Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

Widows of slain IP leaders, displaced communities of Northern Mindanao to fly Manila, press for justice

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines press release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2012

Cagayan de Oro City – Daisy Paborada, Rosalie Cabal and Sharon Liguyon will fly to the national capital today. They will join the ‘Manilakbayan ng Mindanao’ or MANILAKBAYAN (Journey to Manila) that will bring around a hundred delegates from all over Mindanao to the heart of Manila for a week-long series of events.

The delegates—composed mainly of families of slain community leaders of Mindanao—will lobby their cases to relevant government offices and foreign consulates in Manila and press for justice.

Philippine Deal May End Mindanao Insurgency, Lure Investors

By Joel Guinto and Daniel Ten Kate -
Date of publication: 
8 October, 2012

Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s deal with Muslim rebels provides the best chance since 2008 to extinguish a four-decade insurgency that has killed as many as 200,000 people and attract investors deterred by violence to the mineral-rich south.

“It adds to the positive momentum in the Philippines,” said Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economic research at HSBC Holdings Plc in Hong Kong. “The economy is doing very well, and a peace deal is going to help sentiment.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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