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BLISTT officials told to be mindful of statements

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BLISTT officials were reminded to be sensitive and mindful of making statements about other local governments following a statement made by Baguio City Benjamin Magalong insinuating that strawberry farmers are utilizing water from the polluted Balili River to irrigate their crop.

Cabinet, Baguio officials to meet for Baguio rehab

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Top cabinet members of the Duterte government are set to meet with Baguio City officials to discuss the rehabilitation of the country’s Summer Capital and Pine City. Amid the looming restoration project, progressives reminded the city government to ensure that rights are respected, and measures address the people’s needs.

Benguet towns told to ensure benefits in hydropower deals

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A historian and conservation advocate called on the towns of Benguet to ensure sustainable resource utilization, and the people's interests from hydropower deals entered by local officials.

Murder case filed against Imam’s assassin

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The police filed a murder charges against the primary suspect more than a year after the killing of a Muslim cleric in Baguio City.

ACT condemns Tokhang-style killing of teacher in La Union

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The Alliance of Concerned Teachers condemned the Tokhang-style killing of a Bacnotan, La Union, high school TLE teacher facing drug charges, calling for an "immediate, impartial" probe on the murder.

La Trinidad, Aboitiz Power ink agreement for hydropower plant

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La Trinidad, the capital town of Benguet province, inked a Memorandum of Agreement with Aboitiz Power for the construction of a 20 Megawatt Hydroelectric Power Plant, which is expected to rise on March 2020.

Group hits biosafety permit for Golden Rice, says China railroaded approval

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An international coalition of small crop producers and non-government organizations criticized the Philippine government for allowing the direct use of Golden Rice for food, animal feed and processing. The group also raised the possibility that China railroaded the approval, noting that ChemChina-Syngenta is the owner of the crop’s patent.

As ceasefire ends, Sison eyes more goodwill measures

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CPP Founding Chairperson and NDFP Chief Political Consultant Joma Sison acknowledged that GRP and the revolutionary forces have generally upheld the reciprocal ceasefire during the holidays. He also noted the need to implement other goodwill measures to ensure the resumption of the peace negotiations this year.

Scientists, green group condemn continuing detention of colleague

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Scientists and an environmental institution condemned the continuing detention of their colleague arrested by the police in Cagayan in October 2018 for trumped-up criminal charges.

Magalong orders arrest of litterbugs

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Mayor Benjamin Magalong gave the Baguio City Police Office a remote directive to catch litterers. The order came after he received reports of the tremendous amount of garbage scattered on the grounds of Burnham Park and other spots of the city with the influx of tourist during the holidays.

Benguet “Action Man” laid to rest

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Families, friends and the people of Benguet laid to rest Representative and Former Governor Nestor Bagtang Fongwan, Sr. on Saturday, December 28, at his residence in Guidayan, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Reciprocal unilateral ceasefire officially in effect

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The NDFP Negotiating Panel said on Thursday, December 26, that the reciprocal unilateral ceasefire can now “proceed effectively” upon receiving the Philippine government’s orders to its armed forces to cease temporarily military its offensives against the NPA.

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ACT condemns Tokhang-style killing of teacher in La Union

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The Alliance of Concerned Teachers condemned the Tokhang-style killing of a Bacnotan, La Union, high school TLE teacher facing drug charges, calling for an "immediate, impartial" probe on the murder.

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Magalong expresses regret over strawberry blunder

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong apologized to the officials and people of La Trinidad, Benguet for his remark that strawberry farms in the municipality utilize water from the polluted Balili River to water their crops.

CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

Scientists, green group condemn continuing detention of colleague

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Scientists and an environmental institution condemned the continuing detention of their colleague arrested by the police in Cagayan in October 2018 for trumped-up criminal charges.