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ONE YEAR LATER, WE STILL DEMAND JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER LAUDE

For Immediate Release

October 9th, 2015

Reference:

Cole Carothers, Chairperson, GABRIELA New York, colejcarothers@gmail.com

Katrina Cortes, Coordinator BAYAN North East Queer Caucus, corteskb@gmail.com

ONE YEAR LATER, WE STILL DEMAND JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER LAUDE

Jennifer Laude 1 Year Anniversary

One year ago, Jennifer Laude, a 26 year old woman from Leyte, Philippines was taken from family and friends because of atrocious acts of violence. U.S. Marine Corporal PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton murdered Jennifer in Olangapo City near his military base in Subic Bay. Impunity for U.S. servicemen under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) has stalled justice from being properly served for Jennifer. Pemberton has since admitted to strangling Jennifer to death, yet there is no movement in his case–in fact, he is comfortably enjoying his military salary in US custody!

GABRIELA New York and BAYAN North East Queer Caucus join the rest of the world in calling for justice still one year later and demanding an end to all forms of violence against women, LGBTQIGNC people of color and an end to all systemic entities that allow violence to prosper. Nearly every two days, someone in the world is murdered for expressing their gender nonconformity. Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming folks of color are amongst the most marginalized, exploited, underrepresented and isolated in our communities. We cannot continue to ignore the aggressive attack on LGBTQIGNC people of color in the United States and across the globe. The time has come that we must end all kinds of violence in the forms of hate, state repression, displacement, poverty and erasure.

Violence against women also continues to be a practice of U.S. servicemen in the Philippines. In 2009, Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was convicted of rape of a Filipina woman yet was acquitted of charges after two years in protection of the U.S. military. This underscores the amount of special treatment military officials receive in the Philippines even in the face of convicting evidence. Jennifer’s murderer is no different in the special treatment of Pemberton. The Visiting Forces Agreement and Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement delay of justice rewards and encourages U.S. military to continue violating the human rights of Filipinos in the Philippines and here in the U.S. We must keep our people safe, U.S. Military should be out of the Philippines!

On October 11th, 2015 GABRIELA New York and BAYAN North East Queer Caucus will host a vigil to remember those that we have lost so far this year to violence and continue to fight for Justice for Jennifer! Facebook Event

JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER LAUDE!
STOP ANTI-LGBTQIGNC VIOLENCE!
TERMINATE THE VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT!
END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
END THE ENHANCED DEFENSE COOPERATION AGREEMENT!

Print, Plaster, Post, & Protest to Stop the Killings in the Philippines

Web Web Web

Teaching children is not a crime.

Feeding the hungry is not a crime.

Housing the poor is not a crime.

Murdering people who teach, feed, and care for their communities IS.

Burning down schools and forcing 3,000 people to evacuate their village IS.

Funding human rights abuses and turning a blind eye to the consequences IS.

On September 21, the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines, stand up for human rights in the Philippines.

Condemn the brutal counterinsurgency policy of the Philippine Army, which is receiving military aid from the U.S. to arm, train and direct paramilitary groups that are now terrorizing communities in Mindanao.

Join BAYAN-USA as we kick-off our participation in the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines’ campaign to stop political repression in the Philippines.

PRINT the attached black&white flyers or posters

PLASTER them in public places

PASTE them on placards and PROTEST at your local Philippine consulate

POST the images on your feeds

SIGN the Unity Statement to condemn escalating human rights violations

#StopLumadKillings #SaveOurSchools #StopTheKillings #EndOplanBayanihan

For more information, visit:

www.humanrightsphilippines.net

www.bayanusa.org

Karapatan’s Fact Sheet on the Lianga Massacre: http://bit.ly/1VO2SMq

Tonyo Cruz’ #StopLumadKillings What you need to know: http://bit.ly/1i9nwbE

Bulatlat’s ALCADEV Under the Gun: http://bit.ly/1NdN6ZB

On the Anniversary of the Termination of the US-Philippines Military Bases Agreement: Beware of False Patriotism, Stand for Genuine Philippine Sovereignty

For Immediate Release

September 16, 2015

Reference: Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN USA, chair@bayanusa.org

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On the 24th anniversary of the historic people’s victory in the Philippines that was the Philippine Senate’s decision to shut down former US military bases Subic Naval and Clark Air Force, BAYAN USA calls on all Filipinos in the Philippines, the US and diaspora to support the movement for genuine sovereignty as the gains of this historic victory are being lost under the Aquino administration, its cronies and supporters.

US imperialism continues to dominate the economic, political and military direction of the Philippines.This dominance is maintained and advanced by the total subservience of the Aquino government and the ruling elite, at the expense of the Filipino people’s lives, livelihood, and national sovereignty.

It is clear that as Benigno Aquino III prepares to exit the presidency, his administration is racing to eliminate its most active critics of the US-backed counterinsurgency plan Oplan Bayanihan. Aquino’s loyalists both in the Philippines and the US are on a rampage to spread disinformation and false ideas of patriotism that resemble McCarthy-era scare tactics, detracting from the growing movement seeking justice and accountability. Rather than claim responsibility for state-sponsored killings of innocent civilians including children by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the paramilitary groups under their command, Aquino and his cronies instead try to shift blame to the victims themselves. Ultimately, the Aquino government is betraying national interests in favor of super-profitability for itself and big foreign monopoly capital.

The July 30th Philippine Inquirer article by Rodel Rodis, vilifying BAYAN USA as being uncritical of Chinese imperialism, is part of this campaign of gross disinformation. It is no secret to that the likes of Rodel Rodis, a spokesperson  for US Pinoys for Good Governance, are staunch Aquino loyalists and cheerleaders in the US. Rodis wastes no time tagging BAYAN USA as a communist front in public– a tactic well-documented by international human rights watchdogs as also being used by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to justify the killings, abductions, illegal arrests and torture of those serving the most marginalized in the country and most critical of Philippine government policies.

But where Rodis’ article treads dangerously in its disinformation is in its false patriotism. It purports the idea that only the incursions of China are a threat to the Philippines, and therefore it is in the Philippines’ national interest to maintain and increase United States military presence in the country for defense and security.

Rodis’ line is completely devoid of the fact that the history of US intervention in the Philippines is much more than military intervention, but essentially insidious economic intervention. The US government has been actively engaged in Philippine economic policy-making through its colonial rule over the country in 1896-1946, and throughout neocolonial domination from 1946 to the present. This policy-making has led to the repressed development of local agriculture and Philippine national industries, resulting in massive joblessness and poverty. From the 1970s until the 1990s, the US used IMF stabilization programs and World Bank structural adjustment programs to impose far-reaching trade and investment liberalization, privatization and deregulation policies. From the 2000s until today, economic policy-making remains dictated by the US government, through its agencies such as USAID, and by the international financial institutions it dominates.

Despite false claims by Aquino and his loyalists of a stronger economy, the administration has seen the most poor and least employed number of Filipinos  in the country’s history. According to the Ibon Foundation, at least 66 million Filipinos struggle to survive on just Php125 (US $2.80) or less a day as of 2012. As of 2014, at least 12.2 million were unemployed and underemployed.

The main purpose of increasing US military presence in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region is neither for defense nor security. The geopolitical role of US military bases is to ensure political and economic hegemony over the region. In the Philippines, greater US military presence will push for greater US-dictated economic policy-making, increase land-grabbing by big foreign multinational corporations, increase extraction of our natural wealth for foreign benefit, increase the Philippine economy’s dependence on labor export and remittance of overseas Filipino workers rather than on domestic industrial development and production, and increase the state’s repression and human rights abuses of those struggling for genuine economic and political sovereignty for the country.

In 1991, decades of growing a Filipino people’s movement for national sovereignty culminated in the shutdown of the US military bases. Under Aquino, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement and the Visiting Forces Agreement are unapologetically welcoming US military installations back to the country. The Mamasapano Massacre in January also exposed the usage of US drones in so-called anti-terror operations in Mindanao as well as the US military command over Philippine security forces in these operations.

Lumad and poor rural communities in Mindanao are being eliminated, repressed, and displaced by the US-funded Philippine military and paramilitary who are doing the dirty work on behalf of large multinational corporations targeting the land for mining and corporate agribusiness.

This September 16, pro-sovereignty Filipinos and supporters are uniting under a broad formation known as P1NAS (Pilipinong Nagkakaisa para sa Soberanya), and are calling to defend Philippine sovereignty from ALL foreign incursions. The call for sovereignty must include the call to develop Philippine economic capacity and productivity through genuine agrarian reform, national industrialization, and an independent foreign policy with other nations based on mutual respect and benefit.

DEFEND PH SOVEREIGNTY!

US/CHINA: HANDS OFF THE PHILIPPINES!

US OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES & ASIA!

GENUINE AGRARIAN REFORM NOW!

NATIONAL INDUSTRIALIZATION NOW!

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BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 20 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing youth, students, women, workers, artists, and human rights advocates. As the oldest and largest overseas 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 Filipinos in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bayanusa.org.

Anakbayan-USA condemns killing of a Lumad educator and tribal leaders, militarization of indigenous schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                            

September 1, 2015

Reference: Yves Nibungco, National Chairperson, Anakbayan-USA, chair@anakbayanusa.org, 2015399199

Anakbayan-USA condemns killing of a Lumad educator and tribal leaders, militarization of indigenous schools

USA — National Filipino youth organization Anakbayan-USA condemns the torture and extrajudicial killing of an indigenous Lumad educator and tribals leaders by suspected elements of the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and their paramilitary Magahat Bagani Forces at the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) tribal school in Sitio Han-ayan, Surigao Del Sur, Mindanao on the morning of August 30, 2015. Those killed include Emerito Samarca, executive director of ALCADEV, Dionel Campos, chairperson of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), and his cousin Aurelio Sinzo.

ALCADEV is an alternative school built by the Lumad community to provide basic and secondary education to Lumad youth and the rest of the indigenous communities in Surigao Del Sur. The schools provide culturally-relevant education in literacy, agricultural production, and the right to defend their ancestral lands. It has been accused and labelled by the Philippine military as a “rebel school.”

Currently, more than 400 families, totaling 2000 people, have evacuated the area after soldiers threatened to massacre them. “There is a disturbing pattern of intensified attacks by government forces on indigenous schools and communities all across Mindanao. These attacks against civilians are brazen acts of state terrorism by the Philippine government,” said Yves Nibungco, national chairperson of Anakbayan-USA.

According to Anakbayan-USA, this spate of human rights violations is part of President Benigno Aquino III’s ‘desperate attempt’ to eliminate the resistance of indigenous communities against the entry of large-scale mining, logging companies and plantations in the area. “These human rights violations, military operations on communities, and killings of community leaders are products of Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan, wherein the Philippine military is serving as an ‘investment defense force,’ or as a private military for large corporations,” said Nibungco.

Oplan Bayanihan is President Benigno Aquino III’s counterinsurgency program aimed at defeating the New People’s Army, which has been engaged in a civil war with the Philippine government for 46 years.

Anakbayan-USA also pointed out the role of the U.S. government in aggravating the human rights situation in the Philippines. “Oplan Bayanihan is patterned directly from the U.S. Counterinsurgency (COIN) Guide released in 2009. The U.S. has been complicit and has continued to condone these atrocities through its $50 million annual military aid to the Philippine military,” said Nibungco.

“We demand that the U.S. government immediately cut off all financial support for the Philippine military. We demand an end to the Oplan Bayanihan counter insurgency program. We call for an immediate pull out of the 36th Infantry Battalion and the dismantling of their paramilitary army, the Magahat Bagani Forces. We demand justice for Emerito Samarca, Dionel Campos, Aurelio Sinzo and all the victims of militarization in Mindanao. Aquino has blood on his hands and must be held accountable,” Nibungco concluded. ###