Pinoy Weekly » Multimedia http://pinoyweekly.org/new Philippine news, analysis, and investigative stories Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 VIDEO | ‘The truth will set us free’ – Lt. Col. George Rabusa on Mamasapano http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/03/video-the-truth-will-set-us-free-lt-col-george-rabusa-on-mamasapano/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/03/video-the-truth-will-set-us-free-lt-col-george-rabusa-on-mamasapano/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:29:36 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=34328

Ret. Lt. Col. George Rabusa

Ret. Lt. Col. George Rabusa

In 2011, Lt. Col. George Rabusa, now retired from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was a whistleblower to the biggest corruption scandal in AFP history. He has since grown disillusioned with the Aquino administration for its failure to follow through with the promised reforms within the military. Now, amid the worst political crisis confronting the current presidency, Rabusa once again speaks up, this time on the Mamasapano incident.

Interview by KR Guda | Video shot by Ilang-Ilang Quijano | Editing by KR Guda, Ilang-Ilang Quijano & King Catoy

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VIDEO | Nora Aunor: ‘Si Noynoy ang pangunahing pahamak sa ating kababayan’ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/03/video-nora-aunor-si-noynoy-ang-pangunahing-pahamak-sa-ating-kababayan/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/03/video-nora-aunor-si-noynoy-ang-pangunahing-pahamak-sa-ating-kababayan/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 02:29:21 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=34296

(Teksto ng talumpati ni Nora Aunor sa Mendiola Bridge, Manila, sa protesta kaalinsabay ng ika-20 taon ng pagbitay kay Flor Contemplacion na pinangunahan ng Migrante International.)

The Flor Contemplacion Story: 20 taon ang lumipas

Noon pa man, naniniwala na po ako na ang ating mga OFW ang isa sa pinakaaping sektor ng ating bansa. Isa rin po sila sa laging napapabayaan ng gobyerno. Kaya nang alukin po akong gawin at gampanan ang buhay ni Flor nang ito po ay isapelikula, hindi po ako nagdalawang-isip. Nang makilala ko po ang pamilya ni Flor ay lalo ko pog naintindihan ang sinasapit ng ating mga kababayan abroad. Kaya di po nagtagal gumawa kami ng dulang “DH” na tungkol din po sa ating mga kababayang OFW.

Naririto po ako kasama ninyo upang makiisa sa panawagan na ating protektahan at ipaglaban ang mga kababayan nating OFW.

Taong 1995 nang bitayin si Flor Contemplacion sa Singapore at kasabay na namatay ang marami nating akala.

Akala natin ay paraiso ang maging migrante sa ibang bayan. Akala natin ay maaayos ang buhay ng ating mga pamilya sa pangingibang bayan ni tatay o ni nanay. Akala natin ay uunlad din ang ating bayan sa laki ng remittance na ipinapasok ng mga OFW (overseas Filipino worker) sa bansa.

Mali pala. Kaya naman makaraan ang 20 taon mas masahol pa ang kalagayan ng mga migranteng Pilipino ngayon kaysa noong panahon ni Flor. At sa kabila ng walang-patid na mga kaso ng rape, pang-aabuso, pagmamaltrato, paglabag sa mga labor contract, pag-aresto, pagkulong, mas dumami pa ang lumalabas na OFW, na tinatayang dalawang milyon bawat taon.

Sa kabila nito, tuluy-tuloy ang lantarang atake sa kabuhayan at karapatan ng mga manggagawa at pamilya sa loob at labas ng bansa. Paparami at papalubha ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayang nabibiktima ng puwersahang migrasyon at labor export policy ng gobyerno.

Ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga pangunahing pinanggagalingan ng mga biktima ng human trafficking at illegal recruitment, pang-aabuso, pangmamaltrato, pangongotong, rape at sexual harassment, pang-aalipin, pagpatay, crackdown, diskriminasyon, kalamidad at krisis sa ibang bansa. Lalong dumami, milyun-milyon, ang mga nabiktima sa ilalim ng panunungkulan ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino. Karamihan sa kanila ay napipilitang lumabas ng bansa sa paraang legal man o ilegal, at nakararanas ng mapagsamantalang mga kundisyon sa labas ng bansa.

Sa kabila nito, nananatiling hungkag at ilusyon ang “matuwid na daan” at pagpapakitang-tao ni Noynoy, na hindi na natin aasahang magpapatupad pa ng matinong programa para sa mga OFW.

Ang totoo, si Noynoy mismo ang pangunahing tagabenta, pahirap at pahamak ng ating mga kababayan. Dahil sa kanyang mga patakaran at kawalang-aksyon, dahil sa kanyang pagpapakatuta sa imperyalistang dayuhan, siya mismo ang nagtataboy sa ating mga manggagawang Pilipino na lumabas ng bansa. At dahil sa kanyang patuloy na pagpapatupad ng patakarang labor export, siya ang pinakamasahol na pangulo para sa migranteng Pilipino at pamilya.

Ibig sabihi’y tumitindi pa ang kahirapan, sahod-alipin o di-nakabubuhay na sahod, kawalan ng empleyo, at pambubusabos sa loob mismo ng ating bansa. Pinalala pa ito ng pangungulimbat sa kaban ng bayan ni Aquino at kanyang mga alipores. Dahilan ito para lalong maghimagsik ang migrante at mamamayan.

Pero tama ang akala na may paraan pa. Kung tayo’y nagkakaisa at sama-samang nakikibaka. Hindi lamang ang mga migrante at kanilang pamilya kundi kasama ang malawak na bilang ng mamamayan.

Walang araw na hindi tayo nakikipaglaban sa mga kaso ng karapatan at kagalingan ng mga migrante. Ngunit ang mga ito’y kagyat at pansamantala, at pabalik-balik lang na mga problema.

Aunor, noong kanyang pagtalumpati. <b>KR Guda</b>

Aunor, noong kanyang pagtalumpati. KR Guda

Ang higit na mahalaga’y lutasin mismo ang ugat ng problema. Hindi na natin kailangang mangibang-bayan pa kung may trabaho sa bansa na kayang bumuhay ng pamilya. Kung may pambansang industriyalisasyon. Kung may tunay na reporma sa lupa. Kung may tunay na pagbabago sa bulok na sistema.

Hindi na natin kailangan pa ang maraming biktima ng pangangalakal, pang-aalipin at pagsasamantala. Hindi na natin kailangan ng mga pamilyang naulila’t nagdurusa para sabihin sa ating mga sarili: “Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, resign na!”

Kailangan na natin ng tunay na pagbabago sa lipunang ito.

Noynoy, papet, pahirap at pahamak sa migranteng Pilipino at pamilya! Nakabubuhay na sahod sa Pinas, hindi trabaho sa labas! Serbisyo, hindi negosyo! Proteksyon, hindi koleksyon!

Labor export policy, ibasura! Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, resign na! Umalis ka na diyan! Ito po ang gusto ko at gusto nating lahat.

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‘Walang coordination’ | #Link4Justice para sa katotohanan, pananagutan pinaharangan ng Palasyo http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/walang-coordination-sa-anibersaryo-ng-edsa-link4justice-ng-ibat-ibang-grupo-para-sa-katotohanan-pananagutan-hinarang-ng-mga-pulis/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/walang-coordination-sa-anibersaryo-ng-edsa-link4justice-ng-ibat-ibang-grupo-para-sa-katotohanan-pananagutan-hinarang-ng-mga-pulis/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:08:48 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33887 Batay sa maraming ulat, at batay sa pag-amin din mismo ng nakausap ng mga demonstrador na opisyal ng National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) ng Philippine National Police (PNP), iniutos ng “mga nakatataas” sa kanila ang pagharang sa mga mananalangin at magsasagawa ng human chain — tinaguriang #Link4Justice — mula Kampo Crame hanggang EDSA Shrine.

Isang araw bago ang protesta, Pebrero 24, humingi ng pakikipag-usap ang hepe ng NCRPO na si Gen. Carmelo Valmoria sa mga organisador ng aktibidad. Sa naturang pulong, sinabi pa ni NCRPO Deputy Regional Director Gen. Diosdado Valeroso na di na kailangan ng permit ang mga demonstrador. Magpapapakat pa umano sila ng 200 pulis para lumahok sa human chain — kung papayagan ng mga superior nito.

Pero iba nga ang naganap. Madaling araw, inanunsiyo ng Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na irere-route nito ang trapiko sa EDSA. Kinumand ng mga opisyal ng administrasyon at PNP ang pulisya na punuin ng bantay ang EDSA Shrine at harangan ang mga magsasagawa ng human chain. Dahil dito, katakut-takot na trapik ang naganap, lalo pa’t kaiba noong nakaraang mga taon, dineklara ng Palasyo na working holiday ang anibersaryo ng pag-aalsa sa EDSA nitong Pebrero 25.

Sa madaling salita, hindi agad na nakoordina sa NCRPO ang plano ng administrasyong Aquino na harangin ang mga protesta at pigilan ang interfaith rally at human chain — katulad ng “kawalan ng koordinasyon” ng lumusob na police commandos sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao eksaktong isang buwan ang nakakaraan.

“Ang pagharang ng pulisya ay bahagi ng masalimuot na plano ng gobyernong Aquino para limitahan ang daloy ng mga tao sa EDSA,” pahayag ni Renato Reyes Jr., pangkalahatang kalihim ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan). “Hindi para sa pagprotekta sa publiko ang mga pagharang. Nilagay ito para protektahan ang Presidente at tanging ang Presidente.”

Tinatayang aabot sa 7,000 katao ang hinarang ng mga pulis sa Santolan, bago pa man makarating ng Kampo Crame, alas-tres ng hapon. <b>KR Guda</b>

Tinatayang aabot sa 7,000 katao ang hinarang ng mga pulis sa Santolan, bago pa man makarating ng Kampo Crame, alas-tres ng hapon. KR Guda

Naglunsad na ng human chain ang ilang taong-simbahan, personalidad at lider-progresibo sa harap ng Kampo Crame. Pero dahil sa pagkaharang sa Santolan, sinubukan nilang sunduin ang mga demonstrador. Hinarang din sila ng mga pulis. <b>KR Guda</b>

Naglunsad na ng human chain ang ilang taong-simbahan, personalidad at lider-progresibo sa harap ng Kampo Crame. Pero dahil sa pagkaharang sa Santolan, sinubukan nilang sunduin ang mga demonstrador. Hinarang din sila ng mga pulis. KR Guda

Naggiit ang mga lider-progresibo at taong-simbahan para masundo sila at maituloy ang human chain. <b>KR Guda</b>

Naggiit ang mga lider-progresibo at taong-simbahan para masundo sila at maituloy ang human chain. KR Guda

Nakipagtawanan si Elmer "Ka Bong" Labog, tagapangulo ng Kilusang Mayo Uno, sa mga pulis, na nagsabing hindi raw nila gustong mangharang pero nautusan lang sila. <b>KR Guda</b>

Nakipagtawanan si Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, tagapangulo ng Kilusang Mayo Uno, kasama sina Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza at Lito Ustarez ng KMU, sa mga pulis, na nagsabing hindi raw nila gustong mangharang pero nautusan lang sila. KR Guda

Kuha ni <b>Pher Pasion</b>

Kuha ni Pher Pasion

"Nasaan ang Pangulo?" <b>Pher Pasion</b>

“Nasaan ang Pangulo?” Pher Pasion

Ipinaliwanag ni Mae Paner (a.k.a. "Juana Change") kung paano sinalungat ng PNP ang salita nitong papayagan at susuportahan ang human chain. <b>KR Guda</b>

Ipinaliwanag ni Mae Paner (a.k.a. “Juana Change”) kung paano sinalungat ng PNP ang salita nitong papayagan at susuportahan ang human chain. KR Guda

Nanawagan ang mga demonstrador, hindi lang para sa SAF 44, kundi pati sa mga Moro at sibilyang apektado ng pagdanak-ng-dugo sa Mamasapano. <b>Macky Macaspac</b>

Nanawagan ang mga demonstrador, hindi lang para sa SAF 44, kundi pati sa mga Moro at sibilyang apektado ng pagdanak-ng-dugo sa Mamasapano. Macky Macaspac

Nag-alay ng awitin si Jess Santiago (gitna) at Heber Bartolome (kaliwa) sa mga demonstrador. <b>KR Guda</b>

Nag-alay ng awitin si Jess Santiago (gitna) at Heber Bartolome (kaliwa) sa mga demonstrador. KR Guda

Nanalangin si Bishop Broderick Pabillo para sa mga demonstrador, matapos ipaliwanag ng obispo ang naging negosasyon sa PNP NCRPO. <b>KR Guda</b>

Nanalangin si Bishop Broderick Pabillo para sa mga demonstrador, matapos ipaliwanag ng obispo ang naging negosasyon sa PNP NCRPO. KR Guda

Simula ng human chain, ng mga lider ng iba't ibang grupo tulad ng Scrap Pork Network, at sina Teddy Casino ng Bayan, Liza Maza at Mae Paner. <b>KR Guda</b>

Simula ng human chain, ng mga lider ng iba’t ibang grupo tulad ng Scrap Pork Network, at sina Teddy Casino ng Bayan, Liza Maza at Mae Paner. KR Guda

Kuha ni <b>Macky Macaspac</b>

Kuha ni Macky Macaspac

Muling nakipagnegosasyon si Fr. Ben Alforque (kanan) sa mga pulis, kasama si Dr. Carol Araullo (pangalawa mula sa kaliwa) ng Bayan. <b>Pher Pasion</b>

Muling nakipagnegosasyon si Fr. Ben Alforque (kanan) sa mga pulis, kasama si Dr. Carol Araullo (pangalawa mula sa kaliwa) ng Bayan at Nardy Sabino ng Promotion for Church People’s Response (pangatlo mula sa kaliwa). Pher Pasion

Nanawagan na rin ang Migrante International ang pagbibitiw ni Aquino. <b>Pher Pasion</b>

Nanawagan na rin ang Migrante International ang pagbibitiw ni Aquino. Pher Pasion

Kasabay human chain, nagmartsa ang mga lider at iba pang kasamahan nila patungong Cubao. <b>Macky Macaspac</b>

Kasabay human chain, nagmartsa ang mga lider at iba pang kasamahan nila patungong Cubao. Macky Macaspac

Masigasig na nag-ingay ang mga kabataan na lumahok sa human chain. <b>KR Guda</b>

Masigasig na nag-ingay ang mga kabataan na lumahok sa human chain. KR Guda

Kuha ni <b>KR Guda</b>

Kuha ni KR Guda

Kuha ni <b>KR Guda</b>

Kuha ni KR Guda

Kuha ni Pher Pasion

Kuha ni Pher Pasion

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PHOTO STORY | Land and struggle in Maguindanao http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/photo-story-land-and-struggle-in-maguindanao/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/photo-story-land-and-struggle-in-maguindanao/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:51:33 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33793
For peaceful prayer
Masjid Dimaukom or the pink mosque in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. Pink, they say, stands for peace. KR Guda
Street life
Life is normal in the streets of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
Life after death
Despite the traumatic events of January 25, life continues in Brgy. Tukanalipao. KR Guda
Watching the hearings
In Brgy. Tukanalipao in Mamasapano town of Maguindanao province, a resident fixes her electric fan as she begins to watch the Senate hearings on the Mamasapano debacle. KR Guda
Busy with school
Students in Linantangan Elementary School are busy with school work even as more than half of their classmates are still yet to return to school after the attack in Mamasapano. KR Guda
'Math Park'
A mother and child in Linantangan Elementary School, after dismissal of classes. KR Guda
Signs of times
A child passes by the military camp of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. The signs offer congratulations to the Philippine President for signing the agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. KR Guda
Souvenirs
Residents put up pictures of women residents in a hut in Tukanalipao proper. KR Guda
Fellow cops
The People's Fact-Finding Mission members interview members of the local police station in Mamasapano, Maguindanao regarding the bloodbath that occured on January 25. KR Guda
Therapy
Students gather outside their classrooms during a psycho-social intervention by the Children's Rehabilitation Center in Linantangan Elementary School. KR Guda
Where they died
Fallen and unharvested corn crops now remain where the bodies of fallen police commandos were found. KR Guda
Remnant
A Tukanalipao resident shows a bullet, purportedly from an M-60 machine gun, that pierced through their houses after SAF members reportedly opened fire on their houses. KR Guda
Recounting the dead
A local police describes to the People's Fact Finding Mission members how the locals brought to them the bodies of the 44 SAF members after the bloody encounter. KR Guda
'As big as a fist'
A human rights worker points to the huge hole reportedly caused by indiscriminate firing of SAF commandos in the highway during the bloody encounter. A child looks on. KR Guda
Wooden witness
A farmer, with his bicycle, passes by the wooden bridge which was the site of the bloody clash between Moro fighters and police commandos. KR Guda
Survived but traumatized
Samra's child looks on as his mother tells the story of how her other child, the 8-year-old Sarah, was shot and killed during the police commandos' raid in Sitio Inugog in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Samra herself was grazed by a bullet in her right cheek. KR Guda
From one dynasty to another
The image of the Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III with the Mamasapano mayor, Tahirodin Benzar Ampatuan, inside the town hall. The Ampatuans were themselves implicated in a bloody massacre of 54 people, more than half of which were journalists, in 2009. The case remains unclosed until today. KR Guda
Bangsamoro state
A sign indicating that a different "government" is in operation as one enters Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. KR Guda
Sentinel
"You don't have to avoid showing my face," an MILF fighter says, standing guard inside a modern building where central committee members of the MILF hold meetings. "I don't have anything to hide." KR Guda
Real politics
Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF's vice-chairman for political affairs, discusses to visitors the situation in their ranks after the Mamasapano incident. KR Guda
Standing guard
An MILF fighter stands guard outside a modern building that is home to the central committee of the MILF in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. KR Guda
Battle-ready
Tanks perennially stationed in Army checkpoints. KR Guda
Red alert
Members of the local unit of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police have their own checkpoint near Cotabato City. KR Guda
Not business as usual
A sign announcing that an agreement between the Aquino administration and the MILF has to come soon--or there will be consequences--stands in front of a huge factory in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. KR Guda
A quiet life in Liguasan
A simple house stands amid the sprawling beauty of Liguasan Marsh, which is reportedly home to a vast reserve of natural gas, which is coveted by many multinational corporations. KR Guda

The bloodbath in Mamasapano, Maguindanao once again brought to public attention the armed struggle being waged by various revolutionary, Bangsamoro groups for more than a century now.

Philippine senators, in their own inquiry, and riding on a wave of Islamophobia and anti-Moro sentiment, questioned the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)’s description of itself as a “revolutionary organization”. The senators thus betrayed an ignorance of the long history of Bangsamoro revolutionary struggle to determine their own future amid political and economic impositions from what they call “imperial Manila” and exploitation of their natural resources by foreign and local elite interests.

After the MILF’s signing of a comprehensive agreement with the Philippine government, progressive pundits were alarmed that the Bangsamoro struggle may have been compromised, especially after the United States government–which had expressed its desire to tap into the rich natural gas reserves in Liguasan Marsh–were adamantly supportive of the agreement. The MILF dismissed the warnings, saying that peace had to happen sometime, and that the agreement with the Aquino government, as well as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, was the closest thing to a principled peace that they could achieve.

That was before Mamasapano happened, of course. On January 25, the town of Mamasapano, which was clearly an MILF controlled territory, was subjected to a night-to-dawn police operation by dozens of police commandos ostensibly targetting two “known terrorists”. We all know what happened next.

Even in the bloodbath’s aftermath, the MILF affirmed its commitment to the peace process with the Aquino government. Meanwhile, other groups like the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and factions of the old Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) now call for a continuation of the armed struggle. With what we now know of the Mamasapano operation, it is clear that the Manila-based government, and its patron US government, did not have the Bangasamoro people’s interests at heart.

The people of Maguindanao, as well as all of Moro Mindanao, will have to brace themselves of an even longer struggle for self-determination and peace.

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PHOTOS | One Billion Rising PH: A clarion call for ‘revolution’ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/photos-one-billion-rising-ph-a-clarion-call-for-revolution/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/photos-one-billion-rising-ph-a-clarion-call-for-revolution/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:45:45 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33721
Ready for revolution
"Are you ready for a revolution?" said OBR Global Director Monique Wilson. "I know I am!" Pher Pasion
A family affair
Mothers brought their children to the rising, carrying them while strutting their stuff. Pher Pasion
Rising for migrant rights
Members of Migrante International perform on stage. Darius Galang
V-Day
V-Day in Bonifacio Shrine: People's issues are brought to the fore by different sectors during the main PH rising for One Billion Rising for Revolution. Boy Bagwis
Men for women's rights
V-Men on stage in support of women's struggle. Macky Macaspac
Leading the dance
Gabriela leaders lead the mass dancing of OBR Philippines' new dance song "Babangon Na Sa Rebolusyon". Ilang-Ilang Quijano
Sister act
Sr. Mary John Mananzan (middle), longtime Gabriela leader and women's rights advocate, joins in the dancing. Boy Bagwis
Song and drums
Pop-ethnic band Talahib performs onstage. Darius Galang
'General Santisima'
Performance activist Mae Paner as crooked police general "Santisima". The name is a play on the name of the resigned PNP General Alan Purisima who was said to be in command of the police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 that lead to the death of 44 police commandos, 18 Moro fighters and at least two civilians. Boy Bagwis
Child's play
Children of members of Gabriela Women's Party wear hats that call for peace, genuine change and accountability. Boy Bagwis
Breath-taking toss
Members of a dance group from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines perform daredevil stunts. Ilang-Ilang Quijano
Photo by Ilang-Ilang Quijano
Photo by Ilang-Ilang Quijano
Photo by Macky Macaspac

It was a sunny Saturday morning in the city of Manila on V-Day. Erecting a stage in front of a shrine named in honor of the first Philippine revolution’s leader, organizers led by Gabriela, Gabriela Women’s Party and New Voice Company were determined to stage a “main rising” befitting the “Revolution” theme. Yes, as with most One Billion Rising events, there was wild, mass dancing. Underneath the celebratory performances, however, was a dead-serious political message, not just to end sexual violence (although that is an important message, indeed), but to demand for the country’s leaders to be made to reveal the truth and be accountable for serious wrongdoing, from the Yolanda tragedy to the pork barrel scam to the Mamasapano bloodbath. This message informed every performance, every dance number, every political speech, that by the time the indefatigable artist/activist Monique Wilson took to the stage to sing the bittersweet “I Am Rising”, just about everybody in the crowd were ready to respond positively to her clarion call: “Be ready for the revolution!”

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LIVE | PH women in Manila from different sectors gather for One Billion Rising for Revolution http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/live-ph-women-in-manila-from-different-sectors-gather-for-one-billion-rising-for-revolution/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/live-ph-women-in-manila-from-different-sectors-gather-for-one-billion-rising-for-revolution/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:16:41 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33676
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Watch live the main rising event for One Billion Rising (OBR) for Revolution campaign today, February 14, 2015. Sponsored by Gabriela, Gabriela Women’s Party and New Voice Company, the OBR campaign aims to raise awareness and mobilize for the fight against violence against women and children in all forms, from sexual to political and economic. This year’s theme is Revolution, that is, the campaigners seek to actively identify the “perpetrators” of economic, political and sexual violence against women and children, and launch cultural activities, such as dancing and performances, to engage the public. In the Philippines, the organizers use the theme “Rise against violence, poverty and impunity” and “Rise for truth, justice and accountability” to highlight that women are severely affected by the serious political and economic issues affecting the country today, such as the pork barrel and Disbursement Acceleration Program scandals, as well as the Mamasapano bloodbath.

The main rising event is held at the Bonifacio Shrine in the city of Manila. The organizers also call on the public to mobilize for the activities on March 8, the International Women’s Day.

Live streaming courtesy of Pinoy Weekly for the OBR Philippines campaign.

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VIDEO | Mamasapano: Ang Pinakahuling Disaster ni Aquino http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/video-mamasapano-ang-pinakahuling-disaster-ni-aquino/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/02/video-mamasapano-ang-pinakahuling-disaster-ni-aquino/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:25:15 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33652

Ano ang papel ni Pangulong Aquino at ng gobyerno ng Estados Unidos sa palpak na operasyon sa Mamasapano?

Sa tinataguriang pinakahuling disaster sa ilalim ni Aquino, sumisigaw ng hustisya ang mga biktima, kasabay ng panawagan ng pagbibitiw ng pangulo. Sa video na ito, ipinapakita ang mga nasa likod ng Operation Wolverine. Ipinapakita rin ang epekto ng covert operation na ito sa katahimikan sa Mindanao at sa mga mamamayang Moro.

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PHOTOS | Site of bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/photos-site-of-bloody-encounter-in-mamasapano-maguindanao/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/photos-site-of-bloody-encounter-in-mamasapano-maguindanao/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:50:06 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33554 Moro human rights organization Suara Bangsamoro has submitted to Pinoy Weekly some of the photos that they took of the site where the remains of many of the (at least) 44 police commandos were recovered, after the bloody encounter with Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25. Jerome Succor Aba, Suara Bangsamoro spokesperson, said he went near the areas where the bloody encounters purportedly happened. He observed, took notes and pictures of the scene.

Aba said that they interviewed some witnesses who said they saw the body of at least one Caucasian soldier in Brgy. Tukanalipao in Mamasapano town. (Read the story here.)

(LOOK: Photos of Mamasapano residents camped out on the side of the road after fleeing the gun battles.)

Here are their photos:

Badrudin Langalan, a farmer, who was reportedly found hogtied and dead at this wooden bridge of Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano.

Badrudin Langalan, a farmer, who was reportedly found hogtied and dead at this wooden bridge of Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano.

This is the same wooden bridge.

This is the same wooden bridge.

Boxes of cartridges seen near the area where bodies of some of the 44 fallen SAF commandos were found.

Boxes of cartridges seen near the area where bodies of some of the 44 fallen SAF commandos were found.

One of many bullet marks on trees in Brgy. Tukanalipao.

One of many bullet marks on trees in Brgy. Tukanalipao.

Empty bullet shells found by residents of Brgy. Tukanalipano.

Empty bullet shells found by residents of Brgy. Tukanalipao.

More bullet marks on trees.

More bullet marks on trees.

An earphone found in a grassy area in Brgy. Tukanalipao. As of this writing, Jerome Succor Aba of Suara Bangsamoro said pieces of materials, probably from either the commandos or the rebels, remain uncollected (by police investigators) in the site.

An earphone found in a grassy area in Brgy. Tukanalipao. As of this writing, Jerome Succor Aba of Suara Bangsamoro said pieces of materials, probably from either the commandos or the rebels, remain uncollected (by police investigators) in the site.

One of the encounter sites.

One of the encounter sites.

Residents pass through the area of the encounters, where pieces of cloth, probably coming from those involved in the encounters, remained.

Residents pass through the area of the encounters, where pieces of cloth, probably coming from those involved in the encounters, remained.

Another piece of cloth on the ground.

Another piece of cloth on the ground.

A piece of cloth, possibly part of a SAF commando's uniform

A piece of cloth, possibly part of a SAF commando’s uniform

 

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PHOTOS | 1,500 civilians flee communities during bloody clash in Mamasapano http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/photos-1500-civilians-flee-communities-during-bloody-clash-in-mamasapano/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/photos-1500-civilians-flee-communities-during-bloody-clash-in-mamasapano/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:58:32 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33540 Moro human rights group Suara Bangsamoro has revealed to Pinoy Weekly that at least 1,500 Moro civilians have fled their communities in Brgy. Tukalanipao in Mamasapano town of Maguindanao province in the aftermath of the fighting between police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on January 25.

The number of fleeing civilians was provided by the local government of Mamasapano, according to Jerome Succor Aba, spokesperson of Suara Bangsamoro.

As of this writing, the civilians have camped out on both sides of the national road, Aba added.

(READ: US soldier allegedly among those killed, civilians terrorized in Mamasapano)

Here are photos of the evacuees:

Civilians also reported that at least six of their fellow residents were killed before or during the encounters. Photo courtesy of <b>Suara Bangsamoro</b>

Civilians also reported that at least six of their fellow residents were killed before or during the encounters. Photo courtesy of Suara Bangsamoro

Evacuees camp out on both sides of the road, fleeing from the fighting in Brgy. Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Photo courtesy of <b>Suara Bangsamoro</b>

Evacuees camp out on both sides of the road, fleeing from the fighting in Brgy. Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Photo courtesy of Suara Bangsamoro

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WATCH: How Mendiola massacre happened http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/watch-how-mendiola-massacre-happened-from-an-asiavisions-newsreel/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/watch-how-mendiola-massacre-happened-from-an-asiavisions-newsreel/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:14:43 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33431

The newsreel video above is a 21-minute newsreel of AsiaVisions on the massacre at Mendiola Bridge on January 22, 1987.

AsiaVisions was an alternative audio-visual institution during the 1980s until 1990s.

The video shows, among others, the scenes of the huge protest action by peasant organizations led by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on January 22, 1987, from Liwasang Bonifacio to Mendiola Bridge.

Peasant protesters push against cops, seconds before shooting began. The protesters were unarmed.

Peasant protesters push against cops, seconds before shooting began. The protesters were unarmed.

In Mendiola, the newsreel (at 12:18) shows several fully-armed policemen and soldiers, including members of the Philippine Marines, guarding the bridge. At 14:42, the protesters reached Mendiola Bridge, which by then had already been fortified by heavily-armed cops and soldiers. At 15:03, the protesters began pushing against the police barricade. They were unarmed.

At 16:18, shots began to be heard. Smoke and shots were evidently coming from police ranks. They began shooting at the protesters, most of whom were landless peasants demanding for genuine agrarian reform promised by then-newly installed Pres. Corazon Aquino, the current President’s mother.

Thirteen peasant protesters were killed during that day, while scores were injured.

Until now, the victims’ families still seek justice for their slain relatives, while genuine agrarian reform in the Philippines remains a dream for landless Filipino peasants who comprise majority of the country’s population.

Pinoy Weekly is uploading this newsreel as a matter of public record.

The video was digitized by Prof. Rose Roque of University of the Philippines-Manila, who has extensively researched on AsiaVisions’ work. The video is also courtesy of IBON Foundation, Inc., who owns the rights to AsiaVisions’ videos.

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