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Ex-political prisoner sheds light on post-Martial Law detention

BAGUIO CITY – As part of the official Baguio launch of “Mula Tarima Hanggang”, a collection of prison literature by artist, activist and ex-political detainee Ericson Acosta, the University of the Philippines Baguio College of Arts and Communications conducted a symposium, entitled “Selda at Literatura”, featuring the condition of political prisoners in post-Martial Law era and the significance of prison literature, held at the UP Baguio’s Sarmiento Hall on July 17.

New AFP chief has a bloody record in Abra

BANGUED, Abra — Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan (KASTAN CPA-Abra) and Abra Human Rights Movement (AHRM) hits newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief General Hernando Irriberi and the Philippine Army after saying that he respects human rights.

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Nonstop rains kill 3 in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The continuous rains in Baguio and Benguet triggered at least four accidents from July 12 to 16 that killed three and injured ten others.

Green thumbs for biocontrol vs cutworm

LA TRININDAD, Benuet – In Benguet and some adjacent municipalities of Mountain Province, agriculture has and always been the number one means of living for its inhabitants.

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“Bungkalan para sa pagkain” inilunsad sa Isabela

DELFIN ALBANO, Isabela — Matagumpay na naglunsad ng BUNGKALAN ang mga magsasaka sa mga lupang inaagaw ng mga plantasyon ng tubo at cassava ng mga kumpanyang Hapon at Tsino sa Delfin Albano, Isabela noong Hunyo 17-27, 2015.

PWDs hit Baguio’s lack of implementation of RA 10070

BAGUIO CITY — The City Government of Baguio is being criticized by a special group of people for its lack of political will in implementing and following what is provided for in the law purposely to support Persons with Disabilities (PWD) face everyday challenges.

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Makan a la Pinoy: Sinantol a bansaway

Panawen manen ti santol. Itatta a matutudo ken naangin, adu ti agtinnag a bunga ti santol ken nalaka iti pangilakoda iti tiendaan. Sambuten ngarud ti mangipreserba wenno mangiburo ti santol ken ilebben santo in-inuten nga iluto.

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Advocate’s Overview: Cordillera landslides

Just recently, my friends and I made a visit to Ifugao. Again, we realized not only the wonders of the Cordillera, but the richness it is endowed with. This is the reason why the region is called the cord of Northern Luzon due to its natural and mineral resources. And profit-oriented institutions and a state run by a capitalist system look at what they can source out from exploiting the rivers, the mountains, and other resources.

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Letters: Letter from a political prisoner

More than two years behind bars and barbed wires is never easy. Every day is a day of psychological torture. Each day is a struggle of the human spirit to consolidate itself to endure total isolation from the society. I became a stranger in my own nation. I think this is the government’s objective: to pacify one’s “politik” in actual engagement for the near-deconstruction and construction of a new Filipino society.

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Weekly Reflections: Why Christians should not be against homosexuality

Firstly, homosexuality is not a theme in the Bible. Male homosexuality is mentioned only in passing. Female homosexuality is not even mentioned at all. We find only nine verses which could possibly refer to homosexuality (Gen. 19:14-11; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Judges 19:22-26; Romans 1:27; I Cor. 6:9; I Tim. 1:10; Jude 7; 2 Pet. 2:10).

IPs welcome Benguet SP’s support to mining ban

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — A Benguet people’s organization welcomes the move of the Benguet provincial board to support a bill seeking to ban mining in Marinduque province but asked the board to do the same for its own territory.

Ayangan Tribe decries FPIC violations on Alimit Dam project

LAGAWE, Ifugao — The Ayangan Tribe affected by SN Aboitiz’ 380 MW hydroelectric power project decries violations of the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process during a fora held on July 4 and 5, 2015 in Lagawe and Lamut municipalities of the province.

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Ayangans cry foul as power company undermines their right to be informed

The travel was more than an hour. From Poblacion, Lamut town, we crossed the rugged and slippery roads – where one mistake would send the car down a ravine. It was a backbreaking travel for the city-based journalist with friends from the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), but our consolation was the beauty of the environment – the rolling hills, the various-shaped clouds, and rivers that flow in between mountains.

Cordi artists to stage concert for culture, envi protection

BAGUIO CITY — On July 18-19, 2015, the Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK), a cultural alliance in the Cordillera will be holding a concert “Pagbabalik sa bukas na pinangarap” to raise awareness and the protection of the environment and culture of the Cordilleras. The concert is one of the series of activities of DKK in celebration of its 24th founding anniversary. Popular and alternative music bands, groups and individuals in the city will perform original compositions, songs, dances and movements to the public.

Housing project earns Benguet’s ire

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Residents of this capital town are protesting a housing development project in their village due to massive earth moving activities they fear would cause a mudslide especially with the continuous rains brought about by consecutive typhoons visiting the country.

Benguet wants share from Philex fines

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Benguet provincial board on Monday, July 6 endorsed Resolution 214 S. 2015 of the Itogon municipal council asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to allocate a portion of the P1.034B the agency collected from the Philex Mining Corporation as payment for penalties for the 2012 mine spill from its Padcal mine here.

Militarization halts education of indigenous youth

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato – “I want to become a lawyer so I can bring justice to and defend our tribe,” said Roland Dalin, a Manobo from Talaingod in Davao del Norte, in a workshop during the SIKLAB Visayas-Mindanao Indigenous Youth Conference held in North Cotabato.

Destruction of forests, rivers make Cordi vulnerable to Climate change

BAGUIO CITY — With the coming of stronger typhoons and other natural calamities, the people of the Cordillera Region and nearby places are more threatened by an increasing severity of devastation as the forest cover of this mountainous region as well as its river basins deteriorate at a rate of around 500 hectares of forest being lost every year.