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COA questions university investment in stocks

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.

STRIKE TWO | NIA violates FPIC anew in Ifugao project

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.

An Afternoon with Zenaida Pawid and the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project

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.

Groups warn of intensified militarization of IP lands, communities

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 Olea: “The tyrants in cyberspace are shutting down critical and independent voices”

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.

KAPANATAGAN CORDILLERA | AFP, PNP see elimination of Cordillera rebels by 2022

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.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Duterte’s ‘legacy’ for the revolutionaries

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.

NIA gets Certification Precondition for Chico Pump Irrigation Project

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.

Igorot activist receives international human rights award

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.