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Moros covered by IPRA?


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:32:00 08/23/2008

Filed Under: Mindanao peace process, Minority groups, Justice & Rights, Laws

This is a reaction to Michael Tan?s column titled ?Ancestral domain.? (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8/13/08) I am a half-blooded Moro whose dream is to live in a place where hatred doesn?t exist. But it pains me every time I see people from different tribes, ideologies, biases and social and political backgrounds fighting over a piece of land and over a ?piece of paper? (Fr. Joaquin Bernas? reference to the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain).

Tan pointed out how strange it is that the Indigenous Peoples? Rights Act (IPRA) is not mentioned in the MOA-AD. He also said that Muslim groups are actually included in the definition of indigenous peoples.

But granting without accepting that the IPRA includes the Moros, I wonder why the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the agency in charge of implementing the IPRA, only recognizes four Moro tribes, namely, Badjao, Kalagan, Kalibugan and Samal when there are 13 Moro tribes in the Philippines. How about the other nine tribes? Are they considered non-indigenous?

Also, I wonder why there is no mention of any Moro tribe among the 22 tribes who were granted ancestral domain titles from July 2002 to December 2004; or of any ancestral domain being occupied by any Moro tribe on the NCIP list of 71 ancestral domain areas prioritized for 2005, although the implementation of Ipra in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is one of the 12 milestone agenda of the NCIP. I wonder why there is no NCIP regional office in the ARMM.

KHAL MAMBUAY (via email)



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