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Lumad: Understanding the Issue.

Published Agosto 4, 2017 by jptan2012

Although, I have made some political forecast on this blog, this blog has never been political. One of the latest ‘political’ forecast I have written is about the 2016 Philippine presidential elections. Both my forecast regarding the presidential and vice – presidential results both came true. As I have said, those are forecast and although it is about politics, the nature of the post is not political.

Today, however, I’m going to write about something that may be perceived as highly political. I want to write about the plight of the Lumads. If you are a Filipino who have watched or been up to date about the current political situation in the Philippines, you would have heard about the Lumads. In fact, the Lumads has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in the last election. However, recently just before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) one of their leaders has come out and blatantly said that they regret supporting PDuts and that it was a wrong decision fro them to do so. Consistent with the President’s personality, if you criticize him, he will attack you, and so he did and said that he will bomb all the Lumad schools because they are run by NPAs. Since the announcement, the DND Secretary has since announced that no such move will be made.

After the SONA, I have heard of people attacking the Lumads, but upon probing they seem not aware of who the Lumads are and what are their plight. And so I have decided to write about Lumads and their sad plight. Please note that some parts of the post might be perceived as critical or as highly political. The truth is as much as I want to avoid being political there are truths that can’t be avoided and I do have to write about it, these truths, unfortunately, are political in nature.

So here’s a brief on the struggle of the Lumads.

Lumad is a generic term for all Mindanaoan tribes but I think this excluded all Muslim tribes. .

As tribes their ancestral lands have been threatened many times, on different issues, and by different groups.

Their usual struggle are with loggers, big and small scale, mining companies, big and small scale, etc. To put it simply, any group or anybody who threatens their ancestral lands is also a threat to the Lumads. For years they are being driven out of their ancestral lands to the point that they no longer have stability and peace. Different groups now reach out to the tribes – religious groups (Catholic and Protestant), International and Local NGOs. Government agencies are not as aggressive in helping, if not totally not felt.

Education is also a challenge because DepEd does not put up schools in remote communities. They expect the IPs (Indigenous People) to walk kilometers on end, and expect them to blend with non IPs.

Aside from the fact that DepEd’s curriculum is not IP friendly. It does not have special subjects on culture, tradition, and other IP related issues, which are very important to help them maintain their identity and culture.

Being so, different groups, in different areas different groups have opened IP schools, with volunteer teachers being given “allowances” only. Some teachers are really LET passers that doesn’t have the privilege of having backers at the DepEd and are unable to get a job. So instead of working as cashiers, store clerk or house maids, etc, they’d rather teach even if they only go home 1x, 2x a month and receive only allowance.

The curriculum in these schools are more sensitive to IPs. Of course, there’s emphasis on environmental protection like it’s not proper to cut down trees, and one should take care of rivers, seas, and mountains.

There are ares where the oppressors are aggressive. Mining companies that have driven out IPs maintain PAGs or Private Armed Groups which co exist with the local Phil Army. PAGs have high – end ammo, sometimes they are even than what the army carries. Several of my friends has seen some of them carrying AK -47.

In areas of Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, mining companies are trying to explore “other” sites, which are ancestral lands of the Lumads. These are also the sites where the oppressors are more aggressive.

Lumads doesn’t have any weapons, unless bolos are counted, but they only use it for their daily life like chopping bamboos.. Lumads are generally peaceful tribes or people. They’re not warriors like the Tausugs. So when threatened, they NEED to look for help. So when they become vulnerable because of a threatening situation, they don’t have much choice but to ACCEPT the help of the NPA. The Lumads also admit that there are a few ‘renegade’ Lumads that are being recruited by the PAGs. Of course, in situations like this, money is involved. These renegade Lumads turn their back on their tribe.

As mentioned Priest and Nuns also help the Lumads. The nuns who sells Turmeric Powder, they usually get it from the Lumad communities.

Of course, each group has it’s own approach. The church usually helps in education, livelihood and spirituality. The NPAs provide protection and security.

At this point I would like to make it clear that there is no way I condole violence and support the ideology of the NPA.

2 years ago, a foreign owned mining company that seems to have ties with a Congressman from Visayasdrove out and burned a community in Surigao which they have been wanting to EXPLORE but the Lumads have tried so hard to protect. Because of this the PAGs killed the executive director and 2 volunteer teachers in Surigao IN FRONT of the whole Lumad community. PAGs with the local Army (of course they denied), gathered the whole community, separated the men, women, children they then slit the throat of the ED, then gun down 2 teachers in full view of the shocked Lumads.

Governor Pimentel (although some say he is also connected with Mining companies) took the thousands of Lumads and housed them for over a year at the provincial sports complex. He challenged the national agencies (NBI, PNP, AFP) to arrest and disarm the PAGs.

The national agencies said, why didn’t the police of the Governor arrest them? But according to the governor the .38 caliber of their police is literally rusty, how can they fight with PAGs with AK47!

Anyway, no apprehension was ever made.

It is sad that lately the Lumads are evacuating the area again because they are being harassed either by PAGs or the Army.

This problem has been existing for quite some time, and it is difficult to put the blame on a single administration. However, it is also clear that mining is one of the main reason of this attrition. But so far, mining continues, despite of the pronouncement that the administration is against it, it does continue to these days. Gina Lopez was supposed to be the hope and savior of the Lumads, but her efforts were put to an end when the Commission on Appointments didn’t approved her, and it is perceived that the president didn’t put pressure on CA to have her approved.

Anyway, so every so often, this is what happens to the Lumads. PAGs will threaten Lumad communities, the church will help, but when violence erupts it really are the NPAs who help them.

The Army is said to hate the IP schools because IP kids become more intelligent and know their right because of the IP schools.

Before I end this post, I would like to state that this is how I understand it, but please feel free to learn more about it by doing your independent research. I would like to stress here, I don’t mean to put what the NPAs are doing in a good light, neither do I support any form of violence, be it from the rebel or from the government. I also don’t support the ideology of the NPAs.

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The Landlord’s Tablet: More Than Just A Symbol of Power and Wealth

Published Marso 20, 2015 by jptan2012

“…the crowd, intoxicated with the unstructured power bestowed upon them by the government barge into the house of the man’s palatial house. They searched for the Landlord’s Tablet, and unfortunately for the man and his family, they have two. The tablets were used to hit them repeatedly. At the end, the master of the house with his children, in – laws, and grandchildren were all severely bruised. The mistress of the house was not so lucky, because she died in the process.”

In his book HUNDRED DAY WAR, which is considered as one of the most accurate book about the Cultural Revolution and the Communism that preceded it in China, William Hinton made mention of the Landlord’s Tablet. The Landlord’s Tablet is also known as the Rich Man’s Tablet.

The Landlord’s Tablet is called as such because in the olden times it is usually the rich person or a landlord who has this kind of tablet. It is also sometimes called as the Statesman’s Tablet. In some way, it has become a symbol of a rich man’s status and power, but the Landlord’s Tablet, which is also known as the Rich Man’s Tablet is not some kind of an official tablet declaring their wealth and power or that they are from the government. It is actually a Taoist – Feng Shui amulet that is put in the house.

Officially, for traditional Feng Shui masters and Taoist priests the Landlord’s Tablet, or the Rich Man’s Tablet or the State Man’s Tablet is actually called Ing Deng Pay (Pay is pronounce as pie), which is also called Ing Tiak Pay.

The Ing Deng Pay became commonly known as the Landlord’s Tablet or State Man’s Tablet or Rich Man’s Tablet because the ones who usually have are the landlords or rich man or government officials.

The truth is the Ing Deng Pay is one of the greatest Taoist – Feng Shui cure or enhancer one can have. Not all Feng Shui experts are familiar with this, and needless to say not all Feng Shui masters can make one. In the same manner, not all Taoist priests are familiar with making one. Usually, to make an Ing Deng Pay it will take for a Taoist Priest who is familiar with it and a Feng Shui Master who is also familiar with it to collaborate with each other.

Recently, my Feng Shui teacher has found a Taoist priest who is familiar with making the Ing Deng Pay and they have set out to making it available to people. The Ing Deng Pay is usually made of marble, granite, any hard stone, or hard wood. Sometimes it might have some crystals, depending on one’s birthday and/or needs.

In the old times, a Chinese businessman or politician will usually hire a professional Feng Shui master or a Taoist priest, most of the time both, or a Taoist priest who is also a Feng Shui expert to do a Bazi (also call Paht Chee) analysis and an analysis of his property. Especially if his property is missing a sector. They will then make an Ing Deng Pay to ensure that missing sector is countered and continuously cured of its adverse effect. In a way, having the Ing Deng Pay makes an auric or psychic sector. For example, if the missing sector is the South, having the Ing Deng Pay made under the chart of the master of the house and the missing sector will create an psychic South sector and thus it becomes like there’s no missing sector. Furthermore, more than creating a auric or psychic sector, the Ing Deng Pay is also usually incorporated with powerful inscriptions that brings in wealth and power luck. That is why most people that have the Ing Deng Pay are not only wealthy and powerful but has very good social standing in the community.

A painting of a Chinese rich man or statesman.

A painting of a Chinese rich man or statesman.

The Ing Deng Pay is usually hidden because if somebody who is familiar with the art of understanding and making an Ing Deng Pay and wishes to do you harm, they can come up with another Ing Deng Pay that will counter the inscription of your Ing Deng Pay sneak it in to your house and your Ing Deng Pay might lose it’s power. Furthermore, the master of the house usually keeps his Ing Deng Pay hidden because if somebody in the house wants to create bad luck for the master of the house they can steal his Ing Deng Pay and destroy it. Some Ing Deng Pay is hidden under the ground.

However, the Ing Deng Pay as written in my first post about it –ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM AN AFFLICTED BAZI THAT’S CAUSING SEVERE MONEY, CAREER, RELATIONSHIP, OR PERSONAL PROBLEMS? AN ING DENG PAY IS A POWERFUL TAOIST CURE FOR THESE PROBLEMS -was first created not for the missing sectors. The original formula of the Ing Deng Pay is originally for those people whose Bazi is severely afflicted with a lot of conflicting elements or signs. When a child is born, specially if its a son, the father will usually ask a Feng Shui master to check on the Bazi of the baby, if they see it’s afflicted they then make an Ing Deng Pay for him. It is said that the members of the royal family will have their Ing Deng Pay guarded 24/7.

It was not until the 17th century when a famous Taoist priest who is also a Feng Shui master discovered (or created) the formula for creating an Ing Deng Pay for the house. Since then, the formula was handed down from one generation to the other until Mao Zedong’s ruling disrupted it when he banned China. And to ensure that people get scared of acquiring and Ing Deng Pay the government seeded to the army and later on the Red Army of the cultural revolution for them to use the Ing Deng Pay to hit and reeducated landlords.

It has been a long time dream of my Feng Shui teacher to make an Ing Deng Pay, he is well familiar with the formula but he is not very confident. But it’s a good thing that he was introduced to a Taoist priest last year that is also knowledgeable to make the Ing Deng Pay, they then sent out to making Ing Deng Pay/s available to the public.

Note: I’m not showing a picture of an Ing Deng Pay because of privacy reasons. Some information, for those who are familiar with it, may reveal information about the owner of the Ing Deng Pay.

If you wish to know more about the Ing Deng Pay you can read the following blog posts:

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