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Editorial: Soundbytes and the blame game

On the disaster left by Ompong in northern luzon and in the Visayas that was drenched too by the torrential rains that the typhoon pulled along its way across the islands. As of today the Cordillera reports 83 deaths mostly in Benguet province and from Cebu 14 dead. The President and his “men” made the rounds of the disaster battered town centers in the north and also in the Visayas.


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Commentary: Afraid but never silent

Some days ago, I received a private message from somebody using a dummy account in social media. The message, was a google map photo with a red circle around the spot where my family is in LaTrinidad. Said sender was sending me messages since December 2017. I was ignoring all its messages then knowing that it was from a dummy account. However, this time I was alarmed and was forced to confront the sender.

Letters: Serve The People Brigade thanks friends and donors

Greetings! Sharing with you an update report on the support extended by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services, and other members and volunteers of the Serve the People Brigade – Cordillera Disaster Response Network to communities heavily affected by typhoon Ompong.

Youthspeak: Ang Disaster bilang pulitikal na usapin

Mayaman na ang karanasan ng Pilipinas at mamamayang Pilipino pagdating sa usaping kalamidad, sakuna o disaster. Maraming ulit nang binayo ng napakalakas na bagyo, lindol, pagragasa ng baha, storm surge, at iba pang tipo ng trahedya at mga panganib na gawa mismo ng tao ang Pilipinas. Itinuring na nga natin itong bahagi ng pang-araw-araw na buhay. Ngunit sa kabila nito, nananatiling hindi handa ang mga mamamayan. Palaging may banta ng panganib at kaswalti sa bawat trahedyang nangyayari. Ang gubyerno na may tungkuling pamunuan ang paghahanda at pagtugon ay nananatiling nagkukulang sa kapasidad na kumilos upang tumugon sa mga sakuna. Madalas pa ngang nagiging inutil ang ito sa mismong panahon ng pagtama ng trahedya.

Hunters detained by military in operation

CANDON CITY  — Three hunters who were reported missing by their kin and villagemates for three days surfaced after government troops turned them over to a local police office in Ilocos Sur.

Teachers express concern over suicides

VIGAN CITY — Public school teachers in Ilocos region expressed concern over the series of suicides among their colleagues, widely believed to be driven by work-related stress.

UCCP bishop, human rights defender laid to rest

BAGUIO CITY — Bishop Emeritus Juan Marigza of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP), a vocal critic of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and staunch human rights defender, was laid to rest on September 12 in his hometown Aringay, in La Union province.

Gov’t troops, NPA clash in Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY — Government troops figured in a 30-minute clash with New People’s Army guerrillas just before noon of September 8 in the town of Gregorio Del Pilar in Ilocos Sur.

Ibalois used plants to mummify

BAGUIO CITY — Guava is known to be a rich source of vitamin C and a potent antiseptic. Patani on the other hand is rich in protein. But what is not known to many, extracts from these plants were also among those used for mummification in ancient Cordillera.

First Chinese Mid-Autumn Fest set on Sept 22

BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio Filipino-Chinese Community and the Baguio Museum will hold the 1st Baguio Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 22, 5-9 p.m. at the Baguio Museum, Gov. Pack Road.