Cordillera Administrative Region

Alternative paradigm for indigenous peoples

By Clarissa V. Militante, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2014

On April 24, 1984, soldiers of the Marcos regime killed Macli-ing Dulag, the leader of the Cordillera communities’ resistance against the construction of dams in the Chico River. Thirty years later, attacks on indigenous peoples (IPs) have become more and more blatant amid heightened conflict over resources.

On one side are corporations grabbing land and taking control of resources that are not only economically important to ethnic communities but also sustain the very core of who they are and how they have lived.

Women’s Front: Towards resurrection and justice on political killings

Date of publication: 
13 April, 2014

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.

Letter of concern on the extrajudicial killings of IPs in the Philippines

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network)
Date of publication: 
28 March, 2014

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.

Rising to the challenge: A witness and a voice for indigenous people

Rappler -
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2014

[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.

Cordilleran human rights worker gunned down in Ifugao

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2014

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.

IP group to Pres. Aquino: Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples!

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) Press Release
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2014

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.

Cordillera women wage battle vs. profit driven energy projects

Date of publication: 
12 March, 2014

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, pa

Condemn the Massacre of the Ligiw Family by the 41st Infantry Battalion!

Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) statement
Date of publication: 
10 March, 2014

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.

Cordillera villagers rally behind Kalinga tribe in mining dispute

Manila Bulletin -
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2014

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.

Philippines: Indigenous Women: Defending land and resources against Chevron’s geothermal project

Date of publication: 
10 January, 2014

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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.