Mining dispute now a war between retired generals

Julie Alipala, Tito Fiel, Inquirer Mindanao -
Date of publication: 
28 July, 2011

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines—A dispute between two mining companies in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, appears to have developed into a war between two retired generals.

On Tuesday, retired Brigadier General Alexander Yapching sued retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr.

Indigenous peoples dismayed by their absence in Sona

Violeta M. Gloria, MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
26 July, 2011

KORONADAL CITY – Delegates to an assembly of indigenous peoples expressed dismay at their being not mentioned in the second State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S.

Submission to the UN on Indigenous Peoples from PGB, Philippines

Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples
Date of publication: 
22 July, 2011

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Aetas fighting for land rights draw inspiration from fallen leader

Robert Gonzaga, Inquirer Central Luzon
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2011

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Before he died on July 31, Aeta leader Leonardo Abraham, who had fought for more than a decade for the rights of indigenous peoples in Bataan, was able to leave a blueprint for his community to follow in dealing with people and institutions that want to benefit from their lands.

In a July 19 letter to Zenaida Hamada-Pawid, chair of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Abraham rejected the Joint Management Agreement (JMA) proposed by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority on the ancestral domain of the Pastolan Aeta community.

The community holds a Cert

Tribes to hold SIPA Monday

Date of publication: 
24 July, 2011

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines (PNA) – Leaders and members of the indigenous peoples (IPs) groups in Mindanao have started to gather at the Christ the King Retreat Center (CKRC) in Koronadal City in South Cotabato since Thursday to deliver their State-of-the-Indigenous-People Address (SIPA) – their own version of President Aquino’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA) Monday.

In a press statement, Legal Rights Center (LRC) official Cocoy Rebuta claimed that around 100 key leaders and chieftains from tribal groups – like the Manobo, Mamanwa, T’boli, B’laan, Subanen, Teduray, Higaonon, Ta

IP group, supporters call for congressional inquiry into killings of lumad leaders

Date of publication: 
2 August, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO City, —The leaders of an indigenous peoples group and a representative of an alternative legal group fighting for the protection of the rights of marginalized people in Mindanao has called for a congressional inquiry into the unsolved murders of lumad leaders in Southern Philippines.

Lawyer Jarley D.

Mining expansion threatens indigenous tribes in Philippines

Date of publication: 
19 January, 2011

The EU is working to help the indigenous people on the Philippine island Mindoro protect their homeland from mining companies searching for natural resources.

Romblon Ati indigenous community says no to mining

REFAM Press Release
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2011

Odiongan, Romblon, PHILIPPINES – Ati indigenous peoples (IP) community in upland Aurora village in Romblon’s Odiongan town expressed their strong stand against mining in their territory after a forum on Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and mining conducted by Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM).

During the forum, it has been discovered that a mining company called Ivanhoe Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.

Tribal Rights Still Being Violated to Favor Mining Interests

Date of publication: 
31 December, 2010

MANILA – For the indigenous peoples in the Philippines, the year 2010 is a continuation of their struggle for land, their right to self-determination and their most basic human rights.

In August, leaders of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP or Alliance of Indigenous Peoples) submitted an indigenous peoples (IP) agenda to President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Cordi IP rights defender hits IPRA

Alma B. Sinumlag, Northern Dispatch
Date of publication: 
19 December, 2010

BAGUIO CITY — During the soft launching of the book that compiled the speeches of former congressman William “Billy” Claver, an Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights defender who first brought the issue of ancestral domain in the halls of congress, his criticism of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) law and the role of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) was read.

In the absence of Billy Claver, one of his grandsons, Rev. Father Andrew Claver read the short but stinging rebuke of Billy Claver .