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CPA endorses Fighter ng Bayan

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) endorses Neri Colmenares, Senior Deputy Minority Leader, in his senatorial candidacy. CPA firmly believes that Colmenares, dubbed “Fighter ng Bayan,” will genuinely represent the marginalized sectors in senate, including historically marginalized and neglected indigenous peoples.

Opposing candidates campaigning together is not a myth

BAGUIO CITY — In Benguet and Mountain Province towns, opposing candidates are holding campaign sorties together. This campaign practice has been a tradition in Bokod town of Benguet but was introduced only in 2013 in Tadian town of Mountain Province.

Abra back to Comelec control

BAGUIO CITY — Amid earlier announcements to the national media, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cordillera office has yet to receive the en banc resolution placing Abra under the Comelec control for the May 9 voting exercise.

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Editorial: The crucial moment & our crucial task

This Monday, May 9, marks another leap in the history of our country. The Filipino people will be casting their votes and electing a new set of leaders in hope that genuine social change will come and the long list of seemingly unending problems of our nation will be solved. All these hopes, represented by our ballots, depends on the efficiency and reliability of the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) which are considered by election watchdogs as unsecured and ineffective.

Bandillo: Makabayan reaffirms support for Poe and Chiz

Days before the vote on May 9, Makabayan Coalition leaders have reaffirmed their support to Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. They are calling on all voters to go to the polls this Monday to vote for Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero for president and vice president, respectively.

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Crossroads: Please go out and vote, wisely

May 9 is election day. Please go out and vote, however long the pila, however plenty the aberya in the polling places. Even if it is so hot, or even if it rains. Just go out and vote.

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Dakami Ti Umili: Agtultuloy latta ti tignayan iti panagbalbaliw

Ania man ti resulta ti panagbotosan manipud nasyunal inggana kadagiti lugar nga ayan tayo, maysa laeng ti kayat tayo a saludsuden: adda ngata makita wenno marikna tayo a pudno a panagbalbaliw iti sumaruno manen a tallo inggana innem a tawen? Wenno kasla kadagiti naglabas a panagbobotos a kalpasan ti eleksyon agpabaknang manen dagiti kaaduan a nangabak para iti sumaruno manen a panagbobotos.

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Weekly Reflections: Servant leadership

We are now about to elect our national and local leaders. May 9 is the “Judgment Day”. Our collective decision would lead our country either to a “heaven” of peace, justice, and prosperity or to a “hell” of worsening poverty, corruption, injustice, and violence.

Kinondena karahasan sa mga magsasaka ng Isabela

LUNA, Isabela — Mariing kinokondena ng Danggayan dagiti Manalon ti Isabela (Dagami), lokal na tsapter ng Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) ang marahas na pagbuwag ng panginoong maylupa na si Manuel Tio, mga goons niya at mga tauhan ng PNP sa kampuhan ng mga magsasaka sa Mambabanga, Luna, Isabela noong Abril 26.

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There is no solid north for the Marcoses

The term Solid North was coined by Ferdinand Marcos to refer to Northern Luzon which he considered as his political bailiwick. Fraud not considered, election results show that Marcos won overwhelmingly in Northern Luzon against Macapagal in the 1965 elections and against Osmeña in 1969. The Marcos children especially Bongbong who is running for vice president now like to savor the thought that there is still a solid north.

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Tignayan ti umili ti Kordilyera idi panawen ti Martial Law

Mangparparnuay kadagiti rebolusyonaryo a pamilya ti malakolonyal ken malapyudal a sistema. Walo kami iti pamilya ken uray sakbay iti martial law, lima kadakami ket aktibistan. Dagiti tallo nga mas ubbing ket nagbalin met mga aktibista idi nataengan dan idi panawen ti martial law.

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A story of the Kalingas against Chico River dams project

I am glad that I was invited to this forum to share our experiences during the Chico Dam struggle.

My husband and I were teaching in Tanglag Elementary School, Lubuagan, Kalinga. As a teacher in the barrio, we were informed about the plan of the government to build dams in Bontoc and Kalinga. Our place was one of those that would be submerged if the project was to continue.

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Ganito pala ang Martial Law

Noong early 80s, aktibo ako sa kolehiyo bilang organisador ng mga estudyante at opisyal ng student council sa isang eskwelahan sa Baguio.

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Recognition of indigenous peoples rights, a product of struggle

There is no term for indigenous people nor indigenous peoples rights among us who are now called indigenous peoples. What is clear by us is that we belong to a clan or tribe or cluster of villages maintaining close ties to a common territory we call ili. Our age-old cultural beliefs and practices persist to date, although in varying degrees of persistence and disintegration.

MP remembers martyrs, vow to continue the fight

BAUKO, Mountain Province — Mountain Province folks remembered the martyrs of the Cordillera peoples’ struggle and reaffirmed their commitment to continue their fight to defend their ancestral land and for self determination during their own staging of the 32nd decentralized Cordillera Day celebrations at Letang, Tapapan, Bauko, Mountain Province last April 23.

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People’s agenda for genuine change marks 32nd Cordillera Day

BAGUIO CITY – A People’s Agenda on indigenous people’s issues and urgent concerns highlighted the successful decentralized celebrations of this year’s Cordillera Day led by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) in the following places: Baguio City for the Baguio-Benguet cluster, Tabuk City for the Kalinga-Apayao cluster; Lamut, Ifugao; Bauko, Mountain Province and Dolores, Abra.

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Abra candidates support people’s agenda

“This year’ s celebration is a huge success. We have engaged local and national candidates to address the Abra people’s agenda. Now we will be watching them if they will adhere to their promises should they win. “ said Villamor Pati, Kastan CPA-Abra chairperson.

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Kalinga baranay farmers organize

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — On the theme “Buklen ti timpuyog ti umili para iti umno a panagdur-as (Building peoples unity for genuine development,” the Timpuyog ti Mannalon iti Bakwit Allaguia Association (Timbaa), Bakwit, Allaguia, Pinukpuk, Kalinga was formally organized with the assistance of the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC) and barangay organizations in the farmers’ general assembly on April 21, 2016.

Philhealth not the answer to ailing public health system

“In as much as we hate to pop the bubble, we have to be true to ourselves and make the public know that Philhealth as a solution to the problem of health care inaccessibility is a mere illusion,” Dr. Eleanor A. Jara, Executive Director of CHD pointed out.

Envi group gears for garbage forum

BAGUIO CITY — The Zero Waste cluster of the Baguio We Want group invites the public to an interactive forum entitled, “Understanding the City’s 10 –Year Solid Waste Management Plan (2015-2024)” on May 13 (Friday) from 2:00-5:00 PM, at the University of the Cordilleras Auditorium, 9th Flr. EDS Building.