"Mindanao, Philippines ??" The farmers' group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) condemns the killing of Gilbert Paborada, a leader of Higaonon indigenous tribe and Chairperson of Pangalasag. Paborada was shot dead yesterday afternoon (2 October 2012).
Antonio Flores, KMP national council member, said that " Pangalasag is an indigenous peoples (IPs) organization resisting the palm oil expansion of A. Brown Company in Opol, Misamis Oriental; and a member of KALUMBAY, a sub-regional IPs Alliance in Northern Mindanao Region (NMR).
Paborada,47 years ...
Roel Tagupa, a Higaonon, 41, used to earn just enough to feed his wife and their two children. On a three-hectare farm located in Tingalan village of this province, he tended to his crops of corn, banana, cassava and coconuts.
Life was peaceful for Tagupa and his family until American firm A. Brown Company, Inc. started planting palm oil in the 520-hectare land where Tagupa and the rest of the Higaonon tribe lived.
Using a Forest Land Grazing Lease Agreement (FGLA) issued to a local farmer by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), A. Brown encroached into the ancestr ...
"An International Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) on the landgrabbing of indigenous peoples' lands in Opol, Misamis Oriental in Southern Philippines today confirmed that A. Brown Company, Inc. has no right to operate in the 520-hectares of public land from which it forcibly displaced hundreds of families from the Higaonon tribe.
In a dialogue with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) yesterday, environment officials said that the government agency has not issued any permit for A. Brown to operate in the said land, located in barangays Tingalan and Bagocboc. According to Jo ...