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Message of Solidarity
to Cordillera People's Alliance

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples' Struggle
21 October 2006

On behalf of the International League of Peoples' Struggle, I wish to convey warmest greetings of solidarity to the regional leadership, the provincial and municipal chapters, regional sectoral federations and individual members of the Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA) and to all the delegates, observers and allies attending the 9th Regional Congress of CPA in Baguio City.

We congratulate the CPA for having stood and developed since 1984 as an independent federation of progressive peoples' organizations and grassroots-based organizations among the indigenous communities in the Cordillera region. We admire and support your commitment to the defense and promotion of the indigenous people's rights, such as self-determination, human rights and social justice, along the general line of national freedom and democracy.

You have successfully undertaken sustained information drives, advocacy and campaigns, direct actions and local struggles on indigenous people's rights and related issues. You have gained solid strength by organizing the masses in various indigenous communities in the region and building their capacity through education seminars, training activities and various types of cooperation and assistance.

We are confident that your congress will accomplish its objectives and will open the way to further work and struggle and greater achievements in accordance with the theme, "Uphold the lessons of the struggle! Resolutely advance the people's movement for self-determination and National Democracy amid the intensified fascist and terrorist attacks of the US-GMA Regime!"

It is correct that you take into full account and understand the problems and dangers that you face in order to overcome them. The semicolonial and semifeudal system is rotting in a chronic socio-economic and political crisis and the US-Arroyo regime is inflicting intolerable suffering on the people by escalating exploitation and oppression.

You must take up the issues that affect most the people of Cordillera. The issues include the extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations, mining and all related problems, charter change, agricultural liberalization and food sovereignty. You have ample time to discuss both national and regional issues as well as such relevant issues as the US-directed policies of "neoliberal globalization" and the Bushite global war of terror. You must discuss how the Arroyo regime can be ousted as step in the process of ending foreign and feudal rule in our motherland.

The leaders, members and organizations of the CPA and the people of Cordillera have been subjected to gross human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings, abductions, torture, brutal military operations against entire communities and forced evacuations. But the people of Cordillera and the CPA will prevail because they have a just cause and they are determined to fight for it in every possible way.

We expect that your Congress will be able to sum up and analyze your experiences, take stock of your current strength, identify the problems and arrive at the solutions and work out the general program of action for the next three years. You can grow in strength and advance because you build further on your current level of strength and potential and because you have a clear view of the direction of the people's struggle and the work of the CPA.

We are confident that your Congress will succeed in strengthening the collective leadership and organizational structure of the CPA, with the conscious application of organizational principles, the election of a new set of officers and the adoption of a well studied and realizable general program of action. We expect the greater consolidation and expansion of a reinvigorated people's movement in the Cordillera.

May your Congress result in a new and higher level of unity on the analysis of the regional and national situation and the issues affecting the indigenous peoples of Cordillera. May you heighten further your commitment and resolve to fight for and advance their rights and welfare. May you reap greater achievements through your militant work to arouse, organize and mobilize the indigenous peoples of Cordillera.

Long live the Cordillera People's Alliance!

Long live the indigenous peoples of Cordillera!

Long live the Filipino people! ###

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