Feature: Lumad cultural feud law defined

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon (PIA)—During the time of the Presidential Assistant on Cultural Minorities (PANAMIN) in the ‘70s, the preservation of cultural practices among Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) was widely pronounced.

Tribal conflicts then, even if serious, were settled amicably through rituals officiated mutually by village heads.

Even heinous crimes were settled peacefully through tribal “Tampuda (peace pact), Gologundo Hu Datu,” and some other forms of solemn rituals, where dowry was offered.

After such ceremonies done with fresh chicken blood sprinkled around by praying Baylan (tribal priest), the feuding tribes became friends again.

But that kind of justice system long-practiced by the hill tribe folks is not wholly applicable now.

According to Bukidnon Provincial Prosecutor Rommel Alonto of the Department of Justice, solving crimes committed among hill tribes depend on circumstances.

If the aggrieved person fully agrees to the tribal way of settling his problem then, it’s okay.

But if the aggrieved party reports his problem to the police and a criminal case is filed, any form of a tribal amicable settlement that may follow, has no more effect on the incident.

This is so because a legal cord has already the jurisdiction over the feud and ends only when resolved duly.

This clarification was made by Atty. Alonto as he guested recently at the ‘Bukidnon Interaction’ radio program aired over 13 KBP-accredited radio stations in the province.

He then cautioned tribal leaders to observe properly the law in settling disputes involving the Lumad.

Prosecutor Alonto added that when in doubt, consult him. (RLRB/PIA Bukidnon)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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