National Day of Action to free the Morong 43

and all political prisoners

 

Quezon City

 

September 17, 2010

 

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Statement of Morong 43 on Sept 17 National Day of Action and Sympathy Fast

Prolonged Illegal Detention is Justice Denied!

We, the Morong 43 appeal to our government for an impartial and swift justice on our case and the cases of all political prisoners in the country. For eight months ,we are languishing in jail. We are being detained illegally based on a defective warrant. In addition, we are falsely accused of illegal possession of fire arms and explosives while conducting a health training. Furthermore, our case in the Court of Appeals, has not been acted upon since April 2010.

While in detention, our rights are continuously violated. For the first 3 months

under military detention, we had been subjected to physical and psychological torture while being handcuffed and blindfolded for six hours. Twice, our military

captors blocked our motion for transfer to a civilian detention facility.

Now while on civilian detention, the court denied Judilyn Oliveros’ motion for release on recognizance, to stay out of jail, and only granted a three-month stay at the hospital.

Until now we can not understand what crime have we committed to suffer these kinds of injustices. Is it a crime and impart health knowledge and skills to community health workers in order to help deprived communities of health services?

Eight months of detention has caused suffering to our families, relatives, friends and supporters. The communities that we serve are continuously being neglected and are still suffering from basic health care.

On this day, we join the National Day of Action and Sympathy Fast to protest the continued trampling and violation of our human rights. We appeal to all freedom-loving people to help fight for and restore the respect to the rule of law and above all respect for human rights.

We ask President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to release us and all political prisoners without conditions to concretize his banner pronouncement during his State-of-the-Nation Address on respect for human rights.

Prolonged illegal detention is justice denied!
Free the 43 community health workers!
Free all political prisoners!
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The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) - Philippines is an organization of former political detainees in the country. Founded in December 4, 1984, SELDA was initiated by former political prisoners during the Martial Law period. It works for the unconditional release of all political prisoners and humane treatment of those who are still in detention; for the advocacy on the conditions of political prisoners, the fundamental reasons for their arrest and detention, and their struggle for justice; mobilization of resources for political prisoners and their families; legislative actions on the indemnification and rehabilitation of political detainees; and promotion of partnerships and solidarity with organizations for the freedom and welfare of political prisoners and victims of tyranny.

Address: 2/F Erythrina Building, #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets, Brgy. Central District, Quezon City
Tel: 632-4342839
Email: selda.phils@gmail.com, selda_phils@yahoo.com.ph
Blogspot: www.seldapilipinas.wordpress.com
 

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Para sa Morong 43

 

KUMPISAL
by Pia Montalban

 on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 6:45am
 

Sa Ngalan ng Ama

(mong namayapa na)

ng Anak (na nagAama-amahan)

at ng Espiritu (ni Sam, IMF at World Bank)...

 

Amen.

 

Halos Buwan-buwan po

sa patalon-talon na paglalakbay

ng mga likhang sining biswal,

sa bawat pagbubukas ng eksibit

halaw sa Morong43 FactSheet,

 

ang sining po namin ay nagkukumpisal.

 

Pagpalain kang Anak ng Bayan,

Pakinggan natin ang Kumpisal ng Bayan:

 

Ay, Salamat Padre,

Ito po ang aming mga kasalanan--

 

Binibigyang boses namin

ang mga nasa kulungan.

Ang mga naghihintay na dukha

sa Kanyang Mabuting Balita,

aming kinakalinga.

Ang mga pamamaslang,

paglabag sa karapatang pantao,

at lahat ng porma ng pagsasamantala,

lahat po sila. Lahat po'y aming

sinisita.

 

Kasalanang malaki

malaking-malaki

ang kami po'y higit na maniwala

sa sinasabi ng aming mga anak, asawa, kasama,

kaysa sa iginigiit ng mga militar na bersyon nilang tama.

 

Kasalanang malaki

malaking-malaki

ang patuloy na itanong:

Sino si Mario Conde?

Saan sa Morong Rizal ang kanyang tahanan?

Iisang tao ang hinahanap,

bakit Apatnapu't Tatlo ang ginapos at kinidnap?

Ano ang kaugnayan ng karayom,

sa pagiging "rebelde"?

Anong talento meron ang mga buntis,

at sila'y mga bomb expert na walang mintis?

Anong mahika mayruon ang granada

at kailangan siyang gawing unan ng mga kasama?

 

Kasalanang malaki

malaking-malaki,

Kasalanang napakalaki

ang sikaping bawasan

ang anim sa bawat sampung kababayan

na namamatay

nang hindi man lang nakakakita

ng kahit isang manggagawang pangkalusugan.

 

Kasalanang napakalaki!

Ngunit hindi kami hihingi ng tawad

sa kapangahasan ng pagtatambad

Hinding-hindi kami hihingi ng tawad

at bagkus ipagpapatuloy ang paglalantad!

 

Pagpalain kang Anak ng Bayan,

Si San Lukas ay pakinggan:

Aniya,

sinugo Niya ako upang

ipahayag

sa mga bihag

na sila'y lalaya.

Sa mga bulag,

na sila'y makakikita.

At bigyang kaluwagan

ang mga pinagsasamantalahan.

 

Usalin mo agaran

sa tuwing ika'y maging makasalanan

pagsisisi ang daan sa kapatawaran

ganito, Anak ng Bayan,

ako'y iyong sabayan:

 

O Bayan ko, ikinalulungkot ko nang buong puso

ang pagkakasala ko sa iyo.

Kinasusuklaman ko

ang lahat kong kasalanan dahil sa takot kong

mawala sa akin ang kapangyarihan at langit

at dahil sa takot ko sa hirap

kapag hindi sumayaw sa indak ng US-IMF-at World Bank,

kaya't higit nagpapatong-patong ang pananalasa ko sa kahirapan mo.

Bayan na walang hanggan ang pagtitiis,

ika'y nararapat na ibigin nang walang katapusan.

Matibay akong nagtitika na ikukumpisal ko ang aking mga kasalanan,

tutuparin ang hamon ng panahon

at sa tulong ng iyong biyaya ay magpapanibagong hubog.

 

 

 Amen.

 

Humayo ka,

Mabuting Anak ng Bayan,

at ipahayag mo ang Mabuting Balita

ng kalayaan!

  

-------

halaw sa paraan

ng pagkukumpisal

sa Katolikong Simbahan

 

 

 

Para kay Judielyn*

ni Pia Montalban

Nakalunok ng pakwan
ang babaeng palaban.
Pumulas
ang binhing sa Pulang katas
ay sumirit kahit marahas ang batas,

trapiko. Lalo't sa takdang pagpula
na hudyat ng pagtawid ay may babala:
"May Namatay na Dito"

Ngunit walang pangamba!
Bitbit ang bunga
ng 'sang novena.

Walang sawa sa paulit-ulit na dalangin
sa mga tantos ng rosaryo'y usal ay Ama Namin:

"Free, free, free the 43!"
"Free, free, free the 43!"
"Manggagawang Pangkalusugan"
"Palayain!"
"Palayain!"
"Manggagawang Pangkalusugan

Patlang.
Sinagot ang panalangin
sa pamamagitan ng patlang.
Nakatulog ang babaeng nakapiring
sa pagtimbang ng kulang

Nakakabingi ang kawalan
ng hustisya't katahimikan.
Nakakabingi ang kapayapaan,

tinubog. Mapupunit ang karimlan.
Puputok ang panubigan.
Luluha ng dugo ang pinto ng langit.
Kuryente, gutom, bugbog, at anumang langitngit
ng tortyur mula sa Heneral na nagngingitngit,
ay hindi sapat, para pigilan ang pagugit,
sa pagire ng mga dalit at pasakit.

Guguhit.
"Uhaa... Uhaa.."

Malusog na batang Paslit,
taas kamao't Agit.
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* Si Judielyn Carina Oliveros ay isa sa Apat napu't Tatlong illegal na napiit na mga manggagawang pangkalusugan. Nakatakda siyang manganak ngayon Hulyo sa loob ng kulungan.

 

     

 

FREE THE MORONG 43 ALLIANCE * KARAPATAN * SELDA
PRESS RELEASE – 17 September 2010

Morong 43 and hundreds of political prisoners nationwide stage protest fast;
Filipinos here and abroad call for their immediate release

More than a hundred political prisoners in various detention centers all over the country staged a protest fast to press for their immediate release, and supported by their relatives and human rights advocates.

Around 148 political prisoners from 20 detention facilities in the National Capital Region, Ifugao, Isabela, Tuguegarao City, Bohol, Danao City, Cebu City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Leyte Provincial Jail, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro joined in protest of their continued unjust incarceration. High profile detainees from Camp Crame and the 43 health workers in Camp Bagong Diwa lead the protest fast of political prisoners in Metro Manila that also includes prisoners in New Bilibid Prison, Camp Karingal, and Correctional Institute for Women.

Meanwhile the relatives of the Morong 43, supporters and human rights advocates also staged a sympathy fast in front of the Ninoy Aquino monument in Quezon Avenue. President Aquino’s father, Ninoy Aquino, himself was a former political prisoner during the Marcos dictatorship.

A mass for the Morong 43 at the neaby parish of St.Peters the Apostle was officiated by Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez. Sen. Loren Legarda, Chuman Rights Commissioner Jose Mamauag, former Rep. Liza Maza, ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño also attended, together with relatives and other civil libertarians.
“It has been almost one hundred days since President Noynoy Aquino assumed the presidency and yet we haven’t heard any single word from the President about the plight and release of political prisoners who were illegally arrested and detained by the previous Arroyo regime,” said Fr. Dionito Cabillas, secretary general of Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at para sa Amnestiya (SELDA).

Dr. Julie Caguiat of the Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance, expressed disgust over the continued illegal detention and plight of the Morong 43. “They we’re detained on the basis of a faulty warrant using fictitious name. Our colleagues were tortured and sexually molested by the military.” Caguiat said. “The Morong 43 should be released now because their incarceration is patently illegal.”

On the other hand, Jigs Clamor, secretary general of Karapatan and husband of Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, one of the detained Morong 43, said, “Pres. Aquino must stop his empty rhetorics about the government’s respect for human rights since he has done nothing about respect for human rights and the plight of political prisoners”.

“The Morong 43 and all political prisoners are prisoners of conscience. They were arrested and detained because they fought against the corrupt and fascist Arroyo regime. Their continued incarceration is a sign of sick society under a government who claimed to respect for human rights,” Clamor added.

Simultaneously, the Filipino community in Canada will today hold a candle light vigil to press for the release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners. Messages of support and solidarity from various groups from Auckland, Germany, U.S. and Canada were also sent.
Clamor said that the government must act now, and must act faster. “We are afraid that the fasting will become a full blown hunger strike and deal another political embarrassment for Aquino in the international community,” warned Clamor. ###

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2nd Flr. Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Sts., Central District
Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
Web: http://www.karapatan.org

KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign. It was established in 1995.
 

     
     
           
     
     
     

 

POLITICAL PRISONERS
11-A P.I.C. NBP MUNTINLUPACITY

SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

Maalab na pagbati ang pinaabot namin sa inyong lahat na mga kasama at sa buong sambayanang Pilipino!

Ang kalagayan ng mga bilanggong pulitikal sa New Bilibid Prisons ay nananatiling matatag sa aming paninindagan bilang bilanggong pulitikal, sa kabila ng matagal na ikinulong ang aming katawan. Pero malaya ang aming isipan upang ipagpatuloy ang pakikibaka at sumuporta sa lahat ng inilulunsad na laban ng mga mamamayan.

Kaming mga bilanggong pulitikal sa NBP ay nakikiisa at sumusuporta sa panawagan
na palayain ang Morong 43 at lahat ng mga bilanggong pulitikal at magsasagawa ng 12 oras na fasting protest.

Naniniwala ang mga bilanggong pulitikal sa pamamagitan ng sama samang pagkilos ng mamamayan, hindi lang ang Morong 43 at ang mga bilanggong pulitikal ang magpapalaya kundi ang sambayanang pilipino sa kamay ng naghaharing sistema.

Habang patuloy na ginigipit ang mamamayang nakikibaka sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang gobyerno, siya naman ang magpapatatag ng aming kalagayan upang mananatili ang diwang mapanlaban.

PALAYAIN ANG MORONG 43 AT LAHAT NA BILANGGONG PULITIKAL AT ANG SAMBAYANANG PILIPINO!

MARAMING SALAMAT.

Jeff Yambot
Edgardo Lingan
Francis Versosa
Victoriano Segura
Ricardo Solangon
Danilo Sioncio
Sonny Mabilla
Arnillo Gavillo
Alfredo Montajes
Lamberto Santiago
Arturo Pangilinan
Crisanto Ceriola
Raul Villar
Romeo Lariano
Generoso Ceriola
Rodel Caballero
Jesus Alegre
Selmam Alegre
Joel Ramada
Marcial Dosmanos
Rolando Panamogan

 

Photo by Judy Taguiwalo
Photo by Judy Taguiwalo

Photo by Judy Taguiwalo

           
     
Signature campaign to free all policatl prisoners
     

 

NEWS RELEASE
September 16, 2010
For Reference: Fr. Dionito Cabillas, SELDA National Secretary General

(0917-5965859)

FORMER POLITICAL PRISONERS WELCOME INTL RIGHTS LAWYERS’ SUPPORT FOR MORONG 43 AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS, SET TO JOIN NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AND SYMPATHY FAST

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) today welcomed the concern and support extended by members of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers to the plight of the 43 health workers who were illegally arrested and are still under detention, as they met yesterday with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to press for the their immediate release.

Fr. Dionito Cabillas, Secretary General of SELDA, said the delegation of eight lawyers from various parts of the globe led by IADL President Jeanne Mirer expressed their concern for the immediate review of the case.

“We hope that Sec. de Lima’s review on the case of the Morong 43 will start very soon, as every day in detention is another day of injustice for the detained health workers. We urge the Justice Secretary to likewise review the cases of the 388 political prisoners who remain in jails and detention centers nationwide,” Cabillas stated.

SELDA, together with Karapatan and the Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance, is set to conduct the National Day of Action and Sympathy Fast tomorrow to call for the immediate release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners.

Martial Law activists and SELDA board members led by Marie Enriquez (Chairperson), stage and film director Boni Ilagan (Vice Chairperson), former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, and woman leader Trinidad Herrera will join tomorrow’s activities. Political prisoners in detention facilities in Cordillera, National Capital Region, Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Leyte, Misamis Oriental, and Compostela Valley will join the sympathy fast.

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The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) - Philippines is an organization of former political detainees in the country. Founded in December 4, 1984, SELDA was initiated by former political prisoners during the Martial Law period. It works for the unconditional release of all political prisoners and humane treatment of those who are still in detention; for the advocacy on the conditions of political prisoners, the fundamental reasons for their arrest and detention, and their struggle for justice; mobilization of resources for political prisoners and their families; legislative actions on the indemnification and rehabilitation of political detainees; and promotion of partnerships and solidarity with organizations for the freedom and welfare of political prisoners and victims of tyranny.

 

Download:

SELDA list of political prisoners participating in the National Day of Action for the release of all poliical prisonoers

 

     
           
     
BAYAN'S Dove with the famous Manila Bay sunset a few kilometers beyond

Hunger for freedom and justice of the Morong 43 and  all political prisoners but Aquino III and his Yellow Cabinet decided to extend the murderous Oplan Bantay Laya while they are coining a new counterinsurgency oplan based on the CounterInsurgency Guidine of lthe United States.

     
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PAHAYAG NG PAKIKIISA SA PAMBANSANG ARAW NG PAGKILOS PARA SA PAGPAPALAYA SA MORONG 43 AT LAHAT NG MGA BILANGGONG PULITIKAL
SETYEMBRE 17, 2010

Militanteng pagbati!

Ang mga bilanggong pulitikal sa kampo Crame ay lubusang sumusuporta sa dumadagundong na panawagang palayain na ang Morong 43 at ang iba pang mga bilanggong pulitikal na umaabot na ngayon sa sa 388 sa buong bansa.

Aktibong lalahok kami sa Pambansang Araw ng Pagkilos (National Day of action ) sa ika-17 ng Setyembre 2010 sa pamamagitan ng aming pakikiisa sa isang araw ng pagpapagutom (fasting) upang ipaalala sa sambayanang Pilipino ang madilim na yugto ng bansa noong batas militar ng pasistang diktadurang US-Marcos, tatlumpu’t walong taon na ang nakaaraan.

Sa ngayon ,na ipinangangalandakan ng gubyernong Aquino na tinatahak nito ang “tuwid na daan,” isang malaking hamon sa kanya na itaguyod at respetuhin ang mga karapatang pantao sa pagpapatibay ng pag-papalaya sa Morong 43 at sa lahat ng mga bilanggong pulitikal lalupa`t ang kanyang ama ,ang yumaong Ninoy Aquino ay isa ring dating bilanggong pulitikal at ang kanyang ina,ang yumaong dating Pangulong Cory Aquino na nakagawa ng isang hakbang ng kabutihan sa pagsisimula ng kanyang pagkapangulo.

Marubdob kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng ating mga kamag-anakan,mga tagasuporta at mga tagapagtaguyod ng mga karapatang pantao na walang pagod at pursigidong isinusulong ang kampanya para makamit ang hustisya at kagyat na pagpapalaya sa mga bilanggong pulitikal partikular ang Morong 43 na naging biktima ng iligal na pang-aaresto, tortyur at iligal na pagkakulong sa matagal nang panahon.

Nananawagan din kami na huwag nating lubayan ang militanteng pagkilos para makamit ang mga panimulang tagumpay tulad ng pagigiit ng ating hanay na payagang mailagay sa “hospital arrest” ang kasamang kapapanganak lamang noong Hulyo para maalagaaan ang kanyang anak sa loob ng anim na buwan. Nauna rito,ang nakamit nating munting tagumpay nang ilipat sa sibilyan na kulungan ang 38 manggagawang pangkalusugan mula sa Camp Capinpin.

Lubusan kaming umaasa na sa mahigpit nating pagkakaisa sa buhay at kamatayang pakikibakang ito ay makakamit natin ang ganap na paglaya sa kamay ng mga kaaway ng sambayanan at maglalatag ng landas na tatahakin natin para sa makastysayang pagsusulong ng pakikibaka para sa tunay na pambansang kalayaan at dewmokrasya!

Kagyat na palayain ang Morong 43!

Palayain ang lahat ng mga bilanggong pulitikal!
Mabuhay ang Sambayanang Pilipino!

Sa Tagumpay ng Pakikibaka,

Prospero F.Agudo Jovencio Balweg Diego Samontesa

Charito Sarmiento Eduardo O.Sarmiento Eduardo R. Serrano
 

▲ Mass for the Morong 43 and all political prisoners ▼

     
           
     
 

Jigs Clamor of KARAPATAN, Liza Maza of Gabriela, Sen. Loren Legarda, Mrs. Montes (wife of Dr. Montes of the Morong 43), Marie Enriquez of KARAPATAN and Fr. Dionito Cabillas of SELDA

 
     
▼ Speeches, poetry reading and songs ▼
     

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 September 17, 2010

 Correctional Institution For Women

Mandaluyong City

 

 Mainitong Pagbati sa tanan,

 

Kami ang 4 ka kababaihan bilanggong pulitikal nga nia karon sa CIW Madasigong masuporta sa pagpapalaya sa Morong 43,Pinaagi sa group discussion og propaganda sulat sa compound aron dugang masabtan unsa ang morong 43.Manawagan usab kami nga ipadayon ge  planing panaghisgot sa kalinaw tali sa NDF ng GRP,Aron maduso ang pagpalaya sa tanang Bilanggong Pulitikal,labi na ang may edad na ng mga maysakit.

 

Manghinaot kami sa kalumpusan ng kadaugan sa tan.

 

Palayain ang Morong 43 at lahat ng bilanggong pulitikal!

 

 

Nagmamahal,

 

Moreta Algre

Lolita Mahilom

Jovelyn Tawaay

Lucy Canda

           
     
     
     

 

Balita! Balita!
15 Setyembre 2010

Reference: JIGS CLAMOR
Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance
Secretary General, KARAPATAN
0922-8149751

Morong 43 umapela sa CBCP na tumulong sa kanilang kagyat na pagpapalaya

Nanawagan ang Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance sa mga obispo ng Catholic Bishops Conference in the Philippines (CBCP) na mag-apela kay Pang. Benigno Aquino III para kagyat na palayain sa walong buwang iligal na pagkakabilanggo ang mga doktor at community health workers na kilala bilang Morong 43.

Sinabi ni Jigs Clamor, Secretary General ng grupong Karapatan at asawa ng isa sa Morong 43 na si Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, nag-aapela sila sa mga obispo na isagawa ang kanilang prophetic role upang manawagan kay Pang. Aquino na kagyat na palayain ang mga community health workers na biktima ng iligal na pag-aresto, tortyur at arbitraryong detensyon sa ilalim ng panunungkulan ni dating Pang. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Matatandaang noong Pebrero 6, 2010, ni-raid ng militar sa ilalim ng 2nd Inantry Division ang bahay ni Dr. Melecia Velmonte sa Tanay, Rizal kung saan nagsasagawa ng First Responders’ Training ang apatnapu’t tatlong health workers at inaresto sila gamit ang isang faulty warrant. Ni isang pangalan ng mga hinuling health workers ay wala sa warrant of arrest. Inakusahan ng militar ang mga health workers, kabilang ang dalawang doktor, ng mga gawa-gawang kasong murder at illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Ayon kay Clamor, hinihingi nila ang tulong ng mga obispo sa gitna ng kanilang halos walong buwang pagkakakulong ng mga health workers at pagkakabinbin ng kanilang petisyon sa Korte Suprema upang ibasura ang kaso laban sa kanila dahil depektibo ang warrant of arrest at gawa-gawa ang mga bintang laban sa kanilang kaanak.

”Walang nangyayari sa pangako ng Malakanyang na rerebyuhin habang nilulumot naman sa Korte Suprema ang kanilang inihaing petisyon. Ang bawat araw na nananatili sila sa kulungan ay patuloy na inhustiya sa kanila at sa aming kanilang mga pamilya,” dagdag niya.

“Huwag na sanang antayin pa ng pamahalaan na magsagawa ng hunger strike ang kanilang kaanak upang pansinin at umaksyon ang pamahalaan sa kanilang pagpapalaya,” pagtatapos ni Clamor.###

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2nd Flr. Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Sts., Central District
Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
Web: http://www.karapatan.org

KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign. It was established in 1995.
 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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NUPL Calls for Immediate Release of the Morong 43
17 September 2010

MANILA – The nascent Aquino government should immediately take bolder steps to bring justice to the victims of human rights violations, particularly those perpetrated by its much reviled predecessor, otherwise, it will find itself slowly being isolated as well, locally and internationally, a nationwide organization of human rights and public interest lawyers warned yesterday.

The warning made by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) happened while
different church and human rights groups observed a national day of action and sympathy fasting to call attention to the continuing plight of the illegally arrested health workers known as the Morong 43 and other political prisoners jailed in the different detention facilities around the country.“If the unfortunate deaths of the eight Hongkong residents in the hostage fiasco were immediately investigated and attended to by the Aquino government, with more reason that the government should resolve with dispatch the unjust cases initiated particularly by the hated Arroyo government against its own
people,” said lawyer Edre Olalia, NUPL acting secretary general.Rights watchdog Karapatan said there are about 300 political prisoners in the country, some 90 percent of whom were arrested during the Arroyo’s nine-year rule, which was tainted with at least a thousand cases of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance and other grave human rights violations.

“This demand for the immediate release of the Morong 43 and the other political prisoners is our expression of solidarity to the victims as well as their relatives,” Olalia said.

The continuing illegal detention of the Morong 43 and the other political prisoners, lalia said, are also among the matters discussed during the meeting of the bureau members of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers
(IADL).

IADL, which has an observer status at the United Nations, is organizing the Fifth Conference of Lawyers in the Asia and Pacific (COLAP) to be held September 18-19 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Olalia added.Last Tuesday, during a meeting with Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, IADL officers led by U.S. lawyer Jeanne Mirer also particularly discussed the continuing detention of the Morong 43. Mirer also expressed the group’s continuing concern as well on the other unresolved cases of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance in the country.

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Reference:
Atty.Edre U. Olalia - 09175113373
Acting – Secretary General

 

Bayan President Satur Ocampo and Actress Maria Isabel Lopez
Photo by Judy Taguiwalo
           
     
     
     

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THE MERCENARY TRADITION OF THE AFP
 

(Speech delivered by Jose Maria Sison before the Junior and Senior classes of the Philippine Military Academy, Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City on October 12, 1966.)

I UNDERSTAND that an increasing number of officers and rank and filers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are reconsidering their traditions and the basic postulates by which commands have been sent down from the top with the most rigid discipline characteristic of the military establishment.

In the Philippine Military Academy, I would presume that the fresher minds of young men are striving to clarify that the true military tradition which every Filipino must be proud of and whose spirit must be imbued with should hark back to the Katipunan and the Philippine revolution.

On the surface, every soldier of the government carries with him the initial of the Katipunan on his uniform. The Philippine Military Academy carries the name of the great anti-imperialist general, Gregorio del Pilar, who fought both against the Spanish colonialism and U.S. imperialism. He died fighting U.S. imperialism, faithful to the sovereignty of the Filipino people but betrayed by a fellow Filipino who showed the imperialist soldiers how, in familiar Yankee slang, to rub him out at Tirad Pass.

We are once again at a point in our national history where the body politic is pervaded by the collective desire to assert our people's sovereignty and to give substance to those forms of seeming independence that a foreign power has conceded as a measure of compromise and chicanery in its favor. There is now an evident political flow involving all patriotic classes, groups and individuals. Our people as a whole, including those who have been conservative, are beginning to re-examine the status of our national life and the strategic relations that have bound us from the beginning of this century.

An intensive inquiry is now being made as to how our society has remained semi-colonial and semi-feudal; as to how our political system has not actually permitted the masses of our people to enjoy the bounty of genuine democracy; as to how an imperialist culture wedded to a colonial culture has persisted; as to how some of us have persisted in considering themselves under the protection of a foreign power which extracts super-profits from our country and which constantly involves it in selfish imperialist enmities throughout Asia and throughout the world in the guise of a religious crusade called anti-communism.

We fear aggression and supposedly we prepare for it. But many of us forget the aggression that has succeeded in perpetuating itself within our shores. Many of us lose sight of the fact that actually a foreign aggressor persists within our territory, always trying to cause petty confusion among our people and trying to retain the present local officialdom as a mere bunch of overseers for its selfish imperialist interests.

A conservative man like Speaker Cornelio Villareal has exposed in a series of articles in the Manila Times, the fact that the Joint United States Military Advisory Group (JUSMAG) has developed a built-in control of our armed forces through its firm control of logistics, intelligence, planning and personnel training on a strategic level. Guided no less by his experience, Rep. Carmelo Barbero, an ex-army officer, has also made statements in support of the contention that an undue amount of foreign control exists within the very machinery upon which the people are supposed to depend for their national security.

It should be pertinent to ask whether we should allow the Armed Forces of the Philippines to continue in the mercenary tradition of the Civil Guards of Spanish times, the Macabebes, the Philippine Scouts and the USAFFE under direct U.S. command and the Ganaps and puppet constabulary of the Japanese imperialists. Is the military willing to reject this mercenary tradition and replace it with the revolutionary spirit of the Katipunan?

After the successful U.S. imperialist aggression which started in 1898, the aggressor has made use of so many devices in the exercise of its superior military and financial power converting so many of our countrymen into their mercenaries and puppets. We have indeed come a long way from the martyrdom of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar and the uncompromising stand against U.S. imperialism of Gen. Antonio Luna. Only the slogan of "benevolent assimilation" seems to be able to ring a bell and make some of us the running dogs in a successful Pavlovian experiment of U.S. imperialism. These running dogs in every field of our national can only respond to the imperialist bell; they forget the principle of redeeming themselves as true patriots in the present situation and of redeeming the hundreds of thousands of patriotic Filipinos who died in fighting the U.S. aggressors only a few decades ago.

From the point of view of our revolutionary patriots who would rather die than surrender and compromise with the U.S. imperialists, our fellow countrymen who went over to the side of the enemy and became the core of the American-trained Philippine military were no different from the Civil Guards who were indios but who served the interests of the Spanish colonizers.

No foreign aggressor can successfully stay in the Philippines without adopting a divide-and-rule policy; without being able to direct a significant number of our countrymen to fight their fellow countrymen.

If we trace the military history of the Philippines, we would realize that a foreign power succeeds in imposing its rule by making use of a part of our countrymen against fellow countrymen. The Spaniard Magellan thought it wise to side with King Humabon against Lapu-lapu. This was the pattern of military activity that the colonialists employed to retain control of the Philippines for more than three centuries. One barangay cooperative to the colonizers was used against another uncooperative barangay. Visayan recruits impressed into the Civil Guards were used to pacify Tagalog areas and keep colonial peace and order while fostering regional antagonism. The recruits in one island were used to quell resistance in another island. In trying to expand the area of its colonial domination, the Spaniards made use of their recruits in Luzon and Visayas to fight the great people of Mindanao. Peasant recruits whose own class was being oppressed in the Philippines were sent on expeditions to
fight Spanish wars in the Mollucas, Borneo, Carolines, and Indo-China. Dr. Jose Rizal depicted this colonial irony in the Story of Cabesang Tales and son Tano. In El Filibusterismo, the former was being oppressed by the colonial masters, the friar landlords, but his son was impressed into the colonial military service to fight the inhabitants of the Carolines. Subsequently, when he was re-assigned to his own country, Tano was perplexed why he had to become the instrument for the suppression of his own people. In one engagement he had to fight his own father, with the nom de guerre Matanglawin, and in the process killed his own grandfather, Tandang Selo. This is a sad story of a peasant enlisted to fight his own peasant brothers.

Under U.S. imperialism, many Filipinos have been converted into mercenaries and with their military service set back the Philippine revolution. It was with the help of such traitors that Gen. del Pilar was killed in battle, Aguinaldo captured and the Philippine revolution subsequently broken. After the pacification of Luzon and Visayas, the mercenaries from these islands were employed as the first units of the Philippine Constabulary that helped Gen. Pershing pursue his bestial mission of subjugating the people of Mindanao by military force. Under Japanese imperialism, many Filipinos also became the armed agents used to kill and suppress the patriotic movement of their own people. In the style of all foreign aggressors, the Japanese imperialists made use of Korean and Taiwanese conscripts to help them overrun Southeast Asia.

In this same fashion, U.S. imperialism has used Filipino troops in Korea and South Vietnam to fight their fellow Asians. Vietnam today suffers from military campaigns waged by a mercenary Vietnamese army and by mercenary troops from other Asian countries under the command of U.S. imperialism. The shameless dispatch of Filipino troops in the guise of "civic action" to Vietnam is no different from the sending of Filipino expeditionary forces to the same place in Spanish colonial days in the middle of the last century.

What seems to obscure the fact that U.S. imperialism continues to perpetuate its aggression in the Philippines is our World War II experience. Because we were on the same side against Japanese imperialism and because there was a brief interruption of direct U.S. rule, many fell into the misconception that U.S. imperialist aggression had already been superseded once and for all by the Japanese imperialist aggression and, furthermore, by the promise of fake independence. In truth, when World Ware II ended and after the July Fourth proclamation of "independence", the United States had succeeded in reasserting its military and economic power over the Philippines. Its reoccupation and recontrol of the Philippines were essentially no different from the re- institution of Spanish colonial power after the brief British occupation of the Philippines during the latter part of the eighteenth century. The USAFFE siding with the U.S. imperialist against the Japanese was essentially no
different from Filipino civil guards siding with the Spaniards against the Dutch and the British. We fought a second aggressor only to be more subjugated by the first aggressor. We failed to make use of the war of two aggressors to build up our own national liberation forces that could eliminate both aggressors.

Indeed, the anti-Japanese struggle could have given the Filipino people the chance to build up their own national liberation forces. The masses of our people became armed and became highly organized. But they were not armed with the correct thought of fighting for their independence from both Japanese and U.S. imperialism. Instead, the widespread USAFFE forces accepted and were even proud of their American commanders and they were childishly carried away by MacArthur's seemingly innocent and romantic slogan of "I shall return". Little did they realize that it would mean the return of U.S. imperialism, with its bag of unequal agreements which up to now keep our people in bondage. Despite the fact that Wainright shamelessly surrendered to the Japanese imperialists as a mock climax to the mock glory of Bataan and despite the fact that we, the Filipinos, did the fighting and dying in multitudes in the absence of our American "protectors", we would still acclaim the latter as our
"liberators". So servile are some of us to U.S. imperialism that we obscure the fact that it was the genius, courage and patriotism of the Filipino people which unfolded a widespread guerilla movement undermining the substance of the Japanese aggression and breaking its backbone before the other imperialist power came to reclaim its colony, destroy Filipino lives and property in its mopping-up operations.

The singular achievement of the Japanese imperialists during World War II was the brutal destruction of Filipino lives. The singular achievement of the U.S. imperialists was the wanton destruction of Filipino homes and property under the pretext of engaging in mopping-up operations despite the fact that the Japanese had already fled the towns and cities in the face of avenging Filipino partisans. The U.S. imperialists wantonly destroyed Filipino property with their air bombardment and artillery fire as if to prepare us for war damage payments, the war damage payments by which we were to be forced to approve the Bell Trade Act; the war damage payments which were given mostly to big U.S. corporations, U.S. citizens and to church institutions. These facts are attested to by the records of the U.S. Congress and the War Damage Commission.

In its attempt to re-institute the mercenary tradition in the military, the U.S. government made it clear that only those guerillas it would recognize would receive backpay and unrecognized ones had better disband or submit themselves to American purposes. Otherwise, they would be punished for war crimes. Filipino patriots who fought in Central Luzon and Southern Luzon and who wished to remain independent of the imperialist purposes of the United States were arrested, disarmed and subjected to massacres as in the cases of Huk Squadrons 77 and 99. The conditions for civil strife, wherein Filipinos would kill Filipinos, were prepared by the imperialists in order to successfully re-establish their political, economic and military power over the Philippines.

Using its armed power and its local agents, the United States succeeded in destroying the national democratic forces opposing the Parity Amendment and the Bell Trade Act. Likewise, under the guise of protecting the Philippines from the Soviet Union and Communism, its erstwhile ally in the great anti-fascist struggle, the United States succeeded in extorting from the Filipino people a series of military agreements which directly transgress our national sovereignty.

The 99 year U.S.-R.P. Military Bases Agreement was affected by the United States. It has meant U.S. extra territorial control of close to 200,000 hectares of Philippine territory. More than that, it is supposed to grant to U.S. troops exterritorial rights -- the "right" to move any part of thee country without being bound by Filipino jurisdiction and sovereignty, particularly when such troops are on military duty. By this "right" the United States assumes that the Philippines is under its occupation and Philippine sovereignty dissolves as U.S. troops by the presumption of their government more to any point in the country. What an arrogant presumption! The U.S. military bases as they are now, represent the reinstallation and perpetuation of U.S. aggression against Filipino sovereignty.

These U.S. military bases, as they have been so in other countries serve as the trump card of U.S. imperialist power in the country. They serve as the grim reminder of the U.S. capability for violence against the Filipino people in the event that they effectively reassert their sovereignty in the uncompromising tradition of the Philippine revolution. Of course, these military bases will be used only after so many intermediate measures of political maneuver by American interests shall have failed. U.S. propaganda will always claim that these military bases are here to prevent a "communist take-over" or to prevent "communist aggression". A national democratic take-over will certainly be called a communist take-over.

In a clear analysis of the problem of U.S. military bases in the Philippines, Senator Claro Mayo Recto gave the lie to the claim of Yankee protection. These bases serve only to oppose the advance of national democratic forces and to protect U.S. investments in time of peace and these actually serve to attract nuclear belligerence from other countries -- enemies of the United States, not our own in time of war.

For a long time it may remain unnecessary for the U.S. government to make any overt use of its military base in order to protect its foreign investments in the Philippines. It has been said that after all it controls the Armed Forces of the Philippines; that the latter can be used to oppose the national democratic movement that wishes to remove U.S. imperialist power in the Philippines. The national democratic movement can always be represented as an exclusive communist "conspiracy" and its organized forces can be subsequently attacked by the puppet armed forces. Even the President of the Republic of the Philippines himself has to be careful of an imperialist-inspired or CIA- inspired coup d'etat in the event that he dares to be nationalist in the anti-imperialist sense. President Carlos P. Garcia himself was once threatened with a coup d'etat for dilly-dallying on decontrol.

What the Filipino people should see with regard to other military agreements like the U.S.-R.P. Mutual Defense Treaty and the Military Pact or SEATO Pact is the formal recognition of the "right" of the United States to make military intervention in Philippine affairs, in the case of the first, and the extended "right" of the United States to other countries, in the case of the second. At this moment, while the reactionaries in the Philippines do not yet need overt foreign troop intervention to maintain their rule, the Philippine government is being required to expend its limited resource for foreign adventures in the guise of helping put out the fire on a neighbor's house. Many of us do not yet realize that in joining U.S. imperialism, the Philippines becomes an accomplice of the real arsonist.

It is clear that we need to reject the mercenary tradition in every field of our national life, especially in the military. We propose the full adoption of the patriotic tradition of the Katipunan and the Philippine revolution.

The Filipino people fought under the banner of the Katipunan and the Philippine revolution not because they were paid to fight but because they considered it a patriotic duty to do so. It was a people's war; and as a people's war, our revolutionary fighters had to merge with the great masses and they had to keep away form the city strongholds of the alien enemy until such time that the latter had been weakened in the countryside where its forces were thinly spread and where the forces of the revolution could develop strong political bases over expanding areas. As it was applied, the Filipino people's war effectively weakened Spanish colonialism despite meager weapon at the start.

Before the Filipino revolutionary forces could seize Manila, however, the U.S. imperialists forced, as in a coup, the transfer of power over Manila from the Spaniards to themselves. Subsequently, the Filipino people's power had to be directed against U.S. imperialism. But it failed because of the flabby class leadership of the Filipino ilustrados which initiated severe dissensions within the very ranks of the revolutionary government. The liberal-bourgeois character of the ilustrados enraged the anti-imperialist leader, Gen. Antonio Luna, for compromising with the enemy and for their gullibility in the negotiations presided over by the enemy. The ilustrado leadership resorted to murder; it had to kill Gen. Luna in order to clear the path for compromise.

During the Japanese occupation, we showed our capability for fighting against modern imperialism. We showed that we were capable of fighting successfully against the Japanese invaders despite the deliberate absence of arms distribution to the masses by the U.S. imperialists before the imminent outbreak of war; despite the American evacuation and Wainright's surrender order. As a matter of fact, the U.S. imperialists refused a petition for arms distribution to anti-fascist organizations and the masses as a measure of preparing the people for the anti-fascist struggle.

In the course of the Japanese occupation, the U.S. command in Australia ordered all anti-Japanese forces to maintain a "lie- low" policy. This imperialist command obviously implied distrust in the Filipino people. It was afraid of allowing the Filipinos to develop armed self-reliance. The U.S. imperialists cunningly planned to land arms massively to their own agents in the USAFFE only when they themselves were about to land.

We have gained experience and confidence in the people's war of resistance against the Japanese, nevertheless. Although we have again fallen into the hands of the U.S. imperialists, we gained experience as a people in the anti-Japanese war of resistance. We have shown our mastery to the techniques of guerilla war and our ability to merge with the masses in time of crisis; but we need now to realize that we have to be guided by a thorough understanding of the tasks of a genuine national land social liberation and the motive forces that need to be impelled with the proper demands so as to move correctly against the current enemy and then the subsequent one, both of whom we should clearly identify.

We fought successfully against Japanese imperialism; we were successful in fighting and in arming ourselves. But we were inadequate in so far as it concerned arming ourselves ideologically and politically. Many fell for America's false promise of independence. Many thought that genuine independence could be granted by foreign power. The "independence" that was indeed granted was empty of substance particularly for the masses of our people. By arming ourselves with the correct ideology, all of us could have acted more independently and used our resistance forces to assert our independence form both Japan and the United States. For instance, we could have allowed the peasant masses all over the archipelago to enjoy land reform immediately on the lands abandoned by the landlords who sought safety in Manila under the care of the Japanese imperialists and in Washington under the care of the U.S. imperialists. Instead a few American stragglers were allowed to lead the USAFFE. The
leadership of the guerilla movement was submitted to them on a silver platter. The mercenary backpay mentality was allowed to seep and corrode the patriotic movement. Until now, some of us suffer the humiliation of mercenaries; of constantly begging for veteran's pay from a foreign government.

If an occasion like the anti-Japanese struggle should again arise, we must make use of all our lessons as a people and strike out on our own as independent force, independent of the strategic demands of a foreign power like the United States. It is not only that we on our own have learned our lessons or that we have developed as a more forceful nation, but it is also that we find ourselves now at a certain level o world development that is far higher than that on which we found ourselves during the Japanese occupation. National liberation movements are now all over the world; the socialist states have the capability of scattering and weakening the imperialist power of the United States; U.S. imperialism in increasingly weakened by the very over-extension of its power and the consistent opposition of peoples all over the world.

The diabolic stories of "communist aggression" concocted and circulated by U.S. propaganda have become too over-used in the Philippines. More people are reading about the experience of the socialist countries and how on the other hand they have been the ones subjected to imperialist intervention. The true facts about the Korean War and Sino-Indian border dispute are now coming to light before the Filipino intelligentsia; and the U.S. aggression against South and North Vietnam, U.S. occupation of Taiwan and the hundreds of U.S. intrusions into Chinese territory certainly debunk the claim that China is the No. 1 aggressor and the United States is the No. 1 peacemaker.

"Communist aggression" is one of the myths we are beginning to perceive with greater clarity. As a matter of fact, our reactionary leaders have started to use such contradiction of terms such as "internal aggression" and "aggression by proxy". Whenever there are labor or peasant unrests and strikes, or anti- imperialist demonstrations of students and the youth, the pathological anti-communists see in these dynamic expressions of popular demands "the scheming hands of foreign communists using local agents."

The soldiers of the government should ask themselves why in strikes they find themselves categorically on the side of the capitalist establishment or in agrarian conflicts, on the side of the landlords. In anti-imperialist demonstrations, they also find themselves together with the police lined up against unarmed ordinary people. Oftentimes, they find themselves being briefed that these strikers and demonstrators are "subversive" agitators.

I know for a fact that most of the enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines come from the peasantry. But why is it that in disputes between the landlords and the peasants, the soldier who is actually a peasant in government uniform, finds himself being used as a tool of the landlord? Why point your guns at the masses and not at the foreign big comprador and feudal interests that exploit the people?

The officers and rank and file of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should have the honor and conviction to fight for the interest of the people. If they should find themselves being ordered from the top to take the side of the U.S. imperialists, the compradors, the landlords and bureaucrat capitalists and fight the peasant masses, the workers, progressive intelligentsia and other patriots, they should have the honor and conviction of changing their sides and throw in their lot with the oppressed who have long suffered from their exploiters.

"Peace and order" or "rule of law" has become the convenient slogan for motivating the soldier against the masses who resort to their right of free assembly and expression. In the first place, it should be asked: Peace and order for whom? Rule of whose law? The exploited masses who daily suffer from deprivations and exploitation must be allowed to organize and express themselves freely. Why should they be prevented from making clear their demands? In taking your side against the oppressed masses, you become no different from the civilian guards of the landlords, the private security guards of the capitalists and the sentrymen of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. military bases.

In tracing the chain of armed power in the country, we can see that the possession of arms is attached to property as indicated by the license laws. So, the private entities who have most private arms are the big compradors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists and yet they have the most access to the use of the government police and armed forces. When a certain local situation cannot be taken care of by the civilian guards, the municipal police comes in and in a series, the Philippine Constabulary, the Philippine Army, Air Force and ultimately, U.S. military intervention. The chain of armed power leads to U.S. imperialism. With this understanding, the masses have a strategic hatred for U.S. imperialism. The exploiters and their armed satellites are recognized as being within the same hierarchy of power, with U.S. imperialism as the presiding power.

U.S. imperialist propaganda keeps on harping that there would be no more serious threat to national security and internal peace and order without the Communists here and abroad. People are compelled to hate Communists or those who are construed to be Communists in the same way that the Spaniards and the friars tried to play up hatred against Filipinos who were called Masons and filibusteros. The Philippine military is indoctrinated to have a violent unreasoning hatred for Communist in the same way that the Civil Guards were indoctrinated to hate filibusteros by the Spaniards in order to maintain their colonial loyalty.

We must realize that the masses will always be restless so long as they are exploited. At certain stages, they may actually be quieted down by the violent force of the state. But when they rise up again, their previous rising, though defeated, serves as a mere dress rehearsal for a more powerful and sweeping revolution. In 1872, our colonial masters thought they had finished once and for all the popular protests. Only fourteen years after, they reaped a whirlwind -- not only a stronger wave of the secularization movement among priests but a widespread separatist movement which wanted national independence no less.

During the fifties, the U.S. imperialists might have thought that they had suppressed the national democratic movement for good. But as they continue to deprive the Filipino people of true independence, they shall certainly reap a whirlwind -- an even more powerful national democratic movement. As the compradors and landlords have repressed the people for so long, they await a time when the people shall in a revolutionary tempest sweep them away from the land.

U.S. imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism are not the creation of communist agitators. They are objective results of extended historical processes. If the people join the nationalist or communist movement, we should first of all consider that it is the imperialists, the compradors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists who shall have forced them to lose trust in the present system. It is wrong to blame the Communists and all other patriots for the failure of the present system that is dominated by U.S. imperialists, compradors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists.

I understand that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is now trying to engage in a "civic action" campaign more massive than the one initiated by the late President Ramon Magsaysay. It is also sending "civic action" groups abroad to helping the U.S. war of aggression in South Vietnam.

As a piece of psychological warfare, "civic action" has only a tactical, superficial and temporary value if the basic problems of U.S. imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism remain unsolved. Even as a tactic, it can easily be counteracted by the masses becoming conscious that "civic action" comes only to critical areas where more basic demands for change are being raised. Thus, there is over-concentration of "civic action" groups in Central Luzon. The masses of may more neglected areas are complaining that they are not being benefitted by "civic action" and that South Vietnam has been given priority. They regard the phrase "civic action" as a mere euphemism to deceive the people of its real military content, particularly its psychological and intelligence functions.

Many intelligent people have access to the literature and armed forces on "civic action" provided by the Pentagon through JUSMAG. They have expressed disgust over the emphasis placed on psychological warfare and deception of the people. They are disgusted over the obsession of hating the Communists and trying the gain the initiative from them through deception.

We can see very clearly that the "civic action" groups of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will not at all disturb the unjust structure of private ownership of land and the feudal and semi-feudal relations in the countryside. As a matter of fact, they would only attempt to create the superficial image that they are friends of the people while at the back of that image they uphold the rule of the landlords, the U.S. imperialists, the compradors, and the bureaucrat capitalists. They may build roads and bridges, they may build irrigation works and help in agricultural extension work, they may engage in sanitation work and they may perform so many other traditionally non-military projects. They will not change the basic social structure that keeps the masses exploited.

It was Defense Secretary Robert McNamara who first announced that the United States will make its client-states field indigenous military forces in the guise of "civic action" groups. The idea is to build a different image of the local military and make it more effective in counter-insurgency. The United States is supposed to continue providing the military hardware as the shield but this new dimension, "civic action", is created to deceive the people that the local military is no longer the instrument of feudal and foreign interests or the obnoxious parasite on the national budget. This entails the intrusion of the military in the fields which have been traditionally in the hands of the civilians. In other words, this requires the militarization of operations formerly civilian in character. It is anticipated that the military will gobble up funds that should be allocated to the departments of public works, of health, of education and of others.

An increasing number of constitutionalists are seriously questioning the intrusion of the military into civilian affairs. They are wary of a developing process of fascization that might eventually push out civilian supremacy. What with the increasing control by military men of civilian offices. In accordance with this new method adopted by the Pentagon and implemented locally by the JUSMAG, the military is being made to operate in such a way as to take over civilian operations and to gain political influence. Indeed, it is evident in Asia, Africa and Latin America that when the United States becomes insecure over its control of the client-states it resorts to local fascism; for after all a local fascism depends on the military hardware and financial support of its imperialist master.

Another subversive development that needs careful watching is the reverse intrusion of certain organizations into the military. There are those narrow-minded forces wanting to develop a clerico-fascism of the Franco and Salazar type. They wish to combine the sword and the cross. Not yet satisfied with the undue amount of foreign control and influence in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, a certain sectarian movement has carried over from Spain and Portugal certain fascist techniques and has been systematically "brainwashing" military men and police officers in a manner opposed to the principle of rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's and rendering unto Christ what is Christ's.

Again under the banner of anti-communism, men are being led into anti-democracy. As believers of the freedom of religion, we need to be alert to any clerico fascist movement that will reverse Philippine history to that long period wherein the exploiting power had a cross in one hand and a sword in the other. We do not want to revive a monster. Those who believe in liberal democracy are now deeply troubled by certain Jesuit priests with C.I.A. credentials. Certainly, we not wish to have a large-scale revival of Padre Damasos and Padre Salvis.

Let us above all strive for national democracy in this country. For our national security, let us rely above all on the strength and national unity of the people. That national unity can only be created if we are bound with the masses in a common struggle against U.S. imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

The political system is dominated by the political agents of the U.S. imperialists, big compradors and landlords. The officers and men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines themselves have become victims of both the petty and grand political discriminations made by one political faction or another of the ruling class of exploiters.

Officers and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should learn to disobey U.S. imperialism and the local exploiting classes and learn to side with the masses in their basic demands. Of course, it is really futile to expect the entire machinery of the state to go over to the masses even in time of the most decisive crisis when the ruling classes are entirely discredited. But these officers and men who join the masses in their fight against U.S. imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism, can always hasten the victory of the masses.

A movement within the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be started to reclaim alienated territory of the Philippine government from the U.S. government. We must uphold Filipino sovereignty over the U.S. military bases in the Philippines. We must place these military bases under Filipino command. We should demand the immediate termination of the U.S.-R.P. Military Agreement as an instrument nullifying our sovereignty.

The true sons of Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, Gregorio del Pilar, and Antonio Luna within the armed forces should reject U.S. military dictation. They should reject the Military Assistance pact and the JUSMAG as instruments of foreign control and influence over the Philippine military. They should reject all psychological warfare measures such as "civic action" and others, that have been proposed by U.S. counter-insurgency experts to deceive the people who must be patriotically assisted in their struggle to liberate themselves from U.S. imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism.

Let us not depend on one power which abuses our sovereignty and takes advantage of our people. Let us stop U.S. indoctrination in the armed forces and the police force so that an anti- imperialist and democratic orientation can be propagated among them.

We should rely on the patriotism, courage and capability of the people in defending themselves. We demonstrated in the anti- Japanese struggle ad other struggles that we could actually convert the enemy into a supplier of arms for the masses by capturing them. Let us dismiss the imperialist presumption that we can only be under the protection of a foreign power.

In this era of worldwide people's war against colonialism, imperialism and neo-colonialism, we are in a position not only to learn from our local experience but also from the struggles of so many other peoples. Let us not repeat the mistakes of Aguinaldo in the Filipino-American War. Let us not again make the mistake of being fooled by U.S. imperialism. In this era of mounting world-wide anti-imperialist movements, the main enemy has become unmistakably clear and objectively the national struggle shall be assisted by external developments to an extent higher than any other point in Philippine history.


Let us withdraw from the U.S.-R.P. Mutual Defense Treaty because it is a license for the United States to intervene militarily in out national affairs.

Let us withdraw from the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization because it is essentially an anti-Southeast Asia compact controlled by non-Southeast Asian imperialist powers. Let us redeem in the eyes of our fellow Asians from the ignominy of having long been dominated by U.S. imperialism.

We have long been curtained off by the United States from a huge part of the world. Many of us have long believed in the servile line that the enemies of the United States are also the enemies of the Philippines.

Let us be more aware of the present world reality. Let us be aware and let us take advantage of the contradictions among the imperialist powers and the contradictions between socialism and capitalism. Let us join the international united front against U.S. imperialism and its accomplices. Let us turn the present world situation to out national democratic advantage.
 

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Blog of Pinoy Weekly staffer  Kenneth Guda

http://krguda.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/clench-your-fist-be-a-communist-gen-segovia/

 

Clench your fist! Be a communist! – Gen. Segovia

 

General Segovia of the Philippine Army says that the 43 health workers they detained (lawyers said, illegally) and tortured are communists because the latter clenched their fists before being presented to the Court of Appeals last Feb. 11.

 

 

 

This is the image that started it all for Segovia: the realization that, indeed, the 43 health workers are communist rebels. In this photo, Jane Balleta, amidst the intimidating presence of the soldiers and cops, clenches her fist in defiance, protest and also

 

And here is Ninoy with the clenched fist

     
     
     
Photo by Lito Sosmeña/PCPR
           
   
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A Tale of Enforced Disappearnace  during the Aquino I regime

Click here: Ron de Vera at the Sept 17 Free All Political Prisoners action [HQ]

 

Ron de Vera reciting "Maalala Mo Pa Ba?" a poem he wrote in memory of his father who was abducted four years after EDSA 1  and who remains one of the disaparacidos to this day.

 

Read: Vanishing Act, account of the disappearance

 

     
Solidairity Messages
     

 

We want to add our voices to those calling on the Aquino government to release all political prisoners, and in particular the Mekong 43, whom we were able to visit in jail last May. We had the privilege of observing the elections and witnessing the amazing courage and dedication of individuals who are working for human rights and social justice in the Philippines. After the election, there was great hope that efforts would be made to rectify widespread abuses, and especially that those in prison for no good reason would be swiftly freed. This has not happened, and activists continue to be threatened, disappeared, or killed, while the perpetrators benefit from impunity. There are such rich human and natural resources in your country, the Filipino people deserve to enjoy economic security and the freedom to live according to their beliefs. We hope every day that there will soon be good news rather than bad.

In solidarity,

Valerie and Yvon Raoul, Vancouver, Canada.


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Valerie Raoul
Professor of French and Women's Studies,
UBC Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations,
1896 East Mall, Vancouver V6T 1Z1.
Tel. 604 822 9171 Fax 604 822 9169

 

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Justice to the Morong 43! Justice to all political prisoners!

Solidarity message for the National Day of Action and Sympathy Fasting for the release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners

 

The German based human rights initiative Sumabay Tayo! Walking together – for Justice! would like to send warm greetings of solidarity to those participating in the National Day of Action and Sympathy Fasting for the release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners.

 

Even though we are far away we want to express our sincere concern over the inhuman and unjust treatment of the 43 health workers known as the “Morong 43” in the past 8 months of their detention. As the Morong 43 are deprived of their basic human rights such as fair trials, sustainable and substantial health care as well as judicial care, we strongly call for the responsible authorities to take action and to impartially review their cases.

 

We are greatly concerned over the physical and psychological mistreatment experienced by the health workers in detention. We therefore demand immediate responses from the authorities. Maltreatment and torture in military and police custody should never be allowed nor be silently tolerated. Firm condemnation and disciplinary action against the perpetrators are necessary to prevent further abuses and to protect the prisoners.

We insist that the rights of each and every political prisoner must be respected. The sympathy fasting exposes nothing less than the forced fasting of rights by the Morong 43 and other political prisoners!


The continuous and unwary efforts and the fasting of relatives, friends and colleagues of political prisoners, especially of the Morong 43, will make it more and more difficult for the authorities - particularly President Aquino - to ignore these huge deficiencies.

 

We enjoin the political prisoners, their relatives, friends and colleagues in the struggle for justice and for an end of politically motivated imprisonment as well as all other human rights violations in the Philippines!

 

Justice to all political prisoners!

Justice to the Morong 43!

Sumabay Tayo!

 

For Sumabay Tayo! Walking together – for Justice!

Hannah Wolf (spokesperson)

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17 Septembre 2010

 

Sulat Pamahayag

 

            “WE ARE AGAIN IN SOLIDARITY FASTING”

Kaming mga detenidong politikal dinhi sa Bohol District Jail, sa makausa pa, nakighiusa sa tanang detenidong politiKal sa tibuok nasud sa paglunsad og “SOLIDARITY FASTING” karong adlawa, petsa 17 sa Septembre 2010.

 

Segunda kini sa gihimo namong susama nga aktibidad niadtong Septembre 4-5. Niining higayona dala namo ang demanda ngadto sa Gobyerno sa Republika sa Pilipinas (GRP) ubos ni Pres. Noynoy Aquino, nga BUHIAN ANG TANANG DETENIDONG POLITIKAL. Kini isip pagtuman sa obligasyon sa GRP subay sa kasabutan niadtong 2001, 2004 ug 2009. Sa makausa pa, ipahinumdum namo sa gobyerno ug sa publiko nga dinhi sa Bohol, unom (6) pa kaming na-detenir tungod lamang sa among politikal nga baruganan. Lima (5) kanamo nga gibansagan og “Buenavista 5”, mga lider ug aktibong sakop lang sa HUMABOL, usa ka lehitimong organisasyon sa mag-uuma, apan gipangdakop og gikasohan og inembento lang nga mga pasangil.

 

Nagduso usab kami nga ibalik na ang panaghisgot sa kalinaw (peace talks) tali sa GRP ug NDF aron mahatagan na og lahutay nga solusyon ang sibil nga gubat nga nahitabo karon sa tong nasud. Kinahanglan sab nga mahukmanong isalikway ni Pres. Noynoy Aquino ang kontra-insurhensyang programa’ng OPLAN BANTAY LAYA nga maoy ugat hinungdan sa tanang harasment ug politikal nga pagpamatay sa mga progresibo ug aktibista.

 

Sa katapusan, nanawagan kami nga buhian ang “Morong 43” ilabi na gyud si CARINA JUDILYN OLIVEROS nga bag-o lang nanganak. Subay kini sa “humanitarian” nga basehanan nga gihimo sukad pa sa panahon ni Marcos. Sa pagkakaron, 3 ka bulan lang nga “hospital arrest” ang gitugot kaniya ug kapus kini bisan sa labing minimum nga 6 ka bulan nga temporaryong kagawasan aron pag-atiman sa anak subay sa internasyunal nga lagda.

 

            KAGAWASAN ALANG SA BUENAVISTA 5!

               KAGAWASAN ALANG SA TANANG BILANGGONG POLITIKAL!

 

 

SIGNED:

 

FLORENCIO QUIñO                                                                     RUBEN BUSALANAN

 

ANTONIO SANCHEZ                                                                   RODRIGO MEJEIAS

 

EDWEN LOFRANCO                                                                   ELPIDIO TAGSEP

 

 


 

▲  Cagayan de Oro  sympathy fast ▼

Photos courtesy of KARAPATAN - CDO

 
 
 
   

17 September 2010

AUCKLAND PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY (APS) MESSAGE
FOR SEPTEMBER 17 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Free the Morong 43 health workers, Vincent ‘Bebot’ Borja and all
political prisoners in the Philippines!

We are very concerned that for seven months now, justice and freedom have been denied to 43 community health workers who were arrested on trumped-up charges. The victims include two doctors, the granddaughter of the late labour leader Ka Crispin Beltran, a new mother with her baby, and another pregnant woman due to give birth in October. We do not wish to believe that the 43 health workers especially the two mothers and their babies would also suffer prolonged detention as in the case of Borja and other political prisoners who have been detained for many years now.

I was a participant to the Philippines International Observers' Mission on the last May elections, and also had the opportunity to personally visit some activists unjustly detained in Philippine prisons, including local trade union leader and coordinator of Anakpawis Partylist.

Vincent ‘Bebot’ Borja. For three long years and four months now, Borja languishes in a congested Tacloban City jail. He was unjustly taken by soldiers at gunpoint based on trumped-up charges of murder and rebellion, with a warrant of arrest that did not match his name.

We reiterate our calls for Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to exercise his power as Commander-in-Chief to check Martial-law style illegal detention and other human rights abuses committed since the Arroyo administration, with the pattern of impunity that clearly continue under his watch. The president should prove he is not being held hostage by the military generals and all those behind the illegal arrests and killings of activists.

With the Philippine government's credibility seriously tainted by major blunder in the recent hostage crisis that left 8 Hongkong nationals dead, the continuing denial of justice for detained and murdered activists and journalists remains an outstanding challenge for the new president to prove his election campaign promises against corruption and human rights abuses.

We remind the Philippine government that human rights abuses such as the illegal arrest of Borja and other trade unionists do not go unnoticed by international monitoring bodies and unions in New Zealand, among others. Citing the 2010 survey of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) which again singled out the Philippines as one of the most dangerous countries in Asia for trade unionists, the NZ Council of Trade Unions (CTU) has called for more pressure to be applied to NZ trade partners including the Philippines.


“New Zealand should be using its influence in the region to help eliminate repression and brutality targeted at trade unionists, whether it is instigated by anti-democratic states or by ruthless business interests.”

Today, as the families and supporters of victims of unjust detention and continuing political persecution gather in protest fasting and simultaneous noise barrage, we in Auckland Philippines Solidarity (APS) join them in spirit and reiterate calls for the Aquino government to order immediate and unconditional release of the Morong 43 health workers, Vincent ‘Bebot’ Borja and all political prisoners in the Philippines. #
 
Luke Coxon
Spokesperson, Auckland Philippines Solidarity (APS )
phsolidarity@gmail.com
 

 
 
 
   

 

Solidarity Statement of BAYAN-USA to the Morong 43 and All Political Prisoners

 

Beyond razor-wired walls

the moon shimmers in the late summer sky

spills over in pale brightness

to draw me into its fullness

washing my eyes in quicksilver

from Moon Bereft

By Marilyn Buck, American political prisoner, Dec. 1947-Aug. 3, 2010

 

 

To the Morong 43:

 

Like the light of the moon and the warmth of the sun, your spirit radiates beyond the walls of the

prison intended to smother your hope.

 

Even as far away as we are, in the belly of the beast that is the United States, we are inspired by

your resolve to continue fighting for freedom even as the Aquino administration has persisted in

denying you justice.

 

BAYAN-USA joins in this Day of Action and Sympathy Fast in solidarity with you, the newborn son of Judilyn, and the more than 300 political prisoners who have been detained because they chose to serve the Filipino people and fight against the corrupt and fascist Arroyo regime.

In solidarity with all people who believe in justice, we demand that President Aquino release the

Morong 43 and all of the political prisoners in the Philippines.

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U.S. Participants in the Day of Action and Sympathy Fast for the Morong 43

(partial list)

Rev. Larry Emery, Walnut Grove Community Presbyterian Church

Pastor David Farley – United Methodist Church

Melissa Roxas, BAYAN USA,Habi Arts

Bernadette Ellorin - BAYAN USA Chairperson

Kuusela Hilo - BAYAN USA, Vice Chairperson

Rhonda Ramiro - BAYAN USA Secretary General

Kiwi Illafonte, BAYAN USA Deputy Secretary General

Terrie Cervas, GABRIELA USA - Vice Chairperson

Bev Tang, Sisters of Gabriela Awaken!

Jijo Puthiakunnel

 

 
   

 

 

JUSTICE AND FREEDOM TO THE MORONG 43

 

 

            The 43 health workers (known as the Morong 43) conducting trainings in health care were arrested by the elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on February 6, 2010 in Morong, Rizal by virtue of a dubious search warrant against a certain Mario Condes who has never been found. These volunteer health workers opted to spend  their time to reach out to the poor sick in far-flung barrios.

            Carina Judilyn Oliveros, one of the 43 detained health workers, gave birth to her first baby on July 22, 2010 at the Philippine General Hospital. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for babies up to six months. It is inhumane for the court to order a nursing mother to go back to prison with her newborn child. The actual condition of the detention is not a conducive place for such a care.

            The Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed their worries to the continued detention of the 43 health workers in these words: “We are deeply worried about the wellbeing of the health workers in Camp Capinpin. We share the sentiments of other human rights groups that the presence of the detainees in a military camp makes them vulnerable to further abuses, psychological tortures, threats, and intimidation. Sustained exposure to psychosomatic strains may eventually break the fortitude and resistance of the Morong 43 into admitting under duress the accusations made against them.” (April 8, 2010).

            The Asia-Pacific Secretariat on Ministry and the Commission on Justice and Solidarity in the World of Health (CJSWH) of the Ministers of the Infirm during its annual joint-meeting on July 31, 2010 in Taiwan expressed their deep concern on the impact of this arrest on the extension of health services by community health volunteers to the distant barrios.  Some of the activities of the Camillians in the Philippines in the hinterlands of Rizal were hampered due to this arrest. What will happen to the community-based health practice as a constant invitation for our young doctors and medical students? What will happen to the poorsick in the rural areas who have not seen a doctor for the rest of their lives?

            Health care services in the Philippines are concentrated in the cities. The basic right to have equal access to health care services remain a major justice agenda in the healthcare world. The poor sick people are left to die without the benefit of the health services of the nation. Thus, the marginalized poor in rural areas suffer the consequence of the said illegal arrest and harassment.

            We, the members of the Asia-Pacific Secretariat on Ministry and the Commission on Justice and Solidarity in the Healthcare World (CJSWH) of the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians) are urging his excellency Benigno Aquino to a just and speedy trial of the case of the Morong 43 and the immediate release of Carina Judilyn Oliveros and her baby for humanitarian reason.

 

Free the 43 Health Workers!  Equal Access to Health Care Services!

                                                                       

 

Signed: Fr. Paolo Guarise, MI              Fr. Aristelo Miranda, MI         

                 Consultor-General Ministry                              CJSWH Coordinator                           

 

 
   
   

Cordillera Human Rights Alliance

55 Ferguson Road, Baguio City

e-mail: chra@cpaphils.org ; contact no: 09189199007

 

 

September 17, 2010

 

Rage in our Search for James and in our Search for Justice!

 

Today marks the 730th day of the abduction and enforced disappearance of James Balao, founding member of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance.  Two years have passed since that day and still, we continue to search for James together with his family in our vow not to leave any stone unturned.  His absence has been so painfully glaring especially during the past months when both of his parents, Jane and Arthur Balao died in June and August respectively without seeing their son.

 

James Balao, who was on his way home to visit his parents, was abducted at gunpoint in Tomay, La Trinidad by 5 members of the State Security Forces on September 17, 2008.  He was considered by the Philippine government as an ‘enemy of the State’ under the Counter-insurgency program and National Internal Security Policy Operation Bantay Laya (Operation Plan Freedomwatch).  Members and leaders of legal and progressive people’s organizations critical of the Philippine government policies and actions have been branded as such and have suffered political persecution in the form of human rights violations intended to ‘neutralize’ dissent.  Since Operation Plan Bantay Laya was launched in 2001 and until June 30, 2010, there have been 205 cases of enforced disappearances and 1,200 cases of extrajudicial killings. 

 

Operation Plan Bantay Laya reminds us so much of the Martial Law Declaration in September 21, 1972 that legitimized the State’s blatant violation of human rights.  We are dismayed that in the first 100 days of President Benigno Aquino III, there has been no mention of surfacing of victims of enforced disappearance and delivering justice to victims of human rights violations.  There have been, instead, statements on increasing the budget for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the continuation of Oplan Bantay Laya.  From his installation to the present, there have been 7 victims of extrajudicial killings.  Political persecution continues against progressive peoples organizations branded as sectoral fronts of the revolutionary movement.  43 healthworkers continue to be illegally detained in jail.   There are more than 300 other men, and women who continue to be incarcerated because of their political beliefs including Jovencio Balweg, a peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.  Communities and villages continue to be militarized resulting to so many human rights violations.

 

James became an activist in the early 1980s because he responded to the compelling need to work for human rights and social justice and because he was among those who followed the legacy of the First Quarter Storm to serve the people.  We continue to remember him today and continue his work. 

 

Today, we reiterate our demand that the Aquino government make concrete efforts to surface him and the other desaparecidos.  Perpetrators of human rights violations like Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the officials of the AFP and PNP have to be held accountable for their violations.  Justice for victims of human rights violations have to be heeded by this government and Operation Plan Bantay Laya should be stopped and no similar program that will trample on the rights of the people should replace it.

 

We call on the people to continue to rage with us in our search for James and in our search for justice. #       

 

 For reference:  Jude Baggo, Secretary General, Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, 09189621005

 

WILL THERE BE CHANGE?

 

I was a physician-surgeon working with a Community-based Health Program in the province of

Kalinga since 1987. Years of experience in alternative health care has thought us that the best

and most effective approach is to work with the people where they are at. Area-based community

health worker training has therefore been one of the main components of any effective health

initiative especially in the light of the inability of the State to effectively deliver the necessary

health services to its constituents.

 

Such was the activity that the health professional and health workers known as the Morong 43

were engaged in on February 6, 2010 when more than a hundred heavily-armed military and

policemen swooped down and took them into custody. While in the hands of the military they

suffered physical and psychological torture. To this day, they remain behind bars despite a

growing realization among observers of the infirmity of the State’s case.

 

Traditionally, health personnel and religious workers have been relatively immune from vicious

reactionary backlash. But this has not been true in the last ten years. Goaded on by mad generals

and cabinet members, the Philippine State Security Forces have literally gone into a rampage of

killings, abductions and illegal detentions. This they do for their stated goal of crushing the

longest running liberation movement in Asia today – an obvious impossibility considering that

they have kept moving forward their self-imposed deadline for many years. The fire of this

crazed witch hunt is stoked even more by the logistic support of the most powerful nation in the

world.

 

State oppression is usually done by deception or by force. In the last several years, State has had

to employ more and more the latter means, as the carrot does not seem to work anymore.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in a lot of dead bodies, missing people, and hundreds of political

prisoners. And like the Morong 43, there are 338 more political prisoners languishing in jail.

None of them deserves to be there.

 

But now we have a new president. In the first two and a half months of his term, I still have to

see some concrete action on his part to actually put a stop to the blood bath. The nation has put

its hopes on him. Will he fail us? Will he change things? We will know in the next few months.

Otherwise, it will again be up to us, the Filipino people to change things for him.

 

Chandu Claver1

17 September 2010

 

1 Chandu Claver – Kalinga-based former coordinator of the Community Health Concerns for Kalinga, a communitybased health program. Former member of the Board of Trustees of both the Community Medicine Development Foundation (COMMED), and the Council for Health Development (CHD). An ambush by suspected State forces resulted in the death of his wife and severe damage to himself. Continuing threats on himself and his children forced him to relocate to Canada as a refugee. After investigation a formal hearing, Canada has found his refugee claims a  valid. Presently the Chairperson of BAYAN – Canada.

 

   

 

Solidarity Message of Melissa Roxas

 

There are hundreds of people still disappeared and over 370 political prisoners in the Philippines.  They are illegally imprisoned with  trumped-up charges filed against them for the simple fact that they stood up for the rights of the Filipino people and they fought for genuine democracy and freedom. 

 

The 43 health workers, who are heroes for their devoted service to providing much needed health care, are demonized by the government and held on bogus charges.  We have to say stop the repression!  Stand in solidarity and take action to free all political prisoners!   And free the 43 health workers!

 

Today I fast in solidarity because

no one should ever be deprived of their freedom of thought

no one should ever be tortured and imprisoned for protesting against a repressive government

no one should be persecuted for defending the rights of others

no one should be persecuted because they serve the genuine interests of the people

 

Today I fast in solidarity because

there are hundreds of people that have been forcibly disappeared

there are thousands that have been killed

there are hundreds of communities displaced by war waged by the Philippine government against the people

 

Today I fast in solidarity because

the majority of the Filipino people still live in poverty and suffer from exploitation and oppression.

 

Today I fast in solidarity because

people that work toward creating a world free from exploitation and oppression give the gift of hope and progress toward creating a better world.

 

Today I fast in solidarity because

when I was forcibly disappeared and tortured, they didn’t feed me for days and I had no choice in that, this time I do.

 

You have that choice, too. 

Don’t wait until they take away your rights, or the rights of someone you love, before you take action.

 

Our participation in the movement for meaningful and progressive change is the responsibility of everyone.  Please join us in solidarity with the 43 health workers and all political prisoners in demanding:

 

End the repression!

Free all political prisoners!

Free the 43!

Justice for all victims of human rights violations!

 

Melissa Roxas

  

 

** American citizen of Filipino descent Melissa Roxas was abducted in May 2009 by soldiers, together with two others, while she was conducting research for future medical missions in the province of Tarlac. For almost a week, she was held communicado and physically and psychologically tortured by her captors. She has testified at the Commission on Human Rights and Court of Appeals about her ordeal. As a member of Bayan-USA and Habi Arts, she helps in the promotion of human rights in the Philippines through her art in the U.S..

 

   
     
Sympathy fast and picket in Davao City
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Davao City- about 30 members of SELDA, KARAPATAN and Hustisya SMR held a picket rally today, at Jones Circle, Davao City on the National day of Action and Sympathy Fasting calling for the immediate release of Morong 43, Zaldy Canete and all political prisoners. meanwhile, 17 political detainees in Compostela Valley Province Rehabilitation Center held a noise barrage inside the jail from 11am to 12nn.

 

Photos courtesy of KARAPATAN - Davao City

     
     
     
     
     
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