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[From the web] Statement of Task Force TAMASCO on the 2nd Anniversary of the TAMASCO 8 massacre in South Cotabato

Justice remains elusive two years since the killing of eight members of the T’boli-Manobo indigenous people in Mindanao who are locked in a struggle with a coffee plantation over land.

Task Force Tamasco, a group of non-governmental organizations supporting the T’boli-Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO), condemns the agonizingly slow action of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the petition of TAMASCO to cancel the permit for Dawang Coffee Plantation, which is at the heart of their struggle.

The group laments the lack of urgency of the DENR in resolving an issue that affects the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of indigenous peoples. It is ironic that a government agency tasked with the conservation of the environment would support instead a large-scale monocrop plantation. Indigenous peoples’ traditional farming practices would serve the country better as it is a model for sustainable development.

The permit, which was supposed to have expired in 2016, was renewed in 2015 by the DENR without the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of TAMASCO, a clear violation of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA).

M&S Company operates Dawang Coffee Plantation, a part of which has encroached on the ancestral domain of the TAMASCO in South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. M&S operates the plantation under an IFMA, or Integrated Forest Management Agreement, authorized by the DENR. Because of this encroachment, the livelihoods of members of TAMASCO have been put on hold.

The DENR has said recently in media statements that it will look into the matter after TAMASCO filed a special civil action to compel the DENR to cancel the permit at the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City in November this year. Even before the massacre, DENR was apprised of the struggle of TAMASCO with Dawang Coffee Plantation, but it had chosen to drag its heels. Task Force TAMASCO hopes that this investigation be concluded swiftly and show that DENR is a champion of environmental justice.

In 2017 eight members of TAMASCO, including its former tribal chief Victor Danyan, were killed in what the military alleged was an encounter with rebels. A report from Global Witness, however, found that the massacre was intimately connected to the struggle of indigenous peoples over their land.

Task Force TAMASCO is composed of non-governmental organizations Convergence of Initiative for Environmental Justice, OND Hesed, Inc., LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Alyansa Tigil Mina, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, SANLAKAS, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights and Advocates, and the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center.

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[Video] Dec 3 Massacre in Lake Sebu -LRC-KSK-FOE

Video: Dec 3 Massacre in Lake Sebu

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One year ago today, 8 T’boli and Manobo community members in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato were killed in an alleged military operations against communist rebels. But to tag them as “rebels” is to disregard their rights as legitimate owners and defenders of their land and ancestral domain. For more than 28 years, they have struggled struggled to protect their ancestral domain from the encroachment of coffee plantations and coal mining.

We demand justice for the killings!

We demand for the cancellation of the IFMA, and the ancestral domains to be returned to the community!

We demand a stop to all forms of harassment and human rights violations towards indigenous communities and defenders of territories!

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Friends of the Earth International
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[In the news] Govt’ body finds 2 Army commanders in Mindanao liable for human rights violations -www.mindanews.com

Govt’ body finds 2 Army commanders in Mindanao liable for human rights violations

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 Dec) –The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has found two military commanders liable for human rights abuses in connection with the killing of seven tribal members in a remote village on December 3 last year.

Erlan Deluvio, CHR Region 12 director, identified the military officials as Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Sultan Kudarat province, and Lt. Col. Benjamin Leander, then commander of the 27th IB based in South Cotabato.

Datu Victor Danyan Sr., chair of the T’boli Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization based in far-flung Sitio Datal Bonlangon, Barangay Ned here, and six other community members were killed on December 3, 2017 in what human rights and militant groups described as a massacre.

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[From the web] On the first anniversary of the unresolved T’boli massacre Group hits Duterte plan to extend martial law in Mindanao -sanlakasfamily.blogspot.com

On the first anniversary of the unresolved T’boli massacre Group hits Duterte plan to extend martial law in Mindanao

Quezon City, Philippines – Progressive groups Sanlakas and Partido Lakas ng Masa Partylist staged protest actions at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Armed Forces of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo as they commemorate the first year anniversary of the killings of eight (8) lumads now known as TAMASCO (T’boli-Manobo Sdaf Claimants Organization) 8 in Datal Bonlangon, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

The group claimed that the unresolved massacre is sufficient grounds to lift martial law in Mindanao since it only serves the interests of land grabbing corporations and not the Mindanaos themselves

On December 3, 2017, the 27th and 33rd Infantry Battalions (IB) of the military conducted ground assault and artillery bombardment on the TAMASCO community in Lake Sebu resulting in the death of its tribal chief Datu Victor Dinyan and his sons and relatives. The military justified the operation as an encounter against armed communist rebels.

“One year since the killings, the murderers remain at large. Worse, it is business as usual for Consunji’s coffee plantation encroaching operations on the T’boli –Manobo ancestral lands. As corporate and military perpetrators get away with cold-blooded murder, the Lumads continue living in fear, harassment and threats to their lives. The killers of TAMASCO 8 must be brought to justice; so must Consunji be driven out of lumad lands,” said Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, SANLAKAS, Secretary-General and PLM Partylist nominee.

Pedrosa adds that martial law in Mindanao has left lumads living in fear and have systematically fallen victim to encroachments on their ancestral domain by agro-industrial ventures and mining corporations.

“Any extension would only mean the perpetuation of human rights violations and ecological plunder of the natural resources which these communities rely on,” he said.

Consunji’s M&S./Silvicultural Industries Inc. (SII) has been granted an Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) by the DENR which allowed it to run a coffee plantation in ancestral domains claimed by the T’Boli Manobos in South Cotabato and the Dulangans in Sultan Kudarat. Under IFMA 22, Consunji’s coffee business is granted the power to control forest resources within an aggregate area of 27, 530 hectares in Sultan Kudarat alone. A consolidated IFMA under IFMA 18-2007 empowers SII to undertake its coffee business for a period of 32 years even as it invades into TAMASCO ancestral domains.

“The communist bogey and red-tagging have been weaponized by security forces to legitimize its attacks on lumads and vilify legitimate opposition against the land grabbing schemes on ancestral domain. These have been the Duterte administration’s license to kill which affords corporations the protection it needs to operate in tension-filled communities due to indigenous peoples’ resistance,” Pedrosa further explained.

The protesters carried a coffin and mounted a wreath at the DENR Central Office and Camp Aguinaldo symbolizing the unresolved deaths of TAMASCO 8.

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[Statement] JUSTICE for the TAMASCO 8 Killings. Now. -Task Force Tamasco

JUSTICE for the TAMASCO 8 Killings. Now.

December 3 marks the first death anniversary of Datu Victor Danyan, his two sons, son-in law, and 4 other tribal members and indigenous rights defenders of the T’boli community in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu. It also marks the first year of gross human rights violations by the men of 27th and 33rd Philippine Army Infantry Batallion against the families of those killed, but also of the entire T’boli community in that area. The military killed Datu Victor and his companions, and claimed that what happened was an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) members.

Datu Victor was the chieftain, and led the indigenous people’s organization TAMASCO, an organization formed by the T’boli Manobo to assert their rights as indigenous people in Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato. They have long struggled and protested against land grabbing and the corporate abuse on their land. They were not rebels. They were Lumads asserting their rights under the law.

Such rights were blatantly violated when government illegally and deceptively allowed a Consunji-linked corporation to continue business operations on their ancestral land despite the Lumads’ clear refusal.

TAMASCO’s ancestral land was covered by Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) No. 22 awarded to Silvicultural Industries, Inc. (SII), a Consunji company. IFMA No. 22 was set to expire at the end of 2016. Seeking renewal of the IFMA, SII asked for the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of TAMASCO, a process required under the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA). TAMASCO responded with a resounding “No.”

Nevertheless, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) permitted the merger/integration of IFMA No. 22 to IFMA No. 18-2007, which is set to expire in 2032, without the FPIC of TAMASCO. This resulted in the expansion of IFMA No. 18-2007, effectively allowing the continued presence of the Consunji company on their ancestral land. IFMA No. 18-2007 also belongs to a Consunji company, M & S.

The merger/integration of IFMAs is a clear circumvention of the IPRA to favor the interests of corporations over the rights of indigenous peoples. The FPIC process is a substantial requirement that must be complied with before any permits or contracts affecting indigenous peoples can be issued or renewed. After the killings of the TAMASCO 8, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) issued an En Banc Resolution cancelling the Certification of Precondition which was the basis of the granting of the IFMA expansion of the Consunji. This is a clear official recognition that no consent was given by TAMASCO.

Thus, the continued presence of the Consunji-linked company in TAMASCO’s ancestral domain is an insult to memory and honor of the TAMASCO 8. Moreover, it perpetuates violations against the rights of the T’boli Manobo.

We, Task Force TAMASCO, a coalition of human rights organizations and indigenous peoples rights advocates supporting TAMASCO in their plight to regain full rights to their ancestral domain, call for justice for the TAMASCO 8.

Bring to justice the killers of TAMASCO 8.
Cancel the IFMA No. 18-2007 granted to Consunji group of companies. Now.
Respect and protect the rights of the T’boli Manobo over their ancestral domains.
Stop the Killings!

TASK FORCE TAMASCO:

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC-KsK/Friends of the Earth-Philippines)
LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)
SANLAKAS
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
Convergence of Initiatives for Environmental Justice (CIEJ-SOCCSKSARGEN Region)
OND Hesed Foundation
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (IDEFEND)

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