Delegates of the Cordillera held a protest action at the camp of the 503rd Infantry Battalion Philippine Army last April 25, 2017 for the alleged human rights violations of the soldiers.
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Kalinga folk, church people and other delegations to the Cordillera Day 2017 from all over the country and abroad opened a shrine in honor of Cordillera martyrs and heroes of the struggle against Ferdinand Marcos’ Chico River Mega-Dam project in Tinglayan town in Kalinga on April 23, 2017.
BALBALAN, Kalinga – Three vehicles of the convoy of delegates to Cordillera Day 2017 were spiked.
BALBALAN, Kalinga — Delegates to the Cordillera Day were held and harassed by police and army soldiers yesterday, April 23 along the road at Barangay Balantoy, here in Kalinga.
TABUK CITY ― Ibutbutaktak ken supsupiaten dagiti umili ti gandat manen a panagsubli dagiti kampanya ti gobyerno iti panangipatakder iti hydro-power project dam iti Karayan Chico, Tanudan, Pasil ken Saltan.
For the past months, I witnessed and participated in the celebration of long life of our elderly in my village. Truly, it is a joy to see our elders happy and smiling when their lives are celebrated not only by their families but also by the whole community. After all, one of their ingredients in having long life is family and a good community.
The Cordillera peoples mass movement led by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) unveils the heroes and martyrs’ marker on April 23, 2017 in Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga despite the blatant moves of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) to sabotage the installation. Leaders of the community and relatives of the heroes namely, Macliing Dulag, Lumbaya Gayudan, and Pedro Dungoc Sr. stood their ground and constructed the long awaited monument to commemorate the three warriors.
The CPLA story, past and present, is a notable example of government ignorance and opportunism in dealing with Cordillera indigenous people’s politics and issues, as well as in addressing civil war in this part of the country.
For 33 years, Cordillera Day was annually observed by progressive indigenous peoples organizations led by the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA). Cordi Day, in short, begun from the Macli-ing Memorial commemorating the day the Pangat was treacherously killed by soldiers of the State. It initially was a day to remember the honorable warrior’s lifeworks and selfless sacrifice but it also has grown to be an annual venue to share the collective actions of groups and communities in their common struggle to defend the ancestral domain, of building their unities to advance their community, to share their triumphs at determining their future as indigenous peoples, and many more.
The first part of the 2017 Cordillera Day commemoration is the unveiling of the marker dedicated to the heroes of the Chico River Struggle in the 1970s, such as Macliing Dulag, Lumbaya Gayudan and Pedro Dungoc, Sr. on April 23 at Sitio Iker, Tinglayan, Kalinga.
MALIBCONG, Abra — Marcos Sangdaan, the barangay captain of Lat-ey village in Malibcong town, Abra province maintains that the fire that consumed their communal forest was due to the airstrikes by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) amid claims of the Philippine Army that the fleeing New People’s Army rebels caused the fire.