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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”.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Cases of state-perpetrated violence has also increased and intensified. The government, in its view of the Cordilleras as a resource base for exploitation at the expense of the welfare of the umili, has allowed the rapid entry of various development aggression projects in the region.
Katulad ni Bonifacio, ipagtagumpay natin ang uring inaapi laban sa anumang uri ng pananakop, pagtatraydor at pandarahas. Gawin nating inspirasyon si Bonifacio, na kahit gaano kahirap, tayo ay mananaig at magtatagumpay. Sa panahong binabalot tayo ng kadiliman, higit kailanmang kailangang manindigan at kumilos para makamit ang magandang kinabukasan.
MAKABAYAN, MAKIBAKA! Transport and youth groups led the commemorative march for the 156th birth anniversary of Katipunan leader Gat Andres Bonifacio. The marchers carried banners and placards condemning the intensified attacks against people's rights. They also urged the public to follow the footsteps of Bonifacio and continue the fight of Katipunan against foreign domination and genuine democracy for the Filipino people.
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.
“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.
By KIMBERLIE QUITASOLwww.nordis.net LOUD AND PROUD. The LGBTQ+ community marched the streets of Baguio to demand equal rights and end of discrimination....