Dear Friends at CHRP-UK,
Greetings! We are sharing with you the URGENT APPEAL to drop the trumped-up case against CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget .
A trumped-up case of murder against Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Chairperson, Mr. Windel Bolinget, was filed by a police officer in a court in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, Philippines in 2020. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance has learned that a warrant of arrest has been issued against Bolinget in relation to the case.
Bolinget did not commit any murder or physical harm against any individual. The trumped-up case is obviously meant to silence him and the CPA from asserting indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights against development aggression (destructive mining and dam projects) and rights violations. It is the latest of a series of attacks against Bolinget. Please find more information in the attached file.
We appeal to you for support for Bolinget, his family and the CPA in these trying times. The following are some of the ways that you may extend support:
1. Issue statements to condemn the trumped-up case against Bolinget and attacks against the CPA, and call for wider support for the campaigns on these. The following calls are encouraged to be used in statements and other social media posts:
Drop the trumped-up case against Windel Bolinget!
Stop the manhunt!
Safety and (Access to ) Justice for Windel!
Stop the attacks against the CPA!
Junk Executive Order 70!
Justice for Garito Malibato!
2. Send letters of concern to the following officers of concerned government agencies:
HON. MENARDO I. GUEVARRA
Secretary of Justice
Department of Justice
MR. ALLEN CAPUYAN
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
ATTY. MARLON P. BOSANTOG
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – Cordillera Administrative Region
ATTY. GERONCIO R. AGUIO
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – Davao Region
ATTY. CHITO GASCON
Commission on Human Rights
ATTY. ROMEL DAGUIMOL
Commission on Human Rights – Cordillera Administrative Region
ATTY. EDMUNDO R. ALBAY
Commission on Human Rights – Region XI
3. Support the Defend the Cordillera campaign against plunder and State terror. Sign the Global Pact at defendcordillera.ph. Watch what’s the campaign is all about here.
4. Financial and logistical support for the legal case expenses.
Thank you and we look forward to your support and solidarity.
CPA-Public Information Commission