Social media was recently vibrant with spirited discourse on the “Igorot Attire”. The image of Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) Chairman Windel Bolinget in g-string delivering a speech against Marcos and Duterte fascism went viral, at the September 11 protest march to the Libingan ng mga Bayani, one of the many mobilizations in the National Lakbayan of National Minorities that converged in Metro Manila for self-determination and just peace.
“Kaasi pay ni mannalon, awan latta’t daga na!” (Woe to the farmers, they remain landless!) This sums up the dire situation of the peasantry in the country after five decades of the government’s land reform program. The toiling farmers remain exploited and landless.
Moreover, the Supreme Court (SC) has recently adopted the June 2017 recommendation of the La Trinidad Regional Trial Court (LT RTC) to put the 9-year case of another desaparecido, James Balao, in archive. The resolution has definitely set the tone of giving-up in the quest for James and justice for his enforced disappearance. James is a former editor-in-chief of the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) Outcrop, also a member of CEGP-Cordillera.
Amianan Salakniban denounces the recent atrocities perpetrated by the 7th Infantry Division (ID) of the Northern Luzon Command with the arrest and illegal detention of five farmers, including a minor, from Kasibu town, in Nueva Vizcaya.
Maragsakan tayo ti pannaka-urnong manen ti babbai ti Mountain Province iti maika-12 nga asembleya ti Binnadang. Maragsakan tayo unay a mangkita kadagiti lider a babbai s naggapu iti probprobinsya nga umay makipammadayaw ken ni Mother Petra Macliing.
Pangalawang Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya sa kalunsuran ng Maynila dahil sa mga nagdaang taon at administrasyon, hindi pa rin natutugunan ang mga hinaing ng mga katutubo’t Moro.
International Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorating the signing of the “Teaching in Freedom” document in 1966. The main purpose this celebration is to appreciate, assess and improve the educators of the world and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
October is indigenous peoples (IP) month and also is peasant’s month. It was a Presidential Proclamation #1906 of 2009 that designated October as the national indigenous peoples month, and the Catholic and Protestant churches have also declared it the Tribal Filipino month. On the other hand, according to independent think tank Ibon, October too is marked by the Philippine peasant movement as Peasant Month.
The first time I met Nero (not his real name), I asked him, “Why are you doing this? I mean you grew up here in the United States, you have a car, you don’t go hungry. Why are you in the movement (against imperialism, feudalism, bureaucrat-capitalism in the Philippines)?”
At the rate the Duterte regime is responding to dissent by strong-arm tactics, it is not far-fetched that a broader, wider alliance of all opposition and parties against tyranny and fascism be established soonest.
It has been 18 years since the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) was enacted in 1997. Yet, until today, the indigenous peoples of Baguio continue to be denied their right to representation in the City Council.