IP rights group de­nounces PCGG dis­so­lu­tion

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THE CORDILLERA Peo­ples Al­liance de­nounces the lower house' abo­li­tion of the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion on Good Gover­nance through House Bill 7376 cit­ing it as part of the 'his­tor­i­cal re­vi­sion­ism' con­sis­tently ped­dled by the Duterte gov­ern­ment to ab­solve the Mar­coses of the atroc­i­ties and plun­der they com­mit­ted dur­ing their dic­ta­to­rial reign.

"We ab­hor the crony Congress' du­bi­ous dis­so­lu­tion of the PCGG at a time when the Mar­coses are creep­ing their way back to Mala­canang. Such move only leaves a bit­ter taste in the mouth for all the mar­tial law vic­tims who con­tinue to seek jus­tice and in­dem­ni­fi­ca­tion, and will only serve the in­ter­ests of the Mar­cos fam­ily, their cronies and Pres­i­dent Duterte and his co­horts," said Bes­tang Dekdeken, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the CPA.

Dekdeken also cited the burial of Mar­cos in Libin­gan ng mga Bayani and Bong­bong Mar­cos' quest to grab the vi­cepres­i­dency as part of the pay­back scheme of Pres­i­dent Duterte to the Mar­coses who had sup­ported his pres­i­den­tial campaign.

The CPA, which was founded dur­ing the last years of Mar­cos in Mala­canang, had fought to op­pose Mar­cos' anti-peo­ple flag­ship projects that would have de­stroyed the an­ces­tral lands of the Igorots such as the Chico Dams project in Kalinga and Bon­toc, and the Cel­lophil Re­sources Cor-

po­ra­tion in Abra. "Many of our Cordillera heroes, in­clud­ing Ma­cli­ing Du­lag, were killed by state se­cu­rity forces in the strug­gle to de­fend our an­ces­tral lands, and are yet to at­tain jus­tice," added Dekdeken.

Dekdeken added the re­vival of Mar­cosian projects such as the Chico River dams through the P3.14 bil­lion loan from the Chinese gov­ern­ment will af­fect the wa­ter and land re­sources of the peo­ple of Cordillera and North­ern Lu­zon.

"The Cordillera Peo­ple will ex­pose and op­pose any and all at­tempts to res­ur­rect the tyran­ni­cal and plun­der­ous years of Mar­cos un­der the Duterte regime. The courage of the Kaig­orotan will con­tinue to seek jus­tice for our fore­fa­thers who were killed and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions who will in­herit our lands," ended Dekdeken.

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