Members of the Baguio-Benguet Coalition Against Jeepney Phase-out underscored that the government is merely using the PUV modernization program to pave the way for big business to monopolize the service on July 30 during their protest at the Modern PUV Caravan at the Baguio City Hall.
Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde on July 27 led local authorities here in shutting down lotto outlets and other gaming activities under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Elders in the towns of Besao in Mountain Province and Tubo, Abra met in a traditional dialogue called tongtong at the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCor) to prevent the escalation of hostilities among their people over the murder of three eel gatherers from Agawa village Besao.
The assertion of sovereign rights against China’s incursion in the West Philippine Sea and “debt-trap diplomacy” bonded the different groups to hold protests in the different provincial and urban centers in Northern Luzon on July 22, in time for the 4th State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Commission on Human Rights head in the Cordillera expressed alarm over the “thinning democratic space” aggravated by the institutionalized red-tagging of human rights defenders by the government.
Former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that issues on Philippine sovereignty and economy are the pressing matters that President Duterte should address in his 4th State of the Nation Address during a forum on The True State of the Nation in Baguio city hours before the president delivers his speech.
Clearly, it will take a while for behavior modification among the citizens of Baguio to practice a lifestyle void of waste. But for what it is worth, a clean environment for the cool city of Pines already aggravated by construction and traffic congestion, it is a cost I am most willing to pay.
The passage of the Rice Liberalization Act (RA 11203) to resolve the looming rice supply crisis and inflation, as claimed by the economic managers of the Duterte administration, showed that the government never learned from the economic tragedies brought by more than three decades of globalization policies (liberalization, deregulation, and privatization) in the Philippines.
We were politicized the moment we acquired this “Igorot consciousness,” our collective social knowledge which drives us to take pride in being an Igorot, to defend our ancestral domain, and struggle for our right to self-determination. As early as the Spanish colonial era, Igorot consciousness took shape in our forefathers’ armed resistance against the Spanish military and missionaries. In the early post-colonial years, Igorot students studying in Baguio City and Metro Manila formed organizations such as the BIBAK (Benguet-Ifugao-Bontok-Apayao- Kalinga) Association as an expression of indigenous pride. Under Martial Law, the Cordillera region became a battleground for indigenous people’s rights during the anti-Cellophil and anti-Chico Dam struggles.
Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who chairs the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) reminded the military during the 2nd Quarter joint meeting of the Regional Development Council-Regional Peace and Order Council (RDC-RPOC) to be careful in branding organizations and advocates of peoples’ rights as communist fronts.
The Union of Faculty and Employees of Saint Louis University (EFESLU) successfully negotiated for more benefits during its midyear negotiation with the administration.
The people of Besao especially the kin of the three eel gatherers killed in the forest Sitio Lakanga, Barangay Tabacda, Tubo, Abra on the last days of May demand the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators the gruesome murder but rejected the idea of avenging their kailians (townmates).