Statements

Indigenous activist slain in San Luis, Agusan del Sur

Source: 
Katungod Lumad Alert
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

Another indigenous activist has added to the increasing figure of extrajudicial killings of Lumad in Mindanao. Lito Abion, 44 years old, a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) driver, was waiting for passengers when he was fired upon by two gunmen on September 28, 2015.

He was a member of Tagdumahan, a Lumad (collective term for the indigenous peoples of Mindanao) organization in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. Tagdumahan has been resisting the entry of mining in the ancestral lands of the Banwaon and Manobo peoples in Agusan del Sur.

Philippines: Paramilitaries Attack Tribal Villages, Schools

Source: 
Human Rights Watch Statement - https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/23/philippines-paramilitaries-attack-tribal-villages-schools
Date of publication: 
23 September, 2015

Military Supporting Abusive Forces in Mindanao

(Manila) – The Philippine military has repeatedly stood aside while paramilitary forces have attacked indigenous villages and schools in the southern region of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said today.

UN Special Rapporteur: 100 indigenous peoples protecting environment killed in last 3 years

Source: 
By Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/115870/un-special-rapporteur-100-indigenous-peoples-protecting-environment-killed-in-last-3-years
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2015

MANILA – How are indigenous peoples in the Philippines doing?

Peace, development and the BBL: The Lumad view

Source: 
By Timuay Alim Bandara, Timuay Justice and Governance, InterAksyon.com
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

Timuay Alim Bandara is a member of Minted sa Inged (Supreme Council) of the Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG).

B’laan leaders submit petition to NCIP en banc, claim illegal activities of regional offices

Source: 
Tampakan Forum Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2015

Cagayan de Oro – Leaders of B’laan from Bong Mal in Tampakan, South Cotabato submitted today a position paper to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) en banc against their regional counterparts’ activities to facilitate the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) required for the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Five leaders went to CDO to request the en banc to immediately order the postponement of any FPIC-related activities in their area.

Lumad in the Bangsamoro: Dreams and Fears

Source: 
LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women's Rights) & Focus on the Global South release
Date of publication: 
26 May, 2015

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The Lumads have consistently expressed their support for the peace process in Mindanao; and have been equally consistent in articulating their position that a genuine and lasting peace can only be based on inclusiveness and justice.

In May 2014, Lumad leaders both from the core areas and the adjacent areas of the proposed Bangsamoro territory came to Manila to reach out to peace and human rights advocates, and the public in general, to articulate their side of the story on this peace process.

Iraya Mangyans to be evicted for Puerto Galera Municipal Waste Dump

Source: 
By Robert A. Evora Manila Standard Today - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/04/17/iraya-mangyans-p66-million-galera-dump-will-displace-us/
Date of publication: 
17 April, 2015

PUERTO GALERA, Oriental Mindoro—Mangyan representatives walked out on a meeting called by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples after refusing to sign a resolution endorsing the P66-million dump project that they said would encroach on their ancestral land.

“The proposed Categorized Waste Disposal Facility/Sanitary Landfill Project will displace us and contaminate the purity of the nearby source of springwater (bukal) flowing into the Tamaraw Falls,” said Ciriaco Bibo, who led the tribesmen belonging to the Iraya Mangyan subtribe.

But NCIP Provincial Officer Karen Ignacio

Let Our Rivers Flow!

Source: 
Written by Tyrone Edward Beyer - http://philtfip.net/main/index.php/news-and-press-releases2/tfip-news/161-let-our-rivers-flow-tfip-statement-on-the-occasion-of-international-day-of-action-for-rivers
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2015

TFIP Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Action for Rivers

Rivers are an essential part of indigenous peoples’ lives and communities, and have been integral to their holistic development. Rivers form part of the territories of many indigenous peoples and serve as good sources of food and water for household and agricultural uses. Rivers also play a major role in the spirituality and belief systems of many indigenous groups.

March 14 is International Day of Action against Dams, for Rivers, Water, and Life.

Aquino is sinking deeper into the quagmire of lies—IP group

Source: 
Joint News Release
Date of publication: 
7 February, 2015

President Aquino’s latest national address on the Mamasapano fiasco on Friday evening is sinking him deeper in a quagmire of his own lies, according an indigenous peoples’ group.

“BS Aquino keeps getting himself in trouble every time he opens his mouth about the catastrophic Mamasapano operations as he tries pry himself from out from this mess,” Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Kamp) said.

Green groups, Catholic bishops urge Pope Francis to stand for ecology against large-scale mining

Source: 
Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2015

Twenty-three environmental groups and four Catholic bishops appealed to Pope Francis to intervene on the issue of ecological devastation and human rights violations brought about by large-scale mining operations in the Philippines.

“We are appealing to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to support the call of the Filipino people to stop large-scale mining plunder and destruction in the Philippines. The mining liberalization policy in the past two decades have led to the destruction of marine and freshwater ecosystems, denudation of forests, and displacement of peoples.