Human Rights-Militarisation

Stop political vilification of activists. Uphold people’s democratic rights

Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) Press Release
Date of publication: 
12 March, 2015

The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) raise our strong concern over the heightened political vilification against community organizers, members and leaders of people’s organizations by suspected State security forces in Ifugao province. Pictures of active members of people’s organizations and community organizers are being circulated in certain social media groups in Ifugao that are labeled with malicious, baseless and libelous statements that these people are members and sympathizers of the New People’s Army.

Environmental groups picket OceanaGold office as hazardous tunneling commences in its Didipio mines

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
4 March, 2015

Provincial and national environmental groups held a picket protest at the national office of Australian large-scale mining corporation OceanaGold today, as tunneling activities for its underground mining commenced today amidst widespread opposition from local communities.

“OceanaGold’s demonstrates once again its penchant to brazenly bulldoze over the mounting opposition of communities in commencing its expansion towards underground mining.

20,000 signatures to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 sought

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
20 February, 2015

Scrap the Mining Act Network led by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) is gathering 20,000 signatures to sign the petition for the repeal of Republic Act 8371 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

In a forum held Friday in St.

Aquino is sinking deeper into the quagmire of lies—IP group

Joint News Release
Date of publication: 
7 February, 2015

President Aquino’s latest national address on the Mamasapano fiasco on Friday evening is sinking him deeper in a quagmire of his own lies, according an indigenous peoples’ group.

“BS Aquino keeps getting himself in trouble every time he opens his mouth about the catastrophic Mamasapano operations as he tries pry himself from out from this mess,” Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Kamp) said.

Banwaon datus: Mining interest leads to human rights violations

Joint Press Release -
Date of publication: 
2 February, 2015

Around 207 Banwaon households became victims of human rights violations as recorded by Karapatan-Caraga due to the ceaseless military operations in four villages in San Luis, Agusan Del Sur, to pave way for the entry of mining companies in the area.

Two hundred families involving 969 individuals were forced to evacuate their community due to threats by paramilitary groups and elements of the 26th Infantry Battalion- 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army (26IB-4th ID PA) under Lt. Col. Rolando Dumawa.

Aussie-PH fact finding mission validates adverse impacts to communities affected by AU mining companies

Joint press release
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2015

Environmental advocates and grassroots groups under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) and the Defend Patrimony! Alliance (Defend Patrimony) co-organized a recently concluded fact-finding mission joined by local people’s movements and Australian solidarity groups.

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

By Jigger J. Jerusalem -
Date of publication: 
30 January, 2015

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

The signing of the CADT, Plana said, would give mining firms the legitimate

Filipino and Australian advocates embarked on fact-finding mission to communities affected by Aussie mine firms

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2015

Seeking to validate the social and environmental conditions in various communities across the Philippines affected by Australian-owned large-scale mines, environmental and rights advocates from the Philippines and Australia have embarked on a fact-finding mission circuiting Bongmal District, South Cotabato and Kasibu Town, Nueva Vizcaya from January 28 to February 03, 2015.

“We aim not only to inspect the adverse impacts of Australian-owned mining to the environment, economy, society and culture of communities they affect, but to deliver our solidarity to the people’s righteous resistan

Cayetano is stirring up anti-Moro sentiments--IP group

KAMP News Release
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ alliance Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) said that Senator Alan Cayetano’s reactions on the clash between Moro rebels and the Special Action Forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF) as “stirring up the public opinion against the Moro people” and described the senator as “painfully unversed in the intricacies of the peace problem in the country.”

The senator announced his withdrawal of authorship in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday, citing the MILF’s “lack of commitment, to peace, development, and the rule of

Indigenous group calls for Pope's support in fight for land

Jodesz Gavilan -
Date of publication: 
13 January, 2015

Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas ask for the intercession of Pope Francis to push government and other institutions to recognize their rights

MANILA, Philippines – Through a “welcoming feast” held in front of the Apostolic Nunciature on Taft Avenue Tuesday, January 13, indigenous peoples called on Pope Francis to support their struggle for the recognition of their rights.

Dubbed “poor indigenous feast”, members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) hailing from several areas in the Philippines served root crops and b