Status Baguio: The Real State of the City and its People

Baguio City—Various groups and organizations led by Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA (TTU-CPA) will be holding their own “SONA ng Bayan” on July 27, to discuss the real status of the country, specifically the national oppression of indigenous peoples’ in the Cordillera region and the issues and concerns faced by the people of Baguio.

Recently, Mayor Domogan released his own version of “State of the City Address”, entitled “Advancing development thru teamwork towards a sustainable Baguio”, discussing the so-called “accomplishments” and “developments” under the city. TTU-CPA is appalled by the contents of the Mayor’s SOCA that gave a long list of justifications on the issues of violent demolitions, illegal skyrise building permits, waste mismanagement, environmental degradation, and the proposed tax increase.

“Mayor Domogan does not know the true meaning of “development” and “sustainability” since the people of Baguio are fully aware that the type of development he advances for the city are for the businessmen and corporations, at the expense of the residents of the city, especially the urban poor. We are angered by the long list of lies that he stated in his SOCA, which are in fact, merely cover-ups for the sins he has done to the city—environmental degradation, brutal harassment of vendors, violent demolitions, mismanagement of funds, no delivery of basic social services, permission of e-bingos and prostitution, and corruption—are just a few of the issues faced by the people of Baguio” stated Tracy Dumalo, secretary-general of TTU-CPA.

TTU also stated that the residents of Baguio, like all of the Filipino people across the nation, are burdened with the “tuwid na daan” program of the government that does not address their basic needs, while giving way to anti-people policies like Oplan Bayanihan, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), K12 and Corruption. Under Aquino’s regime, the  country is faced with unemployment, poverty, hunger, corruption, forced evacuations, extra-judicial killings, harassments and disappearances.

“Clearly, Aquino is a president that serves the few and not the people. We have seen and felt all throughout his term that the slogans ‘tuwid na daan’, ‘kapag walang korap, walang mahirap’ & ‘kayo ang boss ko’ are just lies that Aquino gave to us” added Dumalo.

The people of Baguio will be taking part in a nationally-coordinated action where various groups will also hold their versions of “SONA ng Bayan” across the country. The groups will converge at Rizal Park at 9 in the morning.

“Since our government deceive us with lies and covers up the true state of the city and the country, it is up to us to show them that this is what’s happening to the city, the country, and the people. This is the true state of the nation” ended Dumalo.

Reference:

Tracy Anne Dumalo

Secretary General

tracyannedumalo@gmail.com

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