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The Indigenous Peoples Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission has gathered to condemn the latest violence visited upon the Ati of Boracay and to call for an end to impunity.

The Indigenous Peoples Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission has gathered to condemn the latest violence visited upon the Ati of Boracay and to call for an end to impunity.

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  • 1. Office of the President of the Philippines NATIONAL ANTI-POVERTY COMMISSION26 February 2013PRESS STATEMENTNAPC calls for justice for slain Ati leader, an end to impunityThe Indigenous Peoples Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission has gatheredto condemn the latest violence visited upon the Ati of Boracay and to call for an end toimpunity.Dexter Condez, the 26-year-old leader and spokesman of the Ati living on the globallypopular tourist island destination, was gunned down late evening Friday as he was headedhome with two other companions. They had just come from a meeting with the nuns ofthe Holy Rosary Parish Ati Mission (HRPAM).“Dexter’s murder is a shameful, treacherous act,” said Guillermo Vicente, Sr., an elder ofthe Ati who is now in Manila to attend the National Sectors Meeting of the NAPC thisweekend and to gather support for his peoples cause in Boracay.“We are full of sorrow but we are also very, very angry. Dexter deserves justice; the Atidemand justice,” Vicente, Sr. said.Joel Rocamora, NAPC secretary threw in NAPC’s support behind the beleaguered Aticommunity in Boracay.“This is the time when we should not only be fighting against poverty, we should alsoface down violence,” he said.“This is also a wake-up call for the government to end impunity. Justice must be servedor Dexter’s murder will set us back in the eyes of the sectors we are working with, as wellas in the eyes of the global human rights community. And so, let Dexter’s death continueour resolve to push for the rights of the poor and the marginalized,” he added.The IP Council leaders also welcomed reports of President Aquino’s efforts in pressingthe Philippine National Police to effect an arrest.“If the President is with us on this, we will hopefully see the perpetrators behind bars verysoon,” said Judith Maranes, one of the NAPC IP Council leaders.The President’s sister, Viel Aquino-Dee, is vice chair of the Assisi DevelopmentFoundation, which has been assisting the Ati community in Boracay. “Mam Viel was justhere a few days ago,” said Sr. Hermie of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.“Binigyan n’ya ng pag-asa ang mga Ati. Sabi niya, itutuloy at itutuloy ang BoracayDevelopment Project ng Assisi Foundation para sa kanila.” 3rd Floor, Agricultural Training Institute Building, Department of Agriculture, Elliptical Road, Quezon City Trunk lines 4264956, 4264965, 4265019, 4265028, Fax 9279838
  • 2. 2The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples had issued the Certificate of AncestralDomain Title (CADT) to the Boracay Ati through their organization, BATO, in August2010. The title was subsequently registered with the Land Registration Agency threemonths later and awarded to the Ati in January 2011.But two years later, most of the 200 Ati have still not been able to settle on their land forfear of harassment and eviction from three other claimants to the property.Just four months ago, at least 20 security guards of Cebu-based J. King and Sons Co. Inc,armed with shotguns and hand guns, were sent to the Ati community along the beach inBarangay Manoc-Manoc to destroy parts of a perimeter fence put up by the tribe. No onewas hurt but the incident left the Ati terrified.The J. King and Sons Co. Inc., operates three hotels on the 1,038-hectare Boracay Island,including the Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center.At two hectares (2.05 has.), the land awarded to the Ati could very well be the smallestCADT awarded to any indigenous group in the Philippines. What gives? #### 3rd Floor, Agricultural Training Institute Building, Department of Agriculture, Elliptical Road, Quezon City Trunk lines 4264956, 4264965, 4265019, 4265028, Fax 9279838