Pinoy Weekly » Balita http://pinoyweekly.org/new Philippine news, analysis, and investigative stories Sun, 03 Aug 2014 17:56:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Larawan | Propesor at siyentistang si Kim Gargar, lumaya na http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/08/larawan-propesor-at-siyentistang-si-kim-gargar-lumaya-na/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/08/larawan-propesor-at-siyentistang-si-kim-gargar-lumaya-na/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:55:48 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30768 10550883_10202579841162070_5192058442084788111_n

Lumaya na ngayong araw si Kim Gargar, dating propesor sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, siyentista at kolumnista ng Pinoy Weekly, matapos payagang makapagpiyansa ng korte sa Baganga, Davao Oriental. Si Gargar ay inaresto noong Oktubre 1, 2013 at kinasuhan ng illegal possession of explosives at attempted murder. Pinaratangan siya ng mga militar na miyembro daw ng New People’s Army. Iginiit ng progresibong mga grupo na hindi miyembro ng NPA si Gargar, bagkus isang siyentistang nananaliksik sa lugar nang maganap ang engkuwentro ng militar at NPA. Kontribusyon

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Photos & Text | Fil-Ams have ‘no trust’ in Aquino http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/photos-text-fil-ams-have-no-trust-in-aquino/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/photos-text-fil-ams-have-no-trust-in-aquino/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:17:21 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30749 Filipino-Americans in San Francisco reading informational materials during a rally held in time for President Aquino's State of the Nation Address. Ryan Sin

Filipino-Americans in New York City reading informational materials during a rally held in time for President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address. Red Voyager Studio

Filipino-American activists held protests across the United States of America during the week of Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address, pointing out that they have “no trust” in the Philippine president due to corruption.

In a statement, Rhonda Ramiro, BAYAN USA Vice Chairperson said, “Corruption in the Philippines will never be eradicated while the president himself betrays the Filipino people’s trust.”

Bayan USA believes that Aquino has violated the Constitution by implementing the Disbursement Accelerated Program (DAP). “He centralized and controlled public funds through disingenuous acts and practices, and turned [the DAP] into his own presidential pork barrel,” Ramiro added.

Bernadette Ellorin, chairperson of BAYAN USA, meanwhile said, “Following the footsteps of his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Aquino proves to be just another puppet regime riddled with human rights violations, corruption scandals, and neo-liberal economic policies.”

Aside from the pork barrel and DAP scandal, activists also highlighted the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which threatens to further destroy the Philippine economy, and Oplan Bayanihan, a counter-insurgency program that results in massive human rights violations.

Gabriela meanwhile scored the failure to address human trafficking due to “Aquino’s lack of commitment to the welfare of Filipinos, which extends to migrant citizens in the USA.”

According to the women’s group, the plight of more than 200 trafficked Filipino teachers still hang in the balance, as the hunt for their trafficker, Isidro Rodriguez, continues after the latter was released from prison in the Philippines.

Ramiro emphasized, “There’s no room for negotiation. Aquino must be held accountable for his actions, because two more years of the same is two years too long!”

More photos of protest actions held in front of Philippine embassies and consulates in the USA:

Children join their parents in SONA protests. Ryan Sin

Children join their parents in SONA protests in San Francisco, California. Ryan Sin

A banner condemning Aquino's neo-liberal economic policies that sell-out the country's resources. Ryan Sin

A banner condemning Aquino’s neo-liberal economic policies that sell-out the country’s resources. Ryan Sin

Outside the Philippine embassy in Los Angeles, California, Fil-Ams give Aquino a failing mark. Eric Tandoc

Outside the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles, California, Fil-Ams give Aquino a failing mark. Eric Tandoc

Calls for Aquino impeachment mount among Filipino migrants. Eric Tandoc

Calls for Aquino impeachment mount among Filipino migrants. Eric Tandoc

Students condemn DAP and militarization policies of Aquino. Eric Tandoc

Students condemn DAP and militarization policies of Aquino. Eric Tandoc

Text by Hiyasmin Quijano

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Child rights group slams police statement on women, children protesters in SONA rally http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/child-rights-group-slams-police-statement-on-women-children-protesters-in-sona-rally/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/child-rights-group-slams-police-statement-on-women-children-protesters-in-sona-rally/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:38:52 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30684 Mothers from urban poor communities bring their children in protests because no one else would look after them. Besides, children who are old enough to understand social issues have every right to join protests, said Salinlahi. <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

Mothers from urban poor communities bring their children in protests because no one else would look after them. Besides, children who are old enough to understand social issues have every right to join protests, said Salinlahi. Macky Macaspac

Child rights advocates slammed Metro Manila Police Director Carmelo Valmoria for accusing protesters of human rights violation for bringing minors to the rally against President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28.

“The PNP is continually hitting the issue of children’s participation in rallies in order to mislead the public and cover up their abuses and infringement of people’s rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech,” said Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns in a statement.

The group said that the PNP’s statement was based purely out of ignorance of children’s rights and was meant to help absolve them of own violations during the rally.

Kharlo Manano, secretary general of Salinlahi, cited the dispersal made by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) of Barangay Holy Spirit residents who were massing up in preparation for the SONA rally in front of Sandiganbayan.

“The declaration made by the PNP that women and children are being ‘used’ in protest actions clearly belittles their right to meaningful participation and reflects the PNP’s ignorance of women and children’s rights,”   said Manano.

According to Manano, a QCPD team led by a certain Police Superintendent Pagulayan used a stun gun to attack  Rodel Torotola, 38, and his daughter Rochel Torotola. “She was sitting inside their jeepney together with her father, when Pagulayan approached her father and forcibly got his key. They were later forcibly dragged down from the jeepney,” Manano said.

Manano added that when Rodel was about to file a blotter, he was threatened to be incarcerated by certain PO2 Mary Jane Casinao of QCPD women’s desk for taking his child to the rally.

“Now, they are accusing militants of violating human rights for bringing women and children in the SONA rally,” said Manano.

Women’s group Gabriela, meanwhile, described the police statement as a form of “macho mentality” among policemen. Joms Salvador, secretary general of Gabriela, said that Valmoria should review the trainings on human rights law given by the Commission on Human Rights.

“He should review the law that states that children have also rights to free expression.  If the police force mindset is like Valmoria’s, CHR’s funds were wasted,” said Salvador.

 

 

 

 

 

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SONA garrisons, use of tinted water: ‘Worse than Arroyo, like Marcos’ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/sona-garrisons-use-of-tinted-water-worse-than-arroyo-like-marcos/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/sona-garrisons-use-of-tinted-water-worse-than-arroyo-like-marcos/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:39:04 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30670 Water used to disperse the protesting crowd had a noticeable red tint. Ilang-Ilang Quijano

Water used to disperse the protesting crowd had a noticeably red tint. Ilang-Ilang Quijano

Fearful of the people.

This is how Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) described President Aquino, who deployed more policemen and military personnel against protesters during a State of the Nation Address (SONA) than any of his predecessor. The group also scored how the authorities used tinted water to disperse a crowd, reminiscent of martial law years.

In a press conference, leaders of people’s organizations said that Aquino’s deployment of 10,000 policeman and 400 military personnel, as well as the use of container vans and razor-sharp concertina wires to block citizens’ protests, is more than what was seen even during the height of ex-president Gloria Arroyo’s political crisis.

“We were still very far (from their main barricades), and yet they already used water cannons against us,” said Ferdinand Gaite, chairperson of government employees’ group Courage.

Elmer Labog, chairperson of workers’ group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), meanwhile said that the water used to disperse them, noticeably tinted red, was irritable to the skin and eyes. “It was not only irritable. It also irritated us that it was the first time since martial law that government used tinted water to disperse the people,” he said.

Labog explained that during the Marcos dictatorship, tinted water was used during dispersals to mark those who led the protest actions so that they can be hunted down by authorities during the retreat. “But contrary to their expectations, no one from the crowd retreated,” the worker leader said.

Feny Cosico of the scientists’ group Agham said that they collected samples of the water and will analyze it for chemical agents.

“Whether the water was tinted or not, the use of water cannons still violates international human rights laws, and is against our constitutional right to free speech and peaceful assembly,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of the human rights group Karapatan.

She also said that it was also the first time since martial law that the president deployed such a large number of military personnel to augment the already huge police force around the vicinity of Batasan Pambansa and other places in Metro Manila.

Container vans and other barriers turned Commonwealth Ave. into a virtual garrison. Ilang-Ilang Quijano

Container vans and other barriers turned Commonwealth Ave. into a virtual garrison. Ilang-Ilang Quijano

Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes added, “The barricades were illegal…The protesters had no other choice but to show defiance.”

Meanwhile, contrary to police and media reports, Karapatan said that four people were arrested during yesterday’s protest actions. The group said that two of these—a driver and his daughter—were even tasered by the police.

Karapatan said that a group of urban poor residents were protesting near the Sandiganbayan in Commonwealth Avenue when the police electrocuted a driver and his daughter using a stun gun. The group identified the victims as Rodel Torotola, 38, and Rochel Torotola, 12, residents of Brgy. Holy Spirit in Quezon City.

According to a statement by the urban poor group Kadamay, the Torotolas were tasered at around 3:00 p.m. after Rodel refused to give the policemen the key to the jeepney that the protesting residents used. The Torotolas were brought to the Quezon City Police Department Station 6, but were released after negotiations.

The victims were members of the Controlled Economic Zone Federation (CEZFed), a group opposing the demolition of homes along Commonwealth Avenue.

The president and vice-president of CEZFed, Maria Luisa Garcia, 46, and Rosita Labarez, 57, respectively, were also arrested and brought to Camp Karingal. They were only released at around 10 p.m. yesterday.

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Resting farmers driven away by police in pre-SONA clearing operations http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/resting-farmers-driven-away-by-police-in-pre-sona-clearing-operations/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/resting-farmers-driven-away-by-police-in-pre-sona-clearing-operations/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:46:20 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30610 At around 3:00 a.m. last July 27, around 1,000 farmers from different provinces in Southern Tagalog were resting in a covered court in Brgy. Old Balara along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City. Tired from a whole day journey to reach Quezon City in time for protests on the eve of President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), most of the farmers, including women and children, were asleep when fully armed members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) awakened them and forced them to find another place to sleep.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern Tagalog, who organized the contingent, said they were forced to pack up in the middle of the night and seek shelter elsewhere, despite having a permit from barangay officials to sleep in the said covered court.

Ganito karahas ang PNP at estado. Hindi pa man SONA ay pinaparanas na ni Aquino ang bangis nito laban sa mga mamamayan,” Bayan-ST said in a statement.

Below are some photos of the early morning dispersal of farmers by the PNP by the multimedia group Southern Tagalog Exposure. Benjie Villacruel, a volunteer of ST Exposure, told Pinoy Weekly that he was prevented from taking more photos of the farmers being herded away by the police, because he was threatened by a policeman that his camera will be broken. “Babasagin ko ‘yang camera mo,” the unnamed policeman allegedly told him.

Around 10,000 policemen and 400 military personnel have been deployed in Commonwealth Ave. to try to prevent protesting citizens from getting near Batasang Pambansa, where Aquino will hold his SONA.

Around 1,000 farmers were resting peacefully in Old Balara covered court along Commonwealth Ave. when they were awakened by the police. Southern Tagalog Exposure

Around 1,000 farmers were resting peacefully in Brgy. Old Balara covered court along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City when they were awakened by the police. Southern Tagalog Exposure

Fully armed policemen arrived to drive away the farmers from their sleeping grounds. Southern Tagalog Exposure

Fully armed policemen arrived to drive away the farmers from their sleeping grounds. Southern Tagalog Exposure

The farmers, including women an children, were forced to wake and look for another place to sleep. Southern Tagalog Exposure

The farmers, including women and children, were forced to wake and look for another place to sleep. Southern Tagalog Exposure

The police dispersed the farmers who said that they hold a barangay permit to sleep in the said covered court. Southern Tagalog Exposure

The police dispersed the farmers who said that they hold a barangay permit to sleep in the said covered court. Southern Tagalog Exposure

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Health workers, nanawagan na ring ‘patalsikin si Aquino’ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/health-workers-nanawagan-na-ring-patalsikin-si-aquino/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/health-workers-nanawagan-na-ring-patalsikin-si-aquino/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:20 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30578 Isang pang-hoholdap umano ang mistulang ginawa ni Aquino sa mga kawani ng kalusugan dahil sa Disbursement Acceleration Program.<strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Isang pang-hoholdap umano ang mistulang ginawa ni Aquino sa mga kawani ng kalusugan dahil sa Disbursement Acceleration Program. Pher Pasion

Nanawagan ang mga kawani sa kalusugan sa ilalim ng Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) ng pagpapatalsik sa puwesto ni Pangulong Aquino. Dahil umano ito sa kontrobersiyal na Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) na idineklara ng ng Korte Suprema na labag sa Saligang Batas.

Ayon sa AHW, sumasahol umano ang kalagayan ng mga kawani sa kalusugan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino. Dahil ito sa mababang badyet na inilalaan sa sektor ng kalusugan, habang tinatayang P177 Bilyon naman ang pondong napunta sa DAP.

“Tahasan na mismong sinusuway ng presidente ang mismong kautusan ng Korte Suprema. Nararapat na patalsikin siya sa puwesto at hindi na lamang basta impeachment. Dahil kung papabayaan natin ito, di lamang daang bilyong pisoang lulustayin nila, hindi lamang karapatan sa kalusugan ang kanilang pababayaan–lahat na dapat nating tinatamasa na karapatan ay lalo nilang sisikilin at ibenta sa pinakamataas na manunuhol sa kanila,” ani Jossel Ebesate, tagapangulo ng AHW.

Ayon kay Ebesate, malinaw kung sino at kaninong interes ang DAP. Inihalimbawa ni Ebesate ang panunuhol diumano sa mga senador para bumoto laban kay dating Chief Justice Renato Corona sa puwesto.

Panawagan ng kawani sa kalusugan na patalsikin sa puwesto sina Pangulong Aquino at Department of Budget and Management Sec. Butch Abad dahil sa Disbursement Acceleration Program.<strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Panawagan ng kawani sa kalusugan na patalsikin sa puwesto sina Pangulong Aquino at Department of Budget and Management Sec. Butch Abad dahil sa Disbursement Acceleration Program.Pher Pasion

“Nararapat lamang na tayo, mga manggagawang pangkalusugan, ang manawagang i-abolish ang DAP at iba pang pork barrel sa pamahalaan para suhulan ang iba’t ibang opisyal sa gobyerno,” ayon kay Ebesate.

Panawagan din ng AHW na dagdagan ang badyet sa kalusugan.

‘Understaffing’

Mula noong 2010, nananawagan ang mga kawani sa kalusugan ng dagdag-badyet. Pero tinatanggihan ito ng Department of Budget and Management. Lagi umanong dahilan ng ahensiya na walang pondo ang gobyerno.

Dahil sa sinasabing kakulangan daw ng pondo, papaliit ang bilang ng mga kawani sa mga opistal o pagkakaroon ng understaffing.

Halimbawa nito ang naganap sa Lung Center of the Philippines, kung saan halos dalawang tao lamang ang nasa duty sa isang takdang panahon dahil sa kulang ang badyet para kumuha ng karagdagang istap.

Nasa 30 pasyente kada dalawang nars umano ang ratio sa bawat ward, ayon kay Eleazar Sobinnsky, tagapangulo ng Lung Center of the Philippines Employees Association-AHW.

“Kawawa ang mga empleyado at mga pasyente dahil hindi natin sila mabigyan ng tamang serbisyo dahil sa kulang sa badyet. Kung ginamit sana ang DAP na ‘yan para magdagdag ng kawani. Paano kung sila naman ang magkasakit?” ayon kay Sobinnsky.

Mababang sahod

Gayundin, sa baba ng sahod na natatanggap ng mga kawani sa kalusugan, matindi ang nagiging epekto sa kanila ng pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin at serbisyo. Sa panawagan nilang P6,000 dagdag-sahod, wala pa rin naging tugon ang gobyerno.

Pagbabawas pa sa kanilang mga benepisyo umano ang kanilang kinaharap.

Ayon sa AHW, sadyang may pondo ang gobyerno na ipinakikita ng DAP at iba pang pork barrel na natatanggap ng mga opisyal. Sapat umano sana ito para tugunan ang pangangailangan ng serbisyong pangkalusugan ng mga mamamayan.

“Hindi na pinagkakatiwalaan ng mga kawani sa kalusugan si Aquino para patakbuhin ang gobyerno. Sa kanyang termino, umabot sa milyun-milyong Pilipino ang nakakaranas ng kahirapan at lubhang kakulangan sa serbisyong pangkalusugan,” pagtatapos ni Ebesate.

 

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Peach ribbon protest laban sa DAP, dinala sa Gate 7 ng Malakanyang http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/peach-ribbon-protest-laban-sa-dap-dinala-sa-gate-7-ng-malakanyang/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/peach-ribbon-protest-laban-sa-dap-dinala-sa-gate-7-ng-malakanyang/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:35:45 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30562 Bitbbit ng isang mag-aaral ang kanilang panawagan laban Disbursement Acceleration Program.<strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Bitbit ng isang mag-aaral ng College of Holy Spirit ang kanilang panawagan laban Disbursement Acceleration Program. Pher Pasion

Dinala mismo sa Gate 7 ng Malakanyang ang protesta ng #ScrapThePork Alliance, Anakbayan-Manila, at Gabriela-National Capital Region laban sa Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Tinakpan nila ang kanilang mga mata ng peach ribbons na simbolo ng ni Lady Justice.

Peach ribbon protest sa gate7 ng Malakanyang bilang protesta sa Disbursement Acceleration Program ni Pangulong Aquino. <strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Peach ribbon protest sa gate7 ng Malakanyang bilang protesta sa Disbursement Acceleration Program ni Pangulong Aquino. Pher Pasion

Nagsagawa ng peach ribbon campaign ang mga grupong kontra-DAP at bilang simbolo ng pagsuporta nila sa impeachment laban kay Pangulong Noynoy Aquino. Naglagay sila ng mga peach ribbon sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Maynila at sa pagkakataong ito sa Gate 7 mismo ng Malakanyang, sa harap ng College of the Holy Spirit.

“Ang pagdadala ng kampanyang peach ribbon sa mismong pinto ng Malakanyang ay parang pagdadala namin sa mismong mukha ni Aquino para panagutin sa DAP. Nais naming makita ni Aquino ang pagnanais ng mga Pilipinong malaman ang katotohanan at managot ang lahat ng sangkot dito,” ayon kay Ram Carlo Bautista, tagapangulo ng Anakbayan-Manila.

Higit na nakakagalit umano ang patuloy na pagdepensa ni Aquino at mga nasa gabinete nito sa DAP. Samantala, patuloy naman ang “matinding kahirapan at pagpapabaya sa mga batayang serbisyo ng mahihirap na kababaihan at mamamayan,” ani Jinky Panganiban, tagapangulo ng Gabriela-Metro Manila.

Kanila umanong dadalhin ang peach ribbon protest sa araw ng State of the Nation Address ni Aquino sa Lunes, Hulyo 28.

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Pista-protesta para sa wikang Pilipino, isinagawa sa Mendiola http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/pista-protesta-para-sa-wikang-pilipino-isinagawa-sa-mendiola/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/pista-protesta-para-sa-wikang-pilipino-isinagawa-sa-mendiola/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:41:56 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30583 Pagtatanggol ng mga kabataan sa Wikang Filipino sa Mendiola.<strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Pagtatanggol ng kabataan sa Wikang Filipino sa Mendiola. Pher Pasion

Nagmartsa patungong paanan ng Malakanyang sa Mendiola sa Maynila ang mga propesor, mag-aaral, at iba pa sa ilalim ng Tanggol Wika, isang alyansa na tumututol na tanggalin ang Wikang Filipino sa kolehiyo.

Tinawag nilang Pistang Protesta para sa Wika at Bayan ang nasabing pagkilos.

Layon kasing gawin na lamang optional ang pagtuturo ng Wikang Filipino sa kolehiyo base sa inilabas na Memorandum No. 20 Series of 2013 ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED) pagdating ng 2016 o sa taon na buong maipapatupad ang K to 12 program.

“Nais namin sabihin sa gobyerno, panahon na na umaksyon dapat si (Noynoy) Aquino na pagkaroon ng Filipino sa tertiary level dahil ang CHED ay hindi umaaksyon sa aming kahilingan. Bilang chief executive, inaasahan na ang presidente ng Pilipinas ay makikinig sa panawagan na magkaroon ng asignaturang Filipino sa kolehiyo at maging wikang panturo ito sa lahat ng antas,” ayon kay David Michael San Juan, propesor mula De La Salle University at convener ng Tanggol Wika, sa panayam ng Pinoy Weekly.

Ayon kay San Juan, bahagi ng pagiging neokolonyal na katangian ng edukasyona ng layon ng pagtatanggal ng Wikang Filipino. Nakabalangkas pa rin umano ang edukasyon ng Pilipinas sa pangangailangan ng ibang bansa.

Paliwanag pa niya, maaaring mawalan ang libu-libong guro sa Filipino ng trabaho kung matuloy na matanggal ang Wikang Filipino sa kurikulum. Pero higit na mahalaga na apektuhan ang kultura mismo ng mga Pilipino, ang kanilang pagmamahal sa sariling identidad, ang kanilang pagiging makabayan, at pagkakaroon nila ng sariling wika.

Commission on Higher Education Memorandum no. 20, ipinababasura ng Tanggol Wika.<strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Commission on Higher Education Memorandum no. 20, ipinababasura ng Tanggol Wika. Pher Pasion

“Ang Wikang Filipino kasi ang wika ng ordinaryong mga mamamayan. Ito ang kailangan para lahat tayo makipagtalastasan sa iba’t ibang larangan. Kapag ito ay nagamit na natin sa iba’t ibang larangan, senyales maaari na tayong umunlad hindi lamang sa edukasyon kundi maging sa ekonomiya. Dahil mabilis ang kaunlaran kapag nagkakaintindihan tayong lahat at gamit natin ang sarili nating wika,” ayon kay San Juan.

Naniniwala naman ang League of Filipino Students (LFS) na may kaugnayan ang programang K-to-12 ng administrasyong Aquino sa pagtatanggal ng Wikang Filipino. Sadya kasi umanong pinapatay ang pagiging makabayan ng mga Pilipino at ihanda sila sa pangangailangan ng “global market” para pagkunan ng murang lakas-paggawa.

Nanawagan ang LFS na dapat ibasura ang programang K to 12. Nagiging balakid lamang umano ang K to 12 para ilabas ang potensyal ng mga kabataan na paglingkuran ang sariling bayan.

“Lilikhain lamang nito (K-to-12) ang malakihang paglikha ng mga semi-skilled na manggagawa para maglingkod sa ibang bansa. Sa ilalim ng K-to-12, ang paghawak ng diploma ay tulad ng pagtatatak sa mga ito ng ‘ready for export,’” ani Charlotte Velasco, tagapagsalita ng LFS.

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Rights group slams PNP, AFP deployment for SONA protest http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/human-rights-group-slams-pnp-afp-deployment-for-sona-protest/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/human-rights-group-slams-pnp-afp-deployment-for-sona-protest/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:01:14 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30566 Picture of the response letter from the Quezon City government for a permit to rally in front of Batasan Pambansa during President Aquino's State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 28. From Renato Reyes Jr.'s Facebook account

Picture of the response letter from the Quezon City government for a permit to rally in front of Batasan Pambansa during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 28. From Renato Reyes Jr.’s Facebook account

The human rights group Karapatan said it deplores the Aquino government’s deployment of 400 military personnel and 10,000 policemen supposedly to contain the massive protest actions set to be staged on July 28, during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“The paranoia of a beleaguered President is once again manifested through the deployment of AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police) personnel for the rally against BS Aquino’s SONA on Monday,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary-general of Karapatan.

Palabay said that they have been receiving reports that AFP troops are going around barangays in Quezon City asking for names of leaders of progressive groups who will join the protests.

“The additional deployment of AFP personnel for street protests is especially alarming. It appears that the streets and commmunities in Metro Manila are now being increasingly militarized to prepare for violent dispersals on Monday,” she added.

Renato Reyes Jr., secretary-general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), which will lead the protest actions on Monday, posted on his Facebook account the Quezon City’s response letter to Bayan’s request for permit to stage protest action at Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

Signed by a certain Elmo San Diego of the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety, the letter said that “their request to hold a rally in front of the Batasan Pambansa Complex cannot be favorably granted as the area is not considered a freedom park and there is not enough space to assemble in the area without obstructing the free flow of traffic.”

The PNP has been using the Marcos-era law, Batasan Pambansa Bilang 880, or the Public Assembly Act of 1985, to require protesters to apply for a permit to rally. The said law has been subject to criticism by human rights groups and civil libertarians as a “Marcosian law” that violates constitutionally-guaranteed rights to freedom of assembly and expression.

Section 4, Article III of the 1987 Constitution states thus: “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.” 

Karapatan said it warns the police and military against “intolerance and violence against the people’s exercise of our rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.”

The group said it has documented nearly 10,000 victims of violent dispersals under the Aquino administration.

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Ikatlong impeachment complaint vs Aquino dahil sa EDCA, isinampa sa Kamara http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/ikatlong-impeachment-complaint-vs-aquino-dahil-sa-edca-inihain-sa-kamara/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/07/ikatlong-impeachment-complaint-vs-aquino-dahil-sa-edca-inihain-sa-kamara/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:38:20 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=30538 Pinangunahan ng dating Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo at Teddy Casino, gayundin si Atty. Evalyn Ursua at iba pang progresibong lider, ang pagsampa ng ikatlong impeachment complaint laban kay Pangulong Aquino--ngayon naman dahil sa paglagda niya ng Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement. Inindorso ito sa Kamara nina Gabriela Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan at Emmi de Jesus at ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio. <strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Pinangunahan ng dating Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo at Teddy Casino, gayundin si Atty. Evalyn Ursua at iba pang progresibong lider, ang pagsampa ng ikatlong impeachment complaint laban kay Pangulong Aquino–ngayon naman dahil sa paglagda niya ng Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement. Inindorso ito sa Kamara nina Gabriela Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan at Emmi de Jesus at ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio. Pher Pasion

Isinumite sa Kamara ang ikatlong impeachment complaint laban kayPangulong Aquino kaugnay sa pagpasok ng administrasyon sa kasunduang pangmilitar sa gobyerno ng Estados Unidos (US) na Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

Pinaninindigan ng mga complainant na tahasang nilabag ni Aquino ang Saligang Batas sa pagpayag na muling magbase-militar ang armadong puwersa ng US sa buong Pilipinas.

Abril 28 nitong taon nang pirmahan ng mga kinatawan ng Pilipinas at US ang EDCA bago dumating sa bansa si US Pres. Barack Obama. Ayon sa Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), mas masahol pa umano ang EDCA sa naunang PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Inindorso ng mga kinatawan ng ACT Teachers’ Party-list at Gabriela Women’s Party ang nasabing impeachment complaint na binubuo ng 21 signatories na kanilang inihain sa secretary-general ng Kamara.

Nilagdaan ng mga miyembro ng Lila Filipina, isa sa petitioners, ang ikatlong impeachment laban kay Noynoy Aquino.<strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Nilagdaan ng mga miyembro ng Lila Pilipina, isa sa petitioners, ang ikatlong reklamong impeachment laban kay Pangulong Aquino. Pher Pasion

Ayon kay Satur Ocampo, presidente ng Makabayan Coalition, culpable violation of the Constitution at betrayal of public trust ang kasong kinakaharap ni Aquino sa pagpasok sa nasabing kasunduan.

“Malinaw sa provisions ng Saligang Batas na bawal ang foreign military bases, troops, and facilities (sa Pilipinas). Unless under a treaty to be reapproved by the Congress, provided by the Senate and possibly ratified by the people. Walang ganyang mga requirement sa EDCA,” ayon kay Ocampo.

Napakalawak at napakatindi umano ang implikasyon ng EDCA na tila ibinenta na ang soberanya ng bansa, dagdag ni Ocampo.

Naniniwala naman si Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus na matibay na batayan ang EDCA para ma-impeach si Aquino.

“Itong EDCA, hindi yata precise ‘yung salitang sell-out. Ito (EDCA) talaga ay give away. Lampas-lampasan pa ito sa ibang agreements na nakasalang na,” ayon kay De Jesus.

Ayon naman kay ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, malinaw ang paglabag sa soberanya ng Pilipinas at sa mga probisyon ng Konstitusyon lalo na ‘yung pagbabawal sa anumang dayuhang base at tropang militar. Kitang-kita umano ito sa EDCA, sabi ni Tinio sa Pinoy Weekly.

Nanumpa sa opisina ng Secretary General ng Kamara ang 21 petitioners ng ikatlong impeachment laban kay Noynoy Aquino.<strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Nanumpa sa opisina ng Secretary General ng Kamara ang 21 petitioners ng naturang impeachment complaint. Pher Pasion

Binukas ng administrasyong Aquino ang buong teritoryo ng Pilipinas sa mga militar at puwersa ng Amerikano. Isinuko rin nito ang pag-iral ng mga batas at kapangyarihan ng mga korte, dagdag ni Tinio.

“Pinapatuloy lang nito ang pagiging dependent ng Pilipinas sa presensiya ng militar ng US at pinagpapatuloy nito ang pagpapailalim ng foreign policy ng Pilipinas sa interes ng US,” ayon kay Tinio.

Parehong mabigat at parehong kailangang panagutin si Presidente Aquino sa kaso ng EDCA (at Disbursement Acceleration Program). Malinaw ang paglabag sa Konstitusyon at paglabag sa soberanya ang EDCA, ayon kay Tinio.

 

 

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