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Letters: Letter from a political detainee in Ifugao

I am a political detainee in Tiger Hill, Kiangan, Ifugao. I am a Kalanguya Indigenous person from Tinoc, Ifugao. I hold the position of vice chairman of the Gumhang Farmers Development Association and a member of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM).

Editorial: Cha-Cha is not about Federalism or Regional Autonomy

Chacha, suggests lively dance music and fun but on the news jargon or in Philippine politics it means Charter change (Cha-cha) which is again raised by the current regime, as it was by almost every regime before it, and its House of Representatives (HOR) like it is a new and the best proposal to lift the widespread poverty in the Philippines. It is even being passed as the ‘same’ proposal for the change to a federal form of government or the quickest way to achieve regional autonomy.

Advocate’s Overview: Adopt the indigenous forest management

By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Baguio and Benguet had just experienced several earthquakes on Thursday and in the early morning of Friday. The strongest so...

Statements: A challenge to Baguio officials: Listen to Sting!

By ABIGAIL B. ANONGOS CORDILLERA PEOPLES ALLIANCE “If you really want to define civilization it should be a culture that doesn’t destroy its environment. If you...

Statements: Open letter to President Benigno Aquino III

By Jill K. Cariño Convenor Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Proples Rights Dear President Aquino: Greetings of peace from Indigenous peoples, advocates and development organizations working for the...

Weekly Reflections: Understanding the historical context of biblical condemnation of homosexuality

The Bible is most often used as a basis of condemning homosexuality. Certainly, there are at most nine verses in the Scriptures believed and interpreted to be against homosexuality, namely: Genesis 19:4-11; Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Judges 19:22-26; Romans 1:27; I Corinthians 6:9; I Timothy 1:10; Jude 7; 2 Peter 2:10. Be that as it may, we must, therefore, take the Bible seriously and study it carefully.

The VFA-Balikatan mess

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Vanessa and Gadian provide two more reasons why the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) should be abrogated and the Balikatan joint US-Philippine military...

Statements: Alarmed over the worsening attacks on indigenous peoples in the Philippines

We, representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations from various countries in Asia participating in the Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples held from February 28 to March 3, 2018, express alarm over the worsening attacks against indigenous peoples in the Philippines under President Duterte’s tyrannical regime.

Statements: Charter change worsens national oppression of indigenous peoples

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) denounces the Duterte government’s Charter change supposedly “to pave way to federalism.” It is a deceptive and dangerous draconian measure leading to a fascist dictatorship and the complete sell out of Philippine economy and patrimony to foreign corporations, which will only worsen the plight of the Filipino masses, especially the marginalized indigenous peoples.

Women's Front: Violence against indigenous women (1)

By INNABUYOG-GABRIELA Editor’s note: The following is Part 1 of an abridged version of a paper on violence against women and indigenous women, presented by...

Weekly Reflections: Law practice as a vocation

We are all gathered here today for this initial consultation to look into the mission and ministry of lawyers in the church. Our gathering today is founded on a firm conviction that there must a big difference between Christian lawyers and lawyers in general. For Christian lawyers, law practice is not simply a profession, a means to earn a living. But rather it is a vocation, a calling from God.