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IPMR Rep: Rampant buying, selling of ancestral lands in Marilog

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DATU Rody Mande, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representa­tive (IPMR) of the City Council of Davao, observed that there is rampant buying and selling of ancestral domains in Davao City, particular­ly in the Marilog District.

During the Kapehan on May 2, 2022 at SM City Davao, Mande said there are already indigenous peoples in the lowlands that have been displaced due to the selling of ancestral domains.

“Usa kini sa mga medyo hagit karun sa akong paglingkod sa Davao City, kung paano sya mastop, dako ni nga problema kay daghang tao mabanggaan especially taga city kay daghan na og nanaka na didto (This is one of the uphill challenges as a Councilor (IPMR) of Davao City, on how to stop this and it is a big problem because there are lot of people who may not agree or is against of the plans that we are going to make since there are already occupants from the city).” Mande said.

Mande urged the Ancestral Domain Management Office (ADMO), which is composed of Indigenous Political Structure (IPS) of selected tribal leaders, not to deal with the buyers to eradicate the issue of selling ancestral domains.

“Naa gud man dealer, so kana pud ang among problema tungod siguro kay dili anad og kwarta ang tribo so pagabot sa kwarta mabaliskad ang pangisip (The dealers arre also a problem. The tribal leaders are not used to dealing with transactio­ns with money, and when they encounter such, it could affect how they decide on such matters)”, Mande added.

Mande also said that seven leaders have been killed due to buying and selling of ancestral domains.

“Ang subo lang karun, until now wala gihapon hustisya, walay laing ground kung dili naay makapalit, naka men-in-unifrom pa ang ubang nakapalit, nga syempre malain nga nganong gibaligyaa­n pero dili man diay iyaha to, so kung kinsa pa ang dili malain nga million gud (It is so sad that until now justice have not been served, there’s no other grounds for this but the buying and selling (of ancestral domain), there are buyers who are even men-in-uniform that weve been offended because they have bought land that is not even their (sellers) own, costing millions),” he said.

The councilor plans to gather all the tribal leaders to address the issue on the buying and selling of ancestral lands.

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