Indigenous Views

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

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

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


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.

Bangsamoro Basic Law falls short on UN indigenous peoples rights

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz -
Date of publication: 
20 May, 2015

Part 1 of 2

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples thinks the proposed Bangsamoro law falls short in meeting the minimum international standards for the survival, dignity, and well being of indigenous peoples

In light of the Bangsamoro Basic Law’s (BBL) impending adoption by the Philippine House of Representative and Senate, I would like to share my views on House Bill No. 4994 and its amended version.

The final adopted version of the BBL will have direct impacts on the rights of the Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples.

Burial shroud in the mail - Ifugao NGO workers receive death threats

By Arthur L. Allad-iw, Northern Dispatch -
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2015

BAGUIO CITY — Five workers of a nongovernmental organization in Ifugao province have asked police to investigate death threats they have received and to identify those responsible.

Human rights advocates in the Cordillera condemned the threats against Brandon Lee, Connie Hapulon, Claudine Panayo, Fernando Alikes Jr.

Philippines: Palm oil plantations left peasants and indigenous peoples landless, deprived of livelihood, says APC

Date of publication: 
10 May, 2015

On May 09-10, a National Oil Palm Conference was held in Davao City, Philippines which was organized by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR), Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) and Hongkong-based Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC).

Lumads to Gather in Historic “Sacred Gathering” in Davao City

Kalumaran Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2015

A thousand participants composed of Lumads and Lumad support groups are coming to Davao City for “Dumalongdong Mindanaw”, a Mindanao-wide Lumad conference, the first of its kind, which will be held on April 21-25, 2015.

Datus, indigenous women and youth leaders, and other Lumad leaders coming from the different regions of Mindanao will gather to unite various IP communities in Mindanao “to defend their ancestral lands from imperialist plunder and militarization in their communities,” according to Blaan leader Monico Cayog, chairperson of indigenous peoples’ group Kalumaran.


Zambo Sur tribe urges probe into illegal mining

Date of publication: 
31 March, 2015

THE Subanen tribe is calling on the government to investigate a miner’s cooperative that has begun illegal operations in its ancestral land in Zamboanga del Sur.

The tribe, represented by the Pikumpongan Subanen Gataw Tebed Association Inc.

Red 5 - Surigao mining firm pays initial P5 million to Mamanwas, barricade lifted

By Roel Catoto -
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2015

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Mamanwas have lifted their barricade against a mining firm on Saturday after Greenstone Resources Corporation initially paid at least P5 million to the tribesfolk, belated reports said.

Vicente Baldoza, provincial director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), said Mamanwa lumads ended their six-day barricade at the Greenstone mining site in Cawilan, Tubod town in Surigao del Norte.

Baldoza told MindaNews on Wednesday afternoon that the P5 million was an initial payment of the P19 million demanded by the Mamanwas.

Last March

“Stop the operation of Citinickel!”

Press Release
Date of publication: 
24 March, 2015

Palawan indigenous people holds protest action to demand the closure of Citinickel

Thousands of indigenous people belonging from the Palaw’an tribe held a protest action at the Freedom Park of Sofronio Espanola, Palawan last March 23 to pressure Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation to stop its operation.

“Since 2010, the operation of Citinickel destroyed the environment, our livelihood, health, and culture.

Stop political vilification of activists. Uphold people’s democratic rights

Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) Press Release
Date of publication: 
12 March, 2015

The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) raise our strong concern over the heightened political vilification against community organizers, members and leaders of people’s organizations by suspected State security forces in Ifugao province. Pictures of active members of people’s organizations and community organizers are being circulated in certain social media groups in Ifugao that are labeled with malicious, baseless and libelous statements that these people are members and sympathizers of the New People’s Army.