Region 9

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: Probe into relocation of Badjaos sought

Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
6 October, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Militant lawmakers have sought an investigation into the relocation of Badjaos to the mountains of Zamboanga City after the failed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) siege last year.

Gabriela Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus filed House Resolution 1409 to call for the probe.

Hundreds of Badjao families were relocated to Tulungatong, Mampang and other villages far from the sea, Ilagan and De Jesus said.

The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga penin

KAIROS Press Statement -
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2014

We, the Canadian and Philippine delegates of the Philippine Learning Tour, have journeyed as partners to study and investigate the impact of Canadian mining operations in the Zamboanga peninsula.

Zambo del Sur IPs call DENR for cancellation of 168 Ferrum MPSA

By Jong D. Cadion -
Date of publication: 
14 July, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (MPF News) —- The Subanen Indigenous Communities of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur through their economic arm, Subanen Gataw Taasan Association Incorporated (SUGATAI), warned and cautioned government officials from closing their eyes to the violations committed by 168 Ferrum Pacific Mining Corporation (168 Ferrum), IPs Official said.

SUGATAI Chairman Timuay Carlito Dalangon said Monday calling the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P.

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

Zambo. del Sur IP’s seek PNoy help for MPSA cancellation within Midsalip Ancestral Domain

By Jong Cadion -
Date of publication: 
26 April, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBO DEL SUR (April 27, 2014-MPF NEWS) – The Indigenous Peoples represented by the Council of Elders and Leaders belong to the Subanen Gataw Taasan Association, Inc.

Zamboanga del Sur IPs seek Pnoy help for investigation on illegal mining operation

By Jong Cadion -
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBO del SUR, Mindanao, Southern Philippines – The group of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) belong to the organization of Pikumpongan Subanen Lupa Pusaka with a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) 075 in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte sending a letter requesting help to President Benigno Aquino III through the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ramon J.P. Paje to investigate the continuous illegal mining operations in Zamboanga del Sur.

The CADT-075 represented by its tribal leader Chairman Luciano G.

The Philippines still a hotbed of opposition to Canadian mines, says priest

By James Munson -
Date of publication: 
27 October, 2013

When Canadian politicians began studying in earnest the ethical conduct of the extractive sector overseas as a foreign policy problem, one of the first countries they looked at was the Philippines.

In 2005, the House of Commons’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development held hearings on TVI Pacific Inc., a Calgary-based firm, and its Canatuan zinc and silver mine on the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.

The allegations – which included disrespecting indigenous rights, damaging the environment and allowing violent crackdowns on dissenting locals – were wrapp

Bishop says Subanen voiceless vs mining

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2013

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Members of the indigenous Subanen communities in at least three villages of Bayog town in Zamboanga del Sur, where large mining firms have concessions, are opposed to mineral explorations there but are too afraid to speak up against them, a Protestant prelate said.

Bishop Antonio Ablon of Iglesia Filipina Independiente’s Diocese of Pagadian issued the statement after leading a 100-member fact-finding mission in the villages of Bubuan, Liba and Conacon in Bayog.

The fact-finding mission started its investigation of mining operations in July.

Bayog Mayor Leonardo Baba

Lumads: Casualty of mining and war

By Bobby Lagsa and Grace Cantal-Albasin -
Date of publication: 
29 June, 2013

LUMADS or the Indigenous peoples (IPs) are the hardest hit as massive destruction of mining operations and armed conflict in Mindanao continues.

These two man-made whammies become more tragic when nature brings its wrath to these lumad communities particularly the recent Typhoon Pablo that hit mostly areas where mining operations ravaged their forests.

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform organized the Northeastern Mindanao Religious Leaders’ Peace Summit here on June 27 – 28 where various Christian churches and groups in the country including the Catholic Bishops Conference of