PRESS RELEASE | ECP Bishops to DoJ Secretary: do the right thing, withdraw terrorist list and continue peace talks

MEDIA RELEASE
May 18, 2018

ECP Bishops to DoJ Secretary: do the right thing, withdraw terrorist list and continue peace talks

In a statement of “deep concern” over the alleged terrorist list filed in court by the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Council of Bishops of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines (ECP) urged the DoJ Secretary to “withdraw the list if not the petition altogether” as great risk and threats of harassment looms on the individuals listed including two of the ECP’s members – International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Global Coordinator Beverly Longid and the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

The ECP statement was released in response to the DoJ petition filed at the Manila Regional Trial Court last February seeking to tag the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist groups under the Human Security Act of 2007. The petition includes over 600 names accused of membership in the CPP-NPA. Other than Longid and Corpuz, both known as international Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights advocates who are also Indigenous Bontok-Kankanaey from the Mountain Province, IP leaders also found in the list are Joan Carling, Atty. Jose Molintas, Windel Bolinget, Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding, Joanna Carino, Datu Isidro Indao, Datu Mandayhon, and Datu Mampadayag.

“Due to my social involvement, I have experienced threats, harassments, and intimidation from suspected State agents,” Longid said in her personal statement. Similarly, the ECP stated that human rights advocates and ECP members accused of trumped up cases reported being subject of harassments making them vulnerable to unjust vexation – something they believe should have ended during the Martial Law years.

Attacks on IP and human rights activists is “a reaction [of the government] to [the] defense of Lumads caught in the massive military operations launched by Rodrigo Duterte” as Tauli-Corpuz pointed out in an interview. Longid also stressed, “Impunity reigns in my country, and the pronouncements and actions of Duterte show his total disregard for human rights, peoples’ welfare and interests, and rule of law, undermining our tight to speak freely and other basic freedoms.”

The ECP expressed that, instead of vilifying and putting people in great risk, the government must push for the peace talks with the National Democratic Front to prosper by addressing the ‘socio-economic issues [that] have spawned the long-drawn conflict in this land’ and put an end to ‘killing each other for another generation’. The IPMSDL reports that numerous cases of IP rights violations, killings, and attacks on culture and ways of life are the result of state military and para-military abuses carried out under the guise of counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism activities.

“The International IPMSDL organization, and I in my personal capacity, is overwhelmed by this show of solidarity to drop the DoJ terrorist list. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the whole Council,” Longid declared regarding the ECP’s statement. “At the same time, we appeal to all to echo the call to dismiss and delist the names in the DoJ petition and stand for everyone’s democratic rights for lawful dissent without fearing for their safety and security.”

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

CLICK HERE to view the ECP Council of Bishops’ Statement.

On the Struggle of the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador Against Extractivism in the Aguarico River

Protect Indigenous Peoples Lives and Territories!
A Statement of Support to the Struggle of the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador
Against Extractivism in the Aguarico River

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) condones the destructive and invasive gold mining and extraction operations in the Aguarico River and the Cayambe-Coca National Park in Ecuador that trample the rights of the Kofan people of Sinangoe over their ancestral lands and territories.

The Kofan Community of Sinangoe, along with several Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities and local organizations, expressed their strong condemnation of the Ecuadorian Government’s awarding of mining concessions within their ancestral territories in a public denunciation released on May 2, 2018 following the Sinangoe Indigenous Guards’ discovery of heavily equipped mining operations in the Aguarico River.

These extractive invasions are illegally operating without any prior consultation with Sinangoe and without a proper environmental license to which Mario Criollo, President of the Cofán de Sinangoe community, referred to as “a direct violation of the Ecuadorian Constitution and international treaties”. The pollution of the river and plunder of forest lands puts the Kofan people’s health, homes, livelihood, and culture at risk. These mining activities are prelude to the Amazon gold rush, which will bring about bigger environmental catastrophes with potentially devastating effects on the lands, waters, forests, and the fragile ecosystem of the region.

The Aguarico River, which extends across some parts of the Amazon rainforest, is the source of life not only of the Kofan people, but of all the Indigenous nationalities living along the Aguarico. Last April 16, the Sinangoe Community joined other mining-impacted communities in a national protest that called upon the government to cancel all new mining concessions and stop all operations in the headwaters of the Aguarico River.

Despite Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno’s bold pronouncements that not one mining concession will be awarded, the current administration – particularly the Environment Ministry, the Mining Ministry, the National Prosecutor, the Ombudsman Office, and the local governments remain tightlipped and hands-off on the issue.
We call on the international community, IP organizations and advocates to stand with the Kofan and the IP communities of Ecuador and continue to assert our right to our lands, territories, and ways of life! We stand steadfast against extractivism and a system that puts a higher value on profits than indigenous lives and lands.

STOP THE MINING AND GOLD EXTRACTIONS IN AGUARICO RIVER!
FIGHT FOR THE KOFAN PEOPLES RIGHT TO ANCESTRAL TERRITORIES!

SIGN THE PLEDGE: https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/stand-sinangoe/

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

PRESS RELEASE | International Indigenous Peoples Movement praises local councils’ resolution against PH terrorist list

MEDIA RELEASE
May 17, 2018

International Indigenous Peoples Movement
praises local councils’ resolution against PH terrorist list

“Activism is not terrorism. And with the growing support of local councils in the Philippines against the terrorist tagging by the Duterte administration, I am more than thankful for the reassurance that our fight for the rights, freedom, and justice of Indigenous Peoples are legitimate,” said International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Global Coordinator Beverly Longid, referring to the passing of Resolution No. 27 – 2018 by the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Sagada, the Resolution No. 2018-182 by the Mountain Province Provincial Board, and the Baguio City Council Resolution No. 92.

IPMSDL commends the Municipality of Sagada’s resolution last April 16 “requesting the Department of Justice/Philippine government to drop in its terrorist tag the following persons, namely: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Joan Carling, Beverly L. Longid, Atty. Jose Molintas, Windel Bolinget, Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding and Joanna Cariño.” Similarly, last March 20, the Baguio City passed a resolution “urging the government to drop the ’terrorist’ tag against Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) leaders.”

“As a daughter of the Cordillera, I am glad that these councils recognized that the Department of Justice (DOJ) fabricated the terrorist list in the proscription which includes my name and my colleagues in the CPA. I have been with different internationally-recognized IP organizations and civil society movements here and abroad since the 80s. These councils know us and our passion in advocating for the respect and recognition of IP rights,” Longid, an Indigenous Bontok-Kankanaey, explained.

The DOJ petition for proscription released on February 21, 2018 listed over 600 names for alleged membership in the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) -organizations which allegedly use “acts of terror to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government.”

With the recent killings and illegal arrests of human rights workers and activists, the ‘terrorist list’ merely intensifies the government’s free pass to arrest voices critical of the Duterte government, including IP and human rights defenders. Recently, Fr. Mark Ventura, a Catholic priest and an IP and anti-mining advocate was shot dead in front of children and choir members after having mass in Cagayan last April 29.

“These are dark times indeed for human rights in the Philippines. I recently became a grandmother and I would like to spend time with my family, especially my granddaughter, without fearing for our safety. That’s why I thank all institutions, organizations, and individuals in the Philippines and abroad who echo our call to drop the DOJ petition and guarantee the protection of every activists’ human rights,” ended Longid.

Click on the links to access the resolutions:

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

On the renewed US-Philippines 34th Balikatan Exercises

NO TO IMPERIALIST MILITARY AGGRESSION IN PHILIPPINES AND ASIA!
STATEMENT ON THE RENEWED US-PHILIPPINES 34TH BALIKATAN EXERCISES

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) calls for the immediate termination and removal of military exercises by the United States (US) Military and other imperialist countries in the Philippines after the opening of the renewed Balikatan Exercises last May 7, 2018. This outright foreign military intervention will further instigate the aggression currently escalating in the West Philippine Sea putting the sovereignty and safety of women, children, and Indigenous Peoples (IP) in grave danger, and the natural environment at risk of destruction.

Major provinces in Central Luzon and Cagayan region, home for Aeta IP villages and other local communities, will be the war games zone to almost 8,000 military forces from the US, Japan, Australia, and Philippines in the guise of improved “counter-terrorism capabilities” for the “eradication of global terror networks.” For the Aeta farmers, this means threats of dislocation from their ancestral lands, as well as disruption of livelihood and ways of life. In Central Luzon, a sprawling 18,000 hectare Camp O’Donnell, a component facility of Clark Air Base which used to be US Air Force’s military base, captured the IP ancestral lands causing major dislocation to thousands of Aetas.

For 70 years under the US and Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) which was signed after World War II, the military machinery of US has mobilized direct and indirect military intervention to protect their political and economic interests in several countries. This militarism impacts against the people in their own countries through increased military bases occupation, proxy wars, intensive intelligence surveillance, and counterinsurgency plans usually employed to quell local dissent to both local and foreign economic and military intrusions.

The fueling of militarist actions is directly tantamount to several cases of massive environmental destruction like the damage caused by the US Navy warship to the World Heritage Site, Tubbataha Reef National Park in Palawan, in 2013 which also victimized indigenous fisherfolks. IP are also exposed to grave human rights violations as seen when 6,000 US troops, double of those deployed in Iran, occupied Zamboanga in Mindanao, where Lumad indigenous communities faced blows of attacks on their houses and schools. Subsequently, military exercises and military deployment target areas that are rich with natural resources which become ideal locations for mining, plantation, extractivism and energy projects by the state and multinational and transnational foreign corporations.

Intensified militarism only jeopardizes IP, peasants, women, fisherfolks, and children, subjecting them and their communities to military atrocities and human rights violations. It escalates environmental plunder and uses third world countries as pawns to global military offensive of imperialist powers. We call for solidarity from all IP and freedom advocates against US intervention and imperialist militarism that threatens the rights of peoples and IP all over the world!

STOP THE US MILITARY INTERVENTION IN PHILIPPINES!
STOP THE BALIKATAN EXERCISES!
FIGHT FOR IP RIGHTS ON ANCESTRAL LANDS AND TERRITORIES!
DOWN WITH US IMPERIALISM!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

On the Murder of Olivia Arévalo Lomas

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Stop The Killings of Indigenous Peoples!
Condemn the Murder of 89-Year-Old Peruvian IP leader Olivia Arevalo Lomas!

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) expresses its grave condemnation against the murder of 89-year-old Olivia Arevalo Lomas, a leader of Shipibo Konibo Indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon.

Lomas, a staunch Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights defender and a healer using traditional form of singing-medicine, was shot several times without mercy in the chest by a gun man in front of her family and children in the afternoon of April 19, 2018 in her house in Victoria Gracia, Ucayali, Peru.

A death threat with a bullet was sent to another female healer of the Shipibo at the time of the assassination. An alarming spike of death threats, constant harassments, and intimidation have been experienced by IP leaders and communities following their fight against the palm oil company responsible for appropriating and deforesting several hectares of their ancestral territory. On September 2017, six farmers were also murdered by criminal gangs after refusing to give up their lands.

In Peru, and greater part of Latin America and the Amazon forests, growing violence, human rights violations, and displacements due to aggressive land grabbing for plantation and energy projects is escalating. Across the globe, the IP are severely victimized by the rabid plunder and seizure of lands by corporations and States for plantations, dams, highways, or mineral, oil, and gas exploitation.

The extreme vulnerability and grave dangers faced by IP are exacerbated by the failure of the authorities to prosecute the perpetrators of injustice and stop the impunity against human rights abuses. More often, the state, and criminal local armed groups collaborating with huge corporations serve as an instrument to further intensify these attacks.

We call on the government of Peru and private corporations to stop the attacks against the Indigenous communities of Peru and respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples to lands, resources, and territories! We demand justice for all the victims of human rights violations in Peru and hold the perpetrators accountable for the brutal killings of all human rights defenders! We call on all IP organizations, advocates and other oppressed peoples across the globe to continue our fight to defend our lands, cultures, and our very identity!

STOP THE KILLINGS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES!
UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD!
UNITE AND STRUGGLE FOR OUR RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERATION!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

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¡Detener las matanzas de los pueblos indígenas!
¡Condena el asesinato de Olivia Arévalo Lomas, IP líder en Perú!

El Movimiento Internacional de Pueblos Indígenas para la Autodeterminación y la Liberación (IPMSDL) expresa su grave condena contra el asesinato de Olivia Arevalo Lomas, de 89 años, líder del grupo indígena Shipibo Konibo en la Amazonía peruana.

Lomas, defensora de los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (IP) y curandera usando la forma tradicional de canto-medicina, recibió disparos sin misericordia en el pecho por un hombre armado frente a su familia y sus hijos en la tarde del 19 de abril de 2018 en su casa en Victoria Gracia, Ucayali, Perú.

Una amenaza de muerte con una bala fue enviada a otra curandera de Shipibo en el momento del asesinato. Un alarmante aumento de amenazas de muerte, acosos constantes e intimidación han sido experimentados por líderes y comunidades de IP después de su lucha contra la compañía de aceite de palma responsable de apropiarse y deforestar varias hectáreas de su territorio ancestral. En septiembre de 2017, seis bandas de delincuentes también asesinaron a seis agricultores tras negarse a ceder sus tierras.

En el Perú, y en la mayor parte de América Latina y los bosques amazónicos, la violencia creciente, las violaciones de los derechos humanos y los desplazamientos debido al acaparamiento agresivo de tierras para proyectos de plantaciones y energía están en aumento. En todo el mundo, las IP son severamente victimizadas por el saqueo y la incautación rapaz de tierras por parte de corporaciones y estados para plantaciones, represas, carreteras o explotación de minerales, petróleo y gas.

La extrema vulnerabilidad y los graves peligros a los que se enfrenta la propiedad intelectual se ven agravados por el hecho de que las autoridades no enjuician a los autores de la injusticia ni detienen la impunidad contra los abusos contra los derechos humanos. Con mayor frecuencia, el estado y los grupos armados locales criminales que colaboran con grandes corporaciones sirven como un instrumento para intensificar aún más estos ataques.

Hacemos un llamamiento al gobierno de Perú y a las corporaciones privadas para que detengan los ataques contra las comunidades indígenas de Perú y respeten los derechos de los pueblos indígenas sobre las tierras, los recursos y los territorios. ¡Exigimos justicia para todas las víctimas de violaciones de los derechos humanos en Perú y responsabilizamos a los perpetradores por los asesinatos brutales de todos los defensores de los derechos humanos! Llamamos a todas las organizaciones de IP, defensores y otras personas oprimidas de todo el mundo a continuar nuestra lucha para defender nuestras tierras, culturas y nuestra propia identidad.

 

¡DETENGAN LAS ASESINATAS DE PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS!
¡MANTENER LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS Y EL DERECHO A LA AUTODETERMINACIÓN Y EL DESARROLLO DE LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS DEL MUNDO!
ÚNATE Y LUCHA POR NUESTRO DERECHO A LA AUTODETERMINACIÓN Y LA LIBERACIÓN!

 

La referencia: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

On the struggle for Native Customary Rights of the G6 Communities

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) strongly supports the struggle of the Orang Asal communities of Pitas, Sabah and stands with them in their defense of land, territories, and ways of life against private interests which threaten their Native Customary Rights (NCR).

In a span of three years, over 2,300 acres of mangrove plantation in Pitas, Northern Sabah was cleared to pave the way for the Pitas Shrimp Park, a joint venture between the Yayasan Sabah’s Inno-Fisheries Sdn Bhd and the Sun­light Seafood (Sabah) Sdn Bhd. The villagers had no prior knowledge of the project until it encroached on their land in 2014.

The Mangrove Plantation in Pitas in 2013 and 2018. In less than 3 years, over 2,300 acres of mangroves have been cleared for aquaculture. Photo from Shrimp News International.

This led to the formation of the G6 or the Group of the 6 affected communities namely Kampung Telaga, Kampung Gumpa, Kampung Ungkup, Kampung Boluuh Skim, Kampung Datong, and Kampung Sungai Eloi. The G6, headed by its founder, Mastupai Somong, is at the forefront of the struggle to save the remaining 1,000 acres of mangroves and get the area legally recognized as NCR Land.

The members of the G6 communities are mostly of Dusun, Rungus, Sungai, and Tombonuo descent. The destruction of the area would not only mean the destruction of their livelihood and resources, but also of their Indigenous identities and ways of life as the shrimp park has also affected their means to create traditional medicine, gather building materials, and to practice traditional rituals in sacred sites.

“Development projects” like the Pitas Shrimp Park supposedly bring the promise of job opportunities, roads, and access to basic utilities like water and electricity, but these promises often do not materialize and instead, leaves Indigenous communities in even more unfavorable conditions than before. The Pitas Shrimp Park, which claims to be Asia’s largest aquaculture project, failed to provide jobs for the villagers of Kampung Sungai Eloi. The mangrove swamp, which once was home to a wide diversity of endangered species of flora and fauna, is now a mere waste dump of the companies.

IPMSDL condemns these Inno-Fisheries and Sunlight Seafood’s blatant disregard of the Orang Asal’s right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC). We hold these actors accountable for the Orang Asal’s loss of livelihood and all the ecological damages in their territory. We challenge Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman to stand with the Orang Asal and uphold their Native Customary Rights.

We also call on friends, allies, and fellow Indigenous Peoples to stand in solidarity with the G6 in their struggle for FPIC and self-determined development. Let us continue to support and advance the G6’s collective and militant actions to defend their lands and right to self-determination!

Long live the G6 Communities! Protect our ancestral lands!
Uphold the Orang Asal’s Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent!
Uphold the Orang Asal’s Native Customary Rights!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

On the Appointment of Retired Col. Capuyan as Undersecretary of IP Concerns in The Philippines

The Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) deplores the further militarization of bureaucracy in the Philippines with President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of Retired Colonel Allen Capuyan as the new Presidential Adviser for Indigenous Peoples’ concern last April 23.

Capuyan, now head of the task force formed supposedly to “emphasize the need for greater convergence among national government line agencies on IP concerns,” was dragged in cases of corruption and smuggling of illegal drugs in the Bureau of Customs, while he was an official of the Manila International Airport Authority.

He has also been accused as the man behind the wiretapping of the phone call conversation between former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and then Commission on Elections official about allegedly rigging the results of the 2004 national elections. He was the Chief for Operations of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

He also served as the Intelligence Service Unit Chief of Davao City, where President Duterte previously served as the mayor, and was one of the minds behind the intensified military operations in Mt. Diwalwal in Mindanao. By collaborating with local mining corporations and sowing fear in the community through made-up stories about rebel-forces in the area, he was able to justify heavy militarization of the mountain area, thereby evicting Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral land in favor of the mining companies.

The IPMSDL registers its strong disapproval on the militarizing of agencies that assume to safeguard the rights and lives of IP. We remain firm in its call – to genuinely address the needs of the IP, the government should stop selling the ancestral lands of Lumad, Moro, and IP in Mindanao to big foreign investors who run destructive mining and plantation businesses.

The recent massive forced evacuations of at least 30,000 Lumad families, the killings of over 30 Lumad under the Duterte regime, the harassment, food blockade, and intimidation on the students and teachers in Lumad schools in the pretext of the Martial Law extension in the whole of island of Mindanao, only shows the insincerity of the state in genuinely resolving the problems of immense poverty, dislocations, environmental plunder, injustice, and human rights violations that lead to the Lumad’s genocide.

In addition, several IP leaders and advocates have been continuously harassed and silenced and tagged as terrorists by the state using the problematic Human Security Act of 2007. Among those tagged werenational minority leaders from Mindanao like Datu Mandayhon, Datu Mampadayag, and Mamerto Guyanon who are known to actively oppose mining corporation and agribusiness plantations that encroached in their ancestral lands.

We denounce this move by the Duterte administration of further militarizing and sowing terror among IP in the Philippines! We call on all Indigenous Peoples and human rights organizations and advocates to unite against all forms of attacks and brutal repression of the state and corporations to IP leaders and communities! We appeal to the international community to stand with us in the struggle for freedom, ancestral lands, and the right to self-determination and ways of life!

NO TO MILITARIZATION OF CIVILIAN BUREAUCRACY!
WITHDRAW THE MILITARY FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE!
DEFEND ANCESTRAL LANDS!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

Solidarity Message on Cordillera Day 2018

Achieve Greater Victories for The Indigenous Peoples of Cordillera and the World:
Unite to Resist Tyranny! Assert our Right to Self-Determination!

A Message of Solidarity of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) to the 34th Cordillera Day

In this occasion of Cordillera Day 2018, The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) salutes the relentless struggle of Indigenous Peoples (IP) of the Cordillera! We extend our warmest greetings of solidarity to your celebration this April 22 – 25, 2018 in Asin, Baguio City.

The IPMSDL takes pride in recognizing the vital and active part of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) in paving the way of a broad and united alliance of IP organizations and rights advocates in the Philippines, in Asia, and in the international platform. In November 2010, also here in Baguio City, during the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to the Climate Crisis, the IPMSDL was established with the CPA as one of its founding organizations.

With highest regards, the IP movements across the globe take inspiration from the victories as well as learnings from the continuing and persistent struggle of the Cordillera people for land, rights, and territories. We bestow honor to Ama Macliing Dulag and the countless IP martyrs killed by the fascist State forces and local cohorts of the imperialist plunderers. We aspire to make our IP heroes proud of how far we have struggled in carrying on the fight for the defense of territories and ways of life and for self-determination.

In the midst of spiraling global economic crises, the imperialist states have intensified worldwide geopolitical conflicts and neoliberal assaults that put the majority of the people in widespread impoverishment, trample human rights, and control over our lands and resources. In the Cordillera, the people are haunted by the multi-million dollar Chico River Pump Irrigation Project by the Philippine and Chinese governments – an outright sell-out of natural resources and ancestral lands, and further corporatization of agricultural services to foreign investors. Moreover, the Duterte regime has continued to adhere to neoliberal framework of development implementing anti-people and anti-poor policies and programs such as the tax reform law, jeepney phase out, mining, energy projects, drug war, and Oplan Kapayaan among others that have brought serious poverty incidence, unemployment, heightened militarization, forced evacuation of Indigenous communities, and unprecedented human rights violations.

Instead of heeding the calls and legitimate demands of the Cordillera people for democratic rights, the government attacks known Indigenous rights activists and labelled them as terrorists. Cordillera rights activists who were tagged as enemies of the State include IPMSDL Global Coordinator Beverly Longid, CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget, SANDUGO Co-Chairperson Joanna Cariño, former AIPP Secretary General Joan Carling, former member of UN EMRIP Jose Molintas, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, and a leader of Tontongan ti Umili Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding. The Duterte regime is desperate to cripple the Cordillera mass movement by demonizing IP leaders, advocates, and organizations. This further exposed the tyrannical fascist rule of Duterte in silencing all dissents and amassing all State powers into a one iron fist against the toiling Filipino masses. Duterte has proven that he is an ultimate cuddler of landlords, oligarchs, and foreign businesses who exploit the lands and resources of our Indigenous communities.

History has shown, time and again, that exploitation and oppression breed resistance. Injustice only challenges the exploited to persevere and fight for their rights. The linking of the Indigenous Peoples’ struggle to the struggle of all oppressed peoples – strengthens, consolidates and unites in achieving triumphs and raising our struggle for self-determination and liberation to new and greater heights.

Let us learn from the rich history and victories of the IP struggle in defense of rights and dignity and assertion of self-determined sustainable development. Let us pay tribute to the Indigenous men and women heroes who sacrificed their lives in defense of our rights, lands, and territories!

Let us strengthen our unity and solidarity as we broaden our linkages and struggle to defeat all attempts of the tyrant and despotic Duterte regime in trampling down our rights! In the tradition of collective and militant struggle of Cordillera people for self-determination, greater victories are ours!

LONG LIVE THE 34TH CORDILLERA DAY!
DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES AND WAYS OF LIFE!
UNITE TO RESIST TYRANNY! NO TO US-DUTERTE FASCIST RULE!
LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD TO SELF-DETERMINATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND LIBERATION!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator, info@ipmsdl.org

On the Detention of Jerome Succor Aba

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self- Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) indignantly condemns the unjust deportation of Jerome Succor Aba, a Moro leader and peace advocate in the Philippines, after being arbitrarily detained by the US immigration authorities at the San Francisco International Airport.

Aba, the vice-chairperson of Sandugo – Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination, is scheduled for immediate deportation on April 18, US time. But 24 hours of detentioned passed, authorities failed to give any basis or explanation on the reasons of denial of entry. He was also unlawfully denied his right to any legal counsel, and denied any access to communication to talk with his hosts and friends in San Francisco, USA.

Aba was scheduled to attend the Sixteenth National Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) for Global Peace with Justice in Washington D.C. on April 20 to 23. He was set to join various activities in the USA to speak about the human rights and martial law situation in Mindanao, Southern part of the Philippines, under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The event is organized by US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Sisters of Mercy, and the General Board of Global Ministries-United Methodist Church as part of the annual national gathering of churches on peace and social justice. The Stop The Killings Speaking Tour sponsored by International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines will also have him as a resource speaker during his stay in the US.

Aba was set to expose the role of the US military in the atrocities against the national minorities in Mindanao, especially at the height of the siege in Marawi, showing the outright intervention of US military facilities, weapons, and troops. Thousands of Meranaw, Moro peoples of Marawi, were forcibly evacuated and up to the present are not allowed to go back home.

Under current state of martial law and the fascist attacks of the Duterte administration, harassments, intimidations, massacres, killings, forced mass evacuations and other human rights abuses to Indigenous Peoples and other sectors has been rampant.

Last February 2018, the Philippine government tagged several progressive leaders and Indigenous activists as terrorists, including Beverly Longid, the global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) and CPDE (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness) Co-chair. These steps are blatant recourse of the state in criminalizing the dissent and legitimate struggles of the people by treating such as terrorist acts. These are cunning attacks against the peoples’ clamor for justice against the plunder of Indigenous Peoples’ ancestral lands and resources.

We condemn the deportation of Jerome Succor Aba by the US government! We denounce this move of the US government to prevent Jerome from exposing the culpability of the US military forces and the Philippine government in all atrocities against the Filipino people! We call on our international friends and allies to condemn the harassment against Jerome Succor Aba! We call on all organizations, individual and advocates to stand in solidarity with us and to support the campaign to put an end to criminalization of IP and human rights activists!

STOP THE CRIMINALIZATION & HARASSMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

Reference: Beverly Longid | IPMSDL Global Coordinator

Solidarity Message on Mangyan Day 2018

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IPMSDL Solidarity Message to Mangyan Day 2018:
Unite and Triumph for the rights of the Mangyan and all Indigenous Peoples of the World!

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) extends its warmest greetings of unity to the Mangyan communities in the Philippines and their partner organizations in their celebration of the 11th Mangyan Day this April 13 to 16 in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

As we celebrate the victories in defending your lands and territories, we also pay tribute to all Mangyan heroes and martyrs who fell preys of the bloodied claws of the fascist State forces. In this timely occasion, we forge unity in your continuing struggle for the right to self-determination and development.

Historically, the hand of capitalists and their local cohorts operates to intensify natural resource plunder in the guise of so-called development projects such as the National Greening Program (NGP), renewable energy projects, and mining operations. These projects in their communities have caused displacement, conflict and division, loss of livelihood, and environmental degradation. Clearly, it exacerbates the already grave condition of Mangyan communities – the Hanunoo, Alangan, Gubatnon, Iraya, Buhid, Bangon, and Tadyawan – and pushes them further to the margin. Despite this, the Mangyan communities have remained steadfast in consolidating their ranks to collectively fight for their rights to lands and resources.

And now, in the increasing attacks of the Philippine Government to human rights activists and defenders, human rights situation is expected to worsen. Vehement militarization, threats and arrests of Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders and their organizations, and their hunger to silence our calls is more evident than ever in many Indigenous communities across the country.

The Indigenous Peoples all over the world that confront these similar issues stand by your struggles. The international community is hand in hand in strengthening and expanding our unity to defeat all forms of oppression and exploitation!

We call on all Indigenous communities, organizations, and advocates to drumbeat and amplify our call to forward the fight in defending our ancestral lands, resources, and territories. Together, let us strive to expand and strengthen international solidarity against imperialism!

The victory is for the Mangyan communities and all peoples who face the challenge with unwavering unity! The victory is ours!

UNITE AND TRIUMPH FOR THE RIGHTS OF MANGYAN COMMUNITIES TO LANDS AND TERRITORIES! LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND DEVELOPMENT!


Pahayag ng Pakikipagkaisa ng IPMSDL sa Mangyan Day 2018:
Magkaisa at Magtagumpay para sa Karapatan ng mga Mangyan at ng Lahat ng Katutubo sa Buong Mundo!

Maalab na pagbati ng pakikipagkaisa ang ipinaaabot ng Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) sa mga Katutubong Mangyan sa Pilipinas at mga kasamang organisasyon sa pagdiriwang ng ika-11 taon ng Mangyan Day sa ika-13 hanggang ika-16 ng Abril sa Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

Sa ating pagdiriwang ng mga tagumpay sa pagdepensa sa inyong lupang ninuno at teritoryo, nagbibigay pugay din tayo sa lahat ng bayani at martir ng Mangyan na biniktima ng kalawit ng pasistang pwersa ng estado. Sa panahong ito, matatag ninyo kaming kaisa sa inyong nagpapatuloy na laban para sa karapatan sa pagkakakilanlan at kaunlaran.

Sa kasaysayan, tumitindi ang sabwatan ng galamay ng kapitalista at mga lokal na tuta nito sa pandarambong ng mga likas na yaman sa mukha ng National Greening Program (NGP), renewable energy projects, at mga minahan. Ang mga proyektong ito sa kanilang mga komunidad ay nagdulot ng pagpapalayas, sigalot at pagkakawatak-watak, kawalan ng kabuhayan at pakasira ng kalikasan. Malinaw na pinalalala pa nito ang paghihirap ng mga komunidad ng Mangyan – ang mga Hanunoo, Alangan, Gubatnon, Iraya, Buhid, Bangon, at Tadyawan – at itinutulak sila sa bingit ng laylayan. Sa kabila nito, nananatiling matatag ang mga Mangyan sa konsolidasyon ng kanilang hanay upang kolektibong ipaglaban ang kanilang karapatan sa lupa at likas-yaman.

At ngayon, sa lumalalang pag-atake ng kasalukuyang administrasyon sa mga aktibista at tagapagtanggol ng karapatang pantao, mas masahol ang mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao. Kabi-kabilang militarisasyon, pananakot at panghuhuli sa mga lider-katutubo at kanilang organisasyon, higit na litaw ang kanilang pagkaganid na patahimikin ang ipinaglalaban ng mga katutubo sa buong bansa.

Kaisa ninyo sa inyong laban ang lahat ng katutubo sa buong mundo na humaharap parehong mga usapin. Ang pandaigdigang komunidad ay hawak-kamay sa pagbuo at pagpapalawak ng pagkakaisa upang gapiin ang lahat ng uri ng pang-aalipin at pagsasamantala!

Malakas ang aming panawagan — itambol ng lahat ng komunidad ng mga katutubo, mga organisasyon at kanilang tagapagtaguyod ang pagsusulong ng laban sa pagdepensa sa mga lupang ninuno, likas-yaman at teritoryo. Sama-sama nating palawakin at patibayin ang pandaigdigang pagkakaisa laban sa imperyalismo!

Ang tagumpay ay nakalaan sa mga katutubong Mangyan at sa lahat ng humaharap sa hamon nang may matibay pagkakaisa! Ang tagumpay ay nakalaan sa sambayanan!

MAGKAISA AT MAGTAGUMPAY PARA SA KARAPATAN SA LUPA AT TERITORYO NG KATUTUBONG MANGYAN! MABUHAY ANG PAKIKIBAKA NG KATUTUBO PARA SA PAGKAKAKILANLAN AT KAUNLARAN!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid | IPMSDL Global Coordinator