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Leaders of three indigenous groups, the Aetas, Maharlikas and Alimaongs pledge support for Perlas

With Nicanor Perlas‘ clear platform on Indigenous People and the respect of ancestral domain he is drawing support from both Muslims and various indigenous groups. Here is an article from the Inquirer.


LEADERS of three indigenous groups — the Aetas, Maharlikas and Alimaongs — have pledged their support for environmentalist presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas.

“We will live and let die for Nicky Perlas,” Marlon Sayson, Maharlika for Cultural Recovery chief of management services told reporters yesterday.

The leaders, who claim he has millions of supporters in the Visayas and Mindanao, briefly met with Perlas at the arrival area of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Sayson, Aeta chieftain Manuel Sanger, Alimaong representative Floro Velarde, and some Cebu-based supporters exchanged with Perlas a “salute, by putting their right hands on their chests.

“This is very touching. This is highly significant. The indigenous people are the original residents of our country. They have the purity and honesty as a people,” said Perlas “I am humbled by their total trust in my candidacy.”

Perlas continued his Cebu campaign with a lecture on “Climate change and the future of the Philippines” at the University of San Jose-Recoletos in downtown Cebu City.

After his Cebu stop-over, he boarded a ferry to Bohol to meet with other leaders of indigenous groups.

Perlas, an environmental activist, is running under the Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan. He has been campaigning without bodyguards in different parts of the country, accompanied only by a small group of supporters.

Sayson, who claims to have a following of 7 million Maharlikas from the Visayas and Mindanao – 200,000 in Cebu alone – said that his group perceives 2010 as the year for indigenous people.

He said they consider Perlas as the “final medium who would help their people.”

Velarde, who represents the Supreme Council of the Datus Alimaong, which is also called the Holy Warriors or native warriors, said there are 3 million Alimaongs in the Visayas and Mindanao.

“In Cebu, we have 25,000 members and 10 tribal councils,” he said.

Sanger, on the other hand, heads only 57 indigenous families based in Naga City, south of Cebu.

  1. Shiela
    March 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    It’s not surprising that our indigenous brothers are supporting Nick Perlas for President. He’s an environmentalist, a civil society leader, meaning, working for cultural power. He is also a very spiritual man. Take note, spiritual, not religious. I admire the wisdom of our indigenous brothers more because of their choice. Perlas din ako!

    • jundp
      April 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      if you would only take time to consider BROTHER EDDIE’s platform of government and plan for the Philippines, you will be amazed of how he can make the Philippines a respectable nation again .. if and only if ..

  2. Carlo
    March 20, 2010 at 1:36 am

    he former President Fidel V. Ramos said “Only Nicanor Perlas is totally free to express substance. The others are compromised. Compromised substance cannot communicate.” Unlike the “thinking” that most “educated ” people think they have, the poor of this country is actually more sensitive, “meta-touch”. They are more aware that their poverty has been brought about by their past choices and they are really the ones seeking for the real CATALYST OF CHANGE of Philippine Politics. The “educated” are the ones who are not THINKING critically. Their outmoded “education” hinders them from KNOWING. Instead, they support NOYNOY, VILLAR, GIBO – The harbingers of traditional politics(LP’s 600+ corrupt members, money and no-accountability politics (Villar’s blatant C-5) , and patronage politics (Gibo’s turning a blind eye to the victims of uncle Danding’s victims on the coconut levy and GMA’s multi-faceted capacity to destroy the Filipino Soul.

    Corrections of first 2 comments.

    • jundp
      April 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      if your opinion is correct, i cannot believe how FVR missed BROTHER EDDIE as a candidate who is uncompromised .. BROTHER EDDIE is religious, spiritual and most of all God-fearing .. he is not beholden to anybody .. big and small, he will apply his battle cry of “righteous governance” .. he cannot and will not tolerate anybody who has and will take advantage of the right of each and every filipino ..

  3. kruu
    March 21, 2010 at 12:30 am

    this is good…to know that the indigenous people’s minds weren’t corrupted by trapos. i wish people wouldn’t be pulled down by petty political sentiments and dogmas when examining their presidential candidate of choice. i wish they’d use their brains well.

  4. April 3, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Let us unite to make Nick Perlas win.

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