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“Thinning democratic space” alarms CHR

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.

VISITA IGLESIA? | Government’s JCP Kapanatagan targets clerics in Ilocos

Visita Iglesia is a popular term among Catholics who travel from one church to another to pray and pay respect to their patron saint especially during the Holy Week. Military personnel from the 7th Infantry Division are doing the same thing for their “community engagement program” under the Joint Campaign Plan (JCP) Kapanatagan, hopping from church to church in Ilocos, Northern Philippines, except for the part where they “pray and pay respect.”

Groups warn of intensified militarization of IP lands, communities

The SANDUGO and Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) slammed the appointment of a former military official as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) chairperson. The groups warned that indigenous peoples should brace for intensified military deployment in indigenous peoples’ lands with the appointment of Capuyan.

Ronalyn Olea: “The tyrants in cyberspace are shutting down critical and independent voices”

Ronalyn V. Olea is the managing editor of Bulatlat, Philippines’ top alternative online news site. Bulatlat covers politics, human rights, indigenous people and Filipino culture from a critical angle towards the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte. That position has labeled them “enemy of the state” by the Army. In collaboration with other targeted organizations, and supported by the forensic investigation of Qurium, Bulatlat filed a lawsuit against Suniway, the Philippine company who’s infrastructure enabled the cyber attacks.

PERSPECTIVES | Kalingas ponder on the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project

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.

LANDMINE DEBATE | Setting the record straight

The recent clashes between the PNP and the NPA in the Mountain Province again put the issue of the use of anti-personnel explosives in the limelight with the government accusing the rebels of violating International Humanitarian Law. But are all anti-personnel explosives prohibited under the Ottawa Convention? Are the NPA bound to adhere to formal and customary laws of war?

PAGSARMINGAN | The China-funded Banaoang Pump Irrigation System

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.

WE WON’T BACK DOWN | Despite intensified threats, youth groups to continue activism

Despite the intensified threats, red-tagging and vilification against progressive groups and activists, youth groups in Baguio City are not deterred, and are finding ways to fight back.

2 gov’t troops killed, 10 wounded in spate of clashes with NPA

(Updated Apr 04, 8:00 pm) Government troops have incurred 12 casualties and three villages have been ordered to evacuate in Bauko town after a series of clashes between the authorities and the New People's Army erupted in the municipality and bordering forest area with Tadian.

Malacañang upholds suspension of Lagayan mayor

The Office of the President upheld the suspension of husband-wife tandem, mayor Jendricks Luna and vice mayor Joy Chrisma, of Lagayan town in Abra for dishonesty and grave misconduct.

Weaving narratives on the defense of ancestral land, from Lamnamkok to Chico River

The lessons from the courageous narratives of Lamnamkok and Chico are an inspiration not only to indigenous peoples but also the younger generations of rights defenders around the world who believe that, in a way or another, we can change the world.

MILLIONAIRES’ GAME | How rich are the incumbent governors of Northern Luzon?

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.

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