Armed indigenous group leader apologizes-A A +A
Friday, September 7, 2012
KIANGAN, Ifugao -- The Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) leader personally apologized for the atrocities they caused to the community in 1987.
CPLA chairman Asenio Humidin made the apology during the town’s celebration of its 67th Victory Day last September 1–2 with the theme: “Remembering with Pride…Ensuring freedom will last.”
Humiding admitted that the 1987 raid in this town caused injury to the people of Ifugao, particularly the Municipality of Kiangan.
The program was formally opened at 2 p.m. of September 1 with Governor Eugene Balitang.
The governor said the theme of the Victory Day should be taken seriously. He encouraged everyone to sustain the freedom their ancestors had fought for.
Provincial Capitol employees, municipal employees of Kiangan, 66th Infantry Battalion Veterans, sons and daughters of the Vvterans, Philippine Army, and the people of Ifugao, including visitors from nearby provinces, guests, elected and appointed officials, joined the celebration.
During the peace forum, the different agencies presented their issues and concerns relative to the achievement of peace and the enjoyment of the fruits of freedom.
Lieutenant Colonel Emilio Pajarillo Jr., battalion commander of the 86th Infantry Battalion, presented the AFP Internal Security Plan, which is the “Bayanihan,” to address the insurgency problem in the country.
He said the root causes of the problem cannot be won by the gun, but winning the hearts and minds of our populace to cooperate with government of attaining lasting peace.
President of Ifugao State University Dr. Serafin Ngohayon also discussed their role in nation building. He emphasized development and economic prosperity can only be achieved if peace reigned in our land. (Rubyloida Bitog)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 07, 2012.