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RADIO: Updates from the Philippines- February 14th, 2019

Every February 14th, marks an international mobilization for women across the world: One Billion Rising- a global campaign to raise awareness and demand a stop to violence against women and children. Women human rights defenders, workers, students, urban poor, indigenous peoples, and individuals from different organizations and institutions gather to denounce violence against women and to show solidarity throughout the world.

In the Philippines, hundreds of women, children and allies take to the streets and hold programs across the various provinces in the 7,000 islands. Joms Salvador, Secretary General of GABRIELA said:

“Abuse and violence on women does not stop inside their homes; more intense forms of violence are sponsored and perpetrated by the state. We have witnessed in the last two years of the Duterte regime an accelerating increase in poverty and state instigated violence. Each day we hear and see women and children being victims of extrajudicial killings since the start of Oplan Tokhang” or better known as the Drug War.

At the beginning of the year the House and Senate approved of a bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 12 years old, with the House originally passing their bill to lower the age to 9 years old but amended this due to protests and pressure from the public and advocacy groups. Congress has yet to fail or pass this measure which will resume session post midterm elections in May.

Philippine jails have become increasingly packed under Duterte’s Drug War, combined with the arrests of political activists and human rights defenders, ranking among the most overcrowded prisons in the world.

On January 15th, there was one victory for the people – the recent release of National Democratic Front peace consultant Rafael Baylosis nearly a year after his illegal arrest. The court dismissed the false charges ruling that the search and arrest conducted by the police were illegal in the first place. However, NDFP consultant and Philippine Peace Center Executive Director Rey Casambre and his wife Cora are still detained along with the 540 other political prisoners, 203 of which were arrested under President Duterte.

This week, on Feb 10th an alert was released by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and human rights workers initiating a fact finding and rescue efforts for the release of two human rights advocates Gloria Jandayan and Gleceria Balangiao, mother and daughter being detained at 1st Special Forces Battalion camp in Manolo Fortich town, Mindanao.  Their arrest adds to the long list of cases of human rights violations against Gabriela Women’s Partylist and Makabayan volunteers on the eve of the electoral campaign period before the midterm elections which will definitely result in heightened attacks against human rights defenders. They have yet to be released.

Nearly 10% of political prisoners are women. One Billion Rising’s call is to RISE! RESIST! & UNITE! GABRIELA USA’s adaptation is to Rise Against Duterte! Resist Militarization! & Unite for Genuine Liberation!  JOIN GABRIELA OAKLAND TODAY at their “Love Letters for Liberation” event to create letters of love and support for women, trans & gender-non conforming people in prison. 6-9pm @7th West 1255 7th street Oakland For more information on this event and the upcoming International Working Women’s day March follow @Gabriela Oakland on Facebook and Instagram.

A National Summit for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines will be held April 5-7 in Washington D.C. to gather Filipinos and allies across the U.S. to unite on ways to collaborate in building the broadest movement against Duterte’s fascism until he steps down from office. For more information on this event visit Malayamovement.com

This has been Updates from the Philippines by BAYAN USA

 

Call to Action: Join BAYAN USA for Philippine Solidarity Week Feb 4-11

February 4, 2019 marks the 120th anniversary of the Philippine-American War.

Though history books will tell you that this war ended in 1902, and “independence” was given to the Philippines in 1946, our National Democratic movement recognizes that the fight for genuine independence for the Philippines continues to this day.

The fascist Duterte regime has allowed both the United States and China to trample on Philippine national sovereignty. In 2018 alone, the United States provided 184.5 million dollars in aid to the military and police, supporting Duterte’s terrorism in the 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao as well as the notorious Drug War which has killed up to 27,000 people according to the Commission on Human Rights. The U.S.’s “counter-terror” Operation Pacific Eagle increases its own deployment of U.S. military to the Philippines primarily for aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support. China has also pledged P24 billion in aid and investment, $332.9 million dollars in “rebuilding” Marawi city, and P370 million in military aid. China has illegally built man-made islands to claim disputed islands in the Spratly Islands and South China Sea, despite the United Nations tribunal ruling in favor of the Philippines in the sea dispute.  

The U.S.-Duterte regime is combining the worst of each of his predecessors into his one man show: the corrupt cronyism and family dynastic behavior, the rise of impunity of the military and police, the fascist and violent attacks on communities, and the tactic of maintaining power through the rule of fear, subjugation, and manipulation. With the recent murder of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Randy Malayao, people are taking action to condemn the rising violent fascist attacks and extrajudicial killings, and to struggle for lasting freedom and genuine democracy. Join us in the events and actions listed below!

 

We call on everyone who supports the fight for Philippine Sovereignty to join BAYAN USA’s Philippine Solidarity Week of Action!

Uphold Philippine Sovereignty!

US Out of the Philippines!

End Martial Law Now!

Never Again to Fascist Dictatorship!

STOP the Killings!

 

    1. Join Actions & Events in your area or plan an action! You can print these SIGNS!
  1. Write a Solidarity Message supporting Genuine Philippine Independence & National Sovereignty (short video, short written statement- these can be emailed to secgen@bayanusa.org) These will also be uploaded to our Facebook page.
  2. Take Action Online: share & repost material featured on our Facebook page each day! Take a photo with one of the Signs above & post it! TAG @BAYANUSA

 

Justice for Randy Malayao!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Rhonda Ramiro, Chairperson, chair@bayanusa.org

Nikole Cababa, Secretary General, secgen@bayanusa.org

January 31, 2019

 

JUSTICE FOR RANDY!  

JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS AND STATE VIOLENCE UNDER THE DUTERTE REGIME!

 

BAYAN USA condemns the cold-blooded murder of Randy Felix Malayao, 49 years old, one of the youngest peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), a multi-sectoral revolutionary alliance.  On January 30th, Malayao was taking the bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya on his way home around 2:00am when a gunman slipped into the bus and shot him twice while he was sleeping.

 

Malayao is one of over 170 victims of politically motivated, state-sponsored extrajudicial killings as Duterte continues his rampage and counter-insurgency campaign against critics and human rights groups.  “The Duterte regime continues to sabotage any chance of peace by assassinating Malayao, NDFP consultants, and other human rights defenders whose life’s work is to serve the interests of the poor and oppressed,” BAYAN-USA Chairperson Rhonda Ramiro said.  

 

In 2008, Malayao became a political prisoner and faced heavy torture under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and trumped up charges were dropped only after suffering four years of unjust imprisonment.  Malayao was widely-known as a human rights defender and served as the regional coordinator of progressive BAYAN MUNA partylist, and as a a spokesperson and representative of the NDFP during peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in Oslo, Norway.   

 

As an official NDFP peace consultant, Malayao was supposed to be guaranteed safety under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG).  Last year, Duterte cancelled the peace talks right before the next agenda item was to tackle much needed socio-economic reforms, in which the NDFP was to present their Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER).

 

“Duterte employs state-sponsored terrorism against the people.  He utilizes the drug war, martial law, and counter-insurgency programs as a desperate attempt to dodge responsibility for the failing economy, the skyrocketing costs of living, widespread poverty, increasing displacement of indigenous people, and civil unrest,” said Ramiro.

 

While Duterte places crosshair targets on the backs of human rights defenders, the people are left with no choice but to fight back and grow the movement to oppose this fascist dictatorship.  He has endangered the lives of poor peasants, workers, women, bishops, journalists, teachers, students, indigenous people, and more.

 

She continued, “For every loss of life under this regime, the people are reminded that it is Duterte himself that is the true enemy, and he is fearful of the unity and strength of the people to overthrow his corrupt dictatorship.  We vow to continue the struggle Randy valiantly led to serve the most oppressed and expose this rotten regime.”

 

We demand justice and accountability for the murder of Randy Malayao.  We call on member organizations of BAYAN-USA to launch actions and mobilizations to hold the Philippine government accountable for the murder of Randy Malayao and to demand an end to US support for the fascist Duterte regime’s continuous killing spree.

 

#Justice4Randy  #StopTheKillings   #EndStateFascism

 

 

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BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 26 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing students, scholars, women, workers, artists, and youth. As the first and largest international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN-Philippines), BAYAN-USA serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a center for educating, organizing, and mobilizing anti-imperialist and progressive Filipinos in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bayanusa.org

 

 

Source:  https://www.bulatlat.com/2019/01/30/ndfp-peace-consultant-randy-malayao-killed/

 

 

BAYAN-USA Honors the CPP’s Continuing Legacy of the Katipunan, 50 Years of Philippine Revolution

BAYAN-USA Honors the CPP’s Continuing Legacy of the Katipunan

50 Years of Philippine Revolution

 

Historically, Filipinos have fought against their colonizers to obtain genuine freedom, from Spain, Japan, and the United States. The Katipunan, an underground revolutionary organization,  led the 1896 Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonization and won their freedom. Soon after, the U.S. quickly snatched away that same freedom and the Philippine-American War started soon after the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1898. More than 122 years later, as U.S. imperialism continues to exploit and thrive in the semi-feudal, semi-colonial society of the Philippines, the Filipino people also persist in waging war for genuine national independence.  The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), re-established on December 26, 1968, vowed to continue the unfinished revolution of the Katipunan and to fight for national liberation and genuine democracy against U.S. imperialism and the local reactionary classes of big compradors, landlords, and bureaucrat capitalists. As the CPP celebrates its 50 years of revolutionary struggle this year, BAYAN-USA honors the Filipino people’s continuing struggles and achievements waging revolution for a better Philippine society.

Recently, Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to destroy the CPP and New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the CPP, in complete disregard of the CPP’s announcement of a unilateral ceasefire for the holiday season and its 50th Anniversary.  Duterte follows in the footsteps of every puppet presidency of the Philippines, which has claimed that it would crush and destroy the revolutionary movement. Instead, the revolutionary movement has grown larger in numbers and spread across the whole Philippine nation.

For the CPP to exist for 50 years, there must be mass support.

Indeed, counter to his intentions, Duterte himself promotes and furthers the social basis for this mass support. The people loathe his war on drugs which has killed over 23,000 victims, his extension of martial law in Mindanao which has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, his blatant corruption reflected in his partnerships with the Marcoses and Arroyos, and his brazen selling out of Philippine sovereignty to the U.S. and China. The armed revolution is winning over the hearts and minds of the people because it is the people who have benefited from advancing the CPP’s people-centered programs including providing services to improve the health, education, and overall well-being of the masses.  At the same time, the violence and terror of Duterte’s anti-people policies and programs keep the majority of the Filipino people mired in poverty. Peasants still compose 75% of the Philippine population, a majority of which are landless peasants facing the oppression of big landlords and foreign corporations. The CPP and the NPA have been able to organize peasants in ever-larger numbers and build local organs of political power nationwide. These organs of political power implement minimum and maximum aspects of genuine land reform, from reduction of land rent and elimination of usury all the way to the dismantling of land monopolies and free distribution of land to the peasants and farmers.

At the same time, the chronic economic crisis which gave rise to the neoliberal Labor Export Policy persists to this day and contributes to the growth of the national democratic movement among Filipinos overseas. Under Duterte, the Labor Export Program now forces more than 6,000 Filipinos to leave their homes and families each day in search of work abroad. Currently, 12 million Filipinos live outside the Philippines—a majority of whom are Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who face exploitation and violence while receiving inadequate support from the Philippine government.  

Unless there is fundamental change in Philippine society to ensure that the majority of the people can meet their basic needs, Duterte can expect even more resistance from the people in the coming year. Both the open mass movement and the CPP led underground armed revolutionary movement will intensify their demands for durable national industries, land reform, social benefits, and true democracy. This broad movement will continue to grow and succeed—not only in ousting the fascist U.S.-Duterte regime, but in waging revolution to achieve lasting, genuine freedom and democracy in the Philippines.

[Photo featured by: Rappler]

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Re-establishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines

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