War on Drugs should uphold due process

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.###

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Kapihan Para sa Kapayapaan

Press Release

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.

 

Reference:

Tracy Dumalo

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Philippine–American UnFriendship Day: Asserting Philippine Sovereignty Against US Imperialism

 Statement

July 2, 2014

 

Questions have long been looming around the so-called “friendly relationship” between our country and the United States.Due to our country’s strategic geographic position and rich resources, imperialist countries find it ideal to further strengthen their control and influence in the Philippines. Even after the end of US colonialism in the Philippines, our country continue to betied-down to it,based on the political and economic benefits and interests it can gain from us..

The USA, among other countries, has the biggest investments in our country. The proposed charter change by our legislators is alarming, because of the addition of seven economic provisions to the Constitution which allows 100% ownership of foreign businesses in the country. Foreign ownership and control in the country will range from exploration and development projects to exploitation of our natural resources, and even up to direct ownership of public utilities and mass media.

Our country’s sovereignty is still choked by imperialist claws since we became their prey as a colony. Historically, all administrations up to present succumbed to the different political, military and economic agreements that only have insidious results to the Filipino people such as human rights abuses and constitutional violations. We must now, once and for all, bring to an end such deceitful relationship.

Tongtongan ti Umili will not allow foreign entities led by the USA to defile our national sovereignty. We call on all Filipinos to assert our right to defend and protect our patrimony. We should not allow foreign interests especially US monopoly capitalists to control and plunder our natural resources. We should oppose the proposed economic charter change.

Let us assert our national sovereignty and put an end to imperialist aggression, let us oppose all foreign profiteers that wreak havoc on our natural resources and the lives of our people.

 Let us vigorously oppose and reject agreements and treaties that serve foreign interest!

 Let us thwart American imperialism’s assault on our sovereignty!

Expose and end the deceit of the Fil-Am Friendship Day!

Reference:

Tracy Dumalo

Secretary-General

Human Rights and the Quest for Peace Based on Justice

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As we celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10, Tongtongan Ti Umili joins the various groups and members of the community in the campaign for Peace and Justice. We believe that genuine peace can be attained if the roots of unrest and dissent are addressed. Our collective effort should be directed at demanding from all levels of government to address the reasons for the absence of peace. The quality of life of the greater majority of people in Baguio City and the Cordillera has deteriorated rapidly in recent years. The Aquino government has responded, not with pro-people policies and respect for the self-determined development of the indigenous people, but with measures that have led to gross human rights violations. Harassments, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances are still prevalent, especially in the communities in the countryside.

Right to Livelihood is answered with POSD Brutality

Last June 24 this year, Baguio ambulant vendor Oscar Caranto was falsely accused of assaulting a Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) vehicle and was dragged to their market headquarters in Block 3. He was mauled by not less than six POSD personnel that led to his death on July 4. After this incident, the perpetrators were merely removed from this division. They were not held accountable for the crime. The POSD is under the Office of the City Mayor, and has a long list of brutal campaigns of demolition and confiscation of meagre sources of livelihood of honest, hardworking people in the public market

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Right to Sustainable Development is answered with Environmental Degradation

The city of Baguio is confronted with a wide range of environmental problems. The local government has allowed big real estate developers to wantonly take over the remaining prime lands, regardless of the fragile state of the environment. The wanton cutting of trees goes on unabated, posing a danger to future stability of the already endangered topography of the city. Worse, the top lawmaker of the city is himself the culprit in the devastation of a large portion of Cabuyao in Mt. Sto. Tomas to give way for the development of his so-called ecological park.  For years and decades back, the Sto. Tomas area has fallen to wide environmental degradation despite it being declared a Forest Reserve. Individual and capitalist interests have prevailed, while our environment continues to be destroyed. The people of Baguio are not properly consulted about crucial issues that bear impact on their daily survival as resources continue to dwindle. We fear for the right of the future generation to a sustainable life if capitalist greed is not stopped.

Human Rights Defenders are Silenced with Death in the Cordillera Region

This year, six cases of extra-judicial killings were committed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the region. William Bugatti, Eddie Ligiw, Fermin Ligiw, Licuben Ligiw and Engr. Delle Salvador were brutally killed due to their political affiliations, and in the defense of human and collective rights, while Noel Viste was coerced as a guide in a military operation and was murdered. All these were done by the AFP under their Oplan Bayanihan program.

Tongtongan ti Umili believes that peace can come to our city and the Cordillera IF the causes of people’s unrest are addressed. Military might and bureaucratic power are not the answers to poverty and joblessness.  Impunity and injustice must come to an end. Human rights must be upheld and the collective will of the people respected. Not only today, but at all times under a government that puts the interest of the people as a primary agenda.