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Taiwanese IP students harassed in Kalinga

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous Taiwanese students who are in the country for a cultural exchange program felt harassed when police officers and soldiers from the 50th IB in Kalinga followed them everywhere they went and kept asking for their profile from August 12 to 15.

NPA attacks 81st IB HQ

VIGAN CITY — Guerrillas of the New People’s Army operating in Ilocos Sur attacked the headquarters of the 81st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Barangay Bugbuga, Sta. Cruz town on the evening of August 9.

Choiced Cuts: Health and migration

“Sumugal po ako doc,” says Delfin (not his real name) in his early 40’s, father of three, an Overseas Filipino Worker in a US territory for more than 20 years. For three years now, Delfin would not sit down. Even if he wanted to, he just could not. All he could do was either stand or lie on his bed.

Poetry: Sana’y Magising kayo

Mantikang malansa
toyong nakakatoyo.
Sukang nakakasuka
ketsap na ‘alang pangarap.
Pambulag sa mata
pambusal sa tainga.
Pang-aliw sa bunganga
upang mga toto’y ‘di mag-alsa.

Makan a la Pinoy: Kabkab

Saan a kas ti pampanunotenyo, daytoy a kabkab ket saramsam a sitsaron a balanghoy (cassava crackers) dagiti Leyteño. Sitsaritsit wenno saritsit ti awagda idiay Davao del Sur, kiping idiay Camiguin, Misamis; burikit iti Zamboanga del Sur ken piking iti Palawan.

Bandillo: Test of sincerity

GRP-NDFP Peace Talks have bogged down indefinitely. Duterte and his generals would rant ad infinitum that the left is not sincere in entering into a peace agreement with the regime, ergo, it must be scuttled.

Benguet folk volunteer to clean up medical waste

BAGUIO CITY — Representatives of residents of Taloy Sur village of Tuba town in Benguet province volunteered to help the Baguio Medical Center (BMC) and its contractor clean up Bayacsan creek of the medical waste during the technical conference at the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) on August 1.

NCIP suspends Karayan dam FPIC process

BAGUIO CITY — Finding clear violations of the “Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)” guidelines, the National Commission on Indigenous People-Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) suspended the FPIC proceedings for the 52 megawatts Karayan Hydroelectric Plant Project (KHPP) in Tabuk, Kalinga.

PNP sue civilians for Besao encounter

BAGUIO CITY — The municipal police of Besao, Mountain Province charged two residents of Brgy. Tamboan with multiple murder in relation to the July 15 fifteen ambush staged by the New People’s Army in Sitio Dandanac of the said barangay.