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Growing support for terror-tagged activists

BAGUIO CITY — Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a proscription petition to declare more than 600 names as ‘terrorists.’ Several human rights and indigenous peoples’ (IP) rights defenders in the Cordillera were included and their organizations and supporters were quick to refute such claims.

Cordi youth remember courageous contribution

BAGUIO CITY — Youth groups, students and institutions lined-up events this March for the 25th year of Kaigorotan Youth Week, with the theme, “Tignay Agtutubo: Living the tradition of courage and unity. Advancing the struggle for land, life and resources!”

Bandillo: On my inclusion in the DOJ list of terrorists

I condemn my inclusion in the so-called “terrorist” list submitted to the courts by the Department of Justice in a petition to have the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) declared as “terrorists”. I learned of my inclusion in the list as I grieve for the passing of my dear mother who has yet to be laid in her final resting place.

Women’s Front: Silence is never an option

Good morning. I am Alma Sinumlag, a Kalinga-Igorot, one of the IP groups in the Cordillera, Philippines. Our region has been dubbed as the watershed cradle of the Northern Philippines, the food basket and so many other terminologies that promote its rich natural resources.

Youthspeak: Saan a terorista!

“Ipeyas nan gawis”, they always tell us. In the Igorot culture, it means sharing all the good things – values, virtues, practices, and rituals. At the very core, it is our traditional ways of collective living and collective consciousness that teach us to always care for the common good – at any cost that it may require.

IPs hit DOJ for terrorist list

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous people’s groups and human rights group condemned the tagging of more than 600 people in a proscription petition of the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed by senior state prosecutor Peter Ong at the Manila regional trial court on February 21.

Editorial: What terrorist?

Just to comply with dictators’ and tyrants’ follies the definition of terrorist nowadays is tailored to only fit the definition of those who later turn out to be the people’s enemy. Dictators and tyrants are defined so because they oppress, using people’s common resources to build mercenary armies, point their guns and bombs at civilians, pillage and torture the wider poor population of a nation.

Ilocandia Rumblings: On the DOJ’s terrorists list

My friend, Atty. Manja Bayang, tagged me in her Facebook post, informing me that my name was included in the list of persons being tagged by the Duterte administration as terrorist under the Human Security Act. I also saw the related article published by and learned that I am accused of being a member of the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Also included in the list are personalities from the United Nations and the Cordillera People’s Alliance.

Statements: Alarmed over the worsening attacks on indigenous peoples in the Philippines

We, representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations from various countries in Asia participating in the Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples held from February 28 to March 3, 2018, express alarm over the worsening attacks against indigenous peoples in the Philippines under President Duterte’s tyrannical regime.