By Pablito Sanidad

It is said that the ongoing campaign by some government agencies for a renewed call for Cordillera autonomy suffered a setback because the P15 million which was earmarked for them to spend has not been made available. If the campaign is really an honest-to-goodness campaign from the heart, do they need money to run it?

Those of us in the civilian sector are often appalled by the fact that government officials cannot seem to move unless there is money to move them.

How can we make a believable push for autonomy and self-reliance when from the beginning we are dependent on the national government for the money to work for our so-called “autonomy”? Can we not campaign for autonomy by asserting autonomy from the very start?

Or is the autonomy drive merely a budget generating exercise? It cannot move if it does not see the color of money?