Dec 3 Massacre in Lake Sebu
One year ago today, 8 T’boli and Manobo community members in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato were killed in an alleged military operations against communist rebels. But to tag them as “rebels” is to disregard their rights as defenders of their land and ancestral domain. For more than 28 years, they have struggled struggled, with Datu Victor, to protect their ancestral domain from the encroachment of coffee plantations and coal mining.
We demand justice for the killings!
We demand for the cancellation of the IFMA, and the ancestral domains to be returned to the community!
We demand a stop to all forms of harassment and human rights violations towards indigenous communities and defenders of territories!
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Thursday, December 6, 2018
25 years ago today, Marinduque experienced the worst mining disaster in Philippine history. The Marcopper-buillt Mogpog river dam burst, flooding the downstream villages in Mogpog. A toxic deluge swept through the valley, submerging villages, farmland and the town of Mogpog where two children were swept to their deaths.
ADB Projects in Shrinking Democratic Spaces
May 4, 2018
Historically, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippines have had continuous economic engagements since five (5) decades ago, as the headquarters of the Bank is located in Manila. Today, the ADB is considered to be one of the largest official development assistance (ODA) partners of the Philippines. As of April 2018, the Philippines has received more than USD16 Billion from the ADB in the form of loans and grants. Moreover, around USD1 Billion more have been released to private Philippine companies also in the form of loans and investments.
Asserting rights to ancestral land and self-determination are not acts of terrorism
April 6, 2018
We, members of LOYUKAN – a formation of indigenous peoples organizations and IP rights advocates – are alarmed with the inclusion of indigenous peoples in a list of 600 names submitted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Manila Regional Trial Court to be declared as “terrorists”. This reckless move of the DOJ makes the persons on the list easy military targets, regardless of the veracity of the list, and the pending court process called “prescription proceedings” – public hearing, presentation of defense and the decision of the court.
100th day since the death of Datu Victor Danyan, the chair of TAMASCO
Datu Victor and six others whom the military says were killed in a crossfire between the New People’s Army and the AFP. LRC believes that there is more to this story.
LRC calls for the government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Datu Victor and others and to pull the military out of the ancestral domain of TAMASCO and the ancestral domains in general of indigenous peoples. The Department of Natural Resources must also cancel the Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) No. 18-2007 awarded to Silvicultural Industries Incorporated, a subsidiary of DMCI, an agreement that allows SII to operate a coffee plantation that has encroached on the ancestral domain owned by TAMASCO.
Justice for Datu Victor! Justice for Indigenous Peoples!
Today marks the 100th day since the death of Datu Victor Danyan, the chair of the T’boli-Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization, or TAMASCO, a group of indigenous people locked in a 28-year struggle with David M Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) over land in South Cotabato.
LRC stands with TAMASCO as they demand justice for the death of
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