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[Statement] Seek Truth. Work for Justice. Wage Peace. Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All! -TFDP

Seek Truth. Work for Justice. Wage Peace.
Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All!

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) stands for truth. We would like to know what really happened at Mamasapano. We would like to determine accountability and command responsibility for the loss of lives which now threatens the peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF.

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TFDP stands for justice. When accountability is determined by an independent body, then the wheels of justice can begin to turn. Justice not only for the Fallen 44, but Justice for All!

TFDP stands for peace and reconciliation. Moslem Mindanao has had wars and conflicts for more than forty years. The peace agreement between government and the MILF is another step towards the path of peace. We have no illusions that it will suddenly bring peace in the conflict-torn areas and communities, but waging peace and engaging in dialogue are infinitely better than shooting at each other. War makes victims of us all!

TFDP journeys with all peacemakers and peace builders. Mindanao will fully develop if we recognize the diversity of its peoples and their cultures. Shalom or wholeness of being comes from the acceptance of differences. Let not hatred and vengeance reign in our hearts! Silence is necessary to embrace the faith and fate of the other. Let dignity and human rights be our starting point.

TFDP recalls these words: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow – to seek truth, to work for justice, to wage peace! Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All!

Emmanuel C. Amistad
Executive Director
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

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[Statement] SENTRO Slams Sectors Sowing anti-Muslim Prejudice and anti-Peace Talks Sentiments after Mamasapano

SENTRO Slams Sectors Sowing anti-Muslim Prejudice
and anti-Peace Talks Sentiments after Mamasapano

SEEPING OUT of the so-called “misencounter” last Jan. 25 are the troubling questions and apparent evasions and cover-ups: Who really are responsible for sending the PNP-SAF troops into a veritable death trap in a remote village in Mamasapano, Maguindanao? Why did this police operation flagrantly disregard the existing ceasefire mechanisms, including not notifying the Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG)? What are the exact roles and how is the accountability here of President Benigno Aquino III; his favorite PNP chief, the suspended Alan Purisima; his alter ego and executive secretary, Paquito Ochoa; and the shadowy US military-led Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines?

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However, these are not the only ones that unfortunately cropped up in the Mamasapano incident. Impulsive hawks with their knee-jerk reaction and right-wing demagogues with their messianic blabbers are fanning the flames of Islamophobia, or indiscriminate hatred and distrust of anything Muslim, of Hollywood-inspired call to arms for an all-out war, of a distorted black and white worldview of good and evil, of wholesale anti-MILF stance, of reckless and sweeping call to terminate the peace process between the government and the MILF.

Centuries of attempts to violently subjugate and wantonly exploit the peoples in Mindanao (or anywhere else for that matter) – from the colonial invaders to Manila-based “imperial” government – have resulted only to interludes of fleeting “peace and order” but followed again and again by either scattered or organized uprisings. Indeed, a long lasting peace will be realized if genuine justice and freedom are ensured. On the other hand, sincerely talking and striving for peace, however difficult and painstaking, is also a very promising avenue for paving the way for this elusive “peace with justice” dream.

Thus, while actively seeking honest and unedited answers to the Mamasapano incident – from both the government and the MILF – we must consciously strive for an inclusive justice to ALL those who have fallen from this tragedy – the 44 PNP-SAF personnel, the 7 unnamed civilians and the 18 MILF fighters. Their respective families also lost a husband, father, brother, kin, comrade and friend.

This is why the DepEd directive – that during flag-raising ceremonies, schoolchildren should offer one second of silence to every SAF operative killed “plus one more second for all other casualties” – is a half-baked tribute for justice and peace. Why not extend the same homage to every civilian and MILF fighters who were also killed in Mamasapano? What does such a “tribute” tell our kids? That the life of one PNP-SAF is equal to the lives of all the civilians and MILF who were killed?

We must continue to support the current peace process as it remains a viable, just and enduring solution to the never-ending armed conflict in Mindanao. At the same time, any form of religious or racial bigotry should be vigorously opposed as it has no place in human society and it would only further inflame anger, violence and mistrust.

Contact Person: Josua Mata, 0917 7942431

3 February 2015

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[Statement] PCID on Mamasapano Incident

PCID Statement on Mamasapano Incident

We at the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) express our deepest sympathies to the families of the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force, who sacrificed life and limb in the service of our nation.  We likewise extend our condolences and sympathies to the other victims of the deadly firefight between the PNP and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters/Moro Islamic Liberation Front that rocked the  town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday.

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The disastrous encounter had resulted not only in the tragic deaths and casualties from both  sides, including the displacement of families forced to flee their homes, but have shaken the trust and confidence reposed in the ongoing peace process.

This misencounter and the recent bombings in other areas in Mindanao  unveil the urgency of addressing the myriad of issues  underpinning the Bangsamoro problem.  These critical issues, if left unresolved, could tear asunder the tenuous peace hardily wrought through years of fractious negotiations.  We fervently pray that this terrible incident will not derail the ongoing peace process.

Protocols have been set for the conduct of military and police operations in the areas identified as MILF camps, specifically to prevent misencounters.  The protocols, which include use of joint MILF-Government forces, have been highly instrumental in the capture of wanted criminals.  Why the non-observance of such protocols?  The lack of coordination with the concerned authorities following the agreed protocol and particularly the AFP, a vital government partner in defense and security of the country, is perplexing. This deficiency underscores the need to revisit the framework for cooperation between and among military, police and civilian authorities in undertaking highly sensitive operations.

We therefore welcome the creation of a Board of Special Inquiry and the MILF internal investigation. However, to remove any hint of bias, we join the call for an impartial inquiry to  be conducted by an independent body represented by key sectors and stakeholders, comprised of persons of   unquestionable probity and integrity, with established records for advocating peace and development in Mindanao.

We acknowledge the efforts of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front “to work for the restoration of normalcy within the area” through the  GPH-MILF Coordinating Committees on Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the International Monitoring Team, existing transitional mechanisms established by virtue of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

We call upon the MILF leaders to cooperate in the investigation, and to submit to the findings.  Let the chips fall where they may. If trust and confidence is to be strengthened, there must be an unequivocal commitment to the rule of law by all.

While we await the release of findings of both the government constituted board and the MILF internal investigation, we call for sobriety and urge our legislators and officials to exercise prudence in their statements. We believe the peace process cannot and should not be held hostage by the Mamasapano incident, tragic though it may be.  Incendiary statements are reckless and serve no purpose but to unnecessarily fan the flames in an extremely tense environment.

We know that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) cannot be the panacea to the complicated and deeply-rooted problem in the region. But we firmly believe that the BBL is the transformative medium that sets in place the vital foundation for establishing sustainable peace and inclusive development to a much-marginalized and severely neglected sector of the Philippine society. We reiterate our support for the passage of the BBL and urge our legislators and officials to continue with its review.  We further exhort all advocates for peace and democracy to call for sobriety and temperance in this period fraught with emotion and sentiment,

We at the PCID have always condemned the use of force and violence, for it is an extremely perilous means of attaining a set objective, with disastrous impact on the lives of the innocent. Further, violence begets violence in a never ending cycle. Only peaceful resolution of conflict cuts this pernicious cycle.

Regardless of our ethnicity, religious affiliation, ideology and economic class, we all are, in the words of Pope Francis, children of God.

Let us all join hands at the national day for mourning to honor the ultimate sacrifice paid by the fallen policemen.  Let us all pray for lasting peace, commit to an abiding respect for human life and uphold the supremacy of the rule of law.

Contact Information:
Atty. SALMA PIR RASUL (Executive Director)
PHILIPPINE CENTER FOR ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY (PCID)
Mailing Address: NCPAG ANNEX BUILDING, R. P. De Guzman St.
University of the Philippines (UP-Campus) Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone Nos: 426.5886 (TelFax) | 426.9972

29 January 2015
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[Statement] MAMAPASANO UNNECESSARY CARNAGE: Amidst Intense Grief and Sorrow, Conduct A Determined Pursuit of Truth and Justice -PAHRA

MAMAPASANO UNNECESSARY CARNAGE: Amidst Intense Grief and Sorrow, Conduct A Determined Pursuit of Truth and Justice

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the
equal and inalienable rights of all members of the
human family is the foundation of freedom, justice
and peace in the world” …. UDHR 1948

Muling ipinapahatid ng Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) ang kolektibong pakikiramay at pakikiisa sa matinding dalamhati ng mga pamilya, asawa, anak at iba pang mga mahal sa buhay ng mga napaslang na apatnapu’t apat na kasapi ng elite Special Action Forces (SAF) sa Mamapasano, Maguindanao.

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Kinikilala sila na kabahagi ng mga katangi-tanging sandatahang pwersa ng bansa na may katungkulan na ipagtanggol, at ibuwis ang mga sariling buhay kung kinakailangan, ang mga karapatan ng mga mamamayang Pilipino na mabuhay na may dangal at kaligtasan.

Tama lamang na bigyan sila ng mga medalya ng kagitingan at tanghaling mga bayani ng bayan.

In the midst of intense grief and sorrow, we enjoin all human rights defenders and peace advocates, drawing from the courage and sacrifice of all those who fought and fell, to conduct a determined pursuit of truth and justice to obtain a just and lasting peace. The Commands of involved Parties – the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and executive task forces such as the Anti-Terrorism Task Force must thoroughly probe into the aspects of due diligence in intelligence and operations, command responsibility and the law of international humanitarian law (IHL) as integral components in this our common search.

We demand accountability for the supposedly, among others, exposing the SAF forces in a “killing zone”, the lack of coordination and inappropriate chain of command, violations of the rules of engagement and other provisions of the IHL. We vehemently condemn all forms of deliberate mutilations, for whatever reason, of the wounded and/or slain combatants. We demand appropriate administrative and criminal liability for those responsible for this tragedy.

Truth and justice is highly dependent on the State’s judicious implementation of its obligation of transparency. The people must also take courage to inform and assert their right to be informed about the data and the actors involved. Impartial and independent investigative bodies are welcomed initial steps. But, in no way should any one, State or non-State actor, invoke secrecy to perpetuate impunity. In no way is this a path to justice and peace.

We commit with the families and loved ones of the fallen SAF Forty-four, those wounded and/or maimed, all human rights defenders and peace advocates and all people of goodwill, to determinedly pursuit and obtain truth, justice and peace.

January 30, 2015

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[Statement] Justice and Peace to the “Fallen 44” and to the Victims of an Unjust War in Mindanao -BMP

Justice and Peace to the “Fallen 44” and to the Victims of an Unjust War in Mindanao

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The militant Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) joins the Filipino people in their seething cry for justice and peace to the “fallen 44” of the police special action force, as well as to the unnamed Moro civilians and rebels who were also killed in the Mamapasano tragedy.

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We likewise convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of our dearly-departed brave servicemen. May your gallant sons rest in peace, knowing that millions of Filipinos will never forget their self-sacrifice.

Justice to the Fallen 44! Not the kind of vengeful justice that seeks an eye for an eye, pursued by warmongers like Erap Estrada, Raffy Alunan, Allan Cayetano, Bongbong Marcos and Teddy Boy Locsin. These publicity-hungry politicians are now eager to beat the war-drums. Yet, if an all-out offensive is declared, they would never trade their pampered comforts for the unfathomable hardships in the frontlines of war.

We seek a justice that is rooted in solidarity with “wage-workers in police and soldiers uniform”. Like us, they are toilers. They are at the bottom of a chain of command like workers and the propertyless masses at the base of an unjust social pyramid.

Like workers, who are first to sacrifice during economic crises but are last to benefit from growth and prosperity, waged soldiers and police are always the first to sacrifice during armed conflicts but would be the last to benefit from a peace that they have paid for in blood.

Thus, we join the Filipino people in their demand for a thorough investigation of the Mamasapano mis-encounter in Maguindanao.

The BMP, however, calls on the public to consider the following points:

1. The immediate cause of the slaughter of the PNP-SAF servicemen was the apparent lack of coordination between their team and the Western Mindanao Command of the AFP, the Maguindanao PNP, local government units and the reckless disregard of carefully-laid down procedures agreed to by both MILF and the Philippine government;

2. The lack of coordination, that caused the bungled operation, was induced by the overzealousness to cash in from the $6 million bounty for the capture of terrorists Zulkifli Abdhir alias “Marwan” and Basit Usman, who are the global terror watchlist of the US State Department;

3. Officials – both civilian and military – were more intent on capturing the bragging rights for the arrest of Marwan and Basit in order to appease imperialist America, rather than ensuring the success of the PNP-SAF mission; and,

4. Lastly, and more importantly, the root cause of the problem is not with the Bangsamoro people but with the elite-dominated Philippine state. It is an elitist government that perennially tramples upon the right to self-determination of the Moro people. The Philippine government has a history of subservience to external powers – not just to the American government but to an entire legion of transnational monopoly corporations. Hence, not only does not it respect the heroic and historic sacrifice of the Bangsamoro to keep it free from colonizers, it also sought to subjugate the Bangsamoro and other indigenous tribes to the control of foreign powers.

More so, it is callous and insensitive regime, headed by an absentee landlord who would rather grace the opening of a multinational car factory in Laguna than honor his dead soldiers with his commanding presence at the Villamor Airbase. Once more, Noynoy paraded a conduct unbecoming of a president of the republic and of a commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

Also, we extend our solidarity to the PNP and AFP, especially to its rank-and-file, who share a common plight with us as members of the working class, as proletarian wage slaves.

You deserve a better commander-in-chief. One that has the guts to own up to his errors, especially if it caused the untimely and avoidable death of his subordinates. One that honors the supreme sacrifice of his men by highlighting their lives rather his own (or his parents in yesterday’s necrological services) and by making sure that they are not sent to fight and die for unjust wars for colonization.

We deserve a better government. One that is truly run by the people, of the people and for the people. Unlike this non-performing elitist state that continues to wallow in the showbiz politics of grandstanding, and the economics of wholesale plunder by local and foreign capital.

Finally, for us to truly give justice to the “Fallen 44” and the nameless Moros who were also killed in the Mamasapano mis-encounter, we must address the root and immediate causes of their untimely demise.

Wage workers – both unarmed civilians in the public and private sectors, and armed public servants of the military and police – must unite and fight for social change – not just regime change. The oppressed proletarians in both the Philippines and “Muslim Mindanao” must unite against our real enemies: the ruling landed or capitalist classes — foreign, Filipino, and Moro — who profit from our collective toil and seek to sabotage our unity as a class.

We must work tirelessly for peace based on justice to reign in Mindanao. Put an end to exploitation based on creed, color, sexual preference and social status. Forge the unity of Filipinos and the Bangsamoro towards just and peaceful communities; where those who work truly enjoy the fruits of their labor; where human sources of life, both nature and labor, have the primacy over corporate profit; where the interests of the toiling majority rule over the privileged minority; and where everyone is able to develop their full humanity, their full potential as human beings. #

January 31, 2015
Contact person: BMP President Leody de Guzman @ 09205200672

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[Tula] Mis-encounter? Ni Von Adlawan

Mis-encounter?
Ni Von Adlawan

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Sa gitna ng pagtatalo sa panukalang basic law
Nitong bagong kasunduan sa Bangsamoro
Marami ang namangha, mithiing kapayaan tunay’
Sa mga kapatid nating muslim makakamtanan na?

Ngunit binulaga ang lahat sa balita
bakbakan sa pagitan BIFF at SAF
Mga dugong dumanak sa tigang na damo
Sa gyerang pera- pera at habol ay pondo!

Maraming bilang ang nawalan ng buhay
PNP elite force natimbog sa sagupaan
pamilya’y nagluluksa sa kanilang bangkay
mahal sa buhay tuluyan nang nawalay

Ang kanilang bossing naghugas na ng kamay
tila ayaw madungisan ang mapitagang pangalan
Sa mga pangyayari- daw ay walang silang alam?
44 ka taong- namatay tila naligaw lang ng daan?

Sa Maguidanao ang US troops ay nakakampo!
Sa isang kumpas nito lahat ay areglado!
ilan pa ang bangkay ang bibilangain?
Ilan pang bala ang sasayangin?

Sa Mindanao, US troops ay nakabungad
Laging, dawit at sabit ngunit tikom bibig
Mga tuta nitong AFP, PNP magkaisang panig
Sa teroristang pakay daw banta sa seguridad

Isang kwento, pa ikot- ikot parang gulong
Mga sugat sa gyera na tila di nahihilom
Sa katas at dagta nitong likas na yaman
Makauring tunggalian tila nakabaon na karayom!

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