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Tempo - - News - By AR­GYLL GEDUCOS

Indige­nous peo­ples (IPs) from Min­danao asked Pres­i­dent Duterte to as­sist them tak­ing to court the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines-New Peo­ple’s ArmyNa­tional Demo­cratic Front (CPPNPA-NDF) and CPP chair­man Jose Maria Si­son for what they claimed were vi­o­la­tions of their an­ces­tral rights and safety and the mur­der of IP lead­ers.

In one of the four res­o­lu­tions for­mally re­ceived by Duterte early this week, the IPs re­quested the Pres­i­dent to pro­vide le­gal as­sis­tance to the Min­danao IP Coun­cil of Elders for the fil­ing of ap­pro­pri­ate cases against the Reds, or re­ferred to as CNN in the res­o­lu­tion.

In their res­o­lu­tion, the IPs cited 17 rea­sons for their ar­dent push to press charges against the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Among the rea­sons are their safety at risk by get­ting them caught in a cross­fire when the CPP-NPA-NDF made their an­ces­tral do­main as their guer­rilla base for the last 40 years, and the mur­der of at least a thou­sand IP lead­ers since the 1980s.

“The most glar­ing was the Rano mas­sacre in Davao del Sur and the mur­der of mayor Jose Libayao in the pres­ence of his fam­ily, com­mu­nity and for­eign donors in the tribal mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Talain­god, Davao del Norte,” the res­o­lu­tion read.

The IPs also cited the CPP-NPANDF sup­plant­ing their tra­di­tional lead­ers and re­plac­ing them with rev­o­lu­tion­ary ones, and the col­lec­tion of rev­o­lu­tion­ary taxes. They also cited the de­struc­tion by burn­ing, of prop­erty, par­tic­u­larly of con­struc­tion equip­ment.

The lumad groups also said that the CPP-NPA-NDF are set­ting up in­for­mal pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in their an­ces­tral homes where they rad­i­cal­ize their chil­dren by teach­ing them com­mu­nism and send­ing them to NPA units for ex­po­sure. They also said that the Reds are bring­ing their young lead­ers in ter­tiary school man­aged by com­mu­nists as schol­ars. They added that some stu­dents are also be­ing mo­lested and sex­u­ally ex­ploited.

The lumad groups are also protest­ing the CPP-NPA-NDF’s use of the name “Ba­gani” as a name of its units to “kill our own” and at­tack­ing gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity forces, thus putting all IPs in a bad light. They also said that the Reds oc­cu­pied their an­ces­tral do­main, pri­vate com­mu­nal prop­er­ties with­out per­mis­sion.

“You have no right to bring in and in­tro­duce a for­eign ide­ol­ogy into the very heart of our an­ces­tral do­main to be­come our way of life which is the ex­act op­po­site of our cul­ture as peace-lov­ing peo­ple,” the res­o­lu­tion read.

Aside from the res­o­lu­tion against the CPP-NPA-NDF, the IPs also pre­sented Duterte a res­o­lu­tion re­quest­ing the Pres­i­dent to grant a spe­cial quota in the Philip­pine Army for IPs in Min­danao.

The IPs also cre­ated a res­o­lu­tion ex­press­ing their con­form­ity to Duterte’s dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law in Min­danao and the sus­pen­sion of the priv­i­lege of the writ of habeas cor­pus in the is­land.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Mar­tin An­da­nar said it is still up to Duterte on what to do with the res­o­lu­tions sub­mit­ted to him.

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