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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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A Financial Blessing or Miracle for the Born – Again Christian Who Is Not A Believer of Amulets: How A Simple Miracle Turned a Woman into Believing that there is Indeed Something with the Vajrapani Ruel!

Published Marso 14, 2017 by jptan2012

Since I started this blog in 2012 and became a Feng Shui writer I have been accused of a lot of things, but the most common one is that I’m the devil and that what I write is about is the work of the devil. Although I don’t have the formal statistics, I would say that it is not an exaggeration that 95% or even more of those accusations came from people who profess that they are born – again Christian.

Now, let us jump to the EV who requested that she remains to be identified as EV on this blog, and who was featured on this blog twice already for the miracles that she experienced with the Vajrapani Ruel. What I have never mentioned on this blog is that EV belongs to a born – again Christian (Protestant) family. Her daughters were raised as born – again Christians.

In fact, I remember the first time I met her she mentioned that she is not showing her Vajrapani Ruel to her husband.

Anyway, today I would like to share with you again another miracle that EV experienced. Well, technically it’s not her miracle but being a loving mother that she is, whenever her children gets something it is like she herself experienced them.

EV’s second daughter works for big reputable company. Lately, she has been ranting that she is no longer happy with her company because she is overworked, because she is actually the one who does the work of her boss. But more than that she is no longer financially satisfied or contented with what she is getting from the company.

Being a loving mother that she is, she naturally got worried about her daughter’s ranting. And so she decided to give her Vajrapani Ruel to her daughter. Her daughter who was raised as born – again Christian and who has chosen it to be her faith was naturally a little repulsive to the idea of carrying it. But, I guess, she was raised well and so she indulged her mother by keeping it.

At this point, allow me to share with you what EV emailed me…CVinluan

Dear JP,
I gave my Vajrapani Ruel amulet to my youngest daughter because her bazi chart for this year is not good (I’m a fengshui believer so somehow I understand it) and besides you comfirmed about her chart (not good). I just told her either she wears it or put it in her bag. By the way, she always rants about her work because she is not well -compensated.
The said amulet was with her in less than a week and should I say a “miracle” happened because her boss proposed that when she closes a project with their prospect clients she gets a commission. This means an additional income and no doubt, it’s the Vajrapani Ruel which helped my daughter (note: she doesn’t believe so much in fengshui). I advised her to be always positive even if things are not falling into right places.
I found a real friend who is kind, understanding, honest and trustworthy — that’s you, JP. Thanks a lot for the help.

Your friend,
Mrs. E.V.

What EV didn’t share here but she told me offline is that they consider it as a miracle because it is something that her boss wouldn’t consider doing because it is simply out of his character. Second, she is not in good terms with her boss. And for it to be offered to her a few days after she got the Vajrapani Ruel is simply too much of a coincidence.

EV also told me that her daughter also got to thinking that there must be something really powerful with the Vajrapani Ruel. They consider this as a miracle, because the amount of projects or business as EV shared with me can go as high as Php 10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Pesos) or US$200,000.00!

Vajrapani Ruel

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless. The Vajrapani Ruel itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

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