Urgent Appeal for Action: URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION: Stop political vilification and harassment of human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights defenders in Ifugao, Cordillera, Philippines

CPA Philippines

Dear friends,

We are appealing for your support to raise concern and denounce the heightened incidents of political vilification, surveillance and harassment against members and leaders of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), barangay[i] officials, local organizations and indigenous people’s rights advocates

Read full text: Urgent Alert- Stop political vilification and harassment of HR and IP rights defenders in Ifugao, Cordillera, Philippines

[i] Barangay – smallest government administrative body in the Philippines

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Para kay William

Isang taon na ang lumipas

Mula noong ikaw ay barilin

Ng mga asong ulol ng dilim

Sa utos ng pinunong duwag

Tatlong bala ang tumama

Ang isa nga’y sa iyong puso

Marahil ang bilang ng itinumba

Sa kanila’y sukatan ng tagumpay

Subalit ano man ang pilit nila

Dakila mong ala-ala’y di mailibing

Patuloy nilang itinatanggi

Kinukumbinsi ang mga sarili

Buhay mo’y wala nang saysay

Subalit tulad ng mga dakilang nauna

Binhi ng paglaban at paglaya

Sa mapaniil,mapangaliping sistema

Naitanim sa aming puso’t diwa

Lalong pinalago ng iyong pawis at dugo

At sa iyo ngang kinabuwalan

Marami ang bumangon nagpatuloy

Sila naman ngayon ang sinisipat

Nitong mga asong ulol na sa liwanag

Nama’y bahag ang mga buntot

Tila hindi na talaga sila matututo

Paulit-ulit ang kasaysayan sa pagsabi

Hindi mamatay ang pagaaklas

Ilang libo man ang dukutin at patayin

Hangga’t umiiral ang bulok na sistema

At bayan ay saklot ng dilim at dahas

Libu-libo ang uusbong, babangon

Upang buwagin palitan ang kasalukuyan

At hawanin ang daan tungo sa paglikha

Sa isang tunay na malayang bukas

-tula ni Kimberly Quitasol

Speak Out!: For Truth, Justice and AccountabilitY

Press Release

March 19, 2015

Baguio City—Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA will be conducting an activity entitled “SPEAK OUT! Ano ang masasabi mo sa administrasyon ni Aquino?” as part of a nationally coordinated action to call for truth, justice and accountability. The activity, which will be held at Baguio People’s Park on March 20 (from 1:00-6:00pm) aims to encourage Baguio citizens to voice out their views on the current administration, especially after Aquino’s series of failures. His failure to answer and become accountable towards the creation and implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the results of the Board of Inquiry on the Mamasapano Tragedy are just a few of the reasons why Aquino should be held responsible.

“We are disgusted with Aquino and how he continues to tell lies to the people amidst the Pork Barrel Scam and Mamasapano tragedy. He still believes that the people are supporting him when he has not done anything for the people. This is clearly seen in the plummeting of his rating at the recent survey” stated Tracy Dumalo, secretary-general of Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA.

The group, along with other organizations and individuals in Baguio encourages everyone to join and participate in this activity to speak out their issues and concerns which has not been given any response from the government for so long. TTU-CPA is also calling for Aquino to step down and a People’s Transition Council should be placed in return.

“We are in no way calling for VP Binay to become the next president if Aquino steps down since he is also involved in the pork barrel scam and other atrocities. The only alternative is for a People’s Transition Council to be formed. We don’t want a ‘take two’ on the current problems of the country. Enough is enough” added Dumalo.

The People’s Transition Council will be composed of representatives from all sectors and will pave the way for a true democratic government. This is not impossible because the government, through the push of the people, has already called for a Constitutional Convention after the ouster of Marcos. The said Convention was also composed of sectoral representatives from all-over the nation. Before holding another national election, the Transition Council will ensure that all the current concerns in the government are resolved, and that all politicians who disobeyed the law will be punished.



Tracy Anne Dumalo


Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA


“Yellow” Logic

like a rolling stone

Pag critical sa BBL, tawag agad ay “enemy of peace”.

Pag kontra sa palpak na CARP, ang tawag agad ay pro-landlord.

Pag kontra kay Aquino, kampi daw kasi kay Binay.

Pag kontra sa US, pro-China agad ang turing.

Yellow logic is quite similar to the George W. Bush mindset. “Your’re either with us or against us.”

It is simplistic and non-sequitur. It insults our collective intelligence and covers up the wrongdoings of the current dispensation. Sila lang lagi ang tama. Lahat tayo ay mali.

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Five biggest losers as a result of the BOI report on Mamamsapano

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The Board of Inquiry created by the DILG to look into the Mamasapano operation released its report today to the public. Here are the five biggest losers as a result of the report.

  1. President Benigno Aquino III –  It was he who approved Oplan Exodus, which the BOI would describe as a plan that was defective from the start. It was Aquino who allowed the participation of the suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima in the operation, thereby violating the PNP chain of command and the Ombudsman suspension order. It was Aquino who did not give any guidance insofar as the peace negotiations with the MILF was concerned. The BOI report exposed as lies many of the statements initially given by the President, including the claim that Purisima was merely a consultant on operational jargon and that as president, he did not personally approve the plan to get Marwan.
  2. General Alan…

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Daughters of Cordillera: A documentary of three generations of women defenders

CPA Philippines

March 10, 2015

Daughters of Cordillera A documentary of three generations of women defendersThe Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) congratulates Pinoy Media Center, its partners and directors in producing an independent documentary video, Daughters of the Cordillera, which tells the story of Piya Macliing Malayao, a young activist who hails from Mainit, Bontoc, Mt. Province, in re-connecting her indigenous roots and activism with her mother, Jean Macliing, and grandmother, Petra Macliing.

Mother Petra Macliing, the grandmother of Piya, is an icon for indigenous women for the defense of land, life, and resources even at the height of the dark years of Martial Law. With courage and determination, she led and participated in countless protest marches, community meetings and dialogues, barricades and petitions against the construction of the biggest dam in Asia of that time – the World Bank funded Chico River Dams project –which the was successfully stopped. Mother Petra is also a human rights defender. She always tells that…

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