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: Indigenous Peoples and the the Extractive Sector - Towards a Respecting Engagement

Tebtebba Foundation, Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks), Middlesex University
Date of publication: 
19 September, 2014

The report provides an overview of the present state of play of the extractive industries in relation to indigenous peoples, concluding with a set of recommendations aimed at the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and it also addresses the implications of the Post-2015 Development Agenda for
the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights, and the reasons why indigenous rights, particulatly in relation to the extractive industries must feature in the associated Sustainable Development Goals.

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

Family and kin of slain botanist Leonard Co to DOJ: Enough waiting, act now

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 November, 2014

After four years of no justice

Family, friends and supporters of the slain botanist Leonard Co and two others held a dialogue with officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, asking for the immediate resolution of Co’s killing and the punishment of the military perpetrators.

“Four years is too long a wait. The DOJ under Secretary De Lima should do its job and hasten the resolution of the case, as there is clear evidence and the perpetrators are known.

Mindanao local seeks Brits' help to fight mining giant

By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau -
Date of publication: 
13 November, 2014

LONDON – Mark Lopez has come a long way to save his community from one of the largest multinational companies in the world, which he claims is ruining Filipino lives in pursuit of gold.

Lopez gave a series of talks in England about the plight of local communities affected by the Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, set to become the largest open-pit mine in the Philippines.

Anglo-Swiss corporation Glencore-Xstrata has a controlling stake in the project, operated locally by Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Lumad children’s cry: ‘Save our schools!’

By Satur C. Ocampo, At Ground Level, The Philippine Star
Date of publication: 
8 November, 2014

“Og iskwela puron…”

In Talaingod Manobo, “I wish to go to school…” Thus do the lumad (indigenous people) children express their eagerness for education, firmly supported by their parents, grassroots organizations and tribal leaders.

This week 13 Talaingod Manobo children, accompanied by adults, arrived in Manila from Mindanao on a month-long cultural caravan.

1,000 indigenous peoples in Panay Island join nationwide protests on Haiyan anniversary

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) press release
Date of publication: 
8 November, 2014

On the first year anniversary of the day typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) wiped out several thousands of homes in Eastern Visayas and Panay island, around a thousand Tumandok indigenous peoples from the remote mountainsides of Iloilo and Capiz provinces of Panay join the nationwide protests of Yolanda survivors and their supporters.

The protesters decry the “criminal negligence” of the government over the relief and rehabilitation of areas devastated by the super typhoon.

An organization of indigenous peoples in Panay Island, Tumanduk-Panay, said that they cannot “feel” the billions of

The March to Progress in the Philippines

By Ditsi Carolino, Al Jazeera -
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2014

A tribesman leads his village in resisting a development project that promises progress but threatens his tribe.

“Mr President, your idea of progress is not our idea of progress”, admonishes tribal man Vic to President Aquino of the Philippines.

Vic is one of 120 people from Casiguran, north of the Philippines, marching across the country to protest a controversial land development created by a powerful political dynasty.

The development promises to bring economic progress with resorts, an airport and factories.

Philippines: Villagers flee after tribal leader's killing in southern Philippines

Jefry Tupas and Karlos Manlupig, UCANews -
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

Manobo community says government-backed paramilitary group responsible for multiple attacks

Davao City, Philippines – Some 1,600 Manobo tribal villagers have fled their homes in the mountains of Surigao del Sur province after armed men killed a tribal leader, shot at homes, and burned houses and school buildings.

The military said it has launched an “intense offensive” against communist New People’s Army rebels in at least three hinterland villages of Lianga town in the southern Philippines, but denied committing atrocities against residents.

“These allegations are meant to smear

Position paper on the Congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement (MPPM) statement
Date of publication: 
29 October, 2014


Honorable Congressmen and Congresswomen, esteemed guests, good afternoon.

It is our honor to be invited as one of the resource speakers of this Committee’s congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

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