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During the 2001 Referendum for inclusion to the Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao, two (2) out of twenty-eight (28) barangays of Carmen, Cotabato chose to be part of ARMM, but were excluded because they are not connected to the main region of ARMM. During 2010-2016 Administration, the Bangsamoro ideal sprouted and a newly proposed region was in the making. According to the agreements signed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Administration of Noynoy Aquino, Carmen will be included in Bangsamoro because of the two out of twenty-eight barangays that voted in favor of joining the Muslim region back in 2001. Unfortunately, Bangsamoro was not implemented before the term of Aquino ended. Despite this, the current administration aims to establish a Federal Government, where Bangamoro will be realized into a State of the Philippines wherein Carmen will be included in Bangsamoro.
‘Give us back our land’
Dayan’s community lodged a demand with the NCIP, for the return of their 300-hectare claim, Dalimbang said. The NCIP ignored them, he added.
In July this year, Dayan and around 40 families decided to retake that land from the Dawang Coffee Plantation.
They chopped down coffee trees and farmed the land, Ambag said.
“This was our land. We wanted it back. Why were they refusing to return the land? And why was the NCIP not doing anything” Ambag told ABS-CBN News.
“We want justice for Datu Dayan and all the killed,” said Ambag. “And we want our land back.”
Dalimbang said Dayan was also being pressured to agree to a coal mining application by San Miguel Energy Corp.
“We don’t know if that was the aim of the barangay captain or if he came on behalf of DMCI,” the Lumad leader said. “But the community was also protesting the NCIP’s manipulation to allow coal mining.”