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“The P607B New Clark City certainly is not for the indigenous peoples, the peasants and residents who will be displaced due to the construction of this mega-project,” Kerlan Fenagel, spokesperson of Sandugo-Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination said today in agreement to a recent article on the study made by Andrew Ortega of University of Glasglow and researchers from University of the Philippines. “Clark Green City is purely for profit, hence any ‘development’ for the affected Aytas and peasants is hollow and is only for show,” Fenagel said.

“If the Philippine government is truly sincere in the development of the indigenous peoples and the marginalized, it should not allow our displacement by large commercial projects resulting in the loss of our ancestral lands our livelihood and our very existence,” Fanagel said. “The Philippine government should uphold our territories and not relegate our ancestral lands to a mere commodity for business and profit,” Fenagel said.

Fenagel also lambasted the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) reaction to the same study. “The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) with the complicity of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is lying to their teeth when they said that the Aytas have no ancestral land or territories over parts occupied by the Clark Green City. The government, especially through the NCIP, have always turned against us in favor of profit making ventures,” Fenagel said. “Worst, the government even uses its police and military forces to intimidate us from fighting for what are rightfully ours,” Fenagel said.

Press Release 12 July 2019
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