When an army engineer reportedly asked the Kalingas for titles to their ancestral land, Dulag was said to have replied, “You ask us if we own the land. And mock us, ‘Where is your title?’ Such arrogance of owning the land when you shall be owned by it. How can you own that which will outlive you?”
Yesterday was the death anniversary of Macliing Dulag, a tribal leader who was among the countless murdered during the Marcos years. He led his tribe and organized other indigenous tribes in the fight against the World Bank funded project to build the Chico Dam which would have ended the way of life of indigenous Mountain Province people.
In the same article the name Manuel Elizalde Jr came up. He gained notoriety when he “discovered” the Tasadays in Mindanao.