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Baguio artists declare support for Panday Sining

Baguio artist groups, Sulong Likha and Pedantic Pedestrians, expressed support for Panday Sining, noting that the arrest of its members and persona non grata declaration “…tends to put art in a passive position in relation to history and society”.

Severe flooding hits Cagayan, Isabela anew

Rains brought by the Northeast Monsoon and tail end of a cold front, caused severe flooding in 28 towns and three cities in Cagayan and Isabela provinces who are still recovering from the flood and damages from Typhoon Quiel last month.
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Activists open Ilocos office for search and inspection

Activists affiliated with Bayan Ilocos invited barangay officials and the Commission on Human Rights to search and inspect their Vigan City office to prove that they are not keeping any weapons or anything illegal.

Magalong pronouncement on safety of activists welcomed

Activists welcomed the pronouncement of Mayor Benjamin Magalong assuring they are "safe and secure' in his city and recommended steps the he can immediately implement to ensure unhampered exercise of their democratic rights.

NUSP welcomes progress on Baguio ordinance against red-tagging

NUSP Cordillera welcomed the decision of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Baguio City to refer the proposed measure to protect human rights advocates from red-tagging titled Human Rights Defenders Ordinance, to the Committee on Laws, Human Rights, and Justice chaired by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda.

UCCP pastor, red-tagged by the military, fears for life and family

A UCCP pastor active in environmental and human rights issues in Ilocos expressed fear for his security and family members after receiving information that a member of the military asked for their address, including sketch of their residence.

Magalong assures Baguio activists are safe

Mayor Benjamin Magalong told the media during the joint Regional Peace and Order Council and Regional Development Council meeting on Friday that activists are "safe and secure" in Baguio City.

Ilocos NGO decries harassment, red-tagging

Ilocos Center for Research, Empowerment, and Development, a non-government organization providing disaster response to communities in Ilocos, decried the harassment of its staff and partner organization by the Philippine National Police in Agoo, La Union.

PISTON slams DOTr “deception and blackmail” on PUV modernization

In a regional forum on PUV Modernization in Baguio City, PISTON slammed the Department of Transportation, saying the agency’s pronouncement to allow old jeepneys to ply their route beyond the June 30 deadline for the PUV Modernization Program is pure "deception and blackmail."

Gate-crashing general booed out of forum by his red-baiting victims

“This is a forum organized by MAT…Gen. Parlade has every platform that he can get, including mass media to spill his twisted lies. He is not welcome here…If he can be so kind and act like a gentleman and step out of this hall,” Bayan Chairperson Carol Araullo said.

NDFP expresses support to Pinoy athletes, urges SEAG mess probe

“The Filipino people should continue to support the Filipino athlete. Their outrage is directed at the evil Duterte-Cayetano combine,” the long-lasting underground publication said.

NPA dismisses persona non grata in Mountain Province

The NPA command in Mountain Province said they will continue their revolutionary work in the province despite the persona non grata declarations and intensified military operations.

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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.