Human Rights-Militarisation

‘Soldiers watched as paramilitary attacked us’

By Dee Ayroso, -
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2015

Lumad victims from Lianga, Surigao del Sur recounted the horrors of the Sept.1 rampage by a paramilitary group, who entered their community along with soldiers.

MANILA – It was the stuff of their worst nightmares come true: death in their very own community and destruction of the fruits of their hard work and unity in the mountain community of Han-ayan, in Diatagon village, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Facing a small group of journalists on Sept. 7, the victims of the Sept.

Addressing Lumad killings and internally displaced people

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Date of publication: 
9 September, 2015

Rappler talks to Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on how to deal with the alleged human rights violations committed against the Lumad

MANILA, Philippines – Thirteen-year old Lumad Shin Campos saw her father shot in the head twice, allegedly by military and paramilitary elements, on September 1 near their village in Lianga town in Surigao del Sur.

Helpless and traumatized, Shin fled her village with her family and hundreds of other indigenous peoples, trekking for two hours to bring her dead father and another victim to t

Perpetrators of the Lianga massacre must be punished, and the war of plunder against the Lumad must end

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement -
Date of publication: 
2 September, 2015

In what may very well be one of the most depraved and deplorable attacks on the lives of environmental defenders in the Philippines, the paramilitary group Magahat, a group attached to the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, publicly massacred Emerico Samarca, the executive director of the Lumad school Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), along with tribal leader Dionel Campos and his cousin Aurelio Sinzo early last Tuesday morning in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

We join the widespread condemnation of this ruthless massacre and the d

Philippines: Five Manobo massacred by 1st Special Forces Battalion

Date of publication: 
30 August, 2015

Appeal for Action: Five Manobo massacred by 1st Special Forces Battalion

UA Date: August 30, 2015

UA Case: Massacre/Extrajudicial Killing, Frustrated Killing, Use of Civilian in Police and/or Military Operations as Guides and/or Shield, Use of Schools, Medical, Religious and other Public Places for Military Purpose, Endangerment of Civilians

Victim/s :

Massacre: Emer Somina – Male, 17years old – Manobo

Welmer Somina – Male, 19 years old – Manobo farmer

Norman Samia – Male, 14 years old – Manobo

Herminio Samia – Male, 70 years old – Manobo farmer

Jobert Samia

Missionary’s fear: More IP rights violations without gov’t action

CBCP News -
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2015

NORZAGARAY, Bulacan – A Catholic religious doing mission work among the Dumagats of Sierra Madre has denounced the recent killing of three civilians, including the head of a local Lumad school, in Surigao del Sur by alleged members of paramilitary group “Magahat,” fearing like incidents can happen to other IP communities in the country if the government remains blind to their plight.

Justice now

“Government authorities must do all they can so that victims of the crime get the justice they deserve.

Philippine Army Killed Indigenous Peoples not Armed Rebels

Date of publication: 
24 August, 2015

1st Special Forces Killed Lumads not NPAs

On Aug. 18, 2015 it was reported that army troopers belonging to the 1st Special Forces battalion killed five individuals whom they presented as members of the revolutionary group – the new people’s army – following a raid at, Brgy.

Gibo Teodoro now Sagittarius Mines board chairman

Edwin Espejo -
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2015

Insiders are hoping that the former defense chief will give SMI a fresh start after years of failure to operate the $5.9-billion Tampakan copper and gold project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr is the new board chairman of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI).

This development followed the completion of the sale of the majority stake previously held by Glencore International to Filipino-owned Alsons Prime Investment Corporation early this month.

Manolo Labor, SMI corporate communications officer, said Teodoro was elected as

“Tampakan Massacre” suspects should be in jail – Congressman

John Rizle L. Saligumba,
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2015

DAVAO CITY – The Army suspects of killing a pregnant mother and two of her children last October 2012 must be in jail, said a partylist representative during a Congressional inquiry on alleged human rights violations last Friday.

“If information is already filed in court, there is no way that a warrant of arrest is not issued and the suspects must be in the provincial court of jurisdiction,” said Silvestre Bello III, representative of 1BAP partylist.

Karlos Ysagani Zarate, Bayan Muna partylist representative, asked Brigadier General Benjamin Madrigal who represented the Armed F

UN special rapporteur's office hits AFP for 'gross misrepresentation'

By Inday Espina-Varona, ABS-CBN News -
Date of publication: 
11 August, 2015

The spokesman of Dr. Cheloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Peoples, has accused the Armed Forces of the Philippines of “gross misrepresentation” following the release of a military statement on lumad evacuees in Davao City.

The AFP Eastern Mindanao Command press release carried the title: “LUMADS IN HARAN ARE MANIPULATED: Not Evacuees but victims of trafficking”.

That statement has been pushed by Maj. Harold Cabunoc and handpicked media to boost the claim — first raised by North Cotabato Rep.

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

By Inday Espina Varona, -
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.