The killing of Carlo "Caloy" Rodriguez,
president of the Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa ng Calamba Water District.
the 7th victim of extrajudicial killings in Southern Tagalog,
the 22nd in the country, in the time of PNoy
November 12, 2010
■ Poem: Buwis by Pia Montalban
This is Caloy Rodriguez, the latest victim of extrajudicial killings in the country. Caloy, "president of the Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa ng Calamba Water District or NLM-CWD, was shot dead yesterday, November 12, at 5:30 in the afternoon by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Calamba, Laguna. NLM-CWD is an affiliate of the Confederatio...n for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees or Courage –Courage has been indefatigable in fighting corruption in government and militant in advancing its members’ rights and interests, thereby earning the wrath of successive regimes." The killings of activists under the new administration have not stopped as Oplan Bantay Laya remains under a different guise. Thank you Doug Booker for sharing the picture.
--- From the blog of UP Faculty Regent Dr. Judy Taguiwalo
By RONALYN OLEA
CALL FOR A NATIONWIDE SOLIDARITY ACTION AGAINST THE KILLING OF CARLO “CALOY” RODRIGUEZ, PRESIDENT OF NLM-CWD-WATER/COURAGE
In behalf of our affiliate unions, associations, federations and regional chapters and formations, COURAGE is strongly condemning the brutal killing of our union leader, Carlo Rodriguez, President of Nagkakaisang Lakas Manggagawa ng Calamba Water District, an affiliate of Water System Employees Response (WATER) and an officer of COURAGE Southern Tagalog.
Caloy on Friday, November 12, was onboard his motorcycle and was to come home from their office after a meeting with fellow union leaders when he was shot dead by unidentified assailant riding tandem on a motorcycle at an intersection in Calamba City, Laguna. Four gunshots were fired at Caloy, two at the back, one on the arms and another at the neck. The killers were definitely ensuring he was already dead before they fled.
Caloy, only 41 years old, was a militant, progressive and nationalist union leader and a genuine public servant. He spearheaded the Collective Negotiations Agreement of the NLM which seeks to improve the economic and working conditions of the workers and the full exercise of their union rights in the water district. He was a coordinator for the campaigns of WATER and COURAGE in Southern Tagalog for a substantial wage increase, against privatization and in defense of jobs and public services. Together with other union leaders in the province, Caloy is a regular mobilizer of government employees’ contingent for the Lakbayan (Protest Caravan) of the peasants for genuine land reform.
The murder of Caloy is concrete proof that the Aquino Administration, the AFP and its paramilitary machinery is still implementing Oplan Bantay Laya II of the Arroyo Administration and the new US Counter Insurgency Program. These programs target even the leaders and supporters of the legal and progressive mass organizations, like COURAGE and WATER who are known for their critical stand and action against various policies that propagate the oppression and injustice against the Filipino people. He is the 22nd victim of the Extra Judicial Killings under the Aquino Administration and the 6th government employee-union leader killed for their uncompromising commitment.
Aquino’s inaction and complacency that has until now denied justice to the more than 800 victims of summary executions, tortures and enforced disappearances under the US-Arroyo Regime is testament of the Aquino Administration’s hypocrisy, the change it is parroting is nothing but a complete sham. It is no better but the same as its predecessor - rotten, ruthless and butcher of civil servants.
We call on all government employees, trade unions, human rights advocates and other patriotic and concerned citizen to join us on November 18, 2010, on the same day that Caloy will be laid to rest, simultaneously at 12:00 noon nationwide, for a National Condemnation and Solidarity Action.
They may have been able to treacherously put an end to the life of Caloy but definitely not to his beliefs and struggles. For as long as the ruling system that perpetuate this culture of impunity remains, there are and there will be thousands of Caloy in the ranks of the government employees who will continue to resist tyranny and fight for genuine freedom and change. #
JUSTICE FOR CARLO RODRIGUEZ! JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS!
STOP THE KILLINGS! MAKE THE US-AQUINO REGIME ACCOUNTABLE!
Sulong sa ika-25 taon ng Militante, Progresibo at Makabayang Unyonismo sa Sektor Publiko
118 Sct. Rallos St., Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Water System Employees’ Response
S.E.C. Registration No. CN 200701080 Company TIN 006-608-885
STATEMENT OF CONDEMNATION AGAINST THE KILLING OF FELLOW WATER WARRIOR CARLO “CALOY” RODRIGUEZ
With deepest rage, we are condemning the atrocious killing of our fellow unionist and water warrior, Carlo “Caloy” Rodriguez, President of Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa ng Calamba Water District, an affiliate of WATER.
Caloy was a real union leader and a good public servant. He was one of the pioneers of WATER when it was still struggling to expand its membership and campaigning for recognition as a national federation of water districts and utilities’ employees unions. Together with the leaders of WATER, he stood pat for genuine unionism against the yellow unionism being promoted by a pseudo leader claiming to represent water district employees.
He was a staunch critic of privatization including bulk water supply projects and Private and Public Projects which put at risk not only the jobs and job security of the water district workers but also the basic social services needed by our marginalized countrymen. As a Customer Service Assistant in the City’s Water District, he served with utmost integrity. As a union leader, he transformed the NLM-CWD into a militant, progressive and nationalist union and propelled it to its 1st and 2nd Collective Negotiations Agreement, fought for better pay, improved working conditions and full union recognition. He created a union-education program meant to consolidate and strengthen the NLM-CWD.
The manner and pattern by which he was killed is telltale sign that nothing has really change despite the promise made by the new Aquino administration. The culture of impunity still persists because nothing is being done to prosecute those responsible for the more than 800 victims of political killings of its predecessor. Worst, there have been 22 politically-motivated deaths (including Caloy) under the Aquino administration that has vowed to lead the country towards the “correct path”.
Caloy’s death shall not be in vain for we vow to continue his struggles for the workers, against privatization and for a truly free and humane society.
National Secretariat Office: 118 Sct. Rallos Street, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel Nos:(632)9295342; Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
12 November 2010
All photos from: Ramir Endriga Corcolon's Photos
FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANTS FROM CUPE CANADA. WELCOME FRIENDS AND FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANTS FROM CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES(CUPE) THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US.
Two Southern Tagalog activists killed
in less than a week
on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 12:08pm
UA No: 2010-11-03
UA Case : Assassination
Victim/s : Carlo “Caloy” Rodriguez
Place of Incident : across the Coca Cola Plant, Brgy. Halang Calamba City,
Date of Incident : 12 November 2010, at around 5:30 PM
Alleged Perpetrator(s): Four men riding in tandem on two motorcycles believed to be military intelligence agents
When he reached the Coca Cola Plant in Brgy. Halang, two motorcycles with two riders each cornered him by driving on both sides of Caloy’s motorcycle. Then the back-rider of the motorcycle to his left pulled a .45 caliber pistol and shot him, hitting him in the neck. Caloy's motorcycle keeled over and when he fell to the ground, the gunman shot him again, this time, hitting him in the arm and back. Caloy died instantly. The perpetrators fled from the scene.
NLM-WDC, under Caloy's leadership, fought against the privatization of Calamba Water District. He also campaigned for the recognition of COURAGE as a partylist in the last elections.
on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 1:05pm
Si Caloy Rodriguez ay binaril ng mga nakamaskarang kalalakihang nakasakay sa motorsiklo kahapon , Nob. 12, 5:30 ng hapon sa Calamba, Laguna habang pauwi mula sa trabaho. Si Caloy, ang ika-22 biktima ng pamamaslang sa panahon ng rehimeng Aquino, ay kaibigan ko pala sa Facebook! Hindi ko matandaan kung personal kaming nagkabatian sa mga pagkilos ng bayan o kaya sa kumperensya ng mga public sector unions.
Ngayon ay binuksan ko muli ang kanyang FB account. Napakapayak ng impormasyong ibinahagi niya sa FB: Male, mahilig sa musika ni Eric Clapton, ni Noel Cabangon at ng JOVINATICS. Walang nakalagay na birthday o saan nagtapos sa pag-aaral o kung sino ang employer.
Pero may mga 150 sa listahan ng kanyang mga sinalihan o nagustuhang mga FB groups. Kabilang dito ang “Free or Low Cost College Level Mass Education”, “Free Dr. Alex Montes and the other 42 health workers”, Liza Maza for Senator”, “Disband the Philippine Military, the AFP, the PNP and the PMA”, “Call Facebook to delete all hate groups against Islam and prophet Mohamed”, “Dismantle Political Dynasties”, at “Turn Facebook Pink for 1 Week for Breast Cancer Awareness”.
Kasali si Caloy sa Farmville at kabilang sa mga sumuporta sa kahilingang “Help make stables for goats in Farmville” at “Add a church to Farmville.”
Pangulo si Caloy ng unyong Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa ng Calamba Water District. Ayon sa Southern Tagalog Exposure, isang meter reader si Caloy sa Calamba Water District, at kung gayon ay may malinaw na material na batayan para maging masugid sa pagsusulong sa kagalingan at karapatan ng kapwa rank-and-file na empleyado sa kanyang opisina. Coordinator siya ng COURAGE, ang pederasyon ng mga militante, progresibo at makabayang mga unyon ng pamahalaan , sa Southern Tagalog.
Sa 24 na photo albums ni Caloy sa Facebook ang mga patotoo sa kanyang paninindigan bilang tagapagtaguyod ng militante, progresibo at makabayang unyonismo at ang kanyang paglilingkod sa sambayanan.
Naroon ang kanyang mga kuha sa People’SONA noong Hulyo 26, 2010. Dalawang album ang kaugnay nito. Ang isa ay may titulong “NLM-CWD Participated in the People’s SONA”, mga kuha ng mga unyonista ng Calamba water district sa Commonwealth Avenue at mga retrato ng mga artista ng bayan na gumagawa ng mural sa kalsada na pinangalanan ni Caloy na “Street Art During People’s SONA”. May mga album kaugnay ng pirmahan ng ikatlong Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) ng unyon at ng management ng Calamba Water District noong Agosto 2, 2010. Ang pinakaunang album ni Caloy ay ang panunumpa ng mga opisyal ng unyon noong Pebrero 2010 na dinaluhan ng Tagapangulo ng COURAGE, si Ferdie Gaite. Maraming mga album ng mga pag-aaral at seminar ng mga public sector employees sa Laguna kaugnay ng unyonismo sa pampublikong sektor. May mga album din ng mga outing ng unyon sa Bicol. Ang pinakahuling album ay may petsang Agosto 11, 2010 sa oryentasyon ng mga bagong kasapi ng Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa ng Calamba Water District.
Ayon sa ulat ng STEX, apat na beses binaril si Caloy: dalawa sa likod, isa sa leeg at isa sa bisig! Hindi natin maubos isipin kung bakit ganito karahas ang sasapitin ng isang mabuting unyonista, manggagawa ng pamahalaan, water meter reader na 41 taong gulang lamang. Maliban na lamang kung maiugnay ang pamamaslang kay Caloy sa patuloy na pagturing ng pamahalaan na “enemies of the state” ang mga unyonista’t aktibista na may makabayang paninindigan. Buhay na buhay ang Oplan Bantay Laya, ang patakaran ng dating rehimeng Arroyo laban sa mamamayan, sa kasalukuyang rehimeng Aquino. Si Caloy Rodriguez ay ikalawang makabayang aktibista ng Timog Katagalugan na pinaslang sa loob ng limang araw. Noong Nobyembre 7, pinaslang sa Balayan, Batangas si Ireneo Rodriguez, magsasakang kasapi ng Samahan ng mga Magbubukid sa Batangas (SAMBAT) ng dalawang nakamaskarang lalaking nakasakay sa motorsiklo. Ika-21 si Ireneo at ika-22 si Caloy na mga biktima ng extra judicial killings mula nang umupo sa Malacanang si Noynoy Aquino.
Natapos na ang rehimeng Arroyo pero hindi nagtatapos ang walang habas na paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa ating bayan. Katarungan para kay Caloy Rodriguez at para kay Ireneo Rodriguez at sa lahat ng mga biktima ng pampulitikang pamamaslang! Ibasura ang Oplan Bantay Laya!
13 November 2010
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THE TOOLS OF DEATH SQUAD
Multi-dimensional but essentially political/ psychological in nature,
Oplan Bantay Laya or OBL disguised U.S. intervention and covert operations
in targeted areas in the country by introducing USAID- funded piece-meal
community services, disaster relief and infrastructure, while selectively
assassinating local activists and leaders. The tools in this
counterinsurgency kit - now also used widely in Iraq and Afghanistan --
include a combination of community/social programs, but it also includes
their "special ops " which is to strip out mid-level leaders and
coordinators of militant mass movements whom they believe are part of the
"political infrastructure" of the armed insurgency.
The public is also targeted by
psychological operations to achieve support and demonize targeted sectors.
However, the role of Fr. Romeo "Archie" Intengan's indoctrination of
soldiers to eliminate all communists, and the Norberto Gonzales - Palparan
tandem in the creation of "privatized" anti-communist death squads with
the tolerance and support of the AFP/PNP, need to be further explored.
I would have wanted to see included in this book an analyis of the U.S.
Special Forces Counter-insurgency Manual which is one of the classified
Pentagon documents leaked to WikiLeaks.com It has the title, FOREIGN
INTERNAL DEFENSE TACTICS, TECHNIQUES AND PROCEDURES FOR SPECIAL FORCES
(1994, 2004 ). What is very revealing is that the manual refers to itself
as about, " what the U.S. learned about using death squads and propping up
corrupt governments in Latin America and how to apply it in other places."
The template and model that the manual uses is El Salvador where killings
and torturing were done by the U.S.-backed army and right wing death
squads affiliated with it, until the paramilitaries themselves got out of
hand that they raped even American missionary nuns who were stopped at a
checkpoint, causing massive outrage in the United States. According to a
2001 report of Amnesty International, many U.S. -backed right wing
governments through their military and paramilitary death squads "
committed extra-judical executions, other unlawful killings,
disappearances and torture", and obviously with the advise and direction
of U.S. military advisers.
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