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By RUDY D. LIPORADA www.nordis.net (Columnist’s Note: On the occasion of the Communist Party of the Philippines celebrating its 51st Year Anniversary last December 26, 2019,...
Maniniwala ka ba kung sasabihin kong Sa ating pagdurusa’s may isang Sanggol na isinilang Sa isang maralitang dampa Upang iligtas sa pagdarahup ang sambayanan?
Aside from streamlining the FPIC process, the government created these laws to stifle the voice of the IPs carved on the landmark legislation IPRA. The enactment of these legislation partially severed the arms of IPRA, which protects the IPs' rights of self-determination. In fact, through EVOS, EODB, and EICC, IPs have practically handed their rights over their ancestral domains to the government.
In light of ‘Galunggong’, the poor man’s fish in the Philippines, is now being imported from China and has spiraled to Php300.00 ($6.00) per kilo apart from the continuing increase of prices of basic commodities in the country, I am posting an excerpt from my novel, Cordillera Red Rising. This is on Chapter 10 – circa early 1970s.
A decade has indeed passed but the conditions that led to the Ampatuan massacre remain: political dynasties and patronage are still alive, paramilitary groups have not been dismantled, and the Ampatuans’ collusion with the administration — Arroyo then and Duterte now — still persists.
In an authoritarian regime where systemic violation of our land rights and women’s rights are worsening, there is a grave need for us to learn from our history of resistance. When it comes to issues affecting our ancestral lands, it must be us, the indigenous youth, who should hold an unyielding desire to defend it.
And now, current Pope Francis is figuratively being crucified for his apparent left leaning views. In a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Republica, he was asked if his pursuit and support for a more egalitarian society meant he envisioned a “Marxist type of society.” The pontiff’s response: “If anything, it is the communists who think like Christians.”
Cases of state-perpetrated violence has also increased and intensified. The government, in its view of the Cordilleras as a resource base for exploitation at the expense of the welfare of the umili, has allowed the rapid entry of various development aggression projects in the region.
If IKSP is collective ownership, the better part of prudence is to consult the IPs as a single unit. Yes, this is a little bit tedious and burdensome, wherein it presupposes the conduct of consultations involving the entirety of IPs dwelling inside an Ancestral Domain. This process recognizes that IKSPs of the IPs exist to this day because of their collective efforts protected and nurtured their systems and traditions despite centuries of subjugation.
Once again, the CPP-NPA will be blamed for causing the social and economic ills of the Philippines. The government will brush away that the precipitating reason this time is that there were those in the government who evolved the Rice Tariffication Law.
Katulad ni Bonifacio, ipagtagumpay natin ang uring inaapi laban sa anumang uri ng pananakop, pagtatraydor at pandarahas. Gawin nating inspirasyon si Bonifacio, na kahit gaano kahirap, tayo ay mananaig at magtatagumpay. Sa panahong binabalot tayo ng kadiliman, higit kailanmang kailangang manindigan at kumilos para makamit ang magandang kinabukasan.
The declaration of Baguio as a Townsite Reservation is a mistake. If we allow the wisdom of the Native Title to bow down to such error, then we are institutionalizing an illness, thus eroding the very value of Social Justice ingrained in the curative law IPRA.