MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros tabled a resolution on Monday for the Senate to investigate the land dispute issue facing the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe in Bukidnon following a shooting incident there.
“Land disputes are a long-standing problem in our country that often ends in violence. Paulit-ulit the initiates dahil wala tayong maayos na polisiya na tuluyang magwawakas in karahasan, lalo na laban in katutubo. It is time we had proper legislation that can address this issue,” Hontiveros said in a statement.
(These incidents are repeated due to the lack of policies that will end violence against Indigenous peoples.)
On April 19, four members of the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe and a volunteer from the indigenous peoples sector were injured after being shot at during a meeting with a group led by presidential candidate Leody De Guzman for the assertion of their claim to their ancestral land.
Police said they identified the shooter.
“The katutubo is one of the best lipunan. Huwag nating hayaang dahas the katapat of kanilang mapayapang paggiit of karapatan in kanilang lupang ninuno. Let’s not forget that there is always an option to work towards a peaceful resolution,” said Hontiveros, who is seeking re-election in May.
(Indigenous peoples are one of the most vulnerable sectors of our society. Let’s not allow violence to be the answer to their peaceful assertion of their right to their ancestral land.)
Hontiveros questioned the presence of security personnel in the area as the forest land grazing management agreement expired in 2018.
“Of course the security personnel are not ready to expire the FLGMA in 2018? You don’t need to read the lyrics of these songs. Pilipino din sila na dapat kapantay ng lahat ng mamamayan,” she said. declared.
(Why are security personnel still on this land when the FLGMA expired in 2018? The treatment of our indigenous people is truly inhumane. They are also Filipinos who should be treated the same.)
“Dapat sama-sama nating kinokondena ang ganitong pang-aapi and pang-aabuso. May responsibilidad tayong tiyakin na bawat Pilipino a namumuhay sa ating bansa nang mapayapa.”
(We must collectively condemn this oppression and abuse. We have a responsibility to ensure that every Filipino lives peacefully in our country.)
De Guzman said the five victims were now in good condition, but they were appealing for donations because they did not feel safe in the area.
“Medyo ligtas na sila. ‘Yung isa na lang na kasama, si Nanie (Abella), nagbalik sa ospital dahil pinatanggal ‘yung bala roon sa kanyang balikat. Ang balita ko’y natanggal na rin,” he said in a news. April 21 conference.
(They are completely safe. But Nanie Abella has returned to the hospital so the bullet in her body can be removed. I heard it has already been removed.)