On the EDSA II Anniversary:
Live Out People Power!
We remember the EDSA II anniversary
on the dates January 17 to 21 live out the essence and true meaning
of people power.
The Filipino people launched EDSA II under the broad
call of "Resign, Impeach at Patalsikin si Erap!" which
was a collective action of the people to oust a corrupt, vice-ridden
and fascist president. It was not a support or an act to put Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo in position. Such ascendancy was a constitutional
process and not necessarily an expression of the people's support
Under the Arroyo administration, we have experienced
state terror and fascism at its worst, where over 800 cases of extrajudicial
killings took place since 2001. Indigenous peoples suffer twice
the blows with the systematic prevalence of national oppression
where are our very right to self determination are out rightly denied
Repression has intensified with the implementation
of the Human Security Act that classifies legitimate dissent as
act of terrorism. Not satisfied, the AFP and PND have jointly proposed
the revival of the National ID System that would violate people's
rights to privacy, communication and mobility.
The economic crisis, manifested by the worsening
poverty and hunger, has angered the people so, that the militarist
regime is pushed to the wall by the people's clamor for social redress.
Poverty worsens everyday especially with the continued imposition
of VAT and the unhampered oil price hikes, coupled with the growing
For indigenous peoples, the dispossession and plunder
of our ancestral lands intensify. Militarization of our territories
heightens as we protest the intrusions and incursions of our ancestral
People Power remains valid. It is not passé
as government or other sectors of society claim. The people shall
rise up in action so long as the State continues to violate the
peoples' civil and political rights, social, economic and cultural
rights, and as long as a murderous regime such as GMA's continues
to employ state terror and fascism to pursue its interests.
As such, we, indigenous peoples, shall continue
to be part of this process of for genuine social change and act
collectively for the recognition of our collective right to self
Beverly L. Longid
Cordillera Peoples Alliance