24 November 2009
Justice for the Victims of the Maguindanao Massacre!
The Kilusang Mayo Uno joins the Filipino workers and people in condemning
the election-related massacre in Maguindanao that has killed more than 30
We cry for justice for the victims and their families. We also cry for
justice for the Filipino workers and people, whose sense of decency and
security has been unjustly assaulted by this senseless act of violence. We
call for the immediate and impartial investigation into this case, as well
as the swift punishment of those responsible for it.
Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as de facto president and commander-in-chief
of the armed forces, should take the lead and show both impartiality and
resolve in investigating this crime and punishing its perpetrators. Based
on her record of issuing pardon to well-known criminals from wealthy and
influential families and of coddling the most nauseous local traditional
politicians, it appears that Mrs. Arroyo’s motto is: No ally is too small
or too disgusting to break ranks with. The Filipino workers and people
demand that she break away from this motto in handling this crime.
This event does not augur well for the coming elections. Because of the
extreme puppetry and fascism of the Arroyo regime, the Filipino workers
and people are clamoring for change, even in the local levels. The
Maguindanao massacre shows us one possible response to this clamor for
change from those in wealth and power – violence. We therefore take this
incident as a warning to candidates who are pushing for change – including
and especially progressive candidates and party-lists – about what’s in
store in the coming months in the run-up to the May 2010 elections.
We warn the US-backed Arroyo regime: Do not use this massacre as an excuse
for bringing in more US troops and prolonging their stay in the country.
Do not exploit the people’s clamor for justice to advance US military
interests in the country and in this region of the world. Punish the
perpetrators of the crime, not the Filipino workers and people with the
death and destruction that go with US troops and bases. Punishing the
criminals does not necessitate the entry and prolonged stay of US troops
and bases, only the political will of the government which can only spring
from a sense of justice.
We call on the Filipino workers and people to translate their disgust and
condemnation into action. We have to push the Arroyo regime to seek
justice for the victims and the nation. We have to show the perpetrators
of this crime as well as other private armies and the military that we are
neither cowed nor rendered apathetic by these events. We have to prevent
the Arroyo regime from exploiting this crime to further its anti-people
ends as well as those of its US imperialist master. Let us denounce and
renounce warlordism and election-related violence as well as the old-type
politics in the country.
Reference: Lito Ustarez, Executive Vice President, 0908-6491992
Student Christian Movement of
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CONVENOR: TANGGULAN Youth Network for Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Statement Calling For Justice For The Victims Of The Maguindanao
November 24, 2009
The Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, an ecumenical group of
Christian youth and students, calls for justice for the victims of the
Maguindanao massacre, claiming no less than 36 lives including lawyers,
journalists and women.
We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and say
our prayers so that they may find solace in the midst of a very difficult
time for their families. We grieve with the children who lost their
mothers. We honor the lawyers and members of the media who lost their
lives in the line of their duty and profession. We are enraged even more
that all of them are civilians who faced extreme fear, possible abuse and
death in the hands of the perpetrators.
We demand an immediate investigation to bring the perpetrators to the bars
of justice, however powerful they may be and whatever connections they may
have. There should be an end to the culture of impunity which prevails
over the country. The lives claimed in this bloodbath should not simply be
added to the thousands of victims of political killings who still long for
justice. We appeal to those who have possible information leading to the
brains of the killings not to fear and aid in the search for justice for
With still six months prior to the 2010 elections, we witness the first
possible election-related violence unparalleled in recent history. While
we condemn this brutal act, we appeal to the people for heightened
vigilance. We all aspire for genuine change. This change, however, may be
halted by those who want to stay in power and protect their vested
interests in government office. This time needs for us to solidify our
ranks, people of Maguindanao and elsewhere, to stop any possible attempt
to trample our right to life and dignity, as well as our continuing clamor
The Arroyo government has failed again and again not only in protecting
the people, but in accounting for the human rights violations under its
reign. The power now dwells upon the collective action of the people. Let
us not leave no stone unturned in our quest for justice, whether under
this regime or beyond. ###
Reference: Ma. Cristina Guevarra, National Chairperson (0918-6106275)
24 November 2009
Migrante chapters, Muslims members in the Middle East condemn horrible
massacre of civilians, women, lawyers, and journalists; will hold indoor
interfaith prayer for the victims
Chapters and member-organizations of Migrante in the Middle East along
with its Muslim members today strongly denounce the barbaric massacre of
civilians, women, lawyers, and journalists in Maguindano the other day,
and join the calls of providing swift justice to the victims by putting
behind bars the perpetrators and mastermind of the most horrible crime
“It is really a sad moment for our fellow OFW-Muslim brothers and sisters
that during Eid Al-adha this horrible crime had happened, worst as those
involved were from two warring Muslims clans in Maguindanao,” said John
Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
Monterona said Muslim members of Migrante in the Middle East conveyed to
him how they felt hearing the horrible news from Maguindanao.
Binang Jiliano, a Muslim welfare case officer of the Kapatiran sa Gitnang
Silangang (KGS), an affiliate of Migrante in Riyadh, said along with his
fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, he condemned the massacre and urges
the Arroyo government to provide swift justice to all the victims.
“Muslim brotherhood, faith and unity should not be destroyed by one’s
thirst for power and political ambitions,” Jiliano added.
Jiliano conveyed to his fellow Muslims not to allow themselves to be
controlled by the present administration’s political machinations dividing
Muslims using one against the other in order to easily rule them.
Monterona said KGS and Migrante along with its Muslim members will lead an
indoor interfaith prayer for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre on
November 27, a Friday, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and at the same time
express their strong condemnation to the brutal killings of innocent
civilians, women, lawyers, and journalists.
“Migrante-Middle East, Muslim OFWs and their families joins the Filipino
people in demanding from the Arroyo government swift action to put behind
bars the masterminds and perpetrators of this gruesome massacre though the
alleged culprits are her political patrons in Maguindanao; the Arroyo
govt. must put an end to the prevailing culture of imputy which flourished
under her regime as numerous cases of political killings and
disappearances in the country have been recorded,” Monterona ended. # # #
Justice for all the victims on Maguindanao massacre!
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante Middle-East regional coordinator
Mobile No.: 00966 564 97 8012
November 24, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Youth solon calls for vigilance against election-related violence
Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond “Mong” Palatino today condemned
in strongest terms the brutal and senseless killing of 36 civilians,
including members of the Mangundadatu family, 2 lawyers and several
journalists, in Maguindanao.
“What happened was a very gruesome and horrible event. We, especially the
youth, are enraged and urged to up vigilance against election-related
violence. The stakes for a clean and honest elections have intensified,"
"We call on the present government to immediately investigate and punish
those responsible for this carnage. We will also support all independent
investigations by media and human rights groups and concerned citizens,”
Kabataan Partylist, together with youth and student groups, today lit
candles for the victims and held an indignation rally at the Scouts
Monument, Timog Avenue and a campus assembly in UP Diliman condemning
“The violence perpretrated by warlords and power-hungry politicos can
discourage and send a chilling effect especially to millions of young
voters. We challenge the present government to do everything and leave no
stones unturned in resolving these murders," the young solon said.
At the same time, the youth solon also challenged the 2010 presidentiables
to denounce the first political mass murder of the election season and to
swear in public that they will not engage in election-related violence to
ensure electoral victory.
“We have yet to hear from our presidential aspirants. As the leaders and
standard bearers of their respective political parties, they should direct
all their members to avoid using goons and guns. Our leaders and
candidates should make effort in ensuring that the Maguindanao murder
would be the last” Palatino said.
Palatino said he will file a resolution in Congress to investigate the
recent murder. ###
Office of Rep. Raymond ‘Mong’ Palatino
Temporary Office at 3rd Floor, Main Building
House of Representatives, Batasan Complex, Quezon City
Kabataan Party-list Rep. Mong Palatino
JM Ragaza, Media Officer, 09166947806
Statement of Tayo ang
Pag-asa on the Maguindanao Massacre
November 24, 2009
As of this writing, more than 40 bodies have been recovered from the site
of massacre in Maguindanao. Media organizations have so far reported
around 20 journalists killed, some of them freelance, along with two
lawyers and the relatives of Ismael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan,
Maguindanao. Other accounts say the women were raped, some were tortured,
and all 50 persons in the convoy were killed in one fell swoop by a
hundred hired goons.
The mass killing is a result of a long-held political feud between two
warlord clans, the Ampatuans and Mangudadatus, both of which have private
armies at their disposal.
It is bad enough that private armies can roam the streets with impunity,
intercepting at will and in broad daylight those who wish to challenge the
powers-that-be which they serve. In fact, since 2004, local and
international organizations have pointed to the culture of impunity that
afflicts the country, making possible political killings, graft, and
corruption, among other crimes.
This time, however, the madness and senseless brutality of the killings
brings the country to a new low, even in the context of the culture of
impunity. The obstruction of those whose sole agenda is to register
candidacy, a right that is most basic to democracy, compounded by the
indiscriminate killing of journalists and unarmed citizens, tell of the
utter lack of laws and principles that are the bedrock of any democratic
system. That a local warlord can hire up to a hundred armed men, that in
the first place warlordism is well and alive in parts of the country with
ties that reach as high up as Malacañang, tells of a system that obeys
barbarism more than it does justice.
Tayo ang Pag-asa therefore condemns in the strongest possible terms the
Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre. The incident brings to 20 the number of
journalists killed in the line of duty this year, possibly making
Philippines the most dangerous country for journalists in the world over.
This brutality calls for nothing less than collective outrage and the most
strident calls for justice and immediate punishment of the perpetrators.
Tayo ang Pag-asa also calls attention to the alleged ties of the Ampatuan
clan to Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who in the 2004 and 2007 elections
had landslide victories in areas controlled by the Ampatuans. In 2007, in
fact, Arroyo’s Team Unity garnered a 12-0 vote in Maguindanao, a score
which even experts say is a “statistical impossibility.” Undeniably, the
Arroyo regime is complicit in the lawlessness that afflicts Maguindanao.
Tayo ang Pag-asa therefore demands accountability from both the president
and the warlord allies she has coddled.
There is much to be done for this semblance of a democratic system, where
the vanguards of democracy – media persons and the citizenry – constantly
face threats to their lives even in the exercise of their duties and civil
If anything, the senseless loss of lives underscores the need to pursue a
government that is not beholden to any individual or group except the
public, that is able to punish the perpetrators with immediacy and
political will, and that can guarantee all the rights of every citizen,
including the right to life.
Tayo ang Pag-asa is a recently-formed youth movement for social change.
For queries, contact Alvin Peters (09206209362), president, National Union
of Students of the Philippines.#
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2009
Jollene Levid, GABNet Secretary-General
AF3IRM/GABNET STATEMENT ON THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE:
ERADICATE WARLORD DYNASTIES TO GIVE JUSTICE
TO VICTIMS OF THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE
AF3IRM/GabNet condemns the murder of some 50 persons in Maguindanao,
Philippines, including some 14 women, who appear to have been raped as
well, and scores of media people. It is ironic that at the start of 16
Days of Activism against Violence against Women, the Philippines should
once again make news around the world for an act so vile it boggles the
AF3IRM/GabNet condemns the continuing tolerance of and for petty feudal
clan dynasties which are antithetical to the country’s claims of
democracy. Feudal clan dynasties make a mockery of Philippines’
self-characterization as a republic and reveal its barbaric political
structure as nothing more than fiefdoms controlled through violence and
AF3IRM/GabNet holds the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
responsible for this climate of impunity toward the murder of journalists,
political rivals and political critics. This administration has become the
quintessential expression of lawlessness, power-addiction and violence
that characterize puppet governments who rule through violence and against
the consent and allegiance of the people. Warlordism has become rife in
the country as Macapagal-Arroyo continues to allow her allies to build
private armies, steal and loot from the public treasury, kill all those
who dissent and consider themselves so coddled by the Macapagal-Arroyo
administration they deem themselves to have the divine right to power by
virtue of violence. OUST GLORIA NOW!
AF3IRM/GabNet demands absolute justice for the victims and punishment for
all those responsible, including members of the Ampatuan clan who have
been named as having committed and/or ordered this massacre. Let us not
tolerate once again the historic pattern of political killings in the
Philippines where masterminds get away scot-free while the hirelings are
thrown under the bus by their overlords.
AF3IRM/GabNet notes that this unprecedented act of murderous barbarism
occurs at a time when the United States has entered the Mindanao region in
support of the Macapagal-Arroyo government, and that violence has
escalated in the region since this incursion. US HANDS OFF MINDANAO AND
And lastly, AF3IRM/GabNet reminds our Filipino brothers and sisters of the
Islamic faith of this verse from the Holy Qu’ran: “And the servants of
Allah… are those who walk on earth in humility, and when the ignorant
address them, they say ‘Peace.’”
Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization