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July 13, 2012


REMEMBERING MARKUS BANGIT (1949-2006): Excerpt from "That the Mountains May Chant the Truth"


CORDILLERA DAY 2012 Video Links:

ALDAW KORDILYERA, A People's Struggles (Cordillera Day Celebrations from 1985 to 1998)



Produced by the Tan-aw Multimedia Collective, Health Action Information Network (HAIN), the Save  the Abra River Movement (STARM), Montañosa Relief and Rehabilitation Services (MRRS), and Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Toxic Gold  presents the effects and impacts of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s bulk mining operations to the Abra River and the indigenous and peasant communities by the river. Apart from the environmental, social and agricultural impacts, the documentary presents the plight of Lepanto’s underground mine workers.


Produced by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Southern Tagalog Exposure in 2002, The documentary delves on the importance of the Agno River to the people of Itogon, Benguet and Pangasinan and how the San Roque Dam Project will take away the right to land and livelihood of the people. The people’s struggle against the government flagship project rages despite the impoundment of water in the dam. (See related campaigns on large dams on Campaigns page.)

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Produced by TV Oost in Belgium, Taxi Filippino is the story of a roadtrip through the Cordillera, a mountain region in the North of the Philippines. From the summer capital Baguio to the province of Kalinga, the taxi passes by slums, schools and mining companies, mountain villages and military camps. Corruption is everywhere. More than a thousand people were the victim of political assassination under the regime of president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Hundreds of others disappeared. And still the Filipino's have the courage to go on.

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dot CPA Statement: On the People's Cordillera Day and Genuine Regional Autonomy
dot CPA Statement on President Aquino's Mining Executive Order
dot Indigenous Peoples Left Out in the Cold at Rio+20: The Declaration of Kari-Oca is by Far the Strongest, Clearest and Most Porpuseful Statement Made at the UN Conference
dot Cordillera Peoples Alliance, World's IPs, adopt Kari-Oca II Declaration in Brazil
dot Kari-Oca II Declaration: Indigenous Peoples Global Conference on Rio+20 and Mother Earth
dot CPA at Kari-Oca II: Cordillera Indigenous Leader Tackles IPs' Self Determination and Critique of Green Economy at World IP Conference, Brazil
dot [Cordillera Peoples Alliance-Kalinga--Timpuyog Dagiti Mannalon ti Kalinga--KATRIBU] INNEM A TAWEN A KINAAWAN HUSTISYA
dot [BAMPIS Mining Watch-Save Mankayan Movement-Cordillera Peoples Alliance] Save Mankayan! Stop Lepanto Operations and Pullout GoldFields in Tabeo!
dot [CPA Statement] After Corona: GMA Accountability Must Be Pursued
dot [UNPFII Eleventh Session] CPA Intervention on Agenda Item 4: Human Rights: (a) Implementation of the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples Rights, (b) Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
dot [UNPFII Eleventh Session] Asia Caucus Intervention on Agenda Item 4: Human Rights
dot [UNPFII Eleventh Session] CPA Intervention on Agenda Item 3: "Doctrine of Discovery: Its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests"
dot Cordillera Peoples Alliance-Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera Position Paper on REDD+: Presented during the Color it REDD-Plus Philippine Roadshow on REDD+ and the PNRPS
dot Cordillera Day 2012 Baguio Celebration: The Baguio People's Declaration
dot Cordillera Day 2012 Central Statement: Fight for Our Land, Life and Rights!
dot CPA Presentation to IGO 2012: Perspective on Cordillera Development and Regional Autonomy by Benedict Solang
dot CPA Statement: Stop Large Mining and Pullout Military Troops in IP Communities!
dot CPA Participates in 9th Igorot International Consultation
dot Cordillera Elders Alliance (CEA) Holds Second Regional Congress
dot CPA Organizes Cordillera Day 2012 (28th Cordillera Day)
dot CPA Statement: An Appeal and a Challenge to Class Bagwis 2012 of the Philippine Military Academy
dot Statement of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) to Class Bagwis 2012 of the Philippine Military Academy
dot Statement of Anakbayan Kalinga on the Tuition Fee Increase at the Kalinga Apayao State College (KASC)
dot Statement of CWEARC on its 25th Anniversary
dot Statement of the Tongtongan ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples Alliance on the Expansion of Shoe Mart Development Corporation (SMDC) in Baguio City




The Future Indigenous Peoples Want. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance joined the world's indigenous peoples in adopting the Kari-Oca II Declaration on the future indigenous peoples want at the Rio+20. The Declaration is a result of discussions during the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Territories, Rights and Sustainable Development (dubbed Kari-Oca II), which ends this June 24. The Kari-Oca II and the Declaration are historical milestones and achievements in the global struggle of IPs for self determination, social justice and liberation. (Lower right photo courtesty of Climate Connections)

Cordillera Peoples Alliance at Kari-Oca II, Brazil. CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget of Mountain Province discusses IP self determination and critiques the Green Economy at the at the World IP Conference on Territories, Rights and Sustainable Development (top left); top right photo shows indigenous leaders coming together from Asia, North and Latin America; and bottom photos include other participating indigenous peoples. The Kari-Oca II kicked off on June 14, and ends on June 22nd. (CPA and APIYN photos)

Cordillera Day 2012: A successful week of protest for land, life and honor and in celebration of Cordillera peoples' struggles held in the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province and Kalinga, and in Baguio City from April 20-29, 2012, with a regional celebration in Mankayan, Benguet on April 27. Photos by Cordillera Peoples Alliance and NORDIS.

Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries organized by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and AMAN Indonesia on May 7, 2012 during the Eleventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, USA. Photos courtesy of Binota Moy Dhamai, AIPP

The Cordillera Elders Alliance (CEA) held its second regional congress in Basao, Tinglayan, Kalinga from March 18-19, 2012. It was hosted locally by the Timpuyog dagiti Mannalon ti Basao (TIMBA).

Surface James Balao

CPA Founding Member and Oclupan Clan Association President James M. Balao, 47 years old. Abducted by military intelligence and security units at Lower Tomay, La Trinidad, Benguet on September 17, 2008. Respond to our ACTION ALERT.

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