BAGUIO CITY - A social studies professor defended an Igorot rallyist who received backlash online for wearing a traditional Cordilleran attire.
David Camiwet of the University of the Cordilleras said wearing a traditional attire is not a misrepresentation of the region.
"Probably, he is simply saying that, 'I am an Igorot and this is my position.' It does not necessarily mean that his position is the general position of this group," he told ABS-CBN News.
The video of Windel Bolinget, which has now gone viral on social media, has amassed more than 200,000 views and elicited thousands of mixed reactions.
Bolinget's decision to wear a traditional Cordilleran attire last Sept. 11 that marked the centenary of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos ruffled the feathers of some netizens.
"Ang pagsusuot ng ating traditional attire sa ating pakikipaglaban tulad ng sa pagra-rally o pagvo-voice out ng ating karapatan, iyan ay tama, iyan ay legacy. Tradisyon nating mga Igorot na mga palaban, gamit ang ating tradisyunal na kasuotan," Bolinget said in his defense.