Gabino Ganggangan

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Gabino Gangganan (18 September 1961 - 29 January 2022)[1] was a politician. He was elected mayor of Sadanga, Mountain Province in 2019.

Advocacy against communist insurgency

Gangganan was known for his strong stance against the communist insurgency in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), particularly the supposed link between the grassroots organization Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA) and the New People's Army (NPA).[2] He cooperated with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in its campaign against progressive organizations which it purports to be communist fronts.[3] As mayor, Ganggangan answered the police and military's call to declare members of the CPA persona non grata and passed an ordinance prohibiting the organization from conducting activities in Sadanga.

In May 2020, following a series of posts by Gangganan linking the CPA to the NPA, Joanna K. Cariño of the CPA's advisory council released a statement condemning his action and refuting his claims, saying "the mass movement’s collective memory will not allow the historical revisionism of Mayor Ganggangan, the [Cordillera People's Liberation Army] and the [Armed Forces of the Philippines] to prevail."[4]

With Conrado Balweg

Gangganan was a close associate of Conrado Balweg, a former Roman Catholic priest who joined the NPA and eventually broke away from it to form the Cordillera People's Liberation Army.[5] In 2011, Gangganan took part in the closure agreement of the Mt. Data Peace Accord between the government and the CPLA. The accord was entered into in 1986 at the Mt. Data Hotel in Bauko, Mountain Province by the newly installed government of President Corazon C. Aquino and the CPLA, led by Balweg. The closure agreement in 2011 saw the disarmament of the CPLA and the members' reintegration into society. Balweg had been assassinated in 1999 by a unit of the New People's Army led by his brother, Juvencio Balweg.[6]

Death

On 29 January 2022, Gangganan was rushed to the Bontoc General Hospital in an "unconscious state" after collapsing during a wedding ceremony in Bontoc, Mountain Province. He was was declared dead after several hours.[7] He was serving the final year of his term and had filed his candidacy for the same position in the 2022 elections when he died.[8]

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