Indigenous Ritual for Peace in Mindanao

Source: 
Timuay Justice and Governance statement
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2015

(Tulak Fantag Kétanék [in Téduray])

The Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao and the Philippines have similar beliefs and systems of worshiping the Divine Creator. This worship and belief systems of the IPs are connected to nature and is not religion. It is for this reason that Indigenous Peoples have a strong connection to the environment – they know that the environment is their life and their place of worship.

The Indigenous Peoples believe that in times of crisis, the Divine Creator must be called upon; for He is the Creator of all beings – living or non-living. Inflicting pain on fellow creatures and all of creation is not the answer to the ongoing crisis of our beloved Mindanao.

A Prayer Ritual will be done to call on the Divine Creator to give thanks for the protection He has accorded to those who love and live peace. It is asking for His mercy so as to lessen the suffering in the villages. This is a unifying act of Indigenous Peoples not to inflict pain towards their fellow creatures.

The Prayer Ritual will be led by the Spiritual Leaders (Bliyan/Welyan) and will be participated by Indigenous People from different ubpaan-villages.

There have been many instances in the past that Indigenous Peoples of South-Central Mindanao have done rituals with specific intentions and were granted with good results.

With what is currently happening with the Bangsamoro, the Indigenous Peoples of South-Central Mindanao are once again threatened with the conflict expanding into their villages if no action is done.

Because of this, the Indigenous Peoples of South-Central Mindanao which comprises of the Téduray and Lambangian of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat; and the Erumanen ne Menuvu of North Cotabato and Southern part of Bukidnon will be conducting a simultaneous Indigenous Rituals in every fenuwo (village) this coming March 28, 2015 to ask the Divine Creator to unite all Filipino Citizens for the sake of PEACE in South-Central Mindanao and the entire country; to allow the peace talks to continue between the GPH and the MILF; and the passage of an inclusive and just Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The simultaneous pengapar (Erumanen Dialect) ritual will be done at exactly 12:00 noon as, like the situation being faced by South-Central Mindanao, it will be very hot.

Within the Ancestral Territory of the Téduray and the Lambangian, the Prayer Ritual will be done in the following sites: Tuladan at Sitio Kiféngféng, Darugao, Upi; Kansad Gadung in Sitio Lahangkéb, Rempes, Upi; Mirab, Upi; Nuro, Upi; Sitio Rakéf, Blensong, Upi; Fénuwo Burut; Fénuwo Gédan; Fénuwo Bénhaw; Fénuwo Babat; Pedro Colina (PC) Hill in Cotabato City; Sitio Balalaén, Mompong, Datu Odin Sinsuat; Sitio Brow, Matuber, Datu Blah Sinsuat; Sedém, Datu Blah Sinsuat; Lamud, South Upi; Sitio Refra, Looy, South Upi; Sitio Bénuan, Kuya, South Upi; Firis (Batéw) which encompasses Talayan, Guindulungan, Datu Saudi, Datu Unsay, Datu Hofer and South Upi – all of which are in Maguindanao. In Sultan Kudarat province it will be in Sitio Pangawan, Bulibak, Lebak.

For the Erumanén ne Ménuvù it will be in their ancestral domains in the towns of Carmen such as: Manobo Village, Kitulaan, Luuk-Aroman, Crossing Tugas, Bunuwang, Sungayan, Lelewigan, Kilala, Rinurugan, Kiulambey, Kilavew, Misupa, Mirakurak-Lagpan, Tumahak, Ki-evud, Meulantew, Kituved, Kumerit, Bintangan, Gawasan, Kiaring, Malugasa, Kalusisiyen, Atras, Kirusa, Pelenti-en, Abanti, Rumahangrang, Neluvasan-Campo, Tagimtim, Dinaag, Pagalungan, Minlayin, Keyumangen, Pedlembiren, Cadiis, Kivalis, Tambad, (Nigan-Surung) Malapag, Marani-Lower, Marani-upper, Pinengerutan, Dalagingan, Bekbaken, Sendaan, Beruyen, Kewilawen, Puntur te Belala, Mekebinban 1, Pikit, Aleosan, (Bituka, Salunayan, Upper Bulanan, Arizona, Milaya, Malamote, Kimagango) Midsayap, (Simbuhay, Tamped, Dilutan) Kabacan, (Buluan, Lebpas, Datu Inda, Sundungan, Lamalama, Kipentawen, Tinayong, Batobato, Kimahuring) President Roxas, Libungan and Pigcawayan all in the province of North Cotabato and likewise in the villages of: Behukanen, Kememeenan, Meysa, Geri-Matampay,Husayan, Malinao, Baroy, Pidlenggavan-Mabuhay, Kabagyangan, Beu-uwen, Kezingag, Kizelug, Kisawi, Kimanait, Sinilu-an, Inlansang, Maulawi, Kipaducan, Dimakiling, Barandias, Bang-bang, Ki-inura, Lantey, Adtoyon, San Miguel, Betangan, Makew, Mibedtzan, Makatiak, Penluyungen, Marak, Municipality of Kalilangan, Pangantucan, Kadingilan, (Inator, Enepuwan, Kalewkalew, Puwalas, Imbayew, Denggawan) Don Carlos, (Kiuraw, Rumagook, Old Kibawe, Pinamula, Sanipon, Mikasili) Kibawe, (Kimaya, Negevaan, New Visayas, Mintubukan, Miyaray, Kapalaran, Tagungtong) Dangcagan, (Kauyunan, Malobalo, Kaulamiyan, Bulakawon) Kitaotao, Quezon and (Angga-an, Basag, Omonay, Sarawagon, Tangkulan, Tukod) Damulog in the province of Bukidnon.

An estimated one-thousand Indigenous Peoples from five hundred villages of the Téduray, Lambangian and Erumanén ne Menuvu tribes in Cotabato City, Maguindanao Province, Sultan Kudarat Province and North Cotabato Province are expected to participate.

This Prayer Ritual is a small contribution of the Indigenous Peoples in the constant journey towards
the just peace that is longed for by each inhabitant in the Bangsamoro, in Mindanao, and in the entire
Philippines.

Contact Persons:
TIMUAY SANNIE S. BELLO
Timuay Labi (Supreme Chieftain)
Timuay Justice and Governance
Cell Phone # 09109612867

ORLANDO “Rendaw” O. MOSELA
Member, MintédsaIngéd at Kémamal Kéadatan
(Supreme Council of Chieftains and Spiritual Leader)
Timuay Justice and Governance

DATU ROLDAN “Brunz” BABELON, IPS
Secretary General
Macabenban, Carmen, Cotabato
Gempa te Kalindaan ne Kamal
(Indigenous Political Structure of Erumanén)
Cell Phone # 09468534455
Email Add: brunzb_kl [at] yahoo [dot] com

DATU ARNULFO “Macapucao” SALI-OT, IPS
Gempa te Kalindaan ne Kamal
(Indigenous Political Structure of Erumanén)
San Nicolas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon