Disaster is briefly defined as a calamity, or a catastrophe, even described as a misfortune. And it seems to be happening too often in the Filipino life nowadays. Here north of the country, Benguet Province farmers were just recovering from too much inundation from almost three months of rain and then Typhoon Ompong rages thru. When farmers have recovered from a devastation like this on their own, it is said to be due to the resilience of the people or simply the ability to bounce back.
Sowing fear is basically also what bullies do to their victims to get what they want. Some may remember the bullies in their school days who were hungry for recognition. It was important for them to control the class so they bully their classmates with threats of a fist fight, name calling, constant harassment and even run away with their victims’ “baon”.
Sometime around the date of the commemoration of the anniversary of when Ninoy Aquino was assassinated, Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda Josefa …
Lifting from the website of the Legal Information Institute (LII), Cornell Law School, it was August when the “Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of August 12, 1949” was ratified by several countries in addition to the Geneva Convention that was adopted in 1864.
Political prisoners, are people who are persecuted and imprisoned for their beliefs usually critical of their government. In the country today Karapatan, the Alliance For The Advancement Of People’s Rights in the Philippines, keeps tab of those whose human rights are violated or simply those victimized by government and the violence of the armed forces because they can no longer tolerate the multi forms of graft and corruption in government. As of March this year the tabulation of political prisoners show there are a total of 503 political prisoners in the different jails all over the country. 38 are elderly, 45 are women, 118 are sickly, 6 are NDFP staff or consultants, 173 were arrested under Duterte, there are 8 imprisoned in the Cordillera region.
“there can be no press freedom if journalists exist in conditions of corruption, poverty or fear.” ~ NUJP
(In this issue with some added notes is the statement of the NUJP-BB adopted as this week’s Editorial. ed.)
Inton Hulio 23, ni Presidente Rodrigo Roa Duterte, ti maika-16 a presidente ti Republika ti Pilipinas, ket irakurakna ti maikatlo a State of the Nation Address (SONA). Nagtugaw isuna a presidente babaen iti karina a “change is coming” wenno “umayen ti panagbalbaliw,” ti sigud a mayor ti Siudad ti Davao ket nagtungpal iti karina. Nabaelan ken pinakarona pay ketdi ti parikut ti gimong. Dimteng ngarud ti panagbalbaliw, ngem manipud iti dakes agturong iti nadakdakes pay.
Regional autonomy is the recognition and respect of the Cordillera Peoples Ancestral land Rights and the Cordillera Ancestral Domain. Recognition of the Cordillera people’s ancestral proprietary rights to the disposition, utilization, management and development of the land and resources.
Gears are turning for the government’s push to federalism as the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution readies it for submission to the President come July 9. This comes after the Con-Com held just two regional consultations-cum-federalism roadshows in Dumaguete and Baguio. At the rate they are going, however, one can not avoid but think if inputs from these consultations shall really be incorporated in their approved draft.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency proposed a mandatory drug test on grade 4 to grade 12 students and their teachers because they were “able to rescue” a 10 year old from illegal drugs.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said a few days ago, “It would be best for the DND and the AFP to concentrate on the defense of the Philippines from China and the US that are now increasing their military activities in our territories instead of trying to sabotage the peace talks that can pave the way for a just and lasting peace and uplift the lives of majority of Filipinos.”