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.
The bulk of America’s warships will be permanently deployed in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. US cooperation will turn the Philippines into an “outpost” serving the purpose of containing China, believes political activist Renato Reyes.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino is committed to developing a “minimum credible deterrent capacity,” and the US has pledged to help the country step up its defenses in the face of a Chinese threat. The Philippines’ cooperation with the US comes amid very tense relations with China, over territorial disputes in strategic waters. It remains unknown, though, how much military hardware the US will provide to the country.
The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan today scored the meeting between Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and United States Barrack Obama, saying that the Philippine sovereignty would be trampled on by the deployment of more US troops and ships in the country. Bayan also said that all Aquino got from the visit to Obama were “empty promises of modernization which have been made by past US presidents”.
“Aquino is single-handedly reversing the gains from the removal of the US military bases 20 years ago. His foreign policy allows the permanent and continuing presence of US troops all over the country, on a scale unprecedented since the time of the US bases.
BAYAN Europe in cooperation with several Filipino organizations in the Netherlands organized a public forum on the Philippine national situation and on the country’s human rights situation. BAYAN secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. gave an input on the national situation as well as encouraged organizations which participated in the forum to be part of the BAYAN Europe formation. Members of the Philippine UPR Watch provided information on the deteriorating human rights record of Pres. Benigno Aquino III.
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.