QUEZON CITY — National minorities from Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao ask for a separate section on the rights of indigenous people and Moro people in the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio Economic Reforms (CASER).
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — “Kakalampagin natin sila (BSU Admin)!” said Governor Cresencio Pacalso to the student leaders of Benguet State University (BSU). This was the immediate remark of the governor after reading the letter submitted by the students requesting his support to the students call for BSU Admin to investigate alleged abuses of the Reserved Officer Training Corps.
QUEZON CITY — Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) zeroed in their water cannons at the more than 1,000 national minorities from all over the country who stormed the gates of their national headquarters on October 18 to demand justice for all the human rights violations committed by government troopers.
QUEZON CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) condemns and demands accountability from the US Embassy and Philippine National Police (PNP) for the violent dispersal of the peaceful protest of around 1,000 national minorities, including Igorots, in front of the US Embassy on October 19.
Mahigit apat-na-pung taon na po ang pakikibaka ng mga mamamayan ng Cordillera. Mahigit 40 taon ng sama-sama at militanteng pagkilos ng mga katutubong mamamayan upang depensahan ang aming lupang ninuno at kamtin ang karapatan sa sariling pagpapasya sa anyo ng tunay na panrehiyong awtonomya.
The century old imbedded colonial mentality in the Filipino may be the source of that deep fear of the imagined negative repercussions from that independent foreign policy being espoused by the President today; and it may also be the reason why many “do not get” his anti American or Anti European statements (anti-imperialist, actually), and his references to historical incidents – atrocities – in the colonial past of the Philippines under the American colonial rule.
I am boiling mad, raging angry over the violent dispersal by the Manila Police of the indigenous peoples who rallied infront of the US Embassy. There is no excuse, NO EXCUSE whatsoever that would wash them off of this despicable deed.
There is no other heart enlarging experience than when one’s work is rendered recognition by the very people we hoped to serve.