Links: Good Reads

Are you looking for good and interesting reads?

We suggest you check out Ellen Tordesillas’ blog as she has the latest updates on our jailed heroes, Captain Ruben Guinolbay and Captain Dante Langkit. Check it out here. Thanks Ellen for looking after our kailiyans.

Then you should also check out our conversations (i.e., Chyt and I) with Dean Jorge Bocobo on indigenous peoples, the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA), and Igorots. You can read the Dean’s post here and Chyt’s first comment here (if the link doesn’t bring you to Chyt’s comment, just scroll down to the bottom of the page).

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Pfc Manuel Tayaban, 2007

Private First Class Manuel Tayaban is one of our recent heroes who lost his life because of the ongoing conflict in Basilan. He is reportedly from Asin in Tuba, Benguet. His sacrifice and heroism will hopefully help our country find the peace that it deserves.

Our condolences to PFC Tayaban’s family.

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Our "Mutineers": Captain Langkit and Captain Guinolbay

Our thanks to Ellen Tordesillas who sent us these photos of our kailiyans, Capt. Ruben Guinolbay and Capt. Dante Langkit, two gallant military officers who are on trial for their alleged participation in the aborted withdrawal of support from Gloria Arroyo in February 2006. [Edited: We originally stated that they are under trial for the Oakwood mutiny which is not correct. Thanks Ellen.]

We have been blogging about Captain Guinolbay, so we’re sure you already know him. In case you missed our previous posts, you can read them here, here, and here.

We initially didn’t know about Captain Langkit so we haven’t done much blogging about him. In fact we only heard of him during the past elections when his twin brother ran for Congress in Kalinga. Thankfully, Ellen has some information for us:

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Gloria’s 2007 SONA: The Good Bill’s Assessment

As reported earlier by Evil Bill Bilig, Gloria mentioned three of our kailiyans during her State of the Nation Address (SONA). They are Mt. Province Governor Maximo Dalog, Warren Ambat and Hester Umayam. Of course, she mentioned many other politicians (55 according to Newsbreak) and several other private individuals.

What’s up with all that name dropping? We think it is her attempt to maintain those politicians’ favor. She also mentioned the names of private persons who have achieved something (won awards, etc.) in order to appropriate their achievements and to make us believe that these people are winners because of Gloria.

Anyways, let’s look at what Gloria said in relation to the Cordilleras. First, here’s where she mentioned our roads (Halsema and the Tabuk-Tinglayan road) and where she gave a shout out to Governor Dalog:

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