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Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Mining Act Constitutionality

Source: 
Legal Resource Center (LRC-KsK)
Date of publication: 
12 April, 2013

When: 16 April 2013 (Tuesday)
What time: 2:00 PM
Where: Supreme Court, Baguio City

“Cases questioning Mining Act constitutionality to be debated before Supreme Court”

What are the cases about?

The two petitions question the constitutionality of Sections 80 and 81 of the Mining Act of 1995, and DENR Adm. Order 2007-12 – which establish the taxes, duties, fees, and so-called income supposedly to be derived from Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) and Financial or Technical Assistance Agreements (FTAA).

Groups urge political candidates to prioritize human rights over mining

Source: 
Mindanao Examiner - http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20130407103108
Date of publication: 
7 April, 2013

PAGADIAN CITY – Various Filipino groups working against destructive mining in the Philippines have launched a campaign dubbed as “Tao muna-Hindi Mina” to challenge political candidates to take up a 10-point Human Rights Agenda on Mining in time for the election campaign period.

The group aims to popularize the agenda online and offline using social networking sites in order to generate the broadest possible support and endorsement by different sectors at the national and local levels.

“Mining has been in the national agenda for more than a decade.

SC tackles constitutionality of Mining Act

Source: 
By Edu Punay, The Philippine Star - http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/03/25/923726/sc-tackles-constitutionality-mining-act
Date of publication: 
25 March, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) will take a second look into constitutional issues regarding Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 as it tackles petitions of lawmakers against the widely criticized law during oral arguments in court’s summer session on April 16 in Baguio City.

In the guidelines released last Friday, the high court listed four common issues in the petitions filed by Quezon 4th district Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casiño and former Akbayan party-list Rep.

Report from the Office of Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat

Source: 
Report delivered to UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at meeting in Kuala Lumpar
Date of publication: 
13 March, 2013

REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF REPRESENTATIVE TEDDY BRAWNER BAGUILAT (COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL CULTURAL COMMUNITIES)

This report focuses on the exercise of the mandate granted to the Office of Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat who Chairs the House of Representatives Committee on National Cultural Communities.

POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

HOUSE BILLS:

In the exercise of legislative powers vested on the Philippine Congress through the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the Office has passed several Bills in the 15th Congress,

Women say NO to Corporate Mining!

Source: 
International Women's Day Statement.
Date of publication: 
8 March, 2013

Women say YES to Development!

Women say NO to Corporate Mining!

International Women’s Day. 08 March 2013. Today, we celebrate our hopes, our rights, our voices, our movements as we continue to work towards the elimination of violence and discrimination, our right to self-determination, our right to decide on our bodies, communities and natural resources. We voice out the development we want. We move towards equality and justice.

Guardians at risk

Source: 
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2012

Spare a thought today for the plight of human rights defenders.

An Open Letter to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, III

Source: 
Green Convergence
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2012

Dear President Aquino,

Greetings on Environmental Awareness Month!

We write to:-

1) Express our strong opposition to the new strategy of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to hand over central control of the anti-illegal logging operations to the military. The conversion of the civilian- to a military- led task force might even further endanger the lives of environmentalists and indigenous communities. Rightly or wrongly, some military personnel and units are implicated in some of the human rights and environmental violations in our country.

Strong rights, no remedy

Source: 
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2012
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2012

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2012 – AHRC-STM-262-2012

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released its 15-page report on the situation of human rights in the Philippines this year. The report, titled “Strong rights, no remedy,” gave detailed analysis on the absence, if not lack of adequate remedy and redress to any forms of violation of rights in the country’s system of justice.

Probe reveals massacre of Blaan family ‘premeditated’

Source: 
By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/11/19/probe-reveals-massacre-of-blaan-family-%E2%80%98premeditated%E2%80%99/
Date of publication: 
19 November, 2012

“The victims were unarmed and helpless, as most of them were still sleeping.

Green groups to Canadian PM: mine your own business!

Source: 
Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 November, 2012

MAKATI CITY – Environmental activists trooped to the Canadian Embassy today to greet the arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with protests decrying long-standing environmental crimes of Canadian mining corporations in the Philippines.

Calling for the immediate pull-out of errant Canadian miners from the country, the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), joined by the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas, Promotion for Church People’s Response, AGHAM-Advocates of Science & Technology for the People, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas,