Statements

Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

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Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Sub-Region statement
Date of publication: 
4 October, 2012

Quick Facts on the Killing of IP Leader Gilbert Paborada

Victim: Gilbert Paborada, 47 years old, married and with one 7-year old child, originally from the sub-village of Bagocboc, in the town of Opol, Misamis Oriental

Case: Extra-Judicial Killing

Date of and place of incident: past 3pm, 03 October 2012, San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro City

According to the witnesses, Paborada had just came back from the village of Bagocboc for some concerns to San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro when 2 motorcycle-riding men of heavy build shot him when he went down from a motorela (public

Statement of Timuay Locenio Manda

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Statement
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.

CSOs release results of independent investigation on Philex’s tailings spill

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NASSA & CCCP press release
Date of publication: 
2 October, 2012

On September 16-17, 2012, a fact-finding mission team, lead by the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) and the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) together with representatives from Philippine-Misereor Partnership and its Northern Luzon Cluster, Caritas Baguio, Cordillera People’s Alliance, Peace Foundation, Pambansang Kaisahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist, and Community Volunteer Missioners, conducted an independent investigation on the reported mining tailings leak

37 anti-mining indigenous peoples SLAPPed

Source: 
http://katutubongmamamayan.org/node/361
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2012

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) lambasted the rebellion and criminal cases filed against 37 Manobo indigenous peoples in Surigao del Sur. “This is clear political harassment.

Deplorable killings continue! Indigenous anti-mining leader tortured and killed in Agusan del Sur

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Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders (TF-JED) Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 September, 2012

The Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders (TF-JED) vehemently condemned today the report of the violent torture and killing of Genesis Ambason last September 13 in Brgy. Binikalan, San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

According to a report from the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Northern Mindanao, the 23 year-old secretary general of grassroots indigenous organization Tagdumahan sustained two gunshot wounds each in his right chest and hip, with wounds on each side of his spine and dark bruises in his face and chest.

Investigate Philex dam collapse - indigenous peoples

Source: 
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12974704-investigate-philex-dam-collapse-indigenous-peoples
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2012

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous peoples and environment watchdogs in the Cordillera today urged an independent environmental investigation mission (EIM) saying that Philex Mining Company’s tailings pond 3 (TP3) collapsed, not just leaked, as company earlier alleged.

Katribu Indigenous People’s Partylist, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and Amianan Salakniban in a press conference said the EIM on Philex TP3 would evaluate the damages that the collapse of dam crest has caused from August 1-30 and should come up with recommendations that would best address the issue.

In earlier pronouncements,

Obstacles concerning access to justice and protection for indigenous people

Source: 
Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) statement - ALRC-CWS-21-02-2012
Date of publication: 
28 August, 2012

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Twenty-first session, Agenda Item 3, half-day discussion on indigenous peoples: access to Justice

A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the range of reports concerning the human rights of indigenous people during the upcoming 21st session of the Human Rights Council, being held from September 10 to 28, 2012.

Mt Firis is Sacred Ground

Source: 
A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2012

A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM

We, the Indigenous Peoples of the ARMM, particularly the Téduray, Lambangian and Dulangan Manobo, who are directly affected by the recurring cycles of violence in the Mt Firis Complex call upon one and all to hear our plea;

- That the recent armed conflict between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as we all know has done indescribable harm not only upon each other but most especially to the peaceloving non-Islamized Indigenous Peoples of the Mt Firis Complex;

- That this

Lumad woes highlighted on World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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By DANILDA L. FUSILERO, Davao Today - http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/08/09/lumad-woes-highlighted-on-world-indigenous-peoples-day/
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

The Mindanao Lumad Alliance, Kalumaran, urges Aquino to “put an end to the killings, abuses, and military recruitment of Lumad paramilitaries in our communities that failed to bring peace and development” as it called to “stop this deception that mines, dams, and agribusiness will bring in development.”

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — August 9 marks United Nations (UN) Declaration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but Lumad groups said their communities are threatened from displacement due to ‘development’ projects and military operations.

An open letter to the Office of the President on on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples

Source: 
Various organisations
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

Open Letter to President Benigno Aquino III

Dear President Aquino:

Greetings of peace from Indigenous peoples, advocates and development organizations working for the advancement of indigenous peoples rights!
On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, commemorated by the United Nations on August 9 each year since 1994, we challenge you to give due attention to the urgent plight of indigenous peoples in our country.