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Candidates in the Cordillera poll support the push for autonomy.

BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES β€” Candidates for mayor and governor in the Cordillera Administrative Region who attended the “Timek para iti Otonomiya” (Voice for Autonomy) event on regional autonomy on Monday showed support for the region’s ongoing struggle for autonomy.

“Via autonomy, we would be able to manage our resources, develop our place through the collaboration that we have as Cordillerans domiciled in the Cordillera, which is a unifying force,” former Baguio mayor and congressman Mauricio Domogan said.

The mayoral bet emphasized that obtaining autonomy requires the collaboration of the Cordillera’s united people.

Domogan also emphasized the region’s distinct culture, which is grounded in deep spirituality. During his time in public government, he was a strong supporter of autonomy, stating that “autonomy is the Cordillera’s hope.”

While he supports providing Cordillera autonomy, incumbent reelectionist Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong believes the time is not appropriate to give the area independence and management of its own resources.

“Every local chief executive and local government unit’s [desire] is to manage their resources, but is it the right time to do so?” Magalong was the one who inquired.

Before awarding autonomy to the region, the mayor stated that the political maturity of candidates, as well as the circumstances brought on by the global pandemic, should be taken into account.

According to Thomas Tundagui Jr., a candidate for Ifugao governor, autonomy will be a gift to the region’s future children, who will profit from the ability to choose what is best for themselves and the region.

Other mayoral and gubernatorial candidates who pledged to attend the forum virtually were unable to do so due to a poor internet connection. (

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