Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) exists to uphold and promote the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other land-based communities. PIPLinks was founded in 1992 in response to requests for support from Philippine Indigenous Peoples' organisations, where much of our work is focussed. Also known as Indigenous Peoples Links, the organisation, which is based in the United Kingdom, works on the same issues globally.

This website is divided between materials on Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines and around the world. These materials are divided under specific subject headings - such as those to do with the legal rights or culture of Indigenous Peoples - or geographically. Although the site contains many published materials available elsewhere, and links to other sites, we are aiming where possible to publish unique materials, such as statements from communities or interviews, that are not available elsewhere.

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Philippine Army Killed Indigenous Peoples not Armed Rebels

Source: 
KARAPATAN-NMR statement
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.

Philippine town celebrates victory over mining firms

Source: 
http://www.ucanews.com/news/philippine-town-celebrates-victory-over-mining-firms/74114
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2015

More and more communities winning fight against large-scale mines

Faith-based groups in Manila have welcomed the decision of a Philippines congressional panel declaring a small northern tribal town free from large-scale mining.

“It is a strong demonstration that mining in many rural communities is not acceptable,” said Ed Garingan, head of the anti-mining campaign of the Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated (PMPI).

PMPI is a social development network of about 300 people’s organizations, faith-based groups, and Misereor, the overseas development agency of the Catholic

Gibo Teodoro now Sagittarius Mines board chairman

Source: 
Edwin Espejo - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/103187-gibo-teodoro-sagittarius-mines-board-chairman
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2015

Insiders are hoping that the former defense chief will give SMI a fresh start after years of failure to operate the $5.9-billion Tampakan copper and gold project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr is the new board chairman of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI).

This development followed the completion of the sale of the majority stake previously held by Glencore International to Filipino-owned Alsons Prime Investment Corporation early this month.

Manolo Labor, SMI corporate communications officer, said Teodoro was elected as

“Tampakan Massacre” suspects should be in jail – Congressman

Source: 
John Rizle L. Saligumba, http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/tampakan-massacre-suspects-should-be-in-jail-congressman/
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2015

DAVAO CITY – The Army suspects of killing a pregnant mother and two of her children last October 2012 must be in jail, said a partylist representative during a Congressional inquiry on alleged human rights violations last Friday.

“If information is already filed in court, there is no way that a warrant of arrest is not issued and the suspects must be in the provincial court of jurisdiction,” said Silvestre Bello III, representative of 1BAP partylist.

Karlos Ysagani Zarate, Bayan Muna partylist representative, asked Brigadier General Benjamin Madrigal who represented the Armed F

Glencore completes Tampakan exit

Source: 
By Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano, Senior Reporter - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=glencore-completes-tampakan-exit&id=113519
Date of publication: 
15 August, 2015

ANGLO-SWISS miner Glencore plc has completed its exit from the long-delayed Tampakan gold-copper project in Mindanao in a $290-million deal that also covered two other mining assets abroad, it announced on Friday.

Glencore “has completed the sale of the Tampakan copper project,” it said in a statement dated Aug.

Mankayan indigenous folks call on Aquino to reject Lepanto mining application

Source: 
By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/08/15/mankayan-indigenous-folks-call-on-aquino-to-reject-new-lepanto-mining-agreement/
Date of publication: 
15 August, 2015

“As the affected indigenous peoples community, the exercise of our right to self-determination through the free, prior and informed consent process has been systematically and insidiously curtailed.”

MANILA – Indigenous Cordilleran communities of Mankayan town, Benguet province have been crying foul over the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement that will pave the way for a new mineral agreement for the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo), widely blamed by tribal folk for the environmental degradation caused by copper and gold mining in their area since 1936.

The Kankana-e

Large-scale mining to be banned in Kibungan, Benguet

Source: 
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.

Iloilo’s P11.2-billion Jalaur dam hurdles consent requirement

Source: 
By Louine Hope Conserva, Correspondent - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Iloilo%E2%80%99s-P11.2-billion-Jalaur-dam-hurdles-consent-requirement&id=113457
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2015

ILOILO CITY — The National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has given consent for the construction of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo.

In an Aug. 11 meeting at the NCIP central office, the Board of Commissioners granted authority to the agency’s chairman, lawyer Leonor T.

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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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)!

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