Human Rights-Militarisation

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.

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

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http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=64757
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Indigenous activist slain in San Luis, Agusan del Sur

Source: 
Katungod Lumad Alert
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

Another indigenous activist has added to the increasing figure of extrajudicial killings of Lumad in Mindanao. Lito Abion, 44 years old, a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) driver, was waiting for passengers when he was fired upon by two gunmen on September 28, 2015.

He was a member of Tagdumahan, a Lumad (collective term for the indigenous peoples of Mindanao) organization in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. Tagdumahan has been resisting the entry of mining in the ancestral lands of the Banwaon and Manobo peoples in Agusan del Sur.

Philippines - 100 teachers, students blocked in Talaingod

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By Rhealyn C. Pojas, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/09/28/100-teachers-students-blocked-talaingod-432844
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2015

OVER a 100 teachers, students, and members of a progressive group were allegedly blocked on Monday by the military and some members of paramilitary group recognized by the lumads while on their way to a school in Talaingod, Davao del Norte to attend a founding anniversary and festival.

Save Our Schools (SOS) Network in Southern Mindanao Spokesperson Rius Valle said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao that 116 persons including 44 elementary and high school students were not able to reach the Salugpongan Ta’tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center since they were blocked by the mili

Philippines: Paramilitaries Attack Tribal Villages, Schools

Source: 
Human Rights Watch Statement - https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/23/philippines-paramilitaries-attack-tribal-villages-schools
Date of publication: 
23 September, 2015

Military Supporting Abusive Forces in Mindanao

(Manila) – The Philippine military has repeatedly stood aside while paramilitary forces have attacked indigenous villages and schools in the southern region of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said today.

Philippines: UN experts urge probe into killings of three Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders

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http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16481&LangID=E
Date of publication: 
22 September, 2015

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, today called on the Philippines Government to launch a full and independent investigation into the killings of three human rights defenders in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, which is currently affected by armed conflicts.

One of the human rights defenders killed was the director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV), a school providing education to indigenous youth who live in the mo

Lumads hold dialogue with UN experts, rallies support against ongoing militarization, killings in communities

Source: 
IPMSDL Secretariat statement
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Manila, Philippines—Indigenous Peoples organizations facilitated a dialogue with United Nations Special Rapporteur (SR) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz last 16 September 2015 on the recent spate of Lumad killings in Mindanao. Edtami Mansayagan, a Lumad himself and a member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was also present in the dialogue.

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.

Green group marches to Mendiola, holds PNoy accountable for mining disasters

Source: 
ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
17 September, 2015

INTEGRIDAD NG TAO AT EKOLOHIYA IPAGLABAN, GANID NG PANDAIGDIGANG INDUSTRIYA NG MINA WAKASAN!

Teduray woman wins award for peace-building in Maguindanao

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Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/721693/teduray-woman-wins-award-for-peace-building-in-maguindanao#ixzz3lhTNJGjE
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2015

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao—A Teduray woman was recently named the lone Filipino winner of this year’s N-Peace Awards for her passionate work as an advocate of peace and nonviolent action.

Jo Genna Martin Jover of Maguindanao province was being credited for organizing members of her tribe to continue working for justice “amid such injustices as intrusion into their traditional lands.” She has also been working hard to bring about change in “lumad” and Moro communities in Maguindanao by adopting strategies of nonviolence and peace-building.

N-Peace is the Bangkok-based multicou

‘Soldiers watched as paramilitary attacked us’

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By Dee Ayroso, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/09/10/soldiers-watched-as-paramilitary-attacked-us/
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

Source: 
Rappler.com - http://www.rappler.com/video/shows/105241-stop-lumad-killings-dealing-internally-displaced-people
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

Surigao Sur evacuees swell to 2,700 as military, para-military ops continue

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InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/117132/surigao-sur-evacuees-swell-to-2700-as-military-para-military-ops-continue---karapatan
Date of publication: 
7 September, 2015

Surigao Sur evacuees swell to 2,700 as military, para-military ops continue – Karapatan

MANILA – The number of lumad (indigenous people) forced to evacuate their homes in Surigao del Sur have swollen to more than 2,700 as military and para-military operations continue, the human rights group Karapatan said in a news release Sunday.

Karapatan identified the military and para-military groups that are frightening people away from their homes and communities as the 36th Infantry Battalion, 75th Infantry Battalion, Special Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the bandi

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

Source: 
CBCP News - http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=62949
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.

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

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Statement - http://www.kalikasan.net/press-release/2015/09/02/perpetrators-lianga-massacre-must-be-punished-and-war-plunder-against-lumad
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

Source: 
Karapatan
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

Philippine Army Killed Indigenous Peoples not Armed Rebels

Source: 
KARAPATAN-NMR statement
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

Source: 
Edwin Espejo - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/103187-gibo-teodoro-sagittarius-mines-board-chairman
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

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John Rizle L. Saligumba, http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/tampakan-massacre-suspects-should-be-in-jail-congressman/
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'

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By Inday Espina-Varona, ABS-CBN News - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/11/15/un-special-rapporteurs-office-hits-afp-gross-misrepresentation
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

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By Inday Espina Varona, ABS-CBNnews.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/04/15/tampakan-mines-project-still-go-despite-activist-deaths-un-concern
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.

UN Special Rapporteur’s statement boosts call for pull-out of AFP troops in communities

Source: 
Karapatan Press Statement - http://www.karapatan.org/UN+Special+Rapporteur%E2%80%99s+statement+boosts+call+for+pull-out+of+AFP+troops+in+communities
Date of publication: 
3 August, 2015

Karapatan acknowledged the statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr.

President Aquino's mining endorsement result in attacks on IPs

Source: 
Christine Joice C. Cudis, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/07/25/pnoys-mining-endorsement-result-attacks-ips-420961
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2015

GABRIELA Representative Luzviminda Ilagan has claimed in a statement that since President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of the large-scale mining operations in the Philippines, the attacks on Indigenous People transpired.

“The lumads want to go home but their lands have been transformed into killing fields under Aquino’s (President Benigno Aquino, III) five-year rule,” Ilagan said.

Ilagan’s statement came following the Philippine National Police’s reported violent acts on their attempt to forcibly send the lumad evacuees to their designated communities.

“Forcing lumads to go ba

International People’s Conference on Mining 2015: A Call for International Solidarity against Destructive Mining

Source: 
International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) press statement
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2015

Unified in addressing various people’s concerns on destructive mining across the globe, various environmental advocates, campaigners, and grassroots leaders worldwide will be launching the International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) in Quezon City, Philippines from July 30 to August 1, with the theme “Highlighting people’s lives and struggles in defense of rights, the environment and a common future: An international conference of mining communities and peoples.”

The IPCM aims to stimulate international inquiry, individual and collective action, and multi-sectora

State forces file charges vs 23 Lumad, rights defenders in Mindanao

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By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, Bulatlat.com - bulatlat.com/main/2015/07/15/state-forces-file-charges-vs-23-lumad-rights-defenders-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
15 July, 2015

“The fabricated charges against them have no merit at all, and all of the allegations are merely products of the AFP’s utak-pulbura imagination.”

MANILA – Gabriela Women’s Partylist Rep.

Filipino tribals find hope in Pope Francis’ apology to indigenous

Source: 
Inday Espina-Varona - http://www.ucanews.com/news/filipino-tribals-find-hope-in-pope-francis-apology-to-indigenous/73920
Date of publication: 
13 July, 2015

Calls for peace remain meaningless until the powerful respect the rights of indigenous people

Manila – As news broke out in the Philippines of Pope Francis’ apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the displacement of indigenous peoples, Kharlo Manano was handing the Philippine Commission on Human Rights a list of tribal schools threatened by incessant military operations.

In Midsayap, Cotabato, young Manobo tribesman Roland Dalin was speaking of his dream to study law and “bring justice and defend our tribe.”

Dalin hopes the pope’s message can allow him to resume an ed

Glencore exit from Tampakan project a victory for the people

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 June, 2015

Anglo-Swiss mining firm sells it shares in South Cotabato mining project

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) hailed as a victory for the people’s movement the divestment of Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore from the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, SOCSKSARGEN region.

“Glencore, potentially the largest mining project in the country to date, ultimately failed in the face of massive people’s resistance against foreign and large-scale mining.

Urgent Action: Call for the immediate pull-out of military troops from Mindanao

Source: 
KARAPATAN Human Rights Update
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2015

Urgent Action : Call for the immediate pull-out of military troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for the immediate pull-out of AFP troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao. There are at least three groups of evacuees from the provinces of Saranggani, Bukidnon and Davao del Norte.

Philippines: Glencore sells share of Tampakan mine to Indophil Resources

Source: 
By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/133781/philippines-glencore-sells-share-of-tampakan-mine-to-alsons-prime/
Date of publication: 
24 June, 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Commodities trader Glencore Plc has reportedly agreed to sell its entire stake at Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) to Indophil Resources NL, which was acquired by Alsons Prime Investment Corporation for a yet-to-be-disclosed amount and acquisition terms.

This breaking development followed the January completion of the sale of Indophil Resources NL to Alsons Prime.

The report means the complete exit of the Switzerland-based Glencore PLC from the US$5.6 billion copper and gold project of SMI in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

It also ended several months of uncertainty

Hustisya demands pull out of “massacre troops” in Mindanao

Source: 
Hustisya News Release
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2015

Rights group Hustisya demanded the pull-out of the 69th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Southern Mindanao, calling them “massacre troops” after the killing of an indigenous people leader, a purok (small village) leader and a farmer, while wounding a child and a woman farmer leader in Paquibato District, Davao City on June 14.

In a protest action infront of the AFP Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo this morning, the group together with Karapatan, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and KATRIBU, cried out justice for the victims, identified by Karapatan Southern Mindanao as Ruben E

Indigenous peoples score DMCI on World Environment Day

Source: 
KATRIBU News Release
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

MAKATI—Indigenous peoples from KATRIBU Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas along with environment activists conducted a protest action at the office of D.M. Consunji, Inc (DMCI) on Friday, June 5, on the commemoration of the World Environment Day.

Peace, development and the BBL: The Lumad view

Source: 
By Timuay Alim Bandara, Timuay Justice and Governance, InterAksyon.com
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

Timuay Alim Bandara is a member of Minted sa Inged (Supreme Council) of the Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG).

B’laan leaders submit petition to NCIP en banc, claim illegal activities of regional offices

Source: 
Tampakan Forum Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2015

Cagayan de Oro – Leaders of B’laan from Bong Mal in Tampakan, South Cotabato submitted today a position paper to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) en banc against their regional counterparts’ activities to facilitate the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) required for the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Five leaders went to CDO to request the en banc to immediately order the postponement of any FPIC-related activities in their area.

Lumad in the Bangsamoro: Dreams and Fears

Source: 
LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women's Rights) & Focus on the Global South release
Date of publication: 
26 May, 2015

The Lumads have consistently expressed their support for the peace process in Mindanao; and have been equally consistent in articulating their position that a genuine and lasting peace can only be based on inclusiveness and justice.

In May 2014, Lumad leaders both from the core areas and the adjacent areas of the proposed Bangsamoro territory came to Manila to reach out to peace and human rights advocates, and the public in general, to articulate their side of the story on this peace process.

Lumad, rights groups mount fact-finding mission on disappearance of Manobo activist

Source: 
By Dennis Arcon, http://www.interaksyon.com/article/110883/lumad-rights-groups-mount-fact-finding-mission-on-disappearance-of-manobo-activist
Date of publication: 
21 May, 2015

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Indigenous peoples’ and human rights groups have mounted a fact-finding mission to investigate the disappearance of a Manobo activist who was last seen in the company of militiamen guarding a private firm’s compound in the hinterlands of Lebak town, Sultant Kudarat.

Jerom Succor Aba, spokesman of Kawagib, or the Alliance for the Advancement of Moro Human Rights and one of the organizers, said the fact-finding mission began Wednesday and will end on Friday in Sitio Salabantaran, Barangay Salansang where John Calaba, 28, the missing public information off

Manobo activist disappeared while with Consunji company guards, feared dead

Source: 
News Release - http://karapatan.org/Manobo+activist+disappeared
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2015

An officer of organization Kisasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KIDUMA) was invited inside the Consunji compound in Brgy.

Burial shroud in the mail - Ifugao NGO workers receive death threats

Source: 
By Arthur L. Allad-iw, Northern Dispatch - www.interaksyon.com/article/110379/burial-shroud-in-the-mail--ifugao-ngo-workers-receive-death-threats
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2015

BAGUIO CITY — Five workers of a nongovernmental organization in Ifugao province have asked police to investigate death threats they have received and to identify those responsible.

Human rights advocates in the Cordillera condemned the threats against Brandon Lee, Connie Hapulon, Claudine Panayo, Fernando Alikes Jr.

Philippine army goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe

Source: 
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.

Subanen leader decries govt inaction vs 'rampant' illegal mining in Zamboanga del Sur

Source: 
Philippine News Agency - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/110107/subanen-leader-decries-govt-inaction-vs-rampant-illegal-mining-in-zamboanga-del-sur
Date of publication: 
7 May, 2015

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — A chieftain of the Subanen tribe expressed alarm over what he called the rampant intrusion of illegal miners within their ancestral domain in Pagadian City and the nearby towns of Sominot and Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur as he accused government agencies of inaction.

Timuay Langhap Rio Olipio Lingating said there has been no response to a resolution they had passed addressed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and other concerned agencies into their territor

Killing of environmentalists dramatically rises; indigenous communities hardest hit

Source: 
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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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

Iraya Mangyans to be evicted for Puerto Galera Municipal Waste Dump

Source: 
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

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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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.

Indigenous Ritual for Peace in Mindanao

Source: 
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.

International mission probes human rights violations in Agusan Sur

Source: 
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.

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

Source: 
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.

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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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.

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

Source: 
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.

Banwaon datus: Mining interest leads to human rights violations

Source: 
Joint Press Release - http://www.rmp-nmr.org/articles/2015/02/02/banwaon-datus-mining-interest-leads-human-rights-violations
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.

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

Source: 
By Jigger J. Jerusalem - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2015/01/30/government-told-stop-forcible-entry-mining-firms-389407
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

Source: 
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

Green groups, Catholic bishops urge Pope Francis to stand for ecology against large-scale mining

Source: 
Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2015

Twenty-three environmental groups and four Catholic bishops appealed to Pope Francis to intervene on the issue of ecological devastation and human rights violations brought about by large-scale mining operations in the Philippines.

“We are appealing to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to support the call of the Filipino people to stop large-scale mining plunder and destruction in the Philippines. The mining liberalization policy in the past two decades have led to the destruction of marine and freshwater ecosystems, denudation of forests, and displacement of peoples.

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

Source: 
Jodesz Gavilan - http://www.rappler.com/specials/pope-francis-ph/80675-indigenous-group-pope-francis-land
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

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

Source: 
by Katrina Pestaño and Jill Mangaliman - Seattle Globalist - http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2014/12/22/philippines-march-mindanao-mining-tampakan-glencore-xstrata/31721
Date of publication: 
22 December, 2014

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines chanting “Defend ancestral land!” and “Glencore-Xstrata-SMI out now!” during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.

The mobilization, “Lakbayan,” meaning “People’s Journey,” stretched across approximately 100 miles from Dec. 8 through Dec.

On Human Rights Day, group scores PNoy for continued failure to uphold rights

Source: 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/391913/news/nation/on-human-rights-day-group-scores-pnoy-for-continued-failure-to-uphold-rights
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2014

On Human Rights Day Wednesday, a human rights group gave President Benigno Aquino III yet another failing grade for his leadership in human rights.

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said the lack of a National Human Rights Action Plan allowed corporate-backed impunity.

Such impunity has in turn led to adverse impact on the environment and climate change, PAHRA said in a statement.

“Impunity lurks even amidst the typhoons and disasters,” said PAHRA chairman Max de Mesa, referring to what he called mining areas in Manicani, Samar and in Marinduque.

“Resi

No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities

Source: 
http://www.aippnet.org/index.php/statements/124-human-rights-publication/1498-no-rights-no-justice-experiences-of-indigenous-peoples-affected-by-corporate-activities
Date of publication: 
5 December, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization.

#16days - Indigenous women stand against all forms of VAW

Source: 
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/12/01/16days-indigenous-women-stand-against-all-forms-of-vaw/
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2014

“With the continuous mining in our communities, the indigenous women and the whole community continue to fight.”

MANILA – Indigenous women led by Bai Indigenous Women Network (BAI) protested at the Chino Roces Bridge (former Mendiola Bridge) on Thursday, Nov.

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.

Philippines: It’s mining profit vs. indigenous peoples in Mindanao

Source: 
KAMP statement, via http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-news-release-its-mining-profit-vs-indigenous-peoples-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Makati—Outraged indigenous Lumad people led protest actions in business offices of mining corporations in Metro Manila on Tuesday, demanding the withdrawal of mining corporations in their ancestral lands.

Some 200 protesters trooped the offices of Apex Mining Corporation, Sagittarius Mines Inc., TVI Resource Development, and Nickel Asia Corp.

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.

Family and kin of slain botanist Leonard Co to DOJ: Enough waiting, act now

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 November, 2014

After four years of no justice

Family, friends and supporters of the slain botanist Leonard Co and two others held a dialogue with officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, asking for the immediate resolution of Co’s killing and the punishment of the military perpetrators.

“Four years is too long a wait. The DOJ under Secretary De Lima should do its job and hasten the resolution of the case, as there is clear evidence and the perpetrators are known.

Mindanao local seeks Brits' help to fight mining giant

Source: 
By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau - http://rp1.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/11/13/14/mindanao-local-seeks-brits-help-fight-mining-giant
Date of publication: 
13 November, 2014

LONDON – Mark Lopez has come a long way to save his community from one of the largest multinational companies in the world, which he claims is ruining Filipino lives in pursuit of gold.

Lopez gave a series of talks in England about the plight of local communities affected by the Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, set to become the largest open-pit mine in the Philippines.

Anglo-Swiss corporation Glencore-Xstrata has a controlling stake in the project, operated locally by Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

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

Source: 
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.

Killing, burning of school, drive Lumad to leave homes

Source: 
Karapatan - http://www.karapatan.org/Killing%2C+burning+of+school%2C+drive+Lumad+to+leave+homes
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.

Position paper on the Congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Source: 
Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement (MPPM) statement
Date of publication: 
29 October, 2014

MPPM POSITION PAPER DELIVERED DURING THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON BANGSAMORO BASIC BILL OF THE AD HOC BBL COMMITTEE ON OCTOBER 29, 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.

Cordillera folk call for NCIP abolition

Source: 
By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/28/indigenous-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: Villagers flee after tribal leader's killing in southern Philippines

Source: 
Jefry Tupas and Karlos Manlupig, UCANews - http://www.ucanews.com/news/villagers-flee-after-tribal-leaders-killing-in-southern-philippines/72274
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

UK speaker tour on Glencore's Tampakan project

Source: 
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

Philippines: Probe into relocation of Badjaos sought

Source: 
Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/642918/probe-into-relocation-of-badjaos-sought
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

Source: 
By Karl Begnotea, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/05/investigating-mining-pollution-and-plunder-in-nueva-vizcaya/
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).

There are two transnational corporati

Maguindanao lumad leader killed in ambush

Source: 
InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/96566/maguindanao-lumad-leader-killed-in-ambush
Date of publication: 
2 October, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — A leader of the Teduray tribe in Maguindanao province was killed in an ambush Thursday afternoon, an indigenous peoples advocacy group said.

The Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement said Timuay (chieftain) Leoncio Arig was with his wife and small daughter when attacked in Barangay Romongaub, South Upi town around 4 p.m.

A Deadly Difference of World View

Source: 
Statement from LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2014

In his speech in the recently concluded Mining Conference 2014 organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP), Vice-President Jejomar Binay said that, “We must take an accurate inventory of our nation’s natural resources and if possible plot a schedule for harnessing these resources with long-term goals firmly in mind.” This was a great assurance to CoMP president Benjamin Philip Romualdez, also of Benguet Corp, that should Binay take over the government administration in 2016, there will be no change in the government development path.

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.

Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador ...

Source: 
Joint statement
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2014

... in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim Mining Corp

Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance against Mining-Philippines), Lilak (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Focus on the Global South and the EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network denounce the bullying of El Salvador by corporate mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim.

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.

Stop the military operations in Lacub, Abra

Source: 
Joint Statement of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA)
Date of publication: 
7 September, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) call on all units under the 5th and 7th Infantry Divisions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stop its ongoing military operations and terrorism in Lacub, Abra province, for the safety of the communities and to give way to for the communities to attend to their livelihood.

We urgently call on government officials and local government units in Abra province, including the Church, and to all who believe in life, to call on the AFP to stop its military operations in Lacub.

The Philippines is a

‘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.

SMI renews bid for $5.9bn mining project

Source: 
By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/125933/philippines-smi-renews-bid-for-5-9bn-mining-project/
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2014

Despite government failure to address policy issues in the mining industry, Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) is still hopeful it will get the necessary permits and clearances needed to pursue its stalled Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

It is poised to conduct more rounds of consultations with stakeholders, including obtaining the consent of communities and local government units that will be affected by its multi-billion dollar project.

The Tampakan project straddles the Mindanao provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur and Sarangani in the Philippine covering more than

Indigenous peoples submit cases of rights abuses to UN official

Source: 
By Dee Ayroso, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/08/09/indigenous-peoples-submit-cases-of-rights-violations-to-un-special-rapporteur/
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2014

“More than 100,000 indigenous peoples from 39 tribal groups all over the country will be dislocated or will lose their livelihood as an effect of the all-out mining liberalization under Aquino.

New Special Rapporteur to focus on indigenous “collective” rights

Source: 
Tebtebba release - http://www.tebtebba.org/index.php/component/content/article/99-tebtebba-bulletin/311-new-special-rapporteur-to-focus-on-indigenous-collective-rights
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2014

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – A new United Nations indigenous woman official from the Philippines has pledged to promote “collective rights”and “good practices”in implementing international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples.

“My mandate, therefore, demands lots of research work because I have to come up with reports backed by solid evidence,”Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the new Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, told supporters here recently.

The first-ever indigenous woman Special Rapporteur, who hails from Besao town, Mt.

The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga penin

Source: 
KAIROS Press Statement - http://www.kairoscanada.org/sustainability/resource-extraction/press-statement-the-rock-hard-truth-philippine-learning-tour-raises-concerns-about-mining-related-human-rights-violations-in-the-zamboanga-peninsula/
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2014

We, the Canadian and Philippine delegates of the Philippine Learning Tour, have journeyed as partners to study and investigate the impact of Canadian mining operations in the Zamboanga peninsula.

Indigenous peoples join call for Aquino ouster at the People’s SONA

Source: 
By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/07/29/indigenous-peoples-join-call-for-aquino-ouster-at-the-peoples-sona/
Date of publication: 
29 July, 2014

“Why are they depriving people of their lands?” – Mayeth Corpuz, an Agta, secretary general of the Samahan ng mga Katutubo sa Sierra Madre (SKSM)

MANILA — At the People’s State of the Nation Address on July 28, about 100 indigenous peoples came down from their mountain villages in Luzon and joined protesters in Metro Manila to call for a change in government policies, and President Aquino’s ouster.

From the Igorots of the north to the Mangyans of southern Luzon, indigenous peoples decry the same development aggression, dispossession of their ancestral lands and militarizati

State of the Indigenous Peoples Address 2014

Source: 
Statement from State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA) Meeting
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2014

Indigenous Peoples – For Truth, Justice, Peace & Equality!

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Erumanen ne Menuvu Kirinteken,Aeta-Abellen, Dumagat, Pala’wan, Subanen, Subanon, Ilongot, Manobo Matigsalog, Egongot (Ilongot) Bugkalot, Bukidnon, Manubo Blit, Teduray, Tagbanwa, Tasaday, Lambangi-an, Ybanag, Remontado, Aeta, Ayta, at T’boli-Ubo, together in solidarity with our friends

Philippines: Tribes want lands out of Bangsamoro

Source: 
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/615343/tribes-want-lands-out-of-bangsamoro
Date of publication: 
30 June, 2014

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Leaders of indigenous peoples have demanded that their ancestral lands be excluded from the proposed Bangsamoro territory, saying failure to do so would go against their “inherent and inalienable right to self-determination.”

“We cannot accept Bangsamoro as our identity.

‘It’s a military operation,’ Katribu says of dawn ‘raid’ of Panay relief center

Source: 
Marya Salamat, Bulatlat - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/06/20/its-a-military-operation-katribu-says-of-dawn-raid-of-panay-relief-center/
Date of publication: 
20 June, 2014

MANILA – Around 1 a.m. yesterday, the office of Panay Center for Disaster Response (PCDR) in Jaro, Iloilo was ransacked by three masked men who also handcuffed and covered with packaging tape the faces of three people at the office at the time.

Philippine Human Rights Group Discussed Concerns with UN Special Rapporteurs

Source: 
KARAPATAN Press Statement
Date of publication: 
12 June, 2014

Geneva, Switzerland — Human rights advocates of the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights (EcuVoice), who are participating in the 26th United Nations Human Rights Council sessions, welcomed the information conveyed by two United Nations special rapporteurs on their official visits to the Philippines to conduct independent investigations on the human rights situation in the country.

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Dr.

Indigenous women say militarization worsens women’s health situation

Source: 
by Macky Macaspac, Pinoy Weekly
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2014

Clad in their tribal wear, women from the tribes of Manobo-Bukidnon, Bagobo, Matigsalog from Mindanao, Dumagat and Mangyan from Southern Luzon and Kankan-ey from Cordillera joined in a protest rally in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City, for the International Day of Action for Women’s Health yesterday.

The group threw their support for and demanded the release of Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late Communist Party of the Philippines Spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal.

Mindanao natural resources, protectors under siege

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/05/25/mindanao-natural-resources-protectors-under-siege/
Date of publication: 
25 May, 2014

First of two parts

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos who have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if they continue to be driven out of their ancestral domain as a result of massive troop deployment and military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

MANILA – This is a familiar story by now – once upon a time, the Philippines had an extensive forest cover.

Local knowledge on biodiversity in Pantaron Range might vanish along with flora and fauna

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Kalikasan PNE / KAMP statement
Date of publication: 
18 May, 2014

The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos that have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if the displacement of the indigenous Lumad communities caused by the militarization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) persists.

This was among the major conclusions of the environmental group during their participation in a National Solidarity Mission (NSM) organized by national and local peo

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

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Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) press release - AHRC-PRL-009-2014
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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

Solidarity for the Manobo people’s struggle for the protection of land rights, self-determination, and the environment

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Kalikasan PNE / Karapatan / KAMP Joint appeal
Date of publication: 
11 May, 2014

Dear fellow advocates:

The Pantaron Range is a mountainous area that contains one of the last remaining primary forests in Mindanao, a part of our few remaining biodiversity corridors, and is a critical watershed for major river systems such as the Pulangi, Lasang and Davao rivers.

Tribesmen celebrate pull out of troops from Davao town

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By Mindanao Examiner - http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20140430113946
Date of publication: 
1 May, 2014

DAVAO CITY – Philippine tribesmen on Wednesday celebrated the pull out of government troops in Davao del Norte’s Talaingod town and praised all those who supported their plight at the height of military offensive against communist rebels in the area.

More than 1,000 tribesmen have fled the town and sought safe refuge with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Davao City.

Alternative paradigm for indigenous peoples

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By Clarissa V. Militante, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://opinion.inquirer.net/74025/alternative-paradigm-for-indigenous-peoples#ixzz30GQ40OIO
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2014

On April 24, 1984, soldiers of the Marcos regime killed Macli-ing Dulag, the leader of the Cordillera communities’ resistance against the construction of dams in the Chico River. Thirty years later, attacks on indigenous peoples (IPs) have become more and more blatant amid heightened conflict over resources.

On one side are corporations grabbing land and taking control of resources that are not only economically important to ethnic communities but also sustain the very core of who they are and how they have lived.

Philippines deadliest Asian country for environment activists – report

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INQUIRER.net - http://globalnation.inquirer.net/102121/ph-deadliest-asian-country-for-environment-activists-report#ixzz2z1sf5Ve4
Date of publication: 
15 April, 2014

[Global Witness have produced a report focussing on the rise in killings of those people defending environmental and land rights (including mining activists).

Women’s Front: Towards resurrection and justice on political killings

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By INNABUYOG-GABRIELA www.nordis.net
Date of publication: 
13 April, 2014

Lilibeth Bugatti observed her birthday on April 8, 2014, the first without William, her husband of more than 20 years. Lilibeth lost William on March 25, 2014 when William was shot aboard his motorcycle along the Ifugao highway in Bolog, Kiangan, on his way home from his office in Lagawe. He spent that day attending to the hearing of political prisoners in the provincial jail. With William gone, Lilibeth will have to continue raising their three sons, their oldest 22 year old may help raise his younger siblings.

Because it is not a land of the free! Widows are created.

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