Indigenous Views

Up to 15 per cent of the Philippine population - about ten million people - belong to distinct indigenous communities and retain a close link with their traditions. They avoided Hispanisation during Spain's 350-year colonisation of the Philippines. In 1987, after the fall of the Marcos regime, a revised Philippine Constitution recognised the ancestral land rights of indigenous people, and ten years later, in 1997, those rights finally became law in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act.

The Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA) is modelled on the provisions of the UN Draft Declaration on Indigenous Peoples' Rights. In theory IPRA is one of the most enlightened laws dealing with Indigenous Peoples, recognising the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples, and asserting that in the absence of such a clear level of consent, a project cannot proceed. In practice however, this is regularly undermined, not least by legislation such as the 1995 Mining Code, which in many cases gives mining claims to the same Indigenous land supposedly covered by IPRA. Indigenous Peoples communities and organisations, and their supporters, have been vocal in fighting for their legal rights for many years, and the struggle continues.

Lumads hold dialogue with UN experts, rallies support against ongoing militarization, killings in communities

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IPMSDL Secretariat statement
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Manila, Philippines—Indigenous Peoples organizations facilitated a dialogue with United Nations Special Rapporteur (SR) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz last 16 September 2015 on the recent spate of Lumad killings in Mindanao. Edtami Mansayagan, a Lumad himself and a member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was also present in the dialogue.

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

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Statement - http://www.kalikasan.net/press-release/2015/09/02/perpetrators-lianga-massacre-must-be-punished-and-war-plunder-against-lumad
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

Large-scale mining to be banned in Kibungan, Benguet

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By Philippines News Agency, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/115886/large-scale-mining-to-be-banned-in-kibungan-benguet
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2015

MANILA — The House Committee on Natural Resources has given the green light to declare the municipality of Kibungan, Benguet a mining-free zone.

The House panel, chaired by Rep. Francisco T. Matugas, has approved and endorsed plenary passage of HB 5957, as contained in Committee Report 808, in substitution of the original HB 5475, principally authored by Rep. Ronald M.

UN Special Rapporteur: 100 indigenous peoples protecting environment killed in last 3 years

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By Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/115870/un-special-rapporteur-100-indigenous-peoples-protecting-environment-killed-in-last-3-years
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2015

MANILA – How are indigenous peoples in the Philippines doing?

Philippine statements on International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

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Various indigenous organisations
Date of publication: 
11 August, 2015

No Recourse but Struggle for Self-Determination

Statement of Cordillera Peoples Alliance on the International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

9 August 2015

What is the most precious thing to man? Life! If life is threatened, what ought a man do? Fight! This he must do, otherwise he is dishonoured. That will be worse than death. If we do not fight and the dams push through, we die anyway. If we fight, we die honourably. Thus I exhort you all, kayaw (struggle)!

Filipino tribals find hope in Pope Francis’ apology to indigenous

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Inday Espina-Varona - http://www.ucanews.com/news/filipino-tribals-find-hope-in-pope-francis-apology-to-indigenous/73920
Date of publication: 
13 July, 2015

Calls for peace remain meaningless until the powerful respect the rights of indigenous people

Manila – As news broke out in the Philippines of Pope Francis’ apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the displacement of indigenous peoples, Kharlo Manano was handing the Philippine Commission on Human Rights a list of tribal schools threatened by incessant military operations.

In Midsayap, Cotabato, young Manobo tribesman Roland Dalin was speaking of his dream to study law and “bring justice and defend our tribe.”

Dalin hopes the pope’s message can allow him to resume an ed

Ifugao tribe snaps at short-circuited consultations for dam project

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By: Arthur L. Allad-iw, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/113989/ifugao-tribe-snaps-at-short-circuited-consultations-for-dam-project
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2015

LAMUT, Ifugao – For more than an hour from the poblacion of this town, we traversed rugged and slippery roads, where a driver’s miscalculation could mean a fatal fall onto the ravines.

It was back-breaking travel for city-based journalist with friends from the National Union of Peoples Lawyers, but our consolation was the beauty of the landscape, the rolling hills, the floating clouds of various shapes, and rivers that surged in between mountains.

Finally we reached our destination – the rich agricultural village of Barangay Dulao, Lagawe of this province.

But juxtaposed again

MGB, NCIP stop mining activities in ancestral domain of IPs in Zambo Sur

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http://www.zambotimes.com/archives/news/90941-MGB,-NCIP-stop-mining-activities-in-ancestral-domain-of-IPs-in-Zambo-Sur.html
Date of publication: 
22 June, 2015

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) jointly issued a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) against mining operations within the Indigenous Peoples (IP) ancestral domain areas in this province.

Timuay Langhap Rio Olimpio Lingating, head of the Subanen tribes, said Monday that covered by the CDO are the mining operations in Barangays Deborok and Lourdes in this city; Barangay Mati, Tigbao; and in Barangays Langapod and Noboran, Labangan.

Lingating’s group is known as the Pikumpungan Subanen Gataw Te

Peace, development and the BBL: The Lumad view

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By Timuay Alim Bandara, Timuay Justice and Governance, InterAksyon.com
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

Timuay Alim Bandara is a member of Minted sa Inged (Supreme Council) of the Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG).

B’laan leaders submit petition to NCIP en banc, claim illegal activities of regional offices

Source: 
Tampakan Forum Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2015

Cagayan de Oro – Leaders of B’laan from Bong Mal in Tampakan, South Cotabato submitted today a position paper to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) en banc against their regional counterparts’ activities to facilitate the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) required for the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Five leaders went to CDO to request the en banc to immediately order the postponement of any FPIC-related activities in their area.

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