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House reprimands NCIP chair after accusing solon of spreading lies, propaganda

/ 08:19 PM September 01, 2021
The chairman of the NCIP was reprimanded after accusing a lawmaker of “spreading lies and propaganda” during a House budget deliberations.

Former Gen. Allen Capuyan, chairman of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — The chairman of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) was reprimanded Wednesday after accusing a lawmaker of “spreading lies and propaganda” during the budget deliberations in the House of Representatives.

During the deliberations, Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat raised the possible “conflict of interest” since NCIP chairman Allen Capuyan also serves as the executive director of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac).

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Cullamat also pointed out that one of the NCIP regional directors also serves as NTF-Elcac spokesperson. She did not disclose the name of the regional director.

In response, Capuyan mentioned NCIP Region 13 regional director Marlon Bosantog who also serves as one of the spokespersons of the NTF-Elcac.

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“All of the regional directors of NCIPs are advisers to the joint regional task force of the Elcac considering the problem of our insurgency is mostly in ancestral domain,” Capuyan said.

“At the same time, he is the spokesperson for the legal cooperation, being a lawyer and a former employee of Solicitor General. Likewise he’s also the spokesperson for NTF-Elcac. There is no additional compensation, its pro bono, pagmamahal po sa bayan [for love of country],” he added.

Cullamat said that the NCIP appears to be an “extension” of NTF-Elcac in “attacking” indigenous peoples given that some of the officials of the former also serve as officials of the counter-insurgency agency.

“Tila nagiging secretariat ng Elcac ang ahensya na dapat magprotekta dapat sa mga katutubo [It seems that the agency has become the secretariat of Elcac that supposed to protect the indigenous people],” Cullamat said.

It was at this point where Capuyan accused Cullamat of “spreading lies and living in propaganda.”

“Unang una marami ka pong sinasabi Cong. Cullamat na mga kasinungalingan, nabubuhay ka sa propaganda at nabubuhay ka sa turo sa’yo,” Capuyan said.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate had to interject and call out Capuyan for making accusations against a lawmaker while in a formal House hearing.

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“I call out Chairman Capuyan. Do not accuse a member of this House of telling lies in this budget hearing. You are here to present your budget,” Zarate said.

“That is the statement of the member of this House as far as she knows. Chairman Capuyan has no right to accuse a member of this House of lying… May Chairman Capuyan be reprimanded,” he added.

Negros Oriental Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, who was presiding the hearing, also warned Capuyan of making accusations against a lawmaker.

“Mr. Capuyan, you have to refrain from saying those very negative comments besides, you are talking to a representative. Kindly refrain,” Limkaichong said.

Capuyan apologized to Cullamat and Zarate for making the remarks and his statements were later removed from record.

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