On the PH Government’s counter-insurgency pronouncements in the UN High Level Conference

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) deplores the continuous sabotage of the Philippine administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in addressing human rights violations and roots of armed conflict, by putting undue delays in Peace Talks and purveying counter-insurgency war at the expense of political activists, indigenous peoples (IP) communities, and peoples’ organizations.

Last July 1, at the UN High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism, PH National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. likened the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People’s Army (NPA) to Daesh (IS) extremist group. Putting in context the Philippine Department of Justice’s ongoing petition that named IP leaders as alleged terrorists, the indefinite termination of President Duterte to the peace process dialogues with the CPP-NPA, the normalised bombings and military encampments of Lumad communities in Mindanao under the Martial Law, and the recorded arrest of 178 IP leaders, and 24 IP political detainees from July 2016 to February 2018 – all these unmasks the calibrated State maneuvers to quell the IP resistance against destructive projects such as dams, large scale mining, eco-tourism projects, and plantations.

The overwhelming support of the international community to the Filipino IP movement against human rights violations, in defense of their ancestral lands and self-determination, seems to be cobbled down by the State with a full-scale militarization to suppress and criminalize the peoples’ dissent.

We call on the international and local IP organizations, advocates, and communities to steadfastly unite against all forms of Sate repression and oppression against all IP leaders and activists alike. We call on all peace-loving citizens and human rights defenders to strengthen our linkages to all oppressed sectors in frustrate all attempts of tyranny and state terror in trampling down the peoples’ rights.


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