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CV indigenous peoples unite to defend ancestral land

ILAGAN, Isabela — At least 200 indigenous peoples and advocates gathered here from September 11-13, for the Paddarafun 2015 to renew their commitment and strengthen their unity for the defense of life, land and resources against corporate greed.

Martial Law and the Cordillera Mass Movement

The semi-colonial and semi-feudal system breeds revolutionary families. There are eight of us in the family and even before martial law, five of us were already activists. The three younger ones also became activists when they grew older during the martial law era.

AFP atrocities reminiscent of Martial Law

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – “The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ only reputation is their propensity to violate human rights and terrorize the Filipino people.”

Mining threat to food security in Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — A recently published book by IBON Foundation underscored the negative impacts of mining operations in some communities in Ilocos Sur. Titled “Food in Peril: Impacts of Large-Scale Mining on Communities”, the book outlines the impacts of large-scale mining operations on agriculture and the condition of food insecurity. IBON in partnership with the Philippine Network for Food Securities Programmes (PNFSP) undertook case studies in 2014 in four provinces in the country that includes Ilocos Sur. The book was formally released on August 29 at the Quezon Memorial Circle during the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the PNFSP.

Organisasyon dagiti biktima ti Martial Law iti Ilocos Norte, nabukel

LAOAG CITY – Balligi a naisayangkat ti umuna nga asembliya dagiti biktima ti Martial Law iti Ilocos Norte a naangay iti ditoy idi September 12 ita a tawen, a daytoy ket nabukel kas maysa nga organisasyon, a maawagan iti Martial Law Victims Association in Ilocos Norte (MLVAIN). Ti nasao nga asembliya ket inatendaran ti 80 nga indibidual a naggapu iti nagduduma nga ili iti dua a distrito ti probinsya.

NPA Abra linagip dagiti martir ti Lacub

BAGUIO CITY — Segun iti pablaak nga impatulod ti Agustin Begnalen Command ti New Peoples Army (ABC-NPA) Abra, saan a kimmapsot ti rebolusyonaryo a tignayan iti probinsiya ti Abra iti panakatay dagiti kakadwa da a mannakigubat nu diket aglalo a gimmil-ayab ti pakinakem da nga ituloy ti laban.

IP group supports award of lands to occupants

BAGUIO CITY — In a statement, the nation wide alliance of indigenous peoples Sulong Katribu expressed its support to the struggle of migrant settlers of Mallig Plains Reservation in Matusalem, Roxas, Isabela for the immediate awarding of lands to the actual occupants.

Baguio prohibits CPLA to use CRA building

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said on his weekly “ugnayan’ that the city government will not allow any factions of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) and other unauthorized organizations and individuals to occupy the former Cordillera Regional Assembly (CRA) building at the former Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao and Kalinga (BIBAK) dormitory compound.

Metro Baguio rises for education

BAGUIO CITY — Student organizations and schools all over the City have opened their week-long celebration of Baguio Students Week at Luisa’s Cafe in Baguio, on September 14.

Remains of miners properly turned over

BAGUIO CTY — The remains of the four pocket miners who were interchanged are now properly turned over to their families on September 17, according to the barangay captain of Taneg, Mankayan, Benguet.

Negosyo muna bago bayan: SM bilang kaaway ni Heneral Luna

Una kong nakilala si Jerrold Tarog, ang direktor at isa sa mga nagsulat ng Heneral Luna, sa kaniyang maikling pelikulang pinamagatang Faculty. Napanuod ko ito limang taon na ang nakalipas. Ang maikling pelikulang ito ay tungkol sa isang gurong nag-imbita ng mga estudyante niya na dumalo sa isang kilos protesta; na siyang naging dahilan ng kaniyang pagkasisante. Nagustuhan ko ang maikling pelikulang itong may pagtatangi sa kayang gawin ng mga kabataan sa pagsusulong ng panlipunang pagbabago, kaya alam ko kung anong maaari kong mapanuod sa kaniyang pinakabagong pelikulang historikal, ang Heneral Luna.


Vermiculture and me

When you do something, no matter how small they are as long as it contributes to healing the environment and save the community, you get a certain sense of self-fulfillment.


Poetry: Patak

Isa ka lang patak
sa isang nag-uumapaw na timba
ng lahat ng katulad mong
dinukot, itinago’t nawawala


Editorial: Violations continue

On the anniversary of the declaration of martial law and on the 7th year since the military abducted and the continued refusal to surface James M. Balao (enforced disappearance), we remember the human rights record of the different regimes that have recently passed. Consistently by example or practice would show that the country’s government system continues to be unjust and very oppressive to the majority population.


Crossroads: Eleksyon na naman!

Hay, naku, eleksyon na naman. Binobomba na naman tayo ng mga ads ng mga kandidato sa pang-nasyunal at lokal. Aktibo na naman ang mga kandidato na nagroronda sa mga barangay para mamigay ng samutsaring pabuya para sila lamang ay iboto sa 2016.


Dakami Ti Umili: Ti biag ti maysa nga Agta idiay San Mariano, Isabela

Idi napalabas a Domingo ket naangay ti assembliya ti Punganay Cagayan Valley idiay Ilagan, Isabela. Iti daytoy nga asembliya, nadumaduma a delegados ti timmabuno manipud kadagiti komunidad nga addaan kadagiti nainsigudan nga umili ken dagiti dadduma pay a mangitantandudo iti karbengan tao, aglawlaw ken kappia. Dimmar-ay dagiti Agta ken Kalinga manipud San Mariano, Isabela, dagiti migrantes iti Roxas, Isabela ken Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya ken dadduma pay a munisipyo.


From Under This Hat: “Law should matter”, and be practiced to ensure democracy

The incisive discourse of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen at the University of Baguio (NORDIS, September 13, 2015, p.8); challenged the audience of lawyers and law students to “ have the passion and the courage to do right by our people.” The challenge is most appropriate in our Philippine context wherein “what is stated in law is not what is always practiced”. And this is because of the entrenched and reality of Philippine society where “the dominant social standpoint comes from the landlords and bourgeoisie compradors of the ruling class”.


Statements: With feist and fervor, fight state fascism

Why can we not forget martial law, 43 years after it was imposed by then President Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, 1972? On that day, the entire Filipino people woke up with all radio and TV stations closed down. No newspapers on the news stands. No march protests on the streets. In the evening, Marcos appeared on TV declaring the entire nation under Martial Law. Days, weeks, months and years later, tens of thousands were arrested, tortured and incarcerated – either en masse or in solitary confinement. Women detainees were raped. Thousands were murdered and thousands went missing.


Statements: More than enough time to surface James

Seven years, 2557 days, is enough time for a child to grow and finally go to school, enough time to settle down and build a decent home for one’s family. But in a country such as ours, some families and friends are struggling to see their loved ones, the ones who simply wanted to give them a better future.


Statements: Weeping over the killings of Lumads

Our God is a God of life. In fact, Jesus Christ came so that all “may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10: 10b) It is in this faith understanding that the North Luzon Jurisdiction of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines is weeping over the killings of School Head Emerito Samarca and other Lumad leaders in Surigao Del Sur and other parts of Mindanao. With the families of the victims and with all the Lumad people, we lament: “We have become orphans and fatherless; our mothers are widows.” (Lamentation 5: 3)


Weekly Reflections: When education becomes risky

In my church, September is Christian Education Month. It is an opportune time for us to look into the situation of education, particularly Christian education, in our society in general and in the local churches in particular. Is Christian Education really making an effective influence in our national life?


Women’s Front: Siasinno ti agnumar ti alternatibo a kinapudno?

Segun kenni Presidente Aquino, posible kanu nga adda ti “alternative truth” mainaig iti insidente ti Mamasapano. Malagip tayo nga iti pasamak idi Enero daytoy a tawen, napapatay ti 67 a membro ti SAF (Special Action Forces), rebelde nga MILF, ken sibilyan. Awan pay ditoy dagiti kameng ti US army a nairaman.

Karapatan seeks justice for Cagayan farmers

CAGAYAN VALLEY – A fact finding mission led by Karapatan Cagayan Valley is on its way to San Juan, Rizal, Cagayan Valley. Its mission is to gather facts regarding recent incidents linked to the militarization of the area by the 17th IBPA. In particular, they seek to put to light the arrest of twenty nine people from San Juan who were taken in by the military and accused of kidnapping and homicide.