Cordilleran human rights worker gunned down in Ifugao

William Bugatti, member of rights group the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) was killed 7 PM last night in Ifugao.

In a text message received by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) from human rights organizations in the Cordillera, Bugatti was probably was on his way home from the CHRA office when we was gunned down at the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan in Ifugao. Bugatti sustained three gunshot wounds.

Indigenous peoples alliance Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), supects military forces in Bugatti's killing.

Stop the Jalaur Dam Project!

‘Reclaim our land’ is inscribed on the headstone one of the last binukot, Elena Gardoce. The binukot, esteemed members of the Tumandok tribe in Central Visayas, live their lives in isolation, and are the vessels of history, tradition and culture of the Tumandok people. Elena’s parting words are significant today as Elena’s people are facing the wholesale loss of their ancestral lands in the construction of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Dam in Calinog, Iloilo city.

IP group to Pres. Aquino: Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples!

The year 2014 is marked by the blood of indigenous peoples, says Piya Macliing Malayao, the Igorot spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) “In the first ten weeks of 2014, the blood of four indigenous peoples has been spilt in brutal killings attributed to State forces. We are enraged by the outright attacks of the Armed Forces to the Filipino people fighting for their just rights to land, life, and resources,” Malayao said.

The following are the extrajudicial killings of indigenous peoples from January 2014 to March 2014, according to KAMP data:

Not a 'mass grave,' Ligiw family slay are extrajudicial killings--IP group

Indigenous peoples organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slays of Licuben Ligiw, and his sons, Freddie "Fermin" Ligiw and Edie Ligiw, all farmers and members of the Binongan tribe in Baay-Licuan, Abra.

According to a statement by 1st Lieutenant Rowena Abayon, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, the Ligiws were executed by the New People's Army and then buried in a 'mass grave.' KAMP and other human rights groups are unconvinced, however.

Statement on the 19th Anniversary of the Mining Act of 1995

This day nearly rounds out the two-decade anniversary of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. The enactment of this law is a mile post in our country's adherence to neoliberal policies, which espoused the deregulation, privatization, and liberalization of key industries. For the past nineteen years, the Mining Act of 1995 had opened the floodgates to local and transnational mining corporations to amass the largest profits over our country's vast mineral resources. Since its promulgation, the Mining Act has resulted into the unprecedented plunder of our national patrimony, irreversible environmental degradation, land-grabbing, and human rights violations.

Tumandok people march against Jalaur Dam

ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES - Indigenous peoples under TUMANDUK (Indigenous Farmers in Defense of Land and Life) organization held a picket Thursday morning in front of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) office in Barangay Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City to oppose the construction of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP2), als known as the Jalaur mega dam project.

The march was held in time with the presentation of counter arguments against the writ of Kalikasan filed last year against the JRMP2 construction.

Media, IPs from Asian countries visit Radyo Sagada

Indigenous peoples and media practitioners from five Asian countries visited Radyo Sagada, a community radio established by indigenous peoples in Sagada, Mt. Province. The visit to the community radio was part of a Skills Sharing and Exchange Activity held led by Asia Indigenous People's Pact and Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) The activity is under the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Project.

Asian indigenous peoples, media participate in the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Skills Sharing Workshop

Quezon City, Philippines--Indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples rights activists and media practitioners from five countries in Asia gather in Manila to share their skills and experiences in engaging the media indigenous peoples' issues in the region. The Skills Sharing and Exchange Workshop is held in the University Hotel of the University of the Philippines Diliman from January 22-23.

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