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[In the news] Sandiganbayan nears decision in P1-B civil suit vs. Marcoses -GMAnews

Sandiganbayan nears decision in P1-B civil suit vs. Marcoses

A P1.052-billion civil case against the late ex-President Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos, and their supposed dummies has been submitted for decision at the Sandiganbayan.

Nine years after the case was first deemed ripe for resolution, the anti-graft court’s Second Division said it can now proceed after denying a motion to defer decision, filed by co-defendants Bienvenido Tantoco, Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., the estate of Gliceria Tantoco, and Dominador Santiago, for lack of merit.

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[Tula] Cause I am Imelda? -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Cause I am Imelda?
ni Rene Boy Abiva

“We have to take into consideration may edad na kasi. In any arrest or anybody for that matter, that has to be taken [into] consideration, the age, the health, alam naman natin na andyan siya.” – PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde

Sentensyado ng anim at isang buwan hanggang labin-isang taon
sa kasong pangunguwalta habang nasa puwesto
kasama ang asawang diktador at ‘kuno’y’ beterano
dahilan upang ipalibing ni Santo Rodrigo
sa libingan ng mga kuno’y bayani.

Kaso
kesyo ‘she did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, she had one thousand and sixty.’
kesyo ‘she was no Marie Antoinette. She was not born to nobility, but she had a human right to nobility.’
kesyo ‘when they went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.’
At ‘yun ang kaso.

Mukhang ‘di niya sasapitin ang sinapit
ni Eduardo Serrano o ni Marcos Aggalao
na sa kulungan ng mga patay na buhay pumanaw.
Hay, anong meron sa Pilipinas?
Isang ginintuang kabalintunaan:
ang mali ay tama, ang tama ay mali
banal ang masama, masama ang banal.

Hmm…kaya ‘di na rin masama
kung totoo mang marami ang nanlalaban gabi-gabi
‘ika nga ni Badong Cordova’y tablahan lang,
‘alang pikunan.

Nobyembre 12, 2018
Lunsod ng Quezon, Maynila

Ang may akda ay dating bilanggong politikal, awtor ng Tuligsa at iba pang mga tula at National Fellow ng Palihang Rogelio Sicat para sa kategoryang Maikling Kwento.

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[Statement] Honor the heroes and martyrs of Martial Law, resist the Marcoses -TFDP

Honor the heroes and martyrs of Martial Law, resist the Marcoses

11 x 16 inches poster copy

In commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of martial law on September 21, 1972 Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) calls on all those who experienced this dark side of our history as a nation to assert the truth about the atrocities of Martial Law and challenge the massive efforts of the Marcoses and its allies to intentionally distort history and mislead our youth today.

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Commemoration of Martial Law must be a celebration of Filipino heroism. Commemoration of Martial Law must be a call for the generation of today to never allow this to happen again. Commemoration of martial must be a reiteration of commitment to assert justice for all victims and resistance to any kind of distortion that perpetrators who are now in power again try to propagate.

We are alarmed and saddened that the Marcoses were able to come back to power. They are slowly and silently gaining the hearts of the youth by spreading their own truth and distort facts through the use of the social networking sites. “Bong-bong Marcos for President” facebook page has gained more than 100,000 likes.

Imelda Marcos was and is in fact confident that they will be back in Malacanang soon.

Therefore we must show and tell the generation of today stories and facts of sacrifices and openly expose and oppose the Marcoses and its allies by maximizing all fronts including the social networking sites in reaching the youth. We will not only remember but we will commit to also launch an information campaign to educate our youth.

The youth must know that the freedoms we enjoy today was paid for in blood by our martyrs and heroes. This generation and the generations to come must know the truth about the tyranny and oppression of the Marcoses. The youth must know that Filipinos under the Marcos dictatorship were arbitrarily arrested, tortured, disappeared and killed. The youth must know that massive corruption were perpetrated by the Marcoses and its allies and still are enjoying the money that they stole from the people up to now.

The youth must learn that the lesson is to not let the Marcoses regain Malacanang and use it to redeem their names.

Although we are no match to the wealth of the Marcoses that they are using in propagating their distorted truth, we believe in the power of facts about the thousands of documented cases of human rights atrocities perpetrated by the late Ferdiand Marcos, we believe in the commitment of that generation to continuously resist and refuse to forget. The generation of today must know our stories of sacrifice and courage, of selfllessness and commitment, of resistance and struggle against tyranny!

We implore the “martial law” generation to stand up, speak up and say: Never again to tyranny. Never again to the Marcoses. We, who survived those times, owe it to our martyrs and heroes!
This nation owes a debt of gratitude to the countless faceless and nameless Filipinos who defied a dictator and his armed minions. This we shall never forget. Not while we breathe.Not while we live!

Never again to martial law! Never Again to the Marcoses!

Emmanuel Amistad
Executive Director
ecamistad@yahoo.com
tfdp.1974@gmail.com
09985481925
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Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

See online campaign @ https://www.facebook.com/TaskForceDetaineesofthePhilippines

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[Blog] A storm is a product of nature. A tragedy is man-made. By CJ Chanco

A storm is a product of nature. A tragedy is man-made.

Suggestions by some quarters to crack down on “looters” are completely out of place. We need the military to deliver aid, not clamp down on the typhoon victims. We need paratroopers to fly in relief goods – not a police state.

CJ Chanco

Again, it isn’t looting if local sari-sari stores are giving away fresh vegetables to desperately hungry families because it’s pointless to sell anything when there’s nothing to buy, and money is practically worthless on the ground. I’ve heard this happen time and again. I’m sure there is more in Tacloban than complete desolation, Red Cross-stealing hooligans, and survival-of-the-fittest. While we in Manila consider ourselves their heroes, people are already acting on their own accord to piece together the fragments of their lives — for the most part, without the government’s aid.

This is the sort of resilience the media should be focusing on. Whatever happened, after all, to the much-vaunted “Filipino spirit”?

On the other hand, what some see as anarchy others see as survival. Crime and “hooliganism” – where they occur (which happens to be few and far between, despite PNP press statements) – are completely natural responses to human scarcity.

This does not in any way distract from the gravity of the situation. Because it *is* disturbing. This is the sort of thing we will increasingly see from communities neglected by the government for so long (with or without these disasters), if we choose to continue along this path.

Indeed, it can happen in Manila and New York and Paris just as easily as it is now happening in Tacloban. It’s the sort of Hunger Games-Planet Z-do-or-die epic we will increasingly see as governments everywhere clamp down ever harder on people already stripped of all the essentials of life.

Crises like these won’t be solved by replacing civilian officials in the province of Imelda Marcos – or anywhere else – with a military force to “control” the situation there. They won’t be solved by sending 500-men military battalions to crush “unrest” and further disempower local communities.

On this score, Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin, there is a world of a difference between declaring a state of emergency and declaring martial law
(http://www.rappler.com/nation/43363-tacloban-wants-state-of-emergency-martial-law-in-city).

Peace and order will be restored only when people rebuild their own lives and above all start to question why all of this is being allowed to happen in the first place. There is politics involved in all this whether we like it or not. The very causes of the disaster – from climate change to corruption and poor preparation – have deep political roots.

Haiyan made landfall just as the Warsaw UN Climate Summit was about to begin. If there ever was a sign from god, this is it.

But Western governments’ statements of solidarity with the Philippines are a bit laughable considering their shameful role in stifling all attempts at cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions in the ongoing negotiations:

http://www.theguardian.com/…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-henn/super-typhoon-haiyan-is-a_b_4239206.html
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/ippc-pachauri-climate-change-spoilt-defiled-planet

Of course, any sort of “aid”, from any government, granted with no strings attached, is more than welcome at a time like this. But no amount of charity or “aid” is every going to make up for these countries’ investments on our own shores that are wreaking havoc on the environment. No amount of “aid” is ever going to cut the greenhouse emissions of the world’s multinationals and the fossil fuel industry (including our own coal-fired plants) that are rising by the day. Last minute pork barrel-infusions won’t help either, for so long as the system stays in place: a system eating away at the very heart of the planet while leaving millions vulnerable to future calamities like this one.

Our inaction today is what generations ahead will pay for in existential debt, plus interest.

Real solidarity with the people of Leyte, Samar, and the rest of the country cannot and will not stop at donating and packing relief goods. Joining people as they organize and mobilize *around the world* to move toward a genuinely sustainable and socially just future – yes, it’s a cliche – should be part of our efforts. It’s time to connect the dots.

Haiyan is a symptom of a problem rooted in a society that is swallowing itself alive on a global scale. It is not the result of an impending rapture, a media cover-up, or a US military experiment. These are the facts. It’s time to wake up.

There are also other ways of delivering aid to flood victims without depending on largesse from Malacanang or Pnoy’s PDAF, or on charity from big relief agencies, from crowd-sourced funding online to grassroots community networks. At any rate, Oxfam, the Red Cross, Unicef, Balsa, the small churches and people’s organizations we’re now helping out – and yes, guerillas in the countryside (whatever their politics) – are doing a far better job at it than our own government.

There are already deep rifts within the Pnoy administration. The disaster has caught everyone off guard: http://www.rappler.com/…

We really do need all the help we can get, and we can’t depend on the government alone for it. Please remember how long it took for its agencies to get its act together to help the victims of Typhoon Pablo — a much smaller storm.

This is my last uber-long post for the day/month- I promise. The longer we spend on the social networks, I think, the less is done on the ground.

#ReliefPH: Victims of Typhoon Yolanda need your help

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/43300-reliefph-victims-typhoon-yolanda-help

#YolandaPH #ClimateJustice

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[Announcement] Notice to victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime -PAHRA

Notice to victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime

pahra logo copy“AN ACT PROVIDING FOR REPARATION AND RECOGNITION OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS DURING THE MARCOS REGIME, DOCUMENTATION OF SAID VIOLATIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES” was already ratified by both houses of Congress and is set to be enacted into law upon signing of President Aquino expected on Feb. 25, 2013 during the EDSA People Power Commemoration

The Act will provide for :

  • Monetary reparation by point system based on gravity of HRV suffered
  • Non-monetary reparation in terms of services/programs  by appropriate government agencies
  • Recognition in Roll of HRV Victims to be memorialized through the establishment of a Memorial/Museum/Library

The law will only be implemented within 2 years after its signing.  Filing of claims/waiver is only within 6 months upon completion of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)  which should be completed 15 days after the appointment of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board by the President.

Who can claim?
Sec. 3 (b) Those who have experience Human Rights Violation refers to any act or omission committed during the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 by persons acting in an official capacity and/or agents of the State, but shall not be limited to the following:
NOTE: Sec 3 (c) Provided also that human rights violations experienced one (1) month before September 21, 1972 and one (1) month after February 25, 1986 shall be entitled to reparation under this Act if the victims  can establish that the violation was committed:

(1)   Any search, arrest and/or detention without a valid search warrant or warrant of arrest issued by a civilian court of law, including any warrantless arrest or detention carried out pursuant to the declaration of Martial Law by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos as well as any arrest, detention or deprivation of liberty carried out during the covered period on the basis of an “Arrest, Search and Seizure Order (ASSO)”, a “Presidential Commitment Order (PCO)” or a “Preventive Detention Action (PDA)” and such other similar executive issuances as defined by decrees of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, or in any manner that the arrest, detention or deprivation of liberty was effected;

(2)   The infliction by a person acting in an official capacity  and/or an agent of the State of physical injury, torture, killing, or violation of other human rights, of any person exercising civil or political rights, including but not limited to the freedom of speech, assembly or organization; and/or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, even if such violation took place during or in the course of what the authorities at the time deemed an illegal assembly or demonstration: Provided, That torture in any form or under any circumstance shall be considered a human rights violation;

(3)  Any enforced or involuntary disappearance caused upon a person who was arrested, detained or abducted against one’s will or otherwise deprived of one’s liberty,        as defined in Republic Act No. 10350, otherwise known as the “Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012”;

(4)   Any force or intimidation causing the involuntary exile of a person from the Philippines;

(5)  Any act of force, intimidation or deceit causing unjust or illegal takeover of a business, confiscation of property, detention of owner/s and or their families, deprivation of livelihood of a person by agents of the State, including those caused by Ferdinand Marcos, his spouse Imelda Marcos, their immediate relatives by consanguinity or affinity, as well as those persons considered as among their close relatives, associates, cronies and subordinates under Executive Order No. 1, issued on February 28, 1986 by President Corazon Aquino in the exercise of her legislative powers under the Freedom Constitution;

(6)   Any act or series of acts causing, committing and/or conducting the following:
(i)     Kidnapping or otherwise exploiting children of persons suspected of committing acts against the Marcos regime;
(ii)   Committing sexual offenses against human rights victims who are detained and/or in the course of conducting military and/or police operations; and
(iii)   Other violations and/or abuses similar or analogous to the above, including those recognized by international law.

CALL:

In line with this … we are urging all our networks, friends to disseminate the information to victims of human rights violations in preparation for the recognition, compensation and reparation that they can receive by virtue of the law. Please  note that  those who are already included in the class suit (Hawaii case against Marcos Estate) are already be recognized under this Act (Sec. 17 Conclusive Presumption) thus, we would like to  reach those victims who were not included in the class suit which are actually more numerous.

We are also requesting NGOs to assist the victims in preparing their documents such as detailed sworn statement  on the incident or violation/s suffered and other relevant documents that will support their claim.

INITIAL ACTIONS:

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND) and Claimants 1081 will be consolidating all the list of victims which they already have and will add those who will be submitted later. PAHRA will coordinate our actions on this.

We will keep you posted on developments on the Act especially in the formulation of the IRR and the steps /processes/requirements for the beneficiaries.

Please refer to attached document for your reference , this is not yet the signed law but the output document of the final deliberation of the  Bi-Cameral Conference Committee.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH and hoping for your cooperation .

ML@40 ….. FINALLY … 26 years after the   Marcos Regime !

NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW !!!

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
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Quezon City, Philippines (1100)
Tel/fax (632) 436-26-33
Mobile : 0906-553-1792
E-mail:        pahra@philippinehumanrights.org
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[Press Release] US Court of Appeals upholds $354 Million contempt award against Senator Marcos and Imelda Marcos -Claimants1081

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US Court of Appeals upholds $354 Million contempt award against Senator Marcos and Imelda Marcos

www.tfdp.netOn Wednesday the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a contempt judgment against Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Imelda Marcos and the Estate of Ferdinand E. Marcos. The judgment, $353.6 million, is believed to be the largest contempt award ever affirmed by an appellate court. Robert Swift, lead counsel for the 10,000 Filipino human rights victims who obtained a judgment against Ferdinand E. Marcos and his Estate in 1995, expressed satisfaction with the new judgment. “The Marcoses have thumbed their noses at the United States court and Filipino human rights victims ever since the $2 billion judgment was entered in 1995. They were caught trying to dissipate the Marcos Estate’s assets to re-capitalize their political dynasty in the Philippines. This new judgment is against Imelda Marcos and her son personally for their misconduct. It broadens the possibilities for collection of money to the human rights victims. The victims can be assured they we will vigorously and aggressively seek to collect this sum.”

The Marcos Human Rights Litigation began in 1986 shortly after Ferdinand E. Marcos fled to the Hawaii following the Bloodless revolution. After Marcos died, Imelda fiercely fought the litigation. Following an historic trial, a Hawaiian jury awarded 9,539 Filipino human rights victims almost $2 billion. On appeal, the judgment was affirmed. Even as the jury was deliberating, the Marcoses engaged in a secret deal with the Republic to render the Marcos Estate judgment proof. When counsel for the victims learned of this, they sought a contempt award against Imelda Marcos and her son, the Marcos Estate’s legal representatives, for violating the injunction which barred them from transferring or dissipating the Estate’s assets.

After five court hearings during which documents of the skullduggery were introduced, the court found the Marcoses in contempt and ordered them to pay the victims $100,000 per day until they purged their contempt. Not only did the Marcoses refuse to pay the sanction, they continued their misconduct by secretly trying to recover Marcos Estate assets for themselves. Among other things, they gave powers of attorney to an American banker to try to transfer $35 million to themselves from an account at Merrill Lynch in New York in the name of a sham Panamanian corporation known as Arelma.

On motion by counsel for the victims, the federal court in Hawaii finally entered judgment on the accumulated sanction, which totaled $353.6 million. The Court of appeals today wrote that the “$100,000 per day amount was necessary and appropriate because the Marcoses contumacious conduct” caused direct harm to the victims, by preventing them from collecting on their $2 billion judgment.

Contact Person : Ms. Zenaida Mique, Executive Director, Claimants 1081: 926-83-40

PRESS RELEASE
October 25, 2012

RE: MARCOS HUMAN RIGHTS LITIGATION
Issued by: Robert Swift and Rodrigo Domingo

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[In the news] Marcos victims feel victimized again: Imelda now House’s 2nd richest -INQUIRER.net

Marcos victims feel victimized again: Imelda now House’s 2nd richest.

By Leila B. Salaverria, Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 9, 2012

Victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos dictatorship are disgusted.

Former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos has emerged as the second richest in the House of Representatives, while thousands of the victims are still awaiting government compensation for their sufferings.

“We are very insulted with Imelda’s flaunting of her ‘wealth,’ while martial law victims are denied justice and indemnification,” Angie Ipong, secretary general of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda), said in a statement.

The compensation bill for the victims has been pending since 1998 and has yet to become a law. In the meantime, Marcos, the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has grown richer.

Based on her 2011 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, Marcos is almost a billionaire, with a net worth of P932 million. She ranked second only to boxing superstar and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao. In 2010, Marcos was worth P623.6 million.

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[Press Release] Strange Bedfellows: Bello and Imelda unite to save Barcelona consulate – AKBAYAN

Akbayan found itself in a bizarre alliance with the wife of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on January 31st as they urged the Department of Foreign Affairs to maintain the Philippine post in Barcelona.

According to Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello he was “surprised” when Imelda Marcos, representative of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte, supported his position to keep the Philippine Consulate General in Barcelona operational after the DFA announced its closure along with several other posts.

Barcelona, Spain is home to one of the strongest-organized Filipino communities abroad, and it is also a hub for Filipino seafarers. I was explaining to the committee that we needed a functioning consulate to see to the needs of our migrant kababayan in the region. And here comes Imelda Marcos openly agreeing with me, citing the geo-political importance of having a post in Barcelona,” Bello explained.

Bello also pointed out that it was precisely the OFWs in Barcelona that lobbied for the creation of the Barcelona consulate, making its closure clearly against the interest of Filipinos in the region.

“So I moved for the Committee to make a recommendation to the executive for the maintenance of the Barcelona post, and Mrs. Marcos seconded it. As we speak, the Committee Report is being prepared for submission to President Aquino as a plea for reconsideration,” Bello added.

According to Bello, Mrs. Marcos explained that she frequented Barcelona previously and experienced firsthand how it is the most important port in the Mediterranean given its close proximity to Africa.

“Perhaps Barcelona is also very important to Mrs. Marcos because of its close proximity to Libya, where her good friend, the late dictator, Muammar Gaddafi hails from,” Bello added.

Bello, who is closely associated with civil society in the effort to make the Marcoses accountable for the grave abuses committed during the time of the dictatorship, aired his willingness to work with the Marcoses on legislation that is very important to the Filipino people.

“I really didn’t imagine that Mrs. Marcos could agree with me on any significant issue. I am happy to know that we have similar priorities, such as quality service and assistance for migrant Filipino workers,” Bello concluded. “Perhaps this may facilitate more openness between the Marcoses and Akbayan, and eventually lead to Mrs. Marcos’ support for the compensation for victims of human rights violation during the dictatorship.”

Bello figured prominently in the anti-Marcos dictatorship movement, and among the highlights of his activism was his satirical portrayal of the Marcos couple as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in protest actions against the World Bank’s support for the late dictator; he also orchestrated radical demonstrations to disrupt socio-cultural events in the U.S. organized in honor of Mrs. Marcos. This 15th Congress, Bello authored a resolution declaring Ferdinand Marcos an “enemy of democracy.” He is also a main force behind the legislation that seeks compensation for Marcos’ victims of human rights violation using the sequestered wealth of the Marcoses.###

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2012

Sabrina Laya S. Gacad
Senior Legislative and Media Officer
Office of Hon. WALDEN F. BELLO
AKBAYAN Party-list Representative
House of Representatives
Quezon City, Philippines
sabrina.gacad@yahoo.com

[In the news] Reserve officers offer military burial honors for FM – philstar.com

Reserve officers offer military burial honors for FM
By Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – The Reserve Officers Legion of the Philippines (ROLP) offered yesterday to provide full military honors at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City or anywhere the Marcos family decides to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Retired Army Col. Octavio Alvarez, ROLP spokesman, told The STAR that the board of directors of their group had approved a resolution offering their military service to the Marcos family.

He claimed that ROLP is the oldest military-civic organization that was organized in 1938. The group is composed of active, reserve and retired officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Alvarez, a former commander of the defunct AFP Metropolitan Command during martial law, said that they have formally sent a letter to former first lady Imelda Marcos, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos of their desire to accord the former head of state appropriate military honors.

In their letter the group said that “with due courtesy and without an iota of intention to offend any political belief and for the sake of peace, unity and justice, our ROLP…is volunteering to bring to his final resting place the late Col. Ferdinand Marcos with full military honors anywhere of choice by the Marcos family.

“Nobody could take away the right of our brother soldier and veteran (Marcos) to be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, if the Marcos family agrees we will provide the military honors and nobody can prevent us from giving military honors to a fallen brother,” he said.

He said every soldier has the right to be buried at the Libingan ng Bayani because it was intended as burial grounds of soldiers.

Lawyer Oliver Lozano claimed that a nationwide clamor for a state funeral for Marcos is building up among military reservists and war veterans.

Read full article @ www.philstar.com

[In the news] Kulô at CCP: More than just ‘blasphemous’ art – gmanews.tv

Kulô at CCP: More than just ‘blasphemous’ art

Text and photos by KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

The photos were taken on July 2, 2011, way before ‘Poleteismo’ by Mideo Cruz became controversial. This reveals the manner in which I go through an exhibit, as expected, i.e., given the way the works are laid out in a gallery, and how I always go back, and reroute, reconsider, revise my view of them as captured on camera. This also reveals how Kulô actually looked, how it stood, without the noise that the Poleteismo issue brought, and really without the conservatives and the powers-that-be caring much about the art that was here.

See photos and read full article @ www.gmanews.tv

[Statement] Beyond the Artist and the Art – DAKILA

Jesus Christ with a penis. A cross with a condom. These indelible images, appearing in Mideo Cruz’s exhibit, “Kulo”, have been in circulation in the Philippine art world since 2002, but only in the past few days have they sparked heated debates about art and the freedom of expression.

Mideo’s exhibit, featuring religious items combined with odd everyday objects,  raised a furor in the Catholic Church and other conservative groups when it was installed in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. While branded as “sacrilegious” and “blasphemous”, the artworks were not the only target of intense criticism, as the CCP itself came under fire for using taxpayers’ money for this controversial exhibit and their purported lack of sensitivity to the religious beliefs of Filipinos.

Under wave after wave of threats and intimidation, including several senators’ calls for the resignation of the entire institution’s board, the CCP has been forced to back down. CCP’s board has already temporarily closed Mideo’s exhibit while its Museum and Visual Arts director, Karen Ocampo-Flores, has handed in her resignation.

When an institution whose very logo depicts katotohanan (truth), kagandahan (beauty), and kabutihan (goodness), is forced to close down a controversial exhibit without even so much as a proper dialogue, then it is not only the art community that has a reason to be very afraid. When individuals whose right to freedom of expression is said to be guaranteed by the Constitution are threatened by violent and destructive acts, then it is the Filipino people themselves who are under threat.

Are we bound to compromise anything that offends the hegemony, save that it is the social reality we are facing? Have we come to value censorship so that the ugly truth of what has become of our culture may be hidden behind a beautiful facade of denial and lies?

Truth, above anything else, should come first before beauty and goodness. Without truth, there is no beauty; without truth, there is no goodness. Dakila sees that Cruz’s artwork merely emphasizes one social reality – that despite having pride in being one of the largest Roman Catholic countries in the world, our society has put premium on different “gods” – money, personalities, and yes, sex.

As a group advocating social transformation through the arts, Dakila supports Mideo Cruz in expressing what he deems the true condition of our society today. Dakila believes that art does not exist in a vacuum. It is a way of expressing the inexpressible; a powerful tool in opening the minds of individuals. After his own self, the artist has a responsibility towards the reality that surrounds him.

Truth, being arbitrary and relative, should not be monopolized by anyone– not even religious groups who claim their teachings to be the “truest” in every sense. In a conservative society like the Philippines, where religion clearly has hegemony over everyone and everything else, we need artists like Mideo Cruz brave enough to reveal ugly realities which may sometimes be masked behind our faith and beliefs.

People may not be ready for the truth just yet. But when will we start seeing the real world if not now? After all, if truth can set us free, then why are we so afraid of the raw realities presented to us? If art mirrors life, then might it be because what we see in the mirror are ugly truths made by no one else but ourselves?

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11 August 2011
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[In the news] Binay formula: Marcos burial with full military honors in Ilocos

Binay formula: Marcos burial with full military honors in Ilocos.

By Jerry E. Esplanada, TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Vice President Jejomar Binay has recommended to President Benigno Aquino III the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ remains in his native Ilocos Norte, with full military honors, the Philippine Daily Inquirer has learned.

A Palace source, who asked not to be named, confirmed that Binay had made such a recommendation.

Edwin Lacierda, the President’s spokesperson, said Malacañang would issue a statement today. “We’re still studying the recommendation,” he told the Inquirer on the phone late yesterday afternoon.

Asked to comment, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appeared warm to the idea.

“It would seem to be a reasonable compromise … a good compromise,” said Marcos, who acknowledged that it was among the options raised and did not express surprise at Binay’s recommendation.

Marcos said that while his family had pushed for his father’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani all these years, it was agreeable to a compromise.

“We don’t want to create problems. We would just like to bury our father in a way that he deserved,” the senator said in an interview.

After Reyes’ suicide

The Marcos family reiterated its appeal to have the late strongman interred at the heroes’ cemetery among former leaders and soldiers after the late Defense Secretary and Armed Forces Chief Angelo Reyes was buried there in February.

Reyes killed himself amid the controversy over purported corruption in the military.

Citing personal bias—being the only son of the late former President Corazon Aquino and the martyred former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., two of the strongman’s biggest political enemies—Mr. Aquino declined to make a decision and assigned Binay to the task.

Shortly after Binay was given the assignment, Senator Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, met with the Vice President to present their thoughts on the matter.

Marcos had earlier said that the burial of his father, who ruled with an iron hand for close to 20 years, should be seen as an opportunity for the “unification” of the country.

Yesterday, he said that the family had not changed its position that it was his father’s right to be buried in the Libingan “as a former President, as a former soldier, as a bemedalled soldier.”

Weekend meeting

The family, which also includes his mother, former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos, and his younger sister, Irene Marcos-Araneta, will likely meet this weekend to discuss Binay’s recommendation, Marcos said.

The senator said they would just “wait for the President” to decide, and take it from there.

“Let’s see where it takes us,” he said, adding that there was no “cut and dried” procedure on the matter.

“I don’t know how much room there is to negotiate. As a matter of fact we only learned about this from you,” he told the Inquirer.

And what if the President agrees to Binay’s recommendation?

Said Marcos: “Then we will carry on and plan.” But he pointed out that it was premature to say how the family would deal with Mr. Aquino’s response.

The strongman was overthrown during the Edsa People Power Revolt in February 1986.

He died in Hawaii on Sept. 28, 1989, and his remains were flown back to the Philippines during the administration of President Fidel Ramos, a distant relative.

His remains rest aboveground in a refrigerated crypt in Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

‘Very balanced’ stand

Early this week, Binay said he was hopeful that the President would announce “within the week” the government’s stand on the strongman’s burial.

He described it as “very balanced,” with “all sides considered.”

“Every opinion from every person who responded to the survey [conducted by the Office of the Vice President] was given consideration,” he said.

In April, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) sent out letters seeking the opinion of various groups and decision-makers on the issue. It also launched a text and e-mail survey to encourage public participation in the matter.

The OVP said it wanted to consult “as many people as possible” before Binay gave the President his recommendation on the best course of action.

Last month, Binay said lawmakers had not sent their official responses to the survey conducted by the OVP, “although some have already expressed their opinion through the media.”

“None of the 130 parties accredited by the Commission on Elections has so far replied to the OVP’s letter seeking their official stand on the issue,” he said.

But his office said it would still wait for “the official stand of the political parties.”

Binay had said he would submit his recommendation to Mr. Aquino in the first week of June.

The Vice President, also the housing czar, was to leave last night on an official trip to the United States that includes taking an international housing finance program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; attending the Philippine Independence Day parade in New York City, the flag-raising program at the Philippine Embassy in Washington; the Rizal Day celebration in Monterey, California; and holding dialogues with leaders and members of Filipino communities.

‘Revisionism at its worst’

Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero has filed a resolution urging Malacañang to allow the burial of the strongman’s remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. As many as 216 congressmen have signed it.

Part of House Resolution No. 1135 states: “As the longest serving president of the republic, Ferdinand Marcos built the modern foundations of the Philippines.

“He remained a Filipino patriot to the end of his life and in death deserves to be honored as such.”

But the Makati Business Club (MBC) described the resolution as “historical revisionism at its deceitful worst in an attempt to recast the image of a disgraced leader.”

In a statement, the MBC said it was opposing the proposed burial of the strongman at the Libingan:

“In the end, titles and medals—especially those of dubious provenance—do not a hero make. No hero would deliberately bring suffering upon his people and ruin to his country.

“[T]he MBC believes that by virtue of his profoundly tainted record as the leader of our country, Mr. Marcos forfeited whatever rights he had to being buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“The claim that he built the modern foundations of the Philippines is a gross distortion of the late dictator’s true legacy of autocracy, ruined democratic institutions, violent political repression, unprecedented wholesale corruption, shameless nepotism, crony capitalism, a crushing debt burden, and widespread social inequity and marginalization.”  With a report from Norman Bordadora

[In the news] Militant lawmakers file reso vs hero’s burial for Marcos – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

Militant lawmakers file reso vs hero’s burial for Marcos – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

ANDREO C. CALONZO, GMA News

Seven progressive lawmakers had filed a resolution “strongly opposing” plans to bury the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In House Resolution 1297 that was filed Monday, the lawmakers said Marcos “does not deserve a hero’s burial” after he committed “gross crimes against humanity, plunged the nation deeper into debt and foreign control and plundered the nation’s resources” during his 20-year term.

“Filing this resolution is a matter of principle and to prevent a mockery and distortion of history. All efforts to erase the dark legacy of the Marcos dictatorship should be blocked in Congress and other fora,” Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casiño, one of the lawmakers who filed the resolution, said in a text message Tuesday.

The other House members who filed the bill were Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino, Anakpawis party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano, ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and Gabriela Women’s party-list Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus.

Marcos’ widower, Imelda Marcos, is currently a member of the House of Representatives as Ilocos Norte representative. His son, Ferdinand Jr., is a senator.

HR 1297 is a response to a resolution earlier filed by Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero III and signed by about 200 lawmakers allowing Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Escudero, father of Sen. Francis Escudero, served as agriculture minister during the Marcos regime.

The militant lawmakers said Congress will become a “laughing stock” if it adopts the resolution giving a hero’s burial to Marcos.

“A congressional resolution urging President [Benigno] Aquino [III] to give Marcos a hero’s burial would send the absurd message that the Filipino people overthrew a hero during People Power I, and that the international community’s sympathy for that uprising is wrong,” they said in the resolution.

Marcos was ousted from the presidency by a mass uprising known as the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986. He was replaced by Corazon Aquino, President Aquino’s mother

The lawmakers urged President Aquino to “put an end to the issue” and to immediately provide compensation for alleged human rights violations under Marcos. President Aquino has already asked Vice President Jejomar Binay to decide on the burial issue of the former strongman, citing “personal bias” on the issue.

Former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., the president’s father, was assassinated in 1983 as he arrived in Manila, a crime widely blamed on the Marcos regime. — KBK, GMA News

[Petition] Marcos is NO HERO – PAHRA

28 April 2011

Dear Friends,

In the past weeks, the proposed House Resolution 1135 declaring former President Ferdinand Marcos as worthy of a heroic burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery for Heroes) resulted in strong public sentiments against the recognition of the Marcos as a hero rather than the dictator and the leading human rights violator during his regime.

The dark era of the Marcos dictatorship ended in a revolution that marked the Philippines as the first country in Asia to regain democracy in a peaceful manner. The memory of the historical people’s struggle to break free from the tyrannical rule is now being sullied by the proposed house resolution.

Marcos’ launch and grasp over power were backed with impunitive measures that caused thousands of human rights violations to individuals and communities that until this day remains grossly unaccounted for.

Years of democratic freedom enjoyed today can never diminish the memory of the inhumanity that prevailed during the Marcos dictatorship. There can never be reconciliation with the atrocities committed during former President Marcos unless there is a recognition that human rights violations occurred, perpetrators are prosecuted for their corresponding liabilities and reparations were made to the Marcos victims.

It is in this light that PAHRA is appealing to you to join us in condemning the attempt to honor former dictator Ferdinand Marcos as a hero and prevent the passage of House Resolution 1135. We have prepared a statement in which you and your organizations can affix your signature. Attached is a copy of the suggested letter including the names of congressional representatives to whom we can send our appeal.

The proposed House Resolution 1135 is authored by Congressman Salvador Escudero and is alarmingly being supported by 190 congressional representatives.

For inquiries and comments, please contact us at (02) 436-2633 or (0927) 4012416.

Thank you and we hope you can join us in this campaign to help the nation remember that Marcos is a human rights violator and NOT a hero.

Sincerely,

Max M. de Mesa
Chairperson

[Blogger] Using Politically Correct Language – Dekonztruktschon

by Rod Rivera
Dekonztruktschon
http://rodrigo75.wordpress.com

What gets in the mouth is good, it is what gets out of it that can be evil.

Politics is a sphere that extends in the social world and which affects the psyche of an individual or groups. While politics is exercised in terms of power relations among individuals or groups, language plays in that communication of power and in the position of individuals in a social relationship.

The nominative function of language gives us an awareness of an existence, identity or attribute of beings in our social world. The performative function of language allows us to share meanings to the language or words that we use to refer to something, but these meanings that we intend to share are not exactly received and constructed by others as we expected them to be.

We understand things through language. We associate meanings to language through language. We add knowledge to the existing known things through language. We define who we are and who others are to us through language. In a system of deferral we create the world we live in and the realities in our lives through language. We are constructed with that system of the very language we use to identify ourselves.

The man-woman question represents the apostasy of humanity to mutually live in harmony. More so is the pejorative use of language to castrate individuals of their right to be identified as they wanted to be. These then puts language use in a political challenge, so we have terms that are politically correct and incorrect.

Language is socially agreed upon and understood by the individuals or groups sharing its use. The words and the meanings that go with every word become part of a culture’s lexicon and so it represents then for others an understanding of the culture of people using that language. As language is finite at a certain time, by deferral one is led to understand the deeper structures of a culture’s mind, wthin its limitations.

But language is generative, there are some terms that people find pejorative to be acceptable later on.  As it is generative, it can also be exclusive or inclusive. To a group of people, a term may be derogatory and so politically incorrect. We fail to understand people and so we subject them to remain powerless when we use pejorative terms that inflicts on thier identity.

For black people, they would not prefer to be called by people of other colors as negroes. The terms carries with it a historical stigma of the slavery and abuse of their rights as human beings.  They may be calling each other nigger or niggah, but that is performing an exclusive function of language that works for them to identify with each other.

Faggot is derogatory for many gays. Homo is not a casual term as well that they would accept. But then it depends on how it is said and said by whom. Between gays they may be using these in casual conversations, but of course they would not expect or prefer others to be yanking that word to their face, if it is coming from a chauvinist pig. Watch this video on how language is socially manipulated to affect power relations and soical interactions between people http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s13e12-the-f-word

In the Filipino language, bading is a more obvious acceptable and preferred term rather than bakla. Binabae which others refer to as iffeminate, suggest a weakness and incompleteness. Other terms that generate and used inclusively are vaklush, badingerzhi, and badaf or badafchina to refer to the same bakla. Girlalu and girlash  are terms interchangeably used to refer to girls and also Filipino gays. Pamin or paminta are terms interchanged with silahis or silahista to refer to discreet gays and self-proclaimed ‘bisexuals’.

The same case of identifying through language is how deaf poeple would like to be called Deaf with a capital D. As they associate with others they approve more of those who prefer to identify them as Deaf. They believe that having that hearing impairment does not make them any one lesser than others, in fact they do more with such inability to hear. Anyone would like to be identiified as a person and not through any disability.

We used to call people with neurological disorders or psychotic illnesses, psycho or pscyhopath, sometimes crazy or weird. The last two are lighter than be branded as pscyho. What is socially acceptable and politically correct is to refer to them as people or person with such illness (person with psychosis and not psychotic, or person with neurosis and not neurotic). A person is always different from his illness.

In the 1990s, Filipinos where outraged by Oxford’s inclusion of the word Filipina to refer to housemaids who migrated from the Philippines. With this attempt was the inclusion of the term imeldific to refer to grandeous and pompous lifestyle. Imelda Marcos approved of the latter as it signfies to her a prestige, but for the Filipinos the reference of the Filipina as a housemaid is a malicious imputation.

Societies demand propriety in using language. It is not to be abused or used wrongly to malign people, put them in bad light bywrongly identifying them with their illnesses, assumed inability, presumed difference from the norm and many other biases that could stereotype anyone. For all we know, we are all different, and the normal thing that we believe is but our construction of a reality that we created through language.

Language use is different from one culture to another. It is always considerable to adapt one’s use of language to the audience or others who are listening or reading one’s use of language. It is ethical to be mindful in using the language and preferring politically correct terms. In this way the speaker or the writer can win others approval.

The use of politically correct terms are not reserved for the political, but is an expected social behavior. People who understand the subtleties, complexities and implication of language use can expect to be always in social accord with anyone or any group. Simply because it is in that proper use of language that one builds social relationships. The latter may not demand to fill the other’s ears with flowery words, because beyond euphemism, consideration and courtesy will be enough.