Region 13

Peasants, urban poor, indigenous peoples from Mindanao arrive in Manila to call for social justice

Date of publication: 
21 November, 2014

They walked all the way from the southern island of Mindanao to bring to the public’s attention the gross human rights violations being committed in the different regions.

MANILA – The “Lakbayanis” from Mindanao have finally arrived in Metro Manila after nearly a week of travel by foot and by caravan.

Some 800 peasant, indigenous peoples and urban poor – the participants of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 – arrived in the evening of Nov. 21 in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They would join a series of protest actions leading to Dec.

Philippines: Villagers flee after tribal leader's killing in southern Philippines

Jefry Tupas and Karlos Manlupig, UCANews -
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

Manobo community says government-backed paramilitary group responsible for multiple attacks

Davao City, Philippines – Some 1,600 Manobo tribal villagers have fled their homes in the mountains of Surigao del Sur province after armed men killed a tribal leader, shot at homes, and burned houses and school buildings.

The military said it has launched an “intense offensive” against communist New People’s Army rebels in at least three hinterland villages of Lianga town in the southern Philippines, but denied committing atrocities against residents.

“These allegations are meant to smear th

Killing, burning of school, drive Lumad to leave homes

Karapatan -
Date of publication: 
31 October, 2014

On October 27, six armed men set on fire a corn sheller and a school at Kabulohan, Brgy. Buhisan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. The corn sheller was a donation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the community. The men also set on fire a UNICEF tarpaulin with a sign, “All schools are peace zones. Don’t use it as command post, detachment and supply depots. RA 7610 Protection of the Rights of Children”.

The residents tried to put out the fire but the men indiscriminately fired their guns causing the people to scramble for safety.

Philippines: Extra-Judicial Killing of indigenous activist, Henry Alameda

Extra-Judicial Killing of MAPASU Council member HENRY ALAMEDA

Case: Extra-Judicial Killing

Victim/s: HENRY ALAMEDA, 44 years old, Manobo, resident of Cabalawan, San Isidro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, married, active council member of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sa Sumusunod (MAPASU).

Place of Incident: Sitio Cabalawan, San Isidro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Date of Incident: October 24, 2014 at 7am

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Operating troops of the 2nd Scout Ranger Batallion, based in St. Christine, Lianga, Surigao del Sur under LTC.

An indigenous man protesting against a palm oil company was shot dead

Date of publication: 
10 September, 2014

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-127-2014

PHILIPPINES: An indigenous man protesting against a palm oil company was shot dead by a manager of the company

ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; Human rights defenders

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you that an indigenous man, protesting against a palm oil company, was shot dead by one of their managers.

‘Ruthless legacy’ - 7 activists killed in August

By Janess Ann J. Ellao, -
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2014

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan

MANILA – There were almost two activists killed every week for the month of August, human rights and indigenous peoples group said. The suspected perpetrators were soldiers, paramilitary groups, death squads and an official of a palm oil company.

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Philippines: 3 indigenous peoples killed in a week

Date of publication: 
21 August, 2014

“Even with the capture of notorious Gen. Jovito Palparan recently, his butcher mentality and his bloody human rights record have been well-entrenched in the AFP’s bureaucracy and is carried on by no less than his protégé, Gen. Ricardo Visaya.

Genasque Enriquez, Lumad Leader from CARAGA Arrested with False Charges


22 August 2014

Mr. Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader, secretary-general of KASALO and Vice President of the KATRIBU Partylist was arrested today, 22 August 2014, at 1:00 pm after attending the press conference for the People’s Initiative in Surigao City. Enriquez was arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police.using an alias warrant. He is currently being held at the Surigao City Hall under the custody of the CIDG.

The arrest of Mr.

Philippine education department publishes revised edition of "Understanding the Lumad"

Date of publication: 
1 July, 2014

Understanding the Lumad (Revised Edition)

The Philippine Department of Education, with the permission of Tebtebba and Silingang Dapit sa Sidlakang Mindanao (SILDAP-SE), has published the revised edition of “Understanding the Lumad.” The education department, through its Indigenous Peoples Education Office (IPsEO), decided to publish this “to make it more widely available to…public school teachers in Mindanao and others who are working with indigenous peoples in various education programs.”

“The Department of Education (DepED) has earlier adopted the National Indigenous Peoples Educatio

Surigao villagers blame mining firm for pollution of water sources

By Roel Catoto -
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2014

JUBGAN, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte – Mining activities by a firm that has reportedly no permit to operate have polluted the sources of potable water in this village, residents told MindaNews over the weekend.

Jubgan has at least 200 households, and they depend on the streams and river in their area for potable water.

Romeo Gordonas, a local resident said their water source would become murky with just a slight rain.

He said that even if Mt.