Forests and Logging

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

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http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=64757
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Lumad killings and counterinsurgency

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Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Streetwise - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Opinion&title=lumad-killings-and-counterinsurgency&id=115641
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Today, Sept. 21, we commemorate the anniversary of the Dictator Marcos’ declaration of martial law and say “Never again!” This constitutes our collective denunciation of the evils spawned by 14 years of the brutally repressive, thieving and lying US-backed Marcos dictatorship.

Missionary’s fear: More IP rights violations without gov’t action

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CBCP News - http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=62949
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2015

NORZAGARAY, Bulacan – A Catholic religious doing mission work among the Dumagats of Sierra Madre has denounced the recent killing of three civilians, including the head of a local Lumad school, in Surigao del Sur by alleged members of paramilitary group “Magahat,” fearing like incidents can happen to other IP communities in the country if the government remains blind to their plight.

Justice now

“Government authorities must do all they can so that victims of the crime get the justice they deserve.

Lumad, rights groups mount fact-finding mission on disappearance of Manobo activist

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By Dennis Arcon, http://www.interaksyon.com/article/110883/lumad-rights-groups-mount-fact-finding-mission-on-disappearance-of-manobo-activist
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21 May, 2015

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Indigenous peoples’ and human rights groups have mounted a fact-finding mission to investigate the disappearance of a Manobo activist who was last seen in the company of militiamen guarding a private firm’s compound in the hinterlands of Lebak town, Sultant Kudarat.

Jerom Succor Aba, spokesman of Kawagib, or the Alliance for the Advancement of Moro Human Rights and one of the organizers, said the fact-finding mission began Wednesday and will end on Friday in Sitio Salabantaran, Barangay Salansang where John Calaba, 28, the missing public information off

Killing of environmentalists dramatically rises; indigenous communities hardest hit

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By: Imelda V. Abano, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/109177/killing-of-environmentalists-dramatically-rises-indigenous-communities-hardest-hit
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2015

The Philippines leads countries in Asia with the highest number of people killed as they defend their land and protect the environment in the face of increased competition over natural resources, a new report from the London-based Global Witness group which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses.

Killings worldwide have risen by 20 percent in the last year on disputes over hydropower projects, mining, agribusiness and logging — the key drivers of deaths where a shocking 40 percent of victims were indigenous peoples.

In the Philippines alone, from 200

Advocacy group lashes out against palm oil expansion on Philippine island

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Shaira Panela, mongabay.com correspondent, Global Forest Reporting Network - http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-gfrn-panela-palawan-palm-oil-expansion-1.html
Date of publication: 
23 December, 2014

This is the first part in a two-part series examining the planned expansion of palm oil production on the island of Palawan.

In June, the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje announced the country intends to convert eight million hectares of land to oil palm cultivation in Palawan, Philippines. The announcement has proved controversial.

Peasants, urban poor, indigenous peoples from Mindanao arrive in Manila to call for social justice

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By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/11/21/manilakbayan-peasants-urban-poor-indigenous-peoples-from-mindanao-arrive-in-manila-to-call-for-social-justice/
Date of publication: 
21 November, 2014

They walked all the way from the southern island of Mindanao to bring to the public’s attention the gross human rights violations being committed in the different regions.

MANILA – The “Lakbayanis” from Mindanao have finally arrived in Metro Manila after nearly a week of travel by foot and by caravan.

Some 800 peasant, indigenous peoples and urban poor – the participants of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 – arrived in the evening of Nov. 21 in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They would join a series of protest actions leading to Dec.

‘Ruthless legacy’ - 7 activists killed in August

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By Janess Ann J. Ellao, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/09/03/ruthless-legacy-seven-activists-killed-in-august/
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2014

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan

MANILA – There were almost two activists killed every week for the month of August, human rights and indigenous peoples group said. The suspected perpetrators were soldiers, paramilitary groups, death squads and an official of a palm oil company.

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.

UP forest advocates harassed, barred from tree planting in mining-affected area by mining security

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Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 June, 2014

‘Reforestation not allowed here,’ police said to environmentalists

Environmental advocates condemned today the security forces of a mining corporation in Nueva Vizcaya province for harassing students and professors from the University of the Philippines (UP) trekking to the mining-affected community of Sitio Bit-ang, Barangay Runruno.

“Forest advocates from UP who were on a tree-planting activity in Barangay Runruno were harassed by heavily armed security personnel of FCF Minerals Corporation and local policemen.

Mindanao natural resources, protectors under siege

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/05/25/mindanao-natural-resources-protectors-under-siege/
Date of publication: 
25 May, 2014

First of two parts

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos who have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if they continue to be driven out of their ancestral domain as a result of massive troop deployment and military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

MANILA – This is a familiar story by now – once upon a time, the Philippines had an extensive forest cover.