Looking Back

“No one and forgive me for saying this, no sector is genuinely interested in the survival of the Lumad. No one,” Datu Al Saliling of the Arumanen-Manobo in North Cotabato of how some researchers tend to look down on Lumads as “uneducated” when “you do not even know what is our own worldview.” “Listen to us. Find out from us,” he said.

“Patawarin n’yo kami” (Please forgive us).A public admission of guilt and a public apology to the Lumads, delivered by Prof. Leonardo Estacio, president of UGAT (Ugnayang Pang-agham Tao or Anthropological Association of the Philippines), capped the three-day 24th National Conference of antropologists in Davao City on April 10, 2002.

“I publicly would like to apologize to the Datu,” he said, as he called on his colleagues to do “a lot of self-reflection” on the manner by which they treat their objects of study. (Courtesy of MindaNews archives)


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