By Vicent Cabreza/Philippine Daily Inquirer

BAGUIO CITY—Political leaders of the Cordillera gathered here on Sunday to celebrate the 25th founding anniversary of the upland region with one goal in mind—win an uphill battle to convince people that the region deserved a third try at achieving full autonomy.

The leaders endorsed a manifesto of support for a third autonomy bid to present this when they meet with Mr. Aquino. Virgilio Bautista, co-chair of the Regional Development Council, said the manifesto and results of survey done this month would provide Mr. Aquino with evidence of Cordilleran solidarity behind two bills—House Bill No. 5595 and Senate Bill No. 3115—that would enact a third organic act creating the Cordillera Autonomous Region.

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