Farming and Fishing

Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines face a range of threats from what they frequently describe as 'development aggression'. As they struggle to defend their land, much of it is in areas of forest or mountain that are rich in natural resources and so conflicts often arise with companies, many of them based outside the Philippines, who want to exploit those resources - mostly without the consent of the Indigenous Peoples.

The main problems that Indigenous Peoples face are from large-scale mining that digs up their land, in the construction of large-scale dams that floods their land, in widespread logging that deforests their land, or in the creation of nature reserves or agriculture that sees them ejected from or restricted in access to their own land.

All of these activities can lead to conflict which leads to militarisation of their land, and in loss of livelihood or encroachment of settlements which can lead urbanisation.

Lumad killings and counterinsurgency

Source: 
Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Streetwise - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Opinion&title=lumad-killings-and-counterinsurgency&id=115641
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Today, Sept. 21, we commemorate the anniversary of the Dictator Marcos’ declaration of martial law and say “Never again!” This constitutes our collective denunciation of the evils spawned by 14 years of the brutally repressive, thieving and lying US-backed Marcos dictatorship.

Philippines: Palm oil plantations left peasants and indigenous peoples landless, deprived of livelihood, says APC

Source: 
http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-palm-oil-plantations-left-peasants-and-indigenous-peoples-landless-deprived-of-livelihood-says-apc/
Date of publication: 
10 May, 2015

On May 09-10, a National Oil Palm Conference was held in Davao City, Philippines which was organized by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR), Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) and Hongkong-based Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC).

Advocacy group lashes out against palm oil expansion on Philippine island

Source: 
Shaira Panela, mongabay.com correspondent, Global Forest Reporting Network - http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-gfrn-panela-palawan-palm-oil-expansion-1.html
Date of publication: 
23 December, 2014

This is the first part in a two-part series examining the planned expansion of palm oil production on the island of Palawan.

In June, the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje announced the country intends to convert eight million hectares of land to oil palm cultivation in Palawan, Philippines. The announcement has proved controversial.

Mindanao folks troop to Makati to warn mining companies: ‘Get out of Mindanao now’

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Anti-mining activists, environmental advocates and indigenous peoples from Mindanao held protest actions in front of the Makati offices of mining corporations responsible for environmental destruction and rampant human rights violations in the country’s southern region, namely the Filipino-Malaysia-owned Apex Mining, Canada-owned Toronto Venutres Inc (TVI), and Swiss-owned Glencore.

“This is a warning to these companies: get out now. The people of Mindanao are raging and our resistance grows stronger every day.

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

Source: 
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.

Local Palawaños Stand Strong Against Oil Palm Expansion

Source: 
Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG)
Date of publication: 
13 October, 2014

Last week, on Sept. 29, Dennis Socrates, the Vice-Governor of Palawan (Philippines) met a delegation of farmers and indigenous peoples belonging to the recently established Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG).

An indigenous man protesting against a palm oil company was shot dead

Source: 
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME - http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-127-2014
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2014

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-127-2014

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PHILIPPINES: An indigenous man protesting against a palm oil company was shot dead by a manager of the company

ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; Human rights defenders
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Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you that an indigenous man, protesting against a palm oil company, was shot dead by one of their managers.

Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

Source: 
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME - http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-126-2014
Date of publication: 
8 September, 2014

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-126-2014

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PHILIPPINES: Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

ISSUES: Extrajudicial killings; Human rights defenders
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Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the killing of two activists in separate incidents in Davao province. The victims had been involved in campaigning against the impact of a coal-powered plant, a mining operation and banana plantations in their community.

‘Ruthless legacy’ - 7 activists killed in August

Source: 
By Janess Ann J. Ellao, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/09/03/ruthless-legacy-seven-activists-killed-in-august/
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2014

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan

MANILA – There were almost two activists killed every week for the month of August, human rights and indigenous peoples group said. The suspected perpetrators were soldiers, paramilitary groups, death squads and an official of a palm oil company.

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Philippines: 3 indigenous peoples killed in a week

Source: 
By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/08/21/three-indigenous-peoples-killed-in-a-week/
Date of publication: 
21 August, 2014

“Even with the capture of notorious Gen. Jovito Palparan recently, his butcher mentality and his bloody human rights record have been well-entrenched in the AFP’s bureaucracy and is carried on by no less than his protégé, Gen. Ricardo Visaya.

‘Aquino has no business to remain in office’ - IP group

Source: 
Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan (KAMP)​ News Release
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan (KAMP) are supporting the impeachment case to be filed against the President.
“A violator of the Constitution and the primary creator and protector of bureaucratic corruption that plague the country should not remain in Malacanang.

Armed men and landlord that use force against indigenous tribes must be held to account

Source: 
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) press release - AHRC-PRL-009-2014
Date of publication: 
16 May, 2014

Hong Kong – The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned, and demands an investigation into the actions of the security guards and their employer landlord for shooting at, and holding at gunpoint, indigenous people who were to occupy their ancestral land in Quezon, Bukidnon.

In their mission report, titled: “‘Pakighiusa’: Solidarity Mission to Members of TINDOGA in Support of Their Struggle for Land and Life,” prepared by Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Northern Mindanao Sub-Region, it noted that the armed security guards indiscriminately shot at Manobo-Pulangihons tr

Human Rights Day 2013 – Focus on the Philippines

Source: 
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) Statement
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2013

The 10th December 2013 marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration has encouraged governments, and others, to promote and protect the human rights of people; historic advances have been made in many countries.

At this time, we are mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest figures in recent history, who gave his life to affirming human dignity and to confronting and fighting against all that belittles and undermines it.

Culture of impunity continues: Opol IP latest victim of killing

Source: 
Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization press release
Date of publication: 
2 December, 2013

More than a year and two months after the killing of Indigenous People’s (IP) leader Gilbert Paborada, another Pangalasag member falls.

Indigenous people falsely charged, threatened for planting crops on their ancestral land

Source: 
Asian Human Rights Commission - Urgent Appeals Programme
Date of publication: 
21 November, 2013

Forwarded Urgent Appeal: AHRC-FUA-005-2013

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PHILIPPINES: Indigenous people falsely charged, threatened for planting crops on their ancestral land

ISSUES: Human Rights Defenders; Prosecution system; Land rights; Indigenous people; Victims assistance & protection

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Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the fabrication of charges, death threats and forcible eviction of indigenous people from their ancestral land in Por

Indigenous People Struggle for Their Rights

Source: 
by Fr. Shay Cullen, PREDA Foundation
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2013

The leader of the community of the Aeta indigenous people proudly led me around the hillside resettlement community where the 200 or so families were establishing a new village community. Their ancestral village and lands were wiped out in a torrential typhoon and gigantic floods. My mission, helped by the German Church agency Misereor, was to help them resettle and develop basic organic agriculture, coffee, coconut, and mangos.

As I walked the hillside, I passed dozens of small grass-roofed huts with walls of bamboo matting.

Corporate projects in ancestral domains causing conflicts with Lumads, says NCIP-10

Source: 
By Walter I. Balane - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/09/25/corporate-projects-in-ancestral-domains-causing-conflicts-with-lumads-says-ncip-10/
Date of publication: 
25 September, 2013

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – Conflicts between corporations and Lumads or indigenous peoples were among the cases filed before the Regional Hearing Office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Region 10, an official said Wednesday.

Lawyer Trinidad Cardona, NCIP-10 hearing officer said the conflicts involve companies that are using portions of ancestral domains for business projects.

She said one recent case was between a group of IP leaders in Bukidnon and a foundation formed by a fruit company that wanted to implement a watershed project in areas w

Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military Forces

Source: 
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=10725
Date of publication: 
15 September, 2013

“It is better to die from bullets than from hunger” In the Philippines, activists put their lives on the line to fight the military and corporations –

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Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military ForcesDIAN RUIZ, PRODUCER: On Mindanao, a major island in the southern Philippines, foreign-based companies are destroying the environment and robbing local and native people of their livelihoods.

Corporate agri-businesses like U.S.-based Dole, Del Monte, Monsanto, along with international and Philippine mines, are polluting waterways and destroying the sur

Palawan: Stop oil palm expansion now!

Source: 
A statement from ALDAW
Date of publication: 
24 March, 2013

My people, the indigenous communities of southern Palawan URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP. Please sign and circulate the two petitions against
oil palm expansion that we have just launched through Care.org and Change.org platforms.

Philippines: Fruit magnate Perrine agrees to submit to NCIP process in Bukidnon reforestation project

Source: 
By Walter I. Balane, MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/03/18/fruit-magnate-perrine-agrees-to-submit-to-ncip-process-in-bukidnon-reforestation-project/
Date of publication: 
18 March, 2013

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 March 2013) – Business magnate John Paul C.

How A Palm Oil Boom Is Tearing Apart The Indigenous Tribes Of The Philippines

Source: 
By Gilles Van Kote, LE MONDE/Worldcrunch - http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/how-a-palm-oil-boom-is-tearing-apart-the-indigenous-tribes-of-the-philippines/palm-oil-philippines-ngo-natives-farmers/c3s10535/
Date of publication: 
12 January, 2013

LAMINGAN – It’s late November, patches of a green mountainous landscape are piercing through the morning fog. They follow a regular pattern, typical of palm oil plantations. The trees’ bases are surrounded by burned vegetation – a sign that pesticides were used.

The palm oil plantation, started in 2005 by Nakeen, a subsidiary of the Filipino group A. Brown Company Inc. (ABCI), is very small – 200 hectares.

Widows of slain IP leaders, displaced communities of Northern Mindanao to fly Manila, press for justice

Source: 
Rural Missionaries of the Philippines press release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2012

Cagayan de Oro City – Daisy Paborada, Rosalie Cabal and Sharon Liguyon will fly to the national capital today. They will join the ‘Manilakbayan ng Mindanao’ or MANILAKBAYAN (Journey to Manila) that will bring around a hundred delegates from all over Mindanao to the heart of Manila for a week-long series of events.

The delegates—composed mainly of families of slain community leaders of Mindanao—will lobby their cases to relevant government offices and foreign consulates in Manila and press for justice.

Church exec fears over safety of priest, IP leaders

Source: 
By Abigail C. Malalis - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2012/11/06/church-exec-fears-over-safety-priest-ip-leaders-251844
Date of publication: 
6 November, 2012

A HIGH-RANKING church official expressed concern over the safety of his priest, including the leaders of the indigenous peoples (IP) in Opol town in Misamis Oriental, due to the “apparent continuous prowling of suspicious motor-riding men in their area.”

In a statement, Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) said he is anxious over the safety of Fr.

Members of anti-oil palm plantation community and support group under surveillance

Source: 
RMP-NMR press release
Date of publication: 
30 October, 2012

Cagayan de Oro City – Even after the death of Pangalasag chairperson, Gilbert Paborada, the crusade to silence legitimate dissent against land grabbing in Opol, Misamis Oriental continues. Rubenson Batuto, Pangalasag vice chairperson complains of surveillance operations days after the Paborada killing.

According to reports, unidentified men wearing helmets stationed outside his home at Tingalan, Opol looking for him.

Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

Source: 
Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Sub-Region statement
Date of publication: 
4 October, 2012

Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

Victim: Gilbert Paborada, 47 years old, married and with one 7-year old child, originally from the sub-village of Bagocboc, in the town of Opol, Misamis Oriental

Case: Extra-Judicial Killing

Date of and place of incident: past 3pm, 03 October 2012, San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro City

According to the witnesses, Paborada had just came back from the village of Bagocboc for some concerns to San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro when 2 motorcycle-riding men of heavy build shot him when he went down from a motorela (public

Lumad woes highlighted on World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Source: 
By DANILDA L. FUSILERO, Davao Today - http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/08/09/lumad-woes-highlighted-on-world-indigenous-peoples-day/
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

The Mindanao Lumad Alliance, Kalumaran, urges Aquino to “put an end to the killings, abuses, and military recruitment of Lumad paramilitaries in our communities that failed to bring peace and development” as it called to “stop this deception that mines, dams, and agribusiness will bring in development.”

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — August 9 marks United Nations (UN) Declaration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but Lumad groups said their communities are threatened from displacement due to ‘development’ projects and military operations.

Poverty of indigenous peoples worsens under Aquino, says revolutionary group

Source: 
By ALDWIN QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/06/poverty-of-indigenous-peoples-worsen-under-aquino-says-revolutionary-group/
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2012

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF) said that President Benigno Aquino III “matuwid na daan” (righteous path) has led to the all-out plunder of the country’s resources that worsens the already sorry state of indigenous peoples.

CPDF, through its spokesman Simon “Ka Filiw” Naogsan, pointed out that the absence of “wangwang” (sirens) is the diversion of the government of the awareness of the people from the gigantic gains of big mining companies and energy corporations.

No protection to indigenous villagers facing threats three months on

Source: 
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-134-2012
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2012

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-134-2012

ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; human rights defenders; indigenous people

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned by the inaction of the police to protect indigenous villagers facing threats. They complained against members of the Intelligence Network in their village; however, three months on, no protection has been provided and no investigation has been conducted.

Harassment continues in palm oil plantation in Mindanao

Source: 
Joint media advisory
Date of publication: 
29 June, 2012

Manila, Philippines – Residents of Bagocboc and Tingalan in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, particularly those affiliated with Pangalasag – a local organisation of indigenous Higaonons which has been very vocal against the establishment and expansion of a palm oil plantation in their area, continue to face injustice at the hands of the government authorities.

Pangalasag members reported that local police force have warned them of being prosecuted if they join any actions against A Brown Company, Inc. – the company behind the palm oil plantation in Opol.

Farmers, Fisherfolks File Petition For Environmental Protection Order Against Mining

Date of publication: 
27 June, 2012

Farmers and fisher folks in Leyte went to court and filed an application for Temporary Environmental Protection Order (EPO) to stop the mining operation of Nicua Corporation in prime agricultural lands of Villa Imelda and adjacent barangays in MacArthur Leyte.

The plaintiffs led by Jesus Cabias, president of Unahin Lagi Natin ang Diyos – Bito Lake Fisherfolks Association (UNLAD-BLFA) and supported by Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), assert their right to a healthy and safe environment against the destructive effects of mining in their farmlands and lake.

“Water is life a

Mines Bureau: Chinese miner Nicua may have caused fish-kill in Leyte

Source: 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/261932/economy/companies/mines-bureau-chinese-miner-nicua-may-have-caused-fish-kill-in-leyte
Date of publication: 
14 June, 2012

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo Jasareno said Thursday that Nicua Mining Corporation, which is currently being investigated by the bureau for allegedly causing a fish-kill incident in Lake Bito in Leyte province as well as converting farmlands into a mining site without authorization, is a responsible miner and if it did cause the fish-kill, it may have done so accidentally.

“But nevertheless, the company has to answer for the disaster they may have caused,” Jasareno added.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, or MGB, launched an investigation two weeks ago, the results of whi

Farmers oppose open-pit copper-gold mine in Davao Sur

Source: 
By Kristine L. Alave - Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/201573/farmers-oppose-open-pit-copper-gold-mine-in-davao-sur
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — A battle between farmers and Sagittarius Mines, the operator of the copper-gold mine set to open in southern Mindanao in 2016, is looming over water resources in the lush, mineral-rich province of Davao del Sur.

Farmers and an irrigators’ association in Davao del Sur and Davao City have asked the Aquino administration to stop the $6-billion open pit mine project, saying it would destroy the watershed that feeds into 13,000 hectares of mostly-rice farmlands downstream.

The complaint of the farmers was confirmed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who w

Palm oil plantation in Misamis Oriental has no right to occupy indigenous lands

Source: 
Rural Missionaries of the Philippines - Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR)
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2012

Palm oil plantation in Misamis Oriental has no right to occupy indigenous lands, IFFM says

An International Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) on the landgrabbing of indigenous peoples’ lands in Opol, Misamis Oriental in Southern Philippines today confirmed that A. Brown Company, Inc.

SC urged to stop Altamina’s black sand mining in Ilocos, Pangasinan

Source: 
http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=SC-urged-to-stop-Altamina%E2%80%99s-black-sand-mining-in-Ilocos,-Pangasinan&id=51175
Date of publication: 
4 May, 2012

LAWMAKERS HAVE asked the Supreme Court to stop the mining activities of Altamina Exploration and Resources, Inc. in the coastal areas of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan in a filing that also implicates President Benigno S.C.

Environment department’s order elates farmers

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2012/05/03/environment-department-s-order-elates-farmers-219566
Date of publication: 
3 May, 2012

FARMERS belonging to the Talaandig indigenous community thanked the Environment department for ordering the management of the 480-hectare Villalon Ranch in Maramag, Bukidnon to stop intruding into areas they cultivate.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje issued an order on April 30 that compelled the ranch management to quit harassing the indigenous farmers.

However, members of the Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association Inc.

Forced evacuation, militarization raised before EU a month before Philippine UPR

Source: 
Karapatan Press release
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2012

Bakwit communities demand: We want to return home to our land

A month before the Philippine government undergoes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Karapatan, with representatives from the evacuees in Caraga and Bukidnon, raised the issue of internally displaced persons or internal refugees before the diplomatic missions of the European Union, Spain, France, and Netherlands to the Philippines.

Cristina Palabay, Karapatan spokesperson said that, “the European Union representatives are aware that the Philippines will go through the sec

Bloody agrarian unrest in Bukidnon yet again

Source: 
Rural Missionaries of the Philippines - Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR)
Date of publication: 
30 March, 2012

300 Manobos Asserting their Right to their Ancestral Lands Fired at by Guards of Montalvan Ranch

Security guards of the ranch of Pablo Lorenzo, Jr., headed by Joy Pedutche, a former member of the Philippine Army, fired at Manobo families who were trying to reclaim their ancestral land on March 28.

They said that as early as 5:00 in the morning, there were already armed guards monitoring them. Pedutche was carrying an M16, another guard was carrying an M14, another a garan, while another two held shotguns.

Mining share to GDP in past decade “very modest,” MGB stats reveal

Source: 
Stsatements, ABS-CBN et al
Date of publication: 
5 March, 2012

‘Mining a social justice issue’

By Christian S. Monsod – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/03/03/12/christian-monsod-mining-socia...

3 March 2012

The mineral wealth of our country, as the mining industry reminds us, is “staggering” – about $840 billion. Its potential to contribute to our country’s development cannot be discounted. While mining has never been a driver of our development, not even during the mining boom of the seventies, we are here to find out if there is a way to realize that potential.

Bukdinon Lumad farmers decry killing of Higaonon farmer

Source: 
By Keith Bacongco - http://www.mindanews.com/human-rights/indigenous-peoples/2011/09/04/bukidnon-lumad-farmers-decry-killing-of-higaonon-farmer/
Date of publication: 
4 September, 2011

Early in the morning of Thursday, September 1, residents near the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) along the corner of Tiano and Del Pilar Streets in Cagayan de Oro City were caught by surprise upon seeing a coffin displayed by the side of the road.

It wasn’t one of those fake coffins commonly used by demonstrators signifying the death of democracy or some other ideals; it was one real coffin with one real corpse inside, that of Welcie Gica, a Higaonon farmer allegedly killed by one of the security guards of a big ranch in Maramag, Bukidnon owned by

Food security before mining, gov’t urged

Source: 
LLANESCA T. PANTI - http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/top-stories/3363-food-security-before-mining-govt-urged
Date of publication: 
31 July, 2011

FOOD security should take precedence over mining, experts said.

Fr.

Indigenous peoples dismayed by their absence in Sona

Source: 
Violeta M. Gloria, MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/07/26/indigenous-peoples-dismayed-by-their-absence-in-sona
Date of publication: 
26 July, 2011

KORONADAL CITY – Delegates to an assembly of indigenous peoples expressed dismay at their being not mentioned in the second State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S.

Tribes to hold SIPA Monday

Source: 
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/328084/tribes-hold-sipa-monday
Date of publication: 
24 July, 2011

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines (PNA) – Leaders and members of the indigenous peoples (IPs) groups in Mindanao have started to gather at the Christ the King Retreat Center (CKRC) in Koronadal City in South Cotabato since Thursday to deliver their State-of-the-Indigenous-People Address (SIPA) – their own version of President Aquino’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA) Monday.

In a press statement, Legal Rights Center (LRC) official Cocoy Rebuta claimed that around 100 key leaders and chieftains from tribal groups – like the Manobo, Mamanwa, T’boli, B’laan, Subanen, Teduray, Higaonon, Ta

“Oceana Gold continues environmental and livelihood destruction, dislocation in Didipio, NV”-International study group

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2011

BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA—An international study tour recently held in large-scale mining affected communities in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya concluded that the mining development of foreign-owned Oceana Gold Philippines Inc.

Int’l group probes alleged land-grab by foreign firms

Source: 
Cynthia D. Balana,Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/12098/int%E2%80%99l-group-probes-alleged-land-grab-by-foreign-firms
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2011

An international fact-finding team is in the country to investigate the alleged land-grabbing by Philippine, Japanese and Taiwanese companies of some 11,000 hectares from indigenous peoples in Isabela to build the biggest bio-ethanol project in the Philippines.

The international mission is composed of delegates from the Organic Consumers Association (USA), Global Forest Coalition (Paraguay), Action Center for Development and Rights (Japan), Friends of Earth (Japan), Philippine Solidarity Network (Canada); and from the Philippines, the Asian Peasant Coalition, Southeast Asia Regional Initiat

Mindanao Tribal Leaders Urge Stoppage Of Large-Scale Mining, Dev't Projects

Source: 
PNA - http://www.pna.gov.ph/index_arc.php?&sid=6 &pfn=342957
Date of publication: 
26 April, 2011

DAVAO CITY — Mindanao tribal leaders are calling for the stoppage of large-scale mining activities and other development projects leading to the destruction of ancestral domain, environment, and life.

KALUMARAN, or the Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao, in a press statement said about 100 tribal leaders made the call at the Datu Bai Conference held at the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Digos City on Monday.

KALUMARAN claimed that large-scale mining, agri-business, and coal fired power plants have encroached in the Lumads’ ancestral lands.

The tribal leaders represented various trib

Why PH needs a national land use code—now

Source: 
PURPLE ROMERO - http://www.newsbreak.ph/2011/04/20/why-ph-needs-a-national-land-use-code%E2%80%94now/
Date of publication: 
20 April, 2011

Various laws that affect farmers, indigenous peoples and companies overlap and confuse

MANILA, Philippines – There are many reasons why the actions of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos continue to scar the nation.

Manobos, Mamanwa ask ancestors’ spirits for help vs logging firm

Source: 
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/regions/2627-manobos-mamanwa-ask-ancestors-spirits-for-help-vs-logging-firm-
Date of publication: 
18 October, 2010

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur—The Mamanwa and Manobo tribes in Surigao del Sur are leaving no stones unturned in an effort to stop a logging company from cutting trees in their ancestral domain—legally protesting and petitioning the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and even performing rituals to “awaken” the spirits of their ancestors and asking God to help in their struggle against “the encroachment of a mining firm on their ancestral land.”

Datu Bidao, the Manobo tribe’s chieftain and babaylan (spiritual leader

Revision of ADSP sought

Source: 
By Herbert P. Mapiles, Sun Star Pampanga
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2010

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Pampanga Provincial Government has sought the revision of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Plan (ADSP) as previously formulated by the Municipal Government of Floridablanca, members of the indigenous communities and National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP).

This was the result of the consultation held Thursday in this city attended by Aetas, NCIP officials and other stakeholders.

Under the existing ADSP, the role of the Provincial Government in the development plan has not been identified.

As this developed, Governor Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda propose

Soldiers drive tribal people from homes

Source: 
Joe Torres, Quezon City - http://www.ucanews.com/2010/08/05/soldiers-drive-indigenous-people-from-homes/
Date of publication: 
5 August, 2010

Members of an indigenous Dumagat community from the mountains of Rodriguez, Rizal, just east of Manila have fled their homes after soldiers reportedly drove them away from their village.

The villagers are sheltering elsewhere around the capital.

Vanessa Cruz, a Dumagat woman who is now staying with protesting farmers in Quezon City, said three members of her tribe have been gunned down and her brother arrested.

She said the “harassment” started June 11 when government troops took over a 300-hectare piece of Dumagat land in the village of Carugu.

Cruz believes some businessmen

Alsons’ “enemies” declare victory

Source: 
http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/12093
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The “enemies” of publicly-listed Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.

Fugitive tribal leader gets 'green award'

Source: 
Jeffrey M. Tupas, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20091219-243016/Fugitive-tribal-leader-gets-green-award
Date of publication: 
19 December, 2009

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—-Deep in the forests of Talaingod in Davao del Norte, Ata-Manobo Datu Guibang Apoga, obviously through an assistant, could only send a text message to express how he and his people valued environment.

“For us, nature is like our mother and father who provide us with everything we need … life, food and other things essential for us to survive,” said the message in Bisaya. It was read by a representative who received the award on his behalf during the ceremony on Dec.

Bukidnon State University (BSU) host IP Month Celebration

Source: 
LRC-KsK Cagayan de Oro regional office
Date of publication: 
4 October, 2009

Malaybalay City – Bukidnon State University (BSU) under president Barroso in cooperation with Legal Rights and Natural Resources Inc-Kasama sa Kalikasa/Friends of the Earth Philippines (FoE-Phils) Cagayan de Oro regional Office will host the Indigenous People (IP) Month Celebration on October 5 – 9, 2009 to be held at BSU compound.

The activity would be a venue for the IP to celebrate the richness of their unique culture and allowing a cultural exchange that will foster deeper cultural understanding of the struggle of the IPs to self-determination.

Bukidnon host a dozens of corporate p

Facts on nation's environment speak louder than politicians' claims-- green groups

Source: 
Kalikasan-PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
28 July, 2009

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources was quick to attack the assessment of environmental activists that environmental degradation and natural resource depletion aggravated during the term of President Arroyo.

Lumads stage State of Indigenous Peoples' Address

Source: 
Violeta M. Gloria/MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6744&Itemid=50
Date of publication: 
28 July, 2009

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/July 27, 2009)— As the entire country focused on the ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 85 indigenous peoples’ leaders in Mindanao gathered for a three-day conference on the State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA) on July 26 to 28 at Manresa Retreat House here.

Conal Holdings accused of playing 'dirty tactics'

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/general-santos/conal-holdings-accused-playing-dirty-tactics
Date of publication: 
26 July, 2009

ACCUSATIONS of bribery and intimidation have hounded the Alcantara-led coal-fed power project in nearby Maasim, Sarangani province as opposition to the venture gets wider.

Johnny Panerio, one of the leaders of the newly-organized Maasim People’s Coalition on Climate Change (MP3C), accused Conal Holdings Corp. of employing dirty tactics in the firm’s attempt to pacify opposition to the proposed 200-megawatt (MW) coal plant to be built in two 100-MW phases.

He recounted over the weekend that Gregorio S.

BHP Billiton, Asiaticus nearing deal to push through with nickel project — Atienza

Source: 
Business World - http://www.bworldonline.com/BW060909/content.php?id=042
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2009

AUSTRALIAN MINING giant BHP Billiton is finalizing talks with its local partner to move forward with the exploration of a nickel mine in southern Mindanao, the head of the Environment department said yesterday.

“We had a very good meeting, but the agreement has yet to be formalized… [it is] under review,” Environment Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr., told reporters. “[The talks] are now in the process of [being formalized],” he added.

The Pujada mine in southern Mindanao could become one of the country’s largest nickel projects at full capacity.

Charter change might lead to more abuses of indigenous peoples’ rights–Amnesty

Source: 
http://thephilsouthangle.com/?p=3015
Date of publication: 
3 June, 2009

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Amnesty International expressed alarm that the planned charter change to open up the economy to more foreign investors might lead to further abuses of indigenous peoples.

In a forum at Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Amnesty International Director Dr. Aurora Corazon Parong said, “The indigenous peoples are already marginalized with very inadequate social services and struggling against incursion of government projects and mining operations in their lands without their free, prior informed consent (FPIC).

The impact of UK-based mining companies on the Philippines, particularly focusing on the right to food

Source: 
Submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights - Call for Evidence on Business and Human Rights by Working Group on Mining in the Philippines (WGMP)
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2009

Contents

  1. Introduction and background
  2. Case studies
  3. Conclusions and recommendations
  4. Basis of submission

1. Introduction and background

This submission focuses on the way existing and proposed mining by global companies in the Philippines poses a threat to human rights, particularly the human right to food of local communities. Its findings build on the WGMP’s recent publication Philippines: Mining or Food?

Lumads: militarization is number one problem

Source: 
Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6002&Itemid=50
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) — Twenty three years after the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship, leaders of regional organizations of indigenous peoples (IPs or Lumads) in Mindanao say militarization remains their number one problem. “Sa pagsumada namo.. sa kasinatian..

T'bolis welcome NCIP delineation of ancestral domain

Source: 
PIA Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 February, 2009

Davao City – (LRC-KsK/FoE Phil) T’bolis belonging to the Taboli Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO) expressed relief when, after a long wait, the office of NCIP XII finally started the perimeter survey delineating their ancestral domain claim including portions of the coffee plantation of the Consunjis, in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Philippines: 'Focus on rice production not mining' says new report

Source: 
Independent Catholic News
Date of publication: 
10 February, 2009

Church opposition in the Philippines to destructive mining on its islands was supported by Church leaders in Britain yesterday, 9 February, at the launch of a new report at Westminster titled, Philippines: Mining or Food? It was commissioned by the UK-based Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, which is chaired by Clare Short MP and involves Columban Faith and Justice, the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, and Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links.

New Report Says Mining is a Threat to Food Security in the Philippines and Calls for a Moratorium on Mining

Source: 
Working Group on Mining in the Philippines Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 February, 2009

Philippines – Mining or Food? – Launch of Report on Monday 9 February 2009, 11.30am-1pm Meeting in the Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster

Former British Minister for International Development and Chair of the UK-based Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, Clare Short MP, is to host the Westminster launch on Monday 9 February of a new report, Philippines – Mining or Food? Alongside her will be Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an Igorot indigenous woman from the Cordillera Region of Northern Philippines, and Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Church and Government Leader Calls TVI Pacific a 'liar'

Source: 
By Tito Natividad Fiel, DIOPIM Committee on Mining Issues (DCMI)
Date of publication: 
11 November, 2006

Dipolog City – The Canadian mining company TVI Pacific has been portraying itself as a responsible miner, not just in the Philippines, but all over the world. However this image has been ruined when the highest church leader in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte has accused it recently of being a ‘liar company.’

A Failed Promise - The Dumingag Case

Source: 
By Ellen Red Inside Mindanao, Published in Mindanao Monitor
Date of publication: 
1 November, 2006

Dumingag, Zamboanga Del Sur – Reforestation was promised by logging companies to the people in this town. This never happened.

This time, with the promise of responsible mining of TVI Minerals Processing, Inc., the people in this town are wary; while others are downright saying not to the planned entry of the mining company. “Based on our experience, the areas that were destroyed by logging never again regained its former appearance and state. What more with mining where the mountain itself will be destroyed?”

Over 2600 Participate in an Anti-Mining Caravan which Culminates in Dipolog City

Source: 
by Maryanne Mutch, DCMI
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2005

Canatuan residents report that TVI mine tailings are leaking into their creeks.

Date of publication: 
4 May, 2005

DCMI has recently heard reports from the community on Canatuan that mine tailings from TVI’s operations have been leaking out into the Lumot Creek. This creek runs into the Lituban River which, in turn, runs into the Siocon River and to the coastal area.

Support Small Scale Farmers and Indigenous Peoples in Defense of their Land

To All Who Defend the Rights to Food and Health, Peasant Farmers’ Rights, Women’s Rights, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, All who believe in Environmental, Climate, Social and Economic Justice, and All who seek an End to Militarization of Rural Communities:

Peasant farmers and Indigenous Peoples are calling for international attention to the urgent situation of land grabbing, militarization and the pending destruction of local small farm lands to make way for the establishment of 11, 000 hectares of monocrop sugar cane plantations and processing facilities for a biofuel project in the municipal

The plight of the Aetas

Source: 
Rey Salita, Manila Standard

Aetas begging on the streets during the holidays are met with amusement and some degree of curiosity.

We frown on them when they use makeshift musical instruments in an attempt to provide their potential benefactors some entertainment.

Only a few of us urban dwellers appreciate the fact that the problems facing these indigenous peoples go deeper than cultural discrimination.

Cordillera Day 2008: Resist Mining Plunder and State Terrorism!

We gather this Cordillera Day 2008 to strengthen our unity, reaffirm our commitment and carry on the militant struggle of our people in defence of land, life and resources. We mark the 24th Cordillera Day with greater resolve to resist mining plunder and state terrorism and to fight for and secure our individual and collective human rights against the backdrop of a regime clinging to power through state terror and hell-bent on the sell out of our national patrimony.

FOEI Calls on Philippine Government to take action on extrajudicial killings

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), in solidarity with all its member countries and community partners, call on the Philippine government to take action against the extrajudicial killings of environmental activists and indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

Statement

10 November 2012

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), in solidarity with all its member countries and community partners, call on the Philippine government to take action against the extrajudicial killings of environmental activists and indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

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.

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