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)
“I and the members of Akbayan think alike,”
- President Benigno Aquino III Remarks during the Akbayan Congress, May 25, 2012
Responding to public clamor and protests, the Comelec has embarked on a process of cleansing the party-list system of groups that do not qualify under the law. Several incumbent groups have already had their accreditations cancelled. However, no party-list has incited such intense public discussion as Akbayan, President Aquino’s favored party-list group. The call to disqualify Akbayan should be seen as part of a bigger process of addressing long-standing issues in the party-list system. The abuses by some groups have been going on for so long and now Akbayan thinks it can get away with the same. Voters have a stake in cleaning up a system that has become, according to the Comelec Chair, a “big joke” .
We have three questions related to Akbayan. Is Akbayan marginalized and underrepresented? Are Akbayan’s nominees marginalized and underrepresented based on what is required under the law? Can a group claiming to represent the marginalized be an integral member of the reactionary ruling clique?
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.
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.
Ugnayan ng mga Pilipino sa Belgium (UPB) celebrated with Filipinos and guests through a music- and food-packed program. They were joined by BAYAN secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. who encouraged them to be part of BAYAN Europe formation. More photos can be found in UPB’s Facebook page (login may be required for access).
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.