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Continuing Cordi people’s struggle for self-determination (3/3)

The militant cordillera mass movement has almost fifty years of spontaneous and organized action, starting with the 1971 Cordillera Congress for National Liberation in Bontoc. And it has prevailed for more than thirty years led by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance since its establishment in 1984 also in Bontoc. The Cordillera people’s movement, with peak and low points, try to keep pace with developments in the national democratic mass movement.

Continuing Cordi people’s struggle for self-determination (1/3)

Our book launch today January 26th , Of Tyrants and Martyrs, is also a commemoration of the First Quarter Storm (FQS). Fascism was unleashed on January 26, 1970 in the violent dispersal of a peaceful rally in front of the Philippine congress, by the then nascent conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. Historic plunder and fascism by a full blown U.S. – Marcos Dictatorship would then afflict Philippine society, as memorialized in the book we launch today.

NUJP hits Pres. Duterte’s claim that some media are NPAs

BAGUIO CITY — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said President Rodgrigo Duterte’s “sweeeping” claim that some journalists are members of the New People’s Army (NPA) is “a potential death warrant” against journalists.

Joanna Cariño, an Ibaloi activist

A true-blue Baguio girl, Joanna is the second eldest of the eight children of Josefina Kintanar Cariño and Atty. Jose Cortes Cariño Jr. She is also among the direct descendants of Mateo and Bayosa Cariño of Kafagway, the traditional owners of Baguio City. Back in her days as a schoolgirl, she excelled academically while attending Baguio Central School and Baguio City National High School. A proud Ibaloi, it is participating in canaos during her childhood, she says, where she learned to dance tayao and ate demshang (roasted pork), pinuneg (blood sausage) and pising (boiled gabi stalks). She proudly wears the Ibaloi divit especially in protests. “We should wear our indigenous attire and dignity in struggle,” she says, amidst current criticism that indigenous attire should not be used in rallies.


SADANGA, Mountain Province — “Amin a parikut iti nagbaetan dagiti umili nu matungtong babaen iti nainkappiaan ken nainhustisyaan a wagas ket masolbar.” (All conflict between communities, if settled in a peaceful and just manner, can be resolved.) This was the message of Pangat Abraham Battawang of the Movement for the Advancement of Inter-Tribal Unity and Development (MAITUD) in the Kinnabsatan held on December 9 in Saclit, Sadanga.

Progressives march against fascism

BAGUIO CITY — Progressive groups chanting “Pasismo Lansagin, Duterte Panagutin” marched down Session Road to Magsaysay Avenue and back late afternoon of November 30 as they called for unity and conserted action against the continuing state of fascism and impunity.

Church must not lose hope, push for peace talks

BAGUIO CITY — Padi Rex Reyes, secretary general of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) called on everyone, especially church people not to lose hope and instead push for the continuation of the Peace Talks as President Rodrigo Duterte unilaterally dismisses the Peace Talks.

Cagayanos rise for education and just peace

TUGUEGARAO CITY — More than 200 students, teachers, and government officials from Tuguegarao City launched the Rise for Education and Just Peace Network in a summit held at the Cagayan State University-Andrews Campus Amphitheatre. The activity shed light on the current Philippine education system as well as the human rights situation in the region.

Responsible mining does not exist — CPA

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) reiterates that Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA)’s claim of “safe and responsible mining” on the occasion of its 64th Annual Mine Safety and Environmental Conference (ANMSEC) in Baguio City is myth.