Indigenous Support Views

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Philippines - 100 teachers, students blocked in Talaingod

By Rhealyn C. Pojas,
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2015

OVER a 100 teachers, students, and members of a progressive group were allegedly blocked on Monday by the military and some members of paramilitary group recognized by the lumads while on their way to a school in Talaingod, Davao del Norte to attend a founding anniversary and festival.

Save Our Schools (SOS) Network in Southern Mindanao Spokesperson Rius Valle said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao that 116 persons including 44 elementary and high school students were not able to reach the Salugpongan Ta’tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center since they were blocked by the mili

‘Soldiers watched as paramilitary attacked us’

By Dee Ayroso, -
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2015

Lumad victims from Lianga, Surigao del Sur recounted the horrors of the Sept.1 rampage by a paramilitary group, who entered their community along with soldiers.

MANILA – It was the stuff of their worst nightmares come true: death in their very own community and destruction of the fruits of their hard work and unity in the mountain community of Han-ayan, in Diatagon village, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Facing a small group of journalists on Sept. 7, the victims of the Sept.

Perpetrators of the Lianga massacre must be punished, and the war of plunder against the Lumad must end

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement -
Date of publication: 
2 September, 2015

In what may very well be one of the most depraved and deplorable attacks on the lives of environmental defenders in the Philippines, the paramilitary group Magahat, a group attached to the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, publicly massacred Emerico Samarca, the executive director of the Lumad school Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), along with tribal leader Dionel Campos and his cousin Aurelio Sinzo early last Tuesday morning in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

We join the widespread condemnation of this ruthless massacre and the d

Missionary’s fear: More IP rights violations without gov’t action

CBCP News -
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2015

NORZAGARAY, Bulacan – A Catholic religious doing mission work among the Dumagats of Sierra Madre has denounced the recent killing of three civilians, including the head of a local Lumad school, in Surigao del Sur by alleged members of paramilitary group “Magahat,” fearing like incidents can happen to other IP communities in the country if the government remains blind to their plight.

Justice now

“Government authorities must do all they can so that victims of the crime get the justice they deserve.

Philippine Army Killed Indigenous Peoples not Armed Rebels

Date of publication: 
24 August, 2015

1st Special Forces Killed Lumads not NPAs

On Aug. 18, 2015 it was reported that army troopers belonging to the 1st Special Forces battalion killed five individuals whom they presented as members of the revolutionary group – the new people’s army – following a raid at, Brgy.

State forces file charges vs 23 Lumad, rights defenders in Mindanao

Date of publication: 
15 July, 2015

“The fabricated charges against them have no merit at all, and all of the allegations are merely products of the AFP’s utak-pulbura imagination.”

MANILA – Gabriela Women’s Partylist Rep.

Hustisya demands pull out of “massacre troops” in Mindanao

Hustisya News Release
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2015

Rights group Hustisya demanded the pull-out of the 69th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Southern Mindanao, calling them “massacre troops” after the killing of an indigenous people leader, a purok (small village) leader and a farmer, while wounding a child and a woman farmer leader in Paquibato District, Davao City on June 14.

In a protest action infront of the AFP Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo this morning, the group together with Karapatan, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and KATRIBU, cried out justice for the victims, identified by Karapatan Southern Mindanao as Ruben E

Manobo activist disappeared while with Consunji company guards, feared dead

News Release -
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2015

An officer of organization Kisasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KIDUMA) was invited inside the Consunji compound in Brgy.

Philippine army goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe

Press Statement -
Date of publication: 
8 May, 2015

73rd IB-PA goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe –Karapatan

Elements of the 73rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) operating in Sarangani province intensified military operations, under Oplan Bayanihan, victimizing members of the Blaan tribe. “The unit is under the 10th “Agila” Division of Gen. Eduardo Año.