‘IP Ambassadors of Truth’Defends IPRA in the US, IP Leader Told During NCIP Flag Ceremony

The 8 IP Ambassadors of Truth joins with NCIP officials and employees in its Monday Flag Ceremony at 8:30 A.M on July 29, 2019 at the Central Office lobby. After the singing of the National Anthem, Datu Jake Lanes delivered a message in behalf of his group.

Datu Lanes narrated their significant experiences in their one month speaking engagement with different group in the United States of America (USA). In their journey, they were able to engaged US government representatives, legislators, consulates, US-based Media, and various Filipino communities where they articulated the real situations of the IPs in the hands of the CPP-NPA in the Philippines. He said that they were able to articulate that the government has a peace covenant with IP in support of the IPRA.

He said their group was overwhelmed with the warm support showed by the different groups they engaged with. “There is a need for the DFA to advocate IP rights among the different Consuls because the IP issues are being exploited by other groups in the US”, said Datu Lanes. He narrated how the left group infiltrated and tried to sabotage their engagements with the various Fil-Am communities. He said that they stood their ground, they only narrated the truth about the atrocities of the CPP-NPA against the IPs in their communities.

He also said that Salugpongan International, which uses IP issues against the government, has been set-up in San Francisco. This organization collects money from different Filipino communities in the guise that their money will be for the benefit of IPs in the Philippines.

Datu Lanes reported also that the Mason Lodge in San Francisco wanted to conduct Medical Mission in the IP areas and he asked NCIP on how would this be included in their program.

Datu Lanes called also on NCIP to encourage accredited organizations of IPs to become non-state members of the UN system, particularly the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). He said, “This is now the challenge for NCIP on how it can help accredit IP organizations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to become members of the UN Permanent Forum. The Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) engaging with NCIP, if they become members of the UN systems, would help in defending IPRA and NCIP. In this way, the other group will not monopolize the discussion in the UN system”. He reminded NCIP that the CPP-NPA is calling for the abolition of IPRA and NCIP.

Lastly, Datu Lanes expressed that their US trip should not just end there. The US trip will be a starting point to come up with a more deliberate and purposive programs of the different agencies of the government for Indigenous Peoples.

The program ended with an Audio-Video Presentation (AVP) of the Five-Leg US engagement of the ‘8 IP Ambassadors of Truth’.