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One Billion Rising 2015 – Manila, Philippines

Excerpts from the One Billion Rising (OBR) for 2015, dubbed “Rise for Revolution,” held at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila, Philippines with OBR Global Coordinator Monique Wilson. The dance event calls for truth and accountability in the aftermath of the Mamasapano tragedy and prepares mass mobilizations for March 8, International Women’s Day. The local chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) supports the global event. Intro music in video “On Potok” performed by the indie band Talahib and final song “Babangon na sa Rebolusyon” from the militant women’s alliance Gabriela.

LARAWAN: One Billion Rising for Revolution 2015

Bonifacio Shrine, Manila

February 14, 2015

Pahayag ng Bayan sa pagdinig ng Kongreso at Senado sa Mamasapano encounter

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Renato Reyes Jr., Secretary General ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) hinggil sa kanilang pananaw tungkol sa nagaganap na hearing sa Kongreso at Senado ng Mamasapano Encounter

Women rise for truth, accountability

Gabriela Women’s Party joined women leaders from different sectors in launching the third One Billion Rising global event to fight violence against women during a press conference at Romulo’s Cafe in Quezon City. The Philippines’ main rising will be held at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila on February 14 starting at 8:00AM.

“Women all over the world and women in the Philippines continue to rise as government neo-liberal policies spawn further violence, work against the people’s economic welfare and exacerbate anti-women laws and policies,” said GWP Representative Emmi De Jesus in a press conference in Manila.

“Bumabangon ang mga Pilipina para panagutin ang administrasyong Aquino dahil sa lumalalang kahirapan at papatinding karahasan na nararanasan ng kababaihan at bata. Sa One Billion Rising for Revolution,sasayaw ang kababaihan at sambayanan para ipakita sa mga tiwaling lider ang pagkakaisa at pakikibaka hanggang makamit ang gobyernong naglilingkod sa interes ng masa,” De Jesus

Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan for her part said the rising of Filipino women is very timely. “This time women are also rising to voice out our demands for truth, justice and accountability. Filipino women are facing the big challenge of making those responsible for the state of unpeace in this country accountable.”

“Our dialogues with women from Mamasapano reveal how women, children and their families have suffered and how they continue to suffer as the Mamasapano incident triggers one cover-up after another, practically jeopardizing their demands for just peace.”

Ilagan who joined the fact-finding mission led by Kalinaw Mindanao in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano in Maguindanao is set to join various risings in Mindanao and will be part of the women’s rising in Davao City on February 14.

The Gabriela congresswoman said the call for OBR in 2015 “Rise for Revolution” is a call for systemic change for genuine women
empowerment and not just change of faces and personalities.

“Women can no longer tolerate the lies of Aquino government that prolongs the agony of joblessness, falling wages, worsening
violence. On February 14, we drum, dance, and rise with one billion people to add to the call for truth and accountability of the ruling regimes everywhere,” De Jesus concluded.

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Reference:
REP. LUZVIMINDA C.ILAGAN 0920.9213221
REP. EMMI A. DE JESUS 0917.3221203
Ed Atadero (Public Information Officer) 0915.1439219

OBR2015: Rising for Revolution

One Billion Rising (OBR) Global Coordinator Monique Wilson, with Gabriela Sec-Gen Joms Salvador, announces the big event slated for V-Day, Feb. 14, 2015. Rep. Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela Women’s Partylist calls for truth and accountability in the aftermath of the Mamasapano tragedy.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter (Part 3)

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

February 10, 2015

3. Mararamdaman ang galit at biased na kaagad na pagtingin ni Senator Alan Peter Cayetano laban sa MILF at BIFF at gusto pa niyang pag-awayin ang dalawang grupo para patunayan ang sinseridad sa usapang pangkapayapaan ng MILF sa pamahalaan. Sinabi rin niyang kinakanlong ng mga grupong ito si Marwan. Ano po ang inyong masasabi dito?

JMS: Malamang na sumasakay si Cayetano sa Christian chauvinism o sa mga ready-made bias laban sa mga Muslim. Pero kailangang magpaliwanag ang MILF at BIFF kung si Marwan ay kinukupkop nila. Sa personal na tingin ko, mahirap na sabihin na naroon si Marwan sa Mamasapano dahil walang corpus delicti o bangkay ni Marwan ngayon. At malamang na nagsisinungaling ang FBI tungkol sa DNA analysis para lamang tulungan nito ang propaganda ni Aquino.

Tanggap naman ng FBI na wala silang sample ng DNA ni Marwan mismo kundi ng mga supposed relatives niya. Sabi ng MNLF na nasa Lanao si Marwan at wala siya sa baryo ng Mamasapano na sinalakay ng SAF. Siyanga pala, bale sina Aquino, Purisima at SAF ang sumalakay sa baryo ng Mamasapano. Sabi pa ni Napeñas na SAF ang nagmasaker ng 250 katao sa Mamasapano. Paanong may kasalanan ang MILF. Hindi pwede.

Gabriela files resolution on GMA workers regularization

Gabriela Representative Emmi De Jesus filed House Resolution 1893 at the House of Representatives this morning, seeking an inquiry on alleged violations by GMA Network Inc. of labor code provisions on regularization of contractual employees.
De Jesus, fellow Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan and Quezon City 5th District Rep. Christopher Belmonte took the cudgels for the more than a hundred members of the Talents Association of GMA (TAG) who were refused regularization by the media conglomerate even after 15 years of continuous service to the company.
TAG members were cameramen, production assistants, editors, writers, researchers, and segment and executive producers of various GMA programs.
Most of them were terminated last December at the end of their respective “Talent Agreements” which categorize them as mere independent contractors and not as employees.
De Jesus hopes that HR 1893 would help in the passage of Gabriela’s House Bill 4396, a measure that seeks to stop labor-only contracting and to regulate job contracting and sub-contracting.
“I believe that media workers, who help keep the Filipino public informed and appraised of social justice issues must also be beneficiaries of social justice to keep their body and soul together and continue to provide this invaluable service to the nation,”De Jesus said in a statement.
“Press freedom is endangered if the rights of media workers themselves are not respected by media corporations,” TAG president Bowe Cabaluna, for his part, said.
TAG expressed gratitude to HR1893 sponsors and other media groups such as Altermidya, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, and the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications for supporting their struggle.

Press for TRO vs. MRT/LRT fare hikes

Commuters rally at Supreme Court, press for TRO vs. MRT-LRT fare hikes.

In time for the Supreme Court’s en banc session today, a commuters’ group together with the various sectoral organizations held a picket in front of the High Tribunal’s Office along Padre Faura in Manila this morning to demand a Temporary Restraining Order Against fare hikes in MRT and LRT.

Riles Laan sa Sambayanan(RILES) Network  said that the Supreme Court’s should be able to act now on the petition it filed for a TRO last January 5,2015, the day that the big-time increases in fares for the train systems took effect.

“It has been one month since the fare hikes were implemented and since we filed petition for TRO before the SC. The riding public and all Filipino deserve a TRO now,” said Sammy Malunes, RILES Network Spokeperson.

RILES Network is among the various organizations which filed a petition for a TRO which claims that the Department of Transportation and Communications approved the fare hike without conducting public consultations on the matter.

“It easy to see that the fare hikes are illegal, as the DOTC clearly failed to conducting public consultations. The SC could and should immediately issue a TRO against the fare hikes, which has increase the economic burden of commuters,” Sammy Malunes said.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter (Part 2)

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

February 10, 2015

2. Parang maaabswelto pa yata si Purisima bilang operator ng
Oplan Exodus at madidiin ng husto si Napeñas. May komento po ba kayo sa bagay na ito?

JMS: Si General Napeñas talaga ang piniling maging fall guy para pagtakpan ang responsabilidad nina Purisima at Aquino. Pero nasabi na niya dati na si Purisima ang nasa command at calling the shots mula sa kanyang White House sa Camp Crame. Sabi rin niya sa Senado na si Purisima ang nagdala sa kanya kay Aquino sa Pangarap (house niya). Kalokohan talaga na pinalilitaw ng mga alipures ni Aquino sa Senado at media na walang pananagutan sina Aquino at Purisima.

(Photo/Gen.Purisima?Interaksyon.com)

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter

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

February 10, 2015

1. Sa senate hearing kanina, malaking pansin na wala sinuman sa
mga heneral ng PNP, SAF at AFP na nagtukoy na kasama nila sa operasyon sina President Noynoy Aquino at ang US, o kung ang mga ito ay may papel sa Mamasapano encounter. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa ganitong kaisipan ng mga kasundaluhan at kapulisan ng pamahalaan?

JMS: Ang US ang nagmamando kay Aquino mismo sa pinakamataas na antas. At si Aquino naman ay sadyang umakto sa labas ng chain of command ng PNP at AFP. Sapat na sa kanya na si Purisima at Napeñas ang inuutusan niya. Siya lang ang makakapagpakilos sa suspendidong PNP chief na Purisima at halos 400 kawal ng SAF nang walang pakialamanan ang PNP officer in charge na si General Espina.

Si Aquino at Ochoa ang madalas na may contact sa mga Amerikano na nasa Joint Staff. Nasa US drone command base sila sa Zamboanga City. Lantaran ang pakialam ng US sa Oplan Wolverine o Exodus. Binalak at ginawa ang oplan sa balangkas ng tinaguriang war on terror ng US. Ang US ang naghahabol kay Marwan at may alok pang malaking reward money. Merong US drone na nagsubaybay sa assault team. May Amerikanong namatay sa operation. At Evergreen helicopter ng CIA at mga American officers ay kitang kita sa retrato ng retrieval operation sa mga patay at sugatan ng SAF.

(Photo/Gen.Napenas/Interaksyon.com)