Indigenous Support Views

People’s forum warns of greater mining-driven destruction, pollution as climate change worsens

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 February, 2014

The role of irresponsible large-scale mining in the heightening risks of disaster was highlighted during a People’s Forum on the Philippine Mining Situation held today at the Balay Internasyunal in the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Tampakan: How to lose money and terrify people

Source: 
Blog by Andy Whitmore, PIPLinks
Date of publication: 
3 February, 2014

Blog by Andy Whitmore, PIPLinks

On 30th January, the relatively minor Australian ‘miner’ Indophil released their quarterly report for the three months ending 31 December 2013.i Such standard reporting fare hardly registers very high on the ‘news Richter scale’. Yet, part of the release managed to spark reports, first in the Philippine press, and then across global news wires.

Indophil is the junior partner of Glencore Xstrata in the Tampakan project in the Southern Philippines.

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.

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.

Bishop says Subanen voiceless vs mining

Source: 
Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/463477/bishop-says-subanen-voiceless-vs-mining
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2013

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Members of the indigenous Subanen communities in at least three villages of Bayog town in Zamboanga del Sur, where large mining firms have concessions, are opposed to mineral explorations there but are too afraid to speak up against them, a Protestant prelate said.

Bishop Antonio Ablon of Iglesia Filipina Independiente’s Diocese of Pagadian issued the statement after leading a 100-member fact-finding mission in the villages of Bubuan, Liba and Conacon in Bayog.

The fact-finding mission started its investigation of mining operations in July.

Bayog Mayor Leonardo Baba

Clergy Group Declares Solidarity with Barricading Anti miners, Calls for Unity!

Source: 
SAMANA-NV press release
Date of publication: 
24 June, 2013

The Clergy of the Diocese of Bayombong of the Roman Catholic Church read on Sunday at the pulpits the Statement of Solidarity of the Clergy together with the Bishop Ramon B. Villena regarding anti mining in the province and the ongoing barricades in the towns of Kasibu and Dupax Del Norte against Royalco Resources Ltd. The group reiterates their strong opposition to mining including the mining explorations being done in the province specifically in the two upland municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya as well as in the province of Quirino.

NGOs slam Glencore Xstrata over mining project

Source: 
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/NGOs_slam_Glencore_Xstrata_over_mining_project_.html?cid=36141694
Date of publication: 
13 June, 2013

Swiss and German non-governmental organisations have criticised Swiss-based mining giant Glencore Xstrata over a huge planned mining project in the Philippines.

In a report released in Zurich on Wednesday, the NGOs said that the company, based in Zug, was showing “insufficient respect for the rights of the affected population” in its plans for the copper and gold open-pit mine, and called on the Swiss government to take action.

The report, Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, was commissioned by three Swiss and German non-governmental organisations –

PH govt challenged to decommission Philex Dam and stop large-scale mining ops along Agno River

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2013

The environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) today challenged the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III to hold accountable Philex Mining Corporation for its negative impacts to the San Roque Multipurpose Dam and the Agno River during the massive mine spills of its Padcal Mines in Benguet back in August to September of 2012.

“We fully support the demand of the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) to make Philex pay the government for the damages and harm it caused to San Roque Multipurpose Dam and its related facilities.

Earth Day protesters expose ecological destruction under PNoy

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2013

Aquino admin’s policies worsened degradation of environment

Environmentalists and militants protested today in the Quezon Memorial Circle where President Aquino was the guest of honor in the PH government’s Earth Day activity. The protesters decried claims of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that ‘ecogovernance’ is one of the top priorities of the Aquino government.

“We are dumbfounded by government’s claims that the administration is serious in its ‘ecogovernance’. The environmental track record of the Aquino administration shows otherwise.