Indigenous Support Views

300 activists launch anti-mining caravan to Malacanang from Zambales

By Mahatma V. Datu, Philippines News Agency -
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2015

STA. CRUZ, Zambales – Some 300 environmental activists headed by the Zambales-based people’s organization Concerned Citizens of Sta.

Killing of environmentalists dramatically rises; indigenous communities hardest hit

By: Imelda V. Abano, -
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

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

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

Mindoro Nickel ECC Reinstated: A Betrayal to Mindoro

ATM/ALAMIN/NASSA Statement on Reinstatement of Intex ECC
Date of publication: 
14 April, 2015

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a coalition of more than a hundred environmental advocates and organizations along with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) and Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN), a Mindoro-based people’s organization against mining, express their frustration and utmost disappointment with the reinstatement of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) of Intex Resources’ Mindoro Nickel Project.

In November 2009, hopes rose for the people of Mindoro when the DENR temporarily revoked Intex’s ECC due to anomalies

International mission probes 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.

Concern on Tampakan Mining Project

SAC Marbel press release
Date of publication: 
9 March, 2015

This is to inform the public about the ongoing Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) processes that will determine whether the mining project in Tampakan, South Cotabato will push through or not.

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

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

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

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

Mining Act anniversary: ‘Scrap the Mining Act, PNoy resign!’

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 March, 2015

For 20 years of continuing pollution and plunder, indigenous peoples, environmental advocates demand: ‘Scrap the Mining Act, PNoy resign!’

On the 20th year anniversary of the Mining Act of 1995, hundreds of indigenous peoples, environmental advocates and grassroots activists marched to Malacanang today bearing torches, makeshift spears, and a 10-foot effigy depicting President Noynoy Aquino as a backhoe-bulldozer monster.

Mining sector opposes 8 'mining-free' zones

Pia Ranada -
Date of publication: 
17 February, 2015

The Chamber of Mines says proposals to declare mining-free zones could limit the country’s potential for economic growth

MANILA, Philippines – Representatives from the mining sector expressed their reservations about the plan to declare 8 provinces as mining-free zones during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, February 17.

The hearing looked into 8 bills filed separately by 8 congressmen to declare their provinces and one district as off-limits to mining.

These areas are:

Cagayan de Oro City Catanduanes Nueva Vizcaya Eastern Samar Nueva Ecija Biliran

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

Joint press release
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2015

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