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ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Peace Talks – GPH and NDFP & GPH and MILF


Panayam ni Ms. Sonia Capio ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant hinggil sa kalagayan ng usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng GPH at NDFP at GPH at MILF.

April 9, 2015

Mga Tanong para sa peace talks sa pagitan ng GPH at NDFP at GPH at MILF

1. Ano po ang update sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng GPH at NDFP? Matutuloy pa rin po ba ito bago pa matapos ang termino ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino?

JMS: Patuloy na handang makipag-usap ang NDFP. Pero ang GPH ang hindi handa. Kung gayon, nagiging malabo na ang resumption ng formal talks ng GPH  at NDFP.  Sabi ng Malakanyang na nakabuhos ang atensyon nila sa pagtutulak ng BBL at paghahabol ng peace with  MILF.

Hanggang ngayon walang maliwanag na negotiating panel at chairman ng GPH para makipag-usap sa NDFP.  Lumilitaw na sa buong panahon  ng rehimeng Aquino wala talagang interes sa peace talks kundi paggamit ng dahas laban sa kilusang rebolusyonaryo.

2. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan naman ng GPH at MILF? Tila nagkahati-hati po ang mga pananaw ng mga nasa pamahalaan at matindi ang mga banggaan sa usapin ng Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at ang kawastuhan kung dapat pa bang ituloy ang pakikipag-usap nila sa MILF o hindi na.

JMS: Sa loob at labas ng GPH, lumakas ang sumasalungat sa BBL dahil sa Mamasapano at constitutional issues. Tiyak na maraming susog ang gagawin sa Kongreso, laluna sa Senado, hanggang sa posibleng ayaw na ng MILF ang lalabas na final draft ng BBL.

Kahit tanggapin ng MILF ang anumang BBL na aprubahan ng Kongreso, may mga magdadala pa rin ng constitutional issues sa Korte Suprema. Baka mauuntol ang BBL hanggang maubos na ang termino o buhok ni Penoy Bugok.

3. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa Bangsamoro Basic Law o BBL?

JMS: May constitutional issues na nakasalang sa  Kongreso ng GPH. Hanggang ngayon, walang pinal na anyo ng BBL dahil susugan nang susugan pa yan sa Kongreso. Habang wala pang pinal na anyo ng BBL, mahirap mangahas ng opinion ng pagkatig o pagtuligsa sa kabuuan ng BBL.

Kaguma members hold lightning rally

Members of Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan or Kaguma held a lightning rally at Litex Market this morning to celebrate the underground organization’s 44th Anniversary. Wearing teachers uniforms, they called on the people to further support the National Democratic Revolution and the campaign to oust President Benigno Aquino for his crimes against the people.

Kaguma is an allied organization of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Which celebrates its own 46th anniversary on April 25.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the Congress hearing on the Mamasapano incident

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa naganap na Congress hearing tungkol sa Mamasapano incident.

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April 9, 2015

1. Sa kabuuan, ano po ang inyong masasabi sa katatapos pa lang na hearing sa Kongreso hinggil sa Mamasapano incident?

JMS: Lalong lumiliwanag na si Aquino ang nag-utos na isagawa ang Oplan Exodus at siya rin ang nag-authorize sa suspendidong Heneral na Purisima bilang kasama niya sa pagmando kay Napeñas at inako nilang dalawa ang koordinasyon sa loob  ng PNP at sa AFP.

Nagtaksil si Aquino sa mga pinaslang na 44 na police commando dahil hindi siya kumilos para iligtas ang mga ito magmula nang 7 a.m. hanggang 12 noon kung kailan naipit at napalaban ang SAF 44 hanggang naubos.

Tama ang sabi ni Napeñas na si Aquino at Purisima ang dahilan ng kawalan ng saklolo at pagkamatay ng SAF 44. Tama rin ang pagtutuon ni Congressman Neri Colmenares sa katotohanan na hindi kumilos ang commander-in-chief para iligtas ang mga pinaslang.

2. Nabasa nyo po ba ang 20 tanong na inihanda ng Makabayan bloc para sa Congress hearing? Bakit po kaya hindi ito sinang-ayunan ng nakararaming kongresista na ipadala man lamang sa palasyo para mabasa ng pangulo at bahala na siya kung sasagutin niya ang mga ito o hindi?

JMS: Binasa ko nang masinop ang 20 tanong. Tama ang panimulang tanong kung bakit inauthorize ni Aquino si Purisima na magcommand kay Napeñas. Tama ang tanong kung bakit si Aquino ay walang ginawa para pakilusin ang Army at iligtas ang mga kawawang police commando. Tama ang tanong kung bakit hindi nag-utos si Aquino ng fly over sa maisan.Tama ang tanong tungkol sa pag-utos ng US kay Aquino.

Ang mga kongresista na nagharang sa 20 tanong ay naglantad sa sarili bilang mga utusan at kasabwat ni Aquino sa katiwalian. Alam naman ng sambayanan na mga 90 por syento ng Lower House ay mga garapal na magnanakaw sa pork barrel.

3. Ano po kaya ang nagtutulak kay Pnoy na umiwas sa mga pagtatanong hinggil sa kanyang responsibilidad sa Oplan Exodus? Magkakaroon po ba kaya ng magandang bunga ang Congress hearing kahit wala ang pangulo?

JMS: Ayaw ni Aquino na sagutin ang 20 tanong dahil lalong malalantad ang kriminal na pananagutan niya sa pagpaslang sa mga mga police commando ng SAF gayundin sa kanyang pagsisinungaling sa bayan. Ayaw din ni Aquino na lalong malantad ang pag-utos ng US sa kanya.

Mahirap sabihin na makakagawa ng final report ang Lower House para ilantad ang buong katotohanan at pananagutin si Aquino dahil mayorya sa Lower House ang mga  kasabwat ni  Aquino sa pangungurakot, mas malamang na white wash or yellow wash ang mangyayari.

4. Sa panahon ng mga pagtatanong hinggil sa kondukta ng dapat ay tulungan na nangyari sa pagitan ng PNP-SAF at AFP, para mailigtas ang SAF 44, meron pong ilang magkakaibang paliwanag ang dalawang pwersa ng pamahalaan na maaaring mauwi sa matinding di pagkakaunawaan kung ito ay isasawalang bahala lamang. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa bagay na ito?

JMS:  Maliwanag naman na si Aquino ang may kasalanan dahil sa stand down order niya. May utos siyang huwag saklolohan ang SAF 44 para iwasan daw ang labanan ng Army at MILF. Isa pa, nabuwisit si Aquino sa SAF dahil nakatakas si Usman. Naging dahilan na ito para maging mababaw ang pansin ni Aquino sa mga update at hindi na niya sapol ang kalagayan na mauubos na yong SAF 44.

5. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa partisipasyon ng Magdalo Party List sa Congress hearing ng Mamasapano?

JMS:  Malamang na susundin nila ang pagsipsip kay Aquino, tulad ng ginagawa ni Trillanes sa Senado at sa press releases niya.  Itatambak nila kay Napeñas at SAF ang sisi sa pagkapaslang ng mga kapwa nilang SAF.

6. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa kahihinatnan nina Purisima at Napeñas sa imbestigasyon ng nabigong Oplan Exodus?

JMS: Baka sa katapusan, sina Purisima at Napeñas at SAF lang ang babatikusan ng final report ng Lower House.  Posible ring si Napeñas lamang ang tatambakan ng sisi dahil sa kung pananagutin nila si Purisima magiging tampok din ang katotohanan na si Aquino ang may pinakamabigat na kasalanan.

Si Aquino ang  nag-authorize sa isang suspendidong heneral na maging taga-utos kay Napeñas.  Hindi niya inisip na wala sa katayuan si Purisima na makipagcoordinate sa loob at labas ng PNP.  At kriminal na nagpabaya naman si Aquino kahit siya na ang umako sa koordinasyon bilang commander-in-chief.

MIGRANTE: Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso

Mary Jane Veloso is a 30-year-old Filipina mother-of-two sentenced to death by the Indonesian Supreme Court in April 2010 for drug trafficking.

Veloso’s case was submitted for judicial review but her appeal was rejected by the Indonesian Supreme Court last March 26, 2014. News reports state that Indonesia is preparing to transfer Veloso from the city of Yogyakarta to the maximum security prison in Nusakambangan Island of Central Java to await execution by firing squad.

Veloso was a domestic worker in Dubai from 2009 to 2010. She left Dubai and came back to the Philippines after her employer attempted to rape her. On April 22, 2010, she was illegally recruited by her kinakapatid (daughter of her godfather) to work as a domestic worker in Malaysia. When she arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the same person told her that the job was not available anymore and that she would instead be transferred to Indonesia. It was there that she found out that she was tricked into carrying luggage containing 2.6 kilos of heroin.

The Indonesian government plans to execute 10 convicted foreign drug traffickers, including Veloso, all at once. Their cases have drawn international flak for Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo after he rejected pleas by the United Nations and various governments for their clemency.

UN Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns on extrajudicial executions had also appealed to Wododo to stop the executions on the basis that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported information that suggests that Veloso and her 14 other fellow accused were convicted after unfair trials. The same report attested that all of them did not receive sufficient legal services or the right to translators, and had no legal representation at all stages of their trials.

Upon her arrest at the Jogjakarta airport, Veloso was not provided proper legal assistance. She was only provided a student translator during the course of her trial. She did not understand any of the proceedings.

Veloso’s case is yet another case of the Philippine government doing a little, too late. She was arrested in 2010 and was not assigned a lawyer until the last minute. Had it not been for the international criticism that accompanied her fellow foreign inmates’ cases, it can be argued that the Philippine government would have once again opted to keep her case hush to evade public censure. Such had been the Philippine government’s tact, it had so far failed to show transparency or accountability for failing to save the lives of Filipinos on death row.

Should Veloso’s execution push through, she would be the eighth Filipino executed under the present leadership of Benigno Aquino III, the most number of executions of Filipinos on death row under one regime since the Philippine labor export policy was implemented in the 1970s.

Veloso was a victim of large-scale international drug syndicates, of circumstance and of government neglect. The series of unjust executions of Filipinos on death row should be put to a stop.

The personal is political

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Readers of this ten-something-year-old column have likely observed that the essays I write are mostly political in nature; an outcome of my being a social activist from way back when. But once in a rare while yet for good reason, the theme becomes more personal. Then again as the feminists of the late sixties phrased it so elegantly — the personal is political. And so here goes.

Someone once asked me, intrigued by the last part of the blurb accompanying this column that describes me as a “doctor by training, activist by choice, columnist by accident, proud mother of two and happy partner to a liberated spouse“ what that meant.

I wish today, on the 70th birthday of the “liberated spouse” to expound on what that means for a radical reformer such as myself. In the process I wish to publicly give credit where it is due, something that has truly been a long time coming.

I met my future husband, Miguel “Mike” Araullo, as I entered the State University, a wide-eyed and eager ex-colegiala. He was on his way out, prolonging his stay in Delaney Hall (DH), the hang-out of members of the UP Student Catholic Action, only because he was reviewing for the engineering board exams. As an old Filipino adage goes, a bit paraphrased, “Papunta pa lang ako, pabalik na siya.” (I had just embarked on this journey; he was on his way back.)

Having been born “old” – I was given the moniker “granny” for having an over-sized super-ego and constantly reminding all the kids to behave – I didn’t mind the age gap at all. Of course his being good-looking caught my eye; more than that he struck me as a mature, kind-hearted person with a straightforward, even mockingly honest manner, that I found refreshing compared to the self-conscious cockiness of the younger males at the DH.

In time his perseverance in courtship paid off despite the physical distance (by then he had started to work in Laguna) and my growing involvement in radical student politics (which meant interminable discussion groups, non-stop teach-ins, and a constant stream of protest rallies and marches on and off campus).

Our relationship withstood the sudden separation from my going underground when martial law was declared and my arrest upon re-enrollment at UP. Still he did not join the revolutionary movement just to be closer to me; he knew that decision had to come from one’s own conviction and commitment. But he respected me enough and was sufficiently progressive politically himself not to dissuade me from acting in accord with my beliefs.

After release from detention, he patiently waited for me to finish an extended Bachelor of Arts course, then another four years of medicine (with summer vacations spent in “social immersion” among peasants in the countryside) while he continued to seek economic stability, first as an employee then an independent, small-scale entrepreneur.

At last upon graduation we agreed to get married although I managed to irk him by a sudden attack of panic that neither of us knew how to cook so how could we embark on our own away from his and my mother’s reliable kitchens. But that was to be the least of our problems. He readily assumed the role of breadwinner while taking up the slack from the untalented and perfunctory homemaker that I turned out to be.

Mike’s progressiveness was certainly tempered by his determination to have a viable family life amidst the trials and tribulations of an economy in doldrums and a spouse whose promising professional career wasn’t meant to be; more so, of a politically repressive martial law environment and even more terror and harassment under the supposedly liberal democratic regime that followed forcing me to once again go underground for a time leaving behind two bewildered young children.

Many times he was mother and father to our kids especially when I was wont to be hard pressed by the demands of being a full-time activist through the ups and downs, ebbs and flows of the movement. Through his dedication and perseverance (and to be fair, my wholehearted cooperation) our two children grew up to be well-rounded, self-assured and disciplined individuals with athletic, theatrical and other extra-curricular accomplishments to boot.

Mike has largely been the “invisible” partner, quietly in the background while wife and kids drew some kind of limelight for achievements or, in some people’s eyes, notoriety. A couple of years ago, our daughter surprised him with a text message on his birthday saying “you are the wind beneath my wings”. And he is affirmed each time he reads in published interviews of our son that the latter credits his father for the solid values he imbibed as he grew up and the opportunities to develop whatever God-given talents he had.

We had tried not to be defensive about our being “economically challenged” especially when hard times hit his fledgling business and our kids had to wear their cousins’ hand-me-downs. A proletarian lifestyle, while not being philosophically averse, was still a source of tension and instability in the family. Happily, we never really quarreled about money or the lack of it.

Mike suffered silently through my mother’s harangues about why he would let his wife pursue risky even dangerous, time-consuming and time-away-from-kids kind of “work”, instead of hunkering down to a respectable medical practice but he never actually pressured me to stop my activism. He not only resigned himself to the fact that a large part of what defines me as a person is my activism, he grew to love and respect me all the more for it.

Mike is a spouse who is most of all a dear friend, and always will be. He is great to have light, silly chats with in early morning jogs and late night telenovela-watching bonding time; as well serious conversations whenever this activist needs a sounding board, especially a contrary but nonetheless thoughtful and honest view about controversial issues of the day.

What is so much clearer to me now, as we grow mellow in our senior years, I would never have been able to pursue a life of dedicated activism and somehow still manage to have happy, healthy and level-headed progeny and a reasonably functioning home were it not for a partner who has been supporting me through thick and thin, good times and bad.

He has been the more mature, the more understanding, the more forgiving, the more accommodating, the less bull-headed of the life partnership and for that I am most blessed, a truly “happy partner to a liberated spouse”. #

Published in Business World
6 April 2015

LARAWAN: Kalbaryo ng Maralitang Taga-lunsod 2015

Plaza Miranda, Manila
March 30, 2015

Marking the first day of the Holly week, Anakpawis together with urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) today staged their own progressive version of the passion of the Christ. It cited six major issues of the people in which President Noynoy Aquino failed to address — landlessness, low wage, demolition of urban poor, massive conversion of local fishing grounds, the continuing neglect of Yolanda survivors, unabated skyrocketing of prices and basic utilities.

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Tuligsa ng Magsasaka Kontra Aquino

Mendiola, Manila
March 24, 2015

BAYAN: Paano uunawain si Pnoy kung ayaw magsabi ng katotohanan

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Renato Reyes, Jr., Pangkalahatang Kalihim ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan kaugnay sa talumpati ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino (hinggil sa insidente sa Mamasapano) sa pagtatapos ng mga kadete ng Philippine National Police Academy sa Silang, Cavite noong Marso 26, 2015.