Update on Justice and Peace in the Philippines

Two OLMs attended a talk organized by Kairos in Toronto.  The speakers were a delegation of people from the Philippines who are asking Canadians for mining justice and reporting on the progress of the peace process in the Philippines in which all sectors, including the Indigenous People have been actively involved.

According to Bishop Ablon, IFI and two Indigenous People; Nenita Condez  and Eufemia Campos Cullamat,  the Philippines faces a range of threats which they frequently describe as development aggression. Much of the land they struggle to defend is in areas of forests or mountains that are rich in natural resources.  Conflicts often arise with companies, many of them based outside the Philippines, that want to exploit those resources – usually without the consent of the Indigenous Peoples.

One of the major problems that Indigenous Peoples face is that of large-scale Canadian resource extraction corporations digging up their land, logging their forests and constructing large-scale dams that flood their land.

All of these activities lead to conflict which in turn, leads to militarization in the area.  The Indigenous activists on the delegation have been forced to leave their home and livelihood and live as internal refugees for over a year now.

by Lorie Nunez, OLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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