Indigenous Views

‘Appoint indigenous people to Bangsamoro transition body’

The Philippine Star -
Date of publication: 
5 February, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino was asked yesterday to appoint representatives of indigenous people (IP), including women, to the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

Reps. Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr.

Respecting Indigenous Peoples' Sacred Sites

Tebtebba E-Newsletter
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2013

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines, 28 January (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service)—Owing to his close affinity with the spirit world, his ancestors, his ancestral domain and Mother Nature, Datu Doming Tumaytay is adept in identifying medicinal and other important plants he has been familiar with since childhood. The tribal chief from Sto.

Indigenous Peoples relieved over drill pull out

Date of publication: 
13 January, 2013

BAGUIO CITY — Mankayan indigenous people (IP) of Sitio Madaymen, Tabio, Mankayan of Benguet and members of the Save the Mankayan Movement (SMM) expressed great relief and victory as Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

Widows of slain IP leaders, displaced communities of Northern Mindanao to fly Manila, press for justice

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines press release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2012

Cagayan de Oro City – Daisy Paborada, Rosalie Cabal and Sharon Liguyon will fly to the national capital today. They will join the ‘Manilakbayan ng Mindanao’ or MANILAKBAYAN (Journey to Manila) that will bring around a hundred delegates from all over Mindanao to the heart of Manila for a week-long series of events.

The delegates—composed mainly of families of slain community leaders of Mindanao—will lobby their cases to relevant government offices and foreign consulates in Manila and press for justice.

Aquino launches terror blitz vs indigenous peoples

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
26 November, 2012

The wave of killings of indigenous peoples (IPs) in recent weeks signaled the launching by the Aquino administration of its own brand of terror against these minorities. The most recent massacre of a B’laan family in Datal-Ayong, Tampakan, South Cotabato last Oct.

An Open Letter from Giovanni Reyes, Secretary-general of KASAPI to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III

Date of publication: 
22 November, 2012

Dear President Aquino,

Greetings on Environmental Awareness Month!

We are greatly alarmed by the increase of violations (physical, psychological and legal) against fellow environmentalists, indigenous peoples (IPs), and media people working for ecological sustainability and exposing anomalies that threaten it.

We decry government action or inaction on the cases of

  • Esperlita Garcia who has been active in exposing the illegal black sand mining in Cagayan, was sued in court by Gonzaga Mayor Carlito Pentecostes, Jr.

Groups condemn new attack on anti-mining advocate

Written by Alyansa Tigil Mina -
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2012

Call on P-Noy to clear bloodshed on “tuwid na daan”

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) and other environmental groups are enraged over another ambush attack against an environmental advocate in Carmen, Surigao del Sur province on October 29, 2012 and are now calling on the president to ensure that violence and bloodshed are steered clear from its “tuwid na daan”.

Recent ambush attack

On October 29 at about 3 p.m. in the afternoon, Dr.

Subanen tribes demand ancestral domain papers; halt to all mining operation in Zamboanga de Sur

Date of publication: 
15 October, 2012

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 15, 2012) – A group of Subanen tribal leaders have called on the Aquino government to temporarily halt all mining operations in Zamboanga del Sur province in the southern Philippines until Manila acts on their legal claims over a vast tract of ancestral lands.

The Subanen leaders are claiming some 23,800 hectares of lands in the town of Bayog where several mining companies and small scale miners are operating.

Indigenous People, farmers call to PNoy: Stand for us! AMMB now!

Statement from Likas-Yaman Caravan

We, indigenous people and farmers from different areas in Luzon (from Romblon, Mindoro, Batangas, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, and Bulacan) have come together to join this caravan to Metro Manila to reiterate our call for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and the urgent passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB)!

Stop our marginalization: act on our calls

The government has recently announced the forging of peace agreement with the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao.

Statement of Timuay Locenio Manda

Date of publication: 
4 October, 2012

“After the Death of my son, I call for justice, peace and unity in Bayog most especially within our ancestral domain.”

(This is the authorized English translation of my statement originally drafted in the Visayan language.)

Exactly a month after I and my son were ambushed by unknown gunmen on September 4, 2012, a murder and frustrated murder cases were filed in court and further investigation is going on to determine the mastermind and motive of the ambush.

After the death of my son, I call for justice, peace and unity in Bayog most especially within our ancestral domain.