Aeta tribal leaders assert control on ancestral lands

By Reynaldo G. Navales - http://www.geekwire.com/2015/house-passes-space-mining-bill-allowing-companies-to-keep-what-they-find-in-asteroids/
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2015

CLARK FREEPORTLEADERS of the different Aeta tribal groups in Clark have asserted that they are in control of their ancestral lands and not the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) or any other entities.

The Aeta leaders, belonging to the Mabalacat Aeta Tribal Association (Mata) issued the statement in reaction to the work stoppage order issued by the CDC against the proponents of a US$2 million sewerage and sanitary disposal facility in Mabalacat City.

The CDC has issued a cease and desist order against the L.C.

The March to Progress in the Philippines

By Ditsi Carolino, Al Jazeera - http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/viewfinder/2014/11/march-progress-philippines-2014112122317640995.html
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2014

A tribesman leads his village in resisting a development project that promises progress but threatens his tribe.

“Mr President, your idea of progress is not our idea of progress”, admonishes tribal man Vic to President Aquino of the Philippines.

Vic is one of 120 people from Casiguran, north of the Philippines, marching across the country to protest a controversial land development created by a powerful political dynasty.

The development promises to bring economic progress with resorts, an airport and factories. Construction has begun, destroying ricelands and displacing fisherfolk.

Send the Aurora Free Port Zone project to the grave – farmers, fisherfolk

By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/01/23/send-the-aurora-free-port-zone-project-to-the-grave-farmers-fisherfolk/
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2014

“The Apeco law, which established the freeport zone in the province, ushered a new era of land grabbing and plunder of natural resources to the detriment of the indigenous people, farmers and small fisherfolk in Casiguran, Aurora.

MANILA- Groups opposed to the controversial Aurora Pacific Economic and Free Port zone pressed members of the House of Representatives to start the debate and pass House Bill No.

Armed men ambush vehicle of tribal chieftain supportive of mining

By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/02/28/armed-men-ambush-vehicle-of-tribal-chieftain-supportive-of-mining/
Date of publication: 
28 February, 2013

KORONADAL CITY – Unidentified armed men ambushed the vehicle supposedly owned by a tribal chieftain supportive of the mining venture of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI).

Neraldo “Dot” Capion, tribal chieftain of Bong Mal, said two men armed with Garand and M-14 rifles fired at the vehicle carrying his wife Madelyn, 34, two other women, a child and the driver around 3 p.m.

Aurora project draws flak

by Macon Ramos-Araneta - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/05/03/aurora-project-draws-flak/
Date of publication: 
3 May, 2012

OPPOSITORS of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Free Port project in Casiguran led by the town’s parish priest on Wednesday slammed the apparent inaction of Malacañang on their plight.

Senator Edgardo Angara and his son, Aurora Rep. Jun Edgardo “Sonny” Angara co-sponsored Republic Act 10083, creating APECO.

The younger Angara and Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, the senator’s sister, sit on the economic zone’s Board.


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

Itogon residents clamor for public consultation landfill

12 July 2011

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Residents of Barangay Ampucao in Itogon petitioned for the conduct of free and prior informed consent (FPIC) relative to the proposed engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) in their village.

More than 80 residents filed a petition addressed to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera (NCIP-CAR) and project proponent, DOHWA Engineering Co.

Commission meets to address tribal land woes

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30 December, 2010

NATIONAL Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Commissioner Bridget Pawid-Hamada vowed the region will be a model for upholding IP rights.

Hamada said that during the en banc meeting, one of the areas she will focus on is the interpretation of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) for the benefit of the people.

The entire NCIP en banc, now back under the Office of the President, will be convened on the second week of January.

As a representative of the IPs in the Cordillera and Ilocos, one of Hamada’s utmost concerns is to finally settle the problems on ancestral land distributi

The plight of the Aetas

Rey Salita, Manila Standard

Aetas begging on the streets during the holidays are met with amusement and some degree of curiosity.

We frown on them when they use makeshift musical instruments in an attempt to provide their potential benefactors some entertainment.

Only a few of us urban dwellers appreciate the fact that the problems facing these indigenous peoples go deeper than cultural discrimination.

Agency wants 10% cut on Aeta claim in Subic

Ayen Infante, Tribune - http://www.tribuneonline.org/business/20100823bus3.html
Date of publication: 
23 August, 2010

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the agency overseeing the welfare of indigenous communities in the country, was reportedly demanding 10 percent of the future earnings of an Aeta community from its shares on projects being set up in so-called ancestral domains in Subic Bay.

Pastolan Community Tribal chieftain Condrado Frenilla said NCIP head Roque Anton was said to be demanding from them a 10 percent equivalent share from the 10 percent take that the Aetas are getting from future investors locating in areas classified as ancestral domain inside the Subic Freeport zone.