March and Rally for Truth and Accountability
Re the Mamasapano Incident

 


■  Podcasts of Prof. Jose Maria Sison on the Mamasapano Incident

Candlelighting, PCPR, Camp Bagong Diwa, Jan. 31

Candlelighting, PCPR, Camp Crame, Feb. 3

Candelighting, SALINLAHI, Camp Crame, Feb. 3

Protest  rally in Davao City, Feb. 4

Bonus Tracks - Black strips on their badges

Mendiola, US embassy

 

February 4,  2015

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Satur Ocampo, President, MAKABAYAN Coalition
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Amira Lidasan, spokesperon, Suara Bangsa Moro
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Streetwise
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo

Epic fail in leadership and intelligence

It was a rout – a massacre. On the early morning of January 25, forty four out of close to 400 elite, US-trained, Special Action Force (SAF) policemen were killed in a 12-hour firefight, in a remote barrio in Mamasapano, Maguindanao -- a known rebel stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). They were reportedly on a top-secret counterterrorism operation to capture Malaysian bomb expert and Jemaah Islamiya leader, Marwan, said to be the equivalent of Osama bin Laden in Southeast Asia and his second in command, Usman. The two had a total of $7 million bounty on their heads courtesy of the United States government.

The facts and circumstances surrounding this latest debacle in the Aquino government’s anti-terrorist efforts have only been slowly trickling out, no thanks to Malacanang’s lack of transparency if not outright attempts to mislead and deceive. Mr. Aquino’s address to the nation four days after the Mamasapano incident was riddled with inconsistencies, obfuscation, half-truths and outright lies. (For one, there is no mention of civilian guides and paramilitary/CAFGU casualties, which the MILF reports counting, adding up to a total of 64 instead of just 44 killed on the government side.)

Thus the families and comrades of the slain are still seeking answers. They find little consolation in the Aquino administration’s declaration of a so-called national day of mourning, medals of valor for the dead and injured, and promises of financial support to the latter’s dependents. They are steadfastly demanding that justice be rendered for their kin’s untimely, avoidable and senseless deaths.

This demand underlies the calls by various quarters for an impartial and thorough investigation into the culpability of those who had instigated, authorized, and planned the entire operation.

Unfortunately, the warmongers and those with deep-seated anti-Moro prejudices have been garnering the most media mileage. They are calling for “all-out-war” versus the MILF, the junking of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and a halt to further peace negotiations between government and the MILF on the premise that the rebel group is mainly, if not exclusively, to blame for the carnage.

Aquino and his defenders and apologists pretend to be sober and fully committed to achieving peace with the MILF despite this setback. They have labeled the Mamasapano incident as an unfortunate “misencounter” and have appealed to the public not to make any hasty conclusions until an investigation to be carried out by a PNP Board of Inquiry can determine the “truth”.
But the truth is Mr. Aquino and his clique of the closest “kabarkada” and “kabarilan” are hell bent on foisting a cover-up.

In the first place, more than a week after the incident, there is no admission as to who gave the go signal for what an Interaksyon editorial called a “fatally flawed mission”. Aquino, when asked by the media categorically whether he himself okayed it, hemmed and hawed and ended up saying his specific approval was unnecessary since there were standing warrants of arrest for the two high-value targets.

Nonetheless, it can be concluded, from his claim that he had repeatedly stressed in briefings the need for coordination, that he was continuously briefed on the progress of the operation and therefore had – or could have had -- full and constant knowledge of it.

What has also eventually emerged as a fact is that SAF Director Napenas was directly reporting to suspended PNP chief Purisima, bypassing superior officers in the line of command up to PNP OIC Espina. Purisima in turn was directly reporting to Aquino, bypassing SILG Mar Roxas. This breakdown in the line of command, especially in giving Purisima the authority to direct the operations, is by itself highly anomalous and unjustifiable, even if the operation had been successful.

There is no need for any investigation to determine the immediate cause of the disaster. It was the deliberate decision not to coordinate with both the MILF and the AFP. It is clear that there was no coordination on several levels and fronts between the police and armed forces, from the SAF commandoes and army units on the ground up to the highest levels of command.

Within the police hierarchy, there was a clear breakdown in the chain of command, with the SAF Director Napenas neither informing nor reporting to the PNP Chief Espina, and instead directly reporting to suspended chief Purisima. Purisima, in turn did not inform nor report to DILG Secretary Roxas but to the President himself.

The MILF official statement sums up the lesson from the Mamasapano incident insofar as the peace process is concerned: “The MILF have (sic) been in negotiations with the Philippine Government for some time now. During this time both parties have established protocols, ways of proceedings and mechanisms, which support and keep the peace. Adherence to these mechanism (sic) have created a peaceful environment and lessened actual hostilities through the years. lt is unfortunate but not entirely surprising that when parties do not follow these protocols lives are placed in harm's way.”

What emerges is the picture of a clique in Aquino’s Cabinet, headed by no less than the Commander-in-Chief, breaking the chain-of-command and illegally placing a suspended police officer in charge of a suicidal mission – a mission fraught not only with untold dangers and operational complexity but imbued with wider and more serious political implications on the ongoing GPH-MILF peace negotiations, particularly the passage by Congress of the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Some analysts attribute Aquino’s illegal and foolhardy reliance on Purisima and his coterie of trusted aides like Napenas to a combination of hubris, his eagerness to score propaganda points in the global “anti-terror” campaign, and just plain incompetent leadership.

What is overlooked however are the undeniable military and political stakes of the US Superpower in this bungled operation and their record of direct and indirect involvement in previous attempts to neutralize Marwan’s group. This includes the 2012 use of armed drone strikes against a suspected hideout of Marwan in Sulu which resulted in scores of civilian fatalities and an unscathed Marwan.

The “actionable intelligence” that Aquino touted as key to the decision to mount the Mamasapano operation has been traced, according to news reports, to a US mole within the MILF. This was allegedly verified through US drones and GPS tracking. Subsequently the US mobilized its Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) based in Mindanao for the latest operation; JSOTF forces were sighted in the aftermath of the Mamasapano operation. The US would also have nixed coordinating with the MILF despite the dangers of a firefight between the SAF and MILF forces because of intelligence information that Marwan was being given sanctuary by the MILF.

Thus it comes as no surprise that a certified US puppet like Aquino would have had no second thoughts about giving the go-signal for the ill-conceived operation at the sacrifice of the lives of so many SAF personnel in exchange for the prospect of having bragging rights to Marwan’s neutralization.

Speculations are rife and the entire truth will have to await an impartial and thorough investigation. But there are enough undisputed facts surrounding the Mamasapano disaster that point to an epic fail in intelligence and leadership, military and otherwise. #

Published I Business World
2 February 2015
 

Mendiola
     
     
     
     
       
March to the US embassy
           
     
     
     

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International Release
30 January 2015

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, ILPS Philippines Chairperson, 0908-1636597

"No Lady Macbeth": International group denounce Pres. Aquino for gross incompetence as commander-in-chief

MANILA. As the remains of Special Action Force (SAF) members killed-in-action in Mamasapano, Maguindanao lie in wake at the national police headquarters, the Philippines Chapter of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS-Phils) denounced Pres. Aquino as commander-in-chief as it expressed its sympathy to the surviving families and friends of the SAF members.

The ILPS-Phils said that "we commiserate with them but the grief over the tragedy is aggravated by the President's gross insensitivity and incompetence as the commander-in-chief of state forces."

"While declaring a National Day of Mourning, he showed sheer insolence and disrespect for the dead. He only has himself to blame if netizens and social media lambasted him for his non-appearance yesterday in receiving the arrival of the slain SAF. A Malacanang press statement even toned down its description of the dead from 'fallen heroes' to 'fallen troopers' and ruled out their burial at the state's Libingan ng mga Bayani," it said.

The SAF main target in “Oplan Wolverine” Zulkifli bin Hir alias “Marwan” was killed with a $6-million bounty offered by the US on his head. Agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and ranking police officials met in September last year for the operations. The US used drones and global positioning system to track down Marwan according to published reports.

US troops have been into Mamasapano, a bailiwick of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its 105thbase, as early as 2005 when seven US Special Forces entered the area on August 18, 2005 according to Salah Jubair (“The Long Road to Peace: Inside the GRP-MILF Peace Process, 2007).

"Pres. Aquino himself admitted before his televised speech that he knew of the operations in Mamasapano, Maguindanao but washed his hands off the bloody result. He is not fit to be a commander-in-chief, much less remain as a head of state. Even Lady Macbeth could not endure the guilt and crime and dies off-stage in the last act of Shakespeare's play," ILPS-Phils Chair Elmer Labog said.

"If he could not commit an honorable harakiri, the least he could do is to resign from office and prevent turning Mindanao into a killing field for US interests," he added.###

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Philippine Chapter

Office Address:
2/F IBON Center, 114 Timog Avenue
Quezon City 1103, PHILIPPINES
Tel: +63 2 9277062
E-mail: ilps.phils@gmail.com
Website: www.ilps-phils.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ILPSPhils
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ILPS_Phils
 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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International Release
3 February 2015

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, ILPS Philippines Chairperson, 0908-1636597

Justice for all Mamasapano victims sought at international tribunal

The local chapter of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS-Phils) enjoins the Filipino people in a march to Mendiola on February 4 to hold President Benigno Aquino III and the US government accountable for the covert raid and eventual clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao between government forces and Moro fighters.

"A people's inquiry into the Mamasapano tragedy demands justice for all the victims," ILPS-Phils Chair Elmer Labog said.

"As Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago suggests the possibility of filing a case against Pres. Aquino before the International Criminal Court, several peoples organizations are already planning to hold him liable before an international tribunal with unquestionable integrity," Labog said.

The International People's Tribunal is set to convene in Washington, D.C. this July. Details have not yet been announced but several victims of militarization, people's organizations and rights advocates have expressed interest in filing criminal raps against Pres. Aquino.

The latest body count of fatalities from both sides in the Mamasapano clash reveals 69 in all: 44 US-trained Special Action Force police commandos, 18 fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and up to 7 civilians dead, including 5-year old Sarah Panangulon.

The dawn-to-dusk battle on January 25 also displaced 1,324 families or about 6,620 individuals according to Mamasapano Mayor Benzar Ampatuan.

"Pres. Aquino should be made answerable to these deaths and renewed violence not only on combatants but to innocent children as well," Labog added.

"The President knowingly did not coordinate with the MILF, despite mechanisms such as the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) and international ceasefire monitoring. He willfully did not coordinate with the military under his command and even his own interior secretary Mar Roxas who heads the police force. Relieved SAF chief Police Director Getulio Napeñas became the unfortunate fall-guy and took all the blame," Labog said.

The police, relatives of the victims and entire Moro communities are becoming restive despite the frantic damage-control efforts of Malacanang and the US embassy.

The MILF has convened a Special lnvestigative Commission (SlC) as the International Monitoring Team for the GPH-MILF peace negotiations conducts its investigation. The national government has its own Board of Inquiry and Congress with its proposed Truth Commission.

"All these investigations should answer the people's burning questions, among which is the extent of US involvement and Pres. Aquino's own complicity," the ILPS-Phils said.

"For us, this is the dire consequence of the US proxy war in Southeast Asia, particularly in Mindanao where some 320 US military personnel are still stationed as admitted by the US embassy in Manila. The US government provided a $6-million bounty for Zulkifli Abdhir aka Marwan and shared intelligence with Philippine counterparts on his location which paved the way for the planning and final execution of Oplan Wolverine until its tragic end," the ILPS-Phils said.###


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Philippine Chapter

Office Address:
2/F IBON Center, 114 Timog Avenue
Quezon City 1103, PHILIPPINES
Tel: +63 2 9277062
E-mail: ilps.phils@gmail.com
Website: www.ilps-phils.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ILPSPhils
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ILPS_Phils
 

     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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Press Statement
February 4, 2015

AQUINO, RESIGN!
 

We, party list representatives from the Makabayan bloc, add our voices to the mounting call for Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III to resign.
 

Aquino must resign! The President must resign for the sake of the nation, to save our nation from further disasters, moral bankruptcy, and massive poverty.
President Aquino is unfit to rule and has betrayed public trust. This is evident in the bloody Mamasapano fiasco and the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as affirmed by the most recent Supreme Court decision.
 

Aquino lost his moral ascendancy and legitimacy to govern when he lied to the people on his responsibility and accountability in the botched police operation that led to the deaths of 44 police, 18 Moro fighters and 8 civilians. He covers up the role of United States and the unlawful participation of suspended PNP Chief General Allan Purisima. He broke the chain of command and violated the required coordination in the peace agreements with the MILF. The blood of the fallen SAF 44 and 26 Moros are on his hands.
 

Aquino refuses to admit that he kowtowed to US’ instigation in the “Oplan Wolverine”, gave the go- signal to the highly dangerous police operation in Mamasapano without coordinating with the MILF, and sanctioned the illegal involvement of US military forces and suspended PNP Chief General Allan Purisima.
 

Aquino’s hand in the unconstitutional DAP was affirmed with the final ruling of the Supreme Court. He and Abad authored DAP and used billions of people’s money as “pork barrel” -- to bribe senator-judges to impeach Corona, provide compensation for landlords including his family, fund his pet projects, and give patronage to favored politicians. With DAP, Aquino took away precious funds intended for social services for the people and the benefits of government employees.
 

Under Aquino’s administration, poverty has worsened, “pork barrel” funds became bigger, gross violations of human rights continued, the country became a big US military base, and calamities became disasters.
 

We must not wait for another transgression or disaster to happen. Give the nation a break, a chance for renewal. Aquino, resign! ###
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References: Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares, 09178350459
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate
Gabriela Women’s party list Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan
Gabriela Women’s partylist Rep. Emmi de Jesus
ACT Teachers party list rep. Antonio Tinio
Anakpawis party list Rep. Fernando Hicap
Kabataan partylist Rep. Terry Ridon

     
     
US Embassy
     
First time in many years that the road from Taft to Kalaw
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.Press Statement
February 4, 2015

US, Malacañang should answer for the Mamasapano Disaster—NDFP peace consultants

Benigno S. Aquino III has been, as usual, very glib (but obviously very evasive) in trying hard to explain the mystery of where the command and responsibility were for the operations of the Special Action Force (SAF) contingent that terribly failed and suffered a big number of its casualties (44 SAF forces killed) in its Mamasapano, Maguindanao operations last January 25. Twelve more SAF forces were wounded in action.


Aside from the SAF casualties, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) also suffered eight casualties and its breakaway group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) also suffered six casualties. There were also civilian casualties in the Tukanalipao barrio of Mamasapano that was attacked by the SAF forces.

The unusually large, 392-man SAF operations contingent was sent, admittedly with clearance from Malacañang, to arrest the two elements in the U.S. list of "most wanted terrorist" operating in the Philippines, and supposedly reported to have been spotted in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

That the operation was actually a directly U.S.-commanded one is seen from the fact that it was coursed by the U.S. through Malacañang and spuriously skipped all other lines from the top down to the local level—including the Department of Interior and Local Government that supposedly has supervision over the Philippine National Police (PNP) and its SAF, current PNP leadership and the local police/military commands (including the Western Mindanao Command and 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army), all of whom had no knowledge at all of what was going on.

Suspected Malaysian "terrorist" Zulkipli bin Hir (also known as "Marwan") with a $5-million bounty for his head, and a Filipino "terrorist" Basit Usman, with a $2-million bounty for his head, were supposed to be the targets of the 392-man, big-scale police-military operation of the SAF forces that were gathered from various units of the SAF, including from its national headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, Metro Manila, for this simple operation.

There is no verification yet of the SAF's boast that their operation succeeded in neutralizing "Marwan", who was supposedly killed in the operation.

What actually happened was that the SAF forces not only utterly failed in their operations, but committed a very big mistake and major violation in entering an area where the MILF forces and their families reside, such that most of the fighting that took place—and that decimated large numbers from the SAF—was actually with the local MILF forces in the area, and also inflicted casualties not only among the MILF forces but also among their civilian families. This, as the area unilaterally intruded into by the SAF attacking forces is part of the territory covered by the MILF's 105th Base Command.

 

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The MILF forces only rightfully acted in their self-defense and the defense of their loved ones and community.

As there were also, in the area, forces of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway group of the MILF, there was also some fighting between forces of the SAF and the BIFF.

There is now so much flak over who really have been in command at the top level of the SAF's Mamasapano attack—“admittedly" Malacañang, and according to Malacañang, suspended PNP Chief, Police General Alan Purisima. This, even if Purisima's "authority" is questionable because he had for some time already been suspended and replaced for charges of large-scale corruption against him. Purisima's replacement, Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, has denied any knowledge of the plan and of the actual attack.

Worse, the SAF's Mamasapano attack grossly violated a standing peace talks and ceasefire agreement between the present Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the MILF. The GPH, including the PNP and the SAF, should first have communicated and coordinated with the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities and, through this, with the MILF, as required by the already-made peace agreement awaiting legislative approval and the still-continuing peace process between the GPH and the MILF.

As Malacañang has main full local reponsability for the SAF's failed January 25 operations in Mamasapano, Maguindanao and for the casualties such operations inflicted not only on the SAF forces, but also on MILF forces, on the local civilians and others, Malacañang should be made to principally answer for the failed operations, the casualties and the violations of the peace accords and process, and other related negative effects of the SAF operations.

Benigno S. Aquino III has also to answer for the dire and bloody results of his utter puppetry to the U.S., including its negative effects on the GPH-MILF peace process.

A related serious questions that needs to be asked of him and his regime is if he and his regime is really interested in the peace process—not only with the MILF, but also with others including the National Democratic Front of the Philippines(NDFP).

It is the U.S., however, that has been on top of it all and should be made to principally answer and be made to pay for all the violations, intrusions, casualties and other damages.

NDFP Peace Consultants
detained in Camp Bagong Diwa,
Taguig City, Metro Manila

ALAN JAZMINES        EMETERIO ANTALAN     LEOPOLDO CALOZA
TIRSO ALCANTARA  LOIDA MAGPATOC

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KODAO'S PODCASTS OF ITANONG MO KAY PROF JOSE MARIA SISON RE MAMASAPANO OPERATIONS
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Published on Jan 28, 2015

ITANONG MO KAY KAY PROF: Tungkol sa talumpati ni Aquino hinggil sa sagupaan at maraming namatay na SAF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, January 28, 2015

1. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa pangkabuuan sa mga ipinahayag ni Pres. Noynoy Aquino hinggil sa naganap na engkwentro sa pagitan ng PNP-SAF at MILF?

JMS: Sa kanyang pahayag sa telebisyon, nagsinungaling si Aquino at umiilag sa katotohanan. Hindi marunong tumanggap ng command responsibility, kahit na may direct responsibility siya. Hindi niya hinarap ang pinakaimportanteng tanong sa kanya: kung bakit isinubo niya sa tiyak na kamatayan ang maraming sundalo ng SAF?

Sa halip, mahaba ang satsat niya tungkol sa mga warrant of arrest, kung gaano kasama sina Marwan at Usman at gaano ring kasama ang mga katulad ng mag-amang Estrada na gustong ipawalang saysay ang peace negotiations sa MILF bago siyang umasta na buwayang lumuluha para sa mga pamilya ng mga sundalong napatay.

Click link below for the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0XMwcowE8Q

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Published on Jan 28, 2015

ITANONG MO KAY KAY PROF: Tungkol sa talumpati ni Aquino hinggil sa sagupaan at maraming namatay na SAF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, January 28, 2015

3. Binigyan-diin ng pangulo ang mga krimen nina Marwan at Usman sa umpisa ng kanyang talumpati. Ito marahil ay para mabigyan ng hustisya ang operation ng PNP-SAF sa Maguindanao, subalit hindi niya sinabi na siya at ang US ay sangkot sa operasyon na ito. Ano po ang inyong pahayag dito?

JMS: Walang kwestiyon na dapat hulihin sina Marwan at Usman dahil sa warrants of arrest at malulubhang paratang sa kanila. Pero walang karapatan si Aquino na isubo ang maraming sundalo ng SAF sa tiyak na kamatayan dahil sa estupidong plano at kawalan ng koordinasyon sa mga kinauukulan. Bale gumawa sina Aquino, Ochoa at Purisima ng malubhang krimen na isinubo nila ang maraming SAF sa tiyak na kamatayan. Lalong malubha ang krimen nila dahil sa sunud-sunuran sila sa mga utos ng mga bos nilang mga Amerikano at nasilaw rin sila sa malaking dolyar na reward money.

4. Nahahati ngayon ang opinyon ng mga kapulisan hinggil sa naging papel ng gubyerno sa madugong engkwentro, ano po ang inyong maipapayo sa kanila?

JMS: Dapat batikusin at isakdal ng PNP, SAF at sambayanang Pilipino si Aquino dahil sa kanyang kriminal na pagpapahamak sa mga nasawing sundalo ng SAF. Dapat ding tuligsain ang kanyang pagiging utu-uto ng mga bos niyang Amerikano.

Click link below for the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJGpjqlWc0I#t=96

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Published on Feb 1, 2015

ITANONG MO KAY KAY PROF: Tungkol sa talumpati ni Aquino hinggil sa sagupaan at maraming namatay na SAF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, January 28, 2015

5. Kailangan pa bang magpatuloy ang usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng MILF at GPH? Kung oo o hindi, bakit?

JMS: Dahil sa insidente, lalong kailangan ang usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng GPH at MILF. Kung matitigil ang peace negotiations, lalo pang mas maraming mamamatay sa labanan. Kasalanan ni Aquino na linabag niya ang ceasefire agreement sa pagbalewala sa konsultasyon at koordinasyon sa MILF.

Binalewala rin niya ang koordinasyon sa mismong mga sundalo niya sa PhIlippine Army sa paligid. Walang kwenta siyang commander-in-chief. Dahil sa kriminal na kapalpakan niya, baka matupad ang hangarin ng former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales na ikudeta siya.

6. Ano ang inyong masasabi sa pahayag ni dating president Erap na itigil na ang peace talks para hindi na maulit ang pangyayari?

JMS: Noon pang Presidente siya, nais na ni Erap na pulbusin ang MILF at Bangsamoro. Sinalakay niya ang mga kampo ng MILF. Pero hindi naman siya nagtagumpay sa panaginip niyang durugin ang MILF at Bangsamoro. Dahil sa pagsalakay niya sa Bangsamoro, lumubha ang kanyang budget deficit at lalong gumewang ang paghahari niya hanggang ibinagsak siya ng sambayanang Pilipino.

Click link below for the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBiBd2y7KCY

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Published on Feb 1, 2015

ITANONG MO KAY KAY PROF: Tungkol sa talumpati ni Aquino hinggil sa sagupaan at maraming namatay na SAF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao

Panayam ng Kodao Proucions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, January 28, 2015

7. Sinabi ni President Aquino sa kanyang pahayag na may binuo nang board of inquiry, mapagkakatiwalaan po ba ito ng mamamayang Pilipino?

Hindi mapagkakatiwalaan ang board of inquiry na yan. Mga tauhan ni Aquino ang bumubuo. Hindi nila kayang papanagutin si Aquino o ungkatin ang pag-utos ng mga opisyal na Amerikano kay Aquino. Hindi independent ang board. Ang kaya nilang sisihin ay yong commander ng SAF at yong mga isinubo sa tiyak na kamatayan.

Click link below for the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbQaiuFefzI

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Published on Feb 2, 2015
Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa madugong sagupaan sa pagitan ng SAF at MILF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao noong January 25, 2015.

February 1, 2015

Ano ang inyong masasabi sa pahayag ng FBI na walang kinalaman ang US sa naganap na Mamasapano encounter?

JMS: Nasa katangian at papel ng FBI na magsinungaling tungkol sa covert operations o lihim na operasyon nito. Mahaba at malalim ang pakialam ng FBI sa proyekto na hulihin o patayin si Marwan at Usman. Nahahalata naman ito sa lantarang pagtanggap ng FBI na sila ang bahala sa reward money at sa DNA analysis. Pero may kinalaman din ang FBI sa pagsasanay sa Special Action Force, sa intelligence at pagsasagawa ng Oplan Wolverine.

May papel ang FBI sa porma ng bilateral police cooperation. Pero kasangkot din ang iba pang ahensya ng Amerikano,tulad ng US Army Special Forces. US Army facility ang GPS surveillance at real-time monitoring sa communications gadget na ipinain kay Marwan at mga aide niya. At malamang na si US Ambassador Goldberg o ang CIA station chief ang nag-utos kay Aquino.

Ayon sa mga tao sa baryong pinangyarihan ng sagupaan, may blue-eyed na Amerikanong sundalo na nakita nilang patay. At nakunan naman ng retrato ang Amerikanong sundalo mula sa Joint Staff Special Operations Task Force. Kasama sila sa pagtingin, pag-usisa at pagkuha sa mga bangkay ng mga sundalong SAF. Lumabas ang mga retrato sa mga peryodiko.

Click link below for the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5YSeD7L024

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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COVER UP FOR AQUINO AND PURISIMA

Aquino wants to get away from his criminal responsibility in the bloody Mamasapano fiasco by trying to cover up the following:

1. Abusing his position as AFP and PNP commander-in-chief, he authorized the suspended PNP Chief General Purisima to plan and direct Oplan Wolverine and criminally disregarded the chain of command. Who else could have authorized Purisima? Not just Ochoa who can act only upon the authority and instruction of his President.

2. He and Purisima were chiefly responsible for the deliberate absence of coordination of Oplan Wolverine with the PNP chain of command and with the Philippine Army and Air Force.

3. He violated the ceasefire agreement with the MILF by deliberately failing to consult and coordinate with the MILF before the botched up operation in Mamasapano.

4. He was in Zamboanga in the company of his American bosses and handlers monitoring the final operation of Oplan Wolverine and waiting for it to succeed and give him US acclamation and international publicity.

Aquino expected to profit from Oplan Wolverine, he should accept responsibility for his criminality.

The board of inquiry formed under the command of Aquino will certainly cover up his criminal responsibility and make the SAF command take the responsibility to a minimized extent . The propaganda machinery of Aquino is now frenziedly accusing the MILF of brutality during and after combat in order to divert public attention and cover up the fact that Aquino and Purisima were the ones most stupidly and criminally responsible for sending the killed and wounded SAF troops to a death trap.

The scheme to generate a hate-MILF campaign to divert public attention from Aquino's criminal responsibility is likely to paralyze, if not doom, the GPH-MILF peace negotiations during the remainder of Aquino's stay in power. Aquino's preoccupation with the consequences of his Mamasapano fiasco is also adversely affecting the resumption of the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations.

Aquino has a self-indulgent, small-minded and malicious kind of leadership. When Pope Francis was around, he was preoccupied with thinking of how to get back at his critics among the bishops and priests, instead of undertaking goodwill measures, like releasing the NDFP consultants and political prisoners, pleaded by the religious and human rights organizations. When there is a President like Aquino, what do you expect?

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FURTHER QUESTIONS TO AQUINO BEFORE HIS SPEECH TODAY

1. Shall you lie and deny that you approved the Mamasapano operation by arguing that there was no need for your approval because of standing warrants of arrest for Marwan and Basit?

2. Shall you lie and deny that you authorized the suspended PNP chief Purisima to carry out the entire project leading to the aforesaid operation and to direct the SAF for the purpose?

3, Shall you lie and deny that you authorized Executive Secretary Ochoa to provide everything that Purisima needed for the project and to keep other pertinent officials out of the loop?

4. Shall you lie and deny that you, together with Ochoa and Purisima, received orders from US officials who told you that their operatives had once more succeeded since sometime ago to give Marwan and his aides communications gadgets with embedded microchips to surveil them and gain real-time intelligence on their location?

5. Shall you lie and deny that you, together with Ochoa and Purisima, are responsible for treacherously and criminally deploying 392 SAF personnel in an area where you are required by ceasefire agreement to priorly consult and coordinate with the MILF regarding the deployment of your armed personnel in MILF territory?

6. Do you really think that you could sneak in such a large force without being detected long before they could reach any specific target? Don't you know that dogs can wake up and bark even at 2 a.m. to alert the MILF?

7. Were you not being overeager to reap international publicity by posting yourself in a Zamboanga location with your American handlers?

8. Together with your accomplices, are you not criminally liable for putting into a death trap your own armed personnel in SAF?

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AQUINO AND OCHOA MUST DO THE EXPLAINING FOR THE SAF AGGRESSION RATHER THAN MILF AND THE BANGSAMORO

How true is the report that the mission order to deploy the 392-man SAF in a sneak operation in MILF territory was signed by Executive Secretary Ochoa by authority of the President? How true is the related report that Aquino and his security cabinet cluster headed by Ochoa were obliged by the US to make the mission order on the basis of supposed A-1 info from US intelligence that the target JI personalities would certainly be cornered? How true is the report that the OPAPP endorsed or agreed to the use of SAF for the purpose of "law enforcement" as the way to circumvent the standing ceasefire rule that the GPH needed to consult with the MILF in case of AFP military operations in its territory?
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PRESS RELEASE | 04 February 2015
Reference:
Rev. Gil Sediarin, Deputy Secretary General
KARAPATAN-Southern Tagalog (ST)
0929-599-3084

S.Tagalog Rights Group berates US’ hand in the Mamasapano slaughter; demands accountability from Aquino, Chief PNP & US Gov’t

Southern Tagalog groups led by KARAPATAN- ST and BAYAN-ST join sectoral organizations in the nationally-coordinated March for Truth and Accountability in Mendiola and US Embassy today, following the botched operation that led to the carnage of 44 PNP-SAF commandos, 18 MILF fighters and 7 civilians in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last 25 January. The groups condemned the outright ‘slaughter’ by the Aquino regime and the direct hand of the US government under its anti-terrorism war.

“We demand that Noynoy Aquino be held responsible, along with suspended PNP Chief Gen. Purisima and the US government purposely for orchestrating the covert and bloody operation. This is tantamount to treason as the chain of command was not followed, allowing a suspended official to discharge of his function,” said Gil Sediarin of KARAPATAN-ST. Aside from the killing of SAF troops and civilians, some 1500 families were also displaced as a result of the encounter.

“There is no denying that the Aquino government directed this operation to catch the terror suspects in the hope of pleasing the US government. Aquino’s presence in Zamboanga City on January 25 allegedly to condole with bombing victims, however, suggests that he was there supposedly awaiting for the body of Marwan to satisfy the demands of his US masters,” added Sediarin.

Karapatan said that the supposed death of an American soldier during the firefight further strengthened the theory that US forces have been directly involved in the police operations. This, following firsthand accounts by human rights group Suara Bangsamoro citing a local witness who saw the body of a US soldier.

“While we sympathize with the families of the victims, it must be clear that this is no accident or mis-encounter, rather a miscalculation and violations of protocol worth indignation,” Sediarin said. KARAPATAN also hit the inquiry being proposed by Aquino that they said will work only to absolve him of his responsibility as the Commander In Chief.

Taking from his address to the nation on January 28, the group said that Aquino has already claimed prior knowledge of the operation and it is ridiculous for him to deny that he can’t remember giving go signal to pursue with the operation when some 300 of SAF are dispatched to a hostile rebel area in Maguindanao. Worse, even without the benefit of a thorough inquiry, Aquino already pointed the blame to the SAF leadership for lack of coordination when indications in fact point to Purisima as the brains behind the operations with Aquino’s blessing.

“It is clear that Aquino himself is sabotaging the efforts to attain peace in Mindanao. His denial and play-safe statements in the aftermath of the carnage of his own men, proved futile to save his tainted image as an incompetent and indifferent Commander-In-Chief”, the group said. Meanwhile, Karapatan also hit the continuing and unabated attacks of the AFP to civilian communities that were forced to leave their communities in Agusan province.

“We seek justice for all the victims of this carnage, as we hold the Aquino and the US governments accountable in this incident. Aquino is just as good as his double talk as his regime is speaking about peace on the right hand and sow terror and violence on the other. ###

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NEWS RELEASE
04 February 2015

For Reference: REP. LUZVIMINDA C ILAGAN 0920-9213221
REP. EMMI DE JESUS 0917-3221203
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0917-4049119

CARNAGE OF MEN, CARNAGE OF FUNDS:
SUPREME COURT RULING BOLSTERS CALL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY, RESIGNATION

“The Supreme Court’s decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program, despite its modifications, is one that bolsters the people’s call for accountability. It is a significant step forward for the people who have been denied of much needed funds for social services for projects deemed to be in favor of the President’s allies. DAP was clearly used for political patronage.”

This is according to Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan after the Supreme Court affirmed yesterday with modifications, the unconstitutionality acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program. The decision provided exceptions for the funding of projects and programs not covered under the General Appropriations Act.

“The ruling clearly upheld as illegal and unconstitutional the cross border transfer of funds and the arbitrary declaration of savings. This was clear in the Constitution from the very beginning,” said Ilagan.

Ilagan further said, “It is now time to further look into the 116 DAP-funded projects which were approved and authorized by President Aquino. The SC ruling makes it clear that only projects and programs found in the GAA may be augmented by legally accumulated savings.”

Gabriela colleague Rep. Emmi De Jesus for her part said the SC ruling makes it all the more urgent to push for the abolition of the pork barrel system.

"The Filipino people must now more than ever push to get 6 million signatures from voters to legislate People's Initiative Against Pork in order to keep the gains we reaped from our anti-pork fight," De Jesus said.

“The call to make President Aquino accountable mounts. Aquino should answer for the carnage of funds and the carnage of men. For inventing and authorizing the DAP, transforming it into the President’s Pork and holding critics at bay, for leading the SAF men to slaughter in Mamasapano, he must resign.” #
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NEWS RELEASE
02 February 2015

For Reference: REP. LUZVIMINDA C ILAGAN 0920-9213221
REP. EMMI DE JESUS 0917-3221203
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0917-4049119

GABRIELA LAWMAKERS FILE RESOLUTION; WHO PLANNED, ORDERED WOLVERINE? ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CIVILIAN DEATHS AND DISPLACEMENT AND SAF, MILF CASUALTIES

“The probe on the Mamasapano carnage should not stop at who fired the guns but at who planned, approved, ordered and implemented Operation Wolverine. In any military environment the chain of command rules. Any probe on the incident should make sure that those responsible in the chain of command are made accountable.”

This is according to Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan as she called for a thorough and comprehensive probe on the Mamasapano incident.

Ilagan and colleague Rep. Emmi De Jesus filed today House Resolution 1869 directing the Committees on Human Rights and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity to conduct an investigation on the Mamapasano Incident with focus on the death of seven civilians, including a 5-year old child, in order to ferret out the truth behind the incident and to determine the accountability of government officials.

The Gabriela solons also casted doubt on the intent and coverage of the probe being conducted by the Board of Inquiry formed by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, a close Aquino ally.

“We cannot trust the DILG’s Board of Inquiry to get into the bottom of things. Aquino, Roxas and Purisima are all in the chain of command more so with Roxas’ statement feigning no knowledge of the plan. Ano’ng imbestigasyon ang magaganap sa pagitan ng mga magkakabarkada’t magkakabarilan? Hindi imbnestigasyon kung pagtatakipan ang mangyayari. Hindi mapagkakatiwalaan ang Board on Inquiry ng DILG,” said De Jesus.

“The Mamasapano incident inflicted intangible damage to decades of peace-building efforts of the people in Mindanao. A board of inquiry composed of individuals who are subordinates of those who may have actually ordered the operation will undoubtedly lead to a whitewash and further jeopardize peace.” said Ilagan. #
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Reference:
REP. LUZVIMINDA C.ILAGAN 0920.9213221
REP. EMMI A. DE JESUS 0917.3221203
Ed Atadero (Public Information Officer) 0915.1439219

US Forces Presence and Aquino Buck passing in Mamapasano crisis unacceptable - Gabriela solon

Gabriela Women's Party Representative Emmi De Jesus, reacting to the speech delivered by President BS Aquino last night, said that not only did the commander-in-chief absolve himself and other high officials from direct responsibility of the deaths and injury of Philippine National Police troops, but also left unanswered questions about the role of the United States military in the incident.

"Panahon nang itanong ng ating kapulisan at kasundaluhan na isinasabak ng kanilang mga heneral kung ang kanilang ipinagbubuwis ng buhay ay ang Inang Bayan nga ba, o baka napapahamak lamang sila dahil sa manipulasyon ng dayuhang interes na nanghihimasok sa ating bansa," De Jesus proposed.

The Gabriela solon also said the many operational lapses and command chain short circuits that Aquino tried to reconstruct in his speech to pin blame on the Special Action Force commander seems so preposterous,that the public opinion is right in strongly indicating Aquino is doing a massive coverup.

"Congressional inquiries into the matter must try to trace if the orders came from beyond the palace and leads to the US VFA forces encamped in the Western Mindanao Command. For the sake of the bereaved families and their cries for justice, we have to address every party that may have a part in carrying out the fatal order to sacrifice Filipino lives to extract partisans that the US is after," De Jesus ended.##
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NEWS RELEASE
03 February 2015
Reference: Kharlo Manano, Secretary-General, 263-7789 / 0922-295-3513

Child rights group slam Aquino cover-up of civilian casualty in Mamasapano

On the ninth day after the Mamasapano clash, Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns, a nationwide child rights advocacy group, joined in a candle-lighting activity in front of Camp Crame today to symbolize their support for the kins of victims, especially the civilian casualties, in their quest for TRUTH AND ACCOUNTABILITY

“Kasama kami ng mga biktima sa laban para sa katotohanan at pagpapanagot sa pamahalaan. Nalulungkot kami dahil habang dumadaan ang bawat araw, walang malinaw na patutunguhan ang paghahanap ng hustisya. Kahit ang Truth body na binubuo ng pamahalaan ay nakakapagduda kung wala nga ba itong papanigan o pagtatakpan,” said Kharlo Manano, Secretary-General of Salinlahi

The group also assailed President Aquino for discounting civilian deaths in Mamasapano in an obvious effort to downplay the magnitude of the bungled up SAF operation.

Citing the results of an independent ground investigation organized by Moro-rights group Suara Bangsamoro last January 30, Salinlahi said that 5-year-old Sarah Panangulon was among the casualties in the classified operation in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano. Sarah was killed after SAF elements fired indiscriminately at their house suspected to be where the target suspects were hiding. Six other civilian deaths were reported.

“In previous public statements made by the President, civilian casualties were never mentioned. Why Sarah’s death, as well as the six others’, was conveniently withheld from public knowledge is quite suspect, considering that an innocent life was lost. It seems that Aquino is hell-bent to cover up his accountability by negating this vital information,” said Kharlo Manano, Salinlahi secretary-general.

The group further scored the Aquino government for its hand in Sarah’s death. “The SAF operation is no different from the countless military operations under the government’s counter-insurgency program which have claimed the lives of our little ones. It was done with no regard to the civilian population inhabiting in communities where their supposed targets are positioned. We refuse to accept that Sarah’s death was just ‘collateral damage’,” opined Manano.

The group also encourage loved-ones and families left by the 44 SAF men and civilian casualties who were killed in the encounter to stand and collectively seek Justice. ###

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NEWS RELEASE
03 February 2015

Reference: Kharlo Manano, Secretary-General, 263-7789 / 0922-295-3513

Child rights group slam Aquino cover-up of civilian casualty in Mamasapano

On the ninth day after the Mamasapano clash, Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns, a nationwide child rights advocacy group, joined in a candle-lighting activity in front of Camp Crame today to symbolize their support for the kins of victims, especially the civilian casualties, in their quest for TRUTH AND ACCOUNTABILITY

“Kasama kami ng mga biktima sa laban para sa katotohanan at pagpapanagot sa pamahalaan. Nalulungkot kami dahil habang dumadaan ang bawat araw, walang malinaw na patutunguhan ang paghahanap ng hustisya. Kahit ang Truth body na binubuo ng pamahalaan ay nakakapagduda kung wala nga ba itong papanigan o pagtatakpan,” said Kharlo Manano, Secretary-General of Salinlahi

The group also assailed President Aquino for discounting civilian deaths in Mamasapano in an obvious effort to downplay the magnitude of the bungled up SAF operation.

Citing the results of an independent ground investigation organized by Moro-rights group Suara Bangsamoro last January 30, Salinlahi said that 5-year-old Sarah Panangulon was among the casualties in the classified operation in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano. Sarah was killed after SAF elements fired indiscriminately at their house suspected to be where the target suspects were hiding. Six other civilian deaths were reported.

“In previous public statements made by the President, civilian casualties were never mentioned. Why Sarah’s death, as well as the six others’, was conveniently withheld from public knowledge is quite suspect, considering that an innocent life was lost. It seems that Aquino is hell-bent to cover up his accountability by negating this vital information,” said Kharlo Manano, Salinlahi secretary-general.

The group further scored the Aquino government for its hand in Sarah’s death. “The SAF operation is no different from the countless military operations under the government’s counter-insurgency program which have claimed the lives of our little ones. It was done with no regard to the civilian population inhabiting in communities where their supposed targets are positioned. We refuse to accept that Sarah’s death was just ‘collateral damage’,” opined Manano.

The group also encourage loved-ones and families left by the 44 SAF men and civilian casualties who were killed in the encounter to stand and collectively seek Justice. ###

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#90 J. Bugallon St.,
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1109 Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone: (63-2) 386-08-97
Email: salinlahialliancephils@gmail.com
www.salinlahiphilippines.org

 

     
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Media Release
04 February 2015

US is unrepentant aggressor vs. Filipinos – KMU

Workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno joined protests today in time for the 116th anniversary of the start of the Filipino-American War to condemn the US government and Pres. Noynoy Aquino for ordering the January 25 police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao which ended in a bloodbath.

The labor group said that since the start of the Filipino-American War in 1899 until the present, the US has been an unrepentant aggressor against Filipinos, killing Filipinos even while presenting itself as a friend of the Filipino people.

Historians’ estimates of the number of Filipinos killed during the Filipino-American War range from 250,000 to one million, constituting 10 per cent of the country’s population at the time.

“From Manila in 1899 to Mamasapano in 2015, the US government has killed many Filipinos while claiming to be a friend of Filipinos. It is an unrepentant aggressor against Filipinos and should be seen as such,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

The labor leader reiterated his criticism of the US Embassy’s claim that the US government played only a minor part in the Mamasapano operation, which killed 44 Special Action Force operatives of the Philippine National Police, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters, and two to six civilians.

“What happened in Mamasapano clearly show that it is a US black operation. While the US government will no doubt continue to lie and say it had a minimal role in the operation, we will continue to contend that it played a leading role in the operation which resulted in a bloodbath,” Labog added.

KMU has branded Aquino “comman-death in chief” and has called for his resignation for allegedly ordering that the operation be carried out in accordance with the dictates of the US government.

“The Mamasapano operation alone is reason for Aquino, the ‘comman-death in chief,’ to resign immediately. He is guilty of extreme puppetry to US imperialism, of breaking the government’s chain of command, and of causing the death of numerous Filipinos,” stated Labog.

Reference: Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597
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Media Release
02 February 2015

Anger over SAF 44’s death should be directed at Aquino – KMU

Blaming Pres. Noynoy Aquino for the January 18 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno called on Filipinos today to direct anger over the death of 44 commandos and five civilians at the chief executive.

The labor group called on Filipinos agitating for a war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to instead condemn Aquino, whom it called “comman-death in chief,” and press for his immediate resignation.

“We are calling on Filipinos to direct our anger over the death of the SAF 44 at Aquino, the comman-death in chief. The PNP-SAF’s operation in Mamasapano was doomed to fail, and the fault lies squarely with Aquino,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

The labor leader said that Aquino’s denial of involvement in the operation in his January 28 televised speech was immediately belied by Chief Supt. Getulio Napeñas, the sacked commander of the SAF, who claimed that the chief executive had knowledge of the operation.

He also said that Aquino’s presence in Zamboanga when the operation was being carried out indicates that the president was expecting the operation’s success and wanted to cash in on the international publicity that would have resulted from the success.

“Aquino is such a fanatic implementor of US’ dictates that he violated the government’s chain of command and imperiled the government’s peace talks with the MILF in launching this operation. Now, he is lying to the public and leading the whitewash operation to hide his crimes,” Labog added.

KMU said the MILF was only acting in self-defense when the latter attacked the SAF operatives who were out to arrest Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” who is believed to be a leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group, and his alleged Filipino henchman, Abdul Basit Usman.

Labog called on all Filipinos angered by the death of the SAF 44 and civilian casualties to join protests on February 4, the 116th anniversary of the Filipino-American War, to condemn the US government and Aquino for the Mamasapano operation and call for Aquino’s resignation.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597
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Mamasapano Tragedy: An Irresponsible and Callous Sacrifice

The Promotion of Church People's Response condoles with the families of the PNP officers and MILF and BIFF elements whose untimely deaths occurred in Mamapasano, Maguindanao, due to unresolved armed conflict in the country.

We grieve with the kin and kith of those whose lives have been unnecessarily sacrificed. At this moment of deep agony, we offer our prayers for our nation that we will unearth the root causes of this tragedy with prudence and wisdom. We ask a most glaring question: why were government forces deployed into a MILF territory without strategic coordination and engagement through the chain of command? We join the nation in the quest for truth and accountability. We grieve the loss of the lives of our fallen citizens and lament the possible peril that this has placed on Peace Initiatives. The names of those who were in command and pursued this covert operation into an MILF/BIFF-claimed territory should be revealed to clarify who hinders the way to peace.
While President Aquino seemingly tried to put closure on the case and place all the blame on the PNP- SAF commanding director, we cannot accept calmly that this answers why the lives of these police officers were endangered. We believe this move intends to cover the truth and influence possible investigations to blame-shift.
 

By allowing a covert operation without coordination in a known MILF territory, that has been under a peace agreement achieved in the ongoing peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF, the Aquino government discreetly initiated military provocation that hampers the on-going peace process. Sadly, as a result, it put its own security personnel, especially the rank-and-file police personnel, on a death path.
 

The admission of PNP-SAF Chief Director Getulio Napenas that he was in command does not relieve the accountability of the higher echelon, including the hands of the Commander-in-Chief whose should have had the knowledge and all the authority to dispose orders and ensure that the acts of his personnel subscribe to the government’s own policies and rules of engagement.
 

More so, we are alarmed over the report that “Operation Wolverine” was implemented as part of the United States “War on Terror” and foreign forces were involved in both pre and post operations. The presence of US troops does not sit well in our assertion of national sovereignty and is a manifestation of the Aquino’s servility to US command. Since the people cannot be complacent and rely on the Aquino administration, we should seek all avenues to learn the truth, judge who are accountable, and act to remove obstacles in pursuing peace.
 

We add our voice to the demand for the creation of an impartial and independent body to investigate the Mamasapano incident that claimed the lives of government, MILF, and BIFF forces. The families of the fallen and the Filipino people, in general, deserve to be informed of the real truth.
 

We call on all faithful to be vigilant against another possible deceptive measure from the Aquino administration. We encourage everyone to stand together for truth and accountability and to seek peace based on social justice, democracy and freedom.##
 

     
           
     
     
     

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PRESS STATEMENT
February 4, 2015
For Reference: Ms. France Castro, Secretary – General, 09204166441

Teachers urge policemen to stand for truth and accountability, slams US meddling in the botched operation

Manila, Philippines – Educators, education workers and peace advocates from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and ACT for Peace today condoles with the families of all the victims of the recent violent clash between the forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) resulting in the death of forty-four (44) SAF personnel, eighteen (18) Moro rebels from the MILF , seven (7) civilians and leaving behind hundreds of residents displaced.

“We are in solidarity with the victims' families and calls for the immediate serving of justice especially for the civilians that were caught in the middle of the clash. It seems that the government is all focused in addressing the needs of its police personnel and has done nothing for the civilians who were killed and their displaced families. Though we sympathize with the bereaved families of the 44 SAF personnel, it should be noted that the civilian casualties must not be taken for granted. As casualties of the state-initiated clash, all assistance and compensation must be afforded immediately to them,” said Ms. France Castro, ACT Secretary-general and convener of the ACT for Peace alliance.

Based from the reports from the Suara Bangsamoro, around seven civilians were killed including a five year old child during the encounter and resulted for the displacement of around 1500 individuals from the area.

“Further, we are aghast with the reported participation of US soldiers in the said botched operation. As we commemorate today the 116th anniversary of the declaration of the Filipino-American War, we pay tribute to all Filipino revolutionaries and martyrs who fought whole heartedly the American colonizers and express our aghast over the continuing “war of aggression” of the United States of America here in the country under the protection of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Aside from its participation, the report that they even participated in planning the attack is cause of alarm and tells us that our government is operating under the orders of the Imperialist United States. It is a clear a violation of our sovereignty,” lamented Ms. Castro.

In February 4, 1899, the war between the Philippines and United States of America erupted at the Silencio Street corner Sociego in Sta. Mesa, Manila which lasted up to 1902 that resulted in the latter’s eventual occupation of the Philippine archipelago as their colony. Recently, BS Aquino signed a new agreement with US government allowing them to use military installations and set up their own military camps inside Philippine military camps under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). A case is currently filed in the Philippine Supreme Court by the militant organizations led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) questioning its legality.

With the growing people’s discontent with how the botched operation was handled and in BS Aquino’s insensitivity towards the families of the 44 SAF personnel and continuous inaction towards the civilian casualties, we call on all Filipinos to join us in calling for an independent probe for truth and accountability.

“We too seek justice and the Commander-in-chief must be held accountable for misleading the Filipino people and supporting the US-led anti-terror war. We also collectively condemn BS Aquino who like his predecessors have been puppets and implemented the one-sided US policies in socio-economic and political spheres of our life,” ended Ms Castro.
 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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PRESS RELEASE
2/4/2015

“US-Aquino terror war lead to the bloodshed in Mamasapano” – Anakbayan

On the 116th year of the Filipino-American war, groups led by Anakbayan together with other sectoral organizations marched to Mendiola and the United States Embassy demanding accountability on the US and Aquino governments in the aftermath of the deadly Mamasapano encounter.

Under the pretense of a terror war, the US Military has been involved with the intelligence and combat operations aiming to capture Jemaah Islamiya officials Zulkipli bin Hir alias Marwan and Basit Usman.

Anakbayan urged the Filipino people to condemn the US and Aquino government’s role in the clash.

“Aquino’s clear involvement in the Mamasapano encounter and his willingness to sacrifice his own troops in the name of the US war on terror exposed himself as a rabid US lapdog. This disastrous collaboration between Aquino and the US is a disrespect to all the victims of the Filipino genocide during Filipino-American War,” said Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan National Chairperson.

The recent tally shows that 44 PNP-SAF troops, 18 MILF troops, 2 BIFF troops, and 7 civilians were killed in the Mamasapano encounter, and 1,500 families were displaced.

“The Mamasapano encounter did not only cost lives, it also damaged the livelihood of the local people of Mamasapano. Aquino should be reminded that unlike in video games that he is fond of playing, lives are valued in the real world,” said Crisostomo.

The youth leader stated that the US terror war is known to be a manmade disaster that resulted to enormous amount of casualties and destruction of livelihood.

Crisostomo said that Aquino’s involvement in Mamasapano and the recent proclamation of the Supreme Court that the Disbursement Acceleration Program is illegal are strong basis for Aquino’s ouster.

“If Aquino has any dignity left he should resign immediately,” Crisostomo added.

Anakbayan called on to everyone to join the movement for Accountability, and pressed on that real accountability will only emerge after Aquino’s ouster.

Reference: Vencer Crisostomo , 09399207114, @venzie
 

     
     
           
     
     
     
Camp Crame, Feb. 3 
Photos by Church Response PCPR

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
04 February 2015

Students stage protest demanding US, Aquino's accountability for Mamasapano carnage

Demanding accountability from the US and Aquino governments’ on the bloody Mamasapano clash, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and other sectoral organizations under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) marked the 116th year of the Filipino-American War with a protest to Mendiola and the United States embassy.

“The blood debt of the US which include the genocide of 1.5 million Filipinos in the Filipino-American war remain unpaid and their atrocities continue to spiral up. They’re even using Filipino troops as pawns in their interventionist terror war such as what happened the covert SAF operation Mamasapano,” said LFS National Spokesperson Charisse Bañez.

LFS denounced the Palace’s attempts to smokescreen its responsibility behind the carnage. The youth group urged the Filipino people to hold Aquino, suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima, and the US government guilty for hatching the botched ‘Oplan Wolverine’ which left a death toll of 44 elite commandos from the Philippine National Police, 18 MILF fighters, 2 BIFF gunmen, 7 civilians and sent 1,500 civilians into forced evacuation.

“The Aquino, Purisima and the US government troika must be made accountable for calling the shots in the bungled SAF operation. Fragments of information continue to surface but the truth will not unfold unless the disgruntled members of the PNP and SAF and the Filipino people hound the regime with protests,” said LFS National Spokesperson Charisse Bañez.

Vital information convey that Aquino has met with the Zamboanga-based US military command who has fed him with intelligence and coordinated with Purisima to deploy some 400 SAF troops in the covert operation in Mamasapano with the instruction of the US. The mission was said to have an objective of capturing Zulkipli bin Hir alias Marwan and Basit Usman, alleged officials of Jemaah Islamiya, both are included in the “US terrorist list” with bounties worth $7 million.

“We have to direct and heap up our anger against the Aquino regime for conspiring an operation that has led to the death our fellow Filipinos in the name of US terror war. What happened at Mamasapano testifies to how Aquino treats the lives of Filipino people dispensable in his servility to US interests,” said Bañez.

LFS also condemned the administration for betraying for the standing ceasefire agreement with the MILF and for deviously suspecting the latter for safekeeping Marwan.

“The Mamasapano operation sheds light on Aquino willingness to forgo the peace negotiations and do away with the legitimate concerns of the Moro people.”

The group said that Aquino’s apparent lack of sympathy for his own troops and enforced lopsided military deals with the US stimulate calls for his removal from office.

“If Aquino will continue to be as callous in confronting his responsibilities and risk the lives of the Filipino people under the bane of foreign military intervention, then he two options: resign from office immediately or or be dragged out of Malacañang by millions of disillusioned Filipinos,” stated Bañez.

LFS called on the youth to be more vigilant amidst the government’s whitewash and stand in solidarity with the movement for accountability in the aftermath of the Mamasapano clash. The group, along with Student Christian Movement (SCM) and other youth groups are mounting weekly Black Friday Protests starting this February 6, in line with the call for justice for the victims of the Mamasapano clash.###

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References:
 

Charisse Banez
LFS National Spokesperson

Charlotte Velasco
LFS Media Liaison
(63) 926 594 5243

Website: www.lfs.ph
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elepsPH
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LFSPhilippines

 

 

 

     
     
     
     
     
           
     
     

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03 February 2015
Reference: Marc Lino Abila, CEGP National President (0916-633-5804)

Campus journos hold US-Aquino regime liable for Mamasapano clash

College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) considers BS Aquino, Purisima and the US Government as directly accountable and responsible for the death of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) 17 members of the Moro Islamic Libration Front (MILF), two Bangsamoro Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and nine civilians in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.

“The mere fact that there is an ongoing process of peace talks between the MILF and the Philippine government means that there should be no form of forced intrusion. It only shows that the Aquino administration is not interested to achieve a just and lasting peace in Mindanao,” CEGP National President Marc Lino Abila said.

“As the US State Department labels Marwan and Basit Usman as terrorists with a bounty of $7 million, Aquino plays as a puppet by following US orders,” Abila noted.

The Guild contends that the issue of trust is of paramount concern at the time when peace talks are continuing. Abila also surmised that these events serve as prelude to an avalanche of turmoil brought about by EDCA.

“What more if the EDCA encroaches fully in the Philippines,” Abila said.

Moreover, the Guild shares grief with the families of 44 SAF members who actually died due to untactful orders of the US-Aquino regime.

“They [SAF members] pawned as sacrificial lambs for US’ ambitions for imperialist expansion throughout the country. No Filipino deserves to die for US’ maleficent self-vested interests,” Abila ended.

CEGP is the oldest, widest, broadest alliance of tertiary student publications in the Asia-Pacific region.###
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Student Union Calls for Aquino’s Resignation; Mamasapano Clash Just the Tip of the Iceberg
 

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) strongly condemns the BS Aquino III order and subsequent cover-up of the Mamasapano clash between the forces of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that ended in the blood bath of around 70 casualties including the Special Action Forces (SAF) of the Philippine National Police, MILF and civilians.
 

Furthermore, the student union calls for the urgent resignation of Aquino for grave abuse of authority, gross negligence, betrayal of public trust, and conspiracy with a foreign government. The Mamasapano clash is just the tip of the iceberg, but it has revealed how irresponsible and inhumane Aquino’s “leadership” of the country is.
 

Aquino has once again abused his authority and committed gross negligence! He authorized suspended PNP Chief Purisima to push through with the Mamasapano operations, without dutifuly informing the chain of command of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, GPH-MILF peace panel, and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
 

As if abuse of authority and gross negligence were not enough, Aquino has once again violated public trust by “lying between his teeth” for trying to cover-up the Mamasapano incident. Just like how he lied about his pork barrel and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) corruption, he tried to wash his hands on the bloody incident in Mamasapano, but to no avail.
 

Aquino is not only accountable; he is responsible for the carnage! Aquino has kowtowed to the United States-instigated attack in Mamasapano and has used the police commandos to serve the foreign master. Aquino is culpable of violating the terms of internal operations by allowing foreign intrusion of American troops.
 

Thus, NUSP seeks for the immmediate resignation of Aquino, a known anti-student president, slasher of the budgets of the education and social services sectors, pork barrel king, and a host more.
 

NUSP seeks justice to all the casualties in the Mamasapano clash and holds Aquino, Purisima and the US government responsible for the “conspiracy” and “organized massacre,” sacrificing the lives of the SAF, the Moros and civilians. Aquino is no less than a president that undermines the call for peace in Mindanao and the country and submits to the “war of terror” of the United States regime.
 

More importantly, NUSP calls for the genuine and sincere resolution of armed conflict in Mindanao and the whole of the Philippines. Aquino GPH must establish “peace talks” on just grounds for just changes. It has been ages that the government has been told of the real reasons for armed conflict: poverty, landlessness, uneven distribution of wealth, corruption, inaccessibility of social services such as education and health care, hunger, joblessness, contractualization, and an “unjust” judicial system, among others.
 

Until these problems are resolved, and Philippine society is renewed justly, armed conflict shall not be stopped, and it is feared that armed conflict shall be further used by Aquino and his fellow ruling elite, and by the US imperialist government, to promote a war against humanity.
 

NUSP does not adhere to a US-Aquino war against humanity. The country and its people do not need a war that only promotes class divides and aggravates the uneven distribution of wealth and power. NUSP reiterates its call for the resignation of Aquino and for the establishment of a transition council that will help the Filipino people in ushering a new society, a new government of justice, genuine peace and progressive change. #

REF: Sarah Jane Elago, NUSP National President (0935-4869915)
JC Sibayan, VP for Luzon, Media Officer (0927-4741362)

Facebook: @NUSPhilippines | Twitter: @nusphilippines | Instagram: @nusphilippines | www.nusp.org

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February 3, 2015

Calls for Aquino’s resignation snowball after release of final DAP ruling, Mamasapano clash
Youth group sets nationally-coordinated protests on Feb. 3 and 6

REFERENCE:
Victor Villanueva, YOUTH ACT NOW National Convenor (0906.375.9987)

Calls for President Benigno Aquino III’s resignation snowballed Tuesday, with the Supreme Court ruling with finality on the unconstitutionality of the assailed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Anti-pork barrel youth group Youth Act Now announced Tuesday afternoon that large protest activities are set on Wednesday, Filipino-American Friendship Day, and on Friday, February 6 to pressure Aquino to step down.

“If President Aquino is waiting for a sign, then this is it. The final decision on DAP only heightens the people’s disgust with the Aquino administration. It inflates the call for resignation already fanned by the botched Mamasapano operation,” said Youth Act Now National Convenor Victor Villanueva.

“We are calling all concerned youth and students in the country to go out and express our collective rage against an inept and corrupt president that robbed public coffers through DAP, and masterminded the Mamasapano offensive, which led to the deaths of both SAF personnel and our Moro brothers and sisters,” Villanueva explained.

Resign over DAP, Mamasapano
“Last year, we filed an impeachment complaint against the president for DAP. The high court’s decision today shows us that that move was correct, even if it did not push through due to the ruling party’s control of the Lower House. However, now, we are calling for Aquino’s resignation not just because of the DAP but because of his clear involvement in the Mamasapano clash,” Villanueva said.

“As more information come in, it is becoming very apparent that Aquino – under the behest of the United States government – masterminded and greenlighted the Mamasapano operation. Aquino cannot just wash his hands clean from the bloodshed. As commander-in-chief, he is fully responsible for the clash,” the youth leader added.

“Aquino and his wingman, suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima, used the SAF men as cannon fodder and sacrificed them to achieve their own selfish desires. It is no longer enough for us to demand for an investigation. It is but just for us to demand their resignations,” he explained.

Tomorrow, February 3, youth and student groups will march to Mendiola to call for Aquino’s resignation. They will then proceed to the US Embassy to express outrage over what they call “the US government’s extension of the war on terror” in Mindanao through its operation in Mamasapano.

On Friday, February 6, a large nationally-coordinated protest is set in key cities in the Philippines to pressure Aquino to step down.

“Aquino is not just corrupt. He is also a cold-blooded murderer, a traitor to the Filipino nation, and an unabashed US lapdog. Tama na, sobra na, alis na,” Villanueva called.###

 

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KABATAAN PARTY-LIST
Office of Rep. Terry L. Ridon
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Email: kabataanpartylist.president@gmail.com
Telefax: (+632) 931-6026 Trunkline: (+632) 931-5001 loc. 7435
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February 4, 2015

As nation commemorates Fil-Am War, youth groups troop to Mendiola and US Embassy to decry ‘US-Aquino regime-sanctioned’ Mamasapano operation

Reference:
Cong. Terry Ridon, Kabataan Partylist Representative (09155310725)
Marjohara Tucay, Kabataan Partylist National Media Officer (09202205556)

As the Filipino nation remembers the 116th anniversary of the beginning of the Philippine-American War, youth and student groups marched along with various people’s organizations to Mendiola and the US Embassy to demand accountability from President Benigno Aquino III and the US government.

“As more information on the tragic incident in Mamasapano come in, it is becoming more and more apparent that the fault emanates from the top leadership – the ones that directly planned and green-lighted the operation. For over a week now, President Aquino is attempting to dodge accountability, but ultimately, the ball of the blame game will end in his court,” Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon said.

Ridon, along with other youth leaders marched to Mendiola on Wednesday morning to press Aquino to resign as president.

Victor Villanueva, leader of the anti-pork barrel youth group Youth Act Now, said that there is no other option for the president but to resign, with issues including the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) piling up and feeding more fire to the public’s wrath over the bungled Mamasapano operation.

“For over a year now, the Filipino youth has been calling for Aquino to step down, following the DAP fiasco. Yesterday, the Supreme Court affirmed its ruling on DAP’s unconstitutionality. Mr. President, what are you waiting for? Aren't DAP and Mamasapano enough reasons for you to step down. Your administration is a failure – you are a failure as president. Save the Philippines some flak and step down,” Villanueva said.

Proxy war
After marching to Mendiola, the groups then proceeded to the US Embassy in Manila to stress the US government’s involvement in the Mamasapano operation.

“Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Special Operations Command are clearly involved in the planning and execution of Operation Wolverine. As the nation commemorates the 116th anniversary of the Philippine-American War, the Filipino youth denounces the continued military intrusion and intervention of the US in Philippine territory.

“Back in 1899, US forces committed war atrocities that resulted to the death of an estimated 220,000 Filipinos. Over a century after, Washington’s forces are still here to wage their proxy war on terror that endanger the lives of our countrymen,” Ridon said.

The youth legislator said that no less than USSOCOM Commander Joseph Votel and US President Barack Obama should explain the extent of Washington’s involvement in Operation Wolverine.

“It is not enough for the FBI to deny involvement. How about the actual planning? President Aquino revealed that the operation has been planned starting 2010. Who were the ones directly involved in this operation? Washington should be compelled to speak up,” Ridon said.

“Today, we march not only for truth, but to demand that the US and the Aquino administration be held accountable for the Mamasapano bloodbath. If Washington and Malacanang thinks that they could sneak out of this fiasco easily, then they should look outside their ivory towers and see the Filipino people’s seething rage,” the youth legislator added.

On Friday, Febuary 6, another nationally-coordinated protest action is set in key cities in the Philippines to call for Aquino’s resignation.###
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February 4, 2015

After Napeñas' admission: Purisima urged to break silence on Mamasapano operation

Reference:
Cong. Terry Ridon, Kabataan Partylist Representative (09155310725)
Marjohara Tucay, Kabataan Partylist National Media Officer (09202205556)

Suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima's continued silence on the botched Mamasapano operation is indicative of President Benigno Aquino III's "heavy involvement" in the plan, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon said Wednesday afternoon.

This, after ex-SAF chief Getulio Napeñas admitted in a media briefing in Camp Crame earlier that Purisima directed him to keep any information about the operation from Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.

“Sinabihan ako mismo ni Purisima na sabihan mo si General Espina kapag nandoon na kayo,” Napeñas said, adding that he also did not inform DILG Sec. Mar Roxas of the operation since it would be a "violation of chain of command."

"The manner in which Purisima compartmentalized information about the operation speaks volumes of how much is at stake in the plan. It may even be President Aquino himslef who ordered that Espina and Sec. Roxas be kept out of the loop," Ridon said.

The youth solon added that Purisima's "deafening silence" on the issue confirms Aquino's active role in the Mamasapano offensive.

"Why else would Purisima keep silent? A larger force, one that emanates from the president himself, is forcing him to keep silent," Ridon said.

"We urge Purisima to come out in the open and reveal everything he knows about the botched operation. Gen. Purisima, have you no conscience? Your people died following your command. You have a responsibility to the Filipino nation to reveal everything, even if it will lead to Aquino's downfall.

"Stop playing dumb Gen. Purisima and spill the beans," Ridon called.###
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January 30, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Youth party joins nation in mourning for lives lost in Mamasapano clash
Solon: Probe extent of US involvement in ‘Operation Wolverine’

Reference:
Cong. Terry Ridon, Kabataan Partylist Representative (09155310725)
Marjohara Tucay, Kabataan Partylist National Media Officer (09202205556)


“On the part of the Filipino youth, we join the nation in mourning for the untimely death of our countrymen in the gruesome encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to the families and friends of each and every victim of the tragedy.”

This was Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon’s statement on Friday, as the nation observed a “national day of mourning” following the deadly encounter Sunday that left 44 SAF officers and 5 MILF members dead.

“As more details come in, it is becoming clearer that the tragedy can be rooted from the botched planning and command during the operation. What is not clear, however, is if the PNP top brass and the commander-in-chief, President Aquino, will ever admit responsibility for the bungled operation,” Ridon said.

The legislator added that the involvement of the US government in Operation Wolverine should be probed deeper since there is evidence that US forces played a large role in the plan.

“This tragedy is not only the result of a ‘mis-encounter’ or a few lost commands on the ground. There have been reports that US forces were the ones that pushed and insisted for the dangerous operation, in effect using Philippine forces as pawns in yet another of Washington’s proxy wars,” Ridon said.

Reports have shown that the plan to capture Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan has been in place as early as 2010. In one report, it was revealed that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and ranking police officials hatched the actual operation in September 2014, following receipt of information on Marwan’s whereabouts.

The reports further show that US forces used drones and GPS to locate the suspected terrorists.

“If these reports are to be believed, then US forces have indeed played a large role in the planning and execution of Operation Wolverine. However, neither the Palace nor the PNP top brass have spoken to clarify this matter. Everyone in government is mum about Washington’s involvement in the botched operation. What is the cause of this deafening silence?”

“Certainly, there is more to this issue than what first meets the eye. The involvement of US forces, along with their other covert and possibly even illegal operations in conflict areas in Mindanao should also be probed deeper,” Ridon said.

“It is very likely that Washington is directly behind this operation, and Aquino, ever the lapdog, green-lighted it. It is in the interest of the public, especially the families of those who perished, that the whole truth on the matter be revealed,” Ridon added.###
 

           
Davao City, Feb. 4, 2015 - Photos and text by Kilab Multimedia
           
     
     
     

.Disgruntled elements in PNP, AFP urged to shun Aquino
Aquino, US brains behind Oplan Wolverine, says PKM-NDF

Andres Agtalon
Spokesperson
Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid

February 03, 2015

The revolutionary peasant organization Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM), allied organization of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), today dared “disgruntled elements” of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to “shun President Aquino” and hold him principally responsible and accountable for the death of 44 members of the PNP-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

“We challenge the disgruntled elements within the PNP and the AFP to reject Aquino and his similarly corrupt officials in the military and police. They should demonstrate different forms of protests, both open and clandestine, against Aquino and defy his fascist orders,” says PKM-NDF spokesperson Andres Agtalon.

The PKM-NDF spokesperson accused Aquino and the United States as “the brains” behind the botched operation of January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in the name of the United States’ terror war.

“Aquino, armed with US-fed intelligence information to the corrupt and suspended Gen. Purisima, had given direct orders to the latter to mobilize the PNP-SAF to launch Oplan Wolverine,” says Agtalon referring to the PNP-SAF operation in Mamasapano that led to the death of the 44 SAF members.

“The haciendero president’s mobilization of the police as sacrificial pawns to the US-instigated operation Wolverine shows Aquino’s penchant of exploiting farmers that extends to rank and file troops whose majority came from the peasant class,” he said.

At least 400 elite police troops were mobilized by Aquino and Gen. Purisima under “Oplan Wolverine” to capture Zulkipli bin Hir alias Marwan and Basit Usman, alleged officials of Jemaah Islamiya and are included in the “US terrorist list.” They both carry bounties worth $7 million offered by the US State Department for their neutralization.

The PKM-NDF also called on the disgruntled troops to coordinate with members of and join the Lt. Crispin Tagamolila Movement, an underground revolutionary organization of patriotic members of the military and police, and to further arouse, organize, and mobilize progressive elements within their ranks, to defect from the Aquino regime, and further expose the intensifying US intervention in the country. #
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From the Facebook report of Kilab Multimedia of Davao City

"Pull out the US troops and end the US military intervention in the Philippines!"
This was the reverbating call of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in Southern Mindanao Region as it staged a picket rally last February 4 to commemorate the 1899 Filipino-American war. In that incident when the US attacked the country from February 4, 1899 until July 4, 1902, about 220,000 Filipinos were killed.

"The US global war on terror is an aggression and neo-colonization. US ensures its dominance in the world by launching or instigating war in many countries including Philippines. The presence of thousands of US troops here in the country due to Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) imperils the whole nation. These agreements give the US military troops the freedom to use our lands and seas as their battleground," said Sheena Duazo, secretary-general of Bayan-SMR.

The group's protest also called for the accountability of US and BS Aquino in the Mamasapano incident. According to BAYAN, the US' relentless drive for hegemony has turned countries into battlegrounds. With the US pivot to Asia, thousands of US military troops are continuously deployed in the Philippines.

Duazo claimed that the US government and BS Aquino are the brains behind the Mamasapano encounter so they must be held accountable. The Special Action Forces who were in Mamasapano encounter were US-trained troops. "It was clear to us that the SAF were pawned to death by this government and by those US soldiers who trained them."

Duazo also hit Aquino's continuing allegiance to the US global war on terror. "By allowing the US troops to intervene in the country, BS Aquino is dragging the whole nation to the graveyard.We are reiterating our demand to pull-out the US troops in the country and junk the VFA and EDCA. The US troops must be sent back home to where they belong. We demand that justice must be served to all victims of US-sponsored terrorism."
 

     
 
     
           
     
     

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Unite to hold the US and Aquino responsible for Mamasapano carnage

Communist Party of the Philippines
February 04, 2015

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) calls on all sectors to unite to hold the US government and military, Benigno Aquino III and his key security officials responsible for the carnage in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25 which left almost 70 people killed, including scores of elite police troopers, Moro fighters and civilians.

The January 25 operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was part of the US-directed Operation Wolverine assassination operation against Zulkipli Bin Hir (Marwan) who carries a multi-million dollar bounty on his head. The US military forces in the Philippines fed intelligence information to the Aquino regime, which in turn, dutifully mobilized its troops to serve the US plan.

The CPP condemns US military interventionism in the Philippines and elsewhere. Not only did the US instigate and direct the January 25 Mamasapano operation, it also deployed troops in the area of operation where residents saw at least one American soldier killed and whose corpse was immediately collected by a US helicopter.

Operation Wolverine and clandestine operations of the US make a complete mockery of Philippine national sovereignty. The Obama government has perpetuated the US war of terror that justifies interventionism, foments racism and religious prejudices with the US employing lethal force and weapons of mass destruction against both armed and unarmed dissenters, thus causing a spiral of armed violence and counter-violence.

There is widespread hatred for the US military for grave violations of human rights and national sovereignty as it drops bombs, deploys armed troops, arms and trains pro-US groups, arms and finances pro-US governments, conducts drone surveillance, collects private electronic data and spies on its own people.

As in similar assassination operations of the US in the past, the US military instigated the Aquino regime to conduct the Mamasapano operation in complete disregard for human rights, rules of war and outstanding humanitarian conventions when it targeted civilians and killed at least seven unarmed residents, including a young girl. Similarly, several civilians were killed in February 2012 when the US directed Philippine Air Force units to drop so-called “smart bombs” in Jolo, Sulu, which the AFP then claimed to have killed Marwan.

To pursue the US plan, the Aquino went to the extent of usurping the police chain-of-command in order to directly order PNP Special Action Forces (SAF) units through its commander, and reportedly, through the suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima, his favorite lackey police official.

The operation required penetrating an area considered armed base areas of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) hostile to the PNP and AFP. The special force unit of the PNP served as cannon fodder in an operation that would have ended in a carnage, either which way, with or without coordination with the AFP.

In exchange for US financial support, the Aquino regime is blindly serving the US war of terror by allowing the US military to maintain and expand its presence in the country and conduct surveillance and combat operations. The US is using its vast resources to portray itself as a humanitarian force in order to conceal its interventionist operations that violate human rights and national sovereignty and perpetuate US neocolonial dominance in the country.

     


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January 30,2015

Civilian Casualties in Mamasapano Encounter

Suara Bangsamoro, A Moro group based in Cotabato City visited the area to conduct its own documentation in Brgy. Tukanalipao for reports of Human rights abuses and civilian killing during the encounter of Special Action Forces of the PNP and members of BIFF and MILF. A farmer named Badrudin Langalan was found hogtied and dead at the bridge in Brgy.Tukanalipao. According to Sarah Lawani Langalan, wife of Badrudin, his husband was just trying to find where to charge his cellphone in Tukanalipao Crossing and he need to cross the said bridge. “His body was riddled with bullets, his eyes gouged out. “ the wife added.

Another killed was identified by the group as Sarah Panangulon, daughter of Tots and Samrah Panangulon who were also wounded. Tots shared to the group that last Sunday morning the PNP-SAF entered the community and started firing on their house.

Jerome Succor Aba said that the local government of Mamasapano told him that at least five civilians died in a masjid (Islamic Center) in Sitio Inubog, Brgy. Tukanalipao. “They were praying when the SAF fired upon them. Again, in suspicion that JI (Jemaah Islamiyah) terrorists were among them. There were three civilians wounded, still unidentified,” Aba added.

Suara Bangsamoro now documented more than 1,500 individuals who forcibly fled the area; the group also calls for justice and recognition of the true victims and accountability of PNP and the Aquino Regime.###
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