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events in the Cordillera

Ilocos, Cordi demand pull out of gov’t troops from villages

STA. CRUZ, Ilocos Sur — Community folks together with human rights defenders staged a protest action along the Sta. Cruz highway in Ilocos Sur calling for the pull out of troops deployed in Cordillera and Ilocos villages as they condemned the attacks against them by state security forces under the 7th Division of the Philippine Army.

NPA slams 54th IB as liars

BAGUIO CITY — In a press statement to media, the NPA said, the 54th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (54th IBPA) and the Leonardo Pacsi Command – New People’s Army Mountain Province (LPC) clashed in an encounter on October 29 in Brgy. Dalican, Bontoc.

Vibrant ecumenism at packed concert in the Cathedral

BONTOC, Mountain Province — Musical arts are alive in the central Cordillera towns of Sagada and Bontoc with concerts during the recent All Souls holidays. There was the “Concert in the Clouds” in Sagada with national performing artists on October 28-29. And November 3rd was the “Concert in the Cathedral “ of about forty singing Priests and Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches at All Saints Cathedral in Bontoc. This one for the books ecumenical endeavor, was with the leadership of Most Rev Valentin Dimoc of the Roman Catholic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe, and Rt. Rev Harry Brent Alawas of the Anglican Church Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines.

MP folk resolve dispute the traditional way

BONTOC, Mountain Province — Once again, the people of Barangays Saclit and Bikigan in the Municipality of Sadanga and Barangays Poblacion and Kayan in the municipality of Tadian prove that issues can be effectively resolved immediately in the traditional way.

Statements: The military are the terrorists

During the past few months, the 24th Infantry Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army has been waging a smear campaign against Kakailian Salakniban Ta’y Amin A Nagtaudan (KASTAN) and threatening its leaders and staff with lawsuits.

Itigil ang pagkitil sa karapatan ng mamamayan

BANGUED, Abra — Ang mga mamamyan at KASTAN na organisasyong masa sa Abra ay seryosong nalalagay sa panganib ang buhay ng mga membro at mga leader dahil sa tuloy tuloy na kasinungalingan at pagdadawit ng militar sa pangunguna ni Lt.Col Baluga ng 24th Infantry Battalion na sila ay mga terorista.

Dengue cases in CAR drop by 73%

BAGUIO CITY — The number of Dengue fever cases in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) from January 1 to September 30, 2017 has decreased by 73 percent, compared to the same period last year.

CPA chair and vice-chair held at PNP checkpoint

BAGUIO CITY – Without explanation the chairman of the largest indigenous peoples organization in northern Luzon, with the vice chairman and two others were stopped and held at a PNP checkpoint at Banayoyo San Emilio, Tirad Pass, Quirino sometime at 10:00, 28 October 2017.

DENR and Sagada work for recognition of Batangan System

SAGADA, Mountain Province — DENR holds workshop with elders and government officials as a step towards the “recognition” of Sagada peoples’ right to utilize trees and other forest products within their ancestral domain.

Red Cross to turn over WASH Project

SAGADA, Mountain Province — Water and sanitation (WASH) projects in 4 schools in Mountain Province will be completed by the Red Cross by December. Catao Elementary School and Bagabag Elementary School of barangay Buringal, Paracelis and ALBAGO National School and Dallikan Elementary School of Bontoc are the recipients of WASH projects under the Building Healthy Resilient Schools program of the Red Cross.

Crossroads: Hands off women! Lay off women human rights defenders!

Noong Martes, Oktubre 24, sumama ako sa maraming kababaihan sa isang press con sa Baguio para kondenahin ang harassment ng 7h ID sa mamamayan lalo na sa mga babaeng human rights defenders. Nitong kamakailan, ilang kababaihang health worker, development worker at community organizers ang pinagbintangan ng gawa-gawang kaso ng mga pwersa ng militar.