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Sabangan (1983)

Cinema Real

2022

Sabangan (1983)

Cinema Real

This short documentary is an exposé of the displacement of the Remontados, an indigenous group in the Sierra Madre mountain range, amidst their impending displacement from their ancestral land as a result of the aggressive development projects of the Marcos government, specifically the dam construction in their area.

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Cinema Real, “Sabangan (Dam),” Cinemata video, 26:36, May 1, 2022.

Philippine Indigenous People’s Struggles for Land and Life: Challenging Legal Texts

Jose Mencio Molintas

2004

Philippine Indigenous People’s Struggles for Land and Life: Challenging Legal Texts

Jose Mencio Molintas

This article documents and reviews customary practices and land concepts in the Philippines and examines the interface between state laws and customary laws within the context of the conflicts over indigenous peoples’ lands. The article employs case studies to discuss the application of state laws to indigenous peoples’ communities. It examines the interaction of the formal legal system with the customs and traditions the indigenous peoples have historically relied upon to dictate the rules regulating the use and alienability of land. Particular attention is devoted to the Cordillera experience in order to illustrate how community-level efforts to defend indigenous territories can operate either as a mechanism for reform within the state’s existing formal legal framework or as a means of challenging current legal texts and principles at their foundation.

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Molintas, Jose Mencio. “Philippine Indigenous People’s Struggles for Land and Life: Challenging Legal Texts,” Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law 21, no. 1 (2004).

Fact-Finding Mission Report to Cagayan Valley and Kalinga-Apayao, November 4-9 1985

Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP)

1985

Fact-Finding Mission Report to Cagayan Valley and Kalinga-Apayao, November 4-9 1985

Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP)

Military Operations in the Mountainous Northern areas of Kalinga-Apayao and Cagayan intensified since 1982, with the Marag valley inhabited by the Isneg tribe declared a “No-man’s land” operation zone on March 1985. Several Human Rights Groups from Manila, Cagayan and Baguio would conduct a fact-finding mission to verify the aerial attacks and alleged military atrocities being reported by the Isneg People. Their report includes a situationer of the region and its people, a recording of bombing and strafing incidents across 8 months, and a list of “salvaging” incidents that took place over the same period. A copy of this report was archived by the Medical Action Group, and later Digitized with the help of the Rizal Library.

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Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP), “Fact-Finding Mission Report: Cagayan Valley and Kalinga-Apayao.” November 4-9, 1985.

Awakening of Milbuk

Arthur Amaral

2015

Awakening of Milbuk

Arthur Amaral

Arthur Amaral was a Passionist Priest deployed to Baranggay Milbuk, a logging community near Barangay Malisbong along the coast of the Celebes Sea in Mindanao. The book shares an account of the violence that encroached into the area with the escalation of conflict between the Philippine Government and the Moro National Liberation Front. Amaral, using alternate names in his recounting of events, accounts for the ambush of logging employees in 1974, among them indigenous Manobo Peoples working for the American Weyerhaeuser Corporation. He then narrates the arrival of Philippine Military forces in their defense, and signs of retaliations made against the Muslim population that would manifest as the Malisbong Massacre. He also shares his attempts at documenting and raising awareness on the same matter – conducting an inquiry among Muslim civilians in nearby evacuation centers and contacting the Associated Press.

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Amaral, Arthur. 2015. “Awakening of Milbuk.” Bloomington: AuthorHouse.