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by Mary Louise Dumas, Atty. Czarina Golda Musni, and Sr. Ma. Famita N. Somogod, MSM This report assesses the rights of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao—the Lumad—under the last one and a half year of the administration of Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III whose term ended on June 30, 2016. This report is produced by the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network, an informal Lumad rights monitoring network and support group established by RMP-NMR Inc and partners under the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project.

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