“Our call remains that their basic human rights be respected, they be accorded due process, and for their immediate release to be with their friends and families.”
CPP declares 10 days of mourning for Joma Sison
“The Central Committee and the entire Party will forever be guided and inspired by Ka Joma’s immortal revolutionary spirit,.”
Joma Sison dies, CPP announces
Jose Maria Sison, founding chairperson of the re-established Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), passed away Friday, Dec. 16, the revolutionary group’s official newspaper announced today. He was 83.
‘Peace consultant and peasant organizer stabbed, hacked’ – NDF Negros
The National Democratic Front in Negros (NDF-Negros) said peace consultant and poet Ericson Acosta and peasant organizer Joseph Jimenez were stabbed and hacked, belying claims of the military that the two died during gun fight in Kabankalan City last Nov. 30.
NDF-Negros: Military murdered peace consultant-poet Ericson Acosta
NDF-Negros spokesperson Bayani Obrero said in a statement that Acosta and a companion were captured alive at around two o’clock in the morning of November 30 but were announced as casualties in a “fake encounter” a few hours later.
NPA-Negros regional spokesperson Juanito Magbanua dies
The New People’s Army said Juanito Magbanua was summarily-killed as there was no clash in the area and only four shots were fired that ended the ailing rebel spokesperson’s life.
Philippine Army orders mass evacuation in Himamaylan City
The 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) ordered civilians to either vacate their homes or stay indoors as pursuit operations are being conducted against New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.
Tribes reject large dams in Balbalan and Pinukpuk, Kalinga
By ROD ASURIN Kodao Productions TABUK CITY – Five tribes in upper Kalinga province declared opposition to large dam projects in two of the country’s cleanest bodies of water, the Saltan and Cal-oan (Mabaca) rivers. Around 200 representatives from the Salegseg, Poswoy, Dao-angan, Ab-aba-an and Mabaca tribes in Balbalan town and the Limos tribe in…
Electricity that does not destroy the environment
Upper Katablangan in Conner, Kalinga enjoys 20 years of nearly uninterrupted power supply from the community’s micro-hydro project this year. This remote community located 20 kilometers from its nearest neighboring barangay could be reached with an eight-hour trek up a perilous foot trail when it is rainy or two hours on expertly-driven motorcycles when the road is dry enough. It is one of the first barangays in Abra, Kalinga and Apayao provinces to build a micro-hydro power plant for electricity, a vital service often taken for granted in lowland communities.
From bodong to electricity
It took the community four years to construct the dam and the canal towards the power station. Aside from their labor, the community cut trees for lumber as their contribution to the project. They built a cement platform for the machinery and a small building for the power station. The community’s remoteness prevented them from bringing motorized machines to help them; everything had to be done by hand.
Anti-dam activist’s abductors wanted him to turn gov’t spy
Tauli’s colleagues said kidnappers were state security forces.