Cordillera IPs call for NCIP abolition

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AN ALLIANCE of indigenous people’s (IP) organizations in the Cordillera Administrative Region is not satisfied with the P1,000 budget granted by the House of Representatives to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and wants the agency abolished altogether. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) said the agency has served as a “tool for the further oppression” of IPs across the country, suppressing their right to self-determination and helping institutionalize the grabbing of ancestral lands by mining and other extractive industries. “Not once did the NCIP make a stand in defense of indigenous human rights defenders” nor against the militarization that invariably preceded the entry of mining and other destructive industries,” the CPA said. —

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