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Center for Environmental Concerns - Philippines works to cultivate environmental awareness and action, create a community of advocates, and contribute to the defense of ecosystems and peoples through empowering education, community-based research, and people-oriented, patriotic, and scientific advocacy.

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Environmental Defenders Under the Duterte Administration: Abiok “Bai Bibiaon” Ligkaian Bigkay

June 13, 2018

Hailing from the lush peaks of Pantaron Mountain Range in the Davao region, Abiok Ligkaian Bigkay, or “Bai Bibiaon”, is known as the only living woman warrior and chieftain of the Lumad people that has taken the helm in asserting the Lumad’s right to their ancestral domains and in preserving its rich biodiversity and natural resources.

Environmental Defenders Under the Duterte Administration: Datu Guibang Apoga

June 12, 2018

Datu Guibang Apoga is the chieftain of the Ata-Manobo Talaingod, Davao del Norte province. In 1994, he and his community’s baganis (warriors) waged war using traditional weapons against the logging company, C. Alcantara & Sons (Alsons) to defend their ancestral land. After the event, in 1997, the military filed murder charges against him. Currently, he resurfaced after hiding for two decades due to the need to recover from his ailments.