Lawmaker backs NCIP chief-A A +A
Monday, October 8, 2012
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat hopes for peace within the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
Baguilat said he is backing embattled NCIP chair Brigida-Zenaida Pawid, who confirmed reports of a demolition job and admitted several personalities have been clamoring to get her out of the commission.
Calls for the resignation of Pawid are uncalled for, Baguilat said, adding that Pawid “has the experience, political will, wisdom and the heart.”
Baguilat said if Pawid has flaws, “I want her to realize her mistakes if any and try to change despite her personality.”
He added that he has kept quiet on the cyberspace regarding the quarrel threatening to tear down the NCIP bureaucracy.
Baguilat said, “As an IP myself who has been aghast lately at the rash of human rights violations and IP slayings, I have been egging NCIP to play a more aggressive role in getting government agencies to stop the killings. I want the NCIP to succeed because I see it playing an important role in protecting our rights.”
Baguilat said, “At the end of the day, of all the sitting commissioners right now, I find nobody who has the experience, knowledge, wisdom, political will and the heart for the IPs than the incumbent chair.”
Despite a clamor to resign, Pawid remains as NCIP chairperson. The position is a designation and not an appointive position effective until February 20, 2013.
She was appointed as commissioner of the NCIP on November 2011 and eventually got the chairmanship of the tribal rights body.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 09, 2012.