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Sabi ng uncle sam nila
Natiktikan sa kuta ang ulo ng mga terorista
Iwinagayway at pinalanghap ang amoy ng pera
Sikretong misyon ibinulong ni noynoy sa barkada’t kaibigang tunay
Aysus purisima
Ang akala’y sila’y magiging bida
Kumilos ng patago at mga tauha’y ibinala
Kumbaga’y isinubo sa naghihintay na bunganga
Ng kalabang dambuhala.
Natapos ang labanan
Lugmok ang mga pinasalakay.
Ngayon, anumang iwas at sisihan ang gawin ng pangulo’t galamay
Di matanggal ang lansa ng dugo sa kanilang mga kamay.

Enero 31 2015

tula ni Luchie Maranan

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Aquino government should be accountable for the Mamasapano tragedy: Individuals killed were used as “toy soldiers”

January 30, 2015

Press Release

Baguio City– Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (TTU-CPA) mourns the death of PNP-SAF, MILF and civilian individuals who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25, 2015.

In his nation address last January 29, President Aquino once again “whitewashed” the incident and refused to take the blame on the said deaths. He claimed that the PNP-SAF officers were involved in the implementation of a standing warrant of arrest for two terrorists bombers, namely Zulkifli bin Hir aka “Marwan” and Abdul Basit Usman.

The said operation was under the directives of President Aquino and suspended PNP director General Alan Purisima, without the knowledge of PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and DILG chief Mar Roxas. Aquino is well aware of the operations since he even went to Zamboanga before the troops went to Mamasapano. The operation was limited only to Aquino, Purisima and the PNP-SAF officials who are to carry out the operations.

“Simply put, to conduct an operation as huge as this—after terrorist bombers, no less—without the knowledge of government officials and agencies involved should be accounted for” stated Tracy Dumalo, secretary-general of TTU-CPA. This was due to the fact that General Espina and Mar Roxas stated in a press conference that no report was given to them to give any permission for the Mamasapano operations. This resulted to the death of 44 members of the PNP-SAF, 13 of whom are Cordillerans.

“Aquino has to answer for this incident since the individuals who were slained in Mamasapano were seemingly used as “pawns” or “toy soldiers” in a board game, just to claim the $6 million bounty for capturing the two terrorists. Dagdag pa ito sa kagustuhan ni Aquino na magpasikat at magpabango sa ibang mga bansa.” said Dumalo.

TTU-CPA further stated that they are against the proposition of some politicians to call for an all-out war against the MILF since this will not solve the armed conflict. “It is not right to call for an all-out war without greatly considering the lives of the civilians that will be greatly harmed and affected” said Dumalo.

 It is important that the Mamasapano incident should be thoroughly investigated and the persons involved in commanding it should be held accountable.

 

Reference:

Tracy Dumalo

Secretary-General, Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA

Media Advisory: Press Conference in Baguio City I February 3, 1PM

CPA Philippines

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Amianan Salakniban invite you for a Press Conference on February 3, 2015 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the El Cielito Inn, 50 North Drive, Baguio City.

The press conference aims to present initial results and findings of the International Solidarity Investigation Mission conducted in several communities in Mindanao and Nueva Vizcaya where Australian mining corporations are currently operating.

Expected panelists during the press conference are mining solidarity and advocates groups from Australia and local environmental activists.

For more information, feel free to text or call 0920 928 6370 or 422 9754 and look for Jude.

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The People’s Fight Continues: Protect our Environment!

In the first quarter of 2012, an uproar was caused by the sudden news that SM Incorporated’s expansion project will cost 182 pine trees to be cut or earth-balled. Hundreds of environmental advocates, groups and Baguio citizens protested this environmental degradation for worries of the effects it will have on the city and to its people. Plans were made and actions were taken. A Temporary Environmental Protection Order was momentarily given to halt the earth-balling while law suits were forwarded by several groups regarding the Environmental Compliance Certificate awarded to SM as well as the expansion project itself. Alas, the cases were dismissed in December 2012, stating that the case failed to show enough evidence as to the harmful effects of the project. Still, the case was lifted to the Court of Appeals until last week, the court finally released its decision.

The court once again dismissed the case citing that SMI has not violated any legal procedures and that the expansion project will not have an adverse effect in the City’s environment.

This is a big disappointment for the citizens of Baguio, but not quite surprising. Once again, corporate greed has crawled its way to the judiciary system and denied real justice to the people. Tongtongan ti Umili – Cordillera Peoples Alliance reiterates that the court’s move to dismiss the cases filed against the erection of the SMI expansion is a narrow-minded decision that proves whoever has the resources holds the power.

We need to go back to the principal issue in this case. Who will truly benefit from the project? This is, first and foremost, a project for profit and not for the welfare of the Baguio citizens- a clear manifestation of corporate greed.  It must be stressed that the repercussions of the said project will surely be felt in the future. To say that there are no irreparable damages to the environment is being ignorant to the impact of the corporate greed and development aggression throughout history. We have seen over and over the ill effects of urbanization to the environment.

We must be conscious of the impact SMI will have in our local and homegrown businesses here in the city. How many local businesses will suffer due to the unequal competition?  We, as Baguio citizens, grew up with these homegrown businesses. We know these people, they became a part of our lives. As we let SMI pursue its expansion projects (hotels, restaurants, parking area, recreational area) creep into what is already a crowded Baguio, we are contributing to the eventual death of local and homegrown businesses and establishments.

Tongtongan ti Umili – Cordillera Peoples Alliance cannot emphasize more that the continuing battle against SMIs corporate greed is in the hands of a united citizens of Baguio. SMI does not and will not care because it is money-driven. And that is why we need to shake them with the strength of our actions. We have witnessed the strength in numbers back in 2012 when the citizens of Baguio united to oppose the earth-balling of 182 trees by SMI. Now that the legal machinery we have depended on to put a stop to the continuation of the project has failed us again, the answer is in the hands of the people taking a united stand and forging an action to really show the Baguio we want. The fight against corporate greed continues.

Stop corporate greed, save our environment!

Reference:

Perry Mendoza, Chairperson

Tracy Anne Dumalo, Secretary-General

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