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Chico Pump Irrigation feasibility and sustainability questioned

Cordillera People’s Alliance said in a statement issued on Thursday, March 7 that the planners of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project “did not take into account the overall development plan of the Chico River and the province of Kalinga, such as the building of many hydropower, geothermal and mining projects.”

Makabayan names bets for an “independent senate”

Besides going all-out for its official senatorial candidate former Bayan Muna Representative, Makabayan proclaimed support for senate aspirants Bam Aquino, Nancy Binay, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, Serge Osmeña, Grace Poe, and Erin Tañada.

Senatorial bets join Panagabenga street dance parade

There is no stopping senatorial bets from utilizing the Baguio City Flower Festival for instant public exposure despite the widespread criticism for the appearance of the Marcos siblings in last year’s Panagbenga and the ban against political campaigning in the festival parades.

PH red-tags organizations in UN submission

The country’s human rights situation has again hit a new low according to human rights groups after the Duterte administration, through the National Security Council, filed a complain to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, tagging groups like Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Mindanao Interfaith Service Foundation, Incorporated, IBON Foundation and KARAPATAN as fronts f the armed revolutionary movement.

ACT to “assert rights,” appeal CA ruling

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Cordillera vowed to continue their fight against “continuing PNP harassments” while seeking reconsideration for the appellate court’s dismissal of their petition to nullify the police memorandum ordering the profiling of their members.

Lawyer, rights defender say PNP on fishing expedition on Malayao murder

Atty. Edu Balgos of the National Union of Peoples Lawyer (NUPL) and Cristina Palabay of Karapatan in separate statements said the police’s insistence on taking custody of the personal belongings of slain National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Malayao is meant to fish information about the Left and not to resolve his murder.

BULATLAT UNDER ATTACK | “Unbent, unbowed, unbroken”

Cyber-attack against Bulatlat, an alternative online news site has been relentless but like House Martell in the HBO Original Series “Game of Thrones”, the site and its editorial staff remain “unbent, unbowed and unbroken”. With the organization’s resolve and help of a Sweden based group of digital forensic investigation expert, the attackers did not succeed to bring the site down.