Indigenous Views

37 anti-mining indigenous peoples SLAPPed

Source: 
http://katutubongmamamayan.org/node/361
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2012

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) lambasted the rebellion and criminal cases filed against 37 Manobo indigenous peoples in Surigao del Sur. “This is clear political harassment.

‘Philex’s unstable tailings dam shatters myth of responsible mining’

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/22/%E2%80%98philex%E2%80%99s-unstable-tailings-dam-shatters-myth-of-responsible-mining%E2%80%99/
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2012

Philex has reportedly been filling its tailings ponds to way over its capacity, doing only “mitigating measures” against likely spills, and ignoring the pond’s ending lifespan.

MANILA – Residents of Benguet province and all communities downriver of Agno and San Roque dam continue to live in danger from the accumulated toxic wastes of Philex Mining Corporation. Although Philex has shut down since Aug.

Lumad woes highlighted on World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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By DANILDA L. FUSILERO, Davao Today - http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/08/09/lumad-woes-highlighted-on-world-indigenous-peoples-day/
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

The Mindanao Lumad Alliance, Kalumaran, urges Aquino to “put an end to the killings, abuses, and military recruitment of Lumad paramilitaries in our communities that failed to bring peace and development” as it called to “stop this deception that mines, dams, and agribusiness will bring in development.”

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — August 9 marks United Nations (UN) Declaration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but Lumad groups said their communities are threatened from displacement due to ‘development’ projects and military operations.

An open letter to the Office of the President on on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples

Source: 
Various organisations
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

Open Letter to President Benigno Aquino III

Dear President Aquino:

Greetings of peace from Indigenous peoples, advocates and development organizations working for the advancement of indigenous peoples rights!
On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, commemorated by the United Nations on August 9 each year since 1994, we challenge you to give due attention to the urgent plight of indigenous peoples in our country.

Nelson Mallari: Hero of the Aetas, champion of people’s rights

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By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/05/nelson-mallari-hero-of-the-aetas-champion-of-people%E2%80%99s-rights/
Date of publication: 
5 August, 2012

He was an Aeta who held his head up high while fighting for the rights of Aetas, indigenous peoples, and oppressed sectors of Philippine society. Ka Nelson was a “treasure of the Aeta people.”

FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga – After ten years, Nelson Mallari was finally back in his hometown in Nabuclod mountain.

The Aeta leader would have wanted to return alive but circumstances did not allow him to.

Aquino’s new mining policy attacks small-scale mines, boosts large corporate mining

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By KIMBERLIE OLMAYA NGABIT-QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/07/30/aquinos-new-mining-policy-attacks-small-scale-mines-boosts-large-corporate-mining/
Date of publication: 
30 July, 2012

BAGUIO CITY—The new mining order of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, or his Executive Order (EO) 79, will adversely affect small scale mining (SSM) and further strengthen corporate and large scale mining.

Santos Mero, deputy secretary general of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), said the new mining policy will kill the small-scale mining industry as it gives more leeway to large-scale mining companies in plundering the country’s mineral resources.

Indigenous Women on President Aquino's SONA 2012

Source: 
Judy A. Pasimio, LILAK (Purple Action for IP Women’s Rights)
Date of publication: 
24 July, 2012

These are words and reactions from the indigenous women who listened and watched President Aquino (Pnoy) deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA). For one and half hours, they waited for Pnoy to say something about his program for the indigenous people, or something that will indicate that they are part of his development plan, his vision, his dreams for the Filipino people.

Once again, President Noynoy Aquino failed the indigenous women. The non-mention of the plight of the IPs – karaniwan na po ito.

Groups hold confab in defense of schools for indigenous peoples

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By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/07/13/groups-hold-confab-in-defense-of-schools-for-indigenous-peoples/
Date of publication: 
13 July, 2012

The policies of governments today puzzle me: a willingness to spend billions of dollars on military technologies yet next to none on education; the oppression and silencing of the few educational institutions that are improving the lives of marginalized people; the myriad of promises churned out during election years spurned during office and the unspoken commitments of making the rich richer, and the poor poorer.

Sagada folks close river-polluting mine

Source: 
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW, www.nordis.net - http://www.nordis.net/?p=12985
Date of publication: 
15 July, 2012

SAGADA, Mountain Province — People’s power is effective in this town when barangay officials and elders in the eastern barangays stormed and closed a refinery plant where the mine wastes contaminated with cyanide were dumped in a river that waters centuries old ricefields of the Kiltepan (Kilong-Antadao-Tetep-an) tribe here.

On July 7, elders and officials of the eastern barangays of Kilong, Tetep-an Sur, Tetep-an Norte and Antadao, went to the small scale mine in Pidlisan, a northern village of this town, and imposed a fine and closed a milling plant for the minewastes that pollute t

Mining divides IP communities

Source: 
By Rubyloida Bitog - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/06/27/mining-divides-ip-communities-228885
Date of publication: 
27 June, 2012

TUBA, Benguet — Mining operations of the Philex Mining Corporation in town caused division among the indigenous peoples (IPs) lately.

The legislative council received complaints on issues concerning the operation of the mining company Monday during their regular session.

Around 40 members of the IP Organization–Alluyon Inc.