President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. recognized one of the more important events in the Cordillera region initiated by his father’s rival and the cause of his downfall by declaring September 13 as a special, non-working, holiday in the Cordillera Administration Region.
Proclamation No. 49 was signed by executive secretary Victor Rodriguez last August 26 to mark September 13 as the day when former President Corazon Aquino met with local rebels led by the late priest turned rebel Conrado Balweg at Mount Data in Bauko, Mountain Province that ended hostilities here.
The “Sipat”, or cessation of hostilities, was an acknowledgment of the national government of the Cordillera people’s aspirations for autonomy.
In the proclamation, the president said that is but fit “and proper that the people of the Cordillera Administrative Region be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to the public health measures of the national government,…”
The Sipat on September 13, 1986, was seven months after the then Marcos government was ousted after a popular uprising called the EDSA Revolution and placed Aquino in power.
The Marcos family was flown to Hawaii to start a six-year exile where Ferdinand, Sr. died in 1989.
Marcos, Jr. won the May 2022 elections by landslide allowing the return to power for the Marcos family 36 years after their fall. Pigeon Lobien