OUR CALL: Surface James Balao, Stop Enforced Disappearances!
It has been 3,004 days since.
James Balao was abducted by elements of the Military Intelligence Group and Intelligence Security Unit in collaboration with local military and police units. James is an active member of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, a legal and legitimate organization persecuted by the Philippine government’s counter insurgency operations.
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
We invite everyone to join the protest action at Skyworld, Session Road on November 25, 5:30pm. Wear Black and bring noise making gadgets.
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) opposes the burial of the late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNB) this coming September. In fact, the burial of Marcos at the LNB is an insult to Martial Law victims in the region and in the country. It is a serious crime of historical revisionism, […]
via No to the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayan — CPA Philippines
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