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COMMENTARY | Bayanihan as the soul of the new charter

The most familiar illustration of bayanihan is the image of a bahay-kubo being carried by the community. However, I think a more authentic representation would be the Banaue Rice Terraces. This wonder of the world is testament to a community singular in its goal to thrive. No individual can lay claim to this utter mastery of the mountains. Indeed, it is incontrovertible proof of the power of collective action.

YOUTH SPEAK | SIN’s deadly sin

A notorious underground group of students, the Student Intelligence Network has been known to harass, intimidate, and threaten progressive individuals and groups in schools and universities.

STATEMENTS | Diplomats should not spread fake news & become accomplice to human rights abuses

We call upon TECO to seriously examine mistakes you have made in your forwarding fake news and inadvertently taking part in a smear campaign, so that this regrettable incidence will not repeat itself. We also remind the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, and officials in all other government agencies who have received this TECO letter to refrain from spreading the fake news purported in it, so as not to aid and abed human rights abuses in the Philippines yourselves.

STATEMENTS | Resist ethnocidal attacks against Philippine indigenous peoples

Attacks in all forms against dissenting IPs from Luzon to Mindanao have escalated as the government implements its age-old witch hunt strategy, now branded as “Red October” under Oplan Kapayapaan. Harassment, illegal arrests, filing of trumped-up charges and killings continue unabated. IPs have no other choice but to fight back.

PGIS: We are prepared for “Rosita”

The Province of Ilocos Sur is still recovering from the destruction brought by Typhoon Ompong. Despite this situation, the provincial leadership assured the populace of the local government’s readiness for Typhoon Rosita (International name: Yutu).

LGU, operators and miners assail PMRB order on SSM

Speaking in mixed Ilokano and English, Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan pointed out the PMRB’s advisory on the issuance of temporary permit released on October 18 negates the purpose of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to allow the processing of ore.

Farmers back claims on tobacco tax share misuse

The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) recognized the statements made by Bernard Vicente, national president of the National Tobacco Farmers Association and Cooperatives, Inc. (NAFTAC), noting that “inappropriate use of billions of tobacco funds are obvious.”

Cordi youth seeks support against red-tagging

Student leaders sought the assistance of Baguio elders, local and national government officials on Wednesday, October 24 to address harassment and vilification campaign against their organizations.

City supports House Bill protecting BPO workers

Workers of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in Baguio City found allies in the Baguio City Government as members of the Baguio City Council unanimously adopted the proposed resolution supporting legislation in the House of Representatives ensuring the welfare and protection of BPO workers in the Philippines.