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Groups hold BCI accountable for Itogon landslides

BAGUIO CITY – The number of groups calling to hold Benguet Corporation, Incorporated (BCI) also responsible increases as the body count rises in Itogon, Benguet province from land slides when Typhoon Ompong hit the region.

DENR Sec. Cimatu issues ban on small scale mining in Cordillera

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Thousands of families depending on small scale mining will have to look for other sources of livelihood because Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in Cordillera last Septemver 17.

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.

Cordillera, 54 dead in Ompong’s rage

BAGUIO CITY — In a breaking news, initial data gathered today, Sunday September 16, on the aftermath of yesterdy’s weather disturbance that battered thru northern Luzon, typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) left 54 dead in the Cordillera, 49 missing and 33 injured.

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.

14 killed in Kalinga road mishap

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — Fourteen passengers, most of them senior citizens, were killed and 25 others were injured when the brakes of the jeepney they were riding on failed and they fell into an 80-meter ravine in Barangay Dao-angan at Balbalan town here in Kalinga on Tuesday afternoon, September 11.

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.

Poetry: Manong*

Nandirito na naman
Ang Habagat
Ang pagbugso’y marahas
Nilulunod ang malawak
Na katihan
Ng paghahanap

All That Fits: Surface James Balao

A few days from this writing (September 11) we are already counting 10 years since the abduction of Cordillera activist James Balao on September 17, 2008. We are also counting 10 years of injustice for James, his family, his clan, the Cordillera communities he served and his organisation, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, of which he was a pioneer.