#KANNAWIDAN | OUR CALL: FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS! GENERAL UNCONDITIONAL AMNESTY NOW!
Nine (9) political prisoners continue to languish in jail. The latest victim was an ailing 72-year old Marcos Aggalao of Balbalan, Kalinga. Three prisoners Eduardo Esteban from Jaro, Iloilo, Virgilio Corpuz and Rene Boy Abiva both from Cagayan Valley never set foot in the Cordillera but are now facing murder and frustrated murder charges in relation to NPA-AFP armed clashes. All are now on their third year of incarceration.
The Duterte administration has also been holding the peace process at hostage with the non-release of political prisoners. Recently, Duterte has rejected the plea to free more than 130+ political prisoners. His non-committal stance on the issue grounds on the fact that it negates prior agreements it signed with the NDFP — the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
As we commemorate the 67th year of the UN-declared International Human Rights Day, we re-affirm our right as Filipino people to resist national oppression, imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism and monopoly landlordism. We re-affirm our right as indigenous peoples to defend our ancestral lands and territory. We re-affirm our calls: Itigil ang Pasistang Atake sa Mamamayan! Makibaka para sa Kapayapaan!; Hustisya Para sa Biktima ng Diktadurang US-Marcos!; Panagutin si Aquino III at Lahat ng Nagdaang Rehimen sa Kanilang Paglabag sa Karapatan Pantao!
Join us as we commemorate the 67th International Human Rights Day and promote a just and lasting peace in the country!
Invite your friends! KANNAWIDAN PARA ITI KAPPIA event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1865737073656977/?active_tab=about
Artwork by NDFP Consultant on Cordillera and Minority Affairs, Kennedy Bangibang, a former political detainee in Kalinga.
Despite the heavy downpour of rain, indigenous peoples and advocates march to the main thoroughfare of Baguio City to highlight and call for the advancement of peoples agenda for genuine change. #IPDay2016 #IPAgenda2016
via In pictures: Indigenous Peoples Day in Baguio City — CPA Philippines
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