Region 11

Leaders try to solve dispute over tribal land

Frinston Liml Inquirer Mindanao -
Date of publication: 
24 May, 2011

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley, Philippines—Leaders of four Compostela Valley tribes have started discussions to settle a dispute over a 950-hectare mining site that has been blamed for the deaths of at least three tribal leaders in as many years.

The four tribes—Mansaka, Mandaya, Mangguangan and Dibabawon—all claim the land as part of their ancestral domain.

The dispute is said to be behind attacks on leaders of the tribes, three of whom have already been killed since 2008.

Early in 2008, Datu Carlito Buntas of the Dibabawon tribe and his son were wounded in an ambush on their way

Mining permits in Paquibato opposed

Carmelle Marie Harrow -
Date of publication: 
19 April, 2011

HUNDREDS of farmers and lumads staged a rally Monday in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and marched on to the Landco Corporate Complex where the Alberto Mining office is located.

The protest called for a solidarity stand to protect the environment and avoid foreign investors from taking tribe’s natural resources.

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

ComVal town mayor not keen on province-wide mining ban

Date of publication: 
24 May, 2011

The mayor of a mining town in Compostela Valley is not keen on a province-wide ban on mining following a landslide that buried a mining community last Friday.

Pantukan town mayor Celso Sarenas admitted Sunday residents remain willing to risk their lives if they do not get an alternative means of livelihood.

“Ipasasara pero hindi lahat. Saan pupunta ang tao na yan? ... Paano ang kabuhayan nila, paano ang pagkain nila (I am in favor of closing down some mining operations but not all.

Mining leader shot dead in Compostela Valley

Ben O. Tesiorna, Sun Star Philippines -
Date of publication: 
13 April, 2011

PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley — The leader of a small-scale miners’ organization who opposed the operation of an American mining firm in this town was shot dead inside his home on Tuesday night.

The victim was identified as Santos “Ricky” Manrique, 49, president of the Federation of Miners’ Association in Pantukan and village councilor of Napnapan village, here.

Ely Sanchez, another miner leader in Pantukan, said Manrique is one of the leaders against the entry of foreign mining corporations in a mining area in Kingking village in this town.

Small-scale miners in Pantukan are opposing

Officials stop T'boli activities

Date of publication: 
6 April, 2011

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (PNA) — South Cotabato officials have ordered the immediate stoppage of all small-scale mining activities in T’boli town following the collapse of several mine tunnels in the area last week that left four miners dead.

South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. said Tuesday the local government issued a memorandum temporarily stopping all mining activities at a gold rush site in Barangay Kematu in T’boli pending an evaluation and review by government geology experts of the affected areas.

Philippine troops kill tribal chieftain, son

Mindanao Examiner -
Date of publication: 
4 March, 2011

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Communist rebels accused government troops on Friday of murdering a tribal chieftain and his son on suspicion they were aiding the insurgents in the southern Philippines.

Ricardo Fermiza, a spokesman for the New People’s Army, said the soldiers arrested the duo – Rody Dejos, 50, and Rody Rick Dejos, 26, – and tortured them into admitting they were either rebels or aiding the communist group in Davao del Sur province.

Fermiza said the two civilians were seized and killed by soldiers over the weekend in the town of Santa Cruz where security forces are fighti

Tribal folks denounce mining in ancestral domain

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10 January, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO City,—The Mamanwa tribe of Agusan del Norte has denounced the encroachment of a Canadian mining company into their ancestral domain.

The tribe’s leader, Bae Genoviva A.

NCIP Useless in Protecting Indigenous Rights

LRC-KSK Press Release
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2010

This is a classic case of the National Commission on the Indigeous Peoples (NCIP) which is mandated to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples from the ancestral territories as enshrined by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) or R.A. 8371.

The Mamanwa tribe of Surigao del Sur asked help from the provincial officer to intervene in the on-going forcible entry of the Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC) in the mountains of Tandag, Cortez, and Lanuza, all in the province of Surigao del Sur.

Lumad datu not happy with P-noy’s visit to ‘anti-Lumad’ power plant

PASAKA Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 September, 2010

Davao City —- Pnoy’s [President Benigno Aquino III] visit to the site of the 42.5 MW hydroelectric power plant in Sta. Cruz Davao Del Sur yesterday alarms Datu Monico Cayog, vice – chairperson of the PASAKA Confederation of Lumad Organizations in Southern Mindanao, for this signifies the president’s support to investments that have contributed to the dislocation and degradation of the lumads’ culture.

Cayog, a Bagobo-Tagabawa lumad from the foot of Mt.