International Indigenous Activists Condemn Violent Dispersal of National Minorities’ Protest in the Philippines

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(updated 20/10/2016) The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) strongly condemns the violent dispersal of the protest of national minorities in front of the Embassy of the United States the morning of October 19, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. According to ground reports, almost 40 were hurt when police vehicles ran over the protesters to disperse the rally. Police then proceeded to use truncheons and teargas to disperse the indigenous and Moro protesters. 29 protesters were held illegally by the police.

The protesting national minorities were calling for the end to US intervention in Philippine affairs and the implementation of an independent Philippine government foreign policy based on mutual respect and cooperation. US interests on ancestral lands and terrritories of national minorities have brought only destruction to ancestral lands as well as virtual ethnocide to Indigenous and Moro peoples, and IPMSDL believes it is only right that national minorities call for an independent foreign policy as part of the fight for self determination not only of national minorities but also of the Filipino nation.

The IPMSDL deplores the use of unnecessary force against national minorities who are demanding their legitimate rights. The dispersal was unprovoked, the protesters peacefully winding up their program when the police attacked them. It is unconscionable that the Philippine police would choose to defend the embassy of a foreign country rather than uphold its vow to serve and protect the Filipino people, including national minorities.

We call on the Philippine police to respect the rights of national minorities in the Philippines, and urge the Philippine government to immediately ascertain the culpability of officals involved in the incident and bring to justice those who will be proven responsible.

The fight for self determination of national minorities is a fight for self determiantion of the Filipino nation. IPMSDL supports the struggle of the national minorities against intervention of the United States of America and other foreign entities.

Reference:
Ms. Beverly Longid
Global Coordinator, IPMSDL

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Photo Jerome Lantin/ABS-CBN

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No Amount Is Worth Our Lives

Ko-i Meemi, the 105-year-old spiritual leader of the Karen, listens to the Thai court decision to recognize their eviction on 7 September 2016

The IPMSDL is deeply concerned with the Thai court’s decision to uphold the eviction of the Karen people from their ancestral lands in the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand.

On September 7, the Thai Administrative Court declared legal the eviction of the Karen people from the Kaeng Krachan National Park, where they have been living for generations. The Thai court also allotted 10,000 baht for each family as compensation for the eviction. Previous to the decision, the administration of the park forcibly evicted the Karen people from their ancestral lands within the park and burned down their homes. What is more worrisome is the former chief of the National Park’s statement that the court’s decision will be used by forestry officials “to carry on with their mission to protect natural resources and forests without fear of legal action,” to the possible detriment of thousands more Indigenous Peoples living in their ancestral lands, threatening their ways of life.

The eviction clearly violates the Karen people’s right to land and territories. The Karen as well as other indigenous groups in Thailand face a growing threat to their ancestral lands and ways of life due to the Thai government’s non-recognition of the Karens’ right to self determination. We urge the Thai courts to immediately reverse this ruling and return the ancestral lands of the Karen. We call on the Thai government to uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which it adopted in 2007 and recognize the right of the Karen and other Indigenous Peoples to freely determine how to use their ancestral lands and territories.

Ancestral lands are vital to the culture of Indigenous Peoples. Because indigenous lives are intimately connected to their ancestral lands, depriving the Karen of their lands will ultimately lead to the destruction of their culture and way of life. It will destroy them as a distinct group of people. We believe that this ruling of the Thai court and the Thai government’s refusal to recognize the rights of Indigenous Peoples is tantamount to ethnocide and must be addressed immediately.

We are one with the Karen and other Indigenous Peoples in Thailand in their fight for recognition and the right to self determination. We are united with them in the quest to defend their territories and ways of life. We call on friends and advocates to continuously support the fight of the Karen for recognition and the right to self determination. The Karen do not need 10,000 baht per family, they do not want 10,000 baht as payment for being evicted from their ancestral lands.

Because no amount can ever equal the life of the Karen.

Reference:
Ms. Beverly Longid
IPMSDL Global Coordinator

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Reclaim Our Lands and Our Lives!

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The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) joins the Manobo Lumad people of the Caraga region in the Philippines in their campaign to reclaim their ancestral lands and their ways of life. The Lumad of Surigao del Sur and the whole of Mindanao island in Southern Philippines have been actively campaigning for justice for victims of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by government forces as well as an end to the militarization of their ancestral lands.

On September 1, 2015, Emerito Samarca, director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), and Datu Jovello Sinzo and Dionel Campos were summarily executed by paramilitary forces under the Magahat-Bagani group supported by the Philippine military. The paramilitary and military forces then remained encamped in the area of Barangay Diatago, Lianga in Surigao del Sur province. The Manobo people from the said area had no choice but to leave their ancestral lands and way of life rather than suffer more abuses from government forces. Since then more violations were committed by government forces, resulting in the forced evacuation of more Lumad from their ancestral lands. Over 2000 Lumad from five different towns of Surigao del Sur province alone have been forced to endure a year of hardship in evacuation centers in the provincial capitol due to the government’s relentless campaign to sell ancestral lands to large corporations interested only in exploiting the natural resources of indigenous peoples’ lands. Until today, not a single soldier or paramilitary personnel has been convicted for crimes committed against the Lumad.

Today, the Lumad continue their heroic struggle against militarization and indigenous rights violations with the support of indigenous rights advocates from the Philippines and the rest of the world. On September 2, 2015, the Manobo people from Lianga will return to their village in Barangay Diatago as a symbol of the Lumad campaign to reclaim their ancestral lands and their lives from the hands of the military. This return and reconstruction will start a wave of “reclamations” by different Lumad groups of their ancestral lands that they have been forced to leave due the presence of military and paramilitary forces and large corporations.

We recognize this “reclamation” as an act of defiance by the Lumad against continuing state repression of Indigenous Peoples. We are also cognizant of the fact that state and military forces and large corporations with vested economic interests are sure to look upon this “reclamation” as a challenge to their power. It is all too likely that they will devise a more savage way of ensuring that ancestral lands remain, now and forever, in the hands of the powerful few. We expect instensification of militarization and landgrabbing of ancestral lands.  We urge our Lumad sisters and brothers to be ever vigilant in defending our territories and ways of life as we continue to strengthen our selves and the movement to uphold the right to self determination of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines.

We are one with the Lumad people of Mindanao in the campaign to reclaim and defend their territories and ways of life. We are awed by the courage of the Lumad in the face of great hardships they have faced the past year. We will continue to support the Indigenous People’s fight against militarization and other indigenous and people’s rights abuses not only in the Philippines but the rest of the world as well.

Reclaim Our Lands and Our Lives! Defend Our Territories and Ways Of Life! Stop The Killings! End Militarization!

Reference:
Ms. Beverly Longid
IPMSDL Global Coordinator

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Protect Our Waters and Territories, No to Dakota Access Pipeline!

 

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The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) stands in unity with the Standing Rock Sioux Dakota and Lakota Indigenous Peoples in asserting their right to protect the waters of their ancestral lands. Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux reminds the world that Indigenous Peoples suffer from poverty and environmental sabotage because we are forced to subsidize for-profit corporations through schemes such as Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP).

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Stop the Attacks Against The Borok People!

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The IPMSDL strongly condemns the violent and bloody dispersal of the peaceful protest held by indigenous Borok and other peoples in Agartala, Tripura, India on August 23, 2016. A minimum of 40 people were hurt in the said incident, all of them Indigenous Peoples.

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IPMSDL Statement on World Indigenous Peoples Day: Onward With the Struggle For Self-Determination! Defend our Territories and Ways of Life!

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The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation joins hands with Indigenous Peoples all over the world to celebrate the World Indigenous Peoples Day. As we commemorate this day, let us be reminded of the fact that there is much to celebrate about, but there is also much left to be done.

We faced many challenges last year. The world has become a more dangerous place for Indigenous Peoples. Our ancestral lands are still under attack, with giant multi-national and State companies creeping in, egged on by international and local neoliberal economic policies. Hundreds of thousands have been forcibly displaced due to these projects, forcing our people to part with lands passed on by our ancestors, breaking apart our peoples and slowly destroying our ways of life.

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IPMSDL World Indigenous Peoples Day Statement: Onward With the Struggle For Self-Determination! Defend our Territories and Ways of Life!

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The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation joins hands with Indigenous Peoples all over the world to celebrate the World Indigenous Peoples Day. As we commemorate this day, let us be reminded of the fact that there is much to celebrate about, but there is also much left to be done.

We faced many challenges last year. The world has become a more dangerous place for Indigenous Peoples. Our ancestral lands are still under attack, with giant multi-national and State companies creeping in, egged on by international and local neoliberal economic policies. Hundreds of thousands have been forcibly displaced due to these projects, forcing our people to part with lands passed on by our ancestors, breaking apart our peoples and slowly destroying our ways of life.

Guns and bullets by State security forces and corporate agents meet our resistance to projects that adversely affect us, with the death toll of indigenous rights activists and advocates rising every year. Governments continue to disregard our basic civil and political, and economic, social and cultural rights, and deny us basic social services like education, health and adequate shelter. Yet international bodies, governments and multi-national companies continue to exploit us, squeezing out each and every drop of blood and sweat and toil they can from our peoples.

In addition, government and corporate agents continue to bribe, co-opt or coerce indigenous leaders and activists in order to get their way with our lands. Giant multi-national companies and State agencies install fake leaders, create sham organizations and hold mock consultations to acquire free, prior and informed consent that they would not get otherwise from Indigenous Peoples groups determined to resist corporate encroachment of indigenous lands. This results in disagreements and divisions within our communities, thus benefiting business interests. They seek to sow disunity among our ranks, even as we seek to unite.

In the days to come, we expect more violations of our rights as Indigenous Peoples. We expect more underhanded maneuvers to divest us of our ancestral lands. We expect more corporate projects to encroach on our soil, as they try to gain more profits from our lands, sweat and blood. We expect repressive governments to unleash more and more of their dogs, snarling their way into our homes and communities and ultimately depriving us of our lives and freedoms.

Yet our situation is not hopeless. Millions of Indigenous Peoples are getting organized, while tens of millions more advocates are linking with us and supporting our cause. We have fought off gigantic companies like Oceana Gold in the Philippines from ravaging our forests and mountains. We have prevented dams like those in Baram, Sarawak from drowning our lands and us. We continue to seek justice for the victims of killings and harassment of indigenous rights activists and advocates. We have joined hands with other non-indigenous peoples in the battle against unjust neoliberal economic and other government policies, rising militarism, just wages, discrimination against women and other genders, and other peoples rights issues.

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Our strength comes from our unity not just among ourselves as Indigenous Peoples, but in unity with other oppressed peoples all over the world. Our resistance grows as we struggle to defend what is rightfully ours. We grow strong, and we will continue to grow stronger. We will continue to strengthen our ranks and consolidate our forces as we struggle to defend, to our last breath, our right to determine our future, retain our lands and regain our lives.

We will not be complacent because of our victories. We will not cower from fear. We will not our take our oppression in silence. Together with other exploited peoples all over the world, we will not be moved; we will not be shoved down. We will fight back!

Photos by Felix Diaz (top) and Jenna Pope (bottom)

A Chance for Peace: Supporting the Opportunity for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines

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All over the world Indigenous Peoples continue to face oppression and exploitation by uncaring governments and self-serving corporations. We are still one of the most marginalized sectors in society. States and big businesses continue to deny our right to self determination, our collective rights as peoples, our right to land, our very right to life. Wars of aggression, counter-insurgency and militarization displace us from our homes. Environmentally destructive activities such as large-scale mining, mono-crop plantations and their resultant disasters threaten our very existence.

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Nagaland: Time-tested attitude: an unwavering reality

In the backdrop of ongoing Ceasefire agreements and political negotiations that different Naga political organizations have entered into with the Government of India, and the various efforts of Reconciliation amongst the Naga political groups in particular, and so also with the silent efforts to reconcile with our past history of human sufferings, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights have been making its own effort to stay away from provocative issues and elements. However, the constant recurrence of acts with utter disregards for human life where Nagas are concerned, at the hands of Indian military personnel, one is left with choice but to express its resentments with pain and anger.

Amongst many others, we had the recent killings by Indian soldiers, who are supposed to be know all over the world “for their excellent behavior and discipline” (sic), of two young school Children now known as the infamous “Wuzu Firing”. In the past too, in the same district of Phek, we had the 14 Assam Rifles waging war on school children at Bible Hill Phek town for speaking in English while coming from school through the main road that passes through their camp, which was established after the Reverend in Charge of the Bible Hill was buried alive.

Last month, on the 23rd of June 2016, right in the heart of India, the world’s biggest democracy, at Bareilly in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, a young Naga boy in his 20s, in the person of Vezota Vasa, who was enlisted and serving as an Indian Sepoy of the Jat Regiment was murdered by his own camp-mates by all indications and evidences that the family has revealed through the media and to the various authorities in their search for truth and justice, in a situation where the family was not allowed even to see the whole body, Post-mortem carried out in the absence of the family, body cleaned in the absence of the family prior to the agreed time of cleaning etc.

Besides so many other incidences, both reported and un-reported, the Indian army continues to bulldoze and bully the Naga population through checking and frisking, raid houses, arrests people, even enforce liquor prohibition on highways etc. all under the protection of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, and side by side, conduct tours, contribute computers worth measly amounts and pose for photographs, conduct medical camps, all for cheap publicity and to say that they are the “friends of the hill people”.

All this actions and behavior are time-tested and nothing new to the Nagas and this are unwavering realities, which will be repeated again and again. NPMHR calls upon the Government of India to recall its military from all Naga areas for the sake of humanity.

Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)
21 July 2016

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENT A Chance for Peace: Supporting the Opportunity for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines

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Photo by Mark Ambay/IPMSDL Research

Dear friends, activists and advocates,

The IPMSDL International Coordinating Committee recently approved a statement entitled “A Chance for Peace.” The statement is about the peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The civil war in the Philippines has resulted in the death of over 40,000 individuals since 1968. This death toll includes thousands of indigenous peoples in the country. Hundreds of thousands more have been forced to flee their homes time and again due to this war.

We believe the peace process, which the new Philippine president Duterte has vowed will include Indigenous Peoples, will give our brothers and sisters in the Philippines breathing space and, should a peace agreement be reached, will be beneficial to Indigenous and non-indigenous Peoples alike in the country.

We encourage everyone to read this statement. If you agree with what it says, please endorse the statement by emailing back to us through ipmsdl@gmail.com. Please send your endorsements on or before July 21, 8am Manila time.

Please be so kind as to disseminate widely to your networks. Looking forward to your favorable response. Thanks and more power.

In solidarity,
Mark Ambay
IPMSDL Research

Note: For those who will forward this statement, please ensure that the response will get back to us at IPMSDL so we can include their names on the list of those endorsing the statement. Thanks.

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A Chance for Peace: Supporting the Opportunity for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines

All over the world Indigenous Peoples continue to face oppression and exploitation by uncaring governments and self-serving corporations. We are still one of the most marginalized sectors in society. States and big businesses continue to deny our right to self determination, our collective rights as peoples, our right to land, our very right to life. Wars of aggression, counter-insurgency and militarization displace us from our homes. Environmentally destructive activities such as large-scale mining, mono-crop plantations and their resultant disasters threaten our very existence.

Our sisters and brothers from the Philippines face the same threats day in and day out. The Philippine government’s neoliberal economic and pro-big business policies have negatively affected the lives of Indigenous Peoples in the country, fueling more resistance to extractive and energy industry projects. This resistance, in turn, has been met head-on by the Philippine government with increased militarization of Indigenous Peoples communities, thereby maintaining a vicious cycle of human rights abuses and murders that continue to plague the lives of Indigenous Peoples every single day.

For so-called “peace and development”, over 80 Indigenous Peoples have been victims of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the Philippine military and its para-military groups and 30,000 have been forced to leave their homes due to militarization. Sexual assault and rape of indigenous women by military personnel have gone unpunished. 2000 indigenous youth have been forced to leave school due to government closure of indigenous schools. Military forces encamp in indigenous communities on an almost daily basis. Trumped up charges have been filed against hundreds of indigenous activists and their advocates. These abuses were done in the name of an anti-insurgency campaign, a campaign of red-tagging and anti-communist paranoia that delegitimizes the validity of Filipino Indigenous Peoples’ struggles for their right to self determination, to land, to life.

It is with glad hearts, then, that we welcome the statement of the Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to include our sister and brother Indigenous Peoples in the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Duterte, in his inaugural speech, stated that he looks “forward to the participation of all other stakeholders, particularly our indigenous peoples, to ensure inclusivity in the peace process.” An agreement for a just and lasting peace will give Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines the chance to attain what has been denied them by the previous administrations in the country.

We hope the resumption of the peace talks will lead to a lessening and eventual disappearance of violations of civil and political rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines. We also hope that an agreement on economic, social and cultural rights be signed and the rights to self determination, land and life of Indigenous Peoples be upheld therein.

We are optimistic. We believe this peace process has a chance to work. But we also believe that others with vested interests will derail this peace process in order to deny not only Indigenous Peoples but also others their rights. Thus our optimism is also coupled with watchfulness to ensure that the derailment of the Philippine peace process will not come to pass.

This peace process and the possible resulting peace agreement present a possibility of providing a template for future work of other Indigenous Peoples in other parts of the world. We believe this possibility should not be wasted.

We enjoin our sisters and brothers in the Philippines to be vigilant in militantly asserting their collective rights to self-determination, as well as continue to support the rights of non-indigenous peoples as well. We must continue to assert and claim these rights, and strive to to organize and educate more individuals and organizations on people’s issues. We call on all Indigenous Peoples and advocates of Indigenous Peoples rights all over the globe to support the peace process in the Philippines.

Let us join hands and continue to assert our right to self determination and break the chains of oppression all over the world.

Signed:
Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
Ben Powless, Indigenous Peoples Rights activist, Canada
Casey Box, Land is Life, United States of America
Catherine Eatock, Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC), Australia
Celestine Nkabari Akpobari, Ogoni Solidarity Forum, Nigeria
India Reed Bowers, International Organization for Self Determination and Equality (IOSDE), Sweden
Jiten Yumnam, Center for Research and Advocacy Manipur (CRAM), Manipur
Leonard Imbiri, Dewan Adat Papua, West Papua
Marcus Terena, Inter-Tribal Committee, Brazil
Norma Maldonado, Asociacion Raxch’ och’ Oxlaju Aj (AROAJ), Guatemala
Rukka Sombolinggi, Alliance of indigenous Peoples in the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia
Saro Legbrosi Pyagbara, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Nigeria
Windel Bolinget, Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), Philippines

Endorsements
For Organizations
Active Society Nepal, Nepal
Atama Katama, Borneo Dayak Forum, Sabah
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Metro Manila, Philippines
Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines, Hong Kong
Catherine Coumans, Ph.D., Research Coordinator and Asia-Pacific Coordinator, MiningWatch Canada, Canada
Cordillera Alliance, Hong Kong
Daniel Kobei, Executive Director, Ogiek Peoples Development Program, Kenya
Dr. Malem Ningthouja, Campaign for Peace and Democracy Manipur, Manipur
Geetha Lakmini, We Women Lanka, Sri Lanka
Gilda Cabongbong Banugan, Migrante International Taiwan Chapter, Taiwan
Gill Boehringer, International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers-Australia, Australia
Greg Reynolds, Inclusive Catholics Victoria, Australia
Indigenous Nationalities Women Youth Network, Nepal
Kakay Tolentino, BAI Indigenous Womens Network in the Philippines, Philippines
Khesheli Chishi, Indigenous Women Forum Northeast India
Kirat Chamling Associtaion, Nepal
Kirat Chamling Language Culture Development Association, Nepal
Kirat Chamling Youth Society, Nepal
Kirat Youth Society, Nepal
Martha Ntoipo, Executive Director, Pastoralist Information and Development Organization, Tanzania
Neingulo Krome, Secretary General, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights, Nagaland
People Unity Youth Society, Nepal
Piya Malayao, KATRIBU Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KATRIBU), Philippines
Rachelle Dyanne Llauder Bascarra, Vice-Chairperson, Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines, United Kingdom
Rafael Joseph Maramag, Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines, United Kingdom
Raju Bikram Chamling, Project/Program Coordinator, NGO-Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Nationalities, Nepal
Ramon Bultron, Asia Pacific Migrant Mission, Hong Kong
Remish Ekka, Adivasi Navjeewan Gathan Navjyoti Agua, India
Rey Asis, Asian Students Association, Hong Kong
Salai Za Uk Ling, Program Director, Chin Human Rights Organization
Samin Ngach, Cambodia indigneous Youth Association, Cambodia
Severin Sindizera, Director General AIDB-Burundi, Burundi
Shankar Limbu, Lawyers for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples, Nepal
Sr. Maria Fatima Somogod, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines
Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, Philippines
Tahal Thami, Director, Lawyers Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples, Nepal
unite brisbane, Australia
United Filipinos in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Unity Society, Nepal
Youth Awareness Society Nepal, Nepal
Youth NGO-Federation, Nepal

Individual Indigenous Rights and Peace Advocates
Aileen RG Dabu, writer, Philippines
Aleli Bawagan, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Alex Turla Enano, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Allan Ponce-Enrile Tolentino, Asian Institute of Management Alumni Association, Philippines
Atty. Alnie Foja, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Angelito Delantar Araja, St. Clement Mission Seminary, Nicodemus Solidarity, Philippines
Danilo Capili, civil servant, Philippines
Donna Mae Francisco, Migrante New York, USA
Eric Guray, instructor, Philippines
Francis Villabroza, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Hope Vervilla, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Jaime Villaflores, Peace Advocate, Philippines
Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo, Secretary fo the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Atty. Jill Santos, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Jo A. Santos, writer/photographer, Philippines
Johnry dela Cruz, RN, People’s Health Movement, Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Washington DC, USA
Joselito Caparino, civil servant, Philippines
Lisa Marie Clemente, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Liz Adamos-Cortez, United Methodist Church, Philippines
Mae Fe Ancheta Tempa, Undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Malou H. Turalde, Assistant Secretary OPG Promotive Programs, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Misyel Grace Santos, Indigenous Peoples Rights and Peace Advocate, Philippines
Ron Magbuhos, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
Rose Roque, Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy-UP Manila, Philippines
Stuart Harrison, Indigenous Peoples Rights and Peace Advocate, Australia
William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Defender and Freelance Journalist, United Kingdom