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IKSP on Governance, Identity and Worldview of the Manobo of Agusan del Sur

by MIILS The Manobo community has their own governance system. They have a method of selecting their leader, which is based on the leader’s values. These values necessarily reflect their relationship with other members of the communities, as well as their relationship with their material environment. They also have processes that they follow every time conflict arises or when community members need to integrate with another community.

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The Legal Battle of the Indigenous Peoples for land rights: A survey of the laws affecting ancestral domains from the Spanish Colonial Period to the landmark Cariño decision in 1909

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