An endangered Philippine eagle may save an indigenous group

Dumagat chieftain Cipriano Dela Torre fears that the forest will turn out to be commercialized as soon as the brand new thoroughfare makes it extra accessible to outsiders. As locals face stress to promote the land to builders, Dela Torre warns his those that in the future “the only remainder of the land that was theirs could be the mud on their feet.”

Tribal leaders say they imagine the federal government has capitulated to company and political pursuits, particularly because the native residents, numbering fewer than 1,000, hardly want such a large highway. Members of the tribe say they aren’t against growth, however imagine that Indigenous folks, not settlers, ought to set the phrases of progress.