Indigenous Support Views

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

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

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

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

Environmentalists, locals troop to DENR to call for implementation of mine ban ordinance in Nueva Vizcaya

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 January, 2015

The environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) joined various groups from the Cagayan Valley region who trooped to the national office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today, calling for the immediate stoppage of large scale mining operations in Nueva Vizcaya.

This was after an environmental ordinance banning the use of open-pit mining in the province was recently passed.

Pope urged to back People's Mining bill

By Ivy C. Tejano -
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2015

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are appealing to Pope Francisto support their call for the passage of the People’s Mining Bill in the wake of what they called “meaningless exploitation of mineral resources in the countryside.”

Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) spokesperson Kim Gargar said House Bill 4315 or The People’s Mining Bill will help protect the forests destroyed by big mining corporations.

The bill will eventually lead to the nationalization of the mining industry and the changing of its export-oriented nature, Gargar said.

“In the spirit of pro-people religious stand, we hope that

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

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.

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.


#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 local seeks Brits' help to fight mining giant

By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau -
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.

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

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

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

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

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

“These allegations are meant to smear th

Position paper on the Congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

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


Honorable Congressmen and Congresswomen, esteemed guests, good afternoon.

It is our honor to be invited as one of the resource speakers of this Committee’s congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Killing, burning of school, drive Lumad to leave homes

Karapatan -
Date of publication: 
31 October, 2014

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

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