Last Friday the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes joint with Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation called a Regional Consultative Hearing here in Baguio. It was said that this consultation was the last of the series of consultations on whether to propose amendments or revise the present 1987 Constitution of the Philippines.
Goaded by Operation Pacific Eagle – Philippines (OPE-P), described by Professor Roland Simbulan as “the new US intervention in Asia” and “which raises the Philippines to the same level as Syria and Iraq for the Pentagon’s war plans,” President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte is helping to plant more seeds and is fertilizing the grounds for the further expansion of the New People’s Army (NPA). Entering its 49th year of armed struggle this March 29, 2018, the NPA is bound to face its fiercest and bloodiest years.
I condemn my inclusion in the so-called “terrorist” list submitted to the courts by the Department of Justice in a petition to have the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) declared as “terrorists”. I learned of my inclusion in the list as I grieve for the passing of my dear mother who has yet to be laid in her final resting place.
We oppose the construction of the coal-fired power plants in Luna, La Union, and in Sual, Pangasinan, and the utilization of coal in all parts of the country. The 1,200 MW coal-fired plant of Team Energy in Barangay Pangascasan, Sual, the biggest in the country, is more than the people and environment of Ilocos can handle. We say, enough with the pollution, enough with the health risk, and enough with corporate greed!
The Kaigorotan Youth Week (KYW) has been a significant and historical milestone in the Cordillera peoples’ movement. In 1993, the Baguio City Council even passed an ordinance declaring March 1 to 5 as the KYW to annually honor and commemorate the brave young Igorots of 1980s who strongly stood against the Chico dam project and the Cellophil logging concession along with the heightened militarization in the region. Since then, KYW has been a platform for the Igorot youth to continuously nourish the legacy and long history of resistance of the Cordillera people.
Land is life for indigenous peoples. Land does not only mean the ground where they build houses, hunt and do agricultural work. The ancestral domain includes rivers and all the resources and creatures that thrive therein. Large dams that are planned to be built by this administration pose serious threats to the rivers and ancestral land of indigenous peoples.
Good morning. I am Alma Sinumlag, a Kalinga-Igorot, one of the IP groups in the Cordillera, Philippines. Our region has been dubbed as the watershed cradle of the Northern Philippines, the food basket and so many other terminologies that promote its rich natural resources.
“Ipeyas nan gawis”, they always tell us. In the Igorot culture, it means sharing all the good things – values, virtues, practices, and rituals. At the very core, it is our traditional ways of collective living and collective consciousness that teach us to always care for the common good – at any cost that it may require.
Our government authorities were greatly alarmed recently by what happened to a Filipina domestic helper named Joanna Demafelis in Kuwait. She was abused and brutally killed by her employers and her body was placed inside a freezer. This somehow led to the suspension of the deployment of Filipina domestic helpers in Kuwait by no less than President Duterte.
Just to comply with dictators’ and tyrants’ follies the definition of terrorist nowadays is tailored to only fit the definition of those who later turn out to be the people’s enemy. Dictators and tyrants are defined so because they oppress, using people’s common resources to build mercenary armies, point their guns and bombs at civilians, pillage and torture the wider poor population of a nation.
I am privileged to have met Rafael “Raffy” Baylosis in 1969.
My friend, Atty. Manja Bayang, tagged me in her Facebook post, informing me that my name was included in the list of persons being tagged by the Duterte administration as terrorist under the Human Security Act. I also saw the related article published by Inquirer.net and learned that I am accused of being a member of the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Also included in the list are personalities from the United Nations and the Cordillera People’s Alliance.