[In the news] Indigenous people remember Macliing Dulag’s martyrdom -GMA News

Indigenous people remember Macliing Dulag’s martyrdom.

JERRIE M. ABELLA, GMANEWS.TV
April 24, 2010

Through a night of songs, tribal dances and poetry, members of indigenous people’s groups and cultural organizations commemorated on Friday the 30th death anniversary of Ama Macliing Dulag, a Kalinga tribal leader and martyr during the Marcos era.

The groups lit torches and offered flowers at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, where Macliing’s name is etched along with hundreds of other heroes and maryrs who fought martial law, and whose heroism have become part of the country’s history.

Dulag was a respected pangat (tribal chieftain) of the Butbut tribe in Kalinga province, who helped unify tribes in the northern Cordillera to resist the Chico Dam project in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The project consisted of four large dams to be constructed along Chico river, one of the major river systems in the Cordillera.

The project, considered a top priority by then President Ferdinand Marcos and funded by the World Bank, was opposed by indigenous communities in the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, and Bontoc (Mountain Province).

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