This May 13 midterm elections, it will be a walk in the park for 19 aspirants for the mayoral seat and 26 vice mayoral candidates in Region 1. Running unopposed, they only need to cast their vote to take the seat in their local governments.
Isnag tribal elders rejected the proposed construction of a hydro power plant with in their ancestral domain and signed a resolution of no consent during the consensus building meeting facilitated by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) in Poblacion village, Kabugao town Apayao province on February 4.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Cordillera vowed to continue their fight against “continuing PNP harassments” while seeking reconsideration for the appellate court’s dismissal of their petition to nullify the police memorandum ordering the profiling of their members.
Religious groups advocating social justice and peace said the killing of National Democratic Front consultant Randy Malayao is a blow to the peace negotiations.
The Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) in Cagayan Valley scoffed at the charges against the sister and friends of murdered National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Randy Malayao filed by the former police chief of Aritao town in Nueva Vizacaya.
A youth party-list official in Ilocos condemned the military for its “campaign to demonize party-lists” and outright violation of its mandate in the Constitution.
Daytoy ket pananglagip kenni Randy Malayao, ti napapatay a NDFP consultant a columnist ti Nordis. Ti inkarina iti naudi a panagpasiarna iti opisina ti Nordis ket ilutuannakami iti Pancit Cabagan tapno maramananmi ti agdindinnamag a naimas a lutona. Ngem saanen a natungpal daydi a kari.
Established in the late 1960s, recruitment of new Betans stopped years shortly after deposed President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in September 1972. It is hoped that the Beta Gamma Phi will reestablish itself with the new members, the scholars, carrying on with the fire.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends; hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:43-44
The National Union of Journalist of the Philippines denounced the relentless cyber-attacks to disable online alternative news outfits Bulatlat and Kodao, saying it is “meant to stifle criticism and dissent.”
Atty. Edu Balgos of the National Union of Peoples Lawyer (NUPL) and Cristina Palabay of Karapatan in separate statements said the police’s insistence on taking custody of the personal belongings of slain National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Malayao is meant to fish information about the Left and not to resolve his murder.
National Artists Ben Cabrera and Kidlat Tahimik joined Mae “Juana Change” Paner, cultural workers, writers, journalists and students in signing of a manifesto of Artists for Human Rights at the University of the Cordilleras.