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[People] Peace is possible if people work for it by Dr. Renato Mabunga

Peace is possible if people work for it.

by Dr. Renato Mabunga, FREE ZONE

Greed of the few endangers happiness of the many…

The world marked the International Day of Peace last week, on September 21, the same day the Philippines marked the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.

This year, the United Nations called on countries around the world to work for “sustainable peace for a sustainable future.” The UN statement highlighted the use and abuse of land and natural resources in instigating conflict situations.

The UN urged member states to initiate “ceasefires” and stop the wanton destruction of the environment and the bloody massacres of people out to defend their ancestral domains.
Early this month, gunmen ambushed a Subanen tribal leader in the southern Philippines. Timuay Locenio Magda survived but his 11-year-old son Jason did not.

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[Appeal/Petition] An urgent call for an immediate investigation on the ambush of TIMUAY LUCENIO and JORDAN MANDA

Chair Loreta Ann Rosales
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)

Chair Brigida Zenaida Hamada
National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)

Undesercretary Severo Catura
Presidential Human Rights Committee

AN URGENT CALL FOR AN IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION ON THE AMBUSH OF TIMUAY LUCENIO AND JORDAN MANDA

Last September 5, at 7:20 am, Timuay Lucenio Manda, a Subanen leader, was riding his motorbike with his 11-year old son, Jordan, to bring him to school, when a group of masked men fired at them. Jordan was hit at the back, killing him instantly. Timuay Lucenio survived the ambush wounded, both physically and emotionally. Jordan was his eldest son, actively involved in their Subanen community in the Municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. He was being groomed to follow the leadership of his father.

The ambush happened on the road between Barangays Conacon and Bubuan of the Municipality of Bayog. Timuay Manda is the Barangay Chair of Barangay Conacon. The ambush site was 5 kilometers away from their residence in Conacon.

Timuay Manda is a strong defender of Subanen rights to their land and right to self-determination.

Timuay Manda has been leading his tribe in claiming and protecting their ancestral domain in the last 10 years after his cousin Timuay Giovanni Umbang was assassinated in 2002. Both Timuay Giovanni and Timuay Manda questioned the entry of logging and mining in their ancestral domain without their Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as required under national and international laws. Timuay Manda has been receiving threats of his life in the last three years.
Early in August, Timuay Manda led a group of Timuays from Bayog and neighboring ancestral domains in calling for a moratorium of all forms of mining in their ancestral domains until they could have their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) and Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) of their domains. Such effort was supported by the local office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Timuay Manda is also leading an effort to strengthen and unify the efforts of the Subanens in the Central Zamboanga Peninsula to claim and protect their remaining contiguous ancestral domain. He, along with Catholic Bishops and concerned groups, is one of the petitioners for the Writ of Kalikasan in protection of the Pinukis Range Forest, among the last untouched forest region in the Zamboanga Peninsula which is unfortunately included in the mining claims of several companies. Mt. Pinukis is considered by the Subanen people of Zamboanga Peninsula as among their Sacred Mountains. The Pinukis Range Forest serves as watershed of three major rice-growing regions in the Peninsula that produces about 30 percent of the rice in the region.
Jason Manda was in Grade 6, a candidate for valedictorian in his batch. As his father is busy with his responsibilities as Timuay, Jordan was the main help of his mother, Delma, in tending to their animals and rice farm, for food.

The killing of Jordan is such a big loss to the family, and to the community.

The killing of Jordan is a mindless, senseless act of violence.

The attempt to kill Timuay Manda is an attempt to silence a staunch defender of ancestral domain against the encroachment of logging and mining operations.

We urge the government to seriously look into this act of violence against Jordan Manda and Timuay Manda. Specifically we urge the Commission on Human Rights, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Presidential Human Rights Committee to conduct an immediate, serious, and thorough investigation on this; and to exert serious effort in ensuring that the perpetrators are put to justice.

Sept. 7, 2012
PETITIONERS:

Judy a. pasimio (LILAK/Purple Action for Indigenous Women Rights)
Deniza Ismael (LILAK/Purple Action for Indigenous Women Rights)
Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Chiangmai, Thailand
Tony Abuso (ECIP- National Secretariat)

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[Press Release] Amnesty International called on PNOy and new DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to investigate the killings of Indigenous Peoples in Zamboanga

Amnesty International called on PNOy and new DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to investigate the killings of Indigenous Peoples in Zamboanga

Amnesty International Philippines called on President Aquino and newly appointed DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to investigate the killing of 11 year old, Jordan Manda, eldest son of Timuay Lucenio Manda, a Subanen tribe chieftain in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, also wounded during an ambush attack by unidentified assailants early today, 4 September 2012.

“The killing of Jordan Manda and wounding of Timuay Lucenio Manda must be rigorously investigated so that the perpetrators of the crime will be brought to justice. The killing of Jordan Manda, groomed to be a next Timuay, is a painful reminder that Indigenous Peoples are not protected. Timuay Manda’s care for the Subanen’s ancestral domain and his position for a moratorium on mining concessions in Bayog might have led to the attack on him and his son. His family has continuously experienced violence even before the assassination of his cousin, Timuay Giovanni Umbang Manda ten years earlier. This is grave proof that the indigenous peoples rights have been left behind not only by the Aquino government but in the previous Arroyo administration. The lumads have been invisible in the eyes of the government and local authorities despite human rights abuses they experience in defense of their lands,” said Dr. Aurora Parong, Director of Amnesty International Philippines.

According to reports, the Subanen leader, also a member Amnesty International Philippines, was ambushed on his way to take his son to school. Unidentified assailants fired at the leader and led to the death of his son.

“Amnesty International supports Timuay Manda in calling for justice for his son and his people. He is highly involved in efforts against the destruction of their ancestral lands by logging and mining and has been working for the cooperation among Subanens in the Central Zamboanga Peninsula to protect their remaining contiguous ancestral domain. Together with other concerned groups, he joined the filing of a petition for the Writ of Kalikasan to protect the Pinukis Range Forest, among the last untouched forest region in the Zamboanga Peninsula which is unfortunately included in the mining claims of several companies. Mt. Pinukis is considered by the Subanen people of Zamboanga Peninsula as among their Sacred Mountains,” added Dr. Parong.

Reports of harassments allegedly by personnel of Toronto Ventures Inc. Resource Development (TVIRD) have been recorded in July. It was reported by the police that Wilbert Catampungan was fatally wounded by gun fires coming from TVIRD blue guards. TVIRD arrived on site in 2006 and has been exploring the area for a project of gold and silver extraction and allegedly resorts to various forms of violence against other small-scale IP miners established in the domain.

“Less than a month after the International day for Indigenous Peoples, a lumad boy is killed. Amnesty International Philippines is deeply concerned on reports that the local police do not act even when the Subanens seek for protection from multiple threats coming from the armed guards of the mining company. The killings in Bayog, and other parts affected by mining conflicts, must stop now! An immediate impartial investigation is urgently needed,” said Dr. Parong.

Amnesty International urges the government, especially the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and more importantly the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Amnesty International calls on DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to lead the DILG including the police forces to stop the culture of impunity – the LGU and local police must address threats on the safety of IPs in mining-affected areas. The DILG must work with the Commission on Human Rights to conduct investigations on the reported extra-judicial killings and harassments. We call on President Benigno Aquino to pay attention to the resolution of the 36 killings of IP human rights defenders in his term as reported by CHR Pagadian. The Indigenous Peoples’ future depend on genuine efforts and concrete actions by the government to fulfill their duties in holding mining corporations accountable for any human rights abuses against the indigenous peoples or anyone. Respect and protect IP right must come first! People before profit!” Dr. Parong concluded.

Maria Edilyd P. Orias
Program Coordinator
Media Communication and Publications
+63 917 885 8634

http://www.amnesty.org.ph/news.php?item=news&id=268

Amnesty International Philippines
Press Release

4 September 2012

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[Press Release] Subanen Chieftain ambushed, son killed -ATM

Subanen Chieftain ambushed, son killed

Groups cry for justice and demand stoppage of all mining activities in Zamboanga

Manila—Groups cried for justice for the killing of 11-year old Jordan Manda, son of Subanen chieftain Timuay Locencio Manda, who was ambushed at 7:20 this morning by unidentified men, in Barangay Conacon, Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur.

“Jordan suffered a fatal wound on the back instantly killing him. Timuay Manda suffered minor wounds and is now safe,” reported Romel de Vera of Amnesty International.

Timuay Manda has been leading the Subanen’s claim for and protection of their ancestral domain, since his cousin Timuay Giovanni Umbang was assassinated in 2002. They have opposed mining and logging in their area and refused to issue their free prior and informed consent (FPIC) to various mining and logging companies.

Dr. Nymia Simbulan, executive director of Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) said, “We condemn this ambush against Timuay Manda. The ambush against Timuay Manda resulting to the untimely death of his eldest son is a vicious attack against the Subanen people’s assertion of their collective rights and proof of the escalating violations of economic, social and cultural rights particularly in communities affected by mining operations.”

Ifugao Congressman Teddy Brawner-Baguilat added, “This ambush against Timuay Manda is a direct assault against all Subanen’s and all indigenous peoples. I condemn this violent act. The strong leadership of Timuay Manda must be supported and nurtured.”

Demand for Justice

“We will investigate this at the House Committee of National Cultural Communities, and I call on national government agencies such as National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Commission on Human Rights, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to immediately find the truth. I also call on President Aquino to immediately order a moratorium on all mining activities in the whole Zamboange Peninsula to prevent further escalation of violence in the area,” Baguilat added. Rep. Baguilat is the Chairperson of the House Committee on National Cultural Communities or IPs.

Timuay Manda shared with his support groups that he has been receiving death threats for the past three years because of this position.

“In my effort to assert our rights and to protect our people and ancestral domain, my beloved son was sacrificed. It is very painful and I thirst for justice. I vow to continue my struggle in order not to make my son’s death in vain. I need your support in this most trying time of my life as a father and a leader,” said Timuay Manda in a text message.

There are three approved Mineral Production Sharing Agreements in their ancestral domains.

“Pending the results of the initial investigation, we strongly believe that this is connected to the opposition of IPs to destructive mining their ancestral lands,” said Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina.

We demand that immediate investigation be done by concerned government agencies on the incident so that justice can be served to the families of Timuay Manda and the Subanen people in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. We will not rest until the truth is exposed, and that justice is brought to Timuay Manda, his family and the Subanen tribe in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur,” Simbulan concluded.

“This latest incident underscore the strong links between human rights violations and the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the country,” Garganera added. He reminded the Aquino administration that it must seriously look into this tragedy, and other similar killings, as the Philippines is up for a review of this human rights record at the UN this year.

Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and passage of the AMMB.

For more information:
Dr. Nymia Simbulan, PhilRIghts Executive Director, nymia.pimentel@gmail.com
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator – 09277617602
Farah Sevilla – policy@alyansatigilmina.net; 0915-3313361
Edel S. Garingan – communications@alyansatigilmina.net; 0922-8918972

Press Release
September 4, 2012

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