Legislation

Tampakan mines project still a go despite activist deaths, UN concern

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By Inday Espina Varona, ABS-CBNnews.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/04/15/tampakan-mines-project-still-go-despite-activist-deaths-un-concern
Date of publication: 
4 August, 2015

MANILA – Ten murders; local government opposition; environmental warnings; a United Nations official’s alarm over the displacement of thousands of rural folk — there’s no stopping the controversial Tampakan mines project in Central Mindanao.

South Cotabato Gov.

Lumad in the Bangsamoro: Dreams and Fears

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LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women's Rights) & Focus on the Global South release
Date of publication: 
26 May, 2015

The Lumads have consistently expressed their support for the peace process in Mindanao; and have been equally consistent in articulating their position that a genuine and lasting peace can only be based on inclusiveness and justice.

In May 2014, Lumad leaders both from the core areas and the adjacent areas of the proposed Bangsamoro territory came to Manila to reach out to peace and human rights advocates, and the public in general, to articulate their side of the story on this peace process.

300 activists launch anti-mining caravan to Malacanang from Zambales

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By Mahatma V. Datu, Philippines News Agency - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/109717/300-activists-launch-anti-mining-caravan-to-malacanang-from-zambales
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30 April, 2015

STA. CRUZ, Zambales – Some 300 environmental activists headed by the Zambales-based people’s organization Concerned Citizens of Sta.

‘Inutile Mining Act must be scrapped’

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Center for Environmental Concerns – Philppines press release
Date of publication: 
26 February, 2015

Green NGO calls on gov’t to enact pro-people, patriotic People’s Mining Bill

Center for Environmental Concerns – Philppines (CEC) joined the call of various green and indigenous peoples groups and called on the government to junk the “inutile” Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and pass the alternative mining policy People’s Mining Bill into law, in a forum today at UP Diliman Balay Kalinaw.

“After 20 years of PMA, 10 years of mining revitalization, what has the Philippines gained? How much of our foreign debt have mining revenues paid?

Mining sector opposes 8 'mining-free' zones

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Pia Ranada - http://www.rappler.com/nation/84203-mining-free-zones-philippines
Date of publication: 
17 February, 2015

The Chamber of Mines says proposals to declare mining-free zones could limit the country’s potential for economic growth

MANILA, Philippines – Representatives from the mining sector expressed their reservations about the plan to declare 8 provinces as mining-free zones during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, February 17.

The hearing looked into 8 bills filed separately by 8 congressmen to declare their provinces and one district as off-limits to mining.

These areas are:

Cagayan de Oro City Catanduanes Nueva Vizcaya Eastern Samar Nueva Ecija Biliran

Peasants, urban poor, indigenous peoples from Mindanao arrive in Manila to call for social justice

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By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/11/21/manilakbayan-peasants-urban-poor-indigenous-peoples-from-mindanao-arrive-in-manila-to-call-for-social-justice/
Date of publication: 
21 November, 2014

They walked all the way from the southern island of Mindanao to bring to the public’s attention the gross human rights violations being committed in the different regions.

MANILA – The “Lakbayanis” from Mindanao have finally arrived in Metro Manila after nearly a week of travel by foot and by caravan.

Some 800 peasant, indigenous peoples and urban poor – the participants of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 – arrived in the evening of Nov. 21 in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They would join a series of protest actions leading to Dec.

Position paper on the Congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

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

MPPM POSITION PAPER DELIVERED DURING THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON BANGSAMORO BASIC BILL OF THE AD HOC BBL COMMITTEE ON OCTOBER 29, 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.

TFIP Statement to the Philippine Government on the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

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Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) statement

Statement Urging the Philippine Government to Uphold Indigenous Peoples Rights During the Upcoming United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) 2014

6 August 2014

The Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) is closely monitoring the process leading to the upcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), a high-level meeting of the world’s leaders to be held on September 22-23, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Indigenous peoples join call for Aquino ouster at the People’s SONA

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By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/07/29/indigenous-peoples-join-call-for-aquino-ouster-at-the-peoples-sona/
Date of publication: 
29 July, 2014

“Why are they depriving people of their lands?” – Mayeth Corpuz, an Agta, secretary general of the Samahan ng mga Katutubo sa Sierra Madre (SKSM)

MANILA — At the People’s State of the Nation Address on July 28, about 100 indigenous peoples came down from their mountain villages in Luzon and joined protesters in Metro Manila to call for a change in government policies, and President Aquino’s ouster.

From the Igorots of the north to the Mangyans of southern Luzon, indigenous peoples decry the same development aggression, dispossession of their ancestral lands and militarizati

State of the Indigenous Peoples Address 2014

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Statement from State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA) Meeting
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2014

Indigenous Peoples – For Truth, Justice, Peace & Equality!

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Erumanen ne Menuvu Kirinteken,Aeta-Abellen, Dumagat, Pala’wan, Subanen, Subanon, Ilongot, Manobo Matigsalog, Egongot (Ilongot) Bugkalot, Bukidnon, Manubo Blit, Teduray, Tagbanwa, Tasaday, Lambangi-an, Ybanag, Remontado, Aeta, Ayta, at T’boli-Ubo, together in solidarity with our friends