CPP welcomes Duterte’s plan to release political prisoners

BAGUIO CITY — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) welcomes the plan of incoming GRP President Rodrigo Duterte to free political prisoners “as a show of confidence” to boost peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

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Stop the militarization of our communities — IP leaders

To mark the 17th year of the Visiting Forces Agreement and properly end the 6-weeks Lakbay Lumad USA, the indigenous peoples (IP) leaders from the Philippines joined the migrant workers and human rights advocates in the United States in a protest in New York City against the continued US military intervention in the Philippines.

Incoming admin should ban GMOs — Green Action PH

QUEZON CITY — Multi-sector group Green Action PH urged the incoming administration under presumptive leader Rodrigo Duterte to put public safety first and ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country. The group recommended for the new president to heed consumer clamor to apply the precautionary principle and thoroughly evaluate the impact of GMOs instead of continuing the current administration’s policy of active promotion.

Bakun enacts water conservation law

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — In an effort to protect and preserve its water resources, the municipal council of Bakun, Benguet enacted its Water Conservation ordinance last March and it was endorsed by the Benguet provincial board this May 23.

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Makan a la Pinoy: Kitchen tips: karne ken poultry

Tapno maliklikan ti peggad iti pannakalason ti taraon (food poisoning), suroten ti sumaganad nga addang: 1. Saan a bay-an ti makan, nangruna dagiti karne/manok/poultry, iti temperatura a 5 agingga 60°C gapu ta nalaka a makapetan ti bakterya a makaigapu iti pannakalason ti taraon;

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Editorial: Where we stand

This past election, the Filipino people rallied behind Duterte as a protest seeking to do away with the excesses of the status quo. It expresses our desire for genuine changes in the elitist and anti-people system. As Duterte sits in office this July, he must keep his promise of being firm and pursuing reforms that will truly address our nation’s crises at large. It is yet to be made clear where he stands as a leader.

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Aywanan Ti Masakbayan: Is the new president envi-friendly?

With over 16 million votes garnered in the 2016 elections, presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte surely has a massive public support to start his administration. Known as an unorthodox politician who ‘listens to public demands’ and a tactless opinionated leader, changing and instituting significant reforms in the government’s environmental policies and programs will only rely on how the people will push him to do it and how he is willing to listen.

Bandillo: The Left and the Duterte regime

Duterte was elected by virtue of broad discontent of the people against US-Aquino regime. Among the presidential candidates, it was the mayor from Davao City who was able to best grasp and benefited from the protests against the ruling clique. He introduced himself as a candidate for “pagbabago” and not to continue the corrupt “daang matuwid.”

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Dakami Ti Umili: Panagtutudon, nakasagana tayo kadi?

Basar iti anunsyo ti Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), nagrugin ti phenomenon a La Niña wenno ti nakaro ken nabayag a panagtudo. Bulan pay laeng ti Mayo tatta ngem nagrugin nga agtudo iti dadduma a lugar. No saanak a mariro, no bulan ti Mayo idi ket awan pay ti tudo. Ngem nagbaliwen ti panawen tatta. Daytoy ti makunkuna a climate change. Sangalubongan a problema daytoy, saan laeng a ditoy pagilian tayo.

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Statements: Respetaren ken padur-asen dagiti akem ti babai ti Montañosa

Dakkel unay ti panagbilib ti rehimen nga Aquino iti nagapuanan na kano a panagdur-as ti pagilian partikular iti panagpaadu iti pagtrabahuan ken panangsaluad kadagiti babbai. Ibagbaga na kadagiti babbai iti Mountain Province a trabaho kano ti iseserrek iti Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), malaksid pay iti Philippine Army (PA) ken Philippine National Police (PNP).

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Statements: Bitter pill to swallow

We believe that the EU-PH FTA will trample any remaining barriers to the facilitation of complete trade liberalization, investment, and intellectual property rights (IPR) clauses under Philippine laws.

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Weekly Reflections: Spirit of truth

One of the main problems of our society at this point in time is truth decay. Graft and corruption and electoral fraud are some of its manifestations. Most often than not, our social relations are characterized by lies and deceit. Like tooth decay in a human body, truth decay creates unimaginable pain and suffering in the whole society. Truth decay destroys community. That’s why freedom-loving people are pushing for the approval of the Freedom of Information Bill to help combat truth decay.

Greens back NDFP’s DENR nominee

VIGAN CITY — The Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) today expressed its support for Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate to head the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Abra group hopes Duterte dismantles private armies

BANGUED, Abra — Grassroot group Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan (Kastan) called on President-apparent Rodrigo Duterte to stop the proliferation of private armed groups. Abra has come to be well-known for the presence of Private Armed Groups (PAG) allegedly being maintained by politicians.

Duterte urged to stop K12

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — The local formation of Anakbayan in Ilocos Region urged president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop the implementation of the K12 education program.

Youth plea to Duterte: Release all political prisoners

BAGUIO CITY — The Youth group Anakbayan called elected president Rodrigo Duterte to immediately and without condition release all political prisoners. The group also cited that the release of 543 political prisoners nationwide, of which 136 of them are youth, is “an obligation” of government and in compliance with existing agreements such as the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Sec. Alcala blames farmers for BAPTC ‘failure’

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The outgoing secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said whether the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) will fully operate or not is now in the hands of Cordillera farmers, in a press conference during the highland vegetable investment forum held at the trading center on May 16.