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 Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) takes this occasion as an opportunity to impart anew the People’s Cordillera Day, which CPA organized annually without fail for the past 33 years every April 24, with the active participation and solidarity of at least 4,000 to 6,000 indigenous peoples and advocates from the Cordillera provinces, other Philippine regions and overseas.
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.
Oplan Kapayapaan (Operation Plan Peace) by the Duterte government has sown terror in the Cordillera region, as with the rest of the country. Peace has become more elusive with Oplan Kapayapaan, which is essentially a continuation of Oplan Bayanihan and other national internal security programs in the past.
Ang una ay kay Berberoca, ang malignong higante sa mga kuwento ng mga Tingguian,
Pangalawa ay kay Evangeline Dulag, pamangkin ni Macli-ing, ang pangat ng Tingalayan (at pinuno ng mga lumalaban sa Chico River Dams Project).
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.