Pinoy Weekly » Multimedia http://pinoyweekly.org/new Philippine news, analysis, and investigative stories Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:50:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 ‘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 media (and therefore 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 has 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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Video Analysis | Missing Pope Francis http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/video-missing-pope-francis/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/video-missing-pope-francis/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:10:46 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=33303

IMG_1241Pope Francis has touched the lives of many Filipinos. But is there a point to his visit that we may have missed?

In this video analysis by PinoyMedia Center, Fr. Ben Alforque of People’s Committee to Welcome Pope Francis talks about how the pope’s progressive teachings are being suppressed, in the same way that Filipino progressives by the Aquino government were prevented from seeing the Pope, whom they consider to be one with them in the struggle for social justice and equality.

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Larawan | Rebolusyonaryong mga grupo, ipinagdiwang sa Maynila ang ika-46 taon ng CPP http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-rebolusyonaryong-mga-grupo-ipinagdiwang-sa-maynila-ang-ika-46-taon-ng-cpp/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-rebolusyonaryong-mga-grupo-ipinagdiwang-sa-maynila-ang-ika-46-taon-ng-cpp/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:19:41 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32885 Nagmartsa ang mga kaanib na organisasyon ng National Democratic Front sa kahabaan ng Avenida sa Maynila para ipagdiwang ang 46 taong pagkakatatag ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa Disyembre 26. Macky Macaspac

Nagmartsa ang mga kaanib na organisasyon ng National Democratic Front sa kahabaan ng Avenida sa Maynila para ipagdiwang ang 46 taong pagkakatatag ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa Disyembre 26. Macky Macaspac

Inanunsiyo kamakialn ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ang kanilang unilateral ceasefire mula;12:01 am of December 24, 2014 to 11:59 pm of December 26, 2014; 12:01 am of December 31, 2014 to 11:59 pm of January 1, 2015; and 12:01 am of January 15, 2015 to 11:59 pm of January 19, 2015.  Macky Macaspac)

Inanunsiyo kamakailan ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ang kanilang unilateral ceasefire mula Disyembre 24 hanggang December 26,2014, at Disyembre-31 ng hatinggabi hanggang 12 ng gabi sa Enero 1, 2015.  Nag-anunsiyo rin sila ng ceasefire sa pagbisita ni Pope Francis sa Enero 15 hanggang 19, 2015.  Macky Macaspac

Maliban sa rebolusyonaryong mga manggagawa, nilahukan din ang lightning rally ng mga organisasyon ng iba pang sektor tulad ng kababaihan at kabataan. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Maliban sa rebolusyonaryong mga manggagawa, nilahukan din ang lightning rally ng mga organisasyon ng iba pang sektor tulad ng kababaihan at kabataan. Boy Bagwis

Macky Macaspac

Macky Macaspac

Macky Macaspac

Macky Macaspac

Kinondena ng mga rebolusyonaryo ang rehimeng Aquino at rehimeng US na pinangunahan ni Pres. Barack Obama. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Kinondena ng mga rebolusyonaryo ang rehimeng Aquino at rehimeng US na pinangunahan ni Pres. Barack Obama. Boy Bagwis

Nagdaos din ng isang lightning rally ang rebolusyonaryong Samahang Pangkalusugan (MSP) na kasapi ng NDF sa Maynila kahapon bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng ika-36 na anibersaryo ng MSP at ang ika-46 na pagkakatatag ng CPP sa December 26. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Nagdaos din ng isang lightning rally ang rebolusyonaryong Makabayang Samahang Pangkalusugan (MSP) na kasapi ng NDF sa Maynila noong Disyembre 15 bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng ika-36 na anibersaryo ng MSP at ang ika-46 na pagkakatatag ng CPP sa December 26. Boy Bagwis

Nanawagan ang health workers na kasapi ng MSP na suportahan ng mga mamamayan ang anila'y digmang bayan para sa pambansang kalayaan at demokrasya. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Nanawagan ang health workers na kasapi ng MSP na suportahan ng mga mamamayan ang anila’y digmang bayan para sa pambansang kalayaan at demokrasya. Boy Bagwis

Kinondena ng MSP ang bulok na "sistemang pangkalusugan at panlipunan ng US-Aquino" dahil sa bulok na sistemeng pangkalusugan na resulta lamang ng umiiral na mala-kolonyal at mala-piyudal na lipunan. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Kinondena ng MSP ang bulok na “sistemang pangkalusugan at panlipunan ng US-Aquino” dahil sa bulok na sistemeng pangkalusugan na resulta lamang ng umiiral na mala-kolonyal at mala-piyudal na lipunan. Boy Bagwis

Sinabi pa ng MSP na malala na rin ang korupsiyon, paglabag sa karapatang pantao, at matinding pagmimina na sanhi ng pakawasak ng ating kagubatan at hindi maayos na pagtugon sa  panahon ng kalamidad. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Sinabi pa ng MSP na malala na rin ang korupsiyon, paglabag sa karapatang pantao, at matinding pagmimina na sanhi ng pakawasak ng ating kagubatan at hindi maayos na pagtugon sa panahon ng kalamidad. Boy Bagwis

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