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events in the Cordillera

People’s woes worse under Duterte — NPA Kalinga

KALINGA — The local command of the New People’s Army (NPA) here denounced the ‘continuing crisis of the masses’ as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his first year with his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24.

Benguet prepares for AFTA

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Benguet farmers and traders tossed a giant bowl of vegetable salad at the La Trinidad trading post last July 13 as part of a campaign to promote local produce as they face the unfair competition brought by the free entry of imported produce imposed by the full implementation of the neo-liberal ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA).

NPA Ifugao belies AFP claims

IFUGAO — The local Nona del Rosario Command (NDRC) of the New People’s Army (NPA) belied claims by the 54th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) on a skirmish in Tinoc town, July 10.

74-year old Kalinga political prisoner now in ICU

BAGUIO CITY — Barely a year after the military arrested and detained, Marcos Aggalao, an elderly who is now 74, is now confined at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Kalinga Provincial Hospital after suffering from a stroke.

Editorial: Foundation day of Cordillera region

It is a misnomer for the government to declare July 15 as Cordillera Day even as its foundation day because the recognition of the Cordillera region was already provided for by the 1987 Constitution. The late President Corazon Aquino’s Executive Order 220 is a concession given to the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) of the late Conrado Balweg,; it created the Cordillera Regional Assembly (CRA) and the Cordillera Executive Board (CEB), and the integration of the CPLA into the Philippine military and the police forces.

Classrooms still unfinished

BAGUIO CITY — Two months have passed since the classes started for the public and private elementary up to junior high school students in most schools here in Cordillera. However, public schools are still on the rocks as classrooms are still not enough to accommodate all students in the region.

Group condemns harassment of youth in Abra

BAGUIO CITY — Anakbayan Cordillera condemned the police officers and government soldiers for harassing and threatening Regine Tadeo, a youth leader in Malibcong, Abra who went missing on July 1 while a military operation was going on. She was later found by Boliney folk on July 6.

Baguio-Benguet students hit initial go at Free Tuition Policy

BAGUIO CITY — “Akala ko, libre na talaga. Hindi pa pala,” Louise Montenegro, a BA Communication Student of University of the Philippines-Baguio said in an interview regarding the free tuition policy. This is almost the same reaction of other students from Baguio-Benguet state universities and colleges like Benguet State University when asked about the implementation of the free tuition policy.

Progressives condemn dismissal of BSU-ROTC abuse case

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Democratic and Progressive Alliance for Youth (DAPAY) of Benguet State University (BSU) along with Kabataan Partylist and Anakbayan held a silent protest in front of BSU Administration building to condemn the dismissal of complaints filed by Jezrael Sacpa against alleged abuses perpetrated by Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) officers. Simultaneously, a dialogue with the admin board was attended by the representatives of said organizations on July 4

Cordis conducts palay production training

BAGUIO CITY — “Kasla saan nga kapapati, ngem nu panpanunuten dagiti daduma a teknik ket dati nga araramiden met. Medyo maamak ak nga agraep aglalo ket babasit launay ken sagaysa ti raep, ngem magagaran ak nga mangpadas ditoy” (It seems unbelievable but come to think of it we used to do some of these techniques of Palay Production. Although I am wary, especially that the seedlings are so small and young, and spaced widely, but I am excited to to try this technology.”), said Alfredo Mulang during the Organic Palay Production training held in Manapnap, Binasaran, Malibcong, Abra on June 21-22.