Everbody is talking about Judy T. who left a very large empty shoe at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary’s position that none of this admistration will ever be able to fill. No matter how many information officers, press releases and propaganda stints the bureaucracy pulls to prettify whoever takes the position, unlike Judy T. who was accepted by people, the next DSWD appointee is already suspect of being quite corrupt.
One elder traced their history as migrants or permanent and temporary residents in Baguio, many of whom have come to seek employment and livelihood, or to seek sanctuary from the militarization, displacement in their communities, and for better education facilities.
The message the recent State of the Nations Address has not really thought out the state of the country’s national minorities or indigenous peoples, if it did not purposely leave them out. It did not have the courage to even brush through or admit they are the Filipinos who still occupy and hold ancestral ownership to the last frontiers of the archipelago’s natural habitats and resources or whatever is left of it.
Again, the moral fiber of Baguio City is tested in the halls of its August body, and this time it again almost failed. It is said that private individuals in the business of this gambling game raise a lobby budget to grease needy politicians palms to make an endorsement to allow for this and several other forms of illegal numbers game move up its business in the City.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 allegedly as a response to terrorist acts by the Maute group in Lanao del Sur especially in Marawi City. He later also threatened to impose martial law nationwide.
It is a misnomer for the government to declare July 15 as Cordillera Day even as its foundation day because the recognition of the Cordillera region was already provided for by the 1987 Constitution. The late President Corazon Aquino’s Executive Order 220 is a concession given to the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) of the late Conrado Balweg, et.al.; it created the Cordillera Regional Assembly (CRA) and the Cordillera Executive Board (CEB), and the integration of the CPLA into the Philippine military and the police forces.
By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO www.nordis.net “It has been eight months since the selection of the IPMR (Indigenous peoples mandatory representative) for Baguio …