Remembering Jen Laude, Renew Call for Justice
Quezon City- With candles and torches alight, members of Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) and Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan Para sa Kalayaan (KAISAKA) launched coordinated commemorative programs dubbed as National Sovereignty Memorial Day in six areas today to coincide with the birthday of slain transpinay Jennifer Laude.
She would have been 27 years old today, had she lived. It would be remembered that US Marine PFC Scott Pemberton was the last one to see her alive last October 11.
In Luzon, candle lighting / torch lighting programs are slated in Quezon City, Malabon, Navotas, Pampanga. In Subic, the Laude family will be joined by supporters at the Heritage Memorial in Sta. Rita, Olongapo City.
Meanwhile, a letter in support of the Laude family is to be submitted at the US Consulate Office in Lahug, Cebu and a prayer vigil will start at the Cebu Cathedral Entrance Gate from 4pm to 8pm.
According to Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) vice-chairperson Fidel Fababier, candles and torches symbolize our continuing search for justice not only for Jennifer but for the entire Filipino people whose rights to live in peace is undermined by the US-PH so-called special relations, reflected militarily by the one-sided Visiting Forces Agreement, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), all the way up to the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).
“All these agreements are imbued with so-called mutuality but in reality do little to advance Philippine interest while advancing by leaps and bounds US security and economic designs in this part of the globe,” pointed out Fababier.
“Jen Laude is only the latest in the long line of Filipino victims of gender violence and military sexual violence since US troops first came to this land and not a single victim has yet to taste justice,” adds Fababier.
“We want the wheels of justice to roll, and roll fairly for Jennifer and for the Filipino people,” ended Fababier.
November 4, 2014
Reference: Fidel Fababier, Vice – Chair KILUSAN 09199776992
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