A Humanitarian Appeal Amidst the Siege and Escalating Human Rights Violations in Davao

“to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God…” (Micah 6:8, quoted by murdered Fr Pops Tentorio in his last will and testament)

Dear Friends:

We are writing to give you an update on the current human rights situation in Davao region and neighboring towns.

House to probe mining intrusion in Davao Oriental

Date of publication: 
6 May, 2009

THE House of Representatives is set to look into the alleged intrusion of mining companies in ancestral lands of the indigenous people in a mining area in Mati, Davao Oriental.

Reports reaching Sun.Star Davao showed that House committee on environment and natural resources chair, Representative Ignacio Arroyo, has already invited the local government of Mati, lumad representatives in barangays Macambol and Cabuaya, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and the two mining companies — Asiaticus Management Corporation (Amcor) and international mining giant BHP Billiton.