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national events as they impact Northern Luzon

IP youth vs Martial Law in Mindanao

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous youth leaders across the country called on President Rodrigo Duterte to lift Martial Law in Mindanao and to stop development aggression and militarization of their communities.

Philippines “worst country for workers”

BAGUIO CITY — The militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) expressed alarm as the Philippines has been tagged as one of the “worst countries in the world for workers” on this year’s Global Rights Index report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for the fourth consecutive time.

Weekly Reflections: A theology of freedom

We celebrated last June 12 our country’s Independence Day. While our government officials were extolling the virtues of freedom, militant groups however were also marching on the streets raising serious questions on the genuineness of our country’s freedom. It is important to note that we celebrated this year our country’s Independence Day in the midst of the Marawi Crisis threatening our country’s freedom and peace as well.

Editorial: Are we truly an independent nation?

The former President Diosdado Macapagal on May 12, 1962, declared June 12 a Philippine public holiday, to commemorate the “people’s declaration of their inherent and inalienable right to freedom and independence,” and in 1964 he proclaimed June 12 as the Philippine Independence Day.

Commentary: Tax reform should be pro-poor, progressive

Research institution IBON said that government should be willing to forge a genuinely progressive tax system instead of adopting one that remains pro-rich. The group said this upon recent Congressional approval of the first part of the Department of Finance’s (DOF) Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP)

Nabusisi a proseso ti claims iti Martial Law

BAGUIO CITY — Nakaad-adu ti saludsod iti Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) manipud kadagiti biktima ti martial law. Nairuaren ti umuna a sangkapaset ti listaan ti 4,000 a claimants ngem nakaad-adu ti nabusisi unay sakbay nga ited ti HRVCB ti cash cards babaen ti Land Bank.

Marcos’ victims remind Duterte that Martial Law was never good

MANILA — “How can martial law be ‘very good,’ Pres. Duterte? Are the arrests, detention, torture, killings during martial law good? The mindset of the military from Marcos and up to now remains the same, that anybody who they consider an enemy of the state may be targetted. What is good with that?”

Fisherfolks remain poorest

BAGUIO CITY — Filipino fisher folk remain to be among the poorest farmers in the country, Dr. Fabian Dayrit, president of the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST) said at the regional scientific meeting Luzon cluster held here on May 15 and 16.