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For four years of deception, dispossesion and destruction: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RENOUNCE THE AQUINO ADMINISTRATION

As President Aquino delivers the fifth State of the Nation Address today, indigenous peoples from different communities in the country make their mark on the protests that illustrate the true conditions of the Filipino people. In the four years under the Aquino administration, the indigenous peoples has sunk deeper in the quagmire of worsening poverty, oppression, and human rights violations.

 

Aytas curse BS Aquino on a ritual on eve of SONA

Faces lit by torches, indigenous Ayta people from various remote areas in Central Luzon performed an indigenous ritual near the gates of the Department of Agrarian Reform on Sunday where progressive groups converged in preparation for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) prostests on Monday. The ritual, which offered the blood of a chicken to Ayta deity Apo Namalyari, was intended to ask for protection and guidance before they join the SONA protests. The ritual also placed a curse upon the President. “He will find himself increasingly alone, isolated and hated,” Edwin Danan, Secretary-General of Central Luzon Ayta Association (CLAA) said.

 

11 indigenous peoples killed per year under Aquino administration

A few days before the State of the Nation Address, indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) scored the Aquino administration over killings of indigenous peoples. KAMP claimed that 44 indigenous peoples have been killed by State forces since 2010.
The extrajudicial killings, KAMP said, were of indigenous peoples’ leaders and indigenous community members whose lands are affected by development of large-scale mining projects, and of the implementation of counter insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan.

 

‘Aquino has the makings of a dictator’—indigenous peoples

“Aquino has the makings of a dictator.”

Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of indigenous people’s organization, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas criticized the contents of the national address given by President Aquino Monday night. “Aquino is acting in the fashion of his kind: an arrogant, despotic, aristocratic landlord whose orders can never be deemed wrong or unfair. Ang utos ng hari, kahit mali, hindi mababali.”

 

‘Criminal accountability’ of the Aquino government in the Yolanda disaster sought by indigenous peoples in the UN EMRIP

Geneva, Switzerland –Indigenous peoples around the world presented a report to the 7th session of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP.) The Philippine report, presented by Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of progressive indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), discussed the situation of indigenous communities victims of the typhoon Haiyan and the accountability of the Aquino government to the people.

 

‘Aquino has no business to remain in office’-IP group

Indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan (KAMP) are supporting the impeachment case to be filed against the President.

“A violator of the Constitution and the primary creator and protector of bureaucratic corruption that plague the country should not remain in Malacanang. Aquino has created the conditions for thieves to have their fill of the nation’s coffers,” Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of KAMP said.

 

Aquino is chiefly accountable for DAP—IP group

With the Supreme Court finally deciding that the Disbursement Acceleration Fund (DAP) is unconstitutional on Tuesday, indigenous peoples organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) says that President Aquino is primarily accountable for the illegal disbursements of taxpayer money.

“Aquino is definitely in the forefront of the DAP, and is principally accountable for the existence of this illegal use of public money,” Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of KAMP said.

 

Lingkod Katribu slams relief center raid

Lingkod Katribu condemned the raid done on a relief center in Iloilo. “This attack is an outrage, an affront to donors here and abroad who had contributed in providing relief to the people devastated by super typhoon Yolanda,” Kaky Tolentino, Lingkod Katribu program head said.