Military arrests CPA founder
ANNE MARGARET Tauli, 70, was arrested by military elements in Besao, Mountain Province and flown by helicopter to Baguio to face National Security Adviser Sec. Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. on June 11.
Esperon made it appear that Tauli “surrendered” and “returned to the folds of the law.” He accused her of being a ranking member of the Communist Party of the Philippines, a claim which her relatives belied.
They said that Tauli has long been receiving death threats for advocating for participating in mass campaigns to advance the right of the Igorot people to autonomy and self-determination. Earlier in March, state elements attempted to arrest her. There were also reports of a shoot-to-kill order against her.
Tauli, a former teacher, was one of the founders of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) in 1984. She is a leader of the Batil-ang Peypeyan clan. Her sister, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, was also accused of being a ranking CPP official.