Why is it taking forever for Malacanang to state whether it acknowledges the official claim of the Philippines to Sabah and will pursue it with vigor or will drop it like a hot potato?
Many are beginning to surmise that the Aquino regime is not at all convinced that the Sabah claim has merit and his description of it as a “hopeless cause” is not just a slip of the tongue indicating “ignorance or incompetence” as Sultan Jamalul Kiram III suspects but his regime’s point of view and even policy on the matter.
The objective of the so-called study ordered by Mr. Aquino appears to be to find holes in the claim rather than determine its veracity and validity. Otherwise, why has the “study” not come up with anything at all so far? Surely the DFA and other government agencies can dig up the documentation on the Philippines’ Sabah claim whilst Mr. Aquino consults the many experts that have specialized in scholarly, legal and historical, study of the same.
February 27, 2013
Reference: Dr. Carol Araullo, Chairperson, Bayan
We take notice of the Aquino administration’s apparent double standard in asserting the country’s territorial integrity. While it is all agog about the Philippine assertion of sovereignty over the Spratlys group of islands and the Panatag Shoal, government is holding a defeatist stance on the Sabah claim. Worse, President Benigno Aquino III is even obscuring or muddling the legitimacy of the assertion of the Sultanate of Sulu and chose to perpetuate the more than five decades of government passivity, if not total abandonment, of the country’s Sabah claim.
Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, Karapatan
Renato Reyes Jr., Secretary General, Bayan
Human rights group Karapatan and umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), together with members and leaders of several organizations today condemned in strongest terms the series of attacks against people’s organizations and partylist groups, disguised as break-ins and robberies. The groups decried what they described as the “rising and systematic forms of state repression and harassment of government critics”. They said that the recent incidents were made to appear as common crimes but were actually targeted attacks on activists and their organizations.
22 February 2013
GPH SNOOPS DESPERATE, RESORT TO “ROBBERIES” vs. LEFT
The recent spate of break-ins and robberies against the offices and personalities of progressive organizations reveals how desperate government security and intelligence agencies have become in collecting information they could use against the Left, particularly those identified with the national democratic movement.
Ang nabahurang sasakyang pandigma ng US, ang USS Guardian, sa Tubbataha Reef
Muling inilalabas ng Bayan ang praymer na ito sa Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) sa layuning bigyang linaw ang papel ng nasabing kasunduan sa kontrobersyal na pagsadsad ng USS Guardian sa Tubbataha Reef noong Enero 17, 2013. Sa mga pahayag ng rehimeng US-Aquino, pilit nitong inaabswelto ang VFA sa pagkawasak ng di bababa sa 4,000 square meters ng pinangangalagaang bahura (reef) ng Pilipinas, na isang deklaradong World Heritage site. Wala naman daw ehersisyong militar sa Tubbataha, ani Aquino, kaya bakit sisisihin ang VFA. Simpleng paglabag lamang daw sa mga batas pangkalikasan ng bansa ang ginawa ng mga tropang Kano.
Pero hindi mangyayari ang pagkawasak ng Tubbataha Reef kung walang VFA na nagbibigay-daan sa paglalabas-masok ng mga sasakyang pandigma ng US sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa. Ang isyung ito ay di lamang isyung pangkalikasan taliwas sa sinasabi ni Aquino. Isyu ito ng soberanya at dagdag na dahilan sa mahaba nang listahan kung bakit dapat nang ibasura ang VFA. Asahang lalo pang darami at titindi ang mga pang-aabuso ng tropang Kano sa ilalim ng sinasabing “pivot” o “rebalancing” sa rehiyong Asya Pasipiko ng rehimeng Obama. Ibabaling nito ang mas malaking presensyang militar ng US sa rehiyon, kabilang ang Pilipinas. Nararamdaman na ito ngayon sa pamamagitan ng mas dumadalas na diumano’y “port call” ng mga sasakyang pandigma ng US gaya ng sumadsad na USS Guardian.
Kabataan Partylist second nominee Bai Ali Indayla has urged the public to treat with scrutiny the planned visit of President Benigno Aquino III to the main camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) this Monday to launch Sajahatra Bangsamoro, a set of government assistance to identified MILF communities.
“The visit is sure to get the attention of Filipinos especially those who follow the peace process. But we call on the public not to get carried away easily,” Indayla said.
Indayla said Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs, is right in calling the event “merely symbolic”.
Manila, Philippines – Walang katotohanan na tila langit ang kalagayan na ng Pilipinas dahil sa magandang takbo ng ekonomiya.Binigyang-diin ni Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz na panaginip lamang ang sinasabing paglago ng gross domestic product at ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.Ayon kay Archbishop Cruz, kitang-kita ang laganap at nararanasang kahirapan ng bansa na dulot ng korupsyon partikular sa mga institusyong dapat nagtatanggol at nangangalaga sa kapakanan ng mamamayan.
Ayon kay Archbishop Cruz, nakalulungkot dahil kapag ibang bansa ang nagbibigay ng pag-aaral sa kalagayan ng Pilipinas ay tila nakaka-awa ang buhay ng mga Filipino, ngunit para sa gobyerno, maganda ang hinaharap ng bansa.
Multisectoral group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said that the incident at the Tubbataha Reefs involving yet another US warship raises more questions against the unhampered entry and permanent presence of American forces in the country under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
Bayan made the statement after the USS Guardian, a 68-meter minesweeper of the US Navy, ran aground the Tubbataha Reefs, a natural park and a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea.
FALLEN DRONE A US-made unmanned aerial vehicle, identified as a BQM-74E target drone, was recovered in waters off San Jacinto town on Ticao Island, Masbate, early Sunday morning. PHOTO FROM MASBATE PROVINCIAL POLICE OFFICE (Posted at Inquirer.net)
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced Benigno Aquino III “for using Andres Bonifiacio’s name and legacy to camouflage his servility to the US government and conceal continuing neocolonial domination by US imperialism through its puppet republic.”
Iba naman! — Rep. Teddy Casiño filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on October 3, 2012. In an unprecedented run from Luneta to Comelec, hundreds of supporters braved the heavy downpour to join Casiño in a daring quest to be the alternative senatorial candidate in a contest dominated by incumbent and former senators and their relatives.
With the slogan 'Iba naman!" Casiño takes up the challenge to be the game changer in 2013 senatorial race.
The Philippines... In Search of Liberation by Intal Click here for French & Dutch subtitles.
Description: Seven members of Intal went on an exposure to the Philippines in the summer of 2008. They made this documentary to share their experiences on what it means to live in the Philippines.