Category: BAYAN Philippines

BAYAN USA Activates Nation-wide Relief Efforts: IN THE SPIRIT OF BAYANIHAN

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2012

Contact: Chera Amlag-BAYAN USA Finance officer:

BAYAN USA Activates Nation-wide Relief Efforts: IN THE SPIRIT OF BAYANIHAN

BAYAN USA is appealing to all concerned citizens to donate $5, $10, $20 or any other amount within your capacity to help with relief efforts. There are numerous calls to donate from around the globe, however many larger donation outlets are not transparent in where their funds actually go. The organizations in BAYAN USA work directly with BAYAN Philippines and BALSA to provide 100% of your donations to the communities it serves and will reach those areas not covered by media  reaching the far barrios to provide food (more than one kilo of rice, dried fish, mongo, cooking oil, and more) and other basic needs.  The grassroots organizing efforts of BAYAN and BALSA with the communities in the Philippines will ensure that all donations given are directly contributed to the areas that need immediate assistance.

This is an urgent call to please help the victims of massive flooding in the Philippines by making a donation to BALSA today: and by taking a minute to help forward this email to your all potential contributors!  The only way to achieve complete relief of the massive flooding is to activate our bayanihan-community effort– and giving spirit as the Philippines has been hit once again with the worst flooding since 2009.

For the past week,  rains due to the southwest monsoon (Habagat) after typhoon Gener (international name, Saola) left the country have caused massive flooding in different parts of Luzon, especially in Metro Manila where half of the city is submerged.

Source: Ted Aljibe/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

At present, as the rains continue to pour, many have been stranded in their homes, while thousands are being relocated to various evacuation centers in their cities and municipalities. According to news reports, the rains have affected some 199,485 families (or about one million individuals based on an average of 5 per family) across 11 regions of the country. A total of 60 individuals have been reportedly killed due to the non-stop rains, flooding, and landslides. PAG-ASA, a local weather station is forecasting more rains in the next few days. This and the fact that the dams around Metro-Manila are spilling out water will worsen the flooding in days to come.

Source: Aaron Favila – Associated Press

The thousands of displaced families and communities in the Philippines need your support at this time, anything truly helps. Many thanks for your consideration!

With Gratitude & Appreciation,

For More information:

See this video of BALSA at work during Typhoon Sendong Relief efforts just earlier this year.

Donate today to BALSA, the relief organization of BAYAN for more than a decade:



BAYAN USA invites you to join the People’s SONA Action to further expose the true nature of the puppet Aquino regime in the Philippines which upholds corruption, human rights violations and bows down to U.S. imperialist demands! Under Aquino’s administration there have been a recorded 76+ extrajudicial killings, a rising cost of electricity and basic living needs, and lack of jobs, resulting in an increase in poverty and hunger across the nation.

We call upon Filipinos and Friends in across the Nation who believe in Human Rights & National Sovereignty to unite for Real Change needed in the Philippines to benefit the 99% of the people!  This means Fighting for National Democracy, National Industrialization, and Genuine Agrarian Reform!

  1. US troops out of the Philippines! Junk the Visiting Forces Agreement!
  2. No to the the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement & Increased Militarization in the Asia Pacific!
  3. Justice for the many victims of human rights violations! Justice for Melissa Roxas!

Join us at these events held across the Nation:

Friday July 20th @7pm
Community Discussion on the State of the Philippines
& Commemoration for Ka Arman
1070 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monday July  23rd, 2012
People’s State of the Nation Address
Action at Union Square & March to Philippine Consulate
Gather @5:30pm
Guerilla Theatre & Program @ 6pm
San Francisco – CA

Monday, July 23rd
Delegation Visit of Church Workers and Medical Mission Participants to Philippine Consulate @3PM
and Vigil for Victims of Human Rights in the Philippines @ 4:30PM
Philippine Consulate
3600 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Monday, July 23rd @ 6:30pm
Community Forum on the Real State of the Nation
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Seattle, WA 98118

Sunday, July 29th
Community Action at Pista sa Nayon
Seward Park Amphitheater
Seattle, WA 98118

Friday July 20th @ 7:00 pm
Community Forum on the State of the Philippines
at the BAYANIHAN Filipino Community Center
40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377
(take the local 7 to 69th St.)

Monday July 23rd @ 5:30pm
People’s State of the Nation Address for the Philippines
at the Philippine Consulate
556 5th Avenue New York, NY 10036
(bet. 45th St. & 46th St., take the B/D/F/M to 42nd St.- Bryant Park)

***UPDATE! Action in…
Saturday, July 21 @ 1-5pm
1st Pulong-Pulong sa Chicago
Centro Autonomo de Albany Park
3460 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

For more information please contact:

Jessica Antonio, BAYAN USA Secretary


For Immediate Release
June 7, 2012

Reference: Jackelyn Mariano, Deputy Secretary General, BAYAN-USA,, 347.669.0661

Filipino Americans Decry Aquino and Binay U.S. Visits as Business Deals to Further Trample on Philippine Sovereignty, Increase US Military Presence in Country

BAYAN-USA, a national alliance of progressive Filipino organizations, commenced the month of June by mobilizing the Filipino community to voice their outrage and concern to the Philippine President Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay on their respective visits to the United States.  BAYAN-USA condemns the Aquino administration for pushing policies that have prioritized opening up the Philippine economy to mainly cater to foreign economic and U.S. military interests, as well as the interests of the ruling classes in the Philippines at the expense of the rights and dignity of the majority of poor Filipinos. Binay visited Los Angeles this past June 2nd, while Aquino is slated to meet with US President Obama this Friday, June 8.

Binay declared his visit to the U.S. was to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to ask for help in defending the rights of trafficked Filipino teachers in Maryland. However, protesters from BAYAN-USA doubt Binay’s interest in workers’ rights due to the very fact that he was staying at the Hilton LA Airport, a boycotted hotel by a hotel workers union, which includes Filipino members. The union called for a boycott to ensure that the workers’ rights to unionize be upheld as well as the fair treatment of workers across the board.

President Aquino, on the other hand, will be meeting Obama at the White House to discuss increasing U.S. military presence in the Philippines.  Aquino may discuss the Philippines signing onto Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a U.S.-led neoliberal free-trade agreement – often referred to as the NAFTA of Asia – which will further liberalize Philippine markets to deregulate foreign business ownership, clearly violating Philippine sovereignty and self-determination. Many economists have pointed to the TPPA’s design to secure US economic dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, while isolating super rival China’s emerging economic influence.

With every US military shift dictated by a US economic agenda, BAYAN-USA recognizes these meetings as Aquino’s subservience to U.S. economic and military interests, as he allows the increase of U.S. military presence in the Philippines in exchange for the tripling of U.S. military aid to the Philippines.  His visit is in line with the Pentagon’s recent announcement of a  60% strategic shift to the Asia Pacific region set to be completed by 2020. As the Obama administration uses military bullying to dictate and project its economic power in the Asia-Pacific region, it continues to justify its actions by sowing an anti-China scare campaign reminiscent of Cold War-era messaging.

Filipinos in the U.S. and in the Philippines declare, “The Philippines is NOT for sale!” and will conduct protest actions in both countries to condemn the U.S.-Philippine military alliance, which will only perpetuate more human rights violations against the Filipino people and aggravate the threat of war, putting the Philippine nation in direct danger of unwarranted military action.

Join BAYAN-USA in nationally-coordinated protest actions to demand that President Aquino uphold Philippine sovereignty and protect the rights and welfare of the Filipino people!

Friday, June 8, 2:00PM EST
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Sidewalks between East & West Executive Avenues
Washington, D.C.
Contact: Jackelyn Mariano, Deputy Secretary General, BAYAN-USA, 347.669.0661

Friday, June 8, 5:30PM PST
Hilton LAX
Los Angeles, California
Contact: Theresa Jaranilla, Southwest Coordinator, BAYAN-USA, 213.373.5154

Sat, June 9 & Sun, June 10, 12pm-5pm PST
Seattle Center, Pagdiriwang Festival commemorating Philippine Independence
Seattle, Washington
Contact: Chel Cendana, Pacific Northwest Coordinator, BAYAN-USA, 360.990.9424



BAYAN Philippines’ statement on the massacre by the Israeli armed forces of aid workers headed for Gaza

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) condemns in the strongest terms possible the barbaric killings of at least 19 aid workers belonging to the Freedom Flotilla which sought to bring much needed humanitarian aid to Gaza. The six ships had civilians on board, including Nobel laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, European legislators and Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, 85 according to reports.

There is nothing that can justify the massacre of these aid workers by the Israeli armed forces.

The US-backed Israeli government has long violated the rights of the Palestinian people, from the inhumane economic blockade and the large-scale destruction it inflicted when it bombed Gaza in 2008. The Israeli government now extends its atrocities to international waters after it blocked and boarded the six aid ships and opened fire on the people on board.

We call on the Philippine government and the international community to protest this latest atrocity. We call on the US government to stop providing economic, political and military aid to the terroristic Israeli government. We call for an end to the occupation of Palestine by Israel and for the lifting of the inhumane blockade.

We call for international solidarity for the Palestinian people and for justice for the victims of the massacre.