Indigenous Support Views

Amnesty letter of concern re killing of Jordan Manda

Amnesty International
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2012

Hon. Loretta Ann Rosales,
Chairperson, CHR

Through Hon. Jose Manuel Mamauag
Commissioner, CHR

Dear Chairperson Rosales,

I am writing you again regarding the climate of fear and insecurity among Subanens due to unresolved harassment incidents and killings brought about by mining-related conflict in Bayog, Zamboanga Del Sur.

On September 4, 2012, Jordan Manda, an 11 year old boy was killed and Timuay Locenio Manda, a Subanen tribe chieftain in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur and also a member of Amnesty International Philippines, was wounded after an ambush attack.

Letter of concern re killing of Jordan Manda

Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact
Date of publication: 
6 September, 2012

H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: corres [at] op [dot] gov [dot] ph / opnet [at] ops [dot] gov [dot] ph

Dear Mr. President,

Greetings from the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network in Asia!

We express our deep concern and condemnation on the recent attempt to the life on Timuay Locenio M. Manda and the extrajudicial killing of his son Jordan Manda in Barangay, Conacon, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. We received reports that Timuay Locenio M.

Water in Surigao, Palawan mining communities contaminated - NGO

By: Erwin Mascarinas, -
Date of publication: 
9 September, 2012

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – A Japanese non-government organization said the results of its study in two mines and a processing plant operated by Nickel Asia Corp.

From martial law to Noynoy Aquino: paramilitary groups AFP surrogates

Karapatan Press Statement -!topic/karapatan-updates/YKPfv_NINIE
Date of publication: 
8 September, 2012

Karapatan renews call to disband paramilitary groups amid terror in Bukidnon

Rights group Karapatan today reiterated its call on Pres. Noynoy Aquino to disband paramilitary groups, as “these are not only Martial Law relics that persist to this day, but are mercenary appendages of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that continue to sow terror and violence among the people.”

Cristina Palabay said that the New Indigenous People’s Army Reform (NIPAR), a known paramilitary group under the control of the 8th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, struck anew in Brgy.

Subanen Chieftain ambushed, son killed

ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 September, 2012

Groups cry for justice and demand stoppage of all mining activities in Zamboanga

Manila—Groups cried for justice for the killing of 11-year old Jordan Manda, son of Subanen chieftain Timuay Locencio Manda, who was ambushed at 7:20 this morning by unidentified men, in Barangay Conacon, Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur.

“Jordan suffered a fatal wound on the back instantly killing him.

Pawid quits tribal commission

By Manila Standard Today -
Date of publication: 
24 August, 2012

Chairman Brigida-Zenaida Pawid has announced her resignation from the National Commission on Indigenous People during last week’s en banc meeting.

Pawid, a staunch anti-mining advocate, however, has yet to relinquish her post pending appointment of her successor, said sources who asked not to be named in the absence of a designated spokesman.

Lawyer Percy Brawner, one of the commissioners, is seen to replace her.

Malacañang is expected to act on the vacancy in time for the next NCIP en banc meeting on August 29.

Other commissioners are Roque Agton, Dionisia Banua, Conchita Cal

IP groups to launch nationwide streamer campaign vs mining

Date of publication: 
18 February, 2012

MANILA,—A network of anti-mining organizations is launching a nationwide movement to protest the ongoing mining activities within the ancestral domain of the indigenous people.
Dubbed as “Thousand Streamer Campaign” (TSC) the movement is a protest against the ongoing sell-out of the country’s mineral resources to local and transnational mining corporations, as well as an expression of unity and support to the struggle of indigenous peoples for self-determination.
About 60 percent of more than one million hectares of land that have been approved for mining explorations are situate

Legenda Mines and the Tagakaulo of Malita, Davao del Sur

By Fr. Joey Ganio Evangelista, MJ, Mindaviews -
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2012

DIGOS, Davao del Sur (MindaNews/19 July) – Legenda Mines, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, has made its presence felt among the Tagakaulo community in Malita, Davao del Sur, and has made many concerned and fearful. I have been working with the Tagakaulo community here in Malita as a missionary for more than a year now. The Tagakaulo is a Lumad tribe in the provinces of Davao del Sur and Sarangani.

Philippines urged to stop killings of mining foes

Agence France-Presse -
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2012

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino should move to stop the killings of anti-mining activists as the Philippines pushes to revitalize the mining sector, a global rights body has said.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented three cases since October last year of three anti-mining and environmental activists allegedly killed by paramilitary forces who may have links to the military.

The victims had opposed mining activities that could displace tribal communities as well as destroy their communities, it said in a statement Tuesday.

“President (Benigno) Aquin

After all the antics, Mining EO still puts PH future in peril

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2012

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment immediately mounted today a protest action to assail the Aquino government’s announcement of its long-anticipated new executive order (EO) on mining. The EO that is almost a year in the making was criticized for still maintaining pro-foreign and large-scale mining provisions and lacking substance in terms of environmental protection and people’s welfare.