Sagada locals scared by 54th IBPA red-tagging

SAGADA, Mountain Province — Peasants in northern villages here expressed fear as elements of the 54th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) started making a list of people from the local civilian population who need to “clear themselves” from a military list of alleged members or supporters of the revolutionary New Peoples Army (NPA).

Dads hail removal of Baguio activists from DOJ terror list

BAGUIO CITY — Two city councilors from Baguio hailed the dropping of Atty. Jose Mencio Molintas and Victoria Tauli Corpuz from the Department of Justice’s terrorist proscription petition against the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.

MP dads to settle legal issues on Batangan System

BONTOC, Mountain Province — Another round of talks targeted at clarifying legalities in the implementation of the recognized Batangan Systems of Tadian, Besao and Sagada took place August 7th at the Sanggunian Panlalawigan Hall, here.

UNP ask students to waive right to data privacy

VIGAN CITY — In a document sent by the youth group Anakbayan Ilocos, the University of Northern Philippines has literally asked its students to waive their right to data privacy or defer from enrolling in the institution.

Baguio hospital cleans up creek

BAGUIO CITY — The hospital, which was held responsible for dumping medical waste that polluted a Benguet creek, begun cleaning it up on August 2 right after the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) directed it to retrieve every syringe and biological material that washed down the waterway in July.

Ilocos IPs unite vs rights violations

CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur — In a fitting commemoration of the World Indigenous Peoples Day, members of the different tribes in Ilocos gathered in this town on August 9 for the First Ilocos Indigenous Peoples Convergence and Consultation.

Revitalization of indigenous culture in Barangay Yaway

BAGUIO CITY — In line with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the indigenous youth of Barangay Yaway in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya participated in a cultural workshop last August 3-5 with the theme, “Revitalizing the Indigenous Culture among the Youth towards Unity amidst Migration.”

Diaries From The Field: Aparri, a paradise lost?

Before I saw Aparri for the first time, the picture of the place in my mind was that of long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches framing a most picturesque sunset against the horizon. Aparri is the town at the northern most tip of Cagayan province known as the place where the river meets the sea. However, when I first set foot there, I felt deep dismay at vestiges of a paradise lost, forever?