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Diaries From The Fields: Gardens or trees?

When passing Mt. Polis and Mt. Munhuyuhuy, one cannot miss the encroachment of vegetable gardens into these mossy forests. The clearing is getting wider and more observable than ever. Sometimes, I just close my eyes when passing areas where mountains are getting cleared for gardens. It is difficult to breathe when mountains are disappearing before your eyes.


Makan a la Pinoy: French toast

Ti kadawyan nga awag iti French ket pain perdu wenno lost bread wenno ‘tay daddanin mabangles/madadael. Tapno maisalbar ken makan pay, mailuto manen a french toast.


Burburtia Krokis: May 15 puzzle

1 probinsyang balwarte daw ng mga Marcos (2 salita)
9 missile na panlaban sa eroplano (Eng abbrev)
12 Bachelor of Arts (abbrev)
13 magasin (abbrev)


Editorial: Automated polls for whom?

An automated electoral system (AES) by itself is not bad. In fact, the Philippines should move in that direction from the very outdated manual count — the whole matter of modernisation. Kumbaga e dapat lang naman. So let us take, case it point, the AES in the context of the Philippine elections, to gather the facts but not distort them as we please, but to make an informed declaration on the AES. To be precise, AES for whom?


As The Bamboos Sway: For President-elect Duterte

Now, based on my understanding of how you won, premises you have forwarded, I have three questions for you – specially that you said you are going to reopen peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/National Democratic Front/New People’s Army apart from the Moro National Liberation Front and the Bangsa Moro armed groups.

Bandillo: Political dynasties in Cagayan Valley

Political dynasties in Cagayan Valley (CV) have prevailed anew in the elections. Their reign have been reinforced and enhanced. No matter what the 1987 Constitution states in Article II, Section 26, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”


Crossroads: Business as usual

Well, the counting has not ended. This will be a slow, slow slow count where presumptives hurl “cheating” at each other. And we have added a new word in our vocabulary – hash code! Ano man ang ibig sabihin nito, ang daming gustong maging IT experts.


Dakami Ti Umili: Bileg ti social media

Itay napalabas nga eleksyon ket nakita tayo ti pannamaksimisa ti social media kas maysa a kangrunaan a wagas ti propaganda ti adu a partido. Kadagiti addaan ti facebook, tweeter, instagram ken dadduma pay nga applications iti social media ket makita a dagus dagiti nadumaduma a naiposte nga addaan target nga audience. Adu met dagiti ag-share, ag-like ken ag-react kadagiti naiposte a kas dagiti memes, ritrato ken dadduma pay. Napaspas ti pannakaiwaras ti impormasyon, pudno man wenno parparbo iti social media.


Pathless Travels: Wanted: a “socialist” program vs criminality

Among the many factors that contributed to Rodrigo Duterte’s victory, one major issue looms large — not only because it stood prominently in his record as Davao mayor (even sparking controversy among human rights advocates for his infamous death-squad tactics) — but also because he intentionally turned it into the “bleeding edge” of his election campaign and governance platform: the crusade against crime.


Statements: Protesting Kathy Jyll Mayaen’s proclamation

We of Makabayan-Mountain Province protest the proclamation of Attorney Kathy Jyll Mayaen as Governor of the Mountain Province in place of her father, the late Attorney Leonard Mayaen, who ran for re-election to the office unopposed but died on 31 March 2016. The younger Mayaen filed a petition for substitution with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the 5th of May. On the 7th, the Comelec En Banc denied the younger Mayaen’s petition. Nonetheless, while still completing the canvassing of election results on the 10th, the Provincial Board of Canvassers acted favorably on a petition filed by Atty. Kathy Jyll Mayaen to be proclaimed Governor as substitute for her late father, who garnered a total of 60,664 votes.


Weekly Reflections: Spirit of change

The whole Christian world is now in the liturgical season of Pentecost. For the Jewish people, Pentecost is a thanksgiving or harvest festival. In Biblical times, Pentecost was a time when the Israelites would thank God for the blessings of good harvest. People from various places would gather together to celebrate God’s goodness shown in and through the fruits of their labor.

Multi-sect kicks off campaign vs K12

BAGUIO CITY — With just a month before K12’s full implementation, the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance continues to call the abolition of the program through a signature campaign which will be passed to the Supreme Court.

K12 is definitely not ready

BAGUIO CITY — As enrollment approaches, schools for senior highchool in the city are definitely not ready for the implementation of Grade 11 of the Senior High School under the new curriculum K12 for the basic education system in the country.

Teachers rally to stop K12

BAGUIO CITY — Teachers step up the campaign to stop the implementation of the K12 school program during the celebration of Labor Day at the Igorot park, May 1.


KMU rallies people against neoliberalism

BAGUIO CITY — Hundreds marched in the city center to commemorate International Labor Day. The March was led by Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) Cordillera. “Fight for a National Minimum Wage,” chanted the workers.

Pamamahagi ng Tobacco Excise Tax, giit ng mga magsasaka

ILAGAN CITY, Isabela — Sa lumang Tabacalera, ang Hasyenda San Antonio at Hasyenda Sta. Isabel sa Ilagan City, umiral sa napakatagal na panahon ang monopolyo sa tabako ng kaharian ng Kolonyalistang Kastila. Mahigit isang daang taong lumipas, matapos ang makasaysayang pakikibaka ng mga magsasaka na ariin ang lupa at hadlangan ang pangangamkam ni Danding Cojuangco sa dalawang hasyenda, naitransporma na sa malawak na palayan ang kalakhan ng lupain. Pero malaki pa rin ang natirang taniman ng tabako na monopolyado na ngayon ng Universal Leaf Phil. Inc. na siyang bumibili ng lahat ng produkto ng mga magsasaka sa ilalim ng contract growing.

Organic farmers demand for gov’t subsidy

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Apart from the active promotion of organically grown vegetables to the market, farmers in Benguet said they also need government subsidy for the sustainability of the organic farm industry.

Diaries From The Fields: Remembering a dear friend on her birthday

For my dear friend Recca, this article should have been out last April 24, 2016 on your 35th birthday. My apologies. But you might just smile again and say “sige man ngarud ta isurat mo.” I must tell you that it is difficult to write events when tears start to roll. But then again who would forget your reassuring and encouraging smile and calmness even in times of chaos.


Burburtia Krokis: May 7 puzzle

1 salitang nagtataglay umano ng madyik (Pil mula Latin)
11 chief marketing officer (abbrev)
14 idagdag (Eng)
15 kaugnay (Ilok)
16 pag-atras ng daluyong (Eng)


Statements: Be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing

Enraged was how I felt after reading through the Resolution of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) regarding the case our family filed with the said body against the unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) responsible for the brutal slaying of my husband Arnold “AJ” Jaramillo, violating human rights and International Humanitarian Law.


Letters: Para kay Pangulong Aquino

Kaming mga naulilang pamilya ng media na naging biktima ng karumal-dumal na Ampatuan Massacre noong Nobyembre 23, 2009 ay may nais iparating sa pamahalaang Aquino.