The young lad and the elderly activist, being the subject of ridicule, threats and were tagged as liars by some social media netizens, should call on this Government Media outfit and some of their bashers, to surface their source - Mr. Danny Balweg, or for the latter to surface himself and present to the world that he is not a troll intended to mislead or distort the truth presented by the young lad.
We were politicized the moment we acquired this "Igorot consciousness," our collective social knowledge which drives us to take pride in being an Igorot, to defend our ancestral domain, and struggle for our right to self-determination. As early as the Spanish colonial era, Igorot consciousness took shape in our forefathers' armed resistance against the Spanish military and missionaries. In the early post-colonial years, Igorot students studying in Baguio City and Metro Manila formed organizations such as the BIBAK (Benguet-Ifugao-Bontok-Apayao- Kalinga) Association as an expression of indigenous pride. Under Martial Law, the Cordillera region became a battleground for indigenous people's rights during the anti-Cellophil and anti-Chico Dam struggles.
It is unfair to demand from the information officers of government agencies to tread on the road of accusing long-established people’s organizations of being terrorists or abetting terrorist activities. This puts the credibility of the personnel and office at risk, not to mention possible legal actions especially when the presenter failed to provide evidences that can stand in court nor a copy of their presentation.
It should be borne in mind that the same is just a directive of the executive through the President and should not rise above the Republic Act 8371 giving due rights to IPs to FPIC. The latter being an act of congress should not bow down to the whims of the former.
The most familiar illustration of bayanihan is the image of a bahay-kubo being carried by the community. However, I think a more authentic representation would be the Banaue Rice Terraces. This wonder of the world is testament to a community singular in its goal to thrive. No individual can lay claim to this utter mastery of the mountains. Indeed, it is incontrovertible proof of the power of collective action.
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