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national events as they impact Northern Luzon

Indigenous peoples file complaints vs AFP

MANILA — Katribu joined Indigenous peoples from Ifugao and Lianga, Surigao del Sur as they filed complaints of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on May 10.

National minorities unmask Oplan Kapayapaan

QUEZON CITY — “In the end phase of the imperialist crisis, it is in the last frontiers of resources – in the ancestral domains of indigenous peoples and territories of national minorities that we see the aggression of the ruling classes, ” reacted Professor Fatima Castillo on the reports of human rights and international humanitarian law violations against national minorities.

Moro-Christian group hits Duterte’s “on-off” stance on Peace Talks

BAGUIO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte’s “on-off-on” stance on the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is “nauseating” as state-perpetrated violence among national minorities and activists continue to rise, a grassroots alliance of Muslims and Christians said.

Maiwaras ti claims dagiti biktima ti Martial Law

BAGUIO CITY — Manipud Mayo 12, 2017, maipablaak a sangkapaset wenno by batches ti nagan dagiti aprubado a claimants iti Luzon, Visayas ken Rehiyon 9, 10, 12, CARAGA ken ARMM basar iti pinal a desisyon kadagiti claims, segun iti pakdaar ti Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB).

As The Bamboos Sway: Digong does a Pontio Pilato big time

My sister-in-law, Salud, recently posted in Facebook: “‘Wala akong magagawa to stop China’ and ‘wala akong magagawa para kay Gina’ are two kinds of ‘wala’ by Duterte – although they rhyme. The former is a sin of omission, the latter is a sin of commission. Pun intended. Yan ang tatak Duterte.”

Bandillo: Maverick Gina

Gina Lopez, interim secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR). In so short a time, she proved to be not just an ordinary secretary – she is a rebel, non-conformist and a maverick.

Bandillo: Surface Jonas Burgos!

April 28, marks the 10th year since the abduction of activist Jonas Burgos in 2004. In broad daylight, in a busy Hapag Kainan restaurant inside Ever Gotesco mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, he was reportedly taken by a group of armed men then taken to a maroon Toyota Revo (later traced to the 56th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army) waiting in the parking lot.

“Balancing act” keeps left, right supportive of Duterte

BAGUIO CITY — An independent research group said that the interest of the larger majority is caught between President Rodrigo Duterte’s balancing act to maintain the popularity of his administration that was catapulted to power because of the promise of change.

Editorial: Assuring peace

The past few months have been a “whirlwind romance” for the peace panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) — a successful third round of the Peace Talks in Rome in January; followed by the lifting of unilateral ceasefires of both parties which eventually led to the GRP suspending the talks in February, and; a few days ago, the GRP-NDFP successfully concluded the fourth round of the peace talks in The Netherlands.