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AsPac indigenous PWDs urge signing of UN accords

BANGKOK, Thailand — Indigenous persons with disabilities (IPWDs) from various organizations in 12 countries of the Asia-Pacific region urged States in the region to improve their grim conditions by ratifying and implementing the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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Threatened Ifugaos vow to carry on the fight

BAGUIO CITY — “Im-imasen tayo a matay iti panagserbi tayo kadagiti kakailian tapno maisigurado ti masakbayan a saan ketdi a matay nga agkurkurakot kadagiti pondo a para koma iti umili (It is sweeter to die serving our countrymen to ensure a bright future rather than die stealing the funds intended for the people),” said Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) council leader Edwin Bomolyad.

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The woman came to share the truth

BAGUIO CITY — She paid P500 for a motorcycle ride from her village in Tinoc, Ifugao to Abatan, Buguias where she could get a ride to Baguio City so she could attend the Peoples Forum on Energy and Human Rights Issues in Ifugao on June 30. Sadly, she did not make it.

Ifugao folk asserts ethnicity recognition

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous folk of Montabiong village in Lagawe, Ifugao assert their ethnicity and wish to be officially recognized as the fourth ethnolinguistic group in the province.

Sagada folks divided on new road

SAGADA, Mountain Province — “Study first before deciding” remains the best suggestion arising from the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (CSMV) Vestry, which hosted a multi-sectoral consultation-“workshop” held June 29th in relation to the proposed national road that shall traverse the mission property.

SAF kin asks gov’t to keep its promises

BAGUIO CITY — Family members of the 14 Cordilleran Special Action Forces (SAF) members killed in the Mamasapano raid call on the government to keep its promises.

Relocation site eludes Typhoon Pepeng survivors

BAGUIO CITY — The mayor of La Trinidad, Benguet is not keen on returning portions of the Benguet State University (BSU) segregated through a Presidential Proclamation for the relocation site of the Little Kibungan victims.

Kalinga gov charged at Ombudsman

BAGUIO CITY — For inflicting injury against a secretary of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the provincial governor of Kalinga again is in hot water as provincial officials, including his victim, has just recently filed administrative and criminal cases against him at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Baguio citizens oppose business tax increase

BAGUIO CITY — Businessmen as well as members of the multi-sectoral organization in Baguio City do not welcome the planned 10 percent increase in business taxes under Tax Ordinance No. 2000-01 because it will be an added burden to them.

Baguio dad asks army to protect assets

BAGUIO CITY— Mayor Mauricio Domogan raised concern over the Philippine Army’s failure to protect their military “assets”, especially former rebels who help provide vital intelligence information about the New People’s Army (NPA), during the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting last July 2.

La Trinidad mayor changes terms in Jarco project

BAGUIO CTIY — The controversial Jarco Realty Development Corporation (Jarco) project at La Trinidad’s public market in Km 5 is far from over as Jarco and the mayor of Benguet’s capital town has agreed on new terms for the project.

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Editorial: Development aggression

Development aggression was coined and used by indigenous peoples (IPs) to describe how governments, large national and international institutions and companies have forced the oppressed situation or conditions upon their communities. In a country report made on the international human rights day in 1994 it aptly described what happened and was happening in the Philippines, especially in indigenous peoples ancestral domains where development projects, past or present, grossly violate(d), both their individual and collective human rights.

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Advocate’s Overview: The women from Kiltepan

It was a Wednesday morning in June. The amam-a (or elders) were gathered in dap-ay Kilong. As part of their traditional systems, they discussed the problem that threatened Tekeng, their ‘aayagan’ or spiritual ground located on a mountain peak that overlooks eastern Sagada’s four villages: Kilong, Tetep-an Sur, Tetep-an Norte, and Antadao, popularly referred to collectively as Kiltepan.

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Dakami Ti Umili: Bluer skies for Ifugao

In April this year, staff and leaders of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) received envelopes containing a photo of a cloth used by Ifugaos to wrap their dead. The photo bears the message “Gray-May, June-Gloom, No Sky-July”. This death threat against defenders of environment and human rights is an affront to life, liberty and security of individuals and organizations. It is also a threat to the right to join and engage in political organizations and activities. This should stop. As umili, we value life and it is but right to condemn death threats against activists, our families and communities.

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From Under This Hat: 2016, slight fever

It was the death anniversary of Aunty Cecile on June 12, independence day, some of her close friends came a weekend after to remember her together. Yes, several remembered the elections was one of her favorite times, and somebody said that was a time people thought she was the “Kingmaker”. Thanks to Baboo who hosted another warm gathering of friends and colleagues. All together with Aunty’s favorite jack daniels, we reminisced, laughed and missed her. Somebody suggested that now that all the three witches of Baguio have moved on to conjure their spells up there, there should emerge other witches to take on and throw some worthy spells here. How about warlocks this time?

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Statements: Reject the proposed tax hike in Baguio

Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance rejects the proposed tax increase in the city due to its burdensome and socially unjust nature. The current taxation process in the country mandates citizens to pay their taxes at the local and national levels, in addition to the Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT) that is automatically added to products and goods. This is already a huge burden to the citizens who are trying hard to make ends meet, especially when their wages are insufficient to provide for the daily needs of their families. Up to present, there is insufficient wage increase given to the country’s employees when prices of commodities continue to spike. This tax increase also does not guarantee the improvement in delivery of basic social services.

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Weekly Reflections: Homosexuality: sin or not?

The US Supreme Court had finally decided recently to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states of the United States of America. LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) communities all over the world hailed this landmark decision. They would consider it as a significant milestone in their struggle for equal matrimonial rights. Previous to this landmark decision, several states in the US had already removed legal impediments to same-sex marriage.

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Acquitted but not yet free

BANGUED, Abra — After 11 months of detention, the murder case filed against Eduardo Esteban for the death of Fr. Conrado Balweg was dismissed under the Justice on Wheels Program of the Supreme Court on June 19.

Baguio dads to broker between SLU union, admin

BAGUIO CITY — The officers and members of the Union of Faculty and Employees of Saint Louis Union (UFESLU) will expect talks with the SLU management once the City council will convince the latter to meet with the union regarding the threatened job security of many teaching and non-teaching staff due to a possible zero enrollment of First year and Second Year College as a result of K12 implementation.

150 teachers in Kalinga gather for Consultative Assembly

TABUK CITY — One hundred fifty teachers and employees from various preparatory, elementary, secondary and tertiary schools from Tabuk City and the municipalities of Rizal, Tanudan and Pinukpuk gathered for the Kalinga Wide Teachers Consultative Assembly at the Kalinga Sports Complex, Capitol Hill, Bulanao, here on June 26.

Ilocos joint-security plan Amianan will fail — NDFP Ilocos

VIGAN CITY — “With the leadership of the Communist Party the revolutionary movement will fail Aquino’s Joint-Security Plan Amianan,” declared Rosa Guidon in an emailed statement. Guidon is the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Ilocos Region.