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Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Sub-Region statement
Date of publication: 
4 October, 2012

Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

Victim: Gilbert Paborada, 47 years old, married and with one 7-year old child, originally from the sub-village of Bagocboc, in the town of Opol, Misamis Oriental

Case: Extra-Judicial Killing

Date of and place of incident: past 3pm, 03 October 2012, San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro City

According to the witnesses, Paborada had just came back from the village of Bagocboc for some concerns to San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro when 2 motorcycle-riding men of heavy build shot him when he went down from a motorela (public

From martial law to Noynoy Aquino: paramilitary groups AFP surrogates

Karapatan Press Statement -!topic/karapatan-updates/YKPfv_NINIE
Date of publication: 
8 September, 2012

Karapatan renews call to disband paramilitary groups amid terror in Bukidnon

Rights group Karapatan today reiterated its call on Pres. Noynoy Aquino to disband paramilitary groups, as “these are not only Martial Law relics that persist to this day, but are mercenary appendages of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that continue to sow terror and violence among the people.”

Cristina Palabay said that the New Indigenous People’s Army Reform (NIPAR), a known paramilitary group under the control of the 8th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, struck anew in Brgy.

Philippines urged to stop killings of mining foes

Agence France-Presse -
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2012

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino should move to stop the killings of anti-mining activists as the Philippines pushes to revitalize the mining sector, a global rights body has said.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented three cases since October last year of three anti-mining and environmental activists allegedly killed by paramilitary forces who may have links to the military.

The victims had opposed mining activities that could displace tribal communities as well as destroy their communities, it said in a statement Tuesday.

“President (Benigno) Aquin

Groups hold confab in defense of schools for indigenous peoples

Date of publication: 
13 July, 2012

The policies of governments today puzzle me: a willingness to spend billions of dollars on military technologies yet next to none on education; the oppression and silencing of the few educational institutions that are improving the lives of marginalized people; the myriad of promises churned out during election years spurned during office and the unspoken commitments of making the rich richer, and the poor poorer.

Another environmental activist assassinated!

Kalikasan PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2012

A Dutch environmental advocate based in the Philippines was killed this afternoon in front of his office in Sto. Domingo, Angeles City Pampanga. Willem Geertman is the executive director of Alay Bayan Inc. (ABI), a non-government organization that works on community-based and development-oriented responses in addressing the vulnerabilities stemming from poverty, powerlessness, environmental degradation and political abuse.

Harassment continues in palm oil plantation in Mindanao

Joint media advisory
Date of publication: 
29 June, 2012

Manila, Philippines – Residents of Bagocboc and Tingalan in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, particularly those affiliated with Pangalasag – a local organisation of indigenous Higaonons which has been very vocal against the establishment and expansion of a palm oil plantation in their area, continue to face injustice at the hands of the government authorities.

Pangalasag members reported that local police force have warned them of being prosecuted if they join any actions against A Brown Company, Inc. – the company behind the palm oil plantation in Opol.

Groups behind 6 hydro power plants seeking Lumad consent in Bukidnon

By Walter I. Balane -
Date of publication: 
28 June, 2012

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – Companies behind six proposed hydroelectric power projects in Bukidnon have applied for a free and prior informed consent (FPIC) process with the provincial office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).


Military to seek tribe’s nod before entering Mt. Kitanglad

By Walter I. Balane,
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2012

OLANGUHON, Dalwangan, Malaybalay City (MindaNews/04 June) – The military vowed to seek free and prior informed consent from the Bukidnon-Daraghuyan tribe the next time they will enter their ancestral domain in Mt. Kitanglad.

Col. Romeo Gapuz, commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, made the promise in a ritual of reconciliation held on Sunday at the Mt.

‘Bloody May’ for ecologists: killings, harassments and acquittal of violators under Aquino

Kalikasan Press Release
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2012

As the United Nations Human Rights Council is currently reviewing government and independent reports in the Philippines’ universal periodic review, green groups expressed alarm today over what they described as “Bloody May,” as documented extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations (HRVs) towards ecological defenders this May are historically the most to occur in just a month.

“Like a grim reminder to the continuing universal periodic review of the Philippines’ state of human rights, four ecologists have been killed in the month of May alone.

Palm oil plantation in Misamis Oriental has no right to occupy indigenous lands

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines - Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR)
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2012

Palm oil plantation in Misamis Oriental has no right to occupy indigenous lands, IFFM says

An International Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) on the landgrabbing of indigenous peoples’ lands in Opol, Misamis Oriental in Southern Philippines today confirmed that A. Brown Company, Inc.