Human Rights-Militarisation

Lumad children’s cry: ‘Save our schools!’

By Satur C. Ocampo, At Ground Level, The Philippine Star
Date of publication: 
8 November, 2014

“Og iskwela puron…”

In Talaingod Manobo, “I wish to go to school…” Thus do the lumad (indigenous people) children express their eagerness for education, firmly supported by their parents, grassroots organizations and tribal leaders.

This week 13 Talaingod Manobo children, accompanied by adults, arrived in Manila from Mindanao on a month-long cultural caravan.

Philippines: Villagers flee after tribal leader's killing in southern Philippines

Jefry Tupas and Karlos Manlupig, UCANews -
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

Manobo community says government-backed paramilitary group responsible for multiple attacks

Davao City, Philippines – Some 1,600 Manobo tribal villagers have fled their homes in the mountains of Surigao del Sur province after armed men killed a tribal leader, shot at homes, and burned houses and school buildings.

The military said it has launched an “intense offensive” against communist New People’s Army rebels in at least three hinterland villages of Lianga town in the southern Philippines, but denied committing atrocities against residents.

“These allegations are meant to smear th

Position paper on the Congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

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

Killing, burning of school, drive Lumad to leave homes

Karapatan -
Date of publication: 
31 October, 2014

On October 27, six armed men set on fire a corn sheller and a school at Kabulohan, Brgy. Buhisan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. The corn sheller was a donation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the community. The men also set on fire a UNICEF tarpaulin with a sign, “All schools are peace zones. Don’t use it as command post, detachment and supply depots. RA 7610 Protection of the Rights of Children”.

The residents tried to put out the fire but the men indiscriminately fired their guns causing the people to scramble for safety.

Cordillera folk call for NCIP abolition

Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

“Instead of protecting the indigenous peoples, the NCIP served as a bridge for the entry of destructive projects.”

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera indigenous peoples called for the abolition of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) saying that the agency betrayed their interests.

In a protest action in front of the NCIP regional office, Oct.

Philippines: Extra-Judicial Killing of indigenous activist, Henry Alameda

Extra-Judicial Killing of MAPASU Council member HENRY ALAMEDA

Case: Extra-Judicial Killing

Victim/s: HENRY ALAMEDA, 44 years old, Manobo, resident of Cabalawan, San Isidro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, married, active council member of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sa Sumusunod (MAPASU).

Place of Incident: Sitio Cabalawan, San Isidro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Date of Incident: October 24, 2014 at 7am

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Operating troops of the 2nd Scout Ranger Batallion, based in St. Christine, Lianga, Surigao del Sur under LTC.

UK speaker tour on Glencore's Tampakan project

PIPLinks, CHRP, War on Want
Date of publication: 
20 October, 2014

Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP-UK), in co-operation with War on Want & Philippine Indigenous Links (PIPLinks) invite you to the following events in line with raising awareness on multinational mining companies and their impacts on human rights, local communities and the environment where they operate.

Guest speakers from the Philippines:

Clemente Bautista, Coordinator for Kalikasan Peoples’ Network for the Environment
Mark ‘Daryll’ Lopez’ Campaign coordinator, SOCSARGENDS Agenda

Schedule of activities:

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014
Dirty Coal Tour with London Mining N

Protest on the death anniversary of Fr. Pops Tentorio

Cases of environmentalists languishing in DOJ amidst ‘zero track record’ of Sec. De Lima in dispensing justice

Kalikasan PNE press release

16 October 2014

Environmental activists under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) joined various groups in a picket at the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to “set her priorities straight by actually working on important cases involving our environmental martyrs.”


Philippines: Probe into relocation of Badjaos sought

Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
6 October, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Militant lawmakers have sought an investigation into the relocation of Badjaos to the mountains of Zamboanga City after the failed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) siege last year.

Gabriela Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus filed House Resolution 1409 to call for the probe.

Hundreds of Badjao families were relocated to Tulungatong, Mampang and other villages far from the sea, Ilagan and De Jesus said.

Investigating mining pollution and plunder in Nueva Vizcaya

By Karl Begnotea, -
Date of publication: 
5 October, 2014

The abundant natural resources and biologically diverse ecosystems of the province of Nueva Vizcaya, known as the Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley, are greatly imperiled by foreign large-scale mining and militarization.

I witnessed this environmental disaster slowly unfolding as part of an Environmental Investigative Mission (EIM) last April 2014, along with fellow scientists from the Advocates of Science & Technology for the People (AGHAM), and local environmental advocates from the Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANNVIK).

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