Region 11

Widows of slain IP leaders, displaced communities of Northern Mindanao to fly Manila, press for justice

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines press release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2012

Cagayan de Oro City – Daisy Paborada, Rosalie Cabal and Sharon Liguyon will fly to the national capital today. They will join the ‘Manilakbayan ng Mindanao’ or MANILAKBAYAN (Journey to Manila) that will bring around a hundred delegates from all over Mindanao to the heart of Manila for a week-long series of events.

The delegates—composed mainly of families of slain community leaders of Mindanao—will lobby their cases to relevant government offices and foreign consulates in Manila and press for justice.

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.

‘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.

A Humanitarian Appeal Amidst the Siege and Escalating Human Rights Violations in Davao

“to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God…” (Micah 6:8, quoted by murdered Fr Pops Tentorio in his last will and testament)

Dear Friends:

We are writing to give you an update on the current human rights situation in Davao region and neighboring towns.

Dismantle paramilitary groups too, NY-based rights monitor urges Aquino

By H. Marcos C. Mordeno -
Date of publication: 
31 March, 2012

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 March) – President Aquino should dismantle all state-backed paramilitary groups along with private armies ahead of next year’s elections, the New York-based Human Rights Watch today said.

In a statement, HRW said paramilitary forces in the Philippines have a “long and continuing history of serious human rights violations,” and figured in the November 2009 Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao province that left 58 people dead.

“Alleged abuses by paramilitary force members are rarely investigated or prosecuted, creating a climate of impunity that encoura

Mining Conference Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

Mindanao Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

By Carolyn O.

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

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.

SC asked to issue writ of kalikasan vs mining firms in Surigao

Date of publication: 
30 May, 2011

Residents and tribesmen from Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur provinces have asked the Supreme Court to issue a writ of kalikasan (environment) and order at least five mining companies to stop their operations in their communities.

The writ of kalikasan is a remedial measure that may be granted by the courts upon the request of a person or a group whose constitutional right to a healthy environment is violated.

Death rumors worry anti-mining activist

Germelina Lacorte, Inquirer Mindanao -
Date of publication: 
24 May, 2011

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—An anti-mining activist in Compostela Valley voiced fear for her safety in the wake of rumors she has been killed or abducted.

Belen Gallego, spokesperson of the Save Pantukan Alliance, said the rumors could be a prelude to something nasty being prepared for her.

“Why do they keep on reporting that I was killed when I am still very much alive?” Gallego said.

Gallego would not say who she suspects is behind the rumors but indicated that one such rumor originated in the Pantukan municipal hall last April 14 to the effect that she was dead.

She claimed th