Region 12

Philippines - 100 teachers, students blocked in Talaingod

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By Rhealyn C. Pojas, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/09/28/100-teachers-students-blocked-talaingod-432844
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28 September, 2015

OVER a 100 teachers, students, and members of a progressive group were allegedly blocked on Monday by the military and some members of paramilitary group recognized by the lumads while on their way to a school in Talaingod, Davao del Norte to attend a founding anniversary and festival.

Save Our Schools (SOS) Network in Southern Mindanao Spokesperson Rius Valle said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao that 116 persons including 44 elementary and high school students were not able to reach the Salugpongan Ta’tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center since they were blocked by the mili

Philippines: Paramilitaries Attack Tribal Villages, Schools

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Human Rights Watch Statement - https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/23/philippines-paramilitaries-attack-tribal-villages-schools
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23 September, 2015

Military Supporting Abusive Forces in Mindanao

(Manila) – The Philippine military has repeatedly stood aside while paramilitary forces have attacked indigenous villages and schools in the southern region of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said today.

Philippines: UN experts urge probe into killings of three Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders

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http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16481&LangID=E
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22 September, 2015

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, today called on the Philippines Government to launch a full and independent investigation into the killings of three human rights defenders in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, which is currently affected by armed conflicts.

One of the human rights defenders killed was the director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV), a school providing education to indigenous youth who live in the mo

Lumad killings and counterinsurgency

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Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Streetwise - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Opinion&title=lumad-killings-and-counterinsurgency&id=115641
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20 September, 2015

Today, Sept. 21, we commemorate the anniversary of the Dictator Marcos’ declaration of martial law and say “Never again!” This constitutes our collective denunciation of the evils spawned by 14 years of the brutally repressive, thieving and lying US-backed Marcos dictatorship.

Lumads hold dialogue with UN experts, rallies support against ongoing militarization, killings in communities

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IPMSDL Secretariat statement
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Manila, Philippines—Indigenous Peoples organizations facilitated a dialogue with United Nations Special Rapporteur (SR) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz last 16 September 2015 on the recent spate of Lumad killings in Mindanao. Edtami Mansayagan, a Lumad himself and a member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was also present in the dialogue.

Gibo Teodoro now Sagittarius Mines board chairman

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Edwin Espejo - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/103187-gibo-teodoro-sagittarius-mines-board-chairman
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20 August, 2015

Insiders are hoping that the former defense chief will give SMI a fresh start after years of failure to operate the $5.9-billion Tampakan copper and gold project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr is the new board chairman of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI).

This development followed the completion of the sale of the majority stake previously held by Glencore International to Filipino-owned Alsons Prime Investment Corporation early this month.

Manolo Labor, SMI corporate communications officer, said Teodoro was elected as

“Tampakan Massacre” suspects should be in jail – Congressman

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John Rizle L. Saligumba, http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/tampakan-massacre-suspects-should-be-in-jail-congressman/
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18 August, 2015

DAVAO CITY – The Army suspects of killing a pregnant mother and two of her children last October 2012 must be in jail, said a partylist representative during a Congressional inquiry on alleged human rights violations last Friday.

“If information is already filed in court, there is no way that a warrant of arrest is not issued and the suspects must be in the provincial court of jurisdiction,” said Silvestre Bello III, representative of 1BAP partylist.

Karlos Ysagani Zarate, Bayan Muna partylist representative, asked Brigadier General Benjamin Madrigal who represented the Armed F

Glencore completes Tampakan exit

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By Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano, Senior Reporter - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=glencore-completes-tampakan-exit&id=113519
Date of publication: 
15 August, 2015

ANGLO-SWISS miner Glencore plc has completed its exit from the long-delayed Tampakan gold-copper project in Mindanao in a $290-million deal that also covered two other mining assets abroad, it announced on Friday.

Glencore “has completed the sale of the Tampakan copper project,” it said in a statement dated Aug.

UN special rapporteur's office hits AFP for 'gross misrepresentation'

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By Inday Espina-Varona, ABS-CBN News - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/11/15/un-special-rapporteurs-office-hits-afp-gross-misrepresentation
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11 August, 2015

The spokesman of Dr. Cheloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Peoples, has accused the Armed Forces of the Philippines of “gross misrepresentation” following the release of a military statement on lumad evacuees in Davao City.

The AFP Eastern Mindanao Command press release carried the title: “LUMADS IN HARAN ARE MANIPULATED: Not Evacuees but victims of trafficking”.

That statement has been pushed by Maj. Harold Cabunoc and handpicked media to boost the claim — first raised by North Cotabato Rep.

Tampakan mines project still a go despite activist deaths, UN concern

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By Inday Espina Varona, ABS-CBNnews.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/04/15/tampakan-mines-project-still-go-despite-activist-deaths-un-concern
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4 August, 2015

MANILA – Ten murders; local government opposition; environmental warnings; a United Nations official’s alarm over the displacement of thousands of rural folk — there’s no stopping the controversial Tampakan mines project in Central Mindanao.

South Cotabato Gov.