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Belgian official calls for peace for troubled Abra

BANGUED, Abra — A government official from the Province of East Flanders in Belgium called on all stakeholders to work for peace amid security threats and rights violations in community recepients of development projects supported by his province.

Cordi youth slam Duterte’s tripple kill policy

BAGUIO CITY — Youth groups in the Cordillera region condemn President Rodrigo Duterte’s governance strategy “Kill, Kill, Kill!” They described his policies dangerous, exploitative and oppressive during a media briefing last February 19.

Magsasaka sa Quirino, hinuli ng AFP

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — Hinuli si Kevin Nilo, isang magsasaka, sa kanilang bahay sa Sitio Anuhan, Brgy. Jose Ancheta, Maddela Quirino, umaga noong ika-15 ng Pebrero, ng isang sanib-pwersang yunit sa ilalim ng 5th Infantry Division na binubuo ng PNP Regional Office 2 (PRO2), Quirino Provincial Police Office, CIDG at AFP-PNP Intelligence Units.

Isabela student journalists call to defend press freedom, stop charter change

SANTIAGO CITY — Editors-In-Chief and staff of diferrent publications in Isabela expressed dismay over the recent attacks on media outfits and opposition to the proposed charter change last Feruary 16 during the city-wide forum On Press Freedom and National Situation stages by College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP).

Abra folk seek NCIP, CHR help on HRVs

BANGUED, Abra — Jerome Agaid from Malibcong town of Abra province called on the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) to call for a stop to the use of aerial bombing in military operations and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate and act accordingly on human rights violations Abra folks have suffered during these operations.

Ilocandia Rumblings: Excerpts from my interview by Harry Jacques*

I am a human rights and environmental advocate. I adhere to the belief that we can only appreciate nature’s bounty if we freely exercise our duly constituted rights; that only with the existence of just and peaceful society can we receive our fair share of our natural resources.

Sumukong NPA sa Cagayan, fake news — Karapatan

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela — Pinasinungalingan ng Karapatan Cagayan Valley (CV) ang deklarasyon ng 17th IBPA na boluntaryong sumuko sa sundalo ang pitong magsasaka mula sa Rizal, probinsya ng Cagayan dahil sila ay mga miyembro ng New People’s Army (NPA).

Editorial: Assault on IP rights, ancestral domain

The area blown up by military personnel under the National Task Force Mining Challenge (NTFMC) last February 14 may have been defined as within the municipal boundaries of Tuba, Benguet but, for the longest time, it is also being been claimed by Baguio City and specifically the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has also been trying to ease out any private claims, legitimate or illegitimate, over this area.

Women activists post bail

CANDON CITY — Women human rights and environmental activists posted bail, February 9, for “fabricated” charges before the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) here.