Tribal chief decries military, NPA abuses over ancestral domains

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/1 Dec) – The indigenous peoples in Bukidnon have been caught in the crossfire in the fighting between the military and the communist New People’s Army as both parties do not recognize and respect the rights of the lumads over their ancestral domain, a tribal leader said. Continue reading

Tribal leaders reorganize unified Bukidnon council

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News/18 November) Tribal leaders from the province’s seven hill tribes gathered at the Provincial Indigenous
Community Affairs and Development (PICAD) office on November 11 at the
Kaamulan Park here to reorganize the Bukidnon Unified Tribal
Development Council of Elders (Butridce). Continue reading

Tribe turns over P4.5 million worth of marijuana– Gov. Calingasan

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News/29 October) Bukidnon Gov. Alex
Calingasan announced that leaders of the Umajamnen tribe based in the
hinterlands between Bukidnon’s Cabanglasan and Agusan del Sur’s Loreto
towns turned over about P4.5 million worth of marketable marijuana
plants in formal rites on October 27. Continue reading

Kalilangan lumber trader charged for transporting ‘excess’ forest products

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/27 September) The Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office of Malaybalay filed charges against the owner of a truck from Kalilangan town that transported naturally grown forest products beyond allowable excess.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Leon C. Equipelag, special forestry prosecutor, before the Office of the City Prosecutor on Sept. 19, a copy was obtained by Bukidnon News on Sept. 27, Julieta Edma and Eric Chester Edma are accused of violating the Revised Forestry Code as amended by EO 277 in relation to Art. 309 and 310 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines. Continue reading

Fr. Nery memorial race draws 500 runners

MALAYBALAY CITY –  (Bukidnon News Dispatch/01-02 October) The first
ever Fr. Nery Satur memorial run, organized in time for the
commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death, drew more than 500
participants on October 1.

The five-kilometer run started around 6:45a.m. at the Freedom Park
Covered Court. The Diocese of Malaybalay and the Archdiocese of Manila
sponsored the event to mark Satur’s death anniversary this year. Continue reading

Colonia Brothers top Malandog Trail Run

Malaybalay City – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/ 30 Sept) Running brothers Leonard and Leo Colonia topped the Malandog Ridge 10k Trail Run held on September 24, 2011 in BFI Compound, Sumpong, Malaybalay City. Fifty four out of the sixty eight actual registrants joined the race.

Runners race off during the trail run event on Sept. 24

Participants ran through the tough and challenging route which started from BFI compound, went uphill to the Malandog Ridge peak where the Tabios Tower view deck once stood, descended down to Malaybalay City Swimming Pool in Can-ayan and back to the starting line. Continue reading

NCIP revokes compliance certificate issued to Bukidnon ranch occupant

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News / 30 Sept) – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, sitting en banc, decided to annul the compliance certificate it issued to a ranch operator in Maramag, Bukidnon, reversing a verdict it made more than three years ago, according to a copy of its decision furnished by petitioner Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association (Padata).

In its September 20, 2011 decision, released only on September 28 and was emailed to Bukidnon News a day after, the commission en banc granted Padata’s petition to annul or recall Compliance Certificate No. CCRX-08-7-150 issued to respondent Engr. Ernesto Villalon.

The decision came more than a month after the killing of 28-year old farmer Welcie Gica, who was reported shot by security guards hired by the Villalons in Panalsalan village to secure the ranch. Gica, father of two, joined fellow Padata members who staged a protest  in the ranch on August 24, 2011 when they were confronted by the guards. Continue reading

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