- Press Releases
(On the celebration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Akbayan Representative Kaka J. Bag-ao discusses the repercussions of mining to our indigenous peoples, and the need to legislate the Minerals Management Bill or House Bill 3763 in Congress.)
I rise on a matter of personal and collective privilege.
Mr. Speaker, the World Indigenous Peoples Day, which we commemorate today, should be a celebration of multiculturalism and mutual recognition of rights amidst diversity and adversity. While the Philippine Constitution and the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) recognize the rights of indigenous peoples, our vibrant ethnicity also chronicles the unromanticized tale of cultural communities who are historically marginalized by our very own state policies.
The policy, which this representation is referring to, is the state perpetrated plunder of our national patrimony which we commonly refer to as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995.”