Hundreds of Muslims gathered at the Melvin Jones football grounds in a public prayer for peace and justice against the murder of Imam Bedejim Abdullah. Unity was called for among Muslims and Christians to uphold the peace as they condemned the murder of the prelate.
Human rights groups and people’s organizations led different and separate protest actions in the regional urban centers of Cagayan, Ilocos and Cordillera on December 10, International Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Tension runs high again at the disputed Asin Hotspring Complex after the Baguio City government forcibly cut the water supply feeding the pool and dipping area that is beyond the city’s property, more than a week after constructing a fence past the delineated boundary for the city.
Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno called on everyone to unite in prayer against injustice and other forms of evil in a forum as part of the commemoration of the International Day of Human Rights on December 10 in Baguio City.
Small scale miners and their families continue to experience budget shortage for their daily needs as their livelihood remains in limbo after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the blanket closure of small-scale mining sites across the Cordillera Region after the tragic landslide in Ucab, Itogon during Typhoon Ompong.
Personnel from the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera trains the members of Timpuyog ti Mannalon ti Allaguia (Unity of Farmers in Allaguia) in Bakwit village, Brgy. Allaguia in the town of Pinukpuk, Kalinga on how to make organic foliar ferlizer and use of botanical pesticides.
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines in coordination with the Serve the People Brigade -Cordillera Disaster Response Network and Kaiabang delivered food packs to Sitio Dalisay, Gumatdang, Itogon in Benguet.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Cordillera will conduct a motu propio investigation of the murder of Imam Bedejim Abdullah as CHR Director Rommel Daguimol said the killing of the imam is alarming.
There is no finality yet in the plan to rehabilitate Baguio City, environment undersecretary Benny Antiporda clarified amidst fears of the city’s ‘closure’ in the coming days.
Joanna Carino, an Ibaloi elder and martial law survivor, and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno both stressed to their audience that the youth are indispensable to effecting genuine social change.
Jeepney drivers and small operators in the city staged another protest on Wedsnesday, December 5, against the impending phase-out of jeepneys under the public utility vehicles modernization program of the government. The activity was part of the nationally-coordinated action initiated by Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operaytor Nationwide (PISTON).