Ngayong araw ay nahuli ng NBI si retired Major General Jovito Palparan, isang berdugo sa mga katutubo. Sa kabilang banda, 3 araw ang nakalipas ay pinaslang ang isang Manobo na si Armando Campos matapos lumahok sa protesta laban sa pinaka-malaking operator ng palm oil ng Mindanao.
Sumama sa protesta ng mamamayan ang mga katutubong mula pa sa mga probinsya ng Mt. Province, Aurora, Pampanga, Mindoro at Saranggani sa harapan ng NBI kung saan dinala si Palparan matapos ma-aresto.
Indigenous peoples members of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and affiliate organizations Cordillera People’s Alliance, Samahan ng mga Katutubo sa Sierra Madre, and Central Luzon Ayta Association joined the picket at the National Bureau of Investigation in Taft Avenue Tuesday morning in the news that the retired Major General Jovito Palparan has been arrested.
A march of indigenous peoples was held in Chino Roces Avenue (Mendiola) in Manila Tuesday led by indigenous peoples organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) Dressed in their traditional loincloths and tapis (skirt), the Ayta, Igorot, and Dumagat tribe members and supporters denounced the BS Aquino regime for its ‘crimes to indigenous people’s rights.’ The protesting indigenous peoples burned an effigy with President Aquino’s image and the names of projects that is said to dislocate indigenous communities and violates indigenous peoples’ rights.
Philippine IPs report worsening land-grabbing, EJKs, and human rights violation to UN Special Rapporteur
Indigenous peoples organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) submitted reports and documents that expounds on the land-grabbing, extrajudicial killings (EJKs), and other human rights violations committed against Philippine indigenous peoples to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples in a National Consultation with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held in Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.
For four years of deception, dispossesion and destruction: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RENOUNCE THE AQUINO ADMINISTRATION
As President Aquino delivers the fifth State of the Nation Address today, indigenous peoples from different communities in the country make their mark on the protests that illustrate the true conditions of the Filipino people. In the four years under the Aquino administration, the indigenous peoples has sunk deeper in the quagmire of worsening poverty, oppression, and human rights violations.
Faces lit by torches, indigenous Ayta people from various remote areas in Central Luzon performed an indigenous ritual near the gates of the Department of Agrarian Reform on Sunday where progressive groups converged in preparation for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) prostests on Monday. The ritual, which offered the blood of a chicken to Ayta deity Apo Namalyari, was intended to ask for protection and guidance before they join the SONA protests. The ritual also placed a curse upon the President. “He will find himself increasingly alone, isolated and hated,” Edwin Danan, Secretary-General of Central Luzon Ayta Association (CLAA) said.
A few days before the State of the Nation Address, indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) scored the Aquino administration over killings of indigenous peoples. KAMP claimed that 44 indigenous peoples have been killed by State forces since 2010.
The extrajudicial killings, KAMP said, were of indigenous peoples’ leaders and indigenous community members whose lands are affected by development of large-scale mining projects, and of the implementation of counter insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan.
“Aquino has the makings of a dictator.”
Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of indigenous people’s organization, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas criticized the contents of the national address given by President Aquino Monday night. “Aquino is acting in the fashion of his kind: an arrogant, despotic, aristocratic landlord whose orders can never be deemed wrong or unfair. Ang utos ng hari, kahit mali, hindi mababali.”