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[Right-Up] Teachers as Believers of Marcos Lies | by Norman Novio

Teachers as Believers of Marcos Lies

I cannot imagine as I truly lament teachers being Marcos apologists. They are the kind of human beings who first taught us the evils of cheating, lying, and any form of academic, behavioral, and disciplinary misconduct, but continue to defend a cheater and a liar joining the Philippine presidential race.

The biggest “scholastic dishonesty” that Marcos Jr. and his minions of teachers-apologist is when he lied about his educational achievements. I was surrounded by teachers at home and relatives and friends beyond it, both real and virtual. I cannot remember any of them lying about their educational status. Much more they are condoning those who lie about it or any other lies related to the pursuit of education, teaching in particular.

But some mentors are fighting nail and tooth for the truth about the evils of the Marcos dictatorship just like the teachers from all over the world condemning Hitler’s Nazi regime.

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[Statement] Impeachment case vs Leonen – a desperate act by a desperate Bongbong Marcos -iDEFEND

Impeachment case vs Leonen – a desperate act by a desperate Bongbong Marcos
In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND)
December 21, 2020

IDEFEND calls on Congress to junk immediately the unfounded, farcical impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen.

While we respect and uphold the right of the people to seek accountability from erring public officials, this impeachment complaint is nothing but a frantic act of desperation by Bongbong Marcos to gain a seat in Malacañang. Justice Leonen is the justice-in-charge of the Marcos electoral protest with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). The Marcos camp views Leonen as a critical voice in the Court that must be silenced.

In the past weeks, we have witnessed the scurry of actions of the Bongbong Marcos camp. In the first week of November, Solicitor General Calida, with lawyer Lorenzo Gadon, requested for Justice Leonen’s statement of liabilities and net worth (SALN), apparently in preparation for a quo warranto case against Leonen. This was the same controversial tack that was taken by Gadon to remove then Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. However, the Supreme Court denied the request of SG Calida. With nothing to move them forward with the quo warranto, SG Calida and Bongbong Marcos filed a motion with the Supreme Court calling for the inhibition of Justice Leonen from participating in the electoral protest proceedings filed at the PET. This was unanimously denied by the Supreme Court.

And now, this impeachment complaint filed in Congress by Gadon, on behalf of a certain Edwin Cordevilla and quickly endorsed by Marcos’ cousin, Cong. Angelo Marcos Barba. Despite the obvious connection, Gadon continues to insist that this has nothing to do with the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos.

The Congress must see this for what it is – a desperate attempt by Bongbong Marcos to remove what he considers a hindrance to him securing a position in the Malacañang; a weak, unfounded petition, with no impeachable offense cited. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio demolished every ground raised by Gadon in the petition, and other legal luminaries have declared this petition as baseless.

Congress must immediately declare this as lacking in substance.

The use of accountability mechanisms, such as impeachment, should be reserved for serious offenses – such as graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust, treason. Not willing to be bullied by a power greedy Marcos is not a serious offense. It is called integrity. A trait that is becoming scarce in this government.

We strongly urge Congress to focus on real urgent issues that Filipino people face today – deepening poverty with 7.6 million families experiencing hunger, increasing unemployment rate, with 7.3 million unemployed Filipinos, and the COVID 19 crisis that we are in, with 449 thousand cases.

Junk the Marcos’ impeachment petition against Justice Leonen.

Never again to Marcos. Never again.

SIGNED iDEFEND MEMBERS:

  1. Emmanuel Amistad, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
  2. Egay Cabalitan, HR Online Philippines
  3. Marie Marguerite M. Lopez, SANLAKAS
  4. Judy Pasimio, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
  5. Virgie Suarez, Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
  6. Rene de la Cruz, ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura
  7. Jaybee Garganera, Alyansa Tigil Mina
  8. Joseph Purugganan, Focus on the Global South
  9. Edeliza Hernandez, Medical Action Group
  10. Ritz Lee Santos III, Balaod Mindanao
  11. Zeena Manglinong, Freedom from Debt Coalition
  12. Kapatiran sa Dalawang Gulong KAGULONG
  13. Daryl Leyesa, Pambansang Koalisyon ng mga Kababaihan sa Kanayunan
  14. Rose Trajano, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
  15. Jelen Paclarin, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau
  16. Leo Mendoza Jr. Extinction Rebellion Philippines
  17. Wilson Fortaleza, Partido Manggagawa
  18. Dino Manrique, Writer, iDEFEND individual member
  19. Rowena Legaspi, Children’s Legal Rights and Development Centre
  20. Leni Velasco, DAKILA Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
  21. Joy Lascano, BALAY Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
  22. Valtimore Fenis, Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement
  23. Jhay de Jesus, True Colors Coalition
  24. Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan para sa Karapatang Pantao
  25. Liza Garcia, Foundation for Media Alternatives

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  5. Ang Aroroy Ay Alagaan-4As (Masbate)
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[In the news] Etta Rosales: Don’t let Marcoses buy back jewelry -GMAnews

Martial law survivor and former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales has asked the government to see to it that the jewelry collection seized from the Marcoses, which are now up for auction, do not fall back into their hands.

“Now you are going to allow them to buy again and guess what? They will probably buy it with the same ill-gotten wealth that they have not yet given up,” Rosales said on Joseph Morong’s report for 24 Oras on Tuesday.

For the human rights defender who had endured torture and rape as a political prisoner during the Marcos dictatorship, it would be a good idea to put the jewels on display at a museum as a “permanent reminder of the plunder of the Marcoses and never again.”

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[Featured Site] The Martial Law Chronicles Project

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WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF SYSTEMATIC HISTORICAL REVISIONISM (NEGATIONISM) IN SOCIAL MEDIA, IT IS TIME THAT WE ADDRESS THIS PROPERLY SO AS TO GIVE JUSTICE TO OUR PAST.

WHAT IS HISTORICAL REVISIONISM (NEGATIONISM)… AND WHY WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS PLEASE SEE BELOW:

Historical revisionism involves either the legitimate scholastic re-examination of existing knowledge about a historical event, or the illegitimate distortion of the historical record. For the former, i.e. the academic pursuit, see historical revisionism.

This article deals solely with the latter, the distortion of history, which—if it constitutes the denial of historical crimes—is also sometimes called negationism.

In attempting to revise the past, illegitimate historical revisionism may use techniques inadmissible in proper historical discourse, such as presenting known forged documents as genuine; inventing ingenious but implausible reasons for distrusting genuine documents; attributing conclusions to books and sources that report the opposite; manipulating statistical series to support the given point of view; and deliberately mis-translating texts (in languages other than the revisionist’s).

Some countries, such as Germany, have criminalised the negationist revision of certain historical events, while others take a more cautious position for various reasons, such as protection of free speech; still others mandate negationist views.

Notable examples of negationism include Holocaust denial, Armenian Genocide denial, Japanese war crime denial, and Soviet historiography.- From Wikipedia

“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.” – Jose Rizal

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[In the news] PCGG eyes full accounting of P168-B recovered Marcos ill-gotten wealth -GMAnews

PCGG eyes full accounting of P168-B recovered Marcos ill-gotten wealth.

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) wants to have a full accounting of the P168-billion ill-gotten wealth recovered from the Marcoses to determine how the money were used.

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“Since the PCGG’s creation in 1986, umaabot na sa P168 billion ang naire-remit namin sa Bureau of Treasury. We want to know where the money were used and how they were used,” PCGG chairman Andres Bautista told GMA News Online in a phone interview Friday.

Included in the P168 billion is the P70 billion recovered by the PCGG from the coco levy fund.

Bautista said the agency is willing to work with the Commission on Audit (COA) in doing the accounting. He also said the COA may conduct an independent audit.

“We in the PCGG have our own records kung saan-saan nagamit yung recovered wealth, but our record is not that comprehensive. Ang gusto naming malaman ay yung specific projects talaga, anu-anong agrarian-related projects ang naumpisahan na gamit itong recovered wealth na ito,” he said.

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[Blog] Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat Sa mga Bayani at Martir ng Batas Militar: A Review By Darwin Mendiola

Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat Sa mga Bayani at Martir ng Batas Militar: A Review
By Darwin Mendiola

Heroes are made not born.

They are those who let no obstacle prevent them from pursuing the values they have chosen. Some simply happened to find themselves at a crossroads, confronted with the turbulent events of their time but chose to take a path less traveled and even offering their own lives.

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One needs not to be extraordinary to do heroic deed. Any Juan dela Cruz, Maria or Jose – workers, farmers, fisherfolks, students, professionals, church people, informal settlers or street hawkers can make a big difference.
But there are many of them who remain anonymous until now. They are the NAMELESS —whose deeds are not known to many. Remembering them may not be enough. But reliving their legacies in us is one way to honor them.

And this is what the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines together with the NAMELESS HEROES AND MARTYRS, INC. and the DAKILA Collectives admirably did when they paid tribute to the HEROES and MARTYRS of MARTIAL LAW on September 30, 2014 at the Aldaba Recital Hall, University of the Philippines-Diliman.

The event brought together Martial Law heroes and the new generation of human rights defenders to commemorate the 42nd Anniversary of the Declaration of Martial Law through a matinee of songs, dances and theatrical play under the brilliant direction of UP Prof. Apolonio Chua.

The songs of protest like Batingaw, Sangandaan, Patak ng Ulan at Huling Awit were once again resonated on the stage by Color It Red vocalist Cooky Chua and the progressive labour theater group, Teatro Pabrika to awaken in the audience the Filipino spirit of patriotism.

May Tibak At May Tibak and Buhay Na Inalay Sa Bayan from LEAN: The Musical which run deep into our Filipino consciousness and stir intense emotions were given new life through the creative dance performances of the Collective Arts of Students and Thespians (CAST) from University of Makati by efficaciously translating the sufferings and struggle of the Filipino people under Martial law into series of movement and dramatic expression.

But what makes the event different from the previous commemorations is that it set the stage for the Reader’s theatre where excerpts from selected literatures were read by character roles with no needs for costumes and props for the audience to relive the social upheavals of that time that gave rise to popular discontent and resistance.

Tutubi, Tutubi ‘Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Caught by a Bad Guy) by Palanca awardee Jun Cruz Reyes, gives a satirical account of the irrationality of the power structure and how a high school student’s curiosity has turned into a conviction of joining the underground movement.

The “Written to Myself During a Fit of Depression” by former political prisoner, Doris Baffrey, a letter she wrote for herself relates her traumatic experiences while languishing in jail for almost five years which left a thick scar or welt on her very existence in the same way that many survivors of martial-law were plagued by intense, recurring nightmares. Ms. Baffrey was implicated in the PICC bombing during the American Society of Travel Agents Convention in 1980.

A more vivid account of torture was best described in the poem, TORTYUR- Sa mga Kuko ng Karimlan written by another Palanca awardee and political activist, Levy Balgos dela Cruz which shows how torture is being used as a form of punishment until it breaks the person’s will to live.

The agony of a wife who has to pretend as a cousin of her husband in order to claim his remains after he was summarily executed by the military is given a human face and heart in the play, Buwan at Baril by Chris Millado.
The family memoir, ‘Subversive Lives’ by the Quimpos reminds us of the personal costs at best illuminates an on-going struggle mediated by familial experiences and the sacrifices of those who joined the movement.

We owe it to those who stood and fought against the dictator in order for freedom and democracy to live. Their sacrifices and love for country are the reasons why the “selfie” generation today have the freedom to click and post whatever they want in social media. But lest we forget that the responsibility to make the country freer, humane and just now rests on our shoulders.

Salute to the Unsung Heroes of Martial Law!
Kudos to the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines!
Never Again to Martial Law!

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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

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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
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tfdp.1974@gmail.com
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Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

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[Event] NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW: PAGKILALA AT PASASALAMAT Sa mga bayani at martir ng Batas Militar -TFDP

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Malugod namin kayong inaanyayahan sa isang hapon ng

Pagbalik tanaw sa panunupil,
pagkilala sa kadakilaan at paggunita sa paglaban
ng mga bayani at martir sa Batas Militar

NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW
Remember repression, remember courage, remember resistance
PAGKILALA AT
PASASALAMAT
Sa mga bayani at martir ng Batas Militar

Ika-19 ng Setyembre, 2014
4:00 ng hapon
Sa Aldaba Recital Hall
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas – Diliman

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Ang pag-alala sa madilim na parte ng kasaysayan ng pagpataw ng batas militar sa ating bansa ay dapat na ituon sa kadakilaan ng mga bayani’t martir na sumuong at nakibaka laban dito. Dahil mahalagang bahagi ng pagkamit ng hustisya para sa kanila ay ang pagpapasalamat at pagkilala ng mga sumunod na henerasyong nakinabang sa pagbagsak ng diktaduryang dumahas sa karapatang pantao nang panahong iyon.

INIHAHANDOG NG:

TASK FORCE DETAINEES OF THE PHILIPPINES

Sa pakikiisa ng:
Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC)
AKBAYAN
Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)
BULIG VISAYAS
Collective Arts of Students and Thespians (CAST-University of Makati)
CLAIMANTS 1081
DAKILA
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND)
Initiative for International Dialogue (IID)
KATARUNGAN
KILUSAN/ TEATRONG BAYAN
Medical Action Group (MAG)
NAMELESS HEROES AND MARTYRS, INC.
NEVER AGAIN: Marcos in 2016 FB group
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
SANLAKAS
Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP)
SENTRO
Youth for Rights (Y4R)
University of the Philippines Institute for Human Rights (UP-IHR)
University of The Philippines – University Student Council
UP SAMASA Alumni Association

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[Event] Human Rights Advocates Say “Never Again to Martial Law!Never Again to the Marcoses!” -TFDP

Human Rights Advocates Say “Never Again to Martial Law!Never Again to the Marcoses!”

Photo by Orly Gravador/TFDP

Photo by Orly Gravador/TFDP

Human rights advocates led by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) vow to never let martial law happen in the country again. In “Remember Repression…Remember Courage…Remember Resistance – A Gathering of Human Rights Defenders”, victims of human rights violations during martial law recalled their experiences during the Marcos dictatorship held yesterday (July 11, 2014) in Quezon City.

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The disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, a Redemptorist priest who was abducted by the military exactly 29 years ago today was also called to mind during the activity. Sr. Crescencia Lucero, SFIC, TFDP Co-Chairperson said however, that Fr. Rudy’s case was just among the thousands of cases of human rights violations during the Marcos regime. She added, “Thousands have been arrested and tortured. There were those who disappeared but were fortunate enough to have surfaced alive. Some were found, but already dead. Others were killed outright – salvaged, massacred – left with no chance to survive.”

Photo by Rommel Yamzon/TFDP

Photo by Rommel Yamzon/TFDP

During the event, TFDP also launched its virtual Museum of Courage and Resistance, otherwise known as the Martial Law Museum. It is an online version of the museum located at the TFDP office in Cubao, Quezon City. Pictures of victims of human rights violations, staunch human rights advocates, and important incidents during the dictatorship are just some of the files and memorabilia that can be found in the museum. The list of victims of martial law whose cases have been documented by TFDP, as well as those mentioned in its publications can also be accessed online.

The launching of the virtual museum, with support from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, is part of TFDP’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. TFDP was established by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) during the height of martial law. “Let [the museum] be TFDP’s small contribution in the resistance against lies and deception being spread to portray the martial law years as this country’s glory days. The truth must come out. It must be told and upheld at all times,” declared Sr. Lucero.

With the enactment of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime can now apply for compensation. With its documentation of more than 9,000 cases of human rights violations during martial law, TFDP committed to assist the victims in their application. The outcome of the law should be consistent with history. It should represent the stories of the victims’ suffering during the dark years of martial rule.

One story of pain and anguish is enough to break anyone’s heart; but each account of torment is also a testimony of courage. The victims’ stories put together reverberate their resolve that never again should the Marcoses be at the helm of power. Never again should martial law or any of its form happen. ###

Photo: Sister Crescencia Lucero, sfic, Co-Chairperson of Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and Loreta Ann Rosales, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) together with victims of Martial Law and other Human Rights Defenders say “Never again to Martial Law, Never Again to the Marcoses!” Photos by Rommel Yamzon and Orly Gravador /TFDP.

 

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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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Never Again to Martial Law! We remember, we inform, we inspire our youth with the truth and lessons of Martial Law. #rememberML@40

On the 40th Anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, let us push for the ‘Compensation Act’ for all victims
of human rights violations of the Marcoses,

JOIN us in our pledge to remember, inform and inspire the youth with the truth and lessons that our nation learned from this dark period of our history.

I pledge to…

Never Again to Martial Law!
We remember, we inform, we inspire
Our youth with the truth and lessons of Martial Law.
#rememberML@40

and Invite people to…
1. Like and share the “Remember ML@40” FB page
2. Invite/recruit 40 or more others to like “Remember ML@40” FB page and ask them to recruit 40 more
3. Submit and/or post own “Pinky Pledge Photo” and ask others to do the same
4. Like and share all posts from “Remember ML@40” FB page
5. Participate in the “Online action day”
6. Change profile pic on September 21, 2012

[Statement] We Run, We Remember, We Struggle -Fr. Robert Reyes

We Run, We Remember, We Struggle

Fr. Robert P. Reyes
March 21, 2012

September 21, 1972, a day that changed lives, a day that changed a nation. Many were young students and professionals who woke up suddenly deprived of their basic freedom and rights. A president, his wife, relatives and cronies who cannot accept the normal, constitutional transfer of power resort to the use of military might to perpetuate themselves in power. Thus, PD 1081 or Martial Law was declared using as justification, the growing threats to National Security posed by the Communist Party and the Muslim secessionist movement. Warrant-less arrests; torture; forced disappearances; extra-judicial killings; the suppression of human rights, etc. and countless abuses were imposed upon a peaceful and freedom-loving people.

I was then a First Year College Seminarian in San Jose Seminary. And for the next ten years until my ordination as priest in 1982 and another four years as a priest-student in Rome in 1986, I experienced the effects of militarization and the systematic plunder of our nations patrimony by the Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.

On February 25, 1986 EDSA happened. Through the peaceful People Power revolution Marcos, his family and cronies fled. Cory became our president and immediately worked on the restoration of our basic freedoms and rights. She also restored our lost democracy. Twenty six years later, while we still do enjoy the restoration of our democracy, we ask, “But what kind of Democracy? Is it one that is of, by and for the people or, is it one that is of, by and for a few?” Is Martial Law over, or do we continue to suffer from complex and subtle forms of militarization?

While we no longer talk about Conjugal Dictatorship a related phenomenon has spread like cancer throughout the land. Political dynasties rule every province, city and municipality. While we no longer talk about ASO and Curfew, torture and forced disappearances still take place with many cases filed against suspected perpetrators but hardly any conviction. While we no longer talk about the suppression of the freedom of speech and the systematic spread of government propaganda, we continue to suffer from envelopmental journalism on the one hand and regular media killings either by hooded men or backhoes.

March 21, 2012 is six months before the fortieth anniversary of Matial Law. Through a run of remembrance from Chino Roces bridge to the Commission on Human Rights, we wish to invite and challenge everyone to both remember and to continue the peaceful struggle against both the blatant and subtle forms of the abuse of power; corruption; militarization; manipulation and co-optation of institutions and sectors. Join us, and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) We Run, Remember and continue the Struggle for Genuine Freedom and Democracy. Join us…run with us at 7:00 a.m. from Chino Roces Bridge, Mendiola to the Commission on Human Rights.

[In the news] Court junks P51-B suit vs Marcoses – PhilStar.com

Court junks P51-B suit vs Marcoses
By Michael Punongbayan, The Philippine Star
January 21, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines – As the government prepared for month-long activities commemorating the 1986 people power revolt, the Sandiganbayan junked yesterday a P51-billion damage suit filed 25 years ago against deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his widow Imelda, two other former officials, and several others accused of dollar salting.

In a 69-page decision, the anti-graft court’s Special Second Division cleared the Marcos couple, former trade minister Roberto Ongpin, former military chief Fabian Ver, and several other government and private individuals of involvement in the operations of the so-called “Binondo Central Bank,” which sold US dollars in the black market from 1984 to 1986.

The Sandiganbayan, in a ruling penned by Associate Justice Samuel Martires, cited the “absence of evidence” and said the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) failed to prove that the Marcoses and their co-accused had enriched themselves by stealing government money.

The case, filed on July 23, 1987, held that the Marcoses and their officials conspired with private individuals – including eight Chinese businessmen who acted as operators, financiers, couriers and agents – in managing and operating the Binondo Central Bank.

The operation allegedly involved the buying of US dollars in the black market and the direct shipment of dollar stocks to Hong Kong where they were sold and traded at higher prices without prior clearance and authority from the Central Bank of the Philippines and without payment of fees, charges, and taxes to the government.

The complaint accused the respondents of “misappropriation and theft of public funds, plunder of the nation’s wealth, extortion, blackmail, bribery, embezzlement and other acts of corruption, betrayal of public trust, and brazen abuse of power, at the expense and to the grave and irreparable damage of plaintiff and the Filipino people.”

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