Like last year’s May barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Abra province may again end up among the country’s election “hot spots” as another election related violence erupts in Lagayan town.
Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army- Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-CPDF)- Mountain Province was held with the local civilian communities from the sectors of youth, women and farmers in recognition of the five decades of organized service of the CPP-NPA-CPDF in the country particularly in Mountain Province.
A second suspension order was issued by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Abra against Lagayan town Mayor Jendricks Luna and his wife Vice Mayor Joy Chrisna in connection with the construction of the Collago-Lucgay Road.
The Cordillera Women’s Education and Action Research Center (CWEARC) said President Rodrigo Duterte’s story of molesting their house help is not only “despicable” but a statement that can only come “from a sick mind.”
Organizations in Ilocos decried a series of text messages (SMS) received by its leaders last December 31 and called on the people to gather their resolve and brace for the intensified attacks against people’s rights in 2019.
Somewhere in the Cordillera mountains, members of different revolutionary organizations of peasants, workers, youth and other sectors affiliated with the Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF) joined a company of the New People’s Army (NPA) to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Communist rebels killed an army trooper and carted away 30 high powered rifle when they raided a Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) patrol base in Lubuagan, Kalinga at dawn of December 23.
Sagada Mayor James Pooten said he is open to the idea of temporarily closing the town to tourists for rehabilitation only if it passes through discussion and consultation among stakeholders.
Iti iseserrek ti 2019, dakdakkel a karit ti sangoen ti umili ti rehion. Manamnama nga adadda ti panagirteng ti kinaranggas nga ipaay ti gobierno kadagiti kritiko, aglalo kadagiti progresibo nga akakusaran ti rehimen a sumupsuporta ti rebolusyunario a tignayan. Napateg nga ikkan atension ken pagsaganaan dagiti lider ken kameng dagiti organisasion ti pangta ni Presidente Duterte a panangiraman dagiti ligal nga organisasion a paksiaten ti armado a pwersa ti gobierno. Iti panagsasango dagiti dadaakel a politiko ken dinastia iti umay nga eleksion, sigurado nga umirteng ti krisis iti lokal politika, karaman ti panangaramat dagiti kandidato ti ranggas ken pirak tapno maisigurado ti panangabak wenno panagtalinaedda iti bileg ken turay.
Efforts were made since early February this year for the possible resumption of formal talks. However, the government backtracked and pushed another track, the localized peace talks which discards the national peace talks held in neutral venue abroad. Last month, November, the President closed all doors to the possible revival of stalled peace talks. He then ordered government forces to wage all-out offensives against the NPA and adopted the whole-of-nation approach to crush the revolutionary movement.
Communist rebels in the Ilocos-Cordillera said the successful dawn raid of a Philippine Army-Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) patrol base in Kalinga is their response “to the arrogant call of Duterte for the AFP-PNP to “annihilate” the [New People’s Army].”
A few weeks ago, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the deployment of more troops to crush the “insurgency,” but the men and women, both old and young, of this armed revolution just laughed.