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
Sabi ng uncle sam nila
Natiktikan sa kuta ang ulo ng mga terorista
Iwinagayway at pinalanghap ang amoy ng pera
Sikretong misyon ibinulong ni noynoy sa barkada’t kaibigang tunay
Ang akala’y sila’y magiging bida
Kumilos ng patago at mga tauha’y ibinala
Kumbaga’y isinubo sa naghihintay na bunganga
Ng kalabang dambuhala.
Natapos ang labanan
Lugmok ang mga pinasalakay.
Ngayon, anumang iwas at sisihan ang gawin ng pangulo’t galamay
Di matanggal ang lansa ng dugo sa kanilang mga kamay.
Enero 31 2015
tula ni Luchie Maranan
January 30, 2015
Baguio City– Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (TTU-CPA) mourns the death of PNP-SAF, MILF and civilian individuals who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25, 2015.
In his nation address last January 29, President Aquino once again “whitewashed” the incident and refused to take the blame on the said deaths. He claimed that the PNP-SAF officers were involved in the implementation of a standing warrant of arrest for two terrorists bombers, namely Zulkifli bin Hir aka “Marwan” and Abdul Basit Usman.
The said operation was under the directives of President Aquino and suspended PNP director General Alan Purisima, without the knowledge of PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and DILG chief Mar Roxas. Aquino is well aware of the operations since he even went to Zamboanga before the troops went to Mamasapano. The operation was limited only to Aquino, Purisima and the PNP-SAF officials who are to carry out the operations.
“Simply put, to conduct an operation as huge as this—after terrorist bombers, no less—without the knowledge of government officials and agencies involved should be accounted for” stated Tracy Dumalo, secretary-general of TTU-CPA. This was due to the fact that General Espina and Mar Roxas stated in a press conference that no report was given to them to give any permission for the Mamasapano operations. This resulted to the death of 44 members of the PNP-SAF, 13 of whom are Cordillerans.
“Aquino has to answer for this incident since the individuals who were slained in Mamasapano were seemingly used as “pawns” or “toy soldiers” in a board game, just to claim the $6 million bounty for capturing the two terrorists. Dagdag pa ito sa kagustuhan ni Aquino na magpasikat at magpabango sa ibang mga bansa.” said Dumalo.
TTU-CPA further stated that they are against the proposition of some politicians to call for an all-out war against the MILF since this will not solve the armed conflict. “It is not right to call for an all-out war without greatly considering the lives of the civilians that will be greatly harmed and affected” said Dumalo.
It is important that the Mamasapano incident should be thoroughly investigated and the persons involved in commanding it should be held accountable.
Secretary-General, Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA