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In just under six months of fieldwork, we saw the extreme and terrifying change of landscape in the affected areas: hundreds of trees were felled, creeks dried, and mountains flattened; this, despite claims from the Philippine government that New Clark City is “environment-friendly.”
If IKSP is collective ownership, the better part of prudence is to consult the IPs as a single unit. Yes, this is a little bit tedious and burdensome, wherein it presupposes the conduct of consultations involving the entirety of IPs dwelling inside an Ancestral Domain. This process recognizes that IKSPs of the IPs exist to this day because of their collective efforts protected and nurtured their systems and traditions despite centuries of subjugation.
The declaration of Baguio as a Townsite Reservation is a mistake. If we allow the wisdom of the Native Title to bow down to such error, then we are institutionalizing an illness, thus eroding the very value of Social Justice ingrained in the curative law IPRA.
State laws and programs are making indigenous peoples’ lands and resources up for grabs by local and foreign corporations according to the Philippine Task Forces for Indigenous Peoples Rights report in the recent Regional Consultation on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Taloctoc tribe in the municipality of Tanudan rejected the Upper Tabuk Hydroelectric Power Project. They also questioned the impartiality and adherence to the guidelines of NCIP provincial officials on the conduct of the FPIC process.
In Baguio, that historical injustice committed particularly against an Igorot was heard and condemned by the US Supreme Court some 110 years ago. Check out the Doctrine of Native Title, a Supreme Court decision that has yet to see execution.
Signatories of the petition against the Upper Tabuk Hydroelectric Power Project criticized the NCIP office in Kalinga for considering only the Taloctoc and Malbong tribes for the validation process of the concerns raised in the petition, saying that several members of the Minanga, Naneng, Dallac and other tribes also signed the document.
Kalinga tribes along the Chico River line are again up in arms against the 17-megawatt Upper Tabuk Hydropower Dam Project of the DPJ Engineers and Consultancy, with the backing of several Minanga sub-tribe leaders.
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in the Cordillera warned the local government of Sadanga, Mountain Province that it would not hesitate to file administrative, civil and criminal charges if the officials continue to deny the selected indigenous peoples’ mandatory representative to assume office.
Rebel leaders in the Cordillera said the government would fail with its plan to make the region as a model of the “whole of nation” approach in ending the communist armed revolution. They also called on guerilla units of the NPA to launch more offensives to counter Oplan Kapanatagan.
In an interview in 2018, during the International Solidarity Mission in Ifugao, Bandon Lee made it clear that state agents and their minions are the only ones that have the motive to inflict harm to him and members of the Ifugao Peasant Movement. Meanwhile, the 5th Infantry Division and its 54th Infantry Division have recently made a statement calling the accusations of Brandon Lee’s colleagues on the military's involvement in the shooting as “devoid of logic and factual basis”. Here is part of that interview.
Different groups in Baguio City held indignation rally for the shooting of journalist and human rights defender Brandon Lee by still unidentified gunmen on August 6 in front of their house in Lagawwe, Ifugao.