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

 

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).

 

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


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