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.
Government and corporate investment projects continue to displace indigenous peoples (IP) in many Asian countries, including the Philippines, from their ancestral lands according to the statement of indigenous peoples groups presented during the 12th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) on July 16 in Geneva, Switzerland by the Task Force Indigenous Peoples.
Ang Agaw Agimat: Parnaso ng Isang Bilanggong Politikal ang ikalawang koleksyon ng mga tula ni Rene Boy Abiva o RBA na isang dating detenidong politikal.
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.”
More Lumad from Bukidnon province were rescued from their “slave-like” work in Ilocos according to the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (Agricultural Workers’ Union or UMA).
Thirty-two Lumad, including a couple with two kids, belonging to the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe of Quezon, Bukidnon escaped from their abusive employer in Sual, Pangasinan on June 30 according to a factsheet sent by the Unyon ng mga Manggawa sa Agrikultura (Agriculture Workers Union or UMA).
he National Irrigation Administration Cordillera Administrative Region (NIA-CAR) will minimize its construction work in the Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project in response to the request of the regional National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to suspend its activities pending the issuance of the Certification Precondition for the project.
Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who chairs the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) reminded the military during the 2nd Quarter joint meeting of the Regional Development Council-Regional Peace and Order Council (RDC-RPOC) to be careful in branding organizations and advocates of peoples’ rights as communist fronts.
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) flagged the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) anew for failing to secure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project (ALPIP) in Ifugao prior to earth-moving and construction.
The fact that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is run by a commission composed of political appointees casts doubts to its independence from the influence of the appointing official or the one having the oversight. In the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, its decision to give the Certification Precondition despite the violations committed heightened the pre-existing misgivings to the impartiality of the office, especially on government-initiated projects.
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.
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