“Reaching out and Converging of Indigenous Peoples” with Rep. Nancy Catamco of the House Committee on National Cultural Communities  and Rep. Carlos Zarate of the Bayan Muna Partylist. Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Cordillera Human Rights Alliances presented highlight cases and documentation of FPIC violations and extrajudicial killings of Cordillera indigenous peoples. An exhibit was held after the hearing with the NCC. CPA proceeded to lobby Cordillera legislators on the same cases, including House Bill 4649 (An Act to Establish the Cordillera Autonomous Region).

With other indigenous peoples’ organisations, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and Philippine Task Force on Indigenous Peoples Rights, a protest action also took place at Mendiola, and earlier, with rights groups at the NBI regarding the arrest of Jovito Palparan. ***

Photos: Adela Wayas and Audrey Beltran