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By RONALYN V. OLEA
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.

By ALDWIN QUITASOL Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com BAKUN, Benguet (336 kms north of Manila) ? Community members of Barangay (village) Gambang, Bakun reaffirmed their anti-mining stand and their vow to protect their homes from large-scale exploitation of their natural resources by stopping the drilling and mineral-sampling activities of Royalco Philippines Ernesto Soriben, secretary-general of…

BY BULATLAT A progressive lawmaker branded the recent extrajudicial killings in Davao as ‘state-sponsored.’ In a statement, Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Women’s Party condemned the killings of indigenous peoples Kapis Butod and Ludenio Monzon. Butod was killed by suspected military elements on April 14 in Sitio Milansad, Brgy. Palma Gil,Talaingod, Davao del Norte. The…

The united voice of the indigenous peoples swept from continent to continent in 37 countries calling their respective governments to stop large-scale mining and other extractive activities (oil and gas projects) in their indigenous lands until effective measures to safeguard their rights and the environment are in place. BY JO VILLANUEVA INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S WATCH Northern…

A benefit concert for landslide victims of Barangay Loacan, Itogon Benguet was held December 6. BY NORTHERN DISPATCH Posted by Bulatlat LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (253 kms. North of Manila)– A benefit concert for landslide victims of Barangay Loacan, Itogon was held December 6 at the Cordillera Career Development College Gymnasium. With the theme “No more…

An international fact-finding body, which recently visited communities affected by the off-shore oil and gas exploration along the Cebu-Bohol strait, revealed that the exploration would be detrimental to the livelihood of the fisherfolks in the area. BY RITCHE T. SALGADO Contributor Bulatlat An international fact-finding body, which recently visited communities affected by the offshore oil…

A youth group in the mining communities of Benguet challenged local officials to support the people’s growing opposition to mining ventures in the province. BY LYN V. RAMO Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008 LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  (247 kms. north of Manila)– A youth group in the mining communities…

Old mine sites in Kibungan are still targets for mineral exploration by various foreign and local mining companies, according to the town’s local elective officials. BY LYN V. RAMO Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008 LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (247 kms. north of Manila) – Old mine sites in Kibungan…

Some 156 representatives from the 13 municipalities of Benguet province gathered on Aug. 7 in a conference to discuss community issues and concerns on large and destructive mining and share experiences and lessons from successful struggles, which resulted to the formation of the Benguet Mining Alert and Action Network or BMAAN.  The conference resulted from…