Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA is one with the workers and Filipino people in commemorating the birth of the revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.
Bonifacio was a true hero of the Filipino people who dedicated his life to fight for freedom and independence. We also honor on this day all the true heroes of our country who gave their lives fighting for freedom, justice and democracy.
We continue to express anger and dismay on the Supreme Court’s ruling and of President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to allow the transfer of the remains of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
Marcos is no hero. He will never be recognized as a hero of the Filipino people, no matter where his remains may lie. There are no actions made by Marcos that is worthy of emulation. To the contrary, what he did during his reign as a dictator must be prevented by every Filipino from ever happening again. It was under his regime that foreign debt ballooned, Labor Export policy was enacted, education was commercialized, and corruption grew rampant, and human rights violations became unbridled.
The actions of President Duterte and the Supreme Court is an insult to the victims of torture, illegal detention, killings, disappearances during the Marcos regime. The burial of Marcos at the LNMB also disregards the heroes of the 1986 EDSA revolution who ousted him and his corrupt regime. This is a clear revision of our country’s history where fascists and dictators are granted a hero’s burial and title, while justice for thousands of victims of human rights violations remain elusive.
The burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the LNMB is only the first step of the Marcos family to reclaim Malacanang. We must remain vigilant and prevent the same people who have used our country’s wealth for their own interests regain power. Their sins to the Filipino people must not go unpunished.
We call on all Filipino people, especially the youth to recognize, uphold and emulate the true heroes of our country. We urge our country’s Millennials to be educated about the true history of the Filipino people and become true heroes of this generation.
Justice for the Victims of Martial Law!
Never Again, Never Forget!
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.
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