Region 9

Asian NGO brings Subanen tribe case to UN

by Voltaire Tupaz -
Date of publication: 
22 November, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – While seeking justice for the killing of his 11-year-old son, Jordan, Subanen Timuay (tribal chieftain) Locencio Manda had to move his wife and two other children out of their ancestral land into safety.

According to Manda, he brought them to an undisclosed location, far from the community, whose struggle to defend their land, he took on after his father died.

Manda, one of the claimants of the Subanen Indigenous Community Ancestral Domain, has been leading the Subanen tribe’s efforts to claim and protect their ancestral domain from mining and logging operations.

Canadian PM Harper met by protest of environmental groups

Date of publication: 
11 November, 2012

‘If Harper truly respects the Filipino people’s sovereignty, he should be instrumental in the immediate pullout of Canadian mining corporations. We ask him to ‘mine his own business,’ if their capital will not benefit our communities and be detrimental to our ecological integrity and community welfare.’ – Kalikasan

MANILA – After his five-day trip to India, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew to Manila Friday night for a two-day visit.

Green groups to Canadian PM: mine your own business!

Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 November, 2012

MAKATI CITY – Environmental activists trooped to the Canadian Embassy today to greet the arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with protests decrying long-standing environmental crimes of Canadian mining corporations in the Philippines.

Calling for the immediate pull-out of errant Canadian miners from the country, the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), joined by the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas, Promotion for Church People’s Response, AGHAM-Advocates of Science & Technology for the People, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas,

Groups condemn new attack on anti-mining advocate

Written by Alyansa Tigil Mina -
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2012

Call on P-Noy to clear bloodshed on “tuwid na daan”

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) and other environmental groups are enraged over another ambush attack against an environmental advocate in Carmen, Surigao del Sur province on October 29, 2012 and are now calling on the president to ensure that violence and bloodshed are steered clear from its “tuwid na daan”.

Recent ambush attack

On October 29 at about 3 p.m. in the afternoon, Dr.

Subanen tribes demand ancestral domain papers; halt to all mining operation in Zamboanga de Sur

Date of publication: 
15 October, 2012

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 15, 2012) – A group of Subanen tribal leaders have called on the Aquino government to temporarily halt all mining operations in Zamboanga del Sur province in the southern Philippines until Manila acts on their legal claims over a vast tract of ancestral lands.

The Subanen leaders are claiming some 23,800 hectares of lands in the town of Bayog where several mining companies and small scale miners are operating.

Statement of Timuay Locenio Manda

Date of publication: 
4 October, 2012

“After the Death of my son, I call for justice, peace and unity in Bayog most especially within our ancestral domain.”

(This is the authorized English translation of my statement originally drafted in the Visayan language.)

Exactly a month after I and my son were ambushed by unknown gunmen on September 4, 2012, a murder and frustrated murder cases were filed in court and further investigation is going on to determine the mastermind and motive of the ambush.

After the death of my son, I call for justice, peace and unity in Bayog most especially within our ancestral domain.

Amnesty letter of concern re killing of Jordan Manda

Amnesty International
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2012

Hon. Loretta Ann Rosales,
Chairperson, CHR

Through Hon. Jose Manuel Mamauag
Commissioner, CHR

Dear Chairperson Rosales,

I am writing you again regarding the climate of fear and insecurity among Subanens due to unresolved harassment incidents and killings brought about by mining-related conflict in Bayog, Zamboanga Del Sur.

On September 4, 2012, Jordan Manda, an 11 year old boy was killed and Timuay Locenio Manda, a Subanen tribe chieftain in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur and also a member of Amnesty International Philippines, was wounded after an ambush attack.

Letter of concern re killing of Jordan Manda

Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact
Date of publication: 
6 September, 2012

H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: corres [at] op [dot] gov [dot] ph / opnet [at] ops [dot] gov [dot] ph

Dear Mr. President,

Greetings from the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network in Asia!

We express our deep concern and condemnation on the recent attempt to the life on Timuay Locenio M. Manda and the extrajudicial killing of his son Jordan Manda in Barangay, Conacon, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. We received reports that Timuay Locenio M.

Subanen Chieftain ambushed, son killed

ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 September, 2012

Groups cry for justice and demand stoppage of all mining activities in Zamboanga

Manila—Groups cried for justice for the killing of 11-year old Jordan Manda, son of Subanen chieftain Timuay Locencio Manda, who was ambushed at 7:20 this morning by unidentified men, in Barangay Conacon, Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur.

“Jordan suffered a fatal wound on the back instantly killing him.

Philippine Army defends small-scale miners; denies mining firm claims of Balabag gun battle

Date of publication: 
20 August, 2012

PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 20, 2012) – The Philippine Army on Monday rejected claims by an affiliate of a Canadian mining firm operating in Zamboanga del Sur province that illegal miners attacked its security guards that resulted in a gun battle.

Major General Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, said one person Wilfred Catampungan was killed and six others wounded after security guards of the TVI Resources Development, Inc. opened fire on a group of small scale miners.