There are 14 million indigenous peoples in the Philippines, making up about 11% of the country’s population. Almost 60% of them are in Mindanao, comprising 18 ethnolinguistic tribes that are collectively known as Lumad, which literally means “native to the place”.
Families of media workers expressed their dismay over the 30-day extension on the ruling of the decade-old Ampatuan massacre case.
Human rights group Karapatan-Southern Mindanao Region (Karapatan-SMR) demanded the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to immediately surface its former secretary general, Honey May Suazo.
Amid the recent series of questionable arrests of several members of progressive groups, religious and humanitarian organizations slammed the military for accusing them of being alleged “communist fronts”.
Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat recently filed a resolution in Congress calling for an investigation on the closure of Salugpongan schools in Mindanao.
A human rights worker in Southern Mindanao has been reported missing, according to rights group Karapatan.
Authorities arrested 56 persons they alleged were communist rebels and “rescued” six minors supposedly undergoing “training and “indoctrination” during simultaneous raids on the offices of three activist groups and a private residence in Bacolod City early Friday evening, October 31.
The Philippines continues to be one of the countries with most number of unresolved cases of journalist’s murders in the last 10 years, according to the 2019 Global Impunity Index by international media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
An advocacy group has appealed to local legislators to take action against people who use expressions that discriminate against persons with disability (PWD).
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party-list representative assailed the police in Bukidnon who she said “harassed and violated” her and her group’s rights, including the “victims of the frustrated extrajudicial killing” they intended to visit.