KAMATUORAN - Lanao holds
Black Friday protest
March 14, 2008
Kamatuoran, a Mindanao-wide coalition of organizations calling for truth in the various Arroyo scandals, led a protest rally calling for the ouster of Arroyo. Kamatuoran-Lanao is composed mainly of religious groups and people’s organizations.
The rally featured “Juan dela Cruz” carrying a cross of issues ranging from corruption, exra-judicial killings and other problems. Kamatuoran Lanao Coalition convenor Sr. Minda Obnimaga, RGS, of the Sisters Association in Mindanao (SAMIN) said that this facet represents “the Filipino people’s heavy burden coming from the anti-people policies and deeds imposed by Mrs. Arroyo unto the Filipino people.”
|Photos courtesy of Suara Bangsamoro|
14 March 2008
For reference: Kristian Mark Urbano, Public Information Officer (0928-398-8908)
Kamatuoran Lanao: Iligan Police GMA’s string-puppet
Iligan City—“Their lies are becoming obvious.”
This is the statement of Br. Roseal Cabatcha, TOR, convenor of Kamatuoran Lanao Coalition, referring to Iligan City Police for trying to prohibit the group today from launching the “Black Friday Protest” at the front of the City Post Office for not having a permit.
But the group said they have applied for permit on March 12, 2008 but was rejected by Police Senior Superintendent Virgilio Ranes because they (police) will be “having many activities this week and monitoring threats and criminalities (sic).”
“They said they are busy and this is the reason why they can’t provide the security, so the permit was denied, but why over a score of policemen in civilian clothes are here asserting the ‘no permit, no rally’ policy?” Brother Cabatcha emphasized.
Rallyists complained of police cruelty. “They are dragging our members because they said they want to interrogate them inside the police station,” said Kristian Mark Urbano, the group’s Public Information Officer. “We were there (police station) these past two days but they gave us cold shoulders, and why force us now to stop the rally and go with them for a negotiation? Now, it’s not our fault,” he stressed.
The group also failed to secure a permit on their March 8 Women’s Day Rally because Superintendent Ranes said “the issue is over.” The Coalition cried foul and said it is not the police’ duty to rule on issues, and pursued their Walk for Truth in heavy rains.
“Now, their conscious effort to block protest actions is becoming crystal clear. Mrs. Arroyo has mobilized her fascist machinery up to the lowest level to ensure her stay in Malacanang. And just like their crooked boss, Superintendent Ranes and his flocks are displaying their anti-democratic character by quelling people’s dissent over a hated regime,” Brother Cabatcha added.
Kamatuoran is a Mindanao-wide coalition of organizations calling for truth over the series of scandals wracking the Arroyo regime. It is active in its call for the ouster of Mrs. Arroyo from her office for corruption, fascism and puppetry to United States. Its local coalition in Lanao is composed mainly of religious groups and people’s organizations.
As the Holy Week approaches, today’s rally featured “Juan dela Cruz” carrying a cross of issues ranging from corruption, exra-judicial killings and other problems. Kamatuoran Lanao Coalition convenor Sr. Minda Obnimaga, RGS, of the Sisters Association in Mindanao (SAMIN) said that this facet represents “the Filipino people’s heavy burden coming from the anti-people policies and deeds imposed by Mrs. Arroyo unto the Filipino people.”
The group vows to hold similar protest actions in the future, “even devoid of permit,” the group said.###
Contrary to the claim of
National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales that the "worst of the
political crisis is over" for her President, church and multi-sectoral
groups are not over yet in demanding the Arroyo government to account for
multiple accounts of corruption, gross
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