"On June 16, human rights group Karapatan reported the death of Willy Rodriguez, Lenie Rivas, and 12-year-old Angel Rivas, after the Philippine Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion opened fire at them while the three were harvesting abaca. Karapatan said the victims, who were members of the Manobo tribe, were farmers. According to the rights group, Angel was a grade 6 student at the Lumad school Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS), while Willy and Lenie were both members of Lumad organization Malahutayong Pakigbisog alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU). Sabokahan IP Women, a grassroots women’s organization, also alleged that Angel and Lenie were raped before being killed by soldiers."
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"Counterfeit Cordillera-woven blankets and garments coming from China have flooded local markets, prompting native weavers to demand government protection for the indigenous craft."
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“This time feels different; we have been forced to leave our homes, and we are being told we need to give up our lands for our own good. But we cannot live like this - we belong in our ancestral lands, and we want to go back,” he said.
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