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.
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. ###
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