Indigenous Women on President Aquino's SONA 2012

Judy A. Pasimio, LILAK (Purple Action for IP Women’s Rights)
Date of publication: 
24 July, 2012

These are words and reactions from the indigenous women who listened and watched President Aquino (Pnoy) deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA). For one and half hours, they waited for Pnoy to say something about his program for the indigenous people, or something that will indicate that they are part of his development plan, his vision, his dreams for the Filipino people.

Once again, President Noynoy Aquino failed the indigenous women. The non-mention of the plight of the IPs – karaniwan na po ito.

KALUMARAN slams President Benigno Aquino's EO 79

Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao Media Statement -
Date of publication: 
23 July, 2012

COMING INTO HIS third State of the Nation Address, KALUMARAN slams Benigno Aquino III for violating indigenous peoples’ and children’s rights in Mindanao, and the wholesale of resources for mining and other investments, especially after the issuance of Executive Order 79.

Two years into his presidency, the Lumads in Mindanao suffer no end to attacks from the military and encroachment of big private businesses onto ancestral domain such as mining and plantations.

Bishops, legislators join forces to advance new mining bill

Date of publication: 
7 July, 2012

MANILA — The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and a number of lawmakers in the country supported the proposed Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB) being pushed by multi-sectoral movement SOS-Yamang Bayan Network.

On Thursday, about 50 bishops and two congressmen representing the support of some 40 solons discussed the strategies they will employ to ensure that AMMB will be passed as the Philippine Minerals Resources Act of 2012.

Both the members of the Catholic Church and House of Representatives discussed the issue in a national forum held at the Plenary

A Humanitarian Appeal Amidst the Siege and Escalating Human Rights Violations in Davao

“to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God…” (Micah 6:8, quoted by murdered Fr Pops Tentorio in his last will and testament)

Dear Friends:

We are writing to give you an update on the current human rights situation in Davao region and neighboring towns.

Stop large mining and pullout military troops in indigenous communities!

Cordillera Peoples Alliance statement
Date of publication: 
5 April, 2012

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance strongly condemns the rape and sexual abuse of two minors from Mankayan, Benguet by Army Captain Danilo Lalin, formerly of the 50th Infantry Battalion and now with the 86th Infantry Battalion, that are both under the 5th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The perpetrator must be punished, and we challenge authorities to swiftly act on this situation for what remains of the justice that can be done for the victims and their families.

Any new EO on mining must affirm IPS rights over their ancestral domain

Gualberto B. Lumauig, Former governor and congressman of Ifugao -
Date of publication: 
7 March, 2012

As major players in the mining industry debate their respective social responsibilities in the exploitation of our country’s vast mineral resources, they should not lose sight of the rights and concerns of the indigenous people over their ancestral lands and domains.

We need a reaffirmation from our government and the mining industry stakeholders that our indigenous peoples’ occupation, possession and propriety rights over their ancestral domains are their exclusive birthright and privilege that should seriously be taken into account when government, through its licensing mandate, start

Network of Civil Society Organizations bare 6-point policy considerations for PNoy’s Executive Order on Mining

Philippine Misereor Partnership Press Release
Date of publication: 
6 March, 2012

“Promulgate a new mining policy now”. This was the call made by the Philippine Misereor Partnership at the close of its 3 day General Assembly held in Baguio City.

Bill amending IPRA to have oversight function

Date of publication: 
20 February, 2012

THE HOUSE committee on national cultural communities will fast-track the passage of a bill amending the Indigenous People’s Right Act (IPRA) to include a Congressional oversight function that will ensure proper implementation of the measure.

House Bill (HB) 4563, filed by the panel’s chairman Rep. Teddy B. Baguilat (Ifugao), seeks to create a Joint Oversight Congressional Committee to monitor the implementation of the law. The committee shall be composed of five senators and five congressmen.


Mining share to GDP in past decade “very modest,” MGB stats reveal

Stsatements, ABS-CBN et al
Date of publication: 
5 March, 2012

‘Mining a social justice issue’

By Christian S. Monsod –

3 March 2012

The mineral wealth of our country, as the mining industry reminds us, is “staggering” – about $840 billion. Its potential to contribute to our country’s development cannot be discounted. While mining has never been a driver of our development, not even during the mining boom of the seventies, we are here to find out if there is a way to realize that potential.

Stop mining, UCCP ministers tell govt

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Date of publication: 
3 March, 2012

FORTY leaders of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines yesterday called on the government to immediately stop all mining operations in the country, calling it “blatantly unethical, unjust, and senseless.” “Destructive mining,” reads a UCCP statement, “causes dislocation of livelihood of the people, and even threatens the base of life and life itself.” The stand was adapted from the official stand of the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum by the UCCP leaders from Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanaos and Zamboangas.

The UCCP ministers called on the government to do the following:

• oppose