Indigenous Peoples Rights and Charter Change: Possibilities and Uncertainties
The perceived impending shift to a federal system through amendments to the Philippine Constitution proposed by the Duterte Administration has engendered concerns among the general public, but more particularly among indigenous peoples (IPs) because of the possible impact on their right to self-determination and self-governance. Foremost among such concerns is the extent to which a federal system with autonomous subnational and sub-subnational units will exercise control over or give more room for indigenous cultural communities to exercise the right to self-determination and self-governance.
This paper intends to generate discussion on the implications of charter change and how this may affect indigenous peoples rights. Are their concerns adequately considered? How will the changes impact on their rights? What are the possible scenarios? How can indigenous peoples prepare for such scenarios? What possibilities and uncertainties are indigenous peoples (IPs) facing in this political landscape?
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