BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 10 (PIA) -- A group of Cordilleran religious leaders and entrepreneurs revived the Igorot tradition of ‘binnadang’ (cooperation) to help bereaved families of the fallen Cordilleran heroes of the Marawi siege.
Igorot entrepreneur-lawyer Alexander Bangsoy co-organized the group that started the Cordillera Binnadang Fund Drive to provide financial assistance to the families of soldiers and police officers from the region who were killed in Marawi.
At least eight Cordillerans belonging to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines sacrificed their lives during the five-month battle to liberate Marawi City from the hands of Maute-ISIS terrorist group.
They were Police Senior Inspector Freddie Manuel Solar of Baguio City; Army Corporal Benito Serrano of Conner, Apayao; Private First Class Gener Tinangag of Barlig, Mountain Province; PNP-SAF PO3 Alexis Mangaldan of Bangued, Abra; PNP-SAF PO1 Moises Kimayong Jr. of Lagawe, Ifugao; Scout Ranger Corporal Nelson Lasang Wailan of Tabuk City, Kalinga; PNP-SAF PO2 Daniel Tegwa of Bauko, Mountain Province, and PFC Jethro Estacio of La Union and Ifugao.
Bangsoy said per experience, government aid is given in an instant that is why they came up with the fund drive as an immediate support that would be given the bereaved families. “If we could raise a substantial amount earlier, then we could release the first tranche before Christmas and another after New Year,” he said.
The Binnadang fund drive kicked off during the National Indigenous Peoples Month Thanksgiving and the 20th Indigenous Peoples Rights Act celebration at the PFVR Gymnasium in Baguio City last week. The activity also recognized the heroism and sacrifices of the Cordilleran troops in the Marawi siege.
For donors of the Cordillera Binnadang Fund Drive for Cordillera Marawi Heroes, they may drop their donations at Account No. 8123-0427-01 with swift code BOPIPHMM at the Bank of Philippine Islands. A Facebook account will also be created for transparency and for updates of the fund drive. This will also be used to run stories of the Cordilleran heroes.
This is the second time Bangsoy and his group are raising financial support for families of fallen troopers. In 2015, they also raised at least P2.5 million for the 14 Cordilleran members of the PNP Special Action Forces who were killed during the Mamasapano incident in Maguindanao. The amount was distributed equally among the families of the 14 SAF troopers. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)