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For the benefit of Lumad Children in the Philippines: A Fundraising Dinner

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Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP – UK) is a non-profit organisation and has been promoting Filipino-British solidarity since 2006. It was established in response to the increasing number of political killings and human rights abuses taking place in the Philippines.

Now on its 10th year, CHRP UK is proud to organise its first ever fundraising dinner. This event is for the benefit of the Lumad children and will feature Filipino dishes cooked by Chef Mae Williams of Pepes Kitchen (pepes-kitchen.org.uk)

Over the past 4 years, CHRP UK has been actively supporting the campaign by the Lumad community against mining companies which have aggressively been destroying the land and livelihood of many of the indigenous people. The massive militarisation and companies’ aggression against the indigenous communities have also resulted in the disruption of the Lumad children’s education and many of them grow up without adequate  education.

All profit from the event will go towards the building of two classrooms, purchasing books and school supplies.

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June 1, 2016   No Comments

Request of Support for the Philippines Peace Process

Subject:
Request of Support for the Philippines Peace Process

Date:
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:33:38 -0700

From:
AIPNEE Secretariat <aipnee.org@gmail.com>

Hi Everyone!

Our friends from JustPeacePH is seeking for our support to the on-going peace process between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in Oslo, Norway. We can show our support by:

1. Signing on the statement: http://justpeace.ph/justpeaceph-sign-on-statement/

2. Taking on a photo/selfies containing these messages:

•Support for the NDF-GRP peace process

•Release of all PPs

•Withdrawal of military forces in rural communities, schools

•Address roots of armed conflict

•Just peace means…(fill in the blanks — lifting from elements in the CASER, CARHRIHL)
•Dismissal of all trumped-up charges vs NDF consultants

Let us show our support with hope that the resumption of the peace talks will lead to a lessening and eventual disappearance of violations of civil and political rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines. We also hope that an agreement on economic, social and cultural rights be signed and the rights to self determination, land and life of Indigenous Peoples be upheld therein. For more details about JustPeacePH, feel free to visit their website at http://justpeace.ph/ and their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JustPeacePH/?fref=ts.

Thanks,

Beverly Longid

Coordinator

AIPNEE

August 24, 2016   No Comments

Global platform of just peace advocates welcome opening of formal peace talks in Norway on August 22

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August 19, 2016

JustPeacePH

Global platform of just peace advocates welcome opening of formal peace talks in Norway on August 22

“The release of a small but significant number of political prisoners this week in the Philippines is demonstrating a serious intent by the new Duterte Administration to make progress in the long drawn-out negotiating agenda with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, and we warmly welcome this development,” said Peter Murphy, Chairperson of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines and spokesperson of an international platform advocating just peace in the Philippines.

“Our Coalition has launched JustPeacePH to be a global advocate for these peace talks, which begin in Oslo, Norway next week under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Government.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had promised to release political prisoners – there were 509 at the time of his inauguration on June 30 – but political and judicial barriers had delayed and shrunk the process all the way through July. The initial July 27 date for the peace talks to begin was pushed back. Fourteen (14) NDF peace consultants have so far been released to take part in the Oslo talks – Jaime Soledad, Kennedy Bangibang, Ruben Salutra, Alexander Birondo, Winona Birondo, Alfredo Mapano, Concha Bocala, Alan Jazmines, Tirso Alcantara, Renante Gamara, Lorenzo Ernesto, Ariel Arbitrario, Eddie Genelsa and Adelberto Silva.

All of these, and more, should never have been arrested since they were guaranteed immunity under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees signed between the two parties in peace talks in 1995.

“We call on the Duterte Administration and the National Democratic Front to fully adhere to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International humanitarian Law, which they signed in 1998,” said Canon Barry Naylor, a UK-based advocate for human rights in the Philippines, and a sponsor of JustPeacePH. “This agreement is there to protect civilians in war zones and also uphold the rules of war as defined in the Geneva Conventions.

“Upholding this agreement will really help the peace talks to advance on the substantial issues which are at the root of the armed conflicts in the Philippines,” said Canon Naylor.

The immediate agenda item at the Oslo talks is a Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms.

For reference : Peter Murphy +61 418 312 301

Rev. Canon Barry Naylor +44 (0) 775 7853621

JustPeacePH is an international platform which supports the Philippine peace process (www.justpeace.ph)

August 19, 2016   No Comments

KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT: 2 Banwaon activists shot dead in Agusan Sur

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KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT:   2 Banwaon activists shot dead in Agusan Sur

Two active members of the Tagdumahan indigenous peoples’ organization were shot dead on August 12, 2016 in the municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

At around seven in the evening, in Barangay Balit, Jerry ‘Dandan’ Layola, 42 years old, went to answer a knock on his door. Upon opening it, he was immediately shot three times in the chest by an unidentified man who then left on a motorcycle.

On the same evening, roughly some minutes after Layola was killed, Jimmy Mapinsahan Barosa, a resident of Barangay Kasilayan, was also shot by an unidentified man. Barosa, 48 years old, was at a house in Barangay Baylo, intending to bring his wife to a hospital the following day, as she needed blood transfusion. He had just finished dinner and had come out to talk with some of his friends outside. The man, who had a bonnet over his entire head, shot him right through his back and left on a motorcycle. Barosa died on the spot.

Renel Manpinsahan, 19 years old, who was sitting with Jimmy, sustained a wound across his forehead, which fortunately was not fatal.

The Tagdumahan is an organization of the Banwaon people in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. The leaders and members of the organization had been targeted by the paramilitary group previously headed by the now deceased Mario Napongahan. Tagdumahan is active in campaigns to protect the ancestral lands of the Banwaon from logging and mining. They had also protested against the military operations conducting the Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) and the forced recruitment of the Banwaon as ‘peace volunteers’.

In 2014, Banwaon leader and Balit Barangay Captain Necasio Precioso was killed by members of the paramilitary group on his way to a municipality gathering. Precioso had been accused by the military of supporting the rebel group, New People’s Army. Until now, his killers have not been brought to justice.

EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN
to the Philippine Government by writing to:

H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
New Executive Building Malacanang Palace Compound
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
1005 Philippines
Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

Hon. Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa
Secretary, Department of Justice
Email: info@doj.gov.ph;communications@doj.gov.ph

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission On Human Rights
Telefax: 929-0102, 928-5655, 926-6188
E-mail:chairgascon.chr@gmail.com

Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
Tel: 373-97-87
Email:chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com

Hon. Democrito O. Plaza
Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur
Tel.: (085) 343-7144/343-7136/343-3750/
343-3751
Fax: (085) 343-7369/242-3801
E-mail:mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph

Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera
Mayor, Municipality of San Luis
T: 0916-5569870
Copy furnish your letters toinfo@rmp-nmr.org

For more information, contact us at:

Higala sa Lumad Network
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center for Interfaith Resources
0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde
9200 Iligan City, Philippines
T/F: +63 (63) 223 5179
E: info@rmp-nmr.org

Katungod Lumad Alert is published by the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ [Friends of the Lumad] Network.

‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network is a support group composed of a broad range of interfaith personalities/representative of organizations synergizing relevant capacities and resources for Lumad communities under attack. ‘Higala’ also serves as an informal monitoring network for Lumad human rights. ‘Higala’ has been established as a component of the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project.

Published with support from the European Union.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of RMP-NMR and ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT
2 Banwaon activists shot dead in Agusan Sur

Two active members of the Tagdumahan indigenous peoples’ organization were shot dead on August 12, 2016 in the municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

At around seven in the evening, in Barangay Balit, Jerry ‘Dandan’ Layola, 42 years old, went to answer a knock on his door. Upon opening it, he was immediately shot three times in the chest by an unidentified man who then left on a motorcycle.

On the same evening, roughly some minutes after Layola was killed, Jimmy Mapinsahan Barosa, a resident of Barangay Kasilayan, was also shot by an unidentified man. Barosa, 48 years old, was at a house in Barangay Baylo, intending to bring his wife to a hospital the following day, as she needed blood transfusion. He had just finished dinner and had come out to talk with some of his friends outside. The man, who had a bonnet over his entire head, shot him right through his back and left on a motorcycle. Barosa died on the spot.

Renel Manpinsahan, 19 years old, who was sitting with Jimmy, sustained a wound across his forehead, which fortunately was not fatal.

The Tagdumahan is an organization of the Banwaon people in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. The leaders and members of the organization had been targeted by the paramilitary group previously headed by the now deceased Mario Napongahan. Tagdumahan is active in campaigns to protect the ancestral lands of the Banwaon from logging and mining. They had also protested against the military operations conducting the Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) and the forced recruitment of the Banwaon as ‘peace volunteers’.

In 2014, Banwaon leader and Balit Barangay Captain Necasio Precioso was killed by members of the paramilitary group on his way to a municipality gathering. Precioso had been accused by the military of supporting the rebel group, New People’s Army. Until now, his killers have not been brought to justice.

EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN
to the Philippine Government by writing to:

H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
New Executive Building Malacanang Palace Compound
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
1005 Philippines
Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

Hon. Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa
Secretary, Department of Justice
Email: info@doj.gov.ph;communications@doj.gov.ph

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission On Human Rights
Telefax: 929-0102, 928-5655, 926-6188
E-mail:chairgascon.chr@gmail.com

Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
Tel: 373-97-87
Email:chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com

Hon. Democrito O. Plaza
Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur
Tel.: (085) 343-7144/343-7136/343-3750/
343-3751
Fax: (085) 343-7369/242-3801
E-mail:mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph

Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera
Mayor, Municipality of San Luis
T: 0916-5569870
Copy furnish your letters toinfo@rmp-nmr.org

For more information, contact us at:

Higala sa Lumad Network
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center for Interfaith Resources
0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde
9200 Iligan City, Philippines
T/F: +63 (63) 223 5179
E: info@rmp-nmr.org

Katungod Lumad Alert is published by the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ [Friends of the Lumad] Network.

‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network is a support group composed of a broad range of interfaith personalities/representative of organizations synergizing relevant capacities and resources for Lumad communities under attack. ‘Higala’ also serves as an informal monitoring network for Lumad human rights. ‘Higala’ has been established as a component of the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project.

Published with support from the European Union.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of RMP-NMR and ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

August 19, 2016   No Comments

A Statement from Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)

From: AHRC Network [mailto:listadmin@ahrchk.net]
Sent: Tuesday, 16 August 2016 5:27 p.m.
To: cafca@chch.planet.org.nz
Subject: PHILIPPINES: DEFEND OUR LIFE, PROTECT OUR DIGNITY STOP THE KILLINGS!

A Statement from Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PHILIPPINES: DEFEND OUR LIFE, PROTECT OUR DIGNITY
STOP THE KILLINGS!

“Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and who write oppressive decrees, depriving the poor of justice, robbing the weakest of my people of their rights.” (Isaiah 10:1)

Inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church pastoral exhortation to build a society more human, more worthy of the human person, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) is disturbed by and condemn the spate of killings amid President Rody Duterte’s intensified crackdown on illegal drugs and criminality.

The surge in the killings of suspected criminals since June 30, 2016 is alarming. Most of those killed were identified by the police as suspected drug dealers or pushers (“tulak”). As of August 8, 2016, based on the report of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the list of victims are 564 dead. Government statistics also support assertions of an alarming increase in police killings of drug-related criminal suspects. Philippine National Police (PNP) data according to news report indicate that police killed at least 239 drug suspects were killed in the three weeks after Duterte’s inauguration.

The government’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminality has social and political implications, and its moral dimension must be based on the framework of upholding human dignity and protecting human rights.

We believe that it is indeed part of government’s obligations to protect its citizens against criminality that could endanger life and human security. However we are alarmed that the killings of suspected drug dealers violate constitutionally guaranteed rights as stipulated in Article 3, Bill of Rights, Section 1 of the Constitution that “(n)o person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.”

We are deeply troubled that this campaign against drugs and criminality violates the right to due process of suspects. And we fear the crackdown has promoted vigilantism and encouraged summary executions.

We feel that instead of building community and strengthening the principle of solidarity the government’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminality anchored on the culture of death will only exacerbate the already deteriorating state of human rights in the country, feed the continued existence of a coercive environment and growing culture of impunity.

We urge the government to promote and implement effective criminal justice responses to drug-related crimes, as reiterated by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) in its statement that drug-related killings are unacceptable drug control measures. We urge the government to bring perpetrators to justice that ensure legal guarantees and due process safeguards pertaining to criminal justice proceedings, and to eliminate impunity, in accordance with the Constitution and applicable international laws, and taking into account the United Nations standards such as Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on the inherent right to life which prohibits an arbitrary taking of life.

As religious and as members of the lay faithful we must work for the common good by participating directly in social, economic, and political affairs so as to transform society into one wherein the dignity of the human person is respected, protected, and fulfilled. And as such it is our moral obligation to take a firm but enlightened stand against the blatant disrespect for the sanctity of human life and the rule of law that these killings represent.

In the words of our Church leaders “when human authority goes beyond the limits willed by God, it makes itself a deity and demands absolute submission; it becomes the Beast of the Apocalypse, an image of the power of the imperial persecutor.” We must never allow this to happen. Peace and justice must prevail.

We ask that an independent fact-finding body be formed to investigate these killings and bring the perpetrators to justice.

We embrace the cry and call of the vulnerable by asserting that the killings will worsen a culture of death and human rights violations. It is from their side, it is from their bosom that we cry out to the heavens and say:

Denounce the culture of death!
Ensure justice for all victims of summary executions and human rights violations!
Defend our life! Protect our dignity!

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August 19, 2016   No Comments

Formal talks give chance for a just and lasting peace – sign up for your support

Dear Friends,

Solidarity greetings!

The first round of formal talks between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines is scheduled this August 20-27 in Oslo, Norway.

The resumption of talks provides a significant opportunity to address the roots of the armed conflict and attain just and lasting peace.

JustPeacePH is an international platform which supports the Philippine process. It has special emphasis in reaching out to individuals, organisations and institutions which have advocacies on peace and issue-based people’s concerns in various capacities outside of the Philippines.

Below is a sign-on statement which we request for you to be part of. This statement, along with the brochure, primer and other materials, can be found in the website(www.justpeace.ph). Signatures gathered may also be sent to secretariat@justpeace.ph. Information concerning upcoming activities, such as fora both in Oslo and Manila, will likewise be made available there.

You can also help to promote this link: www.justpeace.ph and encourage your friends and networks to co sign the online statement and actively join us in this campaign.

Thank you so much and In solidarity,

Dr. Angie M. Gonzales
Coordinator
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Website: humanrightsphilippines.net

August 11, 2016   No Comments

An opportunity to attain just and lasting peace

Dear Friends,

Solidarity greetings!

The first round of formal talks between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines is scheduled this August 20-27 in Oslo, Norway.

The resumption of talks provides a significant opportunity to address the roots of the armed conflict and attain just and lasting peace.

JustPeacePH is an international platform which supports the Philippine process. It has special emphasis in reaching out to individuals, organisations and institutions which have advocacies on peace and issue-based people’s concerns in various capacities outside of the Philippines.

Below is a sign-on statement which we request for you to be part of. This statement, along with the brochure, primer and other materials, can be found in the website(www.justpeace.ph). Signatures gathered may also be sent to secretariat@justpeace.ph. Information concerning upcoming activities, such as fora both in Oslo and Manila, will likewise be made available there.

You can also help to promote this link: www.justpeace.ph and encourage your friends and networks to co sign the online statement.

Thank you so much and In solidarity,

Ramon

August 11, 2016   No Comments

CHD – no letting up in pursuit of justice for Morong 43

MEDIA RELEASE

Reference:

Eleanor A. Jara, M.D. – 0927-9259413 | +63 2 929-8109

Council for Health and Development (CHD)

For the last stage of preliminary conference, no letting up in pursuit of justice – Morong 43

Not letting up on their continuing fight for justice, the Morong 43 healthworkers appeared before the sala of Judge Tita Marilyn Payoyo Villordon of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 224 for the last stage of preliminary conference for the civil lawsuit filed against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and other defendants Norberto Gonzales and Manuel Tabion on grounds of illegal detention and torture.

Council for Health and Development (CHD), the national organization of non-governmental community-based health program said it has been over five years since the Morong 43 were wrongfully arrested, detained and tortured by state agents.

Particularly in the Morong 43’s case, health and human rights advocates aim to prove that state policies such as Oplan Bantay Laya particularly target innocent civilians. “Such heinous crimes involve command responsibility, and we seek justice. We want to present our case to court and prove these officials are guilty of breaching the Morong 43’s human rights,” said CHD.

Health and development workers continue to be targets of attacks by the military and state institutions in the previous regimes, such as the case of the brutally murdered Calago couple in Negros Oriental and the Lumad leaders in Surigao del Sur.

The Morong 43 looks forward to presenting their case and evidence in a court trial. Even the Commission on Human Rights has found cause that they were indeed tortured. If the Morong 43 could inch closer to justice in this case, “it would be a symbol of hope for the all the victims of human rights violations committed by state agents and officials. State impunity must end,” CHD furthered.

The next preliminary hearing is set on September 29, 2016.

The 43 health workers were illegally arrested and tortured by military units on February 6, 2010. After 10 months of illegal detention, they were freed days after International Human Rights Day of the same year due to national and international pressure on the Aquino government. The Morong 43, their relatives, and supporters still hope that after much delay since the case was filed in 2011, the court hearings would proceed until justice is achieved.##

August 10, 2016   No Comments

KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT: 48 Manobo families flee homes in Talacogon, Agusan Sur

KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT
48 Manobo families flee homes in Talacogon, Agusan Sur

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Forty-eight (48) Manobo families from Purok 8, Brgy. Zillovia, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur were forced to flee from their homes on August 4 after they were subjected to hamletting by elements of the 26th IB PA since July 11.

The families—with a total of 248 individuals, including children—walked to the barangay hall, some 14 kilometers away from their community to seek refuge under the local government unit.

Julieto Otacan, a member of the Kahugpungan sa Lumadnong Organisasyon sa Caraga (KASALO), an indigenous peoples’ organization, reported that the military, without the expressed consent of the Lumad community or their leaders, have been in their area for more than two consecutive weeks now. The military had set up camp amongst the populated area of the ancestral domain, with others even intruding in some of the homes of the locals.

Implementing the Community Organizing for Peace and Development Program, the military allegedly accused this Manobo community as supporters of the New People’s Army without any basis or justification whatsoever. Curfew hours were strictly imposed and the movements of the locals were closely monitored and controlled by the said military elements in their own ancestral domain. They were not even allowed to work in their farms.

This highly militarized situation left the Lumad with no choice but to flee from their homes to save themselves from further threat and harassment from the aforesaid military unit.

Presently, the families are staying inside the public gymnasium of Zillovia, with just a few household essentials. Many require immediate medical attention, especially the children.

On August 5, 2016, the Manobo tribal leaders met with Ernie Napao, the Barangay Captain of Zillovia and raised their concerns to the latter—foremost of which was the immediate pull-out of the military men from their area so they can go back to their homes in the soonest possible time. Allegedly, the barangay captain presented no concrete solution to their situation, and in fact, warned them that they would have to leave the gym very soon in order to make way for the annual basketball league in celebration of the barangay fiesta.

The Lumad stood on their ground and decided to stay in the premises until their calls for the pull-out of the military troops from their ancestral lands is heeded and taken action on.

EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN
to the Philippine Government by writing to:

H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
New Executive Building Malacanang Palace Compound
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
1005 Philippines
Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

Hon. Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa
Secretary, Department of Justice
Email: info@doj.gov.ph; communications@doj.gov.ph

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission On Human Rights
Telefax: 929-0102, 928-5655, 926-6188
E-mail: chairgascon.chr@gmail.com

Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
Tel: 373-97-87
Email: chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com

Hon. Democrito O. Plaza
Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur
Tel.: (085) 343-7144/343-7136/343-3750/
343-3751
Fax: (085) 343-7369/242-3801
E-mail: mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph

Hon. Jesryl E. Masendo
Mayor, Municiplaity of Talacogon
Tel: 0920-377-0716

Copy furnish your letters to info@rmp-nmr.org

For more information, contact us at:

Higala sa Lumad Network
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center for Interfaith Resources
0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde
9200 Iligan City, Philippines
T/F: +63 (63) 223 5179
E: info@rmp-nmr.org

August 10, 2016   No Comments

Ancestral land occupied by mining, logging to return to lumad: DENR

Ancestral land occupied by mining, logging to return to lumad: DENR

By Janina C. Lim, Reporter

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Nation&title=ancestral-land-occupied-by-mining-logging-to-return-to-ilumadi-denr&id=131572

8 August 2016

THE Environment Department vows to return immediately to the lumad
(indigenous peoples) their right to lands allegedly encroached upon by
large-scale mining and logging companies.
Environment Undersecretary Leo L. Jasareno, head of the agency’s mining
audit team, assured the lumad or indigenous peoples (IP) in Mindanao
seeking refuge at the Haran compound of the United Church of Christ of
the Philippines in Davao City that their ancestral lands occupied for
the implementation of mine projects will be returned to them within the
month.

“The DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) would return
their lands to the lumad within August, as long as it is proven that the
areas were occupied without the consent of the entire tribal community
since it is illegal for mining companies to operate in ancestral lands,”
Mr. Jasareno was quoted as saying in the agency’s statement sent over
the weekend to reporters via e-mail.

Under Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, no
ancestral land shall be turned over to miners for their operations
“without prior consent of the indigenous cultural community concerned.”

The Haran camp had become an evacuation site for at least 300 lumad who
fled their homes and farmlands in Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong in Davao
del Norte and the village of White Kulaman in Bukidnon more than a year
ago following complaints of harassment by paramilitary groups and of
indiscriminate killings of their leaders.

IP leaders reported that military personnel and some of their fellow IPs
whom they claim have turned against them after being enjoined to accept
money have driven the IPs away from their lands to give way to
large-scale mining and logging operations.

DENR Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has vowed to bring back their homes
to the lumad earlier than September.

She also said she will inspect permits of mining companies cited by the
lumad leaders in the ongoing mining audit and will shut them down if
proven to operate over an ancestral domain.

Among the first mining operations to undergo the audit were SR Metals
Inc., Taganito Mining Corporation, Greenstone Resources, and Corporation
Claver Mineral Development Corporation, whose mineral ore transport
permit has been suspended by Ms. Lopez.

The audit of mining operations is scheduled to be completed and released
this month.

August 10, 2016   No Comments

Katungod Lumad ALERT: 1 Killed, 5 Children Wounded in Paramilitary Rampage in Bukidnon

Subject:
Katungod Lumad ALERT: 1 Killed, 5 Children Wounded in Paramilitary Rampage in Bukidnon

Date:
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:44:54 +0000

From:
‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network <info@rmp-nmr.org>

Reply-To:
‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network <info@rmp-nmr.org>

To:
comms@piplinks.org

KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT
1 Killed, 5 Children Wounded in Paramilitary Rampage in Bukidnon

One pregnant woman dies while at least seven other individuals, five of them minors, are wounded in a shooting rampage of a paramilitary group in the Tigwahanon community of Sitio Tibugawan, Barangay Kawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon in the morning of July 30.

According to an eyewitness, a teacher of the RMP-NMR Literacy and Numeracy school in Barangay Kawayan, a wedding had just finished in the community when the rain of bullets started. Makinit Gayoran, who was pregnant and was carrying her firstborn, only a few months old, was the first to fall, a bullet hitting her chest.

The paramilitary group headed by the notorious Butsoy Salusad was positioned on top of the hill overlooking the community. They fired at the entire community but concentrated at the house where around 80 individuals were gathered for the wedding.

That morning, Barangay Kawayan IP Mandatory Representative Arnold Manhura reportedly met Butsoy Salusad along the road in Sitio Spring, which just next to Sitio Tibugawan. Salusad was reportedly dressed in military camouflage and combat shoes, and was fully armed. At least 11 other armed men were with him. They also brought with them two residents from Sitio Spring and Sitio Tibugawan tied up with a rope, forced to guide the group.

Datu Arnold said that he had pleaded with Butsoy not to go to Sitio Tibugawan as the appearance of fully armed men might disturb the wedding festivities. Salusad went on and in just a few minutes indiscriminately fired at the community.

Seven of the community members were brought to the hospital, two with leg fractures. Five of them are minors – three teenagers, one 8-year old boy, and another 7-year old boy.

For some months already, the community has been receiving threats from Butsoy Salusad. He said he would kill them all if Datu Jimboy Mandagit would not surrender. Salusad has accused Datu Jimboy of being a member of the New People’s Army. Datu Jimboy was one of the leaders who accompanied the Tigwahanon families that evacuated to Haran in Davao City a year ago after intensive military operations in their communities.

After the incident, the entire community of Sitio Tibugawan and some families from Sitio Sil-angon who were at the wedding went down to the center of Barangay Kawayan to seek sanctuary. They feared that Salusad and his men were still around. The families were not able to bring anything with them when they fled.

The community calls for justice against the uncalled for violence. The paramilitary group of Salusad has been terrorizing the Lumad communities in San Fernando for several years already. They were responsible for the killing of Dao Barangay Captain Jimmy Liguyon in 2012 and other community leaders such as Balangas Anlamit and Mabini Manobia over the years. They are also allegedly controlling the trade of small-scale gold mining in Barangays Dao and Kiranggol in San Fernando.###

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H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
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Hon. Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa
Secretary, Department of Justice
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Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
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Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
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Hon. Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr.
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Katungod Lumad Alert is published by the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ [Friends of the Lumad] Network.

‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network is a support group composed of a broad range of interfaith personalities/representative of organizations synergizing relevant capacities and resources for Lumad communities under attack. ‘Higala’ also serves as an informal monitoring network for Lumad human rights. ‘Higala’ has been established as a component of the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project.


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