#StopLumadKillings: What you need to know 

Our Lumad kababayans need help — and understanding.

Here is a Lumad 2015 Reader, which aims to gather as much relevant and verifiable information on what’s happening in Lumads in Mindanao.


Meaning “born of the earth”,  Lumad is the term coined by indigenous peoples and their advocates in the late 1970s, according to the 1993 book “Ethnocide: Is it real?” published by the Media Mindanao News Service. It basically signifies the Lumads as the original inhabitants of Mindanao.

Lumads are said to be composed of 17 entholinguistic groups, all found in southern Philippines.

To quickly digest the basics, watch this video by Kirby Araullo:


Human rights watchdogs and organizations of indigenous peoples and environmentalists have long raised the alarm over extrajudicial killings of Lumad leaders:

Here are the latest murders:

  • Emerito Samarca, executive director of Lumad school ALCADEV, was found brutally murdered on Sept. 1, in a classroom of the school he managed. His body bore gunshot and stab wounds, hog-tied and with his throat slit from ear to ear.  This happened in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. 
  • Dionel Campos and Jovillo Sinzo were shot dead publicly on Sept. 1, 2015 near ALCADEV, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Campos was the chairman of Lumad community organization Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU, Persevering Struggle for the Next Generation). Sinzo was the tribal leader of Sitio Kiwagan, Barangay San Isidro.  

In fact, 23 Lumad leaders were killed from October 2014  to June 2015 in Northern Mindanao alone, according to the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines. Here are some of them:

  • Leoncio Arig shot dead on Oct. 2, 2014 at South Upi, Maguindanao. Arig was a chieftain of the Teduray Lumads and was active in Lumad campaigns for self-determination and for ancestral domain. 
  • Fausto Orasan shot dead on Sept. 14, 2014 at Cagayan de Oro City. Known as “Datu Sandigan”, Orasan was a chieftain of the Higaonon Lumads and was a known foe of mining operations in their ancestral domain.

Missionary priest Fausto Tentorio was shot dead on October 17, 2011 as he left his convent in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. Tentorio first came to the Philippines in 1978 and had been ministering to Lumads for over 30 years.




  1. Jose Edgar V, Alonso

    My Heart Bleeds and My Soul Cries to the Heavens for the continuing Injustice and Oppression that these Lumads are experiencing up to this day…all because of the greed and lust of those holding the Guns, Goons and Gold. Woe to you scalawags in the military who let yourselves be used and prostituted. Vengeance is Mine says the Lord Amighty!

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