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The family of Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, a female overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who died in Abu Dhabi, is demanding an impartial investigation of her death and the immediate repatriation of her remains.
The family of journalist and rights activist Brandon Lee expressed worries about his safety and the impartiality of the ongoing investigation. They also voiced disbelief on the military’s denial of its involvement in the shooting nor its claim of having a “harmonious relationship” with the victim.
International groups condemned and expressed concern on the intensified attacks against activists after the recent shooting of local journalist and paralegal volunteer Brandon Lee by unidentified gunmen in Lagawe, Ifugao.
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.
An Igorot activist, labeled by the Philippine government as “terrorist”, is the first Filipino to receive the prestigious Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for defending human rights and promoting democracy from the May 18 Memorial Foundation.
Igorot activist Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, scion of Ibaloi chieftain Mateo Cariño is this year’s recipient of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. She is the first Filipino conferred with the honor by May 18 Memorial Foundation, one of the largest human rights group in South Korea.
The lessons from the courageous narratives of Lamnamkok and Chico are an inspiration not only to indigenous peoples but also the younger generations of rights defenders around the world who believe that, in a way or another, we can change the world.
Heidelberg, from Udo’s kitchen table—From the time of publishing I have completed my visit to partners and networks in Germany.
By RANDY FELIX MALAYAO www.nordis.net I have always yearned to see the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or North Korea. Not for their most popular traditional food kimchi, the ginseng, or Koryo founder ‘Jumong’ though. But to learn more how the...
“This is our land, we lived here, we will die here”
The aggressive development push in Cordillera involves extensive scale of violation of indigenous peoples’ rights over their land and primarily their right to free, prior and informed consent. Villagers of Huhlukan Barangay in Ifugao complaint on the real FPIC process prescribed by NCIP was not followed for proposed hydro electric projects as information was denied to them by Santa Clara Company for the proposed dam in Tinoc. Villagers are rather misinformed that villagers will have roads, electricity, and employment with the dam construction.
Sowing fear is basically also what bullies do to their victims to get what they want. Some may remember the bullies in their school days who were hungry for recognition. It was important for them to control the class so they bully their classmates with threats of a fist fight, name calling, constant harassment and even run away with their victims’ “baon”.

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ILOCOS REGION

UCCP pastor, red-tagged by the military, fears for life and family

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.

CORDILLERA REGION

Magalong pronouncement on safety of activists welcomed

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.

CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

Kabataan Party-list files petition against mandatory ROTC

Kabataan Party-list Cagayan Valley filed a petition in the House of Representatives opposing the mandatory implementation of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.