‘Lumads’ – An Endangered Species

The ethnic minorities of Mindanao (Lumads) are an endangered species. They have been victims of slow protracted ethnic cleansing in the last two decades. They are the rope in a tug-of-war between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

Forced by the AFP to be informants, the NPA massacres them on mere suspicion. Forced by the NPA to be spies, the AFP massacres them on mere suspicion. If they feed hungry rebels in fear of incurring their ire, the AFP massacres them as ‘supporters’. They are forced to take sides. They have no choice. In the end, Lumads kill Lumads for both the AFP and the NPA, while they sit in their camps. They have successfully turned indigenous people against each other.

Archbishop issues protest against recent NCIP order associating ‘Lumads’ with the Communist Party and the NPA.

eastwind journals, September 5, 2021


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