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PUJ drivers picket Supreme Court, ask justices to decide on petition vs DOTC-LTFRB penalties fine hike

BAGUIO CITY — More than 200 jeepney drivers and operators from Baguio and Benguet trooped to the Supreme Court Baguio to appeal to the justices to deliberate on a three year old petition against a joint order of the Department of Transportation and Communication and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (DOTC-LTRB) on the increase of penalties.

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Isabela jeepney drivers form coalition vs DOTC phase out plan

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela — More than a hundred public utility jeepney drivers and operators from all over Isabela gathered at the Cauayan City Integrated Terminal on April 19, 2016 to form the No To Jeepney Phase Out Coalition – Isabela, aiming to build a province-wide unity among drivers, operators and commuters to oppose the Jeepney Phaseout Program of the Department of Transportation and Communication.

Cordillera Day honors people’s victory vs fascism

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Day celebration annually spearheaded by the Cordillera People’s Alliance is in honor of the Cordillera people’s victory over the unjust impositions and fascism of the Marcos dictatorship, CPA Secretary General Abigail Anongos told media.

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CPDF hits local peace talks, peace zones as divisive

BAGUIO CITY — The revolutionary movement of the Cordillera claim that the Aquino administration’s move of creating “peace zones” and pushing for localized peace talks are meant to divide and mislead the Filipino people.

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NPA spokes says abusive soldiers are targets

BAGUIO CITY — Government soldiers become targets of New People’s Army (NPA) attacks only when they are conducting military operations or are proven to have committed grave violations against the people and the revolutionary movement, according to an NPA spokesperson.

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Panakaiserra ti dumpsite, kiddaw ti umili ti Santiago

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — Bayat iti panagsungbat kadagiti saludsod, pasaray aprusen ni Rosmarie Rendon, agtawen ti 47 ken residente ti Brgy. Baybayabas ti muging ken barukong na. Kunana a nasakit ti ulona ken marigatan nga umanges. Kastoy ti mariknana tunggal kumaro ti angot ken asok nga aggapu iti pagbasuraan ti Munisipyo ti Santiago, Ilocos Sur. Kinunana pay a kanayon ti panaguyek ken panagsakit ti dua nga apo na nga agtawen ti inem ken uppat.

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Sabayang kilos protesta sa Lambak Cagayan

TUGUEGARAO CITY — Ngayong Earth Day 2016, sabayang kilos protesta ang inilunsad ng mamamayan sa Lambak Cagayan. May rally sa DENR at MGB Region 2 sa Tuguegarao City laban sa proyektong coal mining sa Iguig, Cagayan at nagpapatuloy na off shore magnetite mining.

Corporate logging, mining foils tree planting efforts

BAGUIO CITY — Forest destruction will remain unabated despite millions of trees being planted if extractive projects of powerful and rich corporations are allowed to continue, according to an environmental group in northern Luzon.

Comelec, DPWH inutile vs illegal posters in Ilocos

VIGAN CITY — As the 2016 election campaign period approaches its end, Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) called the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Ilocos Sur inutile. Defend Ilocos said that the government poll body and DPWH failed to execute their mandate to remove illegally posted campaign materials and charge candidates for violations of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Fair Elections Act.

Ilocos Sur Oplan Baklas: Too little, too late

VIGAN — The Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) said on April 20 that the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) effort to remove illegally posted campaign materials is not enough and it is late. The group’s statement came a day after Comelec Provincial Election Officer Atty. Rhodora Arrocena announced in an interview over a local radio station that they are set to remove and confiscate illegally posted campaign materials on April 29.

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Diaries From The Fields: Cordillera road stories

Public terminals and riding public utility vehicles are one of the best places to hear and see human stories and emotions. Aside from churches and residential houses or parties where you see people crying, hugging, fighting; terminals are actually like a mirror to all of these.

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Burburtia Krokis: April 24 puzzle

ACROSS
1 bayan sa Agusan del Norte sa silangang gilid ng Lake Mainit
8 dekurasyon (Ilok)
12 lumipat sa ibang lugar (Ilok)
13 ayon sa Bibliya, ang pinakaunang lalaki (Eng)
14 alternating current (abbrev)

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Editorial: Contribution on Earth Day

Two days ago was the internationally celebrated Earth Day. It was organized with the purpose of raising awareness and concern for the environment, to conserve and preserve or basically to nurture the environment the proper way for the continued life of the planet, people and all.

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Dakami Ti Umili: Rambakan tayo ti Aldaw Kordilyera

Ita a lawas ket rambakan ti umili iti Kordilyera ti maika-32 nga Aldaw Kordilyera. Amin a probinsya malaksid kadagiti naka-cluster ket adda maangay a selebrasyon ti Aldaw Kordilyera. Maangay idiay Tabuk para iti cluster ti Kalinga-Apayao; Lamut nu idiay Ifugao; Bauko, Mt. Province; Dolores, Abra ken Baguio City para iti cluster ti Baguio-Benguet. Daytoy a selebrasyon ket mangipakita iti lumawlawa a pigsa ken tignayan ti umili iti Kordilyera.

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From Under This Hat: The curtailment of press freedom during Martial Law

My story today is one of many acts during martial law to curtail the freedom of the press and attack the dignity of the press. It was against a most respected journalist who left local journalists more aware of safeguarding the people’s right to a free press. And the challenge to prevent the return of Martial Law, Never again!

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Statements: Onward with the politics of change!

We celebrate the 32nd Cordillera Day by reaffirming our struggle for the defense of land, life and resources. On this historic day, we give the highest salute to our heroes and martyrs who dedicated their lives to the struggle of the Cordillera peoples. For 32 years, Cordillera Day has been a living testament to the unwavering heroism and the continuing struggle of the Cordillera peoples for genuine social change. Since 1984, Cordillera Day has been the biggest unifying political and cultural gathering here and abroad for the defense of land, life and resources.

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Weekly Reflections: Earth as God’s sanctuary

April 22 is Earth Day. It is a time for us to reflect more deeply on the meaning and significance of this earth in which we live. The problem of climate change with all the heat index getting higher each day compels us to look more closely on how we are dealing with the world around us. Modern society understands the earth as something to develop and exploit to satisfy human selfishness and greed for material things. Consequently, this kind of cosmology is slowly destroying the earth.

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Women’s Front: Honor the martyrs and the missing

This year, two founding and veteran leaders-elders of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Baket Endena Cogasi and Padi Eduardo Solang have finally retired. They retired from their vocation as indigenous peoples’ rights defenders and activists. They finished their meaningful journey on earth. They are the most recent martyrs to be given high honors in the observance of the 32nd Cordillera Day on April 24, 2016.

CPA hits harassment of vice-chair

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) condemns the brazen harassment of its Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs Xavier Akien, on April 6 and 13.

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CARMMA hounds Bongbong’s Baguio campaign

BAGUIO CITY — Keeping true to their promise, survivors of the martial law atrocities hounded the campaign sortie of Senator Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late dictator.

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CPDF says election is not the answer

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera People’s Democratic Front (CPDF) claims that the elections will not solve poverty, lack of jobs, corruption and all other systemic problems of the country, but the armed revolution will.