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Pangasinan gov faces graft charges

By KYLE EDWARD FRANCISCO www.nordis.net VIGAN CITY — Anti-mining groups scored another victory after the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of graft cases against Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino for his alleged participation in the blacksand mining operation in Lingayen. The Ombudsman announced last Tuesday, October 21, that Espino violated Section 3(e) of Republic
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Cordi elders lead protest vs rights violations

Cordi elders lead protest vs rights violations

By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW and ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera elders in their indigenous attire, where men wear their wanes (loin cloth) and the women in their tapis (wrap-around skirt) joined at least 500 protesters from various Cordillera villages and rallied at the regional offices of the government agencies based here to demand
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IPs rally for NCIP abolition

IPs rally for NCIP abolition

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera indigenous peoples (IPs) called for the abolition of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) saying that the agency betrayed their interests in a protest action in front of the NCIP regional office on October 20. IP leaders from the six provinces of the region assailed NCIP
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Solons seek probe of 41st IB’s war crimes in Abra

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net QUEZON CITY ― Congress representatives filed a resolution urging the House Committee on Human Rights and Committee on National Cultural Communities to investigate the alleged human rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) violations of operating government troops during their military operations in Lacub, Abra last September. House Resolution No. 1586 seeks
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NDFP accuses AFP of war crimes

By KIMBELIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY— Operating troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) committed war crimes during their military operations in Lacub, Abra last September, said the chairperson of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). In an online statement, NDFP Negotiating Panel Chair Luis Jalandoni said
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Ilocos court urged to junk false charges vs student

By KYLE EDWARD FRANCISCO www.nordis.net VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — More than 50 family members, friends, barriomates and human rights advocates trooped Branch 25 of the Regional Trail Court in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur last October 22 to witness the first hearing and demand the junking of the charges filed against Malvarose Logang-a and Samuel Compalas.
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Adivay dedicated to the Asean integration

Adivay dedicated to the Asean integration

By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said that the holding of the Adivay Festival 2014 will be dedicated to the preparations of Benguet people for the coming ASEAN Integration in 2015. During the launching of the Adivay 2014 as part of the celebrations of the province’s 114th founding anniversary,
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Oplan Kaluluwa Baguio traffic advisory

By JULIE G. FIANZA / PIO BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio City Police Office has released the traffic advisory, which takes effect 5AM to midnight of Nov. 1, All Souls Day. The advisory is part of Oplan Kaluluwa for the general public’s annual trek to the city’s public and private cemeteries.

ML HRV Claimants hit board for incompetence

ML HRV Claimants hit board for incompetence

By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Martial law (ML) victims under the dictatorship of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos in the 70′s and the early 80′s criticized the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) for being heartless towards the victims. In a statement issued by Karapatan – Cagayan Valley where they presented excerpts from
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Cagayan peasants strengthen resolve for genuine reform

By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Peasants of Cagayan Valley in observance of the Peasants’ month of October renew their call for genuine land reform, justice and freedom. In a statement, the peasants stressed that they have to heighten their struggle against the “neo-liberal globalization” policies especially the utmost disregard of the essence of
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Makan a la Pinoy: Inandila

Makan a la Pinoy: Inandila

By BRENDA S. DACPANO www.nordis.net Inandila ta kasla dila, kankanen manipud iti Kalinga. Naaramid manipud iti diket a galapong ken ladek wenno ladok iti Kalinga. Sakbay a napanak idiay Tabuk, Kalinga tapno tumulong kadagiti biktima ti Martial Law iti panangisaganada iti rekisitos iti aplikasyon, addan iti planok a gumatang ti inandila idiay tiendaan ti Tabuk
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Ancestral land rights to own, use & control resources: a must for Cordi Autonomy

Ancestral land rights to own, use & control resources: a must for Cordi Autonomy

By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW www.nordis.net This article is focused on the indigenous peoples’ issues on ownership, use and control of the lands and natural resources. It presents a view of the historical development of how the indigenous peoples were institutionally and systematically deprived of their lands and resources, and if the historical deprivation is corrected
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IPRA and NCIP: 17 years of IP rights violations

IPRA and NCIP: 17 years of IP rights violations

By CORDILLERA PEOPLES ALLIANCE October 29, 2014 marks 17 years of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act or RA 8371. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance is issuing this paper to iterate anew its evaluation of and position rejecting the IPRA and declaration for the abolition of NCIP. On State Laws In our critique and evaluation of State
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Industriya ng tabako: Larawan ng monopolyo at mala-pyudalismo

Industriya ng tabako: Larawan ng monopolyo at mala-pyudalismo

By KYLE EDWARD FRANCISCO www.nordis.net Ang tabako ay itinatanim sa mahigit 120 na bansa sa buong mundo sa lagpas apat na milyong ektarya ng lupa. Siyamnapung porsyento (90%) ng tabako ay nagmumula sa 20 bansa habang ang 2/3 ng kabuuhang suplay para sa buong mundo ay nagmumula sa Tsina, Brazil, India at Estados Unidos. Sa
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Flow, o mighty Chico River

Flow, o mighty Chico River

By GWEN GAONGEN www.nordis.net Whenever I travel the Halsema highway the sight of the Chico river and the mountains of the Cordillera range, every time wakes up mixed emotions, and always evokes so much pride in my home. “Aye datako ay Igorot ay mangdedeppas luta ya daya” (“Aye, we truly are Igorots touching the earth
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Laiban Dam: a Marcos project revived by PNoy

Laiban Dam: a Marcos project revived by PNoy

By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — For the indigenous people in the provinces of Rizal and Quezon, they thought their nightmare had ended when the plan of then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos to build the Laiban hydro-electric dams on their river was shelved. They were wrong. The same nightmare returned to haunt these indigenous
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Editorial: Community journalism

Editorial: Community journalism

www.nordis.net Journalism has been defined as gathering and bringing news and information to the people. As such, the role of a journalist is to gather and share the news objectively meaning such is devoid from his personal opinion. This definition of journalism, however, is delimited by the interests involved in a media institution. Regardless of
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Advocate’s Overview: Our ancestors’ burial grounds

Advocate’s Overview: Our ancestors’ burial grounds

By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW www.nordis.net It is again the season when Filipino Christians go to the cemetery to visit their dead kin’s grave. This has been a year after year occasion observed every first day of November. Today’s use of a cemetery is traceable as introduced by Christianity in the country. Even in the Cordillera,
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Binabagyu: The tourist spots of Baguio

Binabagyu: The tourist spots of Baguio

By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see — Gilbert K. Chesterton In a press conference staged by the tourism officers of Benguet province and the chartered City of Baguio, the tourism officer of this place once named Kafagway said that there are around
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