BANGUED, ABRA — For the first time, Sherwin de Vera spends his holidays as a political prisoner here, in jail.
BAGUIO CITY — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said President Rodgrigo Duterte’s “sweeeping” claim that some journalists are members of the New People’s Army (NPA) is “a potential death warrant” against journalists.
A true-blue Baguio girl, Joanna is the second eldest of the eight children of Josefina Kintanar Cariño and Atty. Jose Cortes Cariño Jr. She is also among the direct descendants of Mateo and Bayosa Cariño of Kafagway, the traditional owners of Baguio City. Back in her days as a schoolgirl, she excelled academically while attending Baguio Central School and Baguio City National High School. A proud Ibaloi, it is participating in canaos during her childhood, she says, where she learned to dance tayao and ate demshang (roasted pork), pinuneg (blood sausage) and pising (boiled gabi stalks). She proudly wears the Ibaloi divit especially in protests. “We should wear our indigenous attire and dignity in struggle,” she says, amidst current criticism that indigenous attire should not be used in rallies.
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SADANGA, Mountain Province — “Amin a parikut iti nagbaetan dagiti umili nu matungtong babaen iti nainkappiaan ken nainhustisyaan a wagas ket masolbar.” (All conflict between communities, if settled in a peaceful and just manner, can be resolved.) This was the message of Pangat Abraham Battawang of the Movement for the Advancement of Inter-Tribal Unity and Development (MAITUD) in the Kinnabsatan held on December 9 in Saclit, Sadanga.
BAGUIO CITY — Progressive groups chanting “Pasismo Lansagin, Duterte Panagutin” marched down Session Road to Magsaysay Avenue and back late afternoon of November 30 as they called for unity and conserted action against the continuing state of fascism and impunity.
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.
TUGUEGARAO CITY — More than 200 students, teachers, and government officials from Tuguegarao City launched the Rise for Education and Just Peace Network in a summit held at the Cagayan State University-Andrews Campus Amphitheatre. The activity shed light on the current Philippine education system as well as the human rights situation in the region.
BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) reiterates that Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA)’s claim of “safe and responsible mining” on the occasion of its 64th Annual Mine Safety and Environmental Conference (ANMSEC) in Baguio City is myth.
TUGUEGARAO CITY — Muling nagkamit ng tagumpay ang libu-libong biktima ng bagyong Lawin nang kilalanin ng DSWD Central office at Region 02 ang kanilang mga kahilingan sa isang diyalogo na ginanap noong Nobyembre 20.
VIGAN CITY — Inilunsad ang sunud-sunod na pamprobinsyang konsultasyon sa rehiyon ng Ilocos noong Nobyembre 15-17, 2017 na dinaluhan ng mga mangingisda mula sa Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, at La Union, sa pangunguna ng Ilocos Center for Research Empowerment and Development (ICRED), isang Non-Government Organization (NGO) at National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), isang ahensiya ng gobyerno.
BAGUIO CITY — Innabuyog, an alliance of indigenous women’s organizations in the Cordillera, conducted a “Violence Against Women” (VAW) forum, as part of the week-long celebration of Political Science Academic Society’s annual Political Science Week bearing the theme “Social and Political Injustices: We Raise Awareness and We Partake,” held at Saint Louis University (SLU), Baguio City last November 17.