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Join Us! Philippine Solidarity Week Feb. 4-11th

February 4, 2018 marks the 119th 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 United States still has its imperialist chokehold on the Philippines, with Duterte as its murderous puppet.  Duterte’s three dirty wars against the people have resulted in more than 13,000 people killed alone in the Drug War, more than 400,000 people displaced due to martial law in Mindanao, and a rise in extrajudicial killings and illegal arrests of activists and community organizers. In a recent example of intimidation and harassment, on January 30, the Manila Office of the City Prosecutor issued a subpoena against Anakbayan Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo, Secretary General Einstein Recedes, Rep. Carlos Zarate and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna, and Renato Reyes of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), for bogus charges of direct assault with physical injury, resistance and disobedience to a person in authority, and violation of Public Assembly Act of 1985 in connection with the massive anti-Trump protests last November.

While Trump was on his imperialist tour of Asia, he pledged to provide $14.3 million dollars of military aid and “rehabilitation” in Marawi and $2 million to Duterte’s Drug war. The U.S. has provided over $85 million in counterterrorism-related equipment, training and support to the Philippine military. The new U.S. “counter-terror” operation Pacific Eagle: Philippines, was recently exposed at the beginning of this year, even though Duterte and the U.S. made it official in September of 2017. In 2018, Trump is asking for $64 billion for this program that allows the U.S. to have a stronger military presence including direct military intervention in the Philippines, which is a violation of the Philippine Constitution.

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.

We call on everyone who supports the fight for Philippine Independence 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!

 

  1. Join Actions in your area or plan an action! You can print these SIGNS!

  2. 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.

  3. Take Action Online: share & repost MEME’s and prop material featured on our Facebook page each day! Take a photo with one of the Signs above & post it!

End the Criminalization of Dissent! BAYAN-USA Demands the False Charges Against Progressive Leaders to be Dropped

End the Criminalization of Dissent! BAYAN-USA Demands the False Charges Against Progressive Leaders to be Dropped

BAYAN-USA denounces the filing of charges by the Manila Office of the City Prosecutor against mass leaders of BAYAN, Anakbayan, and Bayan Muna. The filing of these bogus charges is another attempt by the US-Duterte regime to silence dissent and criminalize activism. The US-Duterte regime’s fascist actions have been intensifying since President Trump’s visit, emboldened by Trump’s assurance of more financial support to the Philippine military and police.

On January 30, a subpoena was issued against Renato Reyes of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Rep. Carlos Zarate and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna, and Anakbayan leaders Vencer Crisostomo and Einstein Recedes, over charges of direct assault with physical injury, resistance and disobedience to a person in authority, and violation of Public Assembly Act of 1985 allegedly at the Nov. 13 anti-Trump protest in line with the ASEAN Summit last year.  This is yet another form of harassment and a way for Duterte to show his loyalties to President Trump and the United States.

“It’s harassment and possibly retaliatory on the part of the Trump government through its US embassy in Manila,” stated Renato Reyes. “This was also the first time the Philippine police deployed the US-supplied Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) sonic weapon upon the protesters.”

In addition, on January 31, peace activist Rafael Baylosis and his companion, Roque Guillermo Jr., were slapped with trumped up charges and arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR).  The arrest of 69 year old Rafael Baylosis, a long-time activist, labor leader and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant, violates the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), of which the Philippine government is a signatory and therefore bound to by way of the peace talks.

BAYAN-USA demands the immediate release of Baylosis and all 486 political prisoners, and for the false charges against progressive leaders to be dropped. While Duterte commands and empowers the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to carry out blatant violations of human rights with impunity, the people will not be intimidated into submission. Communities are coming together to organize and protest the violence and injustice.  We are expanding the ranks of people bravely opposing the imposition of dictatorship, by building the Movement Against Tyranny. If Duterte continues to ignore the demands of the Filipino people, violently suppress any opposition, and drive toward open dictatorship, his regime will fall under the gravity of a growing people’s movement against tyranny and fascism.  

Never Again to Fascist Dictatorship! No to Another Martial Law Extension in Mindanao!

Never Again to Fascist Dictatorship! No to Another Martial Law Extension in Mindanao!

BAYAN-USA, GABRIELA USA, and Anakbayan-USA decry the Philippine government’s extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018. In this blatant act of fascism, 240 members of the Philippine Congress, proving once again to be blind followers of President Duterte, approved Duterte’s request based on unconstitutional grounds. Duterte, along with Defense Secretary and warmonger Delfin Lorenzana by his side, cited vague “justifications” for the extension: alleged ISIS recruitment, reconstruction of Marawi, criminality, economic growth, and offensives launched by the New People’s Army. Their reasons are nothing but a facade for the escalation of the U.S.-Duterte regime’s war against the people, which has continued to massacre, displace, and curtail the rights of communities in Mindanao and beyond. In the face of increased repression, the people have no other option but to build the mass movement, demand the lifting of martial law, and resist the imposition of open dictatorship in the Philippines.

Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao on May 23 after a botched military operation against Maute Group leader Isnilon Hapilon led to the Group’s siege of Marawi City. Originally set for a period of 60 days, the declaration was extended to the end of December 2017. Duterte’s request for a second extension until December 31, 2018 comes despite the government declaring Marawi clear of the Maute Group in October.

The Philippine army’s self-proclaimed  “victory” in Marawi has spelled disaster for the people. Over 1,000 people have died from the conflict in Marawi, which involved indiscriminate aerial bombings by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) under the framework of the U.S.-instigated “War on Terror.” Over 400,000 people were also forced to evacuate, with dozens reported to have died in evacuation centers awaiting aid which the government never delivered. Numerous women in evacuation camps have reported their husbands either killed or missing, last seen in the hands of state forces who had wrongly accused the men of being affiliated with the Maute Group.  Once a culturally and commercially vibrant city, Marawi itself is in ruins, a literal ghost town of flattened buildings and tattered streets flooded with puddles of empty mortar shells and bullet casings.  While residents plead to be allowed to return to Marawi to rebuild their homes and lives, the government has forbidden them from going home. Instead, evacuees in the bordering towns see tanks roll by each day, as the military moves forward with its plans to establish a military camp on the now-vacated land–no surprise since Duterte appointed Defense Secretary Lorenzana to lead the government’s “rehabilitation” efforts. At the same time, Duterte is seeking investments from the Asian Development Bank and World Bank for the rebuilding of Marawi, thus opening the door for foreign interests to profit as much as possible from the people’s suffering.

Outside of Marawi, martial law has only emboldened the military and paramilitary to terrorize the people with impunity. Indigenous peoples, peasant activists, and workers rights activists have been gunned down, and other human rights defenders and community organizers have been put on fake “wanted” lists as an intimidation tactic. “Many of the victims of the military’s fascist rule in Mindanao have been youth, including Lumad student Obillo Bay-ao [19 y/o]  and cultural worker Bernardo Clarion [24 y/o],” emphasized Adrian Bonifacio, Chairperson of Anakbayan-USA. “Duterte himself–who once vowed to protect the youth of the Philippines–has the blood of the country’s future on his hands.”

Under martial law, Duterte has also openly encouraged the AFP to flex its power against women, feeding the military’s macho-fascist mentality and emboldening them to systematically use rape as a tool of war. “We must continue to demand an end to martial law because with further military operations, women and children will be victims of crimes such as harassment, sexual abuse, rape, and murder promoted by Duterte’s war on the people,” asserted Irma Shauf-Bajar, Chairperson of GABRIELA USA.

“During our annual Peace Mission to the Philippines this November, we saw first-hand how Trump’s warm endorsement of Duterte directly emboldened the fascist attacks of his regime,” stated Rhonda Ramiro, Vice Chair of BAYAN-USA and a leader of the mission. “The frequency and intensity of repression against workers, indigenous people, peasants and human rights defenders increased with each day of our mission. Such repression is paving the way for Duterte to impose a full-fledged dictatorship to safeguard the Philippines as a puppet state of U.S. imperialism. This is all while Trump seeks to secure the Philippines as ‘prime real estate’ for U.S. military offensives, as well as push a neoliberal economic offensive against struggling Filipinos through the forging of a new bilateral Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines.”

The extension of martial law will mean another year of repression against the Filipino people. As we celebrate International Human Rights Day, let us celebrate through fierce resistance. We call on all people who seek justice and genuine peace to join the mass movement against fascism in the Philippines, and demand the U.S. government end its explicit support for this state repression. We encourage organizations to show their solidarity by joining the newly formed International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines – United States (ICHRP-US), and by engaging in the “Stop The Killings!” campaign. As the people chanted on the streets under Marcos’ martial law, we must do the same: “Makibaka! Huwag matakot! Struggle without fear!”

Stop the Killings!

Never Again to Martial Law!

Never Again to Fascist Dictatorship!

Join the #StopTheKillings National Call in Day | Dec 14th

Join the National Call in Day Dec 14th

Immediately after U.S. President Trump’s visit to the Philippines in November 2017 and his
expressed support to Philippine President Duterte’s “War on Drugs”, war on the Moro and
Lumad people, and counter-insurgency war, we have seen a rapid deterioration of the
human rights situation in the Philippines. On the heels of 13,000 “drug war” victims, and continuing killing of the poor, in the last few weeks, there has been daily reports of extra-judicial killings of human rights advocates, faith-based leaders, along with harrassments, evacuations, and massacres of peasants and indigenous communities.

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