Iranun, not still an official tribe

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


IRANUN is still not an official tribe in Davao City, said Councilor Berino L. Mambo-o Sr.

Mambo-o, who is the representative of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in the City Council, said they have found out during the committee hearing for the recognition of the tribe that the Iranuns are not Filipinos and are just a group.

In a committee hearing with deputy mayors who represented different tribes during former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's term, Mambo-o said they also found out that the Iranun tribe is under Maguindanao and Maranao and they also have not presented their historical background.

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Mambo-o, speaking in the I-Speak media forum on Thursday, July 17, said that based on the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the member of the six major tribes recognized in Davao are those who have genealogy, ancestral domain and with existing communities in the city.

"Sa representation sa atong City Council six lang gyud ta, unom ra gyud ka tribu ang girecognize as lumad here in Davao City (In the representation here in our City Council, we are only six. Only six tribes have been recognized as lumads here in Davao City)," he said.

The six major tribes are Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa and Kagan.

However, the Iranun tribe, together with those who are not among the major tribes of the city, will be included in the 11 tribes who will be presented during the upcoming Kadayawan Festival.

"Ang ato dinhi sa Davao kay ang panaghiusa man so kung naa tong maayo ug kasing-kasing na ganahan mu-apil sa atong kalihukan para pag-uswag sa Davao we can accommodate nga makahatag pud sila ug counterpart sa atong kalambuan sa Davao (What we want here in Davao is solidarity so if there are those with good motives to join our movement for the improvement of Davao we can accommodate them)," Mambo-o said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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