The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is seriously alarm over the inclusion of two local leaders on the drug list in Tinoc, Ifugao. We fear that this inclusion of two community leaders on the drug list can lead to other forms of human rights violations against the victims. We call on the immediate delisting and stop the attacks on peoples organizations in the guise of the drug war.
In July this year, Ricardo Mayumi, the current chairperson of the Huhlukan Indigenous Farmers Organizations, Binablayan, Tinoc, Ifugao, was showed a copy of a certain letter from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Public Assistance and Information Office dated January 20, 2016 by P03 Nestor Puguon of the Tinoc Municipal Police. The said letter quoted an anonymous report dated January 16, 2016 and passed through the Contact Center ng Bayan (CCB) on the alleged drug pushing activities at the Kalanguya National High School in Wangwang, Tinoc.
Mayumi read that the CSC letter contained a quoted request from an anonymous source to the regional director of the PNP-PRO-CAR to assist the Local Government of Tinoc in stopping a drug syndicate. Included in the list are Mayumi and Martin Waling. Waling in his 80’s is still an active member of the Gumhang Farmers Development Association, Gumhang, Tinoc.
CPA believes that the inclusion of Mayumi and Waling in the drug list is because their local organizations are vocal oppositions to the Ayala backed Sta. Clara Power Corporation – Quad River Power Corporation mini hydro projects in Tinoc. Before this incident, Mayumi and other community leaders in Tinoc were vilified on social media and even received death threats because of their continuing resistance against the entry of destructive projects in their ancestral lands.
The war on drugs should not be used as a guise and justify the inclusion of members and leaders of people’s organizations and activists in the drug list. This is not simply a violation to due process but it totally endangers the right to life and security of people. We demand proper investigation on this incident and stop the attacks on people’s organizations in the guise of the drug war.
CPA also believes that this attack on indigenous people’s organizations defending their ancestral lands in the guise of the drug war is part of the continuing Internal Peace and Security (Oplan Bayanihan) and its indigenous people’s centric approach.
Lastly, CPA reiterates that as the broadest and progressive alliance of organizations in the region, we promote simple and clean living and abhors the production and use of illegal drugs. In fact, since its inception in 1984, the CPA tirelessly included in its programs and campaigns on alternative and sustainable agriculture and livelihood in the grassroots communities to discourage them in engaging on illegal activities.***
Deputy Secretary General