IP rights' group honors 37th anniv
A network of professionals, Non-Government Organization workers, and church people, among others, that advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines celebrated their 37th anniversary amid continuing repression against the National Minority, September 4, 2022.
With the theme, "KAIBUTOD: Fortify Our Ranks to Advance the Rights of the National Minority," TABAK PHL - Tunay na Alyansa ng Bayan Alay sa Katutubo (TABAK) aimed to consolidate their members and amplify their calls against disinformation, judicial harassment, killings, and other attacks against Indigenous Peoples and Moro.
Members of TABAK conducted their general assembly to reaffirm their commitment to protecting Indigenous Peoples' rights to self-determination and ancestral lands. With the network's newly elected interim executive committee, they promised to amplify the voices of Indigenous Peoples and Moro through community services and online activities.
"I challenge even more those who have not yet been awakened by the sour truths of society: as humans, we have an ultimate obligation to protect, nurture, and defend our land and the ones who tend to it for everyone for it is where we get everything," Ram Cascante, Interim Secretary-General of TABAK, said.
During the assembly at the historic Bantayog ng mga Bayani, individuals honored heroes and martyrs of the National Minority, including Anti-Chico Dam hero Macliing Dulag. It is a challenge to everyone to continue the struggles of those who were victims of state terror and repression.
Members of TABAK culminated the activity through a cultural night. Known performers advocating for the network's cause, such as Pangayaw, Himno at Sining sa Tribu (HST), Talahib Peoples Music, Katha, Gazera, and others showcased their talent. According to Kim Falyao of HST and Kabataan para sa Tribung Pilipino, it is the responsibility of each performer, especially those with indigenous blood, under the current government to perform for the interests of the Filipino people.
According to TABAK, the general assembly and cultural night are some of their build-up activities for the upcoming Hiyaw 2022, a benefit concert for political prisoners from the Indigenous Peoples sector.
Panaghiusa Philippine Network to Uphold Indigenous Peoples' rights lauds TABAK for their continuing support for the National Minority. Established under the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos Sr., they proved collective action may achieve victories amid state repression.
We urge the public to join organizations that take action to oppose anti-people policies. Together, let's amplify the voice of the marginalized for a future where everyone upholds human rights granted by the Constitution and international laws. #