Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Public Information Commission
ALERT: 4 CPA Leaders designated as “terrorists” by the Anti-terrorism Council (ATC)
4 CPA leaders, namely Windel Bolinget, Jen Awingan, Sarah Abellon-Alikes, and Steve Tauli are designated as terrorists by the Anti-terrorism Council (ATC).
In a press statement released today, July 10, 2023, the ATC mentioned that it had approved a resolution designating the said individuals as terrorists.
We condemn in the highest terms these relentless attacks against indigenous peoples activists. Clearly, the ATA is used as an instrument to stifle dissent and target activists.
Earlier this year, the 4 CPA leaders were part of the Northern Luzon 7 who were charged with a trumped-up case of rebellion. The case was dismissed a few months ago. Following this spate of attacks, CPA then appealed to the Supreme Court for the Writ of Amparo filed to the Court of Appeals last year. CPA Chair Windel Bolinget also filed a countercharge against those who were behind his trumped-up Tagum murder case.
While we at CPA continue to seek legal remedies to ensure our safety, security, and human rights in this shrinking democratic space, the state also weaponizes everything at its disposal to silence us. We enjoin everyone to condemn this designation and call for the immediate retraction of the resolution and designation.
JUNK THE ANTI-TERROR LAW!ACTIVISTS NOT TERRORISTS!