State auditors flagged a P2.53 million stock investment of the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) in Vigan City for violating the General Provisions of the General Appropriations Acts of 2007 and 2008 in their 2018 Annual Audit Report.
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) flagged the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) anew for failing to secure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project (ALPIP) in Ifugao prior to earth-moving and construction.
The fact that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is run by a commission composed of political appointees casts doubts to its independence from the influence of the appointing official or the one having the oversight. In the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, its decision to give the Certification Precondition despite the violations committed heightened the pre-existing misgivings to the impartiality of the office, especially on government-initiated projects.
The SANDUGO and Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) slammed the appointment of a former military official as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) chairperson. The groups warned that indigenous peoples should brace for intensified military deployment in indigenous peoples’ lands with the appointment of Capuyan.
Ronalyn V. Olea is the managing editor of Bulatlat, Philippines’ top alternative online news site. Bulatlat covers politics, human rights, indigenous people and Filipino culture from a critical angle towards the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte. That position has labeled them “enemy of the state” by the Army. In collaboration with other targeted organizations, and supported by the forensic investigation of Qurium, Bulatlat filed a lawsuit against Suniway, the Philippine company who’s infrastructure enabled the cyber attacks.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) condemned the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for setting aside its own mandate to “accommodate the onerous and anomalous” Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP).
The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-COR) and the Northern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (NOLCOM-AFP) bared the Joint Campaign Plan Kapanatagan on May 24 during the ceremonial signing held at Camp Bado Dangwa. The government expects the fast elimination of revolutionary movement in the Cordillera with the implementation of the regional counter-insurgency design.
It would seem obvious but has to be emphasized and asked: Who could be able to control the surveys; the manipulation of PCOS machines; pay for TV ads, tarpaulins, and the like; and enforcers like the military? Only those with money or those sponsored by those with money can do that.
NCIP Cordillera Director Roland Calde confirmed that the commission en banc agreed to issue the Certification Precondition for the controversial Chico River Pump Irrigation Project on May 23 despite the violations of the FPIC guidelines committed by the National Irrigation Administration.
An Igorot activist, labeled by the Philippine government as “terrorist”, is the first Filipino to receive the prestigious Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for defending human rights and promoting democracy from the May 18 Memorial Foundation.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance reiterated that issuing the Certificate of Precondition for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project after its proponent violated the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) guidelines will set a “dangerous and catastrophic precedent.”
Local campaign coordinators of the Makabayan bloc received death threats through text messages and letters before the casting of ballots for the 2019 midterm elections.