History in photographs by Rene B. Lumawag

ALSA MASA. “Long live the Alsa Masa” (Masses Arise), said these residents in a sitio in Agdao, Davao City at the height of its popularity or notoriety (depending on where you were in the political fence) in early 1987. Then OIC Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said: “The Alsa Masa is bound to falter because any mass movement founded on myth is bound to fail.” Duterte said what must be addressed are the roots of the insurgency.
LEFTISTS. Erasto “Nonoy” Librado (L), Gregorio Andolana (center) and Rodrigo Duterte (R). Andolana was the lone member of the Partido ng Bayan who won a congressional post in Mindanao, representing North Cotabato in 1987. Duterte, who early in his term described himself as “the first Left President of the Philippines,” won that same year as Davao City mayor. Librado was secretary-general of the Kilusang Mayo Uno who was elected Councilor in 1988 but died a few months later. 1988
BRIDGING THE GAP Natioanl Democratic Front chair Antonio Zumel chats with late human rights lawyer Larry Ilagan and Soledad Duterte, mother of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in Davao City in 1988.
Pag-asa, the first captive bred Philippine eagle hatched at the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos District, Davao City on January 15, 1992.
I LOVE DAVAO. President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino found a home in Davao City. During her Presidency and beyond, she would come here and sleep in the houses of friends like industrialist Jesus V. Ayala and his wife Fe Misa. 1992
SAN PEDRO CATHEDRAL BOMBED ANEW. After the Easter Sunday bombing on April 19, 1981, where 17 persons were killed and scores wounded, the Christmas bombing (December 26) in 1993. At least six persons were killed and at least 130 wounded in the early evening blast.
THE MORNING AFTER Ipil in Zamboanga del Sur (now Zamboanga Sibugay) was sacked allegedly by the Abu Sayyaf (residents say “Abu Sayop”) on April 4, 1995, residents check the public market for whatever can be salvaged. The attack left at least 50 persons dead.
LAKE MAUGHAN /MT. PARKER disaster in T’boil, South Cotabato, 6 September 1995. At least 37 persons were killed.
Senator Loren Legarda escorts Brigadier General Victor Obillo (light blue scarf) and Captain Eduardo Montealto (black scarf) following their release from the New Peoples Army (NPA) on March 8, 1999.
Manny Pacquiao at his training camp in General Santos City. 1999
CRASH. Rescue workers search for survivors of Air Philippines flight 541 after it crashed into a coconut field in Barangay San Isidro, Samal Island on April 19, 2000. All 131 passengers and crew on board were killed.
EXODUS. Residents from the interior villages of Pikit in North Cotabato evacuate to the town center following the early morning aerial strike near their villages on Sunday, 10 August 2008.


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