During a dialogue brokered by PROCOR held at the disputed mountain on December 16, both parties insisted on their claimed boundary and did not accept solutions offered by the mediators. But they committed they are open to upcoming negotiations.
PROCOR Regional Director BGen R’win Pagkalinawan led a group with personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Philippine Information Agency that climbed the disputed mountain on Wednesday and conducted ocular inspection and met with representatives from both tribes.
Though the dialogue resulted to a stalemate, Pagkalinawan committed to gather the concerned tribes for another meeting in January next year. He maintains that the facilitation role of government is the best strategy to resolve the issue.
He strongly pushes for the cultural or traditional way of resolving conflicts. With the government as mediator, he urges both parties to talk and to respect and observe cessation of hostilities. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter Balocnit