Fight for pension hike continues

VIGAN CITY — “Our Lolos and Lolas not minding their physical limitations who waited for hours to attend the plenary session of the House of Congress and were only disappointed and outraged when suddenly the presiding officer announced the session adjourned will our inspiration in not giving up their fight,” said Bayan Muna (BM) Party List Representative Carlos Zarate during a forum with members of the Federated Senior Citizens Association of the Province of Ilocos Sur.

IPs deprived of representation with Sulong Katribu disqualification

BAGUIO CITY — Sulong Katribu Partylist deplores its recent disqualification by the Commission on Elections and the Supreme Court (SC) from participating in the 2016 partylist elections. Sulong Katribu views this as an outright denial to a genuine political representation of indigenous peoples in the halls of congress.

Philippine schools not ready for K12

VIGAN CITY — Kabataan Partylist Terry Ridon in an interview here, said that the K12 program is already on its full- implementation period yet reports continue that there are many schools that still lack classrooms and other necessary facilities.

CPA calls to stop Lumad ethnocide

BAGUIO CITY — “In these most difficult times, the Igorots in the north express their solidarity with the Lumad in the south,” says the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) statement as the group calls for an immediate stop to the continuing attacks against the Lumad in Mindanao.

La Trinidad trading post users await eviction

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Majority of the farmers, disposers and retailers who have been using the La Trinidad Trading Post would be displaced once the eviction notice of municipal government is implemented in March.


Diaries From The Field: Hamul, a community sharing of food

There is a saying that “a family that prays together, stays together” but in our community, we have a different one, “a community that eats together, stays together” and in my place, we call this hamul. Hamul is a general term we use to describe the state where community people are invited to join a family gathering. This has been an old practice of my community to share joy, celebrate life and strengthen family and community relationships by sharing food.

Old people on strike and on selfie sticks

What is the image of our Lolas and Lolos at a time when most of the raves of society center on the youth: the confident and rose-colored youth chasing their dreams, the youth maximizing their potential while they are still at their prime, the youth making the most out of their time, partying “like it was the end of the world?” How do the old look like beside the image of the youth as adventurous, enthusiastic and brimming with potential and capabilities?

Abra group condemns House leadersship for override failure

BANGUED, Abra — Abra-based group Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan (Kastan CPA-Abra) condemned today the House of Representatives (HOR) and President Benigno Aquino III for deliberately depriving senior citizens the Php2,000 pension increase.

Congress adjourns to prevent SSS veto override

BAGUIO CITY — Youth group Anakbayan Cordillera slams what they believed to be a Malacanang Palace-backed move of the House of Representative leadership to adjourn its session to prevent the possible override of the President’s veto on Social Security System (SSS) pension hike.

Repeal dangerous drug law for media safety

BAGUIO CITY — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is calling for a repeal of the dangerous drug law saying that it puts journalists in danger.


Makan a la Pinoy: Spaghetti etag

Spaghetti a nasagpawan ti etag (Igorot ham) ken nalaokan ti keso ken basil. Para kaagiti agap-apura, apagbiit a lutuen daytoy, 15 minutos laeng.


Burburtia Krokis: Feb. 7 puzzle

1 kaisa-isang syudad ng Cordillera
6 mag-buy and sell sa mga alahas (Ilok)
14 halamang nakakain mula ugat hanggang dahon (Ilok)
15 paboritong ekspresyon ng mga taga-Batangas


Editorial: The time for reckoning

Last February 3, we saw the arrogance of our elected officials particularly the congressmen. They bent the rules and norms at the House of Representatives to protect President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy) from embarrassment as the resolution to override PNoy’s veto of House Bill 5842, an act that would give an additional Php2,000 monthly pension to the retirees of the Social Security System (SSS), was gaining ground.


Dakami Ti Umili: Pumaset tayo iti pulitika ti panagbalbaliw

Agrugin ti kampanya wenno nabayagen gayam a nangrugi ti kampanya dagiti pulitiko para iti nadumaduma nga elective a posisyon iti gobyerno. Ngem kas iti napalpalabas a kampanya, adda ngata ti panagbalbaliw tatta? Wenno, dagiti sigud latta a problema ket isu manen ti masabat tayo. Adda ngata dagiti barbaro wenno talaga a napudno a kandidato a ti tarigagay na ket pudno nga agserbi iti umili? Ania ngata dagiti plataporma a mayat a suportaran? Wen, gagayyem, ado a saludsud ti kayat tayo a masungbatan iti daytoy 2016 a panagbobotos.


Crossroads: Sovereignty agenda

This election let us make Sovereignty an election agenda for the candidates to make a clear stand. At this age when the bitter and bloody memories of the Spanish colonization, the US-Philippine war, and the Japanese invasion are almost forgotten, all the more we should think about, analyze the issue of sovereignty.

Ilocandia Rumblings: Tourism not for the environment

Tourism (medical, travel and retirement) is among the top priorities of the Aquino regime to bolster the Philippine economy. It is one of the “seven big winners” sectors, along with business processing offices, mining, manufacturing and logistics, agribusiness, creative industries, infrastructure listed and discussed at length in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). This development framework was based mainly on paper titled “Arangkada Philippines” presented by the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in the Philippines that aims to generate $75 billion in new foreign investments, 10 million jobs, and over P1 trillion in government revenue within a decade.


Pathless Travels: A foray into urban forests

Our neighborhood at the very fringe of Baguio is particularly lucky for being situated a stone’s throw away, quite in a literal sense, from a small pine grove. This grove, in turn, was originally an extension of a much bigger privately owned forest, but now separated from it by a couple of concrete alleys, a growing cluster of houses, and eroded slopes of coarse runo grass.


Weekly Reflections: In memory of Him

From Jan. 24-31, 2016, thousands of Roman Catholic clergy and lay people gathered in Cebu for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, on the theme “Christ in you, our hope of glory” (cf. Col. 1:27). Every four years, Catholic faithful from around the world are invited to gather together to reflect on and celebrate the Eucharist. It is significant to note that in the celebration this year, mission for the poor was given primary emphasis as a concrete expression in putting into action the meaning of the Eucharist.


Senior citizens ask HOR to override PNoy’s veto on SSS pension increase

BAGUIO CITY — Members of the Blessed Association of Retired Persons (BARP) marched with militant groups on January 28 down Session Road to the SSS regional office calling on congress and senate to override President Benigno Aquino III’s veto of the additional Php2,000 to SSS pension as part of nationally coordinated action of pensioners.