Since November 30th and until December 12th, I’ll be in Manila participating in a series of scheduled events called Manilakbayan Ng. Mindanao. Manilakbayan is a journey of people of the Lumad, Moro and settler backgrounds, people who are being oppressed by government policies and who are constant victims of human rights violations. The 4 goals of Manilakbayan are the following:
1: To stop the Killings of indigenous people and of environmental advocats
2: To influence government policy through lobbying various decision making offices (DENR, DOJ, COM, NCIP)
3: To educate and raise awareness of the issues and gravity of escalating human rights violations in Mindanao by holding forums in schools, churches and other venues
4: To build a network of support by forming relationships with national partners with whom future beneficial and cooperative agendas can be realized.
It’s been pretty hectic and tiring but here are some pictures from the first 4 days of events