With a margin of 569 votes, Joseph Simon Valdez, a farmer, beat an incumbent mayor whose family lorded over Santa Lucia, Ilocos Sur for more than two decades.
On May 7, the Cordillera Regional Development Council held a joint committee meeting to tackle the issues arising from the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project. Two i-Kalingas were there, one is with the protesters who picketed the gathering and the other seated among those talking inside the office. Here are their thoughts on the P4.3 billion irrigation facility funded through a credit agreement with the Chinese government.
Unite! As Filipinos do in the face of threat, defend our way of life, the culture of sharing, caring and nurturing our communities. Given this opportunity in this tradpol electoral arena; let us render a united vote to defend the Country, defend our land, life and resources so that the greater majority shall live, progress in peace, (and not for plunderers or tyrants).
“Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition” — Matthew 15: 22
So, you see folks, we the citizenry must strive to prevent Hugpong from gaining nine (9) more Senate seats this May 2019; because if they do – we might as well say goodbye to the Republic we hold dear, as we know it.”
Most reports provided the basic information about the clashes, enough to inform the readers of what transpired. However, straight news that dwells only on the firefight and the casualties tends to create further division among the people. It leaves a data gap on the circumstances that caused the events and the reasons why the war in the countryside continue to rage.
Before the controversial Chico River Pump Irrigation Project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), there was the Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project (now Banaoang Pump Irrigation System or BPIS) in Ilocos Sur. A facility funded and built by the Chinese government that can provide added and solid ground why people should be concerned of the CRPIP loan agreement.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.” – Mark 10:45
Flagrantly antipeople, antinational and antidemocratic character of his regime would include his pro-China stance. While Digong had practically sold the Philippine patrimonial rights to the Philippine Seas and tooting the Philippines as a province of China, now the regime would want to impose the International Arbitral decision that had limited the rights of China far from the disputed islands that are presumably within the boundary rights of the Philippines.
Igorot activist Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, scion of Ibaloi chieftain Mateo Cariño is this year’s recipient of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. She is the first Filipino conferred with the honor by May 18 Memorial Foundation, one of the largest human rights group in South Korea.
Baguio Water District General Manager Salvador Royeca reminded politicians to be mindful of the water issue in the city not only during the campaign period but as part of their governance agenda when elected.
Barely holding back his tears, 98 years old Tuacan Barian of Province of Benguet recalled how they gallantly stood their ground against the Japanese Imperial Army in the name of freedom and dignity during the commemoration of the 77th year of the “Araw ng Kagitingan” in Baguio City.