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TRAIN hits poor farmers most

BAGUIO CITY — Local Farmers will be among those who will suffer the most from the implementation of the new tax law, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), according to Andres Wailan of the Alyansa dagiti Pesante iti Taeng Kordilyera (Apit Tako).

Makabayan asks Supreme Court to void TRAIN

BAGUIO CITY — ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate and Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao petitioned the Supreme Court to “void” the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

NCIP, Lumad hit AFP for using IPs vs NPA

BAGUIO CITY — The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and a Lumad rights group called out the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for pitting indigenous peoples (IP) against each other.

Bandillo: People’s War vs Martial Law

“Not one single NPA (New People’s Army) unit in Mindanao was wiped out”, announced the Joaquin Jacinto, the spokesperson of National DEmocratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Mindanao in his message to the 49th Anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Statements: What the NCIP should be calling out for

Cordillera Peoples Alliance strongly condemns the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its ploy to yet again inflict human rights violations among indigenous peoples (IPs) by planning to tap IPs versus the New Peoples Army (NPA), as stated in a news article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 19, 2017. The article specifically mentions that “300 lumad or IPs would be sent to their communities in Southern Mindanao to guard their ancestral domains from communist insurgents”. This move will only heighten the fascist attacks to the people, indigenous peoples especially. There is already a nationwide mass murder of indigenous peoples with the reign of terror of this US-Duterte regime, and the AFP is highly accountable.

Weekly Reflections: The innocents’ blood

Every December 31, our country commemorates the death anniversary of a Filipino martyr, Dr. Jose Rizal, who was mercilessly executed for courageously exposing and opposing with his pen the barbaric powers of the Spanish crown. His blood and those of other Filipino martyrs who came before and after him had nourished our struggles for genuine freedom and independence.

Church must not lose hope, push for peace talks

BAGUIO CITY — Padi Rex Reyes, secretary general of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) called on everyone, especially church people not to lose hope and instead push for the continuation of the Peace Talks as President Rodrigo Duterte unilaterally dismisses the Peace Talks.

Bayan Muna urges media to uphold truthful reportage

DAVAO CITY — Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani T. Zarate challenged journalists to “take the viewpoint and standpoint for truth and fairness for the people” amid the continuing threats to press freedom and media practitioners.

Bandillo: Proclamation 360

Now it can be told. Since August, GRP and NDFP Panel members, have been holding informal back-channel meetings to salvage the stalled peace talks. No media releases. No fanfare.

The crucial role of public transport

As generally understood, public transport refers to various modes of transportation that have the following common attributes: (a) they are readily available to the general public; (b) they usually (but not always) run along fixed routes with defined stops, with passenger fares set accordingly; and (c) they usually (but not always) run based on a scheduled timetable.

Public servants have limited privacy rights

BAGUIO CITY — Atty. Emmanuel Fernando of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Department of Philosophy and College of Law discussed the privacy rights of a person as he becomes a public servant, on November 14 at the UP Baguio College of Social Sciences.