Cordi lead­ers named ter­ror­ist

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

CORDILLERAN leader Vicky Tauli Cor­puz and a United Na­tion Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on the Rights of Indige­nous Peo­ples has been branded as a ter­ror­ist by the gov­ern­ment.

"I de­nounce this act by the De­part­ment of Jus­tice of in­clud­ing me in the list. I am not con­nected at all in any way to those or­ga­ni­za­tions nor do I have knowl­edge much less par­tic­i­pa­tion with all the in­ci­dents cited in the pe­ti­tion," said Cor­puz.

Cor­puz added she will ad­dress these base­less, ma­li­cious and ir­re­spon­si­ble in­clu­sion of her name and has con­sulted lawyers on what le­gal cour­ses of ac­tion to take to clear her and even make ac-

count­able those who put her life and se­cu­rity at risk.

Last month, the gov­ern­ment through the De­part­ment of Jus­tice filed a Pe­ti­tion to de­clare the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines and the New Peo­ples Army (CPP - NPA) as ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions un­der the Hu­man Se­cu­rity Act.

It was made known the pe­ti­tion listed 600 names who are al­leged to be of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the CPP/ NPA.

Aside from Cor­puz, other Cordiller­ans in­cluded in the list are hu­man rights lawyer Jose Molin­tas, Joanna Carino, Win­del Faragey Bolinget, Sher­win De Vera, Bev­erly Sakon­gan Longid and Jean­nette Ribaya Caw­id­ing.

"I got the in­for­ma­tion that my name has been in­cluded in the pe­ti­tion of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice to de­clare the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines and the New Peo­ples Army aka Bagong Huk­bong Bayan as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. In this 55 page pe­ti­tion, my name has been in­cluded as one of the re­spon­dents and as one of the of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the CPP and NPA," Cor­puz added.

Mean­while, Molin­tas, a for­mer Baguio City Coun­cilor said the al­le­ga­tions are all base­less.

“It con­firms the fact that the gov­ern­ment treats or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Cordillera Peo­ples Al­liance ad­vo­cat­ing for IP Rights as com­mu­nists/NPAs and now ter­ror­ist, then find jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to sub­ject us to all sorts of ha­rass­ments and pos­si­bly ex­e­cu­tion,” quipped Molin­tas.

Longid mean­while said the pro­scrip­tion pe­ti­tion is not only false and fab­ri­cated but are base­less and ma­li­cious with in­tent to ha­rass and in­tim­i­date those listed in the pe­ti­tion and the peo­ple’s mass move­ment to sub­mis­sion.

“It is meant to re­duce the peo­ple’s mass move­ment in the coun­try and the le­git­i­mate strug­gles of the peo­ple as crim­i­nal and ter­ror­ism. Like oth­ers listed in the pe­ti­tion, we are in the process of con­sult­ing with our lawyers on how to han­dle the trumped-up charges and en­sure that our life and rights are pro­tected. We shall def­i­nitely look into the ac­count­abil­ity of those re­spon­si­ble in putting not only our lives but those of our fam­ily and love ones in dan­ger,” she said.

Longid is a global co­or­di­na­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Move­ment for Self-De­ter­mi­na­tion and Lib­er­a­tion (IPMSDL) and co-chair of the CSO Part­ner­ship for De­vel­op­ment Ef­fec­tive­ness (CPDE).

Photo by Milo Brioso

SWEET. Stu­dents sa­vor fresh straw­ber­ries dur­ing the open­ing of the straw­berry lane at La Trinidad mu­nic­i­pal grounds as part of the Straw­berry Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tion.

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