stated that they are still seeking for a bilateral agreement of the two governments (the Philippines and Malaysia) to lessen undocumented employment in the neighboring country.

 

When it comes to health concerns, most of the IPs mentioned that the government still lacks medical service and provision of medicines in their areas. They stressed that the proximity of their areas and the cultural practices of some groups may cause such health service gap.

 

The Badjaos also cited less to no employment opportunities for their graduates.

 

These concerns and more were tackled carefully by the CHR as these outputs of the National Inquiry will comprise the Indigenous Peoples’ Right Observatory (IPRO). The CHR also said that such issues will be raised to the national government agency concerned for appropriate actions.

 

 

“Ang lahat ng mga kaalaman at datos na lilitaw sa National Inquiry ay gagamiting batayan upang magpadaloy ng kaukulang serbisyo at tulong para sa mga katutubo sa Pilipinas (All of the information and data that will emerge in the National Inquiry will be used as basis to provide appropriate service and aid to the Indigenous People in the Philippines),” Gana said.(RTP/PIA10)

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Duterte: Liberation of Marawi marks beginning of rehab

Following the day after the top terrorist leaders of Marawi siege, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were killed in a military assault, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(PRRD), declared the liberation of Marawi from the control of terrorists.

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“I hereby declare Marawi city liberated from the terrorist influence… that marks the beginning of rehabilitation,” said Duterte.

The president also commended the valor of the troops as they braved the dangers posed by gun fires and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in fighting against the terrorists and in rescuing hostages.

Symbolizing the achievement of victory against the terrorists, the President led the raising of the Philippine flag held at the Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia campus, located at the main battle area.

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año  said in a press conference on Monday that “the Marawi crisis will be over–sooner than later. The resistance of–or what is left of it— the terrorists will crumble.”

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Meanwhile, Col Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Ranao,  said that the death of terrorist leaders led to the declaration of Marawi’s liberation as they are the “center of gravity, they are the ones who are binding Maute-ISIS together.”

“It [the declaration] is a strategic message to tell the world na tapos na itong problema sa Maute-ISIS [that the problem with Maute-ISIS is over], na they cannot be victorious anymore. Patapos na po [This is about to end.],” said Brawner.

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Brawner also asked the residents of the Marawi City to be patient as clearing operations of the area are being conducted.

“We will rescue remaining hostages and make sure na wala ng stragglers na naiiwan at mga IEDs [that there will be no longer stragglers and IEDs in the area].. tuloy na pa tayo [we are ready for]  sa next phase which is the rehabilitation,” Brawner said.

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Brawner also shared that the cleanup drive ‘Brigada Marawi’ has began last week.

The  Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams will also check and remove remained IEDs.

Meanwhile, Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) teams composed of various national and local government agencies had begun their assessment on the damages in 24 barangays in Marawi City.

The results of the data analysis, consolidation, and report development of the assessment is to be completed before October ends.(LEAntonio-PIA ILIGAN/LDN)

‘Market of shabu is poor communities,’ says Duterte

In refuting media reports that only poor drug suspects were hunted down in drug operation, President Rodrigo Duterte said the market of shabu is the poor communities.

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Speaking during the launch of the Cebu Pacific’s seventh domestic hub at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, Pres. Duterte said “Bakit mga mahirap…Bakit marami ang patay, hindi ‘yung mga mayaman?…sinasabi ko na sa inyo, ang market ng shabu are ‘yung mahihirap na community.”

 

(Why the poor? Why are not the rich among those killed? I’m telling you. The market of shabu is the poor community.)

 

Duterte also said that the rich do shabu in yachts or go to the airport, they do cocaine or heroine. But heroine and cocaine are derivatives of a product called the poppy. It’s not damaging to the brain.

 

He said, “Marijuana, tapos ‘yung extract niya, ‘yun ang maging cocaine, then refine it to heroin. Hindi masyadong nakakasira ng utak. Huwag mo lang haluan, dried ganun, marijuana.”

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(Marijuana, then the extracts, that makes cocaine, then refined it to heroine. It does not damaging to the brain. Just don’t mixed it, like dried, marijuana.)

 

The president further said, “Kaya kayo ang tinamaan. A, B, C, D, E — D, E ang pinakamatindi. Doon ang labanan ng pulis.”

 

(That is why you are the most affected. Among the economic classes, D and E are the most prevalent. That’s where the police operation happen.)

 

Duterte also revealed the country has lost an estimated 128 police and 200 soldiers in connection to drugs.

 

In Mindanao in particular, the president said the police can’t penetrate the laboratory. When they enter the premise, they would be facing M-60 machine gun, bazooka. They have to call in soldiers, that is why there are many killed soldiers.

 

He, likewise, said that drugs are always an organized crime. These drugs has to be cooked. Then there has to be lieutenants or trusted men who will distribute it to you, to the peddlers or they call it “basura.” Without basura selling it, shabu cannot prosper. It will remain in the bodega or in the place where they are hidden, but it could not be prosperous trade. So all this, they work in tandem.

 

However, Duterte assured he will still abide by his sworn duty to protect the people and preserve this country, the Republic. Also, he will go against all criminals without fear or favor and enforce it equally.

 

Meanwhile, Pres.Duterte urged the press to carefully listen to his message saying “If the ship is listing and overwhelmed by forces of the enemies of the state–terrorism, rebellion and so many fronts, I will not hesitate to declare Martial Law.” (EOR/PIA10)

4ID activates new battalion to secure Southern Bukidnon

Philippine Army activated its 88th Infantry (Maringal) Battalion and placed it under the operational control of 4th Infantry Division to address the threat situation in the Southern part of Bukidnon.
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In a simple ceremony on October 19 held at the 88IB headquarters in South Poblacion, Maramag town, Bukidnon, MGen Ronald C Villanueva, 4ID commander underlined the specific tasks and mission of the said battalion that are aligned to the current campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which is the Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan.”
 
He also emphasized during the program about the ultimate objective of the New People’s Army (NPA) terror group.
 
“When we talk about terrorism, we don’t only mean Maute or ISIS, we also talk about the New People’s Army that have longed made the lives of our people in Bukidnon miserable. Not only that they burn trucks and plantations but also extort hard-earned money from poor farmers and worst, recruit children to fight against the government,” said Mgen Villanueva.
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He further said, “I would like yo emphasize this with the presence of our local leaders in today’s ceremony that the real intent of the NPA is not to topple down the armed forces but to take the governance from you. This is the reason why we remain strong, resilient, and have improved our security stance in order to not just eliminate but to fully address this insurgency situation that have longed been affecting our Country’s development.”
 
Villanueva said to the soldiers of the battalion that he expect them to bear the professionalism as the they execute their tasks.
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Build bridges from among the people, earn their respect and gain friends. There is no room for any Human Rights violations. We have already gained an immeasurable people’s support especially during our efforts in Marawi. Don’t let one mistake destroy what we have sacrificed for our Country. We support the intent of our Commander-in-Chief to protect the state and the people. Again I remind all of you to perform only your duty as a disciplined soldier, MGen Villanueva concluded.
 
The activation and deployment of 88IB that is composed of 450 soldiers is part of the president’s plan to hasten the resolution of all internal conflicts in the Country. This will help pave way for the smooth implementation of all Government programs and services that would benefit every Filipinos in all parts of the Archipelago. (4ID)

ADVISORY: AFP-Smart activates Text Hotline 7444-1678

The Armed Forces of the Philippines [AFP] in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. [Smart] has activated a text hotline: 7444-1678, where the public can directly interact with the AFP.

According to Maj. Alwin Maneja: “The service is initially available for Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in Central Mindanao, the strategy is to eventually have a text hotline for all mobile phone users all over the country.  We prioritized Mindanao due to the ongoing conflict in Marawi City.  Still, we are extremely grateful to PLDT & Smart for acting very quickly to provide the AFP with this capability.  We are continually working and consulting with PLDT & Smart as we further enhance this capability.”

The AFP is encouraging Filipinos in Central Mindanao to provide the text hotline with actionable information and at the same time sign-up for the service so that they may be updated of the events and activities of the AFP.

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The AFP assured the public that they will reply promptly, and act appropriately particularly on reports that pertain to national peace and security.

To use the service, Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in:
-Misamis Oriental
-Agusan Provinces
-Surigao Provinces
-Bukidnon
-Davao Provinces
-North Cotabato
-Sarangani
need to type: EMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to: 7444-1678.

For subscribers in:
-Misamis Occidental
-Zamboanga Provinces
-Lanao Provinces
-Basilan
-Sulo
-Tawi-tawi
-Sultan Kudarat except Columbia
-Maguindanao
Type: WMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to 7444-1678.

Maj. Maneja added: “The value of using the keywords EMC & WMC will guarantee that the messages are sent directly to the AFP’s Eastern or Western Regional Commands for quicker response and action”. (Smart Inc. COmm)

Richness of Mindanao Culture to be showcased at 1st Budayaw Festival

The rich culture, heritage and artistry of Mindanao and Palawan will be in the spotlight as the Philippines will host the first-ever Budayaw: The BIMP-EAGA Festival of Culture and the Arts, from 20 to 24 September 2017, in General Santos City.

 

A collaboration among different agencies and institutions including the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Mindanao Development Authority, Department of Tourism Region XII, the city government of General Santos, the provincial government of Sarangani, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Budayaw will showcase the diversity of creative expressions of cultural masters and artists in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) as well as raise awareness and foster appreciation on the landscapes, life-scapes and aspirations of peoples of the region.

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The festival will feature different lectures, workshops, performances, shows, exhibit and other activities and events, which will foster understanding and solidarity among the multi-cultural populations of the BIMP-EAGA.

During the five-day festival, visitors can view iconic landscapes and cultural markers of the BIMP-EAGA in an interactive exhibit, which will be accompanied by lectures and fora to discuss the tensions of tradition and modernity embedded in the images.

 

A specially designed pavilion will be put up, serving as the shared domain of invited master weavers, who will show visitors how context shapes mastery of techniques over our natural resources.

Visitors will also experience the beauty of indigenous musics with performances using native musical instruments such as gongs, bamboo instruments, lutes and plucked-string instruments. Moreover, they can witness performing groups showcase the best of contemporary theatre, dance and music highlighting the threats and triumphs of communities on the road to peace, development, and resilience.

 

Visual artists will display outdoor installations as well as other works.

To make the Budayaw experience more immersive, there will be special tour packages for the visiting guests and tourists to explore the richness of Mindanao culture as well as its touristic destinations.

 

Aside from showcasing the diversity of cultures of countries of the region, the Budayaw festival will train the spotlight on the beauty of Mindanao, affirming and safeguarding its being wellspring of creativity and resilience.

To know more about Budayaw, contact Adelina M. Suemith, chief of the NCCA Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division, through telephone number 527-2192 local 601 or email amsuemith@yahoo.com.

For more information, please contact Rene Napeñas, head of the Public Affairs and Information Office, through 0928-5081057, 527-2192 loc 208 or through email address ncca.paio@gmail.com. (NCCA)

DTI: No price hike in goods after ML declaration

ILIGAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured the public that there would be no price increase in basic commodities in markets after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte proclaimed Martial Law (ML) in Mindanao following the clashes between government forces and Maute terror group in Marawi City last May 23.

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In yesterday’s, June 5, press briefing held at the Regional Command and Coordination Center in Iligan City, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that results of market price monitoring conducted by DTI showed that stores, especially in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, complied with the government’s price freeze order.

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DTI market monitoring report as of June 5, 2017 showed that NFA rice remains at P27 a kilo, regular milled rice at P40 a kilo, well-milled rice at P44 to P48 a kilo and upscale rice at P52. These prices, except for upscale rice, have the same price prior to the declaration of Martial Law.

In a statement, DTI Secretary Lopez informs all consumers and retailers that pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, prices of basic necessities in areas proclaimed or declared under Martial Law shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control.

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“Supply of goods in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte markets is also abundant despite the threat of terrorism in some of the province’s rural areas. Hence, I refuted reports that prices of basic commodities soared high in the wake of Marawi crisis,” Lopez said.

He, therefore, urged the buying public to countercheck the prices sold in markets to ensure they are buying goods with the right price. (RLRBalistoy/PIA-10, Bukidnon)