Lumad, Moro leaders reaffirm kinship, sign covenant

Iligan City-based Datu Diamla Rolando So-ong (right), over-all head claimant of an ancestral domain in Lanao del Norte embraces Hajji Datu Ismael Gonzales after they exchanged tokens during the IP-Moro reaffirmation of kinship in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon on March 8. 
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SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon  – Representatives of eight Moro tribes and most of the Lumad or non-Islamized tribes in Mindanao yesterday signed a five-point kinship covenant in a gathering here filled with festive remembrance of historical relationships and aspirations for peace and unity in the island.

2 teenagers file charges vs. rape suspect; lawyer: client is presumed innocent

Bukidnon State University students carry placards during a symposium on women and children protection at the BSU gymnasium on March 9. It was done in time for the International Women’s Day and as an indignation of the series of rape incidents involving students. The rape suspect was arrested on March 3.
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MALAYBALAY CITY  – Two teen-age complainants have lodged charges against a man they accused of allegedly raping them in separate incidents in January and February, while its possible there are more victims out there, Oliver Owen Garcia, lead counsel for the victims, told radio station DXBU Friday. Continue reading

March 10, a special non-working day in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY  – President Benigno S. Aquino III declares March 10, 2012, a Saturday as a special non-working day in the Province of Bukidnon in line with the celebration of the 95th Foundation Day of the province. Continue reading

Buseco director-elect David vows to be “pro-consumer”

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/08 March) Asked about his focus as the newly-elected board of director of the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative for Malaybalay, Eligio “Jun” David vowed that he will take a pro-consumer stance amid the power-struggle inside the electric cooperative.

David told Bukidnon News recently he will initiate measures to protect the electric consumers as he has done before.

Leonard Leyros, Buseco spokesperson, said David who got 2,269 votes won over Brgy. 7 chair Alexander Maputi who got 1,471 votes. Buseco has at least 25,000 members in Malaybalay. A director serves a term of three years with a chance for reelection. Continue reading

Capitol releases tilapia fingerlings to 700 beneficiaries

Provincial administrator Provo Antipasado (third from right) leads distribution ceremonies of 700,000 fingerlings of Tilapia to 700 beneficiaries from southern Bukidnon Wednesday, March 7, at the Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The distribution was part of the Assistance to Low Income Communities and Settlers (ALICS) project of Gov. Alex Calingasan.Photo by Fredelyn Ragandang/PAIA

Bukidnon, 1st province in PH to comply with mandatory IP representation – NCIP

By Walter I. Balane
MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/06 March 2012) Bukidnon is becoming the first province in the country to comply with mandatory representation of the indigenous peoples in all levels of local government, a requirement provided by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), Ma. Shirlene Sario, provincial officer of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said.
Sario said IP representatives have been selected in all of the province’s 462 barangays, 20 of its 22 towns and cities, and one for the whole province making it the first province to do so in all levels as provided in Section 16 of Republic Act 8371 or the IPRA of 1997.  Continue reading

IPs, Moro leaders to reaffirm kinship in Sungco

By Walter I. Balane

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/05 March) Aiming to resolve and reaffirm the traditional peace pacts between Lumads and the Moro people, about 33 tribal groups around Mindanao, including 13 from the Islamized indigenous peoples, are minding the reaffirmation of their kinship first, Datu Migketay Victorino Saway told the Bukidnon Press Club Monday.

He said leaders from the tribes around Mindanao are expected to attend what organizers said is a historic reaffirmation of the kinship of the indigenous peoples and the Moro people. Continue reading