FILIPINOS IN JAPAN True Stories – inquirerThree heart-rending true stories of Filipinos in Japan. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/114033/filipinos-in-japan-true-stories/
****************************************** BBL WILL DISPLACE 123,000 LUMADs IN ARMM In an exclusive interview, Jimid Mansayagan, Chair of the Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation (LMPF), which has about 8-million members Mindanao-wide, expresses concern that the Bangsamo Basic Law (BBL) would result in the displacement of 3 Lumad groups numbering 123,000* within the ARMM. (* according to the Institute for Autonomy and Governance or IAG.)
The LMPF plea is for the BBL to respect the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and to recognize the inalienable rights of Lumads. The BBL has no such provisions. The fear of the LMPF is – once the ARMM becomes a ‘territory’ of the Bangsamoro Government, what happens to the ancestral domain of three largest Lumad groups in ARMM – the Tendurays, Lambangians, and Dulangan Manobos, consisting of13 ethnic groups in 80 barangays of 12 municipalities, identified as the ‘ARMM Core Territory’.
The ARMM has a population of 3.9 million as of 2014 (NCSO projection, actual is 3.2 million as of 2010). Its complex demographics, a mix of many ethnic groups, is elusive because NCSO has no ethnic breakdown of Muslims, Christians, and Lumads. The number of Lumads is estimated at 500,000 by the IP DEV Project, which constitute a sizable 12.8%, needing recognition by the BBL as a key player.
In spite of many dialogues between the LMPF and Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, no action is being taken. Both sides of the Panel, the government and the MILF, are ignoring the Lumad pleas. The verbal assurances from MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim that the Bangsamoro Government and the MILF will not oppress the Lumads, are useless. (Minda News Aug. 8, 2014) It must be put into the law to be effective. LMPF wrote President Aquino, but no audience, no reply.
In the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro of January 13, 2013, the LMPF Governing Council asserts, “It is unthinkable that by averring the inherent, inalienable and collective rights to territory and governance as distinct peoples is perceived as against those that should be given to the Bangsamoro, or demanding it from the Bangsamoro. People to people relationship shall depend on tradition and the principle of mutual respect and co-existence. We are neither requesting special treatment nor seeking attention, but only reminding all parties concerned of rights already granted by law.” The Lumads are not envious of the tons of goodies the Government will heap upon Bangsamoro. They just want their inalienable rights respected.
PEACE IS BASED ON CO-EXISTENCE, NOT SEPARATISM
The basic flaw in the concept of autonomy is it induces separatism, and discourages co-existence. Communities are separate and distinct, instead of integrated and whole. The Christian majority, if discouraged to enter Muslim ‘territory’, can actually induce wars. There must be free movement of people.
The motive of government to grant autonomy is to discourage rebellion, which is not good for its image. Ironically, autonomy, if it induces conflicts, will make the government image worse. Autonomy induces special treatment and jealousy.
NOYNOY’S MOTIVES TO FAST-TRACK AUTONOMY
President Aquino has been fast-tracking the peace process because he wants that under his legacy before he steps down, the image motive. Unfortunately, fast-tracking will make the BBL a useless, inadequate, irrelevant, and dangerous law, a blunder that may actually induce war. The present BBL is a knee-jerk papogi (PR) move of Malacanang, whose effects are dangerously unknown.
IS BBL UNCONSTITUTIONAL?
Former Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza says the BBL is inherently unconstitutional. LMPF says the BBL contradicts the IPRA, and IPRA itself is a peace agreement. Last October 14, 2008, the Supreme Court rendered as unconstitutional the deal between the Government and the MILF. Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales ruled that the Peace Panel Chair ‘committed grave abuse of discretion’ by failing to conduct consultation as mandated by EO 3, RA 7160, and RA 8371. The ‘furtive process’ was branded as ‘whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary, and despotic’. (Wikipedia). The BBL may have the same fate when brought to the Supreme Court.
HOW PEACE TALKS BRING WAR
The Lumads have reason to fear dislocation from ancestral lands. A Norwegian Refugee Council Report says when the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that a peace agreement giving the MILF control over 700 areas in Southern Mindanao was unconstitutional, fighting broke out which displaced 700,000 Christians, Lumads, and Muslims. This is how peace talks bring war.
BBL LACKS DUE PROCESS Can BBL funds and arms end up with terror groups?
The BBL should pass through three critical processes. First is an updated population survey in proposed BBL areas complete with ethnic delineations. The BBL has added a lot of new areas. Second is a referendum to see if the people, even the Muslims, really want BBL governance. Will the minority Christians and Lumads accept BBL governance? If they don’t and the BBL is forced down their throat, will there be a resurrection of the Ilagas?
Third is an in-depth study by a commission on the complex ramifications of the BBL. Todate, there is no such study. In August 6, 2008, Senators accused Malacanang of failing to make MILF cut ties with terror networks such as Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf (now also ISIS). Will Bangsamoro funds and arms end up in the hands of terror groups.
LUMADs AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
Lumad ancestral lands have been shrinking rapidly in the last decade, under extreme pressures from powerful forces, agribusiness and mining multinationals in partnership with locals, which bring in the military to protect themselves from the NPA. Big-time farming and mining attract wars. Pro-AFP Lumads end up fighting pro-NPA Lumads. They are the pawns who are massacred. The massacres of Lumads is appalling, especially in Caraga, Region XIII, Agusan Norte/Sur, Surigao Norte/Sur, Davao Norte, and Compostella Valley. The Lumads have nowhere to go. They are the dying pure ethnic Filipinos who may become extinct soon.
By Bernie Lopez, Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer firstname.lastname@example.org See Inquirer version of this article – http://opinion.inquirer.net/80019/fate-of-lumad-uncertain-under-bangsamoro
********************* the more you take the less you have the poorer you are the more you give the more you have the richer you are
********************* peace is not inherent to our spirit it has to be acquired we must work hard for it
eastwind from the book – wings and wanderlust
********************* life is an opportunity, benefit from it
This is a sequel to the previous article After Yolanda, a Bigger Storm – Ayala, which focuses on the planned takeover of Sicogon Island by a Godzilla, Ayala Land Inc., in a staggering P10 billion mega-tourism project that would dislocate about half of its marginal farmers and fishermen. Now we focus on two more Godzillas, Consunji and Filestate in Caluya Island. Whereas, the massive dislocation of Sicogon residents is potential, that of Caluya residents is actual.Read the previous article on Ayala – http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/05/after-yolanda X X Sibolo and Caluya and other neighboring islands very near Boracay are the targets of big time tourism and coal mining expansion. Sibolo is a target because its sands mimic those of Boracay, snow-white and talcum-powder fine. Caluya is the target of Semirara Mining of the Consunji Group for its ‘expanion area’. Ironically, tourism and mining are oil-and-water.
Ironically, the seaweed farms are right in front of the very pristine beaches the Godzillas are drooling over. They cannot just be resettled because seaweed farms have to be near-shore and near their homes, and extremely sensitive to pollution. There are no known feasible resettlement sites. The seaweed farmers would rather die than move, but the Godzillas are intent on moving in. If you move the farms, you have to move the homes, a massive costly undertaking. Tourism and seaweeds are oil-and-water. This is the David and Godzilla story, an immovable object against an irresistible force that would end up in blood.
As in Sicogon, they promise thousands of jobs. If you place side by side the gain of temporary cash-economy-led minimum-wage non-skilled jobs for a thousand in one generation, to that of sustainable susbsistence-economy-led livelihood for tens of thousands in many generations to come, THE COMPARISON IS ABSURD. In this way, big time tourism is anti-people. It gives development to the rich and impoverishes the poor. Ironically, the government supports these anti-people initiatives for tax revenue purposes. They serve themselves rather than the people.
In Sibolo, there has been rapid land acquisition by Filestate at prices hungry marginals could not resist. But they later regretted it when the money vanished in the blink of an eye. Half have been bought, but the other half will not budge and would rather die than move. The reaction of Filestate was to fence and deny access. Lately, the buying spree has waned with Filestate rumored to be in a financial slump and looking for a Korean partner. But their security guards are in place. If Filipino Godzillas are too small, they turn to foreign Godzillas as partner, bigger and more vicious. They let Filipinos do the dirty work and simply give the funds.
In Caluya, there has been violent demolitions, bulldozing of farmlands, human barricades, arrests of protestors, harassments, and militarization. The court ordered the demolition of 84 homes based on questionable legal documents, but they demolished 104 by mistake. Orchestrating the takeover of Barangay Imba shorelands is Caluya Mayor Genevieve Lim, wife of a Consunji who is an executive at Semirara Mining. Here is a Youtube video documentary on the BLOOD SANDS OF CALUYA.
****************** A prayer-song for seaweed farmers in distress to turn to the Lord for help against all odds SONG OF DAVID King David’s famous thanksgiving song for divine rescue from a vastly superior foe, from insurmountable crisis and unbearable pain
i love you Lord my strength my rock my fortress my deliverer my God my refuge my shield my saving horn my stronghold praise be to You Who has delivered me from my enemies death was all around me, torrential floods inundating me the noose of Sehol tightening the snares of death awaited me in ambush in my distress i cried out to the Lord and from His celestial abode He heard my plea the earth trembled, cracking the foundations of mountains His wrath ignited, smoke billowing from His breath kindling coals into flame He then parted the heavens descending with a dark cloud under His feet flying atop cherubs, borne by the wings of the wind the surrounding darkness veiled His majesty a canopy of violent thunder proclaimed His coming clouds and hail and lightning were all around Him the Lord thundered from the heavens His voice echoing, His arrows and lightning bolts flew dispersing my enemy the sea floor surfaced the world’s foundation was laid bare as the roar of the Lord, His breath like a storm He reached down from the skies and cradled me He drew me out of the deep waters and rescued me from my mighty foes too strong for my sword they attacked on a day of distress but the Lord came to my aid and set me free He rescued me because He loves me
**************** in You o Lord i take refuge i trust in You, You are my God my destiny is in Your hands rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and persecutors look with kindness upon me Your servant in Your unfaltering love save me take courage and be strong all you who hope in the Lord sa Iyo o Diyos ako kumukubli lubos and tiwala ko sa Iyo dahil Ikaw ang aking Panginoon ang aking tadhana ay nasa Iyong mga kamay iligtas mo ako sa kamay ng aking mga kaaway at mang-aapi basbasan Mo ako, ang iyong tagapaglingkod nang Iyong kabaitan sa Iyong walang-alinlangang pagmamahal idulot Mo sa akin ang kaligtasan
lahat kayong umaasa sa Diyos maging matapang at malakas Psalm 31:2/14-16/24