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.
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.
The Cordillera police on Friday began an inventory of firearms owned by a militia formed by slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg, in preparation for a gradual disarmament process that is dictated by its July 4, 2011, closure agreement with the government.
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 [...]
By Vincent Cabreza
BAGUIO CITY—Cordillera leaders are defying a Malacañang decision to end the peace accord forged by the late President Corazon Aquino and former rebel priest Conrado Balweg in Mt. Data in Bauko, Mt. Province, in 1986. The leaders are reacting to the decision made on July 4 when President Aquino and Teresita Deles, presidential adviser on [...]
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, [...]