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Abra activist harassed 3 days before Duterte’s SONA

BAGUIO CITY — An activist working in a Cordillera province known for it’s unabated political killings was threatened for being “matulungin” (helpful) days before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Greenies OK new mining moratorium

BAGUIO CITY — An alliance of environment groups here in Northern Luzon welcomes the new mining moratorium order of the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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IP rights recognized under agreements — NDFP

BAGUIO CITY — In a forum last July 13, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) political consultant Randy Felix Malayao stressed that national minorities and indigenous peoples’ (IP) rights would not be ignored in the ongoing peace negotiations between the NDFP and the Philippine government (GPh).

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Forum tackles resumption of GPh-NDPF peace talks

BAGUIO CITY — From the cause of the continuing civil war to the aims of the peace negotiations, Prof. Jose Maria Sison along with guest panelists discussed how lasting peace and justice in the country may be attained, at a student forum last July 13.

Iindigenous youth workshop promotes respect for IP culture

“We conduct these kinds of events to bring our genuine culture closer to the others, as the nature of culture nowadays is commercialized, our cultural identity might get lost in the profit-oriented exploitation of our ethnicity,” says Justeene Karen Dammay, BIBAK-UC chairperson.

Soldiers kill a hunter in Kalinga

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — The Justice and Peace Advocates in Kalinga (JPAK) condemns the killing of a civilian hunter from Se-et, Mabaka, Tanudan, Kalinga by unidentified elements of the 50th IB of the Philippine Army on July 9.

Benguet to strengthen waste management

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — “Waste is something we cannot run away from and we should try to do what we can to ease the burden of the next generation.”