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In a press release decrying the recent speech by newly appointed chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) belied claims that the soldiers of the AFP are “green warriors” for the environment:
“The AFP’s hands are stained with the blood of indigenous peoples and environment activists,” Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan (KAMP) said. “On the contrary, they are the muscle and the hired guns of mining corporations, logging, and other environmentally-destructive projects. Bautista and the AFP are far from being ‘green warriors.’”
According to KAMP data, 32 indigenous peoples have been slain during the Aquino presidency, a bulk of which are indigenous people’s leaders in mine-affected areas. Juvy Capion,a Blaan woman and leader against the entry of SMI-Xstrata in their ancestral territories, is one of the recent cases of large-scale-mining-related violence. Capion and her two sons were killed by members of the 27th Infantry Battalion last October 2012.
KAMP says that the disaster in Mindanao is largely caused by large-scale mining and logging. Six large-scale mining projects and 14 logging concessions exists in the disaster-stricken area.
“The AFP is the behind man-made disasters that are a worse deluge to all Filipinos, especially indigenous peoples. How could the AFP be a ‘green warrior’ when it kills of the defenders of the environment?” Malayao claimed.