Tag: indigenous peoples

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Nineteen years of deceit: The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act in the Philippines

The year 1997 was supposedly a landmark year for indigenous peoples in the Philippines with the passage Republic Act (RA) 8371, or the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA). Many hailed it as an enlightened law that will help ensure the self- determination of the indigenous peoples in the country.

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On grieving for not-so-bright futures

I have a very bright and inquisitive 16-year old nephew. He plans to graduate from high school two years from now (he was supposed to finish high school this year, but the new K12 program caught up with him), take a science-related course or music (he still hasn’t decided),  and then take on the world with a relish only people his age have. I smile as I imagine what he can become.

And then I grieve. Not for my nephew. He has it practically made, lucky him.