Baguio City—Tongtongan Ti Umili- Cordillera Peoples Alliance (TTU-CPA) welcomes the selection of Mr. Roger Sinot as the first Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in the Baguio City Council last November 4. He needs to submit all the necessary requirements needed by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples before being formalized as a member of the city council.
“We welcome the selection of Baguio city’s first IPMR and hope that he will truly represent the interests of the Ibalois and all the indigenous peoples in the city.”
TTU-CPA expressed that it is important that indigenous peoples and their interests are well-represented in the local government since they comprise the majority of the city’s population.
“As the first IPMR of the city, we are hoping that Mr. Sinot will be most willing to listen to the various issues faced by indigenous peoples in the city. We challenge him to actively bring these into the city council and truly represent the indigenous peoples” ended Dumalo.
Baguio City— Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples Alliance expresses concern over the recent “drug-related killings” in the city. Last September 22, manicurist Chona Mapili was shot dead at Hangar Market while doing her job by an unidentified gunmen, after recently surrendering to the PNP. Prior this, an alleged pusher was also shot dead last September 9 near his residence by unidentified gunmen.
“We are alarmed by the killings in the city. We reiterate that people should not be killed, whether they are drug pushers or not. Due process must be followed” stated Tracy Anne Dumalo, secretary general of TTU-CPA.
The group is calling on the local government of Baguio to protect the lives of its citizens and conduct necessary steps to put a stop to these killings. Up to present, there are already 13 alleged drug pushers killed in the city, following the Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP. According to TTU-CPA, the war on drug of the government must not be used to justify the killings in the country and the city.
“Being a drug pusher or user does not warrant death as a punishment. There is no longer a difference if a suspect surrenders to the authorities or not since they are killed all the same. Drug lords should be actively investigated, and not just the small pushers that they employ. The local government must do its duty to protect the lives of ALL its citizens, investigate killings and put a stop to it. We reiterate that every citizen deserves due process” ended Dumalo.###
August 26, 2016
Tracy Anne Dumalo; Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA secretary general
Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA welcomes the formal resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) which started this 22nd of August at Oslo, Norway.
We call on Baguio citizens, groups and institutions to support the peace talks and the campaign for a just and lasting peace in the country. We also urge everyone to raise and voice out the various issues and concerns faced by the people as a means of further pushing the GRP and NDFP to discuss the immediate and long term demands needed for the country. Poverty, corruption, lack of social services, human rights violations, and destruction of natural resources are just some of the roots of armed conflict in the country which will be tackled during the peace talks process.
The peace talks will tackle socio-economic and political reforms that will have a great impact on the lives of the Filipino people. In like manner, these reforms which will be tackled and addressed at the national level will have a huge bearing on the programs and policies at the local areas. The issues and concerns faced by the people of Baguio are felt throughout the country, which is why we urge everyone to unite with the wider population to continue in pushing both panels to tackle the main causes of problems faced by the Filipino people by joining discussions and activities that will raise our awareness in the call for a just and lasting peace. ###
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is pleased to invite the public to a simple program celebrating our identity and culture as indigenous peoples of the Cordillera on August 9, 2016 from 9AM to 12 NN at the Igorot Park. The event is part of the global commemoration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, […]
via World Indigenous Peoples Day in Baguio City — CPA Philippines
July 23, 2016
Baguio City—Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (TTU-CPA) will be conducting an outdoor program and public viewing activity in lieu of President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address. There will be a forum and ecumenical service at the Baguio City First United Methodist Church from 9:00 in the morning until twelve noon. This will be followed by a march parade from Baguio Post Office to Igorot Park at 1:30 in the afternoon. The activity will culminate at Igorot Park where there will be a program discussing the people’s agenda, public viewing, and kapihan para iti panagbalbaliw.
With the theme “Isulong ang adyenda ng mamamayan para sa pagbabago! Tunay na kalayaan at demokrasya, ipaglaban!”, TTU-CPA wishes to challenge President Duterte to follow through on the promise of “change” he gave to the people.
“Progressive policies that will advance the interest of the basic Filipino masses are what we have been calling for the past administrations but to no avail. We are hoping that President Duterte will heed the call of the people and give us the change that we need” stated Tracy Dumalo, secretary-general of TTU-CPA.
Unlike the past SONA ng Mamamayan held in Baguio, this year the group will be conducting activities that challenge the current administration, while promoting the People’s Agendas. They are also calling for the resumption of peace talks and the release of political prisoners.
“The resumption of peace talks will bring positive change in the country especially since the next agenda tackles the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER). This aims to address the roots of armed conflict in the country like poverty, injustice, human rights violations and lack of social services. We are hopeful that President Duterte is fully committed to the resumption of Peace Talks and the release of all political prisoners” added Dumalo.
The group stands firm that despite being a progressive president who claims to be leftist, they will still remain vigilant and watchful of President Duterte.
“We will still continue to call for national democracy and the alleviation of poverty and injustice in the country. Now, more than ever, we must assert the rights of the people and call for the change that we truly need” ended Dumalo.
Tracy Anne Dumalo
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.
April 9, 2016
Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera People’s Alliance condemn the brutal and bloody dispersal of the protesting Kidapawan farmers last April 1 which led to deaths, severe injuries and arrests.
The Kidapawan farmers are suffering from severe drought and hunger which pushed them to protest and demand the provincial government to release the 15,000 sacks of rice and calamity funds to address the needs of these farmers and their families.
“The action of the government and the PNP towards the farmers is a clear act of violence and lack of inhumanity. These farmers and their families are dying from hunger. They are only asking the government to do its responsibility to its people, yet they are met with bullets. If Kidapawan province has already been declared under state of calamity since January and the provincial government did its job to assist the farmers, this bloodbath would’ve never happened.” said TTU-CPA secretary genaral Tracy Dumalo.
Provincial Governor Lala Talino-Mendoza has declared Kidapawan under “state of calamity” since January of this year, where there is P35 million allocated for calamity funds that should have already been used to assist the farmers and their families.
“What is more appalling at present is the lack of action by the president. A week has already passed but he still hasn’t taken any actions. Is campaigning for elections more important than this tragic event?” added Dumalo.
Groups nationwide are now asking “Nasaan ang pangulo?” with the lack of any action by the president to order a directive to assist the farmers. Private groups and individuals have been mobilizing efforts to call for donations to assist the farmers since the incident took place.
“We must exert all our efforts to assist our brothers North Cotabato. As we commemorate Araw ng Kagitingan¸we must bear in mind that we are not only paying tribute to the brave Filipinos of the past. We must also prove ourselves brave Filipinos in calling for justice for our Kidapawan brothers and the accountability of the Aquino administration in continuing its neglect of the people throughout its term” ended Dumalo.
Tracy Anne Dumalo