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Makabayan asks Supreme Court to void TRAIN

BAGUIO CITY — ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate and Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao petitioned the Supreme Court to “void” the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

Baguio dad urges IP representation in City Council

BAGUIO CITY — Citing the provisions of the body created under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) on the representation of indigenous peoples (IP) in the local legislative functions, one of the councilors urged the support for an ordinance providing for IP mandatory representatives in the Baguio City Council and in qualified barangays.

Benguet town oks “forced evacuation plan”

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The municipal council of Kapangan, Benguet passed an ordinance on the implementation of forced evacuation as a “last resort” during disasters while penalizing violators.

Editorial: Genuine social justice, democracy

The party-list system was then seen as a hallmark in the democratization of the Philippine government. Signed into law in March 1995, Republic Act No. 7941 or the Party-List System Act seeks to equalize the electoral playing field by providing a fifth of the seats at the House of Representatives to sectoral groups, organizations, and political parties of the marginalized.

Mining companies want review of EO 79

BAGUIO CITY — Representatives from the three large scale mining companies operating in the Cordillera want a review of former President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order 79, saying that it hampered the growth of the mining industry.

Greens push EMB to charge LGUs violating Solid Waste Management law

VIGAN CITY — The Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) challenged the officials of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Region 1 to file appropriate charges against local governments who continue to violate the law on Solid Waste Management (RA 9003).

Baguio environment code needs more fixing

BAGUIO CITY — The draft of the city’s environment code faced more scrutiny from the local legislative body during the council session on June 20, 2016, amending loopholes targeted by the council members from the first reading.

Transport groups ask SC to declare JAO unconstitutional

BAGUIO CITY — Transport groups in the city petition the Supreme Court justices to declare the Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) phase out and Joint Administrative Order (JAO 2014-01) jointly crafted by the Department of Transportation and Communications, Land Transportation Office and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) unconstitutional.

Farmers hit presidentiables’ silence on Tobacco Excise Tax

VIGAN CITY — The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (STOP Exploitation) today criticized presidential candidates for “being mum on the corruption and misuse of billions of funds meant for farmers.” Zaldy Alfiler, the group’s Secretary General claims that this might be their means of “courting the support of political dynasties and warlords in Ilocos.”

From Under This Hat: “Law should matter”, and be practiced to ensure democracy

The incisive discourse of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen at the University of Baguio (NORDIS, September 13, 2015, p.8); challenged the audience of lawyers and law students to “ have the passion and the courage to do right by our people.” The challenge is most appropriate in our Philippine context wherein “what is stated in law is not what is always practiced”. And this is because of the entrenched and reality of Philippine society where “the dominant social standpoint comes from the landlords and bourgeoisie compradors of the ruling class”.