Human Rights-Militarisation

Philippine army goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe

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Press Statement - http://www.karapatan.org/73rd+IB-PA+goes+on+rampage%2C+tortures+members+of+Blaan+tribe
Date of publication: 
8 May, 2015

73rd IB-PA goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe –Karapatan

Elements of the 73rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) operating in Sarangani province intensified military operations, under Oplan Bayanihan, victimizing members of the Blaan tribe. “The unit is under the 10th “Agila” Division of Gen. Eduardo Año.

Iraya Mangyans to be evicted for Puerto Galera Municipal Waste Dump

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By Robert A. Evora Manila Standard Today - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/04/17/iraya-mangyans-p66-million-galera-dump-will-displace-us/
Date of publication: 
17 April, 2015

PUERTO GALERA, Oriental Mindoro—Mangyan representatives walked out on a meeting called by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples after refusing to sign a resolution endorsing the P66-million dump project that they said would encroach on their ancestral land.

“The proposed Categorized Waste Disposal Facility/Sanitary Landfill Project will displace us and contaminate the purity of the nearby source of springwater (bukal) flowing into the Tamaraw Falls,” said Ciriaco Bibo, who led the tribesmen belonging to the Iraya Mangyan subtribe.

But NCIP Provincial Officer Karen Ignacio

Killing of environmentalists dramatically rises; indigenous communities hardest hit

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By: Imelda V. Abano, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/109177/killing-of-environmentalists-dramatically-rises-indigenous-communities-hardest-hit
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2015

The Philippines leads countries in Asia with the highest number of people killed as they defend their land and protect the environment in the face of increased competition over natural resources, a new report from the London-based Global Witness group which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses.

Killings worldwide have risen by 20 percent in the last year on disputes over hydropower projects, mining, agribusiness and logging — the key drivers of deaths where a shocking 40 percent of victims were indigenous peoples.

In the Philippines alone, from 200

Lumad leader faces another trumped-up criminal charge

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Press Statement - http://www.karapatan.org/Lumad+leader+Jomorito+Goaynon+faces+another+trumped-up+criminal+charge
Date of publication: 
21 April, 2015

Mindanao indigenous leader Jomorito Goaynon faces another trumped-up criminal case for the murder of his cousin Dorlito Goaynon dela Mance on March 28, 2015.

Goaynon, Chairperson of Kalumbay, a regional organization of Lumad in Northern Mindanao, was named in a complaint filed by Jenita dela Mance, Dorlito’s wife, at the Malaybalay City police station. Also named respondents in the murder charge were seven of Jomorito’s siblings.

As Earth Day approaches: DOJ castigated over failure to resolve killings of environmental activists

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Kalikasan PNE and TF-JED press release
Date of publication: 
20 April, 2015

Days before the celebration of the 2015 Earth Day, environmental and human rights advocates held a picket protest at the Department of Justice (DOJ) castigating what they said was the ‘dismal performance’ of public officials over the growing number of political killings and other human rights violations or HRVs towards environmental activists.

“The families, friends and comrades of environmental activists recorded to have been politically killed since 2001 are surely disappointed that five years have gone by under the current Aquino administration with still no resolution to their c

Lumads to Gather in Historic “Sacred Gathering” in Davao City

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Kalumaran Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2015

A thousand participants composed of Lumads and Lumad support groups are coming to Davao City for “Dumalongdong Mindanaw”, a Mindanao-wide Lumad conference, the first of its kind, which will be held on April 21-25, 2015.

Datus, indigenous women and youth leaders, and other Lumad leaders coming from the different regions of Mindanao will gather to unite various IP communities in Mindanao “to defend their ancestral lands from imperialist plunder and militarization in their communities,” according to Blaan leader Monico Cayog, chairperson of indigenous peoples’ group Kalumaran.

“Du

Suspension, investigation, compensation: green groups air demands to gov’t mining regulators

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Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2015

A plethora of grievances and demands regarding the operations of Australian large-scale miner OceanaGold were presented by environmental advocates and community leaders to Director Leo Jasareno and other head officials of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in a dialogue held yesterday at the MGB national office.

“The evidence is strong that OceanaGold’s Didipio Mine has caused much destruction to the environment, lives, and livelihood of the frontline grassroots and indigenous communities in Nueva Vizcaya suffering from the mine’s adverse impacts.

International mission probes human rights violations in Agusan Sur

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By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/03/16/intl-mission-document-human-rights-violations-in-agusan-sur/
Date of publication: 
16 March, 2015

The “Balit mission” confirms cases of rights abuses by soldiers in Lumad communities, who were forced to evacuate.

San Luis, AGUSAN DEL SUR — When Marissa Wakdas, 25, a Banwaon, and her family evacuated from sitio Nakadayas, Mahagsay village, San Luis, Agusan del Sur, what was in her mind was that they were fighting for their ancestral land. Instead of giving in to the harassment of soldiers, they would rather evacuate so the soldiers will not bother them, she said.

Wakdas was one of the 969 Banwaons who left their homes, starting from Dec.

Indigenous Ritual for Peace in Mindanao

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Timuay Justice and Governance statement
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2015

(Tulak Fantag Kétanék [in Téduray])

The Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao and the Philippines have similar beliefs and systems of worshiping the Divine Creator. This worship and belief systems of the IPs are connected to nature and is not religion. It is for this reason that Indigenous Peoples have a strong connection to the environment – they know that the environment is their life and their place of worship.

The Indigenous Peoples believe that in times of crisis, the Divine Creator must be called upon; for He is the Creator of all beings – living or non-living.

The Destructive Impacts of Corporate Mining in the Philippines: The Tampacan Copper-Gold Mining Project in Mindanao

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By Dr. Belinda F. Espiritu, Global Research - http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-destructive-impacts-of-corporate-mining-in-the-philippines-the-tampacan-copper-gold-mining-project-in-mindanao/5436594
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2015

The Philippines has an estimated $840 billion worth of untapped mineral resources, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Philippines which is responsible for giving permits to mining companies to do exploration of mining areas and to commence operation. Small-scale mining industries have contributed to national revenues.

A big problem ensued with the signing of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 authored by then Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which allowed 100% ownership of the claimed mining land area and minerals by foreign multinational mining corporations.