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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.

 

Go back to Times St., IP group says to President Aquino

"If he can't take the heat, Aquino has no business to remain in Malacanang. He better go back to playing video games in Times Street," Piya Macliing Malayao of indigenous people's organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) said. "Perhaps Aquino had a wrong choice of career path in public office, albeit the highest position in the country."

 

Junk the EPIRA, VAT to suppress energy rate hikes--IP group

"BS Aquino's lame duck attitude towards pressing issues is sickening. A President who claims to be powerless to address the people's needs is no way for Aquino to act amidst crises," says Piya Macliing Malayao, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) spokesperson said. "Aquino’s impotency to protect its people and ensure their welfare makes this government worthless to its constituents."

 

KAMP condemns slay of Pablo survivor, IP rights defender

Indigenous people's organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas lambasted the Aquino after another case of extrajudicial killing was reported yesterday. "The Aquino government is yet again showing its inutility in solving the nation's problems in the unabated extrajudicial killings," Piya Macliing Malayao KAMP spokesperson said. "Its failure to resolve the dire human rights situation in the country piles on this administration's inability to address other problems besetting the Filipino people. There is no respite from misery and dereliction in the Aquino government."

 

The Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples 2013