DOCUMENTARY: How politics killed non-Moro IPs in the Kusiong landslides

DOCUMENTARY: How politics killed non-Moro IPs in the Kusiong landslides
In the village of Kusiong in the Southern Philippines, landslides killed at least 27 Teduray. Local politics played a role in the tragedy.

MAGUINDANAO DEL NORTE, Philippines When Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (Nalgae) hit the Philippines in late October 2022, at least 27 Teduray died at the foothills of Mt. Minandar in the municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte.

Heavy rainfall triggered multiple, fatal landslides that buried 11 children, and destroyed at least 100 houses. 

But this wouldn’t have happened, community sources said, if they weren’t forced to leave their shoreline homes two years earlier to pave the way for private resorts. One of the resorts is owned by a political family. 

Watch the documentary here. – Rappler.com

Researchers and writers: Raizza Bello and Laurice Angeles
Content editors: Chay Hofileña, Jee Geronimo, Herbie Gomez, Inday Varona
Creative director: Emil Mercado
Illustrator: Marian Hukom
Animator: David Castuciano
Graphic artist: Nico Villarete
Voice overs: Jeff Digma and Franz Lopez
Master video editor: Emerald Hidalgo
Supervising producer: Beth Frondoso

This reporting project was supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.

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