Region 10

Lawmaker, activists blamed unbridled logging, mining in Mindanao pre-Xmas tragedy

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba -
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A member of the Philippine parliament and an activist fisherfolk federation on Sunday blamed the unbridled large-scale mining and logging activities in Northern Mindanao region behind the pre-Christmas environmental tragedy that sent scores of ordinary people killed and hundreds missing.

Despite, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III order last February to halt all logging and mining operations in the region, local government officials closed to Malacanang, big mining and logging firms and their protectors in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were very enterprisi

2011 a fruitful year for anti-mining movement, group says

By Erwin Mascariñas -
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2011

BUTUAN CITY – An anti-mining group has claimed that this year has been a fruitful year for them and the rest of anti-mining movement in the country.

“Amidst the continued implementation of mining projects in almost every corner of the country, we have achieved significant advances in our struggle,” said Carl Cesar Rebuta, project development officer of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK).

In a telephone interview, the Cagayan de Oro-based anti-mining campaigner noted that South Cotabato has held on to its environment code that bans open pit m

Agusan Tribal Leader And Radio Broadcaster Shot Dead

By Ben Serrano, PNA -
Date of publication: 
16 October, 2011

BUTUAN CITY, (PNA) — A radio commentator block timer who is at the same time a Manobo tribal leader was shot dead by two motorcycle riding suspects in Sitio Mamprasanon, Banahaw, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, on Friday, belated report from Surigao del Sur police said.

Caraga Police Regional Information Office identified the slain broadcaster as Datu Roy “Boy Gamay” Quijada Gallego, with Manobo name Datu Bagtikan.

Police probers said Gallego was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects at about 5:15 p.m. on Oct.

Bukdinon Lumad farmers decry killing of Higaonon farmer

By Keith Bacongco -
Date of publication: 
4 September, 2011

Early in the morning of Thursday, September 1, residents near the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) along the corner of Tiano and Del Pilar Streets in Cagayan de Oro City were caught by surprise upon seeing a coffin displayed by the side of the road.

It wasn’t one of those fake coffins commonly used by demonstrators signifying the death of democracy or some other ideals; it was one real coffin with one real corpse inside, that of Welcie Gica, a Higaonon farmer allegedly killed by one of the security guards of a big ranch in Maramag, Bukidnon owned by

IP group, supporters call for congressional inquiry into killings of lumad leaders

Date of publication: 
2 August, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO City, —The leaders of an indigenous peoples group and a representative of an alternative legal group fighting for the protection of the rights of marginalized people in Mindanao has called for a congressional inquiry into the unsolved murders of lumad leaders in Southern Philippines.

Lawyer Jarley D.

Conflict-sensitive business practices[IPRA, Mines & Quarries, militarisation, Corporate responsibility -

Nikki de la Rosa, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
19 June, 2011

In the narrative of Mindanao, big business is often portrayed as the bad guy, concerned only with the bottom line. [This also applies to other parts of the country.] So we hear of big businesses that bribe government officials to get favors. We see local communities and NGOs fighting companies that ignore human rights and defile the environment.

Yet, big business and poor communities share common aspirations. Businesses desire genuine progress to enhance the market for their goods and services.

Mindanao Tribal Leaders Urge Stoppage Of Large-Scale Mining, Dev't Projects

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Date of publication: 
26 April, 2011

DAVAO CITY — Mindanao tribal leaders are calling for the stoppage of large-scale mining activities and other development projects leading to the destruction of ancestral domain, environment, and life.

KALUMARAN, or the Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao, in a press statement said about 100 tribal leaders made the call at the Datu Bai Conference held at the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Digos City on Monday.

KALUMARAN claimed that large-scale mining, agri-business, and coal fired power plants have encroached in the Lumads’ ancestral lands.

The tribal leaders represented various trib

Why PH needs a national land use code—now

Date of publication: 
20 April, 2011

Various laws that affect farmers, indigenous peoples and companies overlap and confuse

MANILA, Philippines – There are many reasons why the actions of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos continue to scar the nation.

Our reply to the Offer of Iligan Cement Corporation

Date of publication: 
27 August, 2010

We, together with the Maranaw families at Purok 16, Kiwalan, Iligan City which was once called Natankopan, now headed by Sultan Macasalong Sarip, are sending this reply to the offer made by Engr. Pacifico Rom of ICC, last August 23, 2010 there at the residence of Sultan Macasalong Sarip.

1. Formal recognition and declaration from ICC that the family of Sultan Macasalong Sarip is an Indigenous Community and the lands they occupy as Ancestral Domain.


Fight to keep burial ground sacred unites Iligan villagers

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
19 August, 2010

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines—-In a rare show of solidarity with their Muslim neighbors, Christian residents here supported protests against two local cement manufacturers for allegedly desecrating a Muslim burial ground in Barangay Kiwalan.

Earlier, local Muslim chieftain Sultan Macasalong Sarip accused the Iligan Cement Corp. and Mindanao Portland Cement Corp. of desecrating their ancient burial grounds.

The two cement companies, which could not be reached for comment, are operated by French firm Lafarge.