Solidarity Message on Cordillera Day 2018
Achieve Greater Victories for The Indigenous Peoples of Cordillera and the World:
Unite to Resist Tyranny! Assert our Right to Self-Determination!
A Message of Solidarity of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) to the 34th Cordillera Day
In this occasion of Cordillera Day 2018, The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) salutes the relentless struggle of Indigenous Peoples (IP) of the Cordillera! We extend our warmest greetings of solidarity to your celebration this April 22 – 25, 2018 in Asin, Baguio City.
The IPMSDL takes pride in recognizing the vital and active part of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) in paving the way of a broad and united alliance of IP organizations and rights advocates in the Philippines, in Asia, and in the international platform. In November 2010, also here in Baguio City, during the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to the Climate Crisis, the IPMSDL was established with the CPA as one of its founding organizations.
With highest regards, the IP movements across the globe take inspiration from the victories as well as learnings from the continuing and persistent struggle of the Cordillera people for land, rights, and territories. We bestow honor to Ama Macliing Dulag and the countless IP martyrs killed by the fascist State forces and local cohorts of the imperialist plunderers. We aspire to make our IP heroes proud of how far we have struggled in carrying on the fight for the defense of territories and ways of life and for self-determination.
In the midst of spiraling global economic crises, the imperialist states have intensified worldwide geopolitical conflicts and neoliberal assaults that put the majority of the people in widespread impoverishment, trample human rights, and control over our lands and resources. In the Cordillera, the people are haunted by the multi-million dollar Chico River Pump Irrigation Project by the Philippine and Chinese governments – an outright sell-out of natural resources and ancestral lands, and further corporatization of agricultural services to foreign investors. Moreover, the Duterte regime has continued to adhere to neoliberal framework of development implementing anti-people and anti-poor policies and programs such as the tax reform law, jeepney phase out, mining, energy projects, drug war, and Oplan Kapayaan among others that have brought serious poverty incidence, unemployment, heightened militarization, forced evacuation of Indigenous communities, and unprecedented human rights violations.
Instead of heeding the calls and legitimate demands of the Cordillera people for democratic rights, the government attacks known Indigenous rights activists and labelled them as terrorists. Cordillera rights activists who were tagged as enemies of the State include IPMSDL Global Coordinator Beverly Longid, CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget, SANDUGO Co-Chairperson Joanna Cariño, former AIPP Secretary General Joan Carling, former member of UN EMRIP Jose Molintas, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, and a leader of Tontongan ti Umili Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding. The Duterte regime is desperate to cripple the Cordillera mass movement by demonizing IP leaders, advocates, and organizations. This further exposed the tyrannical fascist rule of Duterte in silencing all dissents and amassing all State powers into a one iron fist against the toiling Filipino masses. Duterte has proven that he is an ultimate cuddler of landlords, oligarchs, and foreign businesses who exploit the lands and resources of our Indigenous communities.
History has shown, time and again, that exploitation and oppression breed resistance. Injustice only challenges the exploited to persevere and fight for their rights. The linking of the Indigenous Peoples’ struggle to the struggle of all oppressed peoples – strengthens, consolidates and unites in achieving triumphs and raising our struggle for self-determination and liberation to new and greater heights.
Let us learn from the rich history and victories of the IP struggle in defense of rights and dignity and assertion of self-determined sustainable development. Let us pay tribute to the Indigenous men and women heroes who sacrificed their lives in defense of our rights, lands, and territories!
Let us strengthen our unity and solidarity as we broaden our linkages and struggle to defeat all attempts of the tyrant and despotic Duterte regime in trampling down our rights! In the tradition of collective and militant struggle of Cordillera people for self-determination, greater victories are ours!
LONG LIVE THE 34TH CORDILLERA DAY!
DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES AND WAYS OF LIFE!
UNITE TO RESIST TYRANNY! NO TO US-DUTERTE FASCIST RULE!
LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD TO SELF-DETERMINATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND LIBERATION!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!
Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org