News Release Global Day of Action for IP Heroes and Martyrs

Press Release

November 10, 2015

Unabated Lumad killings marked the Global Day of Action for IP Heroes in the PhilippinesDSC06327

MANILA – Indigenous prayers, chants, songs, dances and a vow were offered as hundreds of Lumad commemorate the Global day of action for IP heroes and martyrs inside the Manilakbayan Camp in Liwasang Bonifacio ground in Manila.

On November 10, 1995 Ken Saro Wiwa and eight others from the Ogoni tribe were hanged by the Nigerian government because of their struggle against oil exploration activities of Shell Corporation.  On this day, global Indigenous Peoples (IP) led by the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), take time to honor and dedicate their continuing action to IP heroes and fallen comrades all over the world.

Pya Macliing Malayao, Secretary General of the Katribu Kalipunan ng katutubong mamamayan ng Pilipinas said “in the Philippines the list of IP rights defenders killed in the course of their struggle against mining and other extractive industries continues to grow.”

“Three days before the Global Day of Action for IP Heroes, yet another IP leader – Datu Manliro Landahay, council member of Salugpongan lumad organization in Davao del Norte, was murdered by the bandit Alamara early morning of November 7” said Malayao.

Out of the 73 indigenous peoples who have been killed under the Aquino’s term 58 are Lumad, according to KATRIBU’s documentation released earlier.

For the past months, the Aquino regime through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its killing machines, the Bagani forces, Alamara and other paramilitary groups, have committed the gravest crimes against the lumad communities in Mindanao. From March to November 7, 2015, seventeen (17) lumad leaders, activists, and community members, including two children, were killed in 7 incidents of extra-judicial killings and 4 massacres.

“Today we wave red cloths to pay tribute to our heroes and martyrs, we raise our clenched fists to condemn theexacerbation of human rights violations with impunity against indigenous communities in the last remaining 9 months of the BS Aquino Regime.

The IP leaders pledged to continue the struggle that their ancestors, heroes and martyrs has started.

“Today, we also marched the streets of Makati City to confront mining companies, the neoliberal policies, mining operations are killing our people,” Malayao added.

After the tribute, the Manilakbayan, Katribu and environmental groups rallied in front of the Toronto Ventures Inc. Resources and Development (TVI) a Canadian company that operates in ancestral lands of the Subanen in the Zamboanga Peninsula and commits human rights violations against indigenous and peasant communities, and the DM Consunji Inc.   (DMCI) who is alleged to be responsible for the abduction and disappearance of a Manobo native John Calaba, public information of the Kesasabanay Dulangan Manobo, (KEDUMA).

The Manilakbayan is the Mindanao people’s mobilization for the defense of land, the environment, and human rights, participated by around 500 lumad from different provinces of Mindanao. #

Reference: Pya Macliing Malayao, Secretary General – 09173631576

Rei Paulin, Media Liason – 09178169258/09391145897

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