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Ilocos Center for Research, Empowerment, and Development, a non-government organization providing disaster response to communities in Ilocos, decried the harassment of its staff and partner organization by the Philippine National Police in Agoo, La Union.
“This is a forum organized by MAT…Gen. Parlade has every platform that he can get, including mass media to spill his twisted lies. He is not welcome here…If he can be so kind and act like a gentleman and step out of this hall,” Bayan Chairperson Carol Araullo said.
Activism embodies the very same positive values practiced by our ancestors during the Chico and Cellophil struggle—and many other struggles of our people thereafter. That we must nobly defend our land, life and honor and that we must rise up when life is threatened—these are services to the ili/people for the greater good.
Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) condemns the ongoing vilification of activists, human rights and environmental defenders, mass leaders, and allies as NPAs thus putting their security at risk.