PHILIPPINES: Investigate the killing of Datu Jimmy Liguyon; End summary killings and fear tactics against indigenous leaders and communities
  • Petitioned Hon. Leila de Lima

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)
Hon. Leila de Lima
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
Hon. Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Department of National Defense (DND)
Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
Senate President, Senate of the Philippines
Hon. Juan Ponce Enrile
Court Administrator, Supreme Court of the Philippines
Hon. Jose Midas Marquez
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
Zenaida Brigida H. Pawid
Deputy Ombusdman, Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and other Law Enforcement Offices
Hon. Emilio Gonzalez
Governor, Province of Bukidnon
Hon. Alex Calingasan
Vice Governor, Province of Bukidnon
Hon. Joze Maria Zubiri
Mayor, Municipality of San Fernando
Hon. Laurencia S. Edma
Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in Geneva, 47 Avenue Blanc
H.E. Mr. Evan P. Garcia, Ambassador
Embassy of the Philippines in Brussels
Chief, Philippine National Police, Camp General Rafael Crame
Police Director General Raul M. Bacalso
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles
Philippine National Police, San Fernando
The Chief of Police
President of the Republic of the Philippines
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III

PHILIPPINES: Investigate the killing of Datu Jimmy Liguyon; End summary killings and fear tactics against indigenous leaders and communities

    1. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
    2. Petition by

      Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

      Chiang Mai, Thailand


On March 5, indigenous chieftain and Dao village captain, Datu Jimmy Liguyon of San Fernando, Bukidnon was shot dead by members of the New Indigenous Peoples’ Army (NIPAR). A NIPAR leader then threatened the witnesses that anyone who went against their group would meet a similar fate and made it clear to the witnesses that he had killed Liguyon because of his opposition to plans which would lead to extensive mines in their traditional territory.


This is not the only case of extrajudicial killing of an indigenous leader in the Philippines. Paramilitary groups are terrorizing remote communities of indigenous peoples with regular use of threats, violence and killing against the communities. Through Executive Order 546, the government has legitimized them as support forces for ‘peace and order’ that augment the Philippine Army, officially in pursuing armed rebel groups. However, as human rights groups have pointed out after monitoring them for years, these groups have a long history of human rights violations that always go unpunished, creating a culture of impunity and ‘might is right’ in the country’s rural areas.


These forces are being used to defend investments such as mining, agro-industrial plantations and other development aggression. Those most affected are indigenous communities trying to protect their ancestral domains from destruction. However, these oppositions to development aggression are being portrayed as insurgents warranting militarization, further violating indigenous peoples’ rights.


Please sign on this petition to join with the indigenous communities to demand justice for the killing of Jimmy Liguyon and other indigenous leaders, end the terror tactics of paramilitary forces, and ensure safety of all human rights defenders in the Philippines.


This online petition has been initiated by Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).



  1. 500 signatures collected on ground, arrest warrant for Alde Salusad out

    Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
    Petition Organizer

    We have also gathered more than 500 signatures for the Liguyon petition locally, and will upload it on the net asap. As you may know, the warrant of arrest against Alde Salusad is now out.

    And a big mobilization in Bukidnon on May 30 will be organized to put pressure to the local authorities to take seriously the responsibility of arresting Salusad. Representatives of the German embassy and the European Union have also called the local authorities and expressed concern over the killings.

  2. Reached 250 signatures
  3. New Dao chieftain signs documents Jimmy Liguyon had been killed for

    Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
    Petition Organizer

    The struggle of the 19 families camped out at the Capitol Grounds of Bukidnon calling for justice for #killing of Dao village chieftain Jimmy Liguyon faces a new challenge with new village chieftain signing papers endorsing the San Fernando Matigsalug Tribal Datus Association (SANMATRIDA), the very documents Liguyon refused to sign and had been killed for

  4. Statement of support of the RMP-NMR for justice of Jimmy Liguyon's killing

    Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
    Petition Organizer

    The Sub-Regional office for Northern Mindanao of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP)--a national organization of priests, religious men and women, and lay people working for land rights of the farmers and indigenous peoples-- has issued a statement to support the crusade for justice of Ms. Sharon Liguyon, wife of anti-mining indigenous leader and village chieftain Jimmy Liguyon of Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon, Philippines, who was murdered by the paramilitary group NIPAR (New Indigenous Peoples’ Army) in the presence of his family on 05 March 2012.

  5. Reached 200 signatures
  6. Commission on Human Rights probes Bukidnon village chief’s death

    Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
    Petition Organizer

    By Walter I. Balane | Friday| April 20, 2012 | Filed under: Human Rights, Top Stories

    MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 April) – A team from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) regional office in Cagayan de Oro is investigating the death of Dao, San Fernando village chief Jimmy Liguyon after the Kalumbay Regional Lumad Center filed a complaint last month.
    Maria Theresa Neri, CHR-10 senior special investigator, said the role of the CHR is to closely monitor the complaint filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office against the suspect Aldy “Butsoy” Salusad, son of former rebel Benjamin “Nonong” Salusad, who surrendered with 79 others in October 2011.
    But Neri said the CHR is conducting its own investigation and coming up with its own report for its legal office.
    “We shall closely monitor the development of the complaint until it reaches the court and to monitor how the case runs in court, too,” she added.

    See the link below for full report.

  7. Reached 50 signatures

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