After the Supreme Court (SC) ruled the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional, indigenous peoples under the progressive KATRIBU Partylist joins the increasing call for accountability of all persons liable in the creation
and implementation of this unconstitutional and illegal spending scheme.
Ms. Kakay Tolentino, a Dumagat and Secretary General of KATRIBU said, “All persons involved in this massive betrayal of public trust and irreverent malversation of public funds must step down. The Supreme Court decision is clear that the doctrine of operative fact “cannot apply to the authors, proponents and implementors of DAP” thus heads must roll. President BS Aquino who authorized this illegal and unconstitutional spending scheme and Budget Secretary Butch Abad, the chief implementer of the DAP must resign.”
CORDILLERA DAY 2014:CENTRAL STATEMENT RESIST IMPERIALIST PLUNDER OF OUR LAND AND RESOURCES! ASSERT OUR RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION!
“You ask if we own the land and mock us iwhere is your title? When we query the meaning of your words you answer with haunting arrogance ‘where are the documents to prove that you own the land?’. Such arrogance to speak of owning the land when you shall be owned by it. How can you own that which will outlive you?
Only the race owns the land because only the race lives forever”.- Macliing Dulag-
Cordillera Day through the Years
Thirty-four years ago, Macliing Dulag died a people’s hero and martyr, in defense of the ili and the ancestral land from the Chico River Basin Hydroelectric Dam Projectof the World Bank during the Marcos Dictatorship. It was a successful fight against imperialist plunder and a triumphant assertion of indigenous peoples’ self-determination.Ama Macliing’s martyrdom was commemorated as the Macliing Memorials from 1981 to 1984. Since 1985 with the birth of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), the Macliing Memorials were held as Cordillera Dayand hosted in many villages ofevery Cordillera province; with a focused theme every year, that reflects issues ofthe current Cordillera situation and the people’s movement. This year 2014, we remember Ama Macliing and all heroes and martyrs of the Cordillera people’s struggle.We commemorate Cordillera Day 2014 or the the 30th Cordillera Day with local celebrations in the provinces of Ifugao and Abra, and a regional centralised celebration in Brgy. Guinaang, Pasil, Kalinga province. In the light of worsening plunder of our lands and resources and violation of our individual and collective human rights, the central theme of Cordillera Day 2014 is Resist Imperialist Plunder of our Lands and Resources! Assert our Right to Self-Determination!
The indigenous peoples under the KATRIBU Partylist meet the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with utmost concern and apprehension.
We recognize the determined effort of the MILF to mainstream the Bangsamoro problem and put up forward solutions they deem are in the best interest of the Bangsamoro people.
But the peace accord still has be implemented, and the real intent to bring about peace has yet to be realized by the Bangsamoro people. For the Bangsamoro people, peace is not only the absence of war and conflict. Peace is when the Bangsamoro people have attained justice from the age-long institutionalized discrimination and national oppression. Peace is when the Bangsamoro people have attained recognition of their right to their ancestral domain and self determination. Peace is when the Bangsamoro people have truly benefited from the implementation of a comprehensive social and economic reform that addresses the root cause of the Bangsamoro problem..
Baguio City- On 25 February 2014, I received a sketchy text message from colleagues, friends and relatives in Ifugao informing me that they saw posters in Banaue and Lagawe, Ifugao bearing my name, photograph and that of others, and labelled as NPA (New People’s Army). My first reaction was to ask – what picture? Maayos ba ang picture ko? What posters? What does it say? Who posted it? The following day, our office received a copy of the said poster from our partner IRDC (Ifugao Resource and Development Center). colored, long-bond paper size, and indeed bearing my photograph, name and below it KATRIBU together with the names and photographs of Jude Baggo of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), Emerson Soriano of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA), Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna Partylist, Liza Maza of Gabriela Women’s Partylist and Riza Hontiveros. It was captioned “Rupa ken Nagan dagiti NPA nga Agsusuweldo” (Faces and names of NPA receiving salaries).
Maynila- Naglunsad ng isang kilos protesta ang mga katutubo sa pamumuno ng Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) kasama ang Kabataan para sa Tribu Pilipino sa harap ng Batasang Pambansa uang kundinahin ang maniobra ng mga kaalyado ni BS Aquino na baguhin ang konstitusyon ng bansa.
Ayon kay Danilo Elosendo, tagapagsalita ng KATRIBU, “Ang Pagbabago ng konstitusyon o Charter Change (Cha-Cha) ay maghuhudyat ng lalong higit na pagkawala ng lupaing ninuno ng mga katutubo. Higit nitong pabibilisin ang pagpasok ng mga dayuhang mamumuhunan katulad ng mga dambuhalng minahan sa lupang ninuno namin”
KATRIBU Partylist strongly condemns the ruthless killing of Datu Rolando Ambongan, 39 years old, on January 31, 2014 at around 7:20 in the evening near their house at P-2, Brgy. Guinabasan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Also wounded in this incident is his nephew, Janmar Ambongan Sulhayan, from the strafing of their house. Datu Ambongan is an active member of the KATRIBU Partylist – Buenavista Chapter.
Witnesses identified Eddie Ampiawan a.k.a Komander Bawang, leader of the armed para-military group Alimaong or Bagani Force as the perpetrator of the killing of Datu Ambongan. Even if they were wearing bonnet, along with William and Salomeo who were members of the CAFGU under the 29th IBPA, they were clearly identified because of the bright light and because he was well known and is a relative of much of the residents in the area.
There are three things we can learn from the disaster brought about by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
One, natural calamities intensifies the ill effects on our people already faced with man-made disaster brought about by poverty; the inutility of government to provide basic social services; and its promotion of policies/programs that result in environmental degradation. After a natural disaster strikes our country, it is more a common sight to see the poor people - who in the first place do not have adequate livelihood before a typhoon or an earthquake strikes - to line up for relief goods to survive on a daily basis. In the case of typhoon Yolanda, the poor people have become desperate enough to “loot” food and water from business establishments just to survive because of the lack of relief goods.