IP Organisations

‘Soldiers watched as paramilitary attacked us’

By Dee Ayroso, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/09/10/soldiers-watched-as-paramilitary-attacked-us/
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2015

Lumad victims from Lianga, Surigao del Sur recounted the horrors of the Sept.1 rampage by a paramilitary group, who entered their community along with soldiers.

MANILA – It was the stuff of their worst nightmares come true: death in their very own community and destruction of the fruits of their hard work and unity in the mountain community of Han-ayan, in Diatagon village, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Facing a small group of journalists on Sept. 7, the victims of the Sept.

Communities tell OceanaGold to abandon Didipio mine

http://www.yestolifenotomining.org/photo-story-communities-tell-oceana-gold-to-abandon-didipio-mine/ (with photos)
Date of publication: 
27 August, 2015

Philippines – On the 24th August more than 300 members of local communities from Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, and their allies gathered to demand that Australian mining multinational Oceana Gold ceases operations at its Didipio mine and leaves the area.

Oceana Gold (Philippines) (OGPI) has been operating its Didipio gold-copper mine in the area since 2013. Its activities have been dogged by controversy.

Mankayan indigenous folks call on Aquino to reject Lepanto mining application

By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/08/15/mankayan-indigenous-folks-call-on-aquino-to-reject-new-lepanto-mining-agreement/
Date of publication: 
15 August, 2015

“As the affected indigenous peoples community, the exercise of our right to self-determination through the free, prior and informed consent process has been systematically and insidiously curtailed.”

MANILA – Indigenous Cordilleran communities of Mankayan town, Benguet province have been crying foul over the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement that will pave the way for a new mineral agreement for the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo), widely blamed by tribal folk for the environmental degradation caused by copper and gold mining in their area since 1936.

The Kankana-e

Large-scale mining to be banned in Kibungan, Benguet

By Philippines News Agency, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/115886/large-scale-mining-to-be-banned-in-kibungan-benguet
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2015

MANILA — The House Committee on Natural Resources has given the green light to declare the municipality of Kibungan, Benguet a mining-free zone.

The House panel, chaired by Rep. Francisco T. Matugas, has approved and endorsed plenary passage of HB 5957, as contained in Committee Report 808, in substitution of the original HB 5475, principally authored by Rep. Ronald M.

UN Special Rapporteur: 100 indigenous peoples protecting environment killed in last 3 years

By Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/115870/un-special-rapporteur-100-indigenous-peoples-protecting-environment-killed-in-last-3-years
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2015

MANILA – How are indigenous peoples in the Philippines doing?

Philippine statements on International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

Various indigenous organisations
Date of publication: 
11 August, 2015

No Recourse but Struggle for Self-Determination

Statement of Cordillera Peoples Alliance on the International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

9 August 2015

What is the most precious thing to man? Life! If life is threatened, what ought a man do? Fight! This he must do, otherwise he is dishonoured. That will be worse than death. If we do not fight and the dams push through, we die anyway. If we fight, we die honourably. Thus I exhort you all, kayaw (struggle)!

UN special rapporteur's office hits AFP for 'gross misrepresentation'

By Inday Espina-Varona, ABS-CBN News - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/11/15/un-special-rapporteurs-office-hits-afp-gross-misrepresentation
Date of publication: 
11 August, 2015

The spokesman of Dr. Cheloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Peoples, has accused the Armed Forces of the Philippines of “gross misrepresentation” following the release of a military statement on lumad evacuees in Davao City.

The AFP Eastern Mindanao Command press release carried the title: “LUMADS IN HARAN ARE MANIPULATED: Not Evacuees but victims of trafficking”.

That statement has been pushed by Maj. Harold Cabunoc and handpicked media to boost the claim — first raised by North Cotabato Rep.

Statement of Tebtebba on Philippines Peace Process at UN EMRIP

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Eighth session

20-24 July 2015

Item 8: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statement of Tebtebba Foundation

Delivered by Jennifer Tauli Corpuz

Thank you Mr Chairperson,

I make this statement today to provide updates from indigenous peoples of the Philippines, in light of non-submission by the Philippine government of a response to the questionnaire circulated by the EMRIP seeking their views on best practices regarding possible appropriate measures and implementation strategies to attain the

State forces file charges vs 23 Lumad, rights defenders in Mindanao

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, Bulatlat.com - bulatlat.com/main/2015/07/15/state-forces-file-charges-vs-23-lumad-rights-defenders-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
15 July, 2015

“The fabricated charges against them have no merit at all, and all of the allegations are merely products of the AFP’s utak-pulbura imagination.”

MANILA – Gabriela Women’s Partylist Rep.

Urgent Action: Philippine indigenous community schools being shut down

PHILIPPINES: Community schools for indigenous children being shut down by Department of Education in Caraga region

ISSUES: Childs right; indigenous people; rule of law


Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-082-2015

6 July 2015

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern about the endorsement by the Department of Education Region XI to shut down at least 24 accredited community schools, which will affect 2,896 Lumad children.