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.
TUGUEGARAO CITY – Progressive groups composed of peasants, human rights workers and youth denounced the banning of their entry during the on-shore and off-shore mining public hearing at Crab Hotel, Buguey, Cagayan last June 23.
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.
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.
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.
VIGAN CITY — The mounting pressure from different sectors against the worsening mining pollution in the Balas-iyan River in Quirino, Ilocos Sur forced the concerned government offices to call a dialogue cum orientation last June 23. Held at the Provincial Capitol, the activity was facilitated by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region I (MGB-I). The mining agency was headed by Regional Director Carlos Tayag.
BAGUIO CITY — The city’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) again marks the international LGBT pride month with an event that seeks to promote equality in law and the passage of the anti-discrimination ordinance held at the Rainbow Barracks on June 27.
BAGUIO CITY — While church leaders gather their flocks to battle against the entry of anti-family vices in the area, the people of Baguio and Benguet will be facing the lure of electronic games (e-games) featured in a facility which according to many is actually an electronic casino.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — In a bid to recover as much land as possible from its proclaimed land area, the Benguet State University (BSU) through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cordillera to recommend all titles issued over the school property for reversion.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — According to Benguet State University (BSU) President Ben Ladilad, they will make an appeal to the Commission on Audit (COA) after the latter ordered some 36 researchers to return their honoraria amounting to P6.7 million.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Benguet State University (BSU) will upgrade it laboratories to better serve the Benguet farmers.
BAGUIO CITY — Baguio boy Daniel Parantac who raked in three medals from the recently concluded 28th South East Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore has another framed City Council resolution of commendation adding up to the other City Council commendations he received in the past hung on the wall of his room in their family house in Navy Base.
Gapu iti mapaspasamak a panagpudot ti panawen wenno global warning, kaaduan nga ili ket agkurkurang ti padanum iti talon. Iti kastoy a kasasaad ket nagsukisok ti Montanosa Research Development Center (MRDC) maipanggep kadagiti nainsigudan a pamuspusan iti panangimanehar iti danum. Maysa ket ti pamay-an ti Tanglag, Lubuagan, Kalinga a Balliga wenno Tobtobwak.
Simple ken nalaka a lutuen daytoy inlambong wenno poached nga ikan. Mayat nga ilambong dagiti ikan a puraw ti karnena kas dagiti dory, lapu-lapu, bakalaw ken dadduma pay.
Idi pay damdamo inmay kayo ditoy baryo
Inkayo inpaka-ammo makuna nga NGO
Ket nag organisa tayo ti timpuyog ti bumaryo
Ket nagmula da ti adu nga kola kola ken negro
Kailyan ken opisyal ti baryo intayo agatendar iti daytoy a seminar
Nu anya ti ikasta a mangsolbar iti peggad ken didigra iti kumindad
kasapalulan ti innadal tapnu maisplikar ket masango ken masolbar
“Peace is not merely the absence of war but it lies in a just and equitable distribution of lands’ resources and free from the evil born of greed. In the concrete, peace begins when the hungry is fed and when the thirst for justice is quenched.” — Sister Alicia M. Sobrevinas of the OSB
With June as the World Environment Month, let’s celebrate by whole-heartedly digesting the papal message of the people’s pope.
At a time when advocates and peoples organizations championing environment, indigenous peoples and human rights are targets of harassment, vilification and other forms of human rights violations, it is our obligation as peace, civil libertarians and human rights advocates to defend and show our support to peoples organizations and communities under attack. This is the right and moral thing to do. If we keep our silence and let these things happen then we are unwittingly encouraging the perpetrators to continue their violations with impunity.
I hate how I grew up not really having a father. Don’t get me wrong, my father is alive and is still married to my mother- he is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).
Pope Francis’ very recent encyclical on climate change is entitled: Laudato Si (Praise Be). Some are delighted but others are sad, especially those who are shockingly surprised of Pope Francis’ statements from time to time on various issues which are oftentimes contrary from the stance of his predecessors. Pope Francis’ call through his encyclical to take seriously the issue of climate change is actually very timely, especially in the light of the heat wave now going on in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan where thousands have already died.
TUGUEGARRAO CITY — Dumagsa ang daan-daang magsasaka sa Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) sa Isabela at Cagayan noong Hunyo 8 at sa Kongreso noong Hunyo 10 upang igiit ang pagbasura sa panukalang charter change at Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program extension.
CORDON, Isabela — Naglunsad ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Isabela ng on-site investigation sa mining operations ng Golden Summit Mining Corporation sa Cordon, Isabela noong June 15 matapos magpetisyon ang mga residente rito sa pangunguna ng Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon Isabela (Dagami) – Cordon.
VIGAN CITY—Environmental groups, church leaders and a provincial board member again pressed the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS) to act on the deteriorating condition of water and land resources in Quirino, Ilocos Sur. Unhampered mineral extraction in Barangay Patiacan since 2008 is being blamed for the fishkills in the Balas-iyan River, threatened the water supply of some communities and contaminated farmlands.
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — Militant student organizations staged a protest action to condemn the high cost of education prevailing in the country and to mark the opening of classes in the region last June 15 in the North-bound jeepney terminal of this City.