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World observes 30th Cordi Day

World observes 30th Cordi Day

By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — “You ask if we own the land. You mock us. Where is your title? Where are the documents to prove that you own the land? Title. Documents. Proof. Such arrogance of owning land when you are owned by it. How can you own that which outlives you? Only
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Community owned micro-hydro empowers the people

Community owned micro-hydro empowers the people

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — “They told us the geothermal plant is a sustainable and renewable energy project. How can it be sustainable if it will dry up our water source. What will we drink? What will our land drink? The land, water and people are interconnected, we can not survive without them
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Ilocos envi groups gear for Earth Day

Ilocos envi groups gear for Earth Day

By KYLE EDWARD FRANCISCO www.nordis.net VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — Anti-mining advocates and environmental groups in Ilocos Sur will hold a 3 kilometer fun run to commemorate Earth Day on April 22. The advocacy run will also kick-off the build-up activities for “Foot Prints in the Sand: Advocacy Run to Save Our Shoreline.” This part-marathon
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Respect rights to development is an obligation — Asian IPs

Respect rights to development is an obligation — Asian IPs

By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Thirty one representatives from Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Asia recently came together to further their knowledge and enhance their skills on how to assert IP rights particularly the right to self-determination and right to development when dealing with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) who fund projects in IP territories.
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Ifugao officials condemn IP killings

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, Jr. and Governor Denis Habawel condemned the recent spate of killings in the province that include the recent murder of development worker and human rights defender William Bugatti on March 25 along the provincial highway in Bolog, Kiangan. “I condemn in the strongest form,
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40 years of asserting distinct IP identity within the politics of national democracy

40 years of asserting distinct IP identity within the politics of national democracy

The story of the Cordillera people’s movement to overcome discrimination and pursue self determination as a distinct people is a remarkable experience in social change.

Bodong, a bilateral to multi-lateral agreement in defense of land against state-backed corporate interests

Bodong, a bilateral to multi-lateral agreement in defense of land against state-backed corporate interests

If there was a time in history that ignited Cordillera unity, it would be that period when the dictator Marcos planned to build the World Bank-funded Chico River Basin Hydroelectric Dam project.

Resist Imperialist Plunder of our Land and Resources!  Assert our Right to Self Determination!

Resist Imperialist Plunder of our Land and Resources! Assert our Right to Self Determination!

Thirty-four years ago, Macliing Dulag died, in defense of the ili and the ancestral land from the Chico River Basin Hydroelectric Dam Project of the World Bank during the Marcos Dictatorship. It was a successful fight against imperialist plunder and a triumphant assertion of indigenous peoples’ self-determination.

Kalinga shines in struggle, save the homeland vs corporate plunder

Kalinga shines in struggle, save the homeland vs corporate plunder

Remember, our grandparents barricaded, lobbied, forged wider unity, sacrificed their lives and took arms to defend this land.

CPLA revisited

CPLA revisited

Fast forward to 2011, CPLA was supposedly transformed into a socio economic group through a Memo of Agreement with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. This should have terminated CPLA as it converted into the CFPD (Cordillera Formation for Peace and Development) which allegedly is a part of Oplan Bayanihan for counter-insurgency.

Five chosen Baguio lucky summer visitors

Five chosen Baguio lucky summer visitors

By LEANNE NARVASA www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Five people were chosen by the Baguio Correspondents Broadcaster’s Club (BCBC) for this year’s Lucky Summer Visitor (LSV) program. The winners were chosen at random at the Victory Liner stopover in Sison, received a four-day, all-expense-paid stay in Baguio City. The LSV winners were: 27-year old Joahna Meris,
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BCBC treats lucky Baguio summer visitors

By LEANNE NARVASA www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Five visitors were again treated to an all expense paid stay in the city of Pines this Holy week as part of the annual Baguio Correspondents Broadcaster’s Club (BCBC) search for the Lucky Summer Visitor (LSV). BCBC members head to buses at stopovers, like Sison, to choose the
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Violence mars Holy Week in the Cordillera

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Police Regional Office Cordillera reported a village councilor was shot dead in Abra while two others were wounded in separate shooting incidents in Apayao and a cadaver was found in Benguet this Holy Week. Senior Superintendent Benjamin Lusad, Abra provincial police director reported that Heriberto C. Bernese,
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Kayang massacre overshadows crime drop in Baguio City

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — The Kayang St. massacre that happened a block from the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) has cast doubts over the reported decrease in crime incidents in the city for the first quarter this year. According to police reports, there has been a 15.31% decrease in crime volume during
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Students file supplementary affidavit in SLU HR abuse case

By JACQUELINE PACIS www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Members of Anakbayan Metro Baguio and Kabataan Partylist Metro Baguio filed a supplementary affidavit April 3, at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Cordillera to support their initial complaint against the Saint Louis University (SLU) Dean of the School of Humanities (SOH) Dr. Lilian Gandeza. The supplementary affidavit,
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Baguio mayor gives BIBAK lot occupants until June to leave

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan in his bid to reclaim the Benguet Ifugao Bontoc Apayao Kalinga (BIBAK) compound ordered the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) to issue demolition notices for all illegal structures in the area. Domogan in the first city peace and order council meeting this
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Baguio dad urges City to manage Panagbenga

Baguio dad urges City to manage Panagbenga

By ALDWIN QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Instead of the City Government of Baguio spending more than P4 million a year as subsidy for the celebration of the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga, it is proposed that the city will manage the said festival and generate income to augment its funds for its programs and
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Baguio group urges protection of Tubbataha Reef

By TONGTONGAN TO UMILI (PR) BAGUIO CITY — The Tongtongan ti Umili (TTU) urges the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) on Tubbataha Reef and act on the Writ of Kalikasan filed last year against the Philippine Government through the person of President Benigno Aquino III and the United States
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Cancer in children awareness month

By LEANNE NARVASA www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — This April, the Department of Health (DOH) has once again raised their information campaign on cancer. Through their Cancer Awareness programs, they hope to raise concern and awareness on cancer and proper healthcare, according to Terry Foman-eg, a nurse under DOH. Through informative fora and brochures, DOH aims
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Tabanda suggests People’s Congress for barangays

By JACQUELINE PACIS www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — In a proposed resolution, Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda suggested the implementation of the People’s Congress style in barangay assemblies to exercise participative governance among the members of the barangay. In an interview April 15, Councilor Tabanda said that one of the problems they have in barangay assemblies is
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Over 100% rise in drug affected barangays in Baguio

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Cordillera reported an increase in drug affected barangays here in Baguio City during the peace and order meeting, April 15. PDEA reports showed that from the 9 affected barangays in 2013 it rose to 22 barangays in February this year then dropped
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Baguio dads approve Mines View tunnels

By JACQUELINE PACIS www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — The City Council here approved a resolution proposing the construction of overground tunnels at Mines View Park during the regular council meeting April 14. The resolution, proposed by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, stated that “one interesting feature that can be added to the rehabilitation works is the construction
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Editorial: Cordillera’s 40 year cultural revolution

Editorial: Cordillera’s 40 year cultural revolution

www.nordis.net “Questions of right and wrong in the arts and sciences should be settled through free discussion in artistic and scientific circles and through practical work in these fields. They should not be settled in summary fashion.” (Mao Zedong. On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People, February 27, 1957, 1st pocket ed., pp.
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