By Teodoro Baguilat Jr.
The quest for Cordillera autonomy is a decades-old struggle awash with the blood of martyrs, like Kalinga chieftain Macli-ing Dulag and nameless others who fought attempts by multinational corporations, private armies and the national government to seize control of our ancestral land and the natural resources.
Jordan Balweg was an infant when his father, slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg, and his militia, the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA), negotiated peace with the late President Corazon Aquino in 1986.
By Vincent Cabreza
The militia formed by slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg was recently recognized as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) by the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) after the former rebel group began the process of disarmament.
BAGUIO CITY—The Aquino administration wants a peace deal with slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg’s militia to work to use it as a showcase of the first voluntary disarmament of a rebel group in modern history, a top Palace official recently said. Undersecretary Maria Cleofe Sandoval, of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace [...]
TRIBAL elders at “sipat” took the place of Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) leaders still in hiding. The CPLA leadership still preferred anonymity at the time in 1986 when President Corazon Aquino was prepared to sign the sipat that would lead to peace talks. So tribal leaders led by Leonardo Bun-as, Mariano Agosto, Mario Yag-ao, [...]
By Vincent Cabreza
TO BUILD what he called a “Cordillera Nation,” Fr. Conrado Balweg joined the communist New People’s Army during the final years of the Marcos dictatorship and then broke away to form the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) in March 1986. At least that’s how tales about the grand “Balweg revolution” is summed up today. The [...]