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In today’s commercialized culture, love is often expressed through gifts of 18-karat gold rings, pendants or necklaces. The means employed in the extraction of the gem, however, are far from romantic. By EDWIN C. MERCURIO Bulatlat.com TORONTO, Canada – Hidden from the watchful eyes of the North American and European public, the operations of transnational…

By ALMA B. SINUMLAG Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Governor Nestor Fongwan questioned the automatic renewal of the exploration permit in phase 1 for the mining exploration of Royalco Philippines Inc. in Gambang, Bakun during the dialogue held at Benguet capitol’s gymnasium, Oct. 4. Fongwan asked Engineer Alfredo Genetiano of the…

By LYN V. RAMO Bulatlat.com MANILA — A review of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), a mining moratorium and to put a stop to the counterinsurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) became the rallying calls for more than 200 delegates representing the country’s 14 million indigenous peoples from more than ten regions in the…

By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com BAGUIO CITY – In Bokod, the second largest municipality of Benguet, residents are opposing a looming geothermal project that, they say, is not only dangerous for them and the environment but has also run roughshod on their rights to due process. “To put another energy project…

The indigenous inhabitants of Baguio City, the Ibalois, remain victims of historical injustice as a colonially-inspired land system continues to deprive them of their rights to their ancestral land despite the enactment of a state law to recognize land rights by native title. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat BAGUIO CITY (246…

Through a resolution, the seven commissioners of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) have formally granted to the Balatoc sub-tribe of Kalinga the priority right to develop and exploit the natural resources located in their ancestral domain at Balatoc, Pasil, Kalinga. The priority right covers the mineral land which was once covered by the…

Due to community outrage and pressure, a foreign mining corporation promised through a corporate declaration that it is ready to execute an affidavit to facilitate the return of the said ancestral lands to the Balatoc tribe of Kalinga. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat Due to community outrage and pressure, a foreign…

BY LYN V. RAMO, NORDIS Bulatlat.com In another display of people’s unity, indigenous peasant communities and advocates from the middle sector in Kalinga province banded together to put a stop to all corporate mining activities in the province. TABUK, Kalinga (330 kms, north of Manila) — Indigenous peasant communities and advocates from the middle sector…