Friday, December 13, 2019

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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 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.
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.
Based on the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) filed in 2018 acquired from the office of the Ombudsman for Luzon, provincial chief executives in Northern Luzon belong to the elite community of landlords, capitalists and luxury car riders with millions in their bank accounts, the richest of who has a net worth of more than a hundred million.
Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) said the Rice Tariffication Law, like other policies that deregulated trade and industry, will lead to higher prices and ruin local production.
By SHERWIN DE VERA www.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — They are all millionaires, but the mayor of Santiago City in Isabela province is the richest among the 15 city mayors in Northern Luzon based on Statement of Assets and Liabilities filed in...
Assailants murdered Randy Malayao, a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) while sleeping on a bus, parked for a break on the trip near the CCQ restaurant at Aritao in Nueva Vizcaya, at 2:30 am on January 30.
In closing the year, Northern Dispatch provided stories on organized forces, events and policies that shaped the economic and political landscape of Northern Luzon, from the standpoint of the marginalized and oppressed.
Local chief executives suspended classes in at least three provinces in Northern Luzon in preparation and as a precaution to adverse effects of Typhoon Rosita (International name: Yutu).
VIGAN CITY — Four regions North of Manila, ravaged by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut), was declared by Malacañang under state of calamity on Tuesday, September 25 citing “widespread destruction, substantial damage and deaths”.
Environmentalist and scientist here and abroad agree that WtE thermal technologies such as pyrolysis and gasification, while called by many names, in principle are all incinerators that burn materials and release pollutants in the environment.
The Communist Party of the Philippines and members of the revolutionary movement in Northern Luzon dismissed the government’s call for ‘localized’ peace negotiations.

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ILOCOS REGION

Church workers, farmers unite vs state attacks on HR day

Church and farmers organization led the educational discussion and protest action to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Ilocos.

CORDILLERA REGION

DPWH not part of planning for RTF-ELCAC road projects

The Cordillera regional office of the DPWH said they were not part of the planning for the road projects that the anti-insurgency task force is insisting on them to implement.

CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

Groups demand accountability for rights violations in Cagayan Valley

Members of progressive groups in Cagayan Valley called for government accountability for its neglect of basic services and widespread rights violations on December 10, International Human Rights Day.