Region 12

Philippine army goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe

Source: 
Press Statement - http://www.karapatan.org/73rd+IB-PA+goes+on+rampage%2C+tortures+members+of+Blaan+tribe
Date of publication: 
8 May, 2015

73rd IB-PA goes on rampage, tortures members of Blaan tribe –Karapatan

Elements of the 73rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) operating in Sarangani province intensified military operations, under Oplan Bayanihan, victimizing members of the Blaan tribe. “The unit is under the 10th “Agila” Division of Gen. Eduardo Año.

Davao City large-scale mining ban, hailed as 'people's victory'

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
8 May, 2015

Environmental groups hailed as a ‘people’s victory’ the Davao City Council’s recently passed resolution prohibiting large-scale mining operations in its areas, but said there are still vulnerabilities in the policy that communities must vigilantly keep in check.

“The Davao City mining ban is a fruit of the people’s tireless struggles to oppose destructive large-scale mining projects, but its punitive fines are too miniscule to effectively discourage violators.

Lumads to Gather in Historic “Sacred Gathering” in Davao City

Source: 
Kalumaran Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2015

A thousand participants composed of Lumads and Lumad support groups are coming to Davao City for “Dumalongdong Mindanaw”, a Mindanao-wide Lumad conference, the first of its kind, which will be held on April 21-25, 2015.

Datus, indigenous women and youth leaders, and other Lumad leaders coming from the different regions of Mindanao will gather to unite various IP communities in Mindanao “to defend their ancestral lands from imperialist plunder and militarization in their communities,” according to Blaan leader Monico Cayog, chairperson of indigenous peoples’ group Kalumaran.

“Du

Indigenous Ritual for Peace in Mindanao

Source: 
Timuay Justice and Governance statement
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2015

(Tulak Fantag Kétanék [in Téduray])

The Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao and the Philippines have similar beliefs and systems of worshiping the Divine Creator. This worship and belief systems of the IPs are connected to nature and is not religion. It is for this reason that Indigenous Peoples have a strong connection to the environment – they know that the environment is their life and their place of worship.

The Indigenous Peoples believe that in times of crisis, the Divine Creator must be called upon; for He is the Creator of all beings – living or non-living.

The Destructive Impacts of Corporate Mining in the Philippines: The Tampacan Copper-Gold Mining Project in Mindanao

Source: 
By Dr. Belinda F. Espiritu, Global Research - http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-destructive-impacts-of-corporate-mining-in-the-philippines-the-tampacan-copper-gold-mining-project-in-mindanao/5436594
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2015

The Philippines has an estimated $840 billion worth of untapped mineral resources, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Philippines which is responsible for giving permits to mining companies to do exploration of mining areas and to commence operation. Small-scale mining industries have contributed to national revenues.

A big problem ensued with the signing of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 authored by then Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which allowed 100% ownership of the claimed mining land area and minerals by foreign multinational mining corporations.

Concern on Tampakan Mining Project

Source: 
SAC Marbel press release
Date of publication: 
9 March, 2015

This is to inform the public about the ongoing Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) processes that will determine whether the mining project in Tampakan, South Cotabato will push through or not.

Aussie-PH fact finding mission validates adverse impacts to communities affected by AU mining companies

Source: 
Joint press release
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2015

Environmental advocates and grassroots groups under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) and the Defend Patrimony! Alliance (Defend Patrimony) co-organized a recently concluded fact-finding mission joined by local people’s movements and Australian solidarity groups.

Filipino and Australian advocates embarked on fact-finding mission to communities affected by Aussie mine firms

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2015

Seeking to validate the social and environmental conditions in various communities across the Philippines affected by Australian-owned large-scale mines, environmental and rights advocates from the Philippines and Australia have embarked on a fact-finding mission circuiting Bongmal District, South Cotabato and Kasibu Town, Nueva Vizcaya from January 28 to February 03, 2015.

“We aim not only to inspect the adverse impacts of Australian-owned mining to the environment, economy, society and culture of communities they affect, but to deliver our solidarity to the people’s righteous resistan

Philippines: Alsons takeover of Indophil okayed

Source: 
By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/129555/alsons-takeover-of-indophil-okayed/
Date of publication: 
6 January, 2015

Exploration firm Indophil Resources NL of Australia becomes a wholly Filipino-owned company effective January 13 when it begins de-listing from the Australian Stock Exchange following the approval of its sale to the Alsons Group in a stockholders meeting in December.

The deal, valued at AU$361 million (P14.3 billion) in cash, allows Alsons Prime Investment Corporation (APIC) to acquire 37.5 percent of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) which owns the stalled US$5.9-B Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Global mining and commodities giant Glencore International controls the rest of the 62.5 perc

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

Source: 
by Katrina Pestaño and Jill Mangaliman - Seattle Globalist - http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2014/12/22/philippines-march-mindanao-mining-tampakan-glencore-xstrata/31721
Date of publication: 
22 December, 2014

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines chanting “Defend ancestral land!” and “Glencore-Xstrata-SMI out now!” during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.

The mobilization, “Lakbayan,” meaning “People’s Journey,” stretched across approximately 100 miles from Dec. 8 through Dec.