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DARANUDOR TI ILOCANDIA | Taxing tobacco, tricking the people

Taxation is part of the government’s exercise of its authority. However, this authority comes with the responsibility to use the fund to improve the lives of its citizens. But under the current social conditions, proposals to raise taxes only serves those in power. The current state of our taxation and distribution system only sustains bureaucratic corruption, political dynasties and patronage politics.

FROM UNDER THIS HAT | Our people in November actions

Through this column the Management Committee of the Baguio City Indigenous Peoples Center (BIPC) would like to say thank you very much to the members of the Igorot community in Baguio who have donated tables, chairs, other furniture and fixtures to the Center.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | The Philippine Superstructure

So, what is then the superstructure? It involves all the social, political, and cultural control of the ruling classes over the people. These controls are designed to hide the exploitative nature of the economic relationships on the prevailing economic base. They are designed to convince the exploited to the economic relationships on the economic base is but natural and there is nothing anyone can do about it. They are designed to distract the people’s attention away from the realities of the exploitative nature of the relationships.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Giving due respect and appreciation to church workers

“But we request of you, brothers and sisters, that you appreciate those who diligently work among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you respect them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

STATEMENTS | Hustisya para sa mga biktima ng Batas Militar

70,000 ang kinulong. 35,000 ang tinortyur. 3,240 ang pinatay. Lumobo ang pambansang utang mula $1 bilyon tungong $28 bilyon. Iilan lamang ito sa mga kagimbal-gimbal na numero na naglalarawan sa isang madilim na bahagi ng ating kasaysayan: ang Batas Militar ni Diktador Marcos. Mahigit 30 taon na ang lumipas, mailap pa rin ang hustisya para sa mga naging biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao noong panahong ito.

Ompong’s Wrath

Each time strong typhoon and passes, farmers tilling the lands on the banks of the Abra River lose their crops and land because of flooding. When Typhoon Ompong struck Ilocos Sur, among those hardest hit is the upland town of Quirino. While farmers in the coastal areas lost their harvest, farmers from Brgys. Patungcaleo, Namitpit and a number from Legleg lost both their crops and farms when Abra River overflowed. But “Ompong” is not the sole culprit, man-made conditions like large-scale mining and government neglect are contributory to this problem. Watch and listen to their stories.

USOK: Small Scale Miners’ Livelihood in Peril

On September 17, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in the Cordillera. The directive is Cimatu’s response after a massive landslide hit the mining town of Itogon at the height of Typhoon Ompong. More than a month after, thousands of families continue to look for alternative livelihood, with some already burried in debts. Small scale miners explain why the uplanned DENR order to close their operations is not fair and worst than the disaster brought by Typhoon Ompong.

Marcos’ guilty verdict hailed

Groups in Ilocos region hailed the November 9 Sandigan Bayan ruling convicting Ilocos Norte second district representative Imelda Marcos for graft and called on the government to affect her immediate arrest.

A crack in the nation’s foundation

Section 1, Article 15 of the 1986 Constitution states: “The State recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation. Accordingly, it shall strengthen its solidarity and actively promote its total development.” However, the number of broken homes and problematic relationships between couples and their children are increasing, with majority of case associated to families that one or both parents are working overseas.

Youth groups raise red-tagging concerns at council session

Leaders of progressive youth groups in Baguio trooped to the city council and were accommodated at the regular council session on Monday, November 5 to raise their concerns on red-tagging and harassment perpetrated by the city police.