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Statements: Dam(n) us not, water is for the people

In commemoration of the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Large Dams this March 14, Katribu Kalipunan ng Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KATRIBU) extends its warm greetings of solidarity to all communities, organizations, and advocates who are defending our rivers and water resources from destructive profiteering schemes and are struggling against all destructive projects attacking the people’s inherent right to water.

Weekly Reflections: Spirituality for mission (1/5)

Our Biblical text for reflection is about the call of Moses at Mt. Horeb, the so-called mountain of God. Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, when God appeared to him through a “burning bush”. And there he heard the voice of God calling him to do God’s mission among his fellow Israelites who were slaves in Egypt.

Women’s Front: Modern day slavery continues

Unnumbered Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on death row, thousands raped, tens of thousands fall victims of human trafficking, massive unpaid salaries, discriminated, thousands terminated, charged of crimes and incapable of defending themselves. These slave-like conditions continue 22 years after the execution of Flor Contemplacion and the passage of the Migrants Act of 1995.

HOR probe team visits Mankayan

MANKAYAN, Benguet — The House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources conducted an on-site investigation to the sunken areas in Mankayan, and an inspection of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation (LCMC), 10th February. The visit was part of the ongoing house probe on the impacts of mining in the country, in relation to the proposal to amend or replace the existing mining law.

Philex attack, a warning — NPA

BAGUIO CITY — The Chadli Molintas Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said in a recently issued statement that the burning of two trucks is a “punitive action” against Philex Mining Corporation and should serve as warning to all destructive and plunderous miners in Ilocos and the Cordillera.

Cordillera women call for social justice, peace

BAGUIO CITY — Representatives of Cordillera indigenous women’s organizations under the banner of Innabuyog-Gabriela marched through the main thoroughfares here calling for social justice and peace in celebration of the International Working Women’s day on March

Episcopal church supports DENR Sec. Lopez

BONTOC, Mountain Province — The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines( EDNP) in their February diocesan convention appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to stand firm on his appointment to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of secretary Gina Lopez and retain her to bring to realization the good work that DENR is doing to protect the environment.

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.

Lamut groups launch IP federation

LAMUT, Ifugao — Different tribes of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Lamut came together to strengthen their unity with the launching of a municipal wide federation of Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPO) on March 3 at the municipal gymnasium here.

Students slam HOR passage of death penalty bill

BAGUIO CITY – A protest action was held in the University of the Philippines – Baguio (UPB) last March 7 to express the students’ dismay over the ongoing cases of state-perpetrated violence, in light with the decision of the House of Representatives to reinstate the death penalty.