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The saga of Aringay rail line

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RAIL TO NOWHERE  Nestor Ninnuan (left) says the abandoned tunnel of the railway track that would have run from his hometown of Aringay in La Union to Baguio City has fallen prey to treasure hunters and vandals.  PHOTOS BY RAY ZAMBRANO

On top of the entrance to a concrete tunnel in Barangay Poblacion in Aringay town, La Union province, are the Roman numerals MCMXIII.

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

NCIP voids Baguio ancestral land titles

An Ibaloi family puts up signboards around Wright Park (which is popular to horseback-riding tourists) and near lands controlled by the presidential mansion after the Court of Appeals validated in April 2013 an ancestral land title awarded by the government.  EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has nullified ancestral land titles that cover two Baguio parks, the city’s oldest hotel and a part of the reservation of the presidential mansion, an NCIP official said on Sunday.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Co-ops see power rate manipulation

AMBUKLAO Dam, one of the oldest hydropower facilities in the country, continues to serve the country, after it was rehabilitated. 
EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Before the government pursues new power deals to prevent blackouts, it should first resolve the unexplained 2013 increase in power rates that had been attributed to the country’s electricity trading mechanism, a group of electric cooperatives said here last week.

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Human Rights Victims Claims Board: Where the elderly pour out their pain

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THIS PHOTO of police brutality on protesters is among those displayed in the exhibit, “Himagsik at Protesta,” put up by Karapatan at the University of the Philippines Library until Sept. 21 for the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial rule. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY TONETTE OREJAS

Outside a dull, unremarkable building at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City, a line of weary, graying folk brave the heat and the long wait to tell their stories from four decades ago.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Looking beyond Panagbenga

BANGAOET: 1940-2014  photo by VINCENT CABREZA

The Inquirer sat down with lawyer Damaso Bangaoet Jr. in February to solicit his views on the future of Panagbenga, the festival he helped create to draw tourists back to the summer capital.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

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