The appointment of Allen Capuyan, a retired colonel, as the chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples was met with opposition from IP and rights organizations.
KATRIBU is an alliance of indigenous peoples and organizations in the Philippines
KATRIBU is the national alliance of regional and provincial indigenous peoples organizations representing various indigenous communities in the Philippines.
The KATRIBU KALIPUNAN NG KATUTUBONG MAMAMAYAN NG PILIPINAS (KATRIBU) is the national alliance of regional and provincial indigenous peoples organizations representing various indigenous communities in the whole Philippines. KAMP was formed in 1987 after a series of national consultative assemblies of tribal leaders that culminated in a “Sandugo” (one blood) pact in 1984. The formation of a national indigenous peoples’ organization was the minorities’ response to the escalating violation of their individual and collective rights and the impending threat of massive dislocation posed by large-scale industrial development programs of the government. Since then, KAMP has strived to work for the attainment of genuine ancestral land rights and self-determination for the indigenous peoples.
The appointment of Allen Capuyan, a retired colonel, as the chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples was met with opposition from IP and rights organizations.
In the quiet village where Kaliwa Dam will rise, the indigenous Dumagat are prepared to fight.
SOLDIERS ENCAMPING IN CIVILIAN HOUSES THREATENING FAMILIES NOT TO ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN IN LUMAD SCHOOLS PRIOR TO OPENING OF CLASSES
“Public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and rural health units shall not be utilized for any military purposes such as barracks, detachment, supply depots and etc.”
- Republic Act 7610, Article 10, Section 22
Yet this opening of classes, SOS Network have received several reports of military attacks in several Lumad communities in Southern Philippines.
Last May 28, 2019, around 20 elements belonging to 73rd Infantry Battalion headed by a certain Bryan Ayuon have set-up camp in several households in Sitio Bantaan, Barangay Bagumbayan, Magpet, North Cotabato. Students were also coerced by soldiers to fetch water for them.
During a community visit last May 27-29, 2019, in Sitio Casunugan, Brgy. Mahan-ub and Sitio Limot, Brgy. Binondo, Baganga, Davao Oriental, MISFI teachers found soldiers belonging to 67th Infantry Battalion headed by a certain Sgt. Longay camping in civilian houses and in the community church.
In an assembly facilitated by MISFI Academy teachers, parents stood up and expressed their traumatic experience of soldiers coercing them to sign documents stating that they must not enroll their children to a Lumad school. They were threatened that if they do enroll in MISFI, they will be denied of social services such as 4Ps. They were also told (by soldiers) that they have no rights because it’s martial law, forcing them to sign forms indicating they will not send their kids to school or they’ll no longer avail 4Ps.
General Nakar (Filipinas), 24 may (EFE/EPA).- Con los pies cuarteados, avezados en recorrer descalzos los caminos difíciles y empedrados de las montañas, Corita y Jesus Fortunato conocen bien cada rincón del valle bañado por el río Kaliwa, en la Sierra Madre de Filipinas, donde han vivido desde...
With their calloused feet testifying to a lifetime of traversing rock-strewn mountain paths, Corita and Jesus Fortunato are familiar with every corner of a lush valley straddling the river Kaliwa, in
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TRUE LUMAD REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
True to the intent of Bayan Muna to represent the marginalized, their third nominee is Lumad leader Bai Eufemia Cullamat from Lianga, Surigao del Sur.
A lumad bakwit, a witness to the murders of her brother and uncle (Datu Dionel Campos and Bello Sinzo), a Manilakbayan participant, the 57-year old Lumad leader will be sworn in as representative to the 18th Congress this June.
She represents the indigenous peoples' voice in Congress, a sector that is struggling against the effects of Martial Law on the communities and schools in Mindanao, and against mining, plantation and development aggression that has displaced communities and destroyed the environment.
Noong Mayo 4-5, lumahok ang UP Community Development Circle sa MAKI-AGOS: Kaliwa River and Mt. Daraitan Trek, isang outdoor activity na inorganisa ng Katribu Alumni Network katuwang ang Volunteers for Indigenous Peoples at Katribu UP Diliman Chapter. Ito ay naging oportunidad para sa mga miyembro ng UP CD Circle na makarating sa lupang ninuno ng mga Dumagat at Remontando upang pakinggan ang kanilang mga kuwento at posisyon sa napipintong dambuhalang dam na itatayo sa kanilang komunidad.
Ang Kaliwa Dam, na bahagi ng New Centennial Water Source Project, ay pinapaniwalaan ng administrasyon ni Pres. Duterte bilang tanging solusyon sa krisis sa tubig sa Metro Manila dahil sa kakayahan nitong magbigay ng 600 milyong litro kada araw. Sa ilalim ng programang Build, Build, Build, ito ay naisakatuparan ng loan agreement sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at Tsina na nagkakahalagang $18.7 bilyon kung saan ang malaking porsyento ay utang.
Ayon sa mga siyentipikong pag-aaral, ang pagtatayo ng megadam ay mapaminsala sa kapaligiran, makakasira sa biodiversity, magpapalayas sa mga lokal na residente at magdudulot ng mas matinding sakuna sa hinaharap. Natuklasan ring maraming alternatibo sa megadams na mas mahusay at mas mabisa sa pagbibigay ng kuryente at tubig, tulad ng rainwater harvesting, micro-hydropower, solar, atbp subalit patuloy ang pagsulong sa proyektong ito. Sa pagtayo ng Kaliwa dam, libo-libong ektarya ng lupang ninuno kabilang ang siyam na katutubong barangay (7 sa Rizal at 2 sa Quezon) ang lulubog na magreresulta sa pagkawala ng pinakamalawak na rainforest sa bansa, pagkamatay ng mayamang biodiversity ng bulubundukin at sapilitang paglikas ng mahigit 10,000 pamilyang magsasaka at katutubo.
Ang pagtayo ng Kaliwa dam at ng iba pang dambuhalang dam ay hindi makatwiran at hindi makatarungan. Bagkus, ito ay pinapakinabangan lang ng malalaking institusyon tulad ng World Bank, mga dambuhalang korporasyon at mga dayuhang gobyerno. Dagdag pa rito, sa halip na maging abot-kaya ang serbisyo sa tubig at kuryente, higit na tataas ang presyo nito dahil ang mga consumer ang papasan sa pagbayad ng utang sa Tsina.
Kami, mula sa UP Community Development Circle, ay naniniwalang ang kaunlaran ay dapat magmula sa tao at para sa tao. Ang lupa at rekurso ng bansa ay dapat gamitin para sa tunay na kaunlaran na magbibigay ng mga programa at serbisyo na sustenable at makatao. Kami ay naninidigan na dapat kilalanin ng pambansang gobyerno ang karapatan sa sariling pagpapasya ng mga katutubo, partikular ang kanilang karapatan sa free, prior, and informed consent na nilalabag at isinasawalang-bahala. Mariing tinututulan ng UP CD Circle ang proyektong Kaliwa Dam at lahat ng anyo ng development aggression.
Ang mga larawan ay mula kina Milet Aquino, Lucky Dela Rosa at Kim Sinchioco.
BAGUIO CITY, BENGUET, Philippines — Work on the Chinese-financed Chico River Pump Irrigation Project should be suspended because the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and its Chinese contractor have not been issued a certification that they obtained the consent of affected tribes in Kalinga...
LOOK: IMPACTS OF MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO IN LUMAD SCHOOLS
Two years have passed since the Duterte administration declared and implemented Martial Law in Mindanao. Martial Law was promised to bring peace and protection to the people but within those 2 years, it exacerbated and legitimized the attacks on Lumad schools.
"Ang mga contractors ng China, di mapagkakatiwalaan sa buong mundo, maraming instances na na-blacklist sila dahil sa korapsyon. Dagdag pa dyan, yung mga ginagawa nilang mga dam at iba pang mga proyekto, substandard. Marami nang bansa ang nagreklamo na dahil sa mga substandard nilang mga proyekto, nalagay sa delikado, hindi lang ang proyekto, kungdi ang mamamayan.. "
(Media forum this morning with environmental and indigenous people's groups to discuss the devastating effects of the proposed China funded Kaliwa dam. To file petition against it at the Supreme Court later.)
On behalf of Katribu Alumni and Katribu Volunteer. We would like to express our sincere thankful for those participants who joined in the 2 day event of MAKI-AGOS. Napagod mag lakad sa kahabaan ng Kaliwa river NGUNIT hindi sumuko, naulanan peru nagpatuloy pa rin sa komunidad ng mga katutubo para makapag hatid ng school supplies at malaman ang kalagayan ng komunidad.
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On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, troops of the 61st IBPA of the AFP forcibly entered the home of a Tumanduk family in Brgy. Masaroy, Calinog, Iloilo, and took Remy Diaz into custody. Remy is a youth member of the TUMANDUK, the Panay Island indigenous peoples’ organization that has been opposing the Jalaur Dam in Calinog and the militarization of Tumanduk communities.
The AFP forced Remy to change into dark clothes, made him carry a rifle, and pose as if he was a member of the NPA. The military also planted a gun and other evidence inside the Diaz home. Their yard was strafed to intimidate the community and create the illusion of an encounter with rebels.
#StopTheAttacks #ResistTyranny #FreeRemyDiaz
Talaingod leader Datu Kaylo Bontulan is laid to rest in the Wireless Cemetery across the UCCP Haran sanctuary.
His family is joined fellow leaders from Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon and Pasaka Federation of Lumad in Southern Mindanao who carried his hearse and banners with calls for justice and an end to militarization in Lumad territories.
Datu Kaylo was buried in Wireless as the paramilitary Alamara had barred the family's request that his body will be buried in their ancestral land in Talaingod.
Datu Kaylo was killed last April 7 in the midst of an aerial bombing in a community in Kitaotao, Bukidnon where he was helping Lumad evacuees from militarization.
Katribu condemns the killing of Datu Kaylo; calls on indigenous peoples to take courage from his death
Press Statement | April 11, 2019
The Katribu Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Katribu) vehemently condemns the killing of Datu Kaylo Bontolan on April 7, 2019 during a military operation perpetrated by elements of the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Eastern Mindanao Command in Kitaotao, Bukidnon.
Datu Kaylo is a member of the National Council of Leaders of Katribu, a Manobo tribal chieftain in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and a well-known Lumad leader of the Salugpongan community organization. He is also the Deputy Secretary General of PASAKA – Confederation of Lumad in Southern Mindanao.
The Lumad leader is the 60th victim of extrajudicial killings among indigenous peoples under the fascist Duterte regime. To justify the killings, the state military forces are quick to tag their victims as combatants of the New People’s Army (NPA), akin to the Lumad victims of massacre in Lake Sebu about two years ago.
Serving his fellow Lumad, Datu Kaylo was looking into the situation of the Manobo-Lumad communities who were victims of perennial internal displacement when he was killed by state military forces. These Lumad communities from Talaingod sought refuge in Kitaotao, Bukidnon due to the intense military operations and bombings in their ancestral domain that gravely affected their safety, livelihood, and way of life.
The Katribu, along with the indigenous peoples (IP) communities in the country, grieves for the death of one of its valiant leader and defender. Amid his young age and untimely demise, Datu Kaylo has sacrificed more than what a Lumad can give in a lifetime, in defense of their ancestral land and community schools.
To honor his death, the Katribu is calling for the end of Martial Law in Mindanao that have supported the attacks of the paramilitary groups, like the Alamara, against Lumad communities. The Martial Law in the region has also intensified the military operations that caused the frequent displacement of our Lumad brothers and sisters.
In the time of a murderous Duterte regime, Katribu calls on the indigenous peoples to take into heart the courage, life and sacrifices of Datu Kaylo for the people. We are also calling the indigenous peoples to unite, resist, and oppose the militarization of Pantaron Range as it will facilitate the entry of huge mining companies and destructive plantations in the area.
Let us not waste what Datu Kaylo, and the IP leaders before him, have started in defense of our lands. Let us honor their sacrifices by defending our ancestral domains, our right to self-determination, and the next generations. Our challenge for the indigenous peoples is to be more like Datu Kaylo and less of ourselves.
#StopLumadKillings #EndMartialLaw #StopTheAttacks #ResistFacism
JUSTICE FOR DATU KAYLO!
On April 7, 2019, Datu Kaylo Bontolan was killed by elements of the 3rd IB of the AFP Eastern Mindanao Command during its military operations in Kitaotao, Bukidnon.
Datu Kaylo was a Manobo tribal chieftain in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, a well know Lumad leader of the Salugpongan community organization, Deputy Secretary General of the PASAKA Confederation of Lumad in Southern Mindanao, and a member of the National Council of Leaders of Katribu, the national alliance of indigenous peoples' organizations.
Listen to Mikmik, a Dumagat from Sierra Madre, with other indigenous communities along Chico River, “Hindi kami papayag na kamkamin ng Tsina ang aming mga tubig!”
CRADLE OF THE BRAVE. Senatorial bets Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman and Chel Diokno lead Filipino anti-China protesters in a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City today in time for the Araw ng Kagitingan celebration today. Protesters express rage against Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea, unfair loan agreements of PH and China and invasion of imperialist China to the country.
In the said protest, Defend Job Philippines oppose the prioritization of the Chinese and Philippine government in providing employment to Chinese workers rather than to Filipino workers on the government’s economic Build-Build-Build policy. The labor group said that while they are not against Chinese people living and working in the country, they insist that the Philippine government must focus and prioritize to generate and provide decent and secured employment and jobs for Filipino workers and our local unemployed labor force.
Various environmental groups gather inside the Arroceros Forest Park to ask voters to support candidates who care for the environment during a press conference in Manila on Wednesday.
Series of extra-judical killings, illegal arress, forced surrenders and illegal searches happened in Northern Negros after Duterte's Memo Order #32, which imposes de facto martial law in Negros Island.
On March 1, 2019, Sanito "Tating" Delubio was shot dead in front of his wife while they were having dinner in their house at Sitio Pasto, Brgy. Bagong Silang, Don Salvador Benedicto. Local peasants' organizations holds the RPA paramilitary group accountable for this brutal killing.
Tating is a hardworking Ata-Bukidnon farmer and a member of the Balatikan municipal indigenous peoples organization under the national alliance of Katribu.
#StopTheAttacks #ResistTyranny #EndMartialLaw
“Tumanduk” peasant killed in Don Salvador Benedicto
Press Statement, Northern Negros Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (NNAHRA)
Reference: Rey Alburo, March 27, 2019
The Northern Negros Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (NNAHRA) condemns the brutal killing of Sanito “Tating” Delubio, 27 years old, of Sityo Pasto, Barangay Bagong Silang, Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB), on March 1, 2019.
Delubio is the latest victim of extra-judicial killing (EJK) of organized peasants in Northern Negros, after the massacre of nine members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) in Sagay City on October 20, 2018.
Delubio was reportedly shot in the head in front of his wife while they shared their evening meal inside their home. The suspects shot him using an M16 rifle. Earlier news reports in local radio and print described Delubio as a “construction worker” and stated that the Don Salvador Benedicto police has yet to identify the suspects and their motives.
However, people’s organizations in the area claim that elements of the armed paramilitary RPA are most likely behind the brutal killing. Delubio was an ordinary farmer who strived to earn extra as construction hand in a road project in the area. He was also a member of Balatikan, the municipal organization of indigenous people or “tumanduk” belonging to the Ata-Bukidnon tribe in Don Salvador Benedicto.
Balatikan was founded in mid-2018 and held its first general assembly at the compund of the Bishop’s Residence in San Carlos City. Balatikan is part of the Sandugo umbrella group of indigenous peoples organizations all over the country.
Farmers believe that Delubio was targetted by the RPA because he was among several other ordinary farmers and Balatikan members who were tagged and accused both by the RPA and local authorities in DSB to be involved in the killing of a certain Charlie Boli-boli, a “commander” of the RPA.
Other ordinary residents of Barangay Bago and Bagong Silang in DSB were either arrested or forced to surrender to local police last February in connection to the Boli-boli case. In its press statements, the police claimed that the farmers were members of a “local armed group.” Police took some five farmers in custody and charged them with murder. Boli-boli was gunned down in 2017, which was reportedly claimed by the New People’s Army (NPA) in its official statements.
Delubio was said to be enticed to surrender as he was warned that authorities already had a warrant for his arrest. Instead he was murdered in cold blood.
Aside from the presence of the paramilitary RPA, which is known to be led and backed by local executives in DSB, many other barangays in Don Salvador Benedicto and San Carlos City continue to be militarized with non-stop combat operations and the presence of “peace and development teams” (PDTs) of the 79th IB Phil. Army. Soldiers impose curfews and curtail the movement of residents.
The murder of Delubio is part of the brutal crackdown against members of progressive organizations. The series of killings, illegal searches, arrests and forced surrenders in Northern Negros are carried out with impunity by authorities with the blessing of the Duterte government’s Memorandum Order No. 32 which imposes de facto Martial Law in Negros Island.
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