Olon­gapo IPs slam coun­cil polls’ rule

Manila Times - - REGION - PA­TRICK ROXAS

OLON­GAPO CITY: Sev­eral mem­bers of an Aeta tribal com­mu­nity here ques­tioned - - tion of their ap­pli­ca­tion as can­di­dates ( vil­lage) coun­cil.

The can­di­dates and their mem­bers in the Am­bala Aeta tribe at Si­tio Mam­puweng in Barangay Old Ca­balan ap­proached an of­fi­cial of the Aeta Fed­er­a­tion of Olon­gapo to air their grievance over what they claim as at­tempt to ma­nip­u­late the process of se­lect­ing the tribal com­mu­nity’s manda­tory rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the vil­lage coun­cil.

An elec­tion was sup­posed to take place last Fe­bru­ary 12 in Si­tio Mam­puweng on Fe­bru­ary 8 to four as­pi­rants ad­vis­ing them that they failed to meet the re­quire­ments to can­di­dates.

Jay Dabu told TheMani­laTimes he is a le­git­i­mate res­i­dent of the tribal com­mu­nity since birth but was re­jected be­cause he can­not read and write. He said it was only be­cause he can­not read and write which was not a re­quire­ment in the past.

An­other as­pi­rant, Ros­alino Manuel Jr., who lives in the area since 1997 said he was re­jected be­cause of his track record which he re­fused to men­tion.

Also, Tere­sita Rivera, was de­nied from she has served as vil­lage coun­cil­woman was not enough and was ac­cused of sell­ing lands.

She said she has been re­sid­ing in the said tribal com­mu­nity for some 40 years.

An­other as­pi­rant, Jo­ce­lyn Apaci­ble said her work at the Department of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment (DSWD) was not con­sid­ered as a ser­vice to the tribe and that she has not enough knowl­edge of the

- wanag was qual­i­fied to run.

The Ae­tas in Mam­puweng, com­posed of 150 fam­i­lies, are into farm­ing as their liveli­hood.

Lawyer Ro­man An­to­nio, a mem­ber of the three- man screen­ing com­mit­tee of - ter said there are guide­lines fol­lowed by th­ese re­quire­ments.

- fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the in­dige­nous cul­tural com

rights and as­pi­ra­tions of in­dige­nous peo­ples as re­gards their right to an­ces­tral do­mains, right to self- gover­nance and em­pow­er­ment so­cial jus­tice and hu­man rights and cul­tural in­tegrity.

An­to­nio told TheMani­laTimes has given the re­jected can­di­dates un­til Feb. 17 to sub­mit more doc­u­ments to ap­peal and sched­ule the next date for elec­tion.

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