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Indigenous Peoples

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Sagada hits ‘desecration of sacred grounds’ by telecom firm

By GINA DIZON Northern Dispatch SAGADA, Mountain Province – Local residents here are opposing the construction of a communications tower for Globe Telecom on the Calvary hill. Through a petition sent to the telecommunications company and appeals for support to the vestry of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin (CSMV) and the Episcopal Diocese

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Davao-based rights advocates join mission in post-siege Zamboanga

The resources gathered from contributions may serve only a small per cent of 8,000 families still displaced, “But this would not stop us from doing what we can to help the victims and let everyone know the...

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Operations of Glencore-Xstrata mining linked to killings of indigenous people?

Dismissing the case against the accused murderers of Juvy Capion and her sons, Pops and John, "was a go-signal for military and paramilitary groups to continue killing civilians opposed to big mines and other destructive projects." –...

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Prosecutor’s dismissal of case against accused soldiers in Capion massacre slammed

“As families and friends commemorate the death of Juvy Capion and her two sons, the decision comes as an insult to the family and to all the victims of human rights violations and also shows the weakness...

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Bulatlat.com wins in Gawad Agong for reporting on IP issues

“This award is for the indigenous peoples, this is for the people we write about, like the Mangyans who strive to educate themselves despite countless limitations.”- Marya Salamat

Friday, October 11th, 2013

‘Large-scale mining, energy projects devastated Cordillera’

“One hundred ten years of operations of Benguet Corporation, 77 years of Lepanto Mining Corporation and 57 years of Philex Mining Corporation did not bring development to the people of Cordillera.” – Beverly Longid, Katribu Partylist

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Probe military abuses of Zambo detainees including children, rights groups demand

A 17-year-old told Human Rights Watch that Philippine soldiers beat him up to force him to admit he was a rebel fighter. He said he eventually lied and said he was with the MNLF so that the...

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Lamenting lost homes, seeing MNLF forces up close

Zambo evacuees recount the "politeness" of MNLF members, and the "oddness" of the state military burning houses of civilians as a strategy.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Rights groups decry air strikes in Sagada, other parts of Cordillera

“The air strikes and strafing in Sagada, Mt. Province have affected the livelihood source of the people – the forest, water sources and farms. The security of the people as well was endangered with their manner...

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Indigenous peoples deplore Aquino government ‘snub’ of their agenda

Against the 156 processed Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles, of which only 37 were registered, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples issued a total of 320 certifications allowing mining operations.

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Anti-mining activist from N. Vizcaya missing

A known anti-mining activist has been missing since August 21. The victim was last seen being forced into a police patrol car but authorities denied having custody of him.

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