Tag Archives: KILUSAN

[Statement] 𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚣𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 -𝖪𝖨𝖫𝖴𝖲𝖠𝖭

#HumanRights #DefendUP

“𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚣𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝” 𝖪𝖨𝖫𝖴𝖲𝖠𝖭 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗈𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖴𝖯-𝖣𝖭𝖣 𝖠𝖼𝖼𝗈𝗋𝖽

The unilateral and without basis UP – DND abrogation is the latest attempt to shrink spaces of democratic discourse. Though worded differently, its sinister aim to crush the right to dissent is shockingly clear.

This move by the DND is meant to convey a message not only to the youth but to academic institutions as well which have been a venue for discourse, pursuing learning in all its aspects in the context of academic freedom, to conform to the regime’s policies and its vision for the country’s youth regardless of its Marcosian undertones.

Already, Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ Prudente -Ramos Accord is in danger of suffering the same fate as the UP-DND Accord.

Yes, by doing away with protocol, as drafted under the accord, we fear that rights abuse and lack of accountability will not be far behind, even if thinly cloaked in upholding ‘peace and order’ against perceived enemies of the state.

This deepening authoritarian rule by Duterte administration aims to remove academic freedom for youth and students who have been at the forefront of protests in the past months.

The youth, along with other ‘woke’ citizens have taken the government to task for the inept management of the ongoing economic crisis as well as the pandemic, especially abuse of power and privilege.

Such actions have dealt a blow in terms of public trust and confidence. Unfortunately, this regime does not welcome criticism nor suggestions.

We need to protect the remaining spaces and strengthen people’s voices for change, especially since it is ultimately the people’s collective well- being that government must represent and reflect.

Stay safe not silent.
Stand up against tyranny, Defend democracy

ResistTyranny

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc.

[Statement] Ating Dinaranas Ngayon ang Batas Militar sa Ilalim ng Tiranikong Paghahari -KILUSAN

[PAHAYAG] Ating Dinaranas Ngayon ang Batas Militar sa Ilalim ng Tiranikong Paghahari

Ika-48 taong anibersaryo ng deklarasyon ng martial law at pagtatatag ng diktadurang Marcos ngayon. Ngunit hindi lamang tuwing September 21 magugunita ang lagim at mga bangungot sa ilalim ng labing-apat na taong paghahari ng diktadurang Marcos, idolo at modelo ni Duterte.

Ngayung anim na buwan nang pandemya ng COVID-19, dinadanas ng mamamyang Pilipino ang pinakamahaba at isa sa pinakamahigpit na lockdown sa mundo. Milyun-milyon sa atin ang nawalan ng trabaho at hanapbuhay at dumaranas ng gutom. Ang ayudang mula sa gubyerno ay kapos sa lalong dumaming mhirap na pamilya. Sapagkat lalong kumukupad ang pamamahagi ng ayuda, lalong dumarami ang napagkakaitan.

Sa ngalan ng pagsugpo o pagpigil sa pagkalat ng coronavirus, ipinailalim ang sambayanang Pilipino sa iba’t-ibang antas ng pagsupil o restriksyon ng ating mga batayang karapatan kabilang ang karapatan sa malayang pamamahayag, malayang pagkilos, malayang paghahanaphay. Tampok ang pagpapatupad ng 7 hanggang 9 na oras na curfew. Katambal nito, at kahit hindi sa oras ng curfew, ang pag-aresto, pagkulong o pagsingil ng multa sa tinatatakang “pasaway” ng mistulang civilian – military junta na IATF. Sa halip na masugpo, lalong lumaganap ang COVID-19 sa bansa.

Sinasamantala ng rehimeng Duterte ang kalagayan ng pandemya para puspusin ang tiraniko-otokratikong layunin at disensyo nito. Sinimulan itong ilatag nuong 2016, unang taon nito.

Binaluktot ang kasaysayan, binaligtad ang pasya ng mamamayan; ipinalibing ang bangkay ng idolong Ferdinand Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Nauna rito ang paglulunsad ng gera kontra droga. Mahigit 30,000 na ang biktima ng extra-judicia killing (EJK) na karaniwang kondukta sa tokhang at operation double barrel. Karamihan sa biktima ay maralitang suspek na addict at pusher. Malinaw sa kondukta nito na hindi pagpawi sa illegal drug ang layon. Gawing kalakaran ang paglabag sa rule of law at due process ang imbing layon ng tokhang at double barrel upang takutin at gawing pasibo ang mamamayan. Lalong lumaganap ang droga. Tuloy ang mga EJK ngayong may pandemya.

Pagbaluktot ng batas at nilutong proseso ng korte bilang armas para supilin ang mga kritiko. Unang biktima si Sen. Laila de Lima, sinumpang kaaway ni Duterte at ni Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, dahil sa mahigpit na paghawak sa tungkulin niya bilang dating pinuno ng CHR at kalihim ng DOJ. Moro-moro ang imbestigasyon sa gawa-gawang kasong “drug trafficking”. Wala ni kapirasong material na ebidensya at mga testigo ay convicted na drug lords na pinilit at pinilipit ng DOJ at PNP ni Duterte. Hanggang ngayon si Sen. De Lima ay nakapiit sa Kampo Crame nang walang pagdinig sa kanyang kaso.

Sunod na biktima si Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serreno, para ganap na makontrol ni Duterte ang Korte Suprema. Sapagkat walang matibay na ebidensya sa proseso ng impeachment, ginamit sa kanya ang di-konstitusyunal na “quo warranto”. Nakipagkutsabaan sa Malakanyang ang mga tiwaling mahistrado. Sa kabila ng pagkondena ng Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) at ng mamamayan, pinatalsik si CJ Serreno.

Nauna at kasabay nito ang pagpataw ng Martial Law sa buong Mindanao bunsod ng gera sa Marawi nuong May 23, 2017. Tatlong ulit na pinalawig ang Martial Law na kung alisunod sa Konstitusyon ay dapat na hanggang 60 araw lamang. Subalit sa mga dahilang sila Duterte at AFP lamang ang nakakaalam at para daw sa rehabilitasyon ng Marawi, umabot ng halos 2 taon ang Martial Law sa Mindanao. Ngunit hindi narehabilitate ang Marawi hanggang ngayon.

May mga patakaran at batas na mapanupil sa mamamyan at nagbibigay ng higit na kapangyarihan sa tirano na nakalusot sa konggreso. Gayundin ang mga Executive Order at Proclamation ni Duterte. Tampok dito ang amyenda sa Penal Code na nagbibigay ng kapangyarihan sa PNP Chief at sa pinuno ng CIDG na mag-issue ng subpoena. Ang umiiral hanggang ngayon na national state of emergency sa pamamagitan ng Proclamation no. 55, bunsod ng pagbomba sa night market sa Davao City nuong Sept. 4, 2016. Ang proclamation no. 55 ay kinumbinahan mula 2018 ng Executive Order no. 70 o “whole of nation approach” sa pagsugpo sa “insurgency”. Ito ang batas sa likod ng red-tagging ngayon at ng lalong lumaganap na “fake news” at paninira sa mga kritiko ng rehimeng Duterte, kabilang ang mga aktibista at mga tagapagtaguyod ng mga karapatang pantao. Kasabay nito ang pagpaslang sa hindi iilang aktibista at lider-masa.

Para nga puspusin ang tiraniko-otokratikong paghahari, paspasan at unang prayoridad na isinabatas ang Anti-terrorism Law sa katindihan ng pandemya ng covid-19 at krisis sa kabuhayan. Sunod dito ang pagkakait ng bagong prankisa sa ABS-CBN ng 70 kongresista sa mga gawa-gawang dahilan at sa kabila ng testimonya ng BIR, SEC at DOLE na walang nilabag sa prankisa nito ang ABS-CBN. Ito ay hindi lamang paglulubos ng bengansya ni Duterte, higit pa ito ay pagsupil ng karapatan sa malayang pamamahayag at freedom of expression.

Mayabang na inaamin ng mga author at sponsor ng Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 o RA 11479 na “mas may pangil ito kaysa martial law alinsunod sa Konstitusyong 1987”. Ngunit iginigiit na hindi daw labag sa Konstitusyon ang RA 11479. Malinaw sa nilalaman ng halimaw na batas na ito ay nagbibigay nang higit na kapangyarihan sa presidente at sa estado para ipagtanggol ang sarili laban sa mamamayan.

Ngunit tayong mamamayan ay hindi malilimot ang maraming aral sa pakikibaka laban sa martial law ng diktadurang Marcos. Pinagbuwisan iyon ng buhay at dugo ng libu-libong mamamayan hanggang sa nabuo ang lakas ng milyun-milyong mamamayang Pilipino na nagpatalsik kay Marcos at naglansag sa diktadura.

Tanganan natin nang mahigpit ang mga aral na iyon sapagkat pilit na ibinabalik ang otokrasya o diktadura ngayon ng tiranong Duterte. Hindi tayo makakapayag na muling mapailalim sa sistematikong panunupil at pang-aapi ng diktadura.

Never Again to Martial Law!
IBASURA ang ANTI-TERRORISM LAW!
Resist Tyranny!

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN)
Setyembre 21, 2020

https://web.facebook.com/notes/kilusan-para-sa-pambansang-demokrasya/pahayag-ating-dinaranas-ngayon-ang-batas-militar-sa-ilalim-ng-tiranikong-paghaha/3316401541774902/

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc

[Statement] on the shutdown of ABS-CBN -KILUSAN

Statement on the shutdown of ABS-CBN

Two days ago on World Press Freedom Day, journalists around the world were given a nod of recognition as they continued to uphold the ideals of press freedom and the need to inform the public amid a global pandemic and a political climate increasingly becoming hostile to a free press.

Now, ABS CBN, an institution in Philippine media will be forced to shut down tonight due to the cease and desist order issued by the NTC. It is ironic that the order came at the heels of the stern warning from Solicitor General Jose Calida, who claims to be acting independently from the Office of the President, despite the outstanding Senate and House resolution and the opinion of the Department of Justice that ABS CBN should continue to operate.

Authoritarian Rule and Freedom of the Press

The shutdown of ABS CBN cannot be distanced with Duterte’s personal stake in the matter. He has already admitted as much, regardless of Calida’s posturing to the contrary.
What is even more alarming is how the Duterte government is putting its veritable authoritarian foot on the necks of media establishments, both big and small in a bid to make them toe whatever line may emanate from the Palace.

Surely, a press that is being threatened and browbeaten into submission cannot be considered free – expediency and political compromise will hold sway rather than journalist ethics and truthful journalism.

Fighting the “Infodemic”

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) believes that useful, truthful, and timely information is vital in a public health emergency as the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.
The World Health Organization has described – as a “second disease” accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic – an “infodemic”, which is “an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it”.

In the midst of the pandemic, Filipinos have a right to scientific and truthful information and the act of shutting down a reputable source of such, especially a network that has borne witness to the lives and struggles of the Filipino people for decades is unacceptable and uncalled for.

We are calling for swift and appropriate action by Congress to exercising its sole authority to grant franchises to media outfits like ABS CBN, failure to do so will only confirm that the institution has relegated itself to a role of a rubber stamp of the executive branch and choosing blind compliance rather than an independent action to exercise its mandate.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/kilusan-para-sa-pambansang-demokrasya/statement-%F0%9D%95%8A%F0%9D%95%A5%F0%9D%95%92%F0%9D%95%A5%F0%9D%95%96%F0%9D%95%9E%F0%9D%95%96%F0%9D%95%9F%F0%9D%95%A5-%F0%9D%95%A0%F0%9D%95%9F-%F0%9D%95%A5%F0%9D%95%99%F0%9D%95%96-%F0%9D%95%8A%F0%9D%95%99%F0%9D%95%A6%F0%9D%95%A5%F0%9D%95%95%F0%9D%95%A0%F0%9D%95%A8%F0%9D%95%9F-%F0%9D%95%A0%F0%9D%95%97-%F0%9D%94%B8%F0%9D%94%B9%F0%9D%95%8A-%E2%84%82%F0%9D%94%B9%E2%84%95/3245630572158526/

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc

[Statement] No to Militarization of Public Health Emergency! -KILUSAN

Calibrated lifting of Luzon ECQ!
No to Militarization of Public Health Emergency!

Ahead of the IATF meeting that is supposed to come up with a proposal for President Duterte to consider, Palace Spokesperson Harry Roque floated the idea that the lockdown may not be lifted and instead be up for another extension or, “modification”.

But recent events prove the ECQ is becoming stricter and harsher. President Duterte earlier vented his ire on so-called “pasaway” and threatened military and police take-over ECQ implementation. Indeed, ECQ is being militarized, in order to check “violations” of ECQ rules. But other than compounding the fears and sufferings of the people, further militarization exposes the government’s lapses and failures in its COVID-19 response.

The resignation of Ernesto Pernia from his posts as a socio-economic planning secretary and as NEDA chief and, the resolution by senators calling on health secretary Duque to resign, underscore government’s chaotic and blundering actions.

The Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is still bogged down in a web of discrepancies between DSWD’s and LGU’s lists of qualified beneficiaries. The DOH, while already lagging behind mounting backlog in COVID-19 testing, is encumbering, instead of supporting, mass testing efforts by LGUs. Initiatives by LGUs in building and readying isolation and quarantine facilities for PUIs and PUMs came before the national government started refitting certain public facilities for the same purpose. And of course, the LGUs, within their limitations, were first in distributing food packs to the people. The DSWD was way behind and under-prepared.

With this kind of government performance, the Philippines is ranked as the “least safe” country in the Asia-Pacific as well as the 9th “riskiest” country in the world in the present duration of COVID-19 pandemic. These findings are among the results of studies by Hong Kong-based Deep Knowledge Global (DKG) that focused on 150 countries’ performance on quarantine efficiency, monitoring detection, government management efficiency and emergency treatment readiness.

Another remark that should shake the government from its ineptitude and insensibilities is the one from the Chinese medical experts that observed the government’s COVID-19 response. The head of the team had this grim outlook, the Philippines “might not be able to cut off the local source” of the coronavirus2019 disease. In an interview over China’s CCTV Asia-Pacific, Dr. Wang Shangeng, head of the medical team said, “the country lacks beds and testing capacity. Many of the country’s COVID-19 patients are still quarantined at home instead of being admitted to hospitals.”

Slow in learning, fast in repressing

The incident in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City echoes the warnings by Dr. Wang Shangeng and the finding by DKG. It forecasts the fate that awaits the rest of the nation still grappling with COVID-19. Sitio Zapatera showcases the haphazard testing by the DOH and the utter lack of community quarantine facilities for PUIs, PUMs, and hospital accommodation for COVID-19 positive patients. The case of Sitio Zapatera shows how fast novel coronavirus could spread in densely populated communities and that home quarantine is impossible for poor persons infected with COVID-19. But after 135 residents of the sitio tested COVID-19 positive, the health department ceased testing and declared the community as “contaminated”.

The community was literally locked-down and locked-in by a cordon of armed policemen, soldiers and armored personnel carriers (APCs) as if turned into a concentration camp. In this condition, the 9,000 residents of Brgy. Luz was placed in direct danger of being contaminated with COVID-19. After some hours, but pressured by public outcry, the city government resumed COVID 19 testing.

Sitio Zapatera and succeeding, scary incidents in Metro Manila involving policemen and soldiers, senselessly forcing civilians to “follow ECQ rules”, confirm the government is not about to heed the people’s urgent needs and the warnings by DKG and Dr. Wang.
COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health crisis. Thus, solving it should involve the informed and active participation of all the people. This means the people’s health, nutrition and resistance against diseases should not be further compromised. The people, especially the poor majority, have endured so much through the endless wait for food, cash aid, and mass COVID-19 testing, particularly for the PUIs and PUMs; the elderly, PWDs, immuno-compromised; and, the front- liners.

But the daily report by the PNP on the accumulating or increasing “violations” of ECQ rules is overshadowing whatever progress or problems in mass Covid19 testing and contact tracing and the distribution of SAP cash subsidy to millions of poor families.

The most recently reported 133,000 “ECQ violators” are more than twice the 59,928 citizens who have been tested for COVID-19 until April 18. The number of tests for COVID-19 could dramatically increase to reach 10,000 to 20,000 tests per day by the end of April and more by May 15 if only the DOH ceases foot-dragging and instead steadily decentralize testing by giving wider room to LGUs and the Red Cross that are now conducting COVID-19 tests. This is most urgently needed now that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s primary testing center and laboratory, is now operating below capacity because 43 of its employees tested COVID-19 positive.

The country’s health system capacity is also further limited by the fact that health and medical workers are at direct and high risk of getting infected. Until presently 766 health and medical personnel, including 339 doctors, 242 nurses, and 185 medical technologists, hospital attendants and others have been infected with COVID-19. They include 22 doctors who have laid down their lives. At least, health secretary Duque has admitted that severe lack of PPEs, not patients’ “dishonesty”, is the main cause of this. However, until very recently, Dr. Jimenez, president of Private Hospitals Association of The Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) was begging the DOH to also provide private hospitals with PPEs.

Our view and proposal

Over one month of Luzon-wide ECQ and various levels of community quarantine in certain cities and provinces in Visayas and Mindanao have been crippling the national economy. Tens of millions are jobless, without a livelihood and other sources of income. Millions are hungry and more people are getting sick due to malnutrition and exposure to infections other than COVID-19, which makes them more susceptible to this deadlier type of coronavirus. But mass Covid19-testing is still far behind the number of people that should be given priority to it.

In view of this, Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) joins others in opposing further militarization and total lockdown. We propose and support calls for calibrated lifting of Luzon-wide ECQ though considering selective ECQ for specified or defined areas that warrant it based on the scientific and objective study of the results of continuing mass testing/contact tracing.

Because it is necessary to strike a delicate balance between containment and mitigation of COVID-19 contagion and running the economy, KILUSAN proposes that focus should be on ensuring production and efficient flow or undisrupted supply chain of essential goods and services. This is urgent to be able to feed, especially the poor, and ensure the general well-being of the people.

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN)

https://www.facebook.com/notes/kilusan-para-sa-pambansang-demokrasya/statement-%F0%9D%99%89%F0%9D%99%A4-%F0%9D%99%A9%F0%9D%99%A4-%F0%9D%99%88%F0%9D%99%9E%F0%9D%99%A1%F0%9D%99%9E%F0%9D%99%A9%F0%9D%99%96%F0%9D%99%A7%F0%9D%99%9E%F0%9D%99%AF%F0%9D%99%96%F0%9D%99%A9%F0%9D%99%9E%F0%9D%99%A4%F0%9D%99%A3-%F0%9D%99%A4%F0%9D%99%9B-%F0%9D%99%8B%F0%9D%99%AA%F0%9D%99%97%F0%9D%99%A1%F0%9D%99%9E%F0%9D%99%98-%F0%9D%99%83%F0%9D%99%9A%F0%9D%99%96%F0%9D%99%A1%F0%9D%99%A9%F0%9D%99%9D-%F0%9D%99%80%F0%9D%99%A2%F0%9D%99%9A%F0%9D%99%A7%F0%9D%99%9C%F0%9D%99%9A%F0%9D%99%A3%F0%9D%99%98%F0%9D%99%AE/3215132311875019/

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc.

[Statement] The Government has the Money, the People are Weary and Lost So Much, Where is the Subsidy? -KILUSAN

We need timely but urgent responses from the National government to fight back against the threat posed by the pandemic COVID-19. Since March 16 the whole of Luzon was subject to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), many communities have yet to receive any assistance— especially food assistance and employment assistance—both promised before the passage of Bayanihan Heal As One Law ( RA 11469) last March 26.

The Bayanihan Act granted among others the power to the executive to realign monies in the national budget, bypass the procurement Act, and direct private enterprises to respond to the needs of COVID-19.

Even in the last progress report made by the national government, there are an estimated Php 100 Billion funds expected to be acquired from GOCCs according to the Department of Finance (DOF) and another Php 300 Billion in reserve.

What help that has been extended remains inadequate.

As per the report of the DSWD, it has prepared 69,200 food packs among others. Its NCR field office has prepared 67,150 food packs worth 26 million pesos. These numbers remain small given the number of families that need the food assistance packages especially if we consider the 2.5 million people living in the slums and 3.1 million people who are considered homeless. At this point, it is the task of the LGU to step up to the challenge. And the results are uneven with the process of distribution vulnerable to partisan politics. There are even cases of LGUs who are not made aware of the procedures for the public to access subsidy or support.

The public has yet to be privy to the expenditure plan for the Php 200 Billion money resulting from RA 11469. We are calling on more government transparency and disclosure on these funds earmarked for COVID-19 response rather than relying on blind faith.

There are elements in the Duterte government that look at officials who do their duty as “competitors” or “undermining government efforts” like Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and even Vice President Leni Robredo. At the same time are critical of criticism levied unto it.
Are we not supposed to welcome any and all help as long as it is along our objectives to counter the crisis? This pandemic should not be used as a platform with which to launch political careers or political ambitions. Narrow, partisan interest should not have a place in a public health emergency.

Broken Supply Chain, Rising Prices

A hungry population will be too weak to fend off a virulent virus like COVID-19. We need a healthy population both physically and economically. But now we see that the constraint to social mobility has severely impacted the flow of goods and services.

We are concerned that some market stalls and markets are closed because of scarce supplies as there have been breaks in the food supply chain from producers to sellers. For instance, food supplies are still being held or delayed in checkpoints and some drivers are being required to be quarantined by LGUs.

The goods are scarce not due to hoarding but because of delays in the production and transportation of goods. Thus, driving commodity prices up despite the price freeze imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry.

We cannot simply wait (“maghintay na lang kayo”). We need decisive action to resolve the broken food supply chain and striking fear in the hearts of the population will neither quell hunger nor appease the uncertain and precarious state of our citizens.

Where are the PPEs

Prior to COVID-19, our country already lack medical personnel (doctors, nurses, medical technicians) where there is 19 such personnel for every 10,000 Filipinos which is a far cry from the ideal of 44 medical personnel for every ten thousand Filipinos. We have yet to hear our legislators allot more monies to the health department given the COVID 19 pandemic.

Since the lockdown, our front liners are still bereft of PPEs. Rather than being spurred to action by the increasing death toll of medical personnel from COVID-19, the government continues its negligent attitude towards them. Now, the procured PPEs by the government are plagued by allegations of overpricing by as much as 400%!

We need to secure and protect the remaining medical personnel as we anticipate a rise in PUIs and PUMs and penalize the profiteers who are taking advantage of the situation. As of March 30, there have been 3,030 tests conducted, this is wholly inadequate to contain the spread of the virus.

We need to dial up our efforts to ensure that we identify COVID-19 positive individuals, isolate them and adequately care for them. Let us learn from the experience of other countries in this regard and follow suit.

Militarist and Authoritarian

There have been more than 17,039 arrests as of March 30 as a result of the enhanced community quarantine. And many more arrests are to be anticipated given that there are three more weeks to go before the lifting of the lockdown in Luzon, and relief packs are slow to come, especially for the most severely hit by the lockdown – day laborers, informal workers and the like.

Aside from the arrests, we are wary of the increasing militarist attitude adopted by the government in dealing with this health emergency. We fear that the latest round of strong language from the President will only spur excesses and abuse.

We need health protocols and guidelines in place, not checkpoints, threats and abuse. Let us put our resources to use and implement a comprehensive community-based action plan to address the spread of COVID-19.

Yes, our people are resilient and innovative but such resiliency and innovation will only be maximized if we harness it in a scientific and organized manner designed to combat and contain the virus and not weaponized to stifle people’s rights.

#staysafenotsilent
#masstestingnow
#quarantinesubsidynow

https://www.facebook.com/notes/kilusan-para-sa-pambansang-demokrasya/statement-the-government-has-the-money-the-people-are-weary-and-lost-so-much-whe/3170902529631331/

HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc.

[Statement] We Need Clear Plans Not Shortcut Measures -Kilusan

More than a week after Enhanced Community Quarantine has been declared in Luzon and there has been damage done to the economic life of our citizens who were commandeered to stay at home, with no clear livelihood assistance, meanwhile local government units have been put in charge of providing food /food packs for their constituents some have received food packs while other LGUs give out cooked food. Sadly, there are communities that have yet to receive any food /food packs.

In the past week, we have had cases of patients sent home because of congested hospitals and over-burdened medical front liners have yet to be provided with sufficient personal protective equipment while the national government has yet to implement mass testing or coordinated disinfection of communities to stem the outbreak of the disease.
These glaring loopholes have yet to be addressed policy-wise.
Now, Malacanang is now asking the Senate and House of Representatives (HoR) to pass a bill that will hand to President Duterte additional powers ostensibly to handle the COVID-19 outbreak.

As of this writing, Senate did not proceed with the session as it lacked a quorum. The HoR proceeded with the Special Session with twenty in attendance and has already passed House Bill 6616 in the first reading.

We look at this proposal with concern especially given the blanket nature of the powers being asked including realignment of funds, relaxing procurement measures, taking over of privately-owned public utility or business affected with the public interest.

We remember that prior to the COVID-19 Duterte allies have been hounded with corruption charges, we remember that there has been no exit report in the implementation of a two year Martial Law in Mindanao. We remember that the Marawi rehabilitation funds have yet to be satisfactorily explained and that the city remains in rubble two years after the siege.

We believe that shortcut powers can only serve the short-sighted, selfish interests of the unscrupulous. Granting the executive additional powers is a recipe that can open doors to corruption and abuse devoid of accountability especially if the plans to address the COVID-19 have not revealed to the public.

Assurances of “no” corruption cannot assure the public, only ensuring that our government has clear, scientific and public health is the only real measure that we will be effectively addressing the outbreak.

Let us not legislate ourselves into an untenable situation. Already, there is confusion and excesses in the implementation of the lockdown. This must be addressed and soon.
We need clarity and consistency in implementing the guidelines. Additional powers are unnecessary and superfluous at this point.

#QuarantineSubsidyNow
#FreeMassTestingNow
#NoToMoreEmergencyPowers
#MassTestingNowPH

https://www.facebook.com/notes/kilusan-para-sa-pambansang-demokrasya/statement-we-need-clear-plans-not-shortcut-measures/3148384121883172/

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.

[Press Release] Assert Sovereignty, Resist Tyranny Says KILUSAN and Workers for People’s Liberation

On 154th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio:
Assert Sovereignty, Resist Tyranny Says KILUSAN and Workers for People’s Liberation

Reliving the fervor of Bonifacio’s struggle towards sovereignty, members of Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) along with Workers for People’s Liberation (WPL-MAKABAYAN), Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KAISA KA) and transport group Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Laban sa Phase Out (STOP) marks Bonifacio Day with a caravan and protest action underscoring the message that the fight for sovereignty continues.

Contingents from all over Luzon converged at San Fernando Junction to kick off the whole day protest caravan that will hold separate but simultaneous programs in Plaza Miranda in Angeles and in Salakot near Clark Main Gate from ten o clock in the morning to 2pm in the afternoon. Both contingents will later merge by 3pm and do a joint program addressing the issue of PUV phase out.

According to KILUSAN or Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya, with the impending relaxation of restrictions in the Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL), new investment areas are made available for foreigners like direct hiring of workers, entry of foreigners in certain professions like education, securing construction and repair contracts for local infrastructure projects, businesses in public service, culture, production and milling of agricultural products except rice and corn and retail trade.

“We are faced with new threats to sovereignty as Duterte pushes for further opening the economy to foreign investments, defaulting on the government’s role to ensure the most basic of services,” said KILUSAN Secretary General Atty. Virgie Suarez.

According to Workers for People’s Liberation or WPL, while the government may have signed the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrants Workers in the recent ASEAN meeting, it has yet to address the dismal state of wages and workers’ welfare in the country.

“Now with the passage of the Tax Reform and Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Bill in Senate,push for PUV phase out and other neoliberal policies, we anticipate that the tax hikes will burden the workers, especially the poor,” pointed out WPL Chairperson Pete Pinlac.

According to STOP, the DOTr plan to “modernize” public utility vehicles will only result in massive economic repercussion of millions as those relying on transportation sector are compelled to junk their old units in place of new ones.

“Anticipating opposition to his neoliberal agenda, Duterte will be quick to quell any sign of dissent or criticism to his bid for unfettered exercise of power , beyond that which is accorded to him by the Constitution—whether through so-called “rebolusyong Duterte “ or through bastardizing the charter, “ adds Suarez.

“Let us not let Duterte do a Marcos on us Filipinos, this change will only benefit him and his cohorts and imperil the welfare of the rest of us,” ended Suarez.

Visit and follow KILUSAN
Facebook: @kilusanph

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc

[Statement] Martial Law Imposition Inauguration of Duterte’s Dictatorial Rule -KILUSAN

Martial Law Imposition
Inauguration of Duterte’s Dictatorial Rule
(Kilusan analysis and position on ML)

In just one week the critical situation in Marawi City has subsided. The military has cleared 90% of the city. The remaining Maute fighters are holed in a small area in the center of the city and are holding around 200 hostages, including a Catholic priest, Fr. Teresito Suganob. Even with such tragedies like the wayward bomb that killed 11 soldiers, it is seen that soon Marawi City would be back to normal.

Despite this, Duterte is not considering lifting martial law soon, instead he is thinking of suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the Visayan regions.

It is finally out; Proclamation No. 216 was Rodrigo Duterte’s lone act. On the basis of information from sources that only Duterte knows, unverified and false news, his wild mind created a rebellious and secessionist situation in Marawi City. This scenario was drawn from a security operation by military and police elements who were on a mission to capture Abu Sayyaf leader, Isnilon Hapilon at around 2PM of May 23. The wanted man, with $5M reward for his head, was sighted earlier, together with around 15 armed guards in Barangay Basak Malulut, Marawi City.

The operation failed as the armed bodyguards of Hapilon, believed to members of the local terrorist Maute Group were able to resist and the situation worsened. The Maute group and the military sent-in reinforcements. The Maute fighters were estimated to have reached from 50 – 100 men, but the military and police had overwhelming superiority in number and arms.

This was the kind of situation that Duterte warned earlier, could “push” him to declare martial law. Indeed, Duterte seized the opportunity. He painted a picture of armed uprising from a situation that was declared under control by the military, police and local government by late in the evening.

The key word to create this picture is the alleged “ISIS links of the Maute Group”. Despite official intelligence reports saying there is no basis to establish this allegation, Duterte proceeded to compose Proclamation No 216, declaring a “state of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao”.

Right after martial law declaration was announced by Duterte’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in Moscow, Russia, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told media, “only Duterte knows about the ISIS connection, but nevertheless we have to help the president now”.

Based on a tale of conflicting real and false news and lies

A few hours before the announcement of martial law declaration, National Security Adviser, Hermogenes Esperon and Defense Sec. Lorenzana told media in Moscow, “The situation in Marawi is under control”.

Despite this and official reports that the situation in Marawi City was under control, reports and rumors of unverified, false and real incidents from 2pm to around 9 pm of May 23 were summed up by Duterte to provide the basis for martial law proclamation as, …“thereby attempting to remove from the allegiance of the Philippine Government that part of Mindanao and deprive the Chief Executive of his powers and prerogatives to enforce the laws of the land and to maintain public order and safety in Mindanao, constituting the crime of rebellion;, and,”

“WHEREAS, this attempt shows the capability of the Maute Group and other rebel groups to sow terror and cause death and damage to property not only in Lanao del Sur but in other parts of Mindanao.”

One hour after the proclamation, AFP public affairs chief, Col. Edgard Arevalo announced, the situation in Marawi has “stabilized” and “security forces are in full control“. The AFP made clear that the forces they were facing are not members of ISIS but of a local terrorist group. Arevalo also warned, “The news being circulated by these terrorists and their sympathizers are spurious and are meant to spread lies and disinformation. It is propaganda to attract foreign terrorists’ support and recognition.” This seemed to be also a warning to Duterte.

The spokesperson also belied reports that Amai Pakpak Hospital and the Marawi City Hall was occupied by Maute Group members.

It was proven during and after Duterte’s press conference upon his arrival from Russia, the incidents mentioned in the proclamation did not actually happen, specifically the “occupation of Amai Pakpak Hospital” and “burning of government facilities”. Another wrong information that Duterte blurted before media was the “killing and beheading” by Maute terrorist of Malabang Police Chief, Romeo Enriquez.

Nonetheless, Duterte also told, in less than 24 hours since martial law in Mindanao was proclaimed while he was in Russia, that his martial law would cover the whole country even if mere sign or clue of terrorist presence in Visayas and Luzon is established.

Despite all the boo-boos and dis-information contained in Proclamation no. 216 and the President’s report on martial law, the leaders of both houses of Congress, who are proving themselves as Duterte’s minions, were hell-bent not to fulfill their constitutional duty to review the martial law proclamation. Instead they passed separate resolutions, the house by viva voce voting and the senate through the majority bloc excluding two, supporting Duterte’s martial law.

They are dangerously clearing the way for Duterte’s obsession for absolute rule that could spell the closure or the transformation of Congress as Duterte’s “rubber stamp”, as the leaders of the legislature are proving now

Duterte’s inauguration of his own brand of dictatorial rule

Other than Duterte himself, the subservience of leaders of Congress to Duterte’s dictates and whims is the greatest threat to democracy and the rights of the Filipino people, presently. It is ironical now that more than the command of the AFP, the leaders of Congress are ready to abandon their duties and violate the 1987 Constitution.

The AFP has been more objective and prudent with their statements so as not to create fear and send wrong message about the real situation. The DND and AFP have been consistently referring to the terrorist Maute Group as “ISIS inspired” not “ISIS-linked” as Duterte asserts and that soon the situation in Marawi will be back to normal”, implying therefore that martial law should be lifted soon.

They assure the public that the AFP “will enforce its mandate in accordance with the laws and with respect to human rights and the International Humanitarian Law.” The AFP command, as exemplified by the statement of Western Mindanao Command, consistently refers to the 1987 Constitution unlike Duterte who deliberately rejects it.

In the Facebook Live interview by Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary, Mocha Uson on his way back to Manila from Moscow, “my martial law will be no different from Marcos’ martial law. I will be harsh”.

This statement is unmindful of the fact that the 1987 Constitution states, the constitution operates even during martial law. Specifically the Constitution states that warrantless arrest is not absolute when the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is suspended.

The most telling of Duterte’s disregard for the rule of law and the Constitution were his latest talks before soldiers and officers in Iligan City, on May 26 and in Jolo, on May 27.

The resistance to martial law is left on the people

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya [KILUSAN]
22-A Domingo Guevarra Street, Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City 1550 Philippines
Tel: (632) 7173262
Email: natlsect@kpdpilipinas.org
Web: http://www.kpdpilipinas.org
Twitter: @kilusanph | https://twitter.com/kilusanph
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/kilusanph/ – KILUSAN para sa Pambansang Demokrasya | @kilusanph

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally
published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or
change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and
original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the
tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc

[Statement] Like the State of National Emergency, Martial Law in Mindanao, Overkill -Kilusan

Like the State of National Emergency,
Martial Law in Mindanao, Overkill

Following clashes between government troops and alleged members of the Maute Group in Marawi City, President Rodrigo Duterte has made good his earlier threats to declare Martial Rule over the region.

The 60 day declaration came as the Maute group was said to have “set ablaze establishments” and the firefight with government troops which started 3:20 pm, Tuesday, May 23.

A closer perusal of the news brings up critical questions.

Four minutes (9:56PM) before the ten pm declaration by President Duterte, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra was reported to have been pleading with authorities, especially the AFP to send reinforcements despite assurances that “help was on their way”.

Another report featuring Mayor Gandamra said that by 7:32 PM, the local government still has all control of the government establishments and the streets are quiet.

Mayor Gandamra’s statement is consistent with that released by AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Colonel Edgard A. Arevalo in social media, declaring that “the situation (in Marawi) has stabilized” and there is “no truth to the earlier reports that Amai Pakpak Hospital has been occupied and that the people there were held hostage”, the “City Hall was not occupied” and that the “sporadic firefight heard was harassment actions by terrorist sympathizers”.

In the same statement, the AFP pointed out that reports linking ISIS to Maute are “spurious” and characterized them as a “ small, local terror group”, which is opposite of the statement made in the impromptu Press Conference in Moscow by government officials announcing the 60 day Martial Law of Mindanao branding Maute as part of or affiliated with ISIS.

Like the unjustified declaration of a State of National Emergency following the bombing in Davao Market last year which have yet to be lifted, the declaration of Martial Law for an entire region is another overkill move as the clash cannot be imagined to be either invasion or rebellion, the necessary Constitutional Basis for declaring Martial Law.

In more than a dozen instances, the President himself has articulated his preference to impose Martial Law for varying reasons, the latest of which was in the event that the conflict in Mindanao will spiral out of control. The situation has already stabilized says the AFP, logically the declaration is superfluous.

In fact, no armed group is posing as a threat against government and one cannot help but think that the Maute threat is being blown up way out of proportion.

We view this declaration as a confirmation of Duterte’s obsession with strong hand rule which he has always threatened to do every time his plans and decisions, his exercise of presidential authority, are questioned. He has said before that if he is pushed he would do. Now finding even a flimsy reason he declares martial law.

The declaration is arbitrary having not considered the report and assessment by the AFP and the local government that the situation is under control.

Furthermore, just as the open-ended “state of emergency”, this martial law declaration was announced by the presidential spokesperson not by Duterte himself. The declaration was made while the president was in Russia underscoring the fact that there was no serious and objective study of the situation. Such arbitrariness betrays Duterte’s tendency to abuse authority.

Though the declaration cited the constitutional provision stating the basis for imposing martial law, such situation however does not exist, even in Marawi city.

The declaration is too vague and therefore open to abuses. It dangerously threatens the people’s democratic and legal rights, the functions of the civilian government and the courts. In fact, it will surely further the culture of fear and impunity already besetting the nation and not to mention open doors to rights abuses that would befall the citizens of Mindanao.

We demand that this declaration be recalled immediately and make the president answer for his action.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally
published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or
change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and
original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the
tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc

[Statement] Grave Historical Injustice Says KILUSAN

Grave Historical Injustice Says KILUSAN
Statement on ‘Surprise’ Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani

kpd logoThe Duterte administration will be equated with bringing on the greatest historical Injustice to the Filipino people springing forth from a ruling that exemplifies Duterte’s anti-democratic and autocratic ways.

By their actions, the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos acted like the plunderer and thieves they are as they underhandedly kept the Filipino people in the dark as they capitalized on the Supreme Court decision and the backing of President Duterte to bury the body of the dictator.

Clearly, the Marcos do not care nor do they feel any remorse for their outright betrayal of the people’s sovereign will which was actualized by their overthrow in 1986. They are mistaken if by burying the body of the dictator, they can bury the crimes along with him.

Yes, he was a soldier but according to a study conducted by the National Historical Commission, his record was ‘fraught with myths, factual inconsistencies, and lies’ such as his medals, his rank and dubious and controversial war record.

He was elected president but one who abused his powers to plunder the country’s coffers, subjected his people to countless rights abuses and to perpetuate him and his cronies into power until the people, exercising their sovereign power, relegated the Marcoses in the dust bins of history.

How can such a man be made ‘worthy of emulation for generations and generations to come’ as mandated under the RA 289, which mandates who can be qualified to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) nor be qualified under the AFP Regulations 161-375 since his record reeks of ‘moral turpitude’.

This senseless and shameful burial repeats several times the shame that the Marcos regime brought the nation, dismantles all honors and praises the world has given to the Filipino people for ending the dictatorship and opens the scars and renews the pain and injuries that the people suffered during the dark years of tyranny of the Marcos dictatorship.

We, from Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) are indignant over this betrayal of the people’s sovereign will. This is a dark day for democracy.

We are one with the growing popular movement that asserts the historical fact that Marcos was a tyrant and do not deserve to be at the LNMB. We enjoin everyone to uphold democracy and freedom and oppose all threats and violations of democratic and sovereign rights of the people.

November 18, 2016
PRESS STATEMENT
Reference: Atty. Virgie Suarez, Secretary General of KILUSAN (Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya) 09088159923

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally
published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or
change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and
original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the
tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc

[Statement] KILUSAN Slams Marcos Burial at LNMB, Brands Decision Reversal of People’s Expressed Sovereign Will

KILUSAN Slams Marcos Burial at LNMB,
Brands Decision Reversal of People’s Expressed Sovereign Will

kpd logoThe decision by 9 Associate Justices of the Supreme Court favoring President Duterte’s order to inter the corpse of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. in Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) is a revision of history and reversal of the sovereign will and act of the Filipino people that resisted and overthrew the dictator.

Yes, he was a soldier but according to a study conducted by the National Historical Commission, his record was ‘fraught with myths, factual inconsistencies, and lies’ such as his medals, his rank and dubious and controversial war record.

He was elected president but one who abused his powers to plunder the country’s coffers, subjected his people to countless rights abuses and to perpetuate him and his cronies into power until the people, exercising their sovereign power, relegated the Marcoses in the dust bins of history.

How can such a man be made ‘worthy of emulation for generations and generations to come’ as mandated under the RA 289, which mandates who can be qualified to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) nor be qualified under the AFP Regulations 161-375 since his record reeks of ‘moral turpitude’.

The decision shows how much the nine justices are willing to compromise whatever sense of justice and history is left in them as well as reveal how much judicial independence has been compromised.

This senseless ruling repeats several times the shame that the Marcos regime brought the nation, dismantles all honors and praises the world has given to the Filipino people for ending the dictatorship and opens the scars and renews the pain and injuries that the people suffered during the dark years of tyranny of the Marcos dictatorship.

We, from Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) are indignant over this ruling that upholds Duterte’s anti-democratic and autocratic ways.

By rejecting the petitioners’ argument, through mere legal technicality and devoid of moral basis, the majority decision paves the way for Duterte to abuse further his authority, holding the country hostage to his campaign promise to the Marcos family in exchange for favors given.

As asserted by all the 5 dissenting principled justices, led by the Chief Justice Sereno, and echoed by many others, including declared ally of Duterte, Senate President Koko Pimentel, the majority’s ruling constitutes grave injustice to the people, especially the victims of human rights violations, and would prolong divisions among the people.

We are one with the growing popular movement that asserts the historical fact that Marcos was a tyrant and consistently opposes the burial of his carcass in LNMB.

We enjoin everyone to uphold democracy and freedom and oppose all threats and violations of democratic and sovereign rights of the people.

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
November 9, 2016

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally
published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or
change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and
original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the
tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc

[Statement] Gloria Capitan: Killed for defending people’s right to a healthy environment -Kilusan

Gloria Capitan:
Killed for defending people’s right to a healthy environment

Photo by Kilusan

Photo by Kilusan

kpd logoGloria Capitan rose to become a community leader starting from her genuine concern for the health and future of her grandchildren and all the children residing in Barangay Lucanin, Marivelez, Bataan.  Gloria became an environment activist with social and political consciousness. She actively defended, upheld and promoted the people’s environmental and health rights alongside political and other democratic rights.

She could have become a local Erin Brockovich but her life was cut short by an assassin. On July 1, 2016 at around 8 PM, just over 24 hours after the inauguration of President Duterte, Gloria Capitan was dastardly killed. She was 57 years old. She is the first, non-criminal and non-drug-related victim of extra-judicial killing under the new administration.

Gloria Capitan devoted the last year and months of her life to arduous struggle against open coal stockpiles and use of coal as energy source.  She was fully alive grandmother of 18 children when she led the filing of complaint-petition of Barangay Lucanin residents against the open coal stockpile in their community.

They submitted the petition to the office the Barangay Chairperson of Lucanin. They filed the same petition with the Office of the Municipal Mayor of Marivelez and local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).  That was in March 2015.
The petitioners, organized as Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Lucanin (SNML) with Gloria Capitan as president, were seeking the closure of the open coal storage/stockpile operated by the Limay Bulk Handling Terminal, Inc.

The coal stockpile is located inside the Seafront Shipyard and Port Terminal Services Corporation (SFSPTSC) which apparently owns Limay Bulk Handling.  The petitioners blame the coal dust from the stockpile for the alarming increase in number of residents afflicted with skin diseases and upper respiratory ailments.

That March 2015 petition was actually the renewal of the struggle against the coal stockpile, which was initiated in 2014 by the Samahang Magdaragat (SM). But the fight was abandoned. SM became passive and eventually faded. It is common knowledge that some of the leaders of SM succumbed to intimidation and bribery by the owner of the stockpile and shipyard.

Even as the Municipal Mayor, the Municipal Health Office and the DENR were initially responding positively to the renewed petition, the owners of Seafront Shipyard and Limay Bulk and Handling Terminal, were reacting more viciously than before. As the impact of the open coal stockpile grew in proportion, the unity and resolve of the residents, organized as SNML, further strengthened in the face of consistent attempts to intimidate and bribe them.

The struggle intensified and sharpened. The residents represented by SNML and Gloria Capitan on one side and Seafront led by its vice-president for operations, Carlo Ignacio who is a son of co-owner Virgilio Ignacio, were in face to face confrontation in the conference and dialogues that were called by government, from the level of barangay, to municipal, up to Regional Office of DENR in response to the complaint-petition.

The issue and the struggle have legal ramifications but these did not limit nor tie down the residents. They were determined to bring their cause before the general public and draw wider support from the people. The SNML joined the Coal-Free Bataan Movement and took up also the fight against use of coal as source of energy.

On the other hand, Seafront was going-around the resolutions and the measures it promised to implement to control coal dust and go by the maximum level of coal storage capacity of the shipyard. Instead, Seafront has been more actively combining intimidation, deception and bribery to force the residents to withdraw their demand. It is using its wealth and political connections to silence the just struggle of the residents and force them to compromise their health and environment.

At one instance, on July 25, 1015, the Barangay chairperson, who is an ally of Mr. Ignacio, convened a forum to discuss the pollution caused by the open coal storage. Gloria Capitan and two other leaders of SNML were allowed to talk in the forum. But the forum was turned into an occasion for Mr. Carlo Ignacio and his accomplice, a former DENR employee, to talk about alleged economic benefits that Barangay Lucanin would gain from increased operation of the shipyard turned coal yard.

They tried to deceive the people that the economic gains outweigh the complaints filed by the petitioners. The former DENR employee had the gall to say that the issues of pollution and health risks were unfounded.

Intimidations and threats far outweighed bribery and deception in Seafront’s dealing with Gloria Capitan and other leaders of SNML. The first hint of threat, “your place is being watched,” the Seafront’s representative told Capitan during the technical conference called by DENR Region 3 on May 25, 2015. The technical conference was in response to the complaint-petition filed earlier by SNML.

Gloria Capitan and the SNML pursued the fight.  They also explained to more people in other barangays the risks posed by open coal stockpiles and by the use of coal as energy source. On the other hand their adversary continued to buy the support and services of the barangay. On January 15, 2016, the Barangay Council of Lucanin issued a certificate of clearance in favor of Seafront Shipyard and Port Terminal Services Corp.

SNML, assisted by human rights groups, filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Region 3 and office of the Ombudsman against officials of the barangay and municipal government of Mariveles for their continued disregard of the people’s complaint and problems regarding the operation of the coal stockpile.

But their adversary would not fight squarely. He must have bided time for the opportune moment to deliver a crushing if not a fatal blow on Gloria Capitan and SNML.

We, in Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (Kilusan), condemn in strongest terms, the dastardly killing of Gloria Capitan, who was also a local leader of Kilusan in Bataan. Her death benefits no one but those who are adverse to her stance for a cleaner and healthier environment for her family and community. We also believe that the perpetrator was emboldened by the wave of EJKs even before June 30, 2016.

Justice to Gloria Capitan and the residents of Lucanin, Mariveles!
Justice to the Filipino People!

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
PRESS STATEMENT
July 8, 2016

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally
published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or
change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and
original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the
tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc

[Event] Book Launching: Hasik 1: Bigkis ng Unang Ani; Koleksyon ng mga Akdang Pangkultura ng Kilusan

Vote for this event for the 5th HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards

Mahal Naming Mga Kaibigan,

Maalab na pagbati!

Iniimbita namin kayo na makibahagi sa book launching ng Hasik 1: Bigkis ng Unang Ani; Koleksyon ng mga Akdang Pangkultura ng Kilusan (Oktubre 30, 2011- Disyembre 31, 2013), sa Disyembre 13, 2014 sa Rooftop ng gusali ng Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas (MKP) sa # 22-A Domingo Guevarra St. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City sa ganap na alas- 5 ng hapon hanggang alas 9 ng gabi.

kpd logo

Ang halaga ng sponsorship copy ng Hasik 1 ay P500. Ang regular na presyo ay P350 ang book paper at P250 sa newsprint bawat kopya.

Ilalaan ng Kilusan ang kikitain sa librong ito sa patuloy paglalathala ng magasin at iba pang balak na publikasyon.

Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtangkilik sa mga pagsisikap na ito na makaabot ang mga balita, analisis at mga akdang pangkultura sa mamamayan tungo sa pagbubuo ng pananaw at paninindigan sa mga usaping pambayan at panlipunan na kinakaharap ng sambayanang Pilipino.

Mangyaring makipag ugnayan lamang kay Ana sa email : masiranganaldaw@yahoo.com o sa text: 09326795369.

Para sa Kilusan
Atty. VIRGINIA LACSA SUAREZ
Secretary General
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (Kilusan)
Kasapi, Lupong Patnugutan

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.

[Press Release] Remembering Jen Laude, Renew Call for Justice -Kilusan

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.

kpd logo

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
PRESS RELEASE

Reference: Fidel Fababier, Vice – Chair KILUSAN 09199776992

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.