Tags: development aggression

By ALMA SINUMLAG Northern Dispatch TADIAN, Mountain Province — A play aiming to disseminate the declaration of the United Nations (UN) recognizing the rights of Indigenous Peoples over their land, life and resources was staged by the Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK) in two communities of Tadian, Mountain Province on February 20 to 21.…

Far from a counter-insurgency operation, the massive militarization and dislocation of communities in Surigao del Sur and the Caraga region had more to do with protecting business interests, primarily mining and energy investments. Although there is nothing particularly new in all this, the Arroyo regime had actually taken the extra step to ensure that the military would act as veritable security guards of these companies.

While the right of indigenous peoples to their ancestral land is recognized by international agreements and conventions, indigenous peoples in the Philippines are relentlessly being driven away by mining, tourism and other so-called development projects. In Zambales alone, more than 70 mining firms are now operating, with some preventing the Aetas from entering what used to be their land.