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    Indigenous Filipinos in danger

    A resident from Pasig City in Metro Manila on Tuesday asked the local government of Zamboanga City in Southern Philippines not to exile the Badjao people from their traditional living areas.
    In a petition coursed through, Honee Alipio appealed to Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco to respect the Badjao’s centuries-old culture before implementing the rehabilitations plans.
    “Article 3, Section 6 of the Bill of Rights guarantees every Filipino the liberty of abode,” Alipio said. "To restrict the liberty of abode, a judicial act is needed.”
    The Badjaos of Southern Philippines were among the indigenous peoples temporarily displaced by the recent political conflict in Zamboanga City that killed hundreds of people.
    Alipio stressed that Badjao people could not survive living outside of their traditional areas since “the sea surrounds them at birth and in death.”
    This is why the petitioner asked the local government of Zambonga City through Mayor Climaco to refrain from implementing their planned course of action.
    “As the government plans for recovery, the Badjao, one of the world’s two remaining sea gypsies, are reportedly being forced to move inland,” Alipio further said in her petition.

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