Issue of March 11, 2018
     
NEWS
Benguet
Ifugao
Kalinga
 
OPINION
 

2017
Panagbenga Flower Festival
 
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Present and former CPA officials are not terrorists
SARAH DEKDEKEN, CPA Secretary General, Baguio City

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance vehemently condemns the proscription petition filed by Department of Justice Senior State Prosecutor Peter Ong on Feb. 21 at a regional court in Manila. Almost 600 persons are listed as respondents to the petition tagging them as members of the Communist Party-National Democratic Front of the Philippines-New People’s Army under the draconian Human Security Act of 2007.

Among the listed respondents were several past and present leaders of CPA such as Victoria Tauli Corpuz, current United Nations Special Raporteur on Indigenous Peoples; Joan Carling, current coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group under the UN Sustainable Development Goals; Atty. Jose Molintas, former member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Beverly Longid, current global coordinator for the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation;  Joanna Cariño, member of the CPA Advisory Council and Sandugo co-chairperson; Jeanette Ribaya Cawiding, past chairperson of Tongtongan ti Umili and present coordinator of the Confede-ration for Unity Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees; Windel Bolinget, present chairperson of the CPA; and IP rights advocate Sherwin de Vera.

CPA views this petition as a throwback to the tumultuous days of the Arroyo and Aquino regimes wherein indigenous activists and human rights defenders were systematically tagged as terrorists thru Order of Battle lists and neutralized thru extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances.

Majority of the people on the list are women indigenous activists who fought and endured the fascist regimes of Marcos to Aquino. Only two months has passed since Sherwin de Vera, who was arrested last December on false charges of rebellion bailed out of jail, another Ifugao activist Ricardo Mayumi was shot only last week. This blatant use of power to protect economic and political interests in the country is only typical of a terrorist and a fascist dictator.

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:: ‘Mishandling’ traditional activities of Panagbenga
This has reference to recent editorials of the Baguio Midland Courier about the power struggle and alleged lack of transparency and lack of expertise in the management of the Baguio Blooms Exposition and Session Road in Bloom (SRB).
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:: Oleoresin tapping can prevent logging
Poverty and lack of employment opportunities are recognized as the problems of about 18 million of the country’s population who are dependent on forestry for their livelihood.
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:: Role models needed to combat youth’s addiction to vices
A 2016 study by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey showed that smokers are getting younger with age ranging between 12 and 18.
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:: Suggestions in improving Panagbenga
Here are some of the issues the city government of Baguio has to address regarding the annual celebration of the Panagbenga.
 

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