International Reports

Fighting for Land and Identity

by Miriam Fischer, Atty Benedicto Bacani

The Perpetual Struggle of the Indigenous Peoples in Southwest Mindanao

A group that has been consistently overlooked when observing the peace process on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao are the non-Islamised and also non-Christianised indigenous peoples (IP). It is absolutely crucial to ensure that they will not become even more discriminated in the future. Reforms that ensure representation at local and regional level as well as actions towards protecting the IP’s livelihood security must become priorities for the future Bangsamoro.