June 28, 2016
Baguio City– Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance will be conducting a public kapihan on June 29, a day before the inauguration of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. The kapihan aims to discuss the challenges of the people of Cordillera and Baguio City to the incoming national and local administrations.
“We want to challenge the government to act on the pressing issues and concerns of the people. We have become victims of government neglect under the Aquino administration and we challenge the Duterte administration to take a different path and prove that change is truly coming” stated Tracy Dumalo, secretary-general of Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA.
The kapihan will also tackle the promise of Duterte to resume Peace Talks and the release of political prisoners once he takes oath as president.
“We welcome Duterte’s announcement that he will push for the resumption of Peace Talks in the country once he is inaugurated since this will greatly help in the advancement of the interests of the people. The resumption of peace talks is not simply about the ceasefire between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, but other concerns of the people as well, particularly the release of political prisoners and undertaking socio-economic reforms. We invite everyone to join us in discussing the prospects for our country and unite towards a just and lasting peace” ended Dumalo.
The kapihan will be held on Igorot Park, from 11 in the morning to 1:00 in the afternoon.