IWGIA condemns the naming of Cordillera Peoples Alliance and it's provincial chapter Timpuyog ti Mannalon iti Kalinga on a terrorist group list made by Armed Forces of the Philippines’ list of alleged communist terrorist groups published 5 November.
“The CPA, Timpuyog ti Mannalon iti Kalinga are NOT terrorist fronts. They are true servants and defenders of the people that deserve respect and protection. For the AFP to vilify, red-tag and attack activist organizations and civilians as “communist terrorist groups and fronts” is cowardice, outright violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and a departure from their mandate and obligation to protect civilians who pay their salaries and benefits. Activism is not terrorism!” says Windel Farag-ey Bolinget, Chairperson of Cordillera Peoples Alliance.
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