Indigenous Views

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

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By Jigger J. Jerusalem - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2015/01/30/government-told-stop-forcible-entry-mining-firms-389407
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30 January, 2015

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

The signing of the CADT, Plana said, would give mining firms the legitimate

Indigenous group calls for Pope's support in fight for land

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Jodesz Gavilan - http://www.rappler.com/specials/pope-francis-ph/80675-indigenous-group-pope-francis-land
Date of publication: 
13 January, 2015

Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas ask for the intercession of Pope Francis to push government and other institutions to recognize their rights

MANILA, Philippines – Through a “welcoming feast” held in front of the Apostolic Nunciature on Taft Avenue Tuesday, January 13, indigenous peoples called on Pope Francis to support their struggle for the recognition of their rights.

Dubbed “poor indigenous feast”, members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) hailing from several areas in the Philippines served root crops and b

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

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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.

Tinoc IPs ready to go to court to stop mini–hydro project

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by Rimaliza A. Opiña - http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/ifugao.asp?mode=%20archives/2014/november/11-23-2014/ifug1.txt
Date of publication: 
23 November, 2014

Residents of Tinoc, Ifugao who withdrew their consent for the construction of a mini-hydro power plant at Barangay Eheb are prepared to seek court intervention if the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples will not issue an order directing the contractor to stop from proceeding with its project.

Lawyer Maria Lulu Reyes, a trustee of Igorota Foundation Inc., said under the law, if the free, prior and informed consent process was issued without properly informing the community of the pros and cons of a project, there is basis to rescind their memorandum of agreement.

“This is not just

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/
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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.

The March to Progress in the Philippines

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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.

Philippines: 3 indigenous peoples killed in a week

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By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/08/21/three-indigenous-peoples-killed-in-a-week/
Date of publication: 
21 August, 2014

“Even with the capture of notorious Gen. Jovito Palparan recently, his butcher mentality and his bloody human rights record have been well-entrenched in the AFP’s bureaucracy and is carried on by no less than his protégé, Gen. Ricardo Visaya.

CPA supports Tinoc move to retract MOA with Quadriver

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance Press release
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2014

“Nasaor, saan mi naawatan ken naapura kami iti panagpirma mi iti MOA. (We were deceived, we did not understand and we were rushed in signing the MOA)” – Teofilo Wenhay, Barangay Captain of Eheb, Tinoc, Ifugao.

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance supports the decision of the indigenous peoples of Eheb and Tokucan in Tinoc, Ifugao in retracting their signatures in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Quadriver Energy Corporation. Quadriver intends to operate a hydro project that will affect the said communities. Quadriver Energy Corp.

Genasque Enriquez, Lumad Leader from CARAGA Arrested with False Charges

KALIPUNAN NG KATUTUBONG MAMAMAYAN NG PILIPINAS URGENT ALERT

22 August 2014

Mr. Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader, secretary-general of KASALO and Vice President of the KATRIBU Partylist was arrested today, 22 August 2014, at 1:00 pm after attending the press conference for the People’s Initiative in Surigao City. Enriquez was arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police.using an alias warrant. He is currently being held at the Surigao City Hall under the custody of the CIDG.

The arrest of Mr.

TFIP Statement to the Philippine Government on the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

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Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) statement

Statement Urging the Philippine Government to Uphold Indigenous Peoples Rights During the Upcoming United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) 2014

6 August 2014

The Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) is closely monitoring the process leading to the upcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), a high-level meeting of the world’s leaders to be held on September 22-23, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.