More than 300 participants attended the Aywanan Environment and Mining Summit held on August 24 at the St. Mary’s School Gym in Sagada Mountain Province where they made a united stand and plan of action against the mining applications of the Cordillera Exploration Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation, covering more than 60,000 hectares in the Cordillera and Ilocos Sur province.
In an interview in 2018, during the International Solidarity Mission in Ifugao, Bandon Lee made it clear that state agents and their minions are the only ones that have the motive to inflict harm to him and members of the Ifugao Peasant Movement. Meanwhile, the 5th Infantry Division and its 54th Infantry Division have recently made a statement calling the accusations of Brandon Lee’s colleagues on the military’s involvement in the shooting as “devoid of logic and factual basis”. Here is part of that interview.
Different groups in Baguio City held indignation rally for the shooting of journalist and human rights defender Brandon Lee by still unidentified gunmen on August 6 in front of their house in Lagawwe, Ifugao.
Kimberlie Ngabit Quitasol, editor-in-chief of Northern Dispatch, delivers our statement on the attempt on Brandon Lee’s life during the protest in Baguio City on August 7 at the People’s Park to condemn the attack and demand justice.
Members of the Baguio-Benguet Coalition Against Jeepney Phase-out underscored that the government is merely using the PUV modernization program to pave the way for big business to monopolize the service on July 30 during their protest at the Modern PUV Caravan at the Baguio City Hall.
Gabriela Women’s Partylist Representative Arlene Brosas took her Oath of Office at the ancestral house of women revolutionary Doña Maria Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang, better known as Gabriela Silang. The local government of Candon City restored the place and converted it to a museum. This is where Gabriela and husband Diego planned their revolt against the Spanish colonizers with the aid of the British forces.
In a press conference on April 4, the dean of the University of the Cordilleras College of Nursing Judith Magwilang together with officials of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) asserted that nurses or anybody for that matter, fighting for just wages and stable jobs and advocating peace do not deserve to be vilified nor be associated with any armed groups.
The Municipality of Bauko in Mountain Province is building a concrete wall along its boundary with Hungduan, Ifugao at Mt. Kalawitan to prevent forest fires and land conversion of forest lands into vegetable gardens.
To commemorate the International Women’s Day, different government agencies and Innabuyog – Alliance of Women’s Organizations in the Cordillera joined the world-wide call to end violence against women during the 1 Billion Rising at the People’s Park in Baguio City.
Tignayan Productions, a local alternative media outfit in Ilocos launched a film inspired by true events that led to the upsurge of the revolutionary movement in the region early evening on December 10, as part of this year’s International Human Rights Day commemoration.
Jeepney drivers and small operators in the city staged another protest on Wedsnesday, December 5, against the impending phase-out of jeepneys under the public utility vehicles modernization program of the government. The activity was part of the nationally-coordinated action initiated by Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operaytor Nationwide (PISTON).
On September 17, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in the Cordillera. The directive is Cimatu’s response after a massive landslide hit the mining town of Itogon at the height of Typhoon Ompong. More than a month after, thousands of families continue to look for alternative livelihood, with some already burried in debts. Small scale miners explain why the uplanned DENR order to close their operations is not fair and worst than the disaster brought by Typhoon Ompong.