Issue of March 11, 2018

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Solon calls for probe on death of Ifugao environmentalist
by Press release

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat has called for an investigation into the killing of Ifugao environmental activist Ricardo Mayumi and the worsening attacks against indigenous peoples around the country.

Mayumi was killed in Ambabag, Kiangan by two assassins on March 2.

He was the leader of the Ifugao Peasant Movement and has long advocated to protect the rights of fellow IPs in Ifugao.

Baguilat said that while the motive of his killing is still to be determined by the Philippine National Police, it was becoming clear that his death had to do with his activism, as he has been vocal in his opposition to some infrastructure projects in Ifugao.

“His case is unfortunately not an isolated one as for years, indigenous peoples have been targeted by those who want to push their own agenda even if it would mean trampling on the rights of indigenous peoples who have long been marginalized in this country,” said Baguilat.

Mayumi’s death adds to the growing list of IPs who have been killed, incarcerated and vilified around the country, said Baguilat in House Reoslution 1752.

“The Committee on Indigenous Peoples of the House of Representatives should be at the forefront of determining the proper implementation of laws that protect indigenous peoples rights, and to potentially file laws that will address gaps,” said the resolution.

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