Indigenous Support Views

Church exec fears over safety of priest, IP leaders

By Abigail C. Malalis -
Date of publication: 
6 November, 2012

A HIGH-RANKING church official expressed concern over the safety of his priest, including the leaders of the indigenous peoples (IP) in Opol town in Misamis Oriental, due to the “apparent continuous prowling of suspicious motor-riding men in their area.”

In a statement, Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) said he is anxious over the safety of Fr.

Groups condemn new attack on anti-mining advocate

Written by Alyansa Tigil Mina -
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2012

Call on P-Noy to clear bloodshed on “tuwid na daan”

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) and other environmental groups are enraged over another ambush attack against an environmental advocate in Carmen, Surigao del Sur province on October 29, 2012 and are now calling on the president to ensure that violence and bloodshed are steered clear from its “tuwid na daan”.

Recent ambush attack

On October 29 at about 3 p.m. in the afternoon, Dr.

Commemorating IPRA

By Anabelle E. Plantilla, NATURE FOR LIFE -
Date of publication: 
3 November, 2012

“This war did not spring up here in our land; this war brought upon us by the children of the Great Father who came to take our land from us without price, and who, in our land, do a

great many evil things. The Great Father and his children are to blame for the trouble … It has been our wish to live here in our country peaceably, and do such things as may be for the welfare and good of our people, but the Great Father has filled it with soldiers who think only of our death.

Gold, Copper and Death in Tampakan!

Tampkan Forum statement
Date of publication: 
25 October, 2012

Stop the Killings! End the Violence!

It’s murder in cold blood!

We are appalled and deeply indignant of the killing of three (3) family members of the Capion family belonging to the B’laan community in Tampakan, South Cotabato during a raid by the military in their farm house.

The massacre was perpetrated on Thursday October 18, 2012 at about 6:30 in the morning in Fayahlob, Sitio Datal Aliong, Danlag, Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Justice for the Capion Family in Tampakan massacre

Justice for the Capion Family

Letter to the Editor

23 October 2012

We in the Task Force-Justice for Environment Defenders join the nation in mourning the death of Juvy Capion, a pregnant mother and member of tribal organization Kalgad, and her sons John and Pops.

They are a B’laan family determined to protect their land and environment from the threat of Xstrata-SMI’s Tampakan gold-copper project.

Thousands to commemorate Fr. Pops’ in 1st Death Anniversary

News Release
Date of publication: 
16 October, 2012

Davao City —- It has been a year since Italian Missionary Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME was brutally slain right within his parish grounds in Arakan, North Cotabato and today, in commemoration of Fr. Pops’ first death anniversary, religious and activists led by the Justice for Fr.

Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Sub-Region statement
Date of publication: 
4 October, 2012

Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

Victim: Gilbert Paborada, 47 years old, married and with one 7-year old child, originally from the sub-village of Bagocboc, in the town of Opol, Misamis Oriental

Case: Extra-Judicial Killing

Date of and place of incident: past 3pm, 03 October 2012, San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro City

According to the witnesses, Paborada had just came back from the village of Bagocboc for some concerns to San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro when 2 motorcycle-riding men of heavy build shot him when he went down from a motorela (public

CSOs release results of independent investigation on Philex’s tailings spill

NASSA & CCCP press release
Date of publication: 
2 October, 2012

On September 16-17, 2012, a fact-finding mission team, lead by the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) and the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) together with representatives from Philippine-Misereor Partnership and its Northern Luzon Cluster, Caritas Baguio, Cordillera People’s Alliance, Peace Foundation, Pambansang Kaisahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist, and Community Volunteer Missioners, conducted an independent investigation on the reported mining tailings leak

No to Philex mining operations in Surigao, no to another Padcal, say Surigaonons

LRC-KsK Press Release
Date of publication: 
24 September, 2012

Surigao del Norte – Residents of barangay Anislagan, Placer municipality, Surigao del Norte denounce the plan of Philex Mining Corporation to have its Silangan Mindanao Projects fully operational by 2017.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources very recently ordered the closure of Philex’s Padcal mine in Benguet when its tailings pond broke down at least twice, and unleashed mining waste causing damage to property, livestock and crops, among others, reports from community and residents say.

Groups hold indignation rally to protest Tampakan Project

Written by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) -
Date of publication: 
23 September, 2012

Worried, angry and determined, about 500 anti-mining protesters trooped to Mendiola on Thursday after President Benigno Aquino 3rd remained silent on their appeal to drop the Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato province, which they referred to as the “world’s most dangerous mining project.”

Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina said that the president’s non-commitment to ditch the project may also mean that the government might approve the appeal of Sagittarius Mines Inc.