Region 10

Peasants, urban poor, indigenous peoples from Mindanao arrive in Manila to call for social justice

Date of publication: 
21 November, 2014

They walked all the way from the southern island of Mindanao to bring to the public’s attention the gross human rights violations being committed in the different regions.

MANILA – The “Lakbayanis” from Mindanao have finally arrived in Metro Manila after nearly a week of travel by foot and by caravan.

Some 800 peasant, indigenous peoples and urban poor – the participants of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 – arrived in the evening of Nov. 21 in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They would join a series of protest actions leading to Dec.

A Deadly Difference of World View

Statement from LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2014

In his speech in the recently concluded Mining Conference 2014 organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP), Vice-President Jejomar Binay said that, “We must take an accurate inventory of our nation’s natural resources and if possible plot a schedule for harnessing these resources with long-term goals firmly in mind.” This was a great assurance to CoMP president Benjamin Philip Romualdez, also of Benguet Corp, that should Binay take over the government administration in 2016, there will be no change in the government development path.

‘Ruthless legacy’ - 7 activists killed in August

By Janess Ann J. Ellao, -
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2014

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan

MANILA – There were almost two activists killed every week for the month of August, human rights and indigenous peoples group said. The suspected perpetrators were soldiers, paramilitary groups, death squads and an official of a palm oil company.

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Philippines: 3 indigenous peoples killed in a week

Date of publication: 
21 August, 2014

“Even with the capture of notorious Gen. Jovito Palparan recently, his butcher mentality and his bloody human rights record have been well-entrenched in the AFP’s bureaucracy and is carried on by no less than his protégé, Gen. Ricardo Visaya.

Philippine education department publishes revised edition of "Understanding the Lumad"

Date of publication: 
1 July, 2014

Understanding the Lumad (Revised Edition)

The Philippine Department of Education, with the permission of Tebtebba and Silingang Dapit sa Sidlakang Mindanao (SILDAP-SE), has published the revised edition of “Understanding the Lumad.” The education department, through its Indigenous Peoples Education Office (IPsEO), decided to publish this “to make it more widely available to…public school teachers in Mindanao and others who are working with indigenous peoples in various education programs.”

“The Department of Education (DepED) has earlier adopted the National Indigenous Peoples Educatio

Armed men and landlord that use force against indigenous tribes must be held to account

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) press release - AHRC-PRL-009-2014
Date of publication: 
16 May, 2014

Hong Kong – The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned, and demands an investigation into the actions of the security guards and their employer landlord for shooting at, and holding at gunpoint, indigenous people who were to occupy their ancestral land in Quezon, Bukidnon.

In their mission report, titled: “‘Pakighiusa’: Solidarity Mission to Members of TINDOGA in Support of Their Struggle for Land and Life,” prepared by Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Northern Mindanao Sub-Region, it noted that the armed security guards indiscriminately shot at Manobo-Pulangihons tr

Chairperson, secretary of peasant organization ambushed in Valencia town, Bukidnon province

KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights urgent action
Date of publication: 
10 February, 2014

Case: Extrajudicial killing and frustrated extrajudicial killing


JULIETO LAURON (Killed) – 41, male, married with 4 children – Chairperson of Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma (Kasama or Association of Farmers)-Vintar Chapter, Valencia City

NERMIE LAPATIS (Frustrated killing, survived with injuries) – 41, female, married, member of the Higaonon indigenous people’s tribe – Secretary of Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma (Kasama) – Vintar, Valencia City Chapter

Place of Incident: Juanilla Village, Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon province

Date of Incident: 05

Culture of impunity continues: Opol IP latest victim of killing

Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization press release
Date of publication: 
2 December, 2013

More than a year and two months after the killing of Indigenous People’s (IP) leader Gilbert Paborada, another Pangalasag member falls.

The human rights violation related to mining projects in the Philippines

Oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council - 24th Session

9 – 27 September 2013

Agenda Item 4 – General Debate

Delivered by Budi Tjahjono of Franciscans International
Jointly prepared by Franciscans International and RMP-NMR

Geneva, Switzerland

Mr. President,

Franciscans International (FI) and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) would like to draw attention of the Council on the human rights violation in the Philippines related to mining. We would like to draw the attention of the Council and the Government of the Philippines on the three cases.

Corporate projects in ancestral domains causing conflicts with Lumads, says NCIP-10

By Walter I. Balane -
Date of publication: 
25 September, 2013

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – Conflicts between corporations and Lumads or indigenous peoples were among the cases filed before the Regional Hearing Office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Region 10, an official said Wednesday.

Lawyer Trinidad Cardona, NCIP-10 hearing officer said the conflicts involve companies that are using portions of ancestral domains for business projects.

She said one recent case was between a group of IP leaders in Bukidnon and a foundation formed by a fruit company that wanted to implement a watershed project in areas w