Recent News and Updates

37th Cordillera Day Central Statement
April 24, 2021
A Background on the Cordillera Day Commemoration
April 18, 2021
CASE UPDATE : Regional Trial Court in Davao del Norte granted Windel Bolinget's motion for reinvestigation and the recall or withdrawal of warrant of arrest
March 8, 2021
Let the media do their job. Defend press freedom and human rights!
March 7, 2021
Statement on the Plan of Department of Public Works and Highways Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office (DPWH UKDEO) to Put Up a Monument for Local Cordillera Heroes
March 1, 2021
Joint open letter of concern regarding the proposed resolution to the City Council of Tabuk to declare the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) as “persona non grata” in the city. This is written by Dr. Chandu Claver, currently serving as the international spokesperson of CPA for Canada, and Farnaw Claver, a Provincial Board Member for the Kalinga Province from 1998 - 2004.
February 26, 2021
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CASE UPDATE: Regional Trial Court in Davao del Norte granted Windel Bolinget's motion for reinvestigation and the recall or withdrawal of warrant of arrest

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WINDEL BOLINGET STATEMENT ON THE TRUMPED-UP MURDER CASE AGAINST HIM

Before Christmas Day 2020, stalking was observed on my house by a team of men in civilian clothes, days and nights. I was alarmed. I took it very seriously as a signal for extrajudicial killing against me. A week later, I was informed that massive surveillance was being done in my hometown in Sagada, Mountain Province, with increased military and police presence. My relatives, in-laws, colleagues are being asked of my whereabouts. An ewarrant bearing my name was shown to relatives. Few days ago, I read that I and 10 other persons are being accused of murdering Garito Tiklonay Malibato on March 21, 2018 in Sitio Upper Tagasan, Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte. I further read in news report that Malibato is a Lumad claimed by his village mates to have been killed by members of the paramilitary group ALAMARA.

I have never been to Davao del Norte and have not been to any place in Mindanao in 2018. I am not a murderer as alleged by this fabricated case. I am not a resident of Kapalong, Davao del Norte as falsely claimed in this trumped-up case.

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URGENT APPEAL: Drop the trumped-up case against CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget!

A trumped-up case of murder against Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Chairperson, Mr. Windel Bolinget, was filed by a police officer in a court in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, Philippines in 2020. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance has learned that a warrant of arrest has been issued against Bolinget in relation to the case.

Bolinget and nine other individuals are being accused of killing Garito Tiklonay Malibato on March 22, 2018 in Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte. Windel Bolinget has never been to the place. Also, in a news report on March 23, 2018, the Karadyawan, an organization of indigenous peoples in Kapalong, Davao del Norte, and the PASAKA, organization of Indigenous Peoples in Southern Mindanao, pointed to the paramilitary group ALAMARA as the ones who shot dead Karadyawan member Garito Malibato. In addition, a relative of Malibato expressed that Malibato has been receiving death threats from the ALAMARA prior to his killing.

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Videos

Stop the demolition of the monument of Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc, Lumbaya Gayudan and other heroes of the Anti-Chico Dams Struggle

Strengthening Global Solidarity to Defend the Cordillera Against Plunder and State Terror!

Webinar 1: “Defend our land, life and resources”

Webinar 2 : Defend the Defenders!

Webinar 3 : Defend the People!

Bumangon Tay' Amin

"Only the race owns the land because the race lives forever" - Ama Macliing Dulag

Daga a Nagtaudan

That the Mountains May Chant the Truth

Urgent Appeal

On October 8, the the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office gave Cordillera Peoples Alliance seven (7) days to remove the monument of Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc, Lumbaya Gayudan and other heroes of the Anti-Chico Dams Struggle!

We appeal for your urgent support to prevent the demolition of the monument of Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc, Lumbaya Gayudan and other heroes of the historic Anti-Chico Dam Resistance!

The reason given for the demolition: the edge of the monument falls within the road right-of-way. But behind this threat is an attempt by the government to hide from the public eye the true history of the indigenous people’s heroic resistance against displacement and oppression.

Help save the Heroes’ Monument from destruction!

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Please Sign! Appeal for Urgent Action on the Attacks Against the CPA and its Leaders

The threats, harassment, intimidation, red-tagging and political vilification against Windel Bolinget, Bestang Sarah Dekdeken, Santos Mero and others leaders and members of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) must immediately stop. Those responsible for these acts must be held accountable and prosecuted without impunity.

We believe that these attacks are aimed to not only discredit the long record of CPA and its leaders in serving the people but also to silence organizations and individuals from raising legitimate issues and concerns. These acts are in violation of the Philippine government’s obligations to human rights, international humanitarian law and international agreements, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Defend Cordillera

Our Global Pact to Defend Cordillera

“Until our right to self-determination is recognized, the struggle will not end. Even if it means the
sacrifice of our lives to achieve freedom, so be it!”
- Rafael “Markus” Bangit, Kalinga peace pact holder killed for his defense of indigenous peoples rights and
human right

We, the undersigned indigenous peoples, civil society organisations, institutions, human rights defenders, and peace-loving peoples of the world, firmly express our enduring support for the defense of the Cordillera region in the Philippines—the people, their land, heritage, and right to self-determination.

On this day, the 12th of September 2020, we launch the global campaign Defend Cordillera PH. This worldwide endeavor takes inspiration from the just, moral, and historical basis for the struggle of the Cordillera people.

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Urgent Alert

URGENT ALERT: Chico Heroes Monument Desecrated by the Police

We vehemently condemn the dastardly act of the Kalinga Philippine National Police forces who desecrated the monument of our Cordillera heroes in Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga province.

We received reports that on January 3, 2020, three pick-up trucks ferried policemen to Bugnay, Tinglayan at the site of the heroes monument and took down the monument panels bearing the profiles of Macliing Dulag, Lumbaya Gayudan and Pedro Dungoc – prominent heroes of the Anti-Chico Dam struggle. This is an affront to the heroism that Dulag, Gayudan, Dungoc and other Chico Dam veterans portrayed in defending our homeland from plunder.

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Today, December 10, as we commemorate the historic signing of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), indigenous human rights defenders in the Cordillera are subjected to widespread attack in Baguio City with posters maligning the CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget, Secretary-General Bestang Dekdeken, as well as photos of the six partylist representatives from the Makabayan bloc.

Similar posters attacking the persons of Bolinget, Dekdeken, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance and other leaders and members of peoples organizations in the region, their families, including children, are circulated in social media since the lockdown and are being documented and submitted to the Commission on Human Rights CAR and other international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations for appropriate action.

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Free Betty Belen! Stop the attacks against human rights defenders!

As the Miss Universe Philippines is loudly celebrated today, especially in the Cordillera where its events are being held, indigenous woman human rights defender Beatrice “Betty” Belen was arbitrarily arrested in her home in Uma, Lubuagan, Kalinga

At 4:00 this morning, a composite team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Philippine National Police and the 503rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army bearing Search Warrants started to search the houses of Betty and ten other households in Western Uma and Lower Uma. Betty with her husband and two grandchildren were led outside the house when the search was conducted. After the search, Betty was arrested after the search team allegedly seized three firearms. She was brought to the Kalinga Police Provincial Office.

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Urgent Alert : Police wants monument of Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc, Lumbaya Gayudan and other heroes and martyrs of the Anti-Chico Dams Struggle DEMOLISHED

The heroism of Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc, Lumbaya Gayudan and other martyrs of the prominent Anti-Chico Dams Struggle from the Butbut tribe in Kalinga is bound to be dishonored by the police.

We have learned that the Provincial Advisory Council of the Kalinga Provincial Police Office requested the provincial government through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Oversight to “enact a resolution to remove the monuments of Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc and Lumbaya Gayudan built by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance on the road right of way of the national road in Bugnay, Tinglayan.” The Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office (UKDEO) said the construction of the monument is illegal as it is situated 4.10 meters from the centerline of the road and that the monument encroached on the national road.

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HAPIT

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The Cordillera Peoples Alliance comes out with a regular publication, HAPIT, published in both English and Ilokano, the regional lingua franca. “Hapit” is the rootword of the Ifugao term “hahapitan,” which means community dialogue.

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