The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Region 11 maintained its decision to disqualify Bai Cherry Ann Codilla as the new Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in Davao City and announced the holding of another round of IPMR selection in the coming days.
NCIP Regional Director lawyer Geroncio Aguio, in a letter to Davao Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag, said his office was firm in not affirming Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codillas as IPMR for lack of qualification.
The NCIP was reacting to City Council Resolution No. 02126-18, Series of 2018 urging the NCIP to recognize the mandate during the selection process of Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla to issue a Certificate of Affirmation within a period of 15 days.
Aguio said that NCIP could not circumvent rules to suit a person, otherwise NCIP will be setting a dangerous precedence wherein rules and laws are for mere convenience, subject to different application depending upon individual desires and opportune.
“Much to our desire to accommodate said resolution, however in doing so, we will be violating guidelines duly promulgated by the community pursuant to NCIP Administrative Order No. 0001, Series of 2009 other known as the IPMR National Guidelines and we only follow the rules as provided in the Bagobo-Klata Local Guidelines in the selection of IPMR” Aguio said.
He said that Local Guideline states that to qualify as ICC/IPMR in local legislative councils, a person must at least be 25% BagoboKlata by blood or consanguinity, to determine his/her eligibility, a genealogical form should be presented prior to his/her selection to determine eligibility.
In his letter to vice mayor Al-ag, Aguio stated that NCIP could not issue a COA to a person who clearly failed to qualify, therefore NCIP will conduct again a selection process and execute appropriate measure in order to avoid further hiatus.
Earlier, Codilla was selected by majority of the Bagobo-Klata tribe during a selection process last April 11, but is yet to take her seat as the new IPMR because according to NCIP, Codilla fails the mandatory genealogy requirement of 25% as she only has 6% of the Bagobo-Klata blood, based on their findings following an investigation on Codilla’s Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT)
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Al-ag urged the NCIP to immediately resolve the unnecessary delay of the installation of the city’s IPMR and to avoid similar circumstances from ever happening again.