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Philippines' indigenous groups protest mining exploration on ancestral lands 

Indigenous peoples alliance, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) expresses alarm over Royalco Mining Company’s mining exploration in ancestral lands in Bakun, Benguet. “It portrays how mining TNCs, conspiring with government agencies, violate indigenous people’s rights to self-determination,” KAMP spokesperson, Piya Macliing Malayao said. Bakun is ancestral lands of Kankana-ey and Ibaloi Igorot people. The group said it exposes the deception of...

Young Journalist Award runner up: A grassroots revolution 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professionals and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Philippines: legal changes needed to address inequality of Muslim women 

This article discusses current initiatives in the Philippines to advocate for gender justice in laws and policies, especially in the Philippine Code of Muslim Personal Laws. Muslims in the Philippines bear at least one or more commonly, two minority identities: a national minority identity, which is the "Moro" and a religious minority identity being Muslims. Moros, in turn, are comprised as well of various...

Philippines: indigenous peoples, environmentalists ejected from mining conference 

A group of indigenous peoples and environment activists staged protest at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Pasay City where a conference of mining investors was being held. Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment led the protest. The protesters were ‘pushed out’ of the hotel lobby by security. The hotel security forcibly took...

Philippines: indigenous activist killed in the latest of a series of deadly attacks 

An indigenous activist has been shot and killed by masked, motorcycle-riding attackers, according to an indigenous peoples’ organization. Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slaying of Rabenio Sungit, an indigenous Palaw’an leader. Sungit was shot twice with a .45 caliber pistol at a public market in Quezon Municipality, Palawan, on September 5. He was the ninth indigenous activist to be...

Philippines: Indigenous groups condemn slaying of prominent activist 

An organization that advocates for indigenous people in the Philippines is decrying the death of a Catholic priest and staunch Lumad activist. Father Fausto Tentorio was gunned down by a lone motorcycle-riding gunman in October. According to reports, the priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions was preparing to leave for a drive to Kidapawan City when he was shot in the head....

Philippines: Lumad village suffers third forced evacuation in 5 months 

Indigenous villagers are bearing the brunt of continued clashes between the Philippine military and a leftist rebel group in Mindanao, rights groups say. Renewed clashes this month have forced civilians in one village in Agusan del Norte province to flee their homes for the third time in five months. Residents in Agusan del Norte’s Bangayan village fled fighting last week, which saw weapons fired...

Philippines: Violations against indigenous peoples soar under Aquino administration, rights groups claim 

Human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the Philippines are continuing, rights groups are warning. According to Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), also known as the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples' Organisations in the Philippines, the government of President Benigno Aquino III has done little to stem violence against indigenous activists. "In the 18-months-old Aquino administration, 13 indigenous people became victims...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples condemn military harassment of UP students 

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the harassment done against University of the Philippines students and four Ayta minors in a remote Ayta community in Porac, Pampanga by members of the Philippine Army. “We vehemently condemn the harassment done against UP students by military personnel. This abrasive and violent attitude towards visitors to our communities is offensive to our people,...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples wary over new mining policy 

Indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) criticized President Bengino Aquino’s actions in a meeting of foreign chambers of commerce last Thursday. “Aquino acted like a kid amongst bullies in a schoolyard,” Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson said. “But instead of lunch money, he gave away national economy and patrimony without a fight.”Aquino promised investors of a new...

Philippines: Northern folk barrage mining companies in the Metro 

Three hundred people coming from different Northern provinces trooped to mining corporations’ offices in Manila to protest the violations of people’s rights in connection to the inrush of mining projects in the Northern regions.The group, led by Amianan, Salakniban! (Defend the North), Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and green group Kalikasan-PNE, went around the capital and staged protests in front of...

Philippines: KAMP calls for justice over Lumad killing 

National alliance of indigenous peoples’ organizations in the Philippines, KAMP (Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas) is dismayed by government inaction in the extrajudicial killing of Lumad leader Jimmy Liguyon last March 5, 2012.Liguyon was the vice-chairperson of Kasilo, an organization of Ata-Matigsalug Lumad in Bukidnon. He was shot allegedly by Aldy “Butsoy” Salusad, who is said to lead a paramilitary group that...

Philippines: Indigenous people's group alarmed at rising human rights violations 

Attacks on the human rights of indigenous peoples has been rampant this past few weeks according to indigenous peoples' organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) "The Aquino adminstration seems to tolerate the human rights violations done against the people. In lieu of justice, we find our human rights situation deteriorating," Bontoc-Igorot and KAMP spokesperson Piya Macliing Malayao said. KAMP...

Philippines: ‘Oplan Bayanihan’ blamed for spate of human rights violations on indigenous peoples 

Indigenous peoples and human rights organizations staged a protest action in front of the Department of National Defense gates today, bewailing human rights violations done against indigenous peoples. "The Aquino administration seems to shrug off human rights violations done against the indigenous people. In lieu of justice, we find our human rights continually violated though his counter-insurgency policies," Bontoc-Igorot and KAMP spokesperson Piya Macliing...

Phillipines: Indigenous peoples denounce rape of minors in Benguet, demand military pullout in all indigenous communities 

KATRIBU Partylist demanded the immediate pullout of State armed forces in the Cordillera, citing human rights violations that ensue in militarized communities, one of which is the alleged rape of two girls by a military official in Benguet. “Katrina” and “Isabel” are 16-year old high school students from a mining town in Mankayan, Benguet. Isabel failed to graduate due to severe trauma she...

Phillipines: ‘Where is your title?’ asked NCIP Commissioner to protesting IPs 

It seems these words are not exclusive to land-grabbers, says Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) Malayao referred to the words spoken by National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Chairperson Hon. Zenaida Brigida Hamada-Pawid when members of Lumad tribes in Mindanao staged protest in her office in Quezon City. “We were taken aback by when Pawid asked...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples condemn killing of Margarito Cabal 

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan n Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the killing of Margarito Cabal, a government employee from Kibawe, Bukidnon. Cabal was shot down by two unidentified men on a motorcycle last May 9, Cabal sustained four gunshot wounds to the head and chest. In a protest action at the gates of the Department of National Defense, KAMP, Katribu Partylist and other human...

South East Asia: The campaign against destructive palm oil  

The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in South East Asia is being driven by rising global demand for edible oils and bio-fuels. Thailand and the Philippines have a burgeoning palm oil industry, plantations have been established in Cambodia, and Vietnam is exploring the possibility of cashing in on this crop. Malaysia and Indonesia are the top producers of palm oil in the world,...

Philippines: Police, security push protesters from mining conference 

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is holding a three-day Mining Conference and Exhibition at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City. The event, attended by government officials and representatives of local and foreign mining corporations were apparently oblivious to the barrage of protesters outside the five-star hotel this morning. “While our lands and patrimony are being bargained off by the government to...

Philippines: Blaan family massacred, IP killings rise to 28 

The Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemns the massacre of a Blaan family in the Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) mine site in Tampakan, South Cotabato. Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson, described the killings as “barbaric, and their killers are the most brutal.” Elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines strafed the hut where...


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