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Abono has short sense of history and twisted account of facts

Ka Daning of Bayan member-organization Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas risked life in testifying about the fertilizer scam in a Senate inquiry.

The party list Abono claimed in an article by the Inquirer that they have been consistent in fighting for the rights and interests of farmers. Calling it unfair to be branded “dubious” even though they are aligned with Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

It is really funny when Abono asks where the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) was “when we (Abono) were fighting for fertilizer subsidy and price support for palay.” Bayan and KMP exposed how fertilizer subsidy for farmers was diverted to Gloria’s 2004 electoral campaign, a.k.a the fertilizer scam. Where was Abono when KMP’s Ka Daning risked life and limb to testify in the Senate? Continue reading

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Peasant Activist Randy Echanis Released

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kodao_codesprint_logoAfter nineteen long months, Randy Echanis will be having his first break from detention with the Supreme Courts order granting him provisional release for six months. Friends and family celebrated his temporary freedom in a gathering at the BAYAN office immediately after his release from Camp Crame. Click for Kodao’s News Video.

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Melissa tells her story of abduction and torture

In this two part video, listen to Melissa Roxas as she narrates the story of her abduction and torture by alleged members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines last May 19-25, 2009. Earlier today, she held a press conference (4:30 PM June 27, Los Angeles timezone) to describe the human rights abuses she endured while being held for six days in an alleged military camp. The press conference, which was held at the Echo Park United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California was streamed live over the internet.

Melissa Roxas, an American human rights advocate of Filipino descent, is the first known American citizen to have become a victim of abduction and torture in the Philippines, a country which has drawn international condemnation for state-sponsored human rights atrocities. She is a member of BAYAN USA and HABI ARTS, a cultural group also based in the United States.

You can watch part two here.

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Indignation vs Con-Ass

kodao_codesprint_logoHere’s Kodao Productions’ coverage of the indignation rally last wednesday, June 3, 2009 against the passage of the Constitutional Assembly at the House of Representatives.

“Hundreds of militant activists trooped to the House of Representatives to denounce the passage of a resolution calling members of congress to convene into a constituent assembly to change the Philippine Constitution. Continue reading

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Pursue Justice for Melissa, Juanito and John

From Joel P. Garduce’s notes.

Pursue justice for Melissa Roxas, Juanity Carabeo, and John Edward Handoc through to the end!

The unprecedented surfacing of abducted activists MELISSA ROXAS and JUANITO CARABEO, who were kidnapped by likely state security forces along with still-missing JOHN EDWARD HANDOC (who was misreported earlier to have been surfaced already) was a clear democratic victory for freedom-loving Filipinos–and their mass movement–who dared come together in various ways (including raising a collective hue and cry right here in Facebook) to condemn the terrorist acts against the three. Continue reading

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Melissa was tortured by the military

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Here’s an update on the abduction of Fil-Am activist Melissa Roxas and companions Juanito Carabeo and John Edward Handoc. Bayan and Karapatan held a press conference earlier today showing Melissa’s affidavit and announcing her filing of the Writ of Amparo. Continue reading

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Fil-Am activist surfaced; New case of abduction

In a Twitter post a few minutes ago, Bulatlat.com reported that US citizen Melissa Roxas, a Fil-Am activist abducted by suspected death squads of Arroyo regime, has been surfaced. Her two companions, Juanito Carabeo and John Edward Handoc, are still missing though. Bulatlat follows-up on the abduction with this article.

About two hours ago, Bulatlat.com reported a new case of abduction. “Mario Espiritu,organizer of peasants and workers in Mindoro Oriental, has been reported missing by Karapatan-Southern Tagalog” reports Bulatlat in an earlier Twitter post. “Espiritu,52, has been missing since May 23, Glen Malabanan of Karapatan-ST told Bulatlat.com. A quick reaction team has been sent by Karapatan-ST to search for Espiritu. The team is now in Mamburao, Mindoro Oriental.”

UPDATE: Melissa Roxas was tortured by the military

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