‘We shall let the nation witness once again a successful defense of the Chico River to let the river flow free, and as the fire of our dissent engulfs a tyrant’s aspiration for absolute power. Never will we let it be recorded in history that a fascist ruler has crushed the peoples’ movement with tyranny.’ – Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Datu Jomorito Guaynon, chairperson of Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization, and other 12 individuals were arrested on July 4, 2018 during an ongoing meeting of Iglesia Filipina Independiente – Visayas Mindanao Regional Office for Development (IFI-VIMROD) volunteers at the Mother Francisca Spirituality Center, General Santos City. This assault to environmental defenders amount to the government protecting destructive agribusiness plantation and other projects in Northern Mindanao
Hailing from the lush peaks of Pantaron Mountain Range in the Davao region, Abiok Ligkaian Bigkay, or “Bai Bibiaon”, is known as the only living woman warrior and chieftain of the Lumad people that has taken the helm in asserting the Lumad’s right to their ancestral domains and in preserving its rich biodiversity and natural resources.