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Ilocandia Rumblings: Struggle and defiance

Raising the struggle and continuing defiance – this is how the people’s movement inIlocos faced the social, political and economic issues in year 2015. The nationaldemocratic organizations were able to take the lead and initiatives in educating thepeople, organizing them towards a common goal and mobilizing them to assert theireconomic and political rights.

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Statements: There shall be no peace unless we all work for justice

The Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA)-Karapatan takes the message of the Pope as a concrete reality in the Philippines. Oplan Bayanihan, other political and economic policies and agreements including the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States of America and increased military aid from the same clearly demonstrates this charade with the economic and political persecution of the Filipino people for profit and the interests of the few ruling class.

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Weekly Reflections: A Christmas and a year-end message

In the Christian world; it would formally start December 16 with the traditional nightly services and would end January 6 with the feast commemorating the coming of the Wise Men from the East to where Christ was born. And for us church workers, it is perhaps the busiest season of the Christian calendar. It is the time when our workload may be doubled. Aside from the usual baptisms and weddings, we have additional services to attend to, like Christmas celebrations, nightly services (simbang gabi), family re­unions, birthday celebrations, Christmas institutes, Christmas concerts and many others.

Message of Pope Francis: Unconditional release of all political prisoners

BAGUIO CITY – In a press statement , CHRA said, “We feel strengthened with the well-timed message of His Holiness, Pope Francis for the celebration of the World Peace Day 2016, taking note of His three fold appeal to leaders of the nation which we quote, ‘to refrain from drawing other peoples into conflicts or wars which destroy not only their material, cultural and social legacy, but also – and in the long term – their moral and spiritual integrity; to forgive or manage in a sustainable way the international debt of the poorer nations; and to adopt policies of cooperation which, instead of bowing before the dictatorship of certain ideologies, will respect the values of local populations and, in any case, not prove detrimental to the fundamental and inalienable right to life of the unborn.”

The year 2015 in the pages of Nordis

In January, Pope Francis visited the Philippines. Though the main objective of the revered Pope of the Roman Catholic Church was to go to Tacloban City to be with the survivors of monster Typhoon “Haiyan” or “Yolanda”, the Filipino people pinned their hopes on his mere presence that it would also enlighten people especially their government officials, the few ruling elite in Philippine society so they may realize the wrong they were doing to their countrymen. And, today for more than a year after, the deadliest typhoon that ever hit the country and probably the world’s strongest catastrophe recorded; the communities, the survivors have not really recovered while big controversies mar the distribution of relief goods, disappearing donations from different countries, where officials of government agencies in charge of the rehabilitation are involved.

A group of five ministers and members of the United Church of Canada (UCC), Migrante-Canada, and a Canadian journalist visited the communities of Sallapadan Barrio, Sallapadan and Abang, Bucay in Abra province on December 14-16, 2015 in support of the communities’ continued position against large-scale mining in the province. Photo courtesy of Reccord

Canadians renew solidarity with Abra communities

BAGUIO CITY – A group of five ministers and members of the United Church of Canada (UCC), Migrante-Canada, and a Canadian journalist visited the communities of Sallapadan Barrio, Sallapadan and Abang, Bucay in Abra province on December 14-16, 2015 in support of the communities’ continued position against large-scale mining in the province.

Dad asks Benguet Corp to relocate sink hole victims

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Benguet Corporation (BC) should help provide a relocation site for families displaced by the recent ground sinking in Virac, Itogon, Benguet, according to Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan.

FUNCTIONAL ART. Christmas Parols of vegetables made from abundant materials displayed at the La Trinidad Trading Post show the ingenuity of Filipinos.

Deck Christmas with Benguet Vegetables

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Christmas lanterns made from potatoes, cabbages, onions and bell peppers, etc. at this town’s vegetable trading post has become a treasured tradition, according to a director of the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post Multi-purpose Cooperative (LTVTPMPC).

BSU upholds high passing rate for teachers

LA TRINIDAD Benguet – The new wave of examinees from the Benguet State University (BSU) College of Teachers Education (CTE) once more rise above the national passing rate for licensure examination for teachers.

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Chairperson Windel Bolinget said that the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera Region together with the rest of the Filipinos will continue to push further the defense of Ancestral Domain and for self-determination and freedom from oppression and the establishment of true democratic society.

IPs renew vow to further the defense of land

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Chairperson Windel Bolinget said that the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera Region together with the rest of the Filipinos will continue to push further the defense of Ancestral Domain and for self-determination and freedom from oppression and the establishment of true democratic society.

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Weekly Reflections: Organizing based on the Gospel of Mark (8/8)

Some Concluding Statements
2. Have a clear target of whom to organize.
Jesus Christ our Lord knows and understands the history, structure and systems of his society and of his time. Such understanding makes him aware of the balance and distribution of forces and powers, the weaknesses and strengths of these forces as well as where these powers are concentrated.

Makan Ala Pinoy: Morcon

Maibilang nga ispesial a putahe ti Filipino ti morcon wenno meat roll. Karne a napalamanan ti sausage wenno chorizo, carrots, pickles ken itlog. Kadawyan a mausar ditoy ti lomo ti baka (sirloin/tenderloin) wenno lomo ti baboy ngem mabalin met nga usaren ditoy ti pitso wenno barukong ti manok.

Kalinga farmers want reprieve from irrigation fees

BAGUIO CITY — Kalinga farmers picketed in front of the provincial office of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Tabuk City, Kalinga on December 18 asking for respite from irrigation fees to help them recover from the losses they incurred due to the unfinished rehabilitation of the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (UCRIS).

SSS pension hike awaits PNoy’s sign

BAGUIO CITY — Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Cordillera Regional Spokesperson Vicente Dilem said that President Benigno Aquino III should not let the people especially the senior citizens and the retired workers wait for next year for him to sign the bill seeking an additional P2,000 across-the-board Social Security System (SSS) monthly pension.

SALUTE. Members of the New People's Army execute a gun salute during their ceremonies to celebrate the anniversary of the NPA. Photo grabbed from www.ndfp.net

CPP declares ceasefire over the holidays

BAGUIO CITY — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared a unilateral ceasefire effective December 23, 2015 to January 3, 2016, according to a CPP order copy furnished to the media.

Youth group hits use of public funds for Roxas campaign

BAGUIO CITY — Anakbayan-Cordillera slams Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcalca and Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas for what they described as flagrant use of DA funds for the latter’s campaign.

Pull-out RP from WTO — Anakpawis

BAGUIO CITY — In a press release, the progressive Anakpawis Partylist renewed its call for the Philippine government to get out of the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework as the implementation of its policies particularly on the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) weakened the country’s food sufficiency.

PNoy is delusional while ratings drop — KMU

BAGUIO CITY — Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) National Chairperson Elmer Labog said that the claims of President Benigno Aquino III on the rise of employment and the decrease of unemployment in the country under his term are getting more ridiculous.

PNP probes Lepanto bombing

BAGUIO CITY — Police operatives have yet to identify who is responsible for the bombing of the power transmission lines of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) early Monday morning.

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Makan a la Pinoy: Cabbage rolls

Nabalkot iti repolyo a giniling a karne ken kadawyan nga adda innapuyna ti cabbage roll iti paset ti Eastern Europe. Karne ti baka, baboy wenno karnero ti maipalaman ditoy. Dolma ti awagda idiay Turkey wenno kadagiti pagilian iti Middle East a ti kayatna a sawen ket napaseksekan ngem imbes a repolyo, bulong ti ubas ti usarenda a pagbalkot.

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Editorial: Come Christmas, lest we forget

Christmas remains to be the most anticipated holiday in the country. Christmas celebration in the country is dubbed to be the longest and most colorful. But more than the colorful decorations, glorious food and parties; for a country that prides itself to be the only Christian country in Asia, many make it a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.