CPA ATTENDS 3rd INTERNATIONAL
LEAGUE OF PEOPLES STRUGGLE, HEADS COMMISSION ON IP's and NATIONAL
NEW TERRITORY, Hong Kong (June 21)- Anti-imperialist calls reverberated
in the successful staging of the International League of Peoples
Struggle-Third International Assembly (ILPS-TIA) with 350 delegates
from across the globe which the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA)
attended from June 18 to 20, 2008.The CPA headed the Study Commission
on Indigenous Peoples, National Minorities and Nationalities. The
3-day assembly revolved in the theme: 'Strengthen the people's struggle,
unite to build a new world against imperialist aggression, state
terrorism, plunder and social destruction!'
Nine delegates from the CPA participated in the
ILPS-TIA and attended various workshops for the said 18 concerns.
Windel Bolinget, Jill Carino, Joanna Carino, Donna Villamor, Maty
Camfili, Vernie Diano, Flora Belinan, Carol Galvez and Chie Galvez
participated in the workshops on self-determination, women's rights,
rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trasgendered, national liberation,
arts and culture, environment, and freedom for political prisoners.
CPA served as the lead organization of Study Commission
No. 10 on the Rights of indigenous peoples, national minorities
and nationalities for self-determination, and decolonization against
discrimination, racism, and national oppression by imperialism and
local reaction. The ILPS workshop on Commission No. 10 was attended
by representatives from the Philippines, Taiwan, Burma, Sri Lanka,
India, Canada, United States, Colombia and Australia. Senator Jamby
Madrigal and Gabriela Representative Luz Ilagan also participated
and shared their legislative agenda and achievements for the indigenous
peoples in the Philippines.
"Prior to ILPS, CPA organized a caucus in Baguio
for the same study commission, which was also attended by indigenous
peoples in the Philippines, the Moro people represented by Suara
Bangsamoro and Moro Islamic Liberation Front, representatives from
Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nagaland, Taiwan, Burma and Bangladesh",
said Bolinget, who is the secretary general of the CPA.
Bolinget presented Study Commission No. 10 resolution
which was approved by the TIA Plenary which contain the following
points for ILPS to pursue:
a. To wage a campaign against the imperialist-led
"war on terror" and the national security laws it spawned,
with their particular impacts on indigenous peoples, national minorities,
oppressed nationalities and nations;
b. To militantly resist displacement of indigenous
peoples, national minorities, oppressed nationalities and nations
from their ancestral lands and territories and the destruction and
plunder of their resources by reactionary States and multinational
c. To expose and oppose the use of USAID, Official
Development Assistance and other so-called development packages
as a deceptive and divisive tool against indigenous peoples, national
d. To combat racism, chauvinism and discrimination
against indigenous peoples, national minorities, nationalities and
nations in all its forms and to recognize their distinct identities
e. To reach out to other oppressed indigenous peoples,
national minorities, oppressed nationalities and nations around
the world and build stronger solidarity with them against imperialism
and local reaction towards the realization of their right to self-determination.
f.To continue to deepen our study and understanding
of the diverse situations of indigenous peoples, national minorities,
oppressed nationalities/nations; present-day forms of national oppression,
and the theory and practice of self-determination; and to consciously
link their struggles with the class struggle against the common
enemy, which is imperialism.
CPA also presented a particular resolution on imperialist
mining and plunder of resources and was also approved by the Plenary.
CPA delegates also presented the play 'Kaigorotan'
in the Solidarity Night where all delegates gathered for songs,
poems, plays, dances and chants with a common theme; Down with US
imperialism! Long Live the Fighting People of the World! Long Live
After the ILPS, CPA delegates proceeded to the Cordillera
Migrants Forum on Mining and Human Rights that was organized by
ATIS (Abra-Tinggian-Ilokano Society) and Cordillera Alliance (CORALL).
The ILPS is an anti-imperialist united front at
the international, global region and national levels. In recent
years, it called for people's action against the imperialist policies
of globalization, war of terror, environmental plunder, the US war
on Iraq, exploitation and oppression of people, including indigenous
peoples and discrimination among others.
It is the most outstanding anti-imperialist and
democratic formation that provides political guidance on 18 concerns.
These are the following: the cause of national liberation, socio-economic
development, human rights, just peace, trade union, agrarian reform,
women's liberation, rights of the youth, children's rights, right
to self-determination of indigenous peoples, national minorities
and nationalities, rights of teachers, right to health, science
and technology, arts and culture, justice and indemnification of
victims of human rights violations, rights of homeless persons,
rights of the elderly and rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and
transgendered. # Chie Galvez/ Tongtongan ti Umili - Cordillera