Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

There are many distinct peoples living across the many islands of the Philippines. We have chosen to break the regional section of the site down via administrative region, as opposed to via specific tribe or people, in numerical order of those regions (leaving out the National Capital Region), as this may make it more precise in locating information.

Lumads: militarization is number one problem

Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) — Twenty three years after the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship, leaders of regional organizations of indigenous peoples (IPs or Lumads) in Mindanao say militarization remains their number one problem. “Sa pagsumada namo.. sa kasinatian..

Mindanao group slams recruitment of Lumads to fight the NPAs

By Germelina A. Lacorte, Davao Today -
Date of publication: 
5 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY—A Mindanao Lumad (indigenous peoples) group condemned the forced recruitment of Lumads in paramilitary group Task Force Gantangan, which it says not only violates basic civil and human rights but also turn Lumads into human shields in the government’s raging fight against Communist rebels.

Lumads belonging to the Mindanao-wide indigenous peoples’ group Kalumaran claim they’re being recruited to fight the NPAs against their will.

Mining 'dummies' unmasked with new research tools

Sun Star -
Date of publication: 
30 June, 2009

LARGE-scale mining’s “dummy corporations” operating in Mindanao beware: Anti-mining advocates say they now know how to trace your mother companies.

Anti-mining advocates have found a more effective way to unmask large-scale miners that employ “dummy corporations” as they shared new research tools that enables them to trace the mother company of local mining operations here.

Dubbed “Tracing the Gold, Tracing the Money,” the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center—Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines (LRC-KsK/FoE-Phils.) spearheaded a round

HIGAONON TRIBE: Traditional Governance, Community Aspiration of Development and Peace in our Ancestral Domain

St. Paul Seminar House, Punta Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2008

October is celebrated as the Indigenous Peoples month in the Philipines. This month is also the 11th year since the passage of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) or R.A. 8371 which have been the product of the aspiration of our ancestors. It took years of struggle for the IP rights in ourAncestral Domain will be recognized.

Statement by Lambo of Subanon Tribe on Indigenous Justice Systems

Speaker: Timuoy Noval Lambo (Philippines)
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2009

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Presentation under Agenda Item 4B
-UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Thank you Madam Chair for giving me this rare opportunity to shortly speak about our indigenous justice system.

To start with, Madam Chair, I am Timuoy Noval Lambo, a member of the Subanon Tribe of the Zamboanga del Norte province, Mindanao, Philippines. I am representing the Gukom Sog Pito Kodolungan, a group of Subanon families living in a separate adjoining communities and belonging to one common ancestor.

Military rejects calls for pullout from Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Date of publication: 
11 August, 2009

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNewas/06 August) — Lumad evacuees in Surigao del Sur especially the children may not be able to return home soon as the local Army command has refused to heed calls for the military to pull out its forces from the mountainous areas of Lianga town which are suspected to be havens of the New People’s Army (NPA).

An estimated 1,700 members of the Mandaya and Manobo tribes have been displaced since July 18 when the 58th Infantry Battalion launched an operation in Lianga’s Andap Valley.

The operation drove the Lumads to the official residence of Bishop Nereo

Manobo communities want military pullout; Lumads decide to evacuate, leaving their ancestral domain

Manila Times
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2009

By Ira Karen Apanay,

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization and Lumad communities on Wednesday condemned the military’s occupation in Manobo communities and schools in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, and called for the immediate pull-out of more than 200 military forces in the area.

Lumads underscore NCIP's FPIC Guidelines as facilitator of development aggression

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center Press Release
Date of publication: 
22 November, 2009

Brgy. Tiguma, Pagadian – More than 50 Subanen leaders & traditional chieftains of Zamboanga Peninsula have gathered here to draft their own guidelines for the Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process to be undergone by prospective multinational corporations planning to enter their ancestral domains. This is in response to their frustration with the NCIP FPIC Guidelines of 2006 which had only led to a higher incidence of development aggression in Subanen territories brought about by mining and other resource extractive projects.

Groups slam Tampakan copper-gold mining project

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 March, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an advocacy group on environmental and human rights issues and people’s movement composed of more than eighty (80) organizations from mining-affected communities and civil society organizations nationwide, said the Tampakan mining venture in South Cotabato create environmental devastation and will further induce conflict in the area.

Mt Firis is Sacred Ground

A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2012

A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM

We, the Indigenous Peoples of the ARMM, particularly the Téduray, Lambangian and Dulangan Manobo, who are directly affected by the recurring cycles of violence in the Mt Firis Complex call upon one and all to hear our plea;

- That the recent armed conflict between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as we all know has done indescribable harm not only upon each other but most especially to the peaceloving non-Islamized Indigenous Peoples of the Mt Firis Complex;

- That this

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