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March 20, 2015

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Published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

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The Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance Friends Abroad (CPA Friends Abroad) is a broad international network composed of individuals and groups in different countries who are supportive of CPA’s program for the promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights and welfare.



URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION: Stop Political Vilification and Harassment of Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Defenders in Ifugao, Cordillera Region, Philippines

Dear friends, We are appealing for your support to raise concern and denounce the heightened incidents of political vilification, surveillance and harassment against members and leaders of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), barangay officials, local organizations and indigenous people’s rights advocates.


Results and Highlights of the Local and Sectoral Conversation on the GPH-NDFP Peace Process Cordillera Region

We are peace advocates from the different parts of the Cordillera - from the provinces of Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Abra and the City of Baguio. Today, four years after the regional Government of the Republic of the Philippines/Government of the Philippines (GRP/GPH) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Joint Consultation in Lacub, Abra (April 2011), we affirm our continuing work for peace based on justice.



Cordillera Peace Advocates Push for Peace Talks Resumption

The call for the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is gaining strong support from grassroots organizations, people’s organizations and advocates in the Cordillera region. This was reaffirmed by at least 60 peace advocates and representatives of various organizations and sectors from the different provinces of the Cordillera, including members of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, who participated in the Cordillera Peace Conversation held on March 16-17, 2015 in Baguio City.



Stop political vilification of activists. Uphold people's democratic rights

The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) raise our strong concern over the heightened political vilification against community organizers, members and leaders of people’s organizations by suspected State security forces in Ifugao province.



Daughters of the Cordillera: Three Generations of Women Defenders

The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) congratulates Pinoy Media Center, its partners and directors in producing an independent documentary video, Daughters of the Cordillera, which tells the story of Piya Macliing Malayao, a young activist who hails from Mainit, Bontoc, Mt. Province, in re-connecting her indigenous roots and activism with her mother, Jean Macliing, and grandmother, Petra Macliing. Mother Petra is a pioneer of the CPA and a member of its Advisory Council.



From Abra to Mamasapano: Wars have limits; Respect Life, Uphold International Humanitarian Law

Few days ago, an uploaded six-minute video in the internet showing a member of the PNP-SAF being shot at close range is totally appalling and nauseating to watch. Even in times of war, life is not diminished. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or the rules of war strictly prohibits inflicting any forms of cruel, degrading and inhumane treatment and the desecration of remains against any combatants especially those who are captured, wounded, and sick. In fact, IHL dictates that all necessary actions should be made by any party involved in the armed conflict to save lives of the wounded and sick in times of wars.



Envi advocates call for accountability of Oceana Gold Operations in the Philippines

On February 2, 2015, members of the Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines (APDP) based in Australia along with local environmental groups conducted an international solidarity investigation mission on the continuing environmental and human rights issues affecting the people and communities in Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya and its neighbouring barangays.  This is the area where Oceanagold operates the Didipio gold and copper mine.  Oceanagold is a transnational corporation with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.  It trades on the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand stock exchanges.



Aquino Should be Held Accountable for the Mamasapano Tragedy

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) expresses its sincerest sympathies and condolences to the families of all the PNP-SAF, MILF and the civilians slain in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.  Makipagrikna ti CPA kadagiti kakailian a pimmusay sadiay Mamasapano. As kakailian, we dedicate moments of silence for them and call for State accountability on this tragic incident.


SM Baguio Contradicts Pope's Call to Care to the Environment

While Pope Francis reiterated the need to nurture the environment during his Papal visit in the country, SM Baguio went on to cut at least 60 pine trees in the cover of the night on January 17, 2015. Unlike Pope Francis who showed deep concern for the poor and the marginalized sectors of society, SM Baguio ignores the common good and general welfare of the people in exchange for surplus profit for the few.  SM proudly presents itself as a wholesome and environmental-friendly corporation. But past and recent events again reveal its true colors as an enemy of the trees, and the environment.


Mt. Province elders unite for land, life and peace in MAITUD Congress

With the theme “Affirm the role of elders for the defense of land and resources for future generations”, at least 60 elders belonging to the Movement for the Advancement of Inter-Tribal Unity and Development (MAITUD) convened in Bontoc, Mt. Province for their 3rd Congress recently.


Respect the Rights of the People of Lacub over their Ancestral Domain

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) supports the people of Lacub, Abra in their continuing struggle to defend their ancestral domain against the impending mining destruction amidst human rights violations, threats, manipulation, use of force and deception by the Golden Lake Mineral Resources Inc. (Golden Lake), the local government of Lacub and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).



CPA Wins International Eco Water Award

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is greatly honored as the recipient of the Eco Water Awards 2014 Gaia Prize presented by the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)/Friends of Earth Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. CPA received the award during the awarding ceremony held on November 24, 2014 at the SBS Prism Tower in Seoul, South Korea.



People's General Assembly on Development Justice

The People’s General Assembly on September 24, 2014 in Manhattan, New York was co organised by the IBON International, Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) of which the Cordillera Peoples Alliance is a member;  Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), and Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO).

Cordillera Day 2014: From Chico to Chevron

Just before the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the Philippines, the main celebration of the 30th Cordillera Day in Guinaang, Pasil, Kalinga was held on April 23-25, 2014 with some 4,000 local and international delegates participating. As a fitting tribute to the martyrdom of Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc and other heroes of the Cordilleras, a historic Unity Pact is forged by present-day tribal elders and leaders to resist imperialist plunder of their land and resources. It was the World Bank Chico River Dam project before, now there's Makilala Mining, a subsidiary of U.S. company Phelps-Dodge, and the Chevron Geothermal project.

Toxic Gold

Produced by the Tan-aw Multimedia Collective, Health Action Information Network (HAIN), the Save the Abra River Movement (STARM), Montañosa Relief and Rehabilitation Services (MRRS), and Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Toxic Gold presents the effects and impacts of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s bulk mining operations to the Abra River and the indigenous and peasant communities by the river. Apart from the environmental, social and agricultural impacts, the documentary presents the plight of Lepanto’s underground mine workers. It runs for 24 minutes.


Produced by Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Southern Tagalog Exposure in 2002. The documentary delves on the importance of the Agno River to the people of Itogon, Benguet and Pangasinan and how the San Roque Dam Project will take away the right to land and livelihood of the people. The people’s struggle against the government flagship project rages despite the impoundment of water in the dam.

Excerpt from That the Mountains May Chant the Truth from Cordillera Human Rights Alliance

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