Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) exists to uphold and promote the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other land-based communities. PIPLinks was founded in 1992 in response to requests for support from Philippine Indigenous Peoples' organisations, where much of our work is focussed. Also known as Indigenous Peoples Links, the organisation, which is based in the United Kingdom, works on the same issues globally.

This website is divided between materials on Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines and around the world. These materials are divided under specific subject headings - such as those to do with the legal rights or culture of Indigenous Peoples - or geographically. Although the site contains many published materials available elsewhere, and links to other sites, we are aiming where possible to publish unique materials, such as statements from communities or interviews, that are not available elsewhere.

We welcome inquiries, comments on this site and invitations to speak. We are always in need of active supporters, donations, volunteers and friends of all kinds. Please contact us for more information.

Report: Making Free Prior & Informed Consent a Reality - Indigenous Peoples and the Extractive Sector

Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks), Middlesex University School of Law & The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility
Date of publication: 
2 May, 2013

The following links allow you to download either the electronic copy or an extract of the report “Making Free Prior & Informed Consent a Reality Indigenous Peoples and the Extractive Sector”.

The paper, written for a consortium of organisations by Cathal Doyle and Jill Cariño, seeks to contribute towards a discussion between indigenous peoples and mining companies on the issue of indigenous peoples’ Free Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC).

Pitfalls and Pipelines: Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries

IWGIA, Tebtebba, PIPLinks
Date of publication: 
1 November, 2012

A handbook on indigenous peoples and the extractive industries. Based on inputs to the “International Conference on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples,” which took place in Manila, Philippines on March 23-25, 2009, it examines the effects of the extractive industries on indigenous peoples and then seeks to analyse the responses from indigenous communities and organisations. 415 pp

Download a pdf document of the report (3Mbs) here

Philippines deadliest Asian country for environment activists – report

Source: -
Date of publication: 
15 April, 2014

[Global Witness have produced a report focussing on the rise in killings of those people defending environmental and land rights (including mining activists).

Stop open-pit mining; it does not solve poverty, it perpetuates it -- Pimentel

Senate Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 April, 2014

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III today urged local government units to disallow “open-pit mining” that have turned precious farmlands into a moonscape.

“We cannot allow the unabated destruction of our land and water resources due to open-pit mining.

Letter of concern on the extrajudicial killings of IPs in the Philippines

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network)
Date of publication: 
28 March, 2014

H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III President of the Republic Malacañang Palace, Manila Philippines

Dear Mr. President,

Greetings from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network) in Asia.

We express our deep concern, alarm and condemnation on the unabated killings of indigenous peoples in the Philippines. We also express our disappointment and frustration with the Philippine government’s slow and almost non-action towards the killings of indigenous peoples human rights defenders.

Rising to the challenge: A witness and a voice for indigenous people

Rappler -
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2014

[PIPLinks offers a huge congratulations to our board member Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who has been selected as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

‘Still no peace for majority of BangsaMoro people in new Aquino-MILF deal’

By Marya Salamat, -
Date of publication: 
31 March, 2014

“The Moro people will continue to endure the national oppression, economic subjugation and dire poverty and backwardness albeit under the signboard of a supposedly newer and better form of regional autonomy.” – Moro Christian Peoples’ Alliance

MANILA – Amid the euphoria and plaudits that greeted the newly-signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the ordinary Moro and those supporting their centuries-old struggle cannot clap yet nor rest their case.

“We recognize the determined effort of the MILF to mainstream the Bangsamoro problem and put forward solutions

Cordilleran human rights worker gunned down in Ifugao

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2014

William Bugatti, member of rights group the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) was killed 7 PM last night in Ifugao.

In a text message received by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) from human rights organizations in the Cordillera, Bugatti was probably was on his way home from the CHRA office when we was gunned down at the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan in Ifugao.

Zamboanga del Sur IPs seek Pnoy help for investigation on illegal mining operation

By Jong Cadion -
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBO del SUR, Mindanao, Southern Philippines – The group of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) belong to the organization of Pikumpongan Subanen Lupa Pusaka with a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) 075 in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte sending a letter requesting help to President Benigno Aquino III through the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ramon J.P. Paje to investigate the continuous illegal mining operations in Zamboanga del Sur.

The CADT-075 represented by its tribal leader Chairman Luciano G.

IP group to Pres. Aquino: Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples!

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) Press Release
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2014

43 killings in 45 months, 4 slays of IPs in 2014

The year 2014 is marked by the blood of indigenous peoples, says Piya Macliing Malayao, the Igorot spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) “In the first ten weeks of 2014, the blood of four indigenous peoples has been spilt in brutal killings attributed to State forces.

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