Local program to protect sea turtles urged

A member of the Ilocos Sur provincial board pushes for a local program for the protection and conservation of sea turtles that goes beyond the threat of imprisonment and fines.

An Afternoon with Zenaida Pawid and the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project

The fact that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is run by a commission composed of political appointees casts doubts to its independence from the influence of the appointing official or the one having the oversight. In the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, its decision to give the Certification Precondition despite the violations committed heightened the pre-existing misgivings to the impartiality of the office, especially on government-initiated projects.

Groups warn of intensified militarization of IP lands, communities

The SANDUGO and Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) slammed the appointment of a former military official as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) chairperson. The groups warned that indigenous peoples should brace for intensified military deployment in indigenous peoples’ lands with the appointment of Capuyan.

POETRY | Ang Wika at Panitikan

Rehiyunal man o Pambansang antas ay dapat tangkilikin
sikaping saliksikin, bungkalin at payabungin,
nang sa gayo’y mamulaklak at mahubog natin
ang matibay, tunay at buhay na nasyunalismo
na gaya sa isang makulay at puno ng buhay na hardin.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | DomC and our ‘Orgasmic’ Writing

Apart from our being both staffers of the defunct Baguio City Gold Ore, a tabloid size weekly, DomC and I are fraternity brothers and were both in the soccer team of the University of the Philippines – Baguio. We were in the campus together during the Age of Aquarius, psychedelics, and raging of the First Quarter Storm of Philippine youth activism.

WEEKLY REFLECTION | God of freedom

“I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave drivers.  I know their sufferings, and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land…” – Exodus 3:7-8

Ronalyn Olea: “The tyrants in cyberspace are shutting down critical and independent voices”

Ronalyn V. Olea is the managing editor of Bulatlat, Philippines’ top alternative online news site. Bulatlat covers politics, human rights, indigenous people and Filipino culture from a critical angle towards the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte. That position has labeled them “enemy of the state” by the Army. In collaboration with other targeted organizations, and supported by the forensic investigation of Qurium, Bulatlat filed a lawsuit against Suniway, the Philippine company who’s infrastructure enabled the cyber attacks.