The recent clashes between the PNP and the NPA in the Mountain Province again put the issue of the use of anti-personnel explosives in the limelight with the government accusing the rebels of violating International Humanitarian Law. But are all anti-personnel explosives prohibited under the Ottawa Convention? Are the NPA bound to adhere to formal and customary laws of war?
Igorot activist Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, scion of Ibaloi chieftain Mateo Cariño is this year’s recipient of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. She is the first Filipino conferred with the honor by May 18 Memorial Foundation, one of the largest human rights group in South Korea.
In a press conference on April 4, the dean of the University of the Cordilleras College of Nursing Judith Magwilang together with officials of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) asserted that nurses or anybody for that matter, fighting for just wages and stable jobs and advocating peace do not deserve to be vilified nor be associated with any armed groups.
The BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) Baguio Chapter appealed to local candidates to support the passage of the proposed ordinance to protect BPO employees.
Despite the intensified threats, red-tagging and vilification against progressive groups and activists, youth groups in Baguio City are not deterred, and are finding ways to fight back.
(Updated Apr 04, 8:00 pm) Government troops have incurred 12 casualties and three villages have been ordered to evacuate in Bauko town after a series of clashes between the authorities and the New People’s Army erupted in the municipality and bordering forest area with Tadian.
The coordinator of the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum in Northern Luzon and head of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in the region said the current justice system where the poor gets less from the law, those from the poor sectors of society will definitely the ones to suffer if the death penalty is reinstated.
Besides the onerous agreement that governs the financial loan for Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Pinukpuk, Kalinga province, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance is also raising the violation of indigenous people (IPs) rights committed by the project proponents.
A Benguet court found the City of Baguio and a private contractor guilty of illegally occupying a portion of the Sinot Hotspring Resort in Nangalisan, Tuba.
Farmers of Baggao town in Cagayan province successfully closed a deal with traders in the municipality to forego the interest of their debt during calamities and disasters.
Kabataan pary-list urged the Commission on Election and the Commission on Human Rights in Region 1 for a dialogue on the red-tagging incidents against them perpetrated by the Philippine National Police.
he staff of Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan (KASTAN), the Abra chapter of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, came back from community work on March 20 to find their office forcibly opened, with office files and belongings in disarray.