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Letters: Warning to the people of Mountain Province against syndicated extortion

The Leonardo Pacsi Command (LPC) NPA – Mountain Province warns the people of Mountain Province of extortionists posing as representatives of LPC victimizing business people, professionals, government officials and even students. In particular, reports of extortion with grave threats were received from Natonin, Bontoc, Bauko and Sagada. One extortionist is using the name Ka Elmer.

Public urged to report extortionist posing as NPA

BAGUIO CITY — Communist rebels in Cordillera and Ilocos regions urged the people to be more discerning and report persons posing as members of the New People’s Army to extort money so they can be punished.

Suspect in rape of minor faces trial

BAGUIO CITY — The man that angry Sagada women dragged from his house to the police station last year, faced trial for the first time on March 9 for raping four minors – one of them as young as nine years old.

Five killed in Kalinga shootout

BAGUIO CITY — A murder suspect and four police officers were killed while three others were wounded in Lubuagan, Kalinga on February 21.

BeGH doubles security after baby kidnapping

BAGUIO CITY — The Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) administration has instructed hospital security guards to be more vigilant in response to the recent kidnapping of a newborn at the hospital last week.

SAF Tabdi’s kin sue police, Army officials for damages

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — A Benguet court is set to resolve a civil case filed by the family of PSI Getnad Tabdi against Police Director General Alan Purisima, Police Director Getulio Napenas and three other army officials who are being asked to pay P12 million for his death during the Mamasapano operation.

Martial Law victims, lawyers call for a stop to drug related killings

BAGUIO CITY — An organization of Martial Law victims and a lawyers’ group called for a stop to the illegal drug related killings as they called for the observance of due process and rule of law in the conduct of the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

Anakbayan slams ROTC abuses in BSU

BAGUIO CITY — The regional formation of youth group Anakbayan in the Cordillera expresses concern on the continuous human rights violations committed by Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) officers against its low-ranking cadets in Benguet State University (BSU).

Women’s Front: Justice for victims 0f child abuse in Sagada

There are not enough words to really express our outrage over a series of acts of lasciviousness and sexual abuse committed against our children here in Sagada. As mothers, it is agonizing to learn that our children fell victim to such an atrocious crime.

Crossroads: Photojourns’ Pietas and Madonnas

The SONA of the 16th president, Rodrigo Roa Duterte mentioned a front page Pieta-like pose of an alleged drug pusher and his partner cradling his lifeless body. It has since gone viral and even New York Times used a picture of Reuters’ Czar Dancel shot from above.

Crossroads: Extra-judicial killings, drug war

There had been a lot of news lately about drug dependents getting killed by still unknown suspects. Presumably by elements out to impress the 16th President of the republic, or drug lords out to silence those who would finger point them.

Abra activist harassed 3 days before Duterte’s SONA

BAGUIO CITY — An activist working in a Cordillera province known for it’s unabated political killings was threatened for being “matulungin” (helpful) days before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).