Tumugon ang Cagayan Valley sa pambansang panawagan na #ProtestFromHome at sa gitna ng malawakang lockdown ay pinatunayan ng ilang mamamayan na maraming paraan upang iparating ang mga hinaing at makatarungang kahilingan sa pamahalaan.
The highest policy making body of the United Methodist Church in the country condemned the threat and intimidation against their pastors in Ilocos by members of the 2nd Civil-Military Operations Coy of the 7th ID led by Capt. Rogelio Dumbrique.
This pattern of branding journalists and alternative media outfits critical to the government as communist rebels or sympathizers of the underground movement is a cause for concern and fear. It has become a hallmark for more dangerous things to come from trumped-up charges to extrajudicial killing.
The Communist Party of the Philippines announced that its forces were already carrying out a mass campaign to fight COVID-19 outbreak even before Malacañang's announcement of a 27-day ceasefire in line with the lockdown.
State security forces violating the rights of detainees, the NUPL said, may be charged with civil, criminal and administrative charges, and violation of Republic Act 7438 or An Act Defining Certain Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation.
Jose Maria Sison said the NDFP is not assured and satisfied that the ceasefire announcement is based on national unity against Covid-19, the appropriate solution of the pandemic as a medical problem and the protection of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, including workers, health workers, those with any serious ailments and the political prisoners.
For many peasant leaders like Manong Tony, the struggle for land rights, higher farmgate price, and appropriate services have also become a struggle to rise above state violence and fear.
Protestant churches and a farmer's group in Ilocos Norte said the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) is targeting civilian organizations and institutions under the govrenment’s counter-insurgency program, putting the lives of members in danger.
On March 9, 2020, Innabuyog, an alliance of progressive women's organizations and individuals in the Cordillera, with its member organizations, marched along the streets of Baguio City to protest for their rights and welfare and against violence, in line with the celebration of International Working Women's Day.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance announced the cancellation of the 36th Cordillera Day celebrations in Kalinga due to the Coronavirus threat. They also slammed the government's campaigns against the organization and the activity.
Reported cases of violence against women may be decreasing, but society has a long way to go towards a VAW-free community. Featuring a story from Mountain Province, this highlights the value of reporting VAW in women's journey to freedom.
Northern Dispatch expresses great concern on the safety of our correspondents in Ilocos and Cagayan Valley. Tagging journalists, as rebel members or sympathizers, is a clear threat to their safety and well-being, and to the people's right to know. It is condemnable, and an affront to democracy and free press.