The year 2017 ends today on a roller coaster of seemingly karmic events. The Davao mall inferno and a major vehicular accident in La Union with huge casualties followed the disastrous typhoons Urduja and Vinta with epic effects respectively in Biliran and in Lanao. The human life disastrous war on drugs has further divided the nation. And instability within government is marked by endless corruption charges now even involving the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
One of the events I am looking forward to early this 2018 is our Golden Jubilee Reunion of Saint Louis University Boys’ High School (SLUBHS) Reunion this coming January 26-28 in Baguio City, Philippines.
“Not one single NPA (New People’s Army) unit in Mindanao was wiped out”, announced the Joaquin Jacinto, the spokesperson of National DEmocratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Mindanao in his message to the 49th Anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
It does not hurt to dream and look forward to the new year with high hopes but it does when we have to mourn the loss of a loved one or a friend. My late mother’s youngest sister, Rebecca or Ebek has decided to go last Friday evening, and it broke my heart because I knew very well I already missed her very much that angst may last a lifetime.
Cordillera Peoples Alliance strongly condemns the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its ploy to yet again inflict human rights violations among indigenous peoples (IPs) by planning to tap IPs versus the New Peoples Army (NPA), as stated in a news article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 19, 2017. The article specifically mentions that “300 lumad or IPs would be sent to their communities in Southern Mindanao to guard their ancestral domains from communist insurgents”. This move will only heighten the fascist attacks to the people, indigenous peoples especially. There is already a nationwide mass murder of indigenous peoples with the reign of terror of this US-Duterte regime, and the AFP is highly accountable.
Every December 31, our country commemorates the death anniversary of a Filipino martyr, Dr. Jose Rizal, who was mercilessly executed for courageously exposing and opposing with his pen the barbaric powers of the Spanish crown. His blood and those of other Filipino martyrs who came before and after him had nourished our struggles for genuine freedom and independence.
BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous residents of Paco village in Mankayan town of Benguet Province are firm on their position that the installation of mine tailings drain pipes of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) would cause more harm to their community and its environs than good.
BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) successfully convened its 11th Regional Congress which started on the International Human Rights Day, December 10, to December 12, 2017. On the theme “Rupaken ti Pasista a Rehimen nga US-Duterte. Situtured nga Iyabante ti Dangadang para iti Nagtaudan a Daga, Bukod a Pangngeddeng ken Nailian a Demokrasya! “(Resist the Fascist US-Duterte Regime. Courageously Advance the Struggle for Ancestral Land, Self-Determination and National Democracy!).
SANTIAGO CITY — Isang buwan matapos ang tagumpay ng Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon ti Isabela (Dagami) sa dayalogo sa kumersyante-usurero, ang chairperson ng tsapter nito sa San Mariano, Elmerito Pagulayan, ay inaresto nitong Huwebes, Disyembre 19 sa salang ‘frustrated murder’.
SANTIAGO CITY — Poets and musicians showcased their works and talents for the advocacy of democracy themed “Rage for Democracy” last Saturday, December 16 here which was spearheaded by the students, teachers and lawyers’ alliance Rise for Education & Just Peace Network in partnership with Karapatan Cagayan Valley.
CANDON CITY — Idinaos ang ika-limang kongreso ng Ilocos Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN noong ika-11 ng Disyembre, 2017 sa Stay Lite Candon Hotel na dinaluhan ng halos isang daang (100) katao mula sa iba’t ibang mga sector, organisasyon, simbahan, at mga bikitima ng Human Rights Violations (HRVs) bilang pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng International Human Rights Day.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga — Ti barangay Agbannawag ket masarakan iti daya a paset ti syudad ti Tabuk, Kalinga. Maysa kadagiti kadakkelan iti population a barangay. La-ok iti nagduduma a tribu ken ili dagiti agnanaed ditoy kas iti taga Mt. Province, Ilocano ken dagiti tribu ti Kalinga kas iti Butbut, Bangad iti Tinglayan, Tanglag iti Lubuagan. Maysa a problema iti lugar mi ket ti agkurkurang iti danum a mainom.