Hinggil sa pagpasa ng Charter Change/Con-Con sa Kamara

“Inuna na naman ng Kamara ang makasariling Charter Change ni Marcos. Walang benepisyo, bagkus ay pabigat lang ang dulot nito sa mamamayan. Gustong-gusto ng mga politijo ang term extension at pagbenta n gating ekonomiya sa mga dayuhan. Pagpapalala ito sa krisis ng bansa. Dapat na iprotesta ito ng mamamayan.”—Bagong Alyansang Makabayan [BAYAN]

(Image by Jo Maois D. Mamangun)

On more US troops deployment in the Philippines

“The US is becoming more aggressive now in sending cadres to oversee the military of its allies and neo-colonies is no accident. What we are seeing is both an aggressive economic thrust in the form of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and a military show of force in the region, which most recently involved Japan in a security triad with the US and the Philippines.”—Clarice Palce, GABRIELA secretary general

‘We need a full-time, hardworking, and sincere agriculture secretary’

Malinaw ang panawagan ng mga magsasaka mula sa Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) na magbitaw na sa pwesto si Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. bilang secretary ng Department of Agriculture (DA), at sa halip ay magtalaga na ng isang full-time secretary para sa kagawaran.

Binatikos din ng KMP ang pakikipag-usap ni Marcos Jr. sa Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) noong Oktubre 21 upang hingin ang kanilang payo para tugunan ang krisis sa pagkain.

“He snubbed the farmer-proposed Doables in Agriculture and chose to listen only to business executives,” ani ni KMP Chairperson Danilo Ramos sa kanilang inilabas na pahayag. Binanggit din ni Ramos na ang isa sa lead convenor ng PSAC ay mula sa Aboitiz Group na isa rin sa nangunang contributor ni Marcos Jr. noong eleksyon.

“Marcos’s group of advisers obviously have business and profit as their top priorities. Farmers and food producers on the other hand, are proposing concrete and actionable measures on how to boost local food production, how to genuinely develop the agriculture sector, and protect farmers and consumers alike from inflation shocks. [We need] to genuinely strengthen agriculture and fight hunger, Marcos Jr. should heed the demands of farmers, fisherfolk and food producers,” pagtatapos ng KMP sa kanilang pahayag.

‘Maid in Malacañang’ ni Darryl Yap, isang katarantaduhan – Joel Lamangan

‘PELIKULANG KATARANTADUHAN!’ Ganito inilarawan ng batikang direktor na si Joel Lamangan ang pelikulang ‘Maid in Malacañang’ ni Darryl Yap na nagsasalaysay sa huling 72 oras ng pamilya Marcos sa loob ng Malacañang bago tumakas patungong Hawaii noong kasagsagan ng EDSA People Power Revolution.

Sa katatapos lang na paglulunsad ng kampanyang #ML50, kung saan nagtipon-tipon ang ilang Martial Law survivors at mga progresibong grupo sa Quezon City Sports Club, sinabi ni Lamangan na malinaw ang intensyon ng pamilya Marcos sa pagbalik sa Malacañang: ito ay para takpan ang lahat ng katarantaduhang ginawa ng kanilang pamilya.

“Nag-uumpisa na sila. Gumawa sila ng pelikulang katarantaduhan…’Maid in Malacañang’ sa punto de vista ng pamilya bago sila sumakay ng eroplano papuntang Hawaii. The last 72 hours. Anong drama ‘yon? Drama ng pagtatakip para kaawaan ng tao [ang] pamilyang ‘yon,” dagdag ni Lamangan.

JOURNALISM IS NOT TERRORISM

Journalism is not terrorism. (NUJP image)

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) memorandum ordering the blocking of the two media outfits’ websites, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s shutdown order against Rappler are part of the systematic campaign against independent media.

These recent incidents aim to drown out the truth on one hand, and to drumbeat disinformation and misinformation on the other hand.

Just recently, the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) once again labeled the NUJP as a communist front.

The red-tagging of journalists is a deliberate attempt to discredit, isolate and render the Philippine media irrelevant. We are not taking all these sitting down.

Today, Bulatlat.com is filing a petition before the Courts to have the NTC order stopped and dismissed. We are fighting back. We will persevere in speaking truth to power. History is on our side. Press freedom will always remain a pillar of every democracy while those who sought to curtail press freedom were always repudiated and consigned to the dustbin of history.

#defendpressfreedom

Bulalat mirror site: Bulalat.org

Kung tulad po namin kayong love na love ang Bulatlat, maaari mo na ulit bisitahin ang kanilang website sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mirror site na bulatlat.org.

Artists, cultural workers: #StandWithRappler

The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), an organization of Filipino artists and cultural workers, expresses their solidarity with Rappler as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a revocation order of its certificates of incorporation.

Dated June 28 and signed by SEC chairperson Emilio Aquino and four other commissioners, the order reaffirms its decision to revoke the papers of Rappler in their records and system.

For Prof. Lisa Ito, the secretary-general of CAP, the SEC’s order of revocation vs. Rappler is “an attack not only on the institution but [on] freedom of the press and expression.”

Ito urges her fellow cultural workers to #StandWithRappler and other media workers “in holding the line and carrying on the struggle for truth.”

“The SEC’s move to revoke Rappler’s papers is censorship by closure, happening on the cusp of a Duterte-Marcos term. It is an attack not only on the institution but to freedom of the press and expression. We as concerned citizens and cultural workers must stand with media workers in holding the line and carrying on the struggle for truth.” — Prof. Lisa Ito, Secretary-General, Concerned Artists of the Philippines

If BBM wins, ‘the right of the Filipino people to recover P203 billion in estate tax will be gone forever’

In an online media forum last January 13 by 1Sambayan about the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family, former Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that if Bongbong Marcos (BBM) wins the presidential elections 2022, the recovery of more than P328 billion worth of the ill-gotten wealth and unpaid taxes of his family may go in vain.

The ill-gotten wealth also includes more than P125 billion worth of assets of the Marcoses.

“That’s really the problem because if Bongbong Marcos becomes president, I do not expect the P125 billion to be recovered, anymore. The first thing he’ll do, he’ll probably abolish the [Presidential Commission on Good Government] PCGG,” Carpio stated.

The PCGG was created by the Executive Order No. 1, which primary task is to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family.

Carpio also added a “bigger problem” if BBM wins the elections, concerning his unsettled estate tax of P203 billion.

“He’s the administrator of the estate; he has been ordered by the court to pay; he refuses to pay up to now, and nobody seems to hold him to account for that,” Carpio explained.

Carpio concluded his speech by saying that the issue of the ill-gotten wealth and unpaid taxes of BBM and his family is just one of many reasons why BBM should not be elected as president of the country.

“There’s a bigger problem: he (Bongbong Marcos) owes the government P203 billion for the estate tax. If he becomes president, goodbye na ‘yan. If you do not collect that within five years—you do not send even a demand letter that prescribes—hindi mo na makolekta ‘yan. So he has six years. Hindi s’ya magpapadala ng collection letter against himself. So [the] right of the Filipino people to recover P203 billion in estate tax will be gone forever.”Hon. Antonio Carpio, Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice

‘Love means fighting back’

Despite another fabricated case of terrorist financing charged against her and her co-accused, community journalist and political prisoner Frenchie Mae Cumpio remains steadfast and fearless behind bars.

In celebration of the month of love, KAPATID, a support organization of political prisoners in the Philippines, posted an open letter by Cumpio that she wrote after her unjust arrest two years ago. Cumpio wrote, “love means fighting back.”

“Yes, we could have had a better life like what people would say but remembering the demolition threats among several barangays in Tacloban, the land grabbing cases in Tacloban and Leyte, the illegal arrests of farmers and other activists, the strong Junk STS (socialized tuition scheme) and free education campaign, WE’D STILL MAKE THE CHOICE WE MADE YEARS AGO. Life behind bars is still better than not showing our love for this country,” Cumpio declared.

“Love means fighting back. Life behind bars is still better than not showing our love for this country.”Frenchie Mae Cumpio, Journalist & Political Prisoner

‘Ipainom mo, iinject mo sa kanila’

Muli na namang nagbitiw ng mga di kanais-nais na salita si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa isang weekly online program na “Talk to the People” na ipinalabas kahapon.

Sa isang isyu hinggil sa mga nasabat na pekeng medisina, sinabi ni Duterte na ipainom o i-inject ang mga nakuhang droga sa mga nagbebenta nito.

Sinabi rin ng pangulo na wala siyang pakialam kahit pa ikamatay iyon ng mga nagbebenta at kung may magtanong man kung sino ang nag-utos, siya ang sabihin.

“Kapag masyadong marami nang [nakumpiska na pekeng medisina], ang suggestion ko doon sa NBI at CIDG, yung kalahati ng nakuha nila, ipainom [sa sellers], dahan-dahan. We are interested to know what [will] happen to the idiots, if they are given the drugs. Ipainom mo, iinject mo sa kanila. Kung mamamatay, eh di, sorry. Kung magtanong sila kung sinong nag-utos nito, sabihin mo si Duterte.”Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, Republika ng Pilipinas