Cordillera Administrative Region
Lilibeth Bugatti observed her birthday on April 8, 2014, the first without William, her husband of more than 20 years. Lilibeth lost William on March 25, 2014 when William was shot aboard his motorcycle along the Ifugao highway in Bolog, Kiangan, on his way home from his office in Lagawe. He spent that day attending to the hearing of political prisoners in the provincial jail. With William gone, Lilibeth will have to continue raising their three sons, their oldest 22 year old may help raise his younger siblings.
Because it is not a land of the free! Widows are created.
H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III President of the Republic Malacañang Palace, Manila Philippines
Dear Mr. President,
Greetings from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network) in Asia.
We express our deep concern, alarm and condemnation on the unabated killings of indigenous peoples in the Philippines. We also express our disappointment and frustration with the Philippine government’s slow and almost non-action towards the killings of indigenous peoples human rights defenders.
[PIPLinks offers a huge congratulations to our board member Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who has been selected as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.
William Bugatti, member of rights group the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) was killed 7 PM last night in Ifugao.
In a text message received by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) from human rights organizations in the Cordillera, Bugatti was probably was on his way home from the CHRA office when we was gunned down at the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan in Ifugao.
43 killings in 45 months, 4 slays of IPs in 2014
The year 2014 is marked by the blood of indigenous peoples, says Piya Macliing Malayao, the Igorot spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) “In the first ten weeks of 2014, the blood of four indigenous peoples has been spilt in brutal killings attributed to State forces.
BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of the International Women’s Day, women from all over the region gathered in this city for a summit to amplify their position against profit-driven energy projects that has destroyed and are threatening their land, food and rights.
The testimonies of women from provinces affected by the said projects on March 8, 2014 speak of an old story that says:
“Maibus iti kuwarta, ngem saan iti daga; Ti bunga iti daga awan ti patinggana ay ay; Kakailian kitaen yo, saan tayo a paloko; Umanay a pagsarmingan, nakalkaldaang kapadasan ay ay…Iti biag mi ket simple,
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) strongly denounces the massacre and brutal killing of Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw, Edie Ligiw and their father Licuben Ligiw on March 2, 2014 in Sukaw, Domenglay, Baay-Licuan, Abra by elements of the 41st Infantry Battalion, which has a notorious track record of rights violations in Abra, such as indiscriminate firing, arrest and detention, harassment and intimidation of community members. The victims’ bodies were recovered on March 8 by kakailian in a shallow grave near the victims’ pacalso, a temporary shelter for farmers and small-scale miners.
The indigenous communities of the entire Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) stand four-square behind the Balatoc tribe of Pasil, Kalinga province that is currently waging a relentless campaign to protect their ancestral lands from illegal mining operators.
Leaders of the BAMIKBA, Inc. issued an open letter to help resist the Chinese-led consortium Carrascal Nickel Corp.
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Indigenous women in the Cordillera played a significant role in the history of the indigenous peoples struggle for land, food and rights. Ibaloi women took part in rolling boulders to block the entry of Spanish conquistadores in their several gold expeditions. Women of Mainit, Bontoc bared their breasts to drive mine prospectors in the early 1970’s.
Elsie Mokudef, a Teduray elder from Looy, South Upi town in Maguindanao province, appreciates the government initiative to put a face to poverty when it embarked on a national household survey aimed at profiling the poorest people who qualify for its poverty alleviation projects.
That is until she realized that the “face” bears little resemblance to her and her clan.
“Many of my fellow Teduray have no birth certificates, which make it difficult for us to access the 4Ps (the government’s conditional cash transfer project called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and other social