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ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Pope Francis and Pnoy

ITANONG MO KAY PROP

January 20, 2015

Panayam ng Kodao kay Prop. Jose Maria Sison

  1. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa mga mensahe at pangangaral ni Pope Francis sa mamamayang Pilipino?

JMS: Mainam na may mensahe at pangangaral ni Pope Francis tungkol sa social injustice at corruption. Bale pinaringgan niya ang mga mang-aapi at nagsasamantala gayundin ang mga inaapi at pinagsasamantalahan. Pero bale wala ang mga ganong sermon sa mga nasa kapangyarihan at mga nagsasamtalang uri. Ibig sabihin na makakaasa lamang ang sambayanang Pilipino sa kanilang pagkilos at paglaban sa mga nang-aapi at nagsasamantala sa kanila.

  1. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa mga pahayag ni Noynoy Aquino na hindi naman daw siya ang binabatikos ng Papa hinggil sa corruption at tumitinding kahirapan sa Pilipinas?

JMS: Bale linoloko ni Noynoy ang sarili. Maliwanag sa lahat na pinatatamaan siya ng Papa. Sa ngayon, sino ba ang pinakaresponsable sa corruption at tumitinding kahirapan sa Pilipinas. Alam ng lahat na siya ang pork barrel king at siya ang nagtakda ng mga patakaran para pagsamantalahan ang mga anakpawis at sambayanan ng mga dayuhang kapitalista at mga katulad niyang malaking asendero at komprador.

LARAWAN: Mga hanapbuhay sa panahon ng pagbisita ng Papa sa Luneta

Kapansinpansin ang maraming nagtitinda sa kalsada ng Taft Avenue, sa ilalim ng LRT mismo sa tapat ng Philippine Normal University. Kagaya ng mga nagsisikap na makarating sa pinakamalapit na maaabot nila ang Papa (sa loob ng Luneta,) hindi nila iniintindi kung nababasa ba sila ng ulan o hindi. Ang mahalaga, nakakapagbenta sila ng mga bagay na magpapaalala sa mamamayan kay Pope Francis sa kanyang pagbisita sa Pilipinas. Pagkain man ito o subenir.

Pero higit sa lahat, nakinig man sila o hindi sa mga pangaral at mensahe ni Pope Francis sa Luneta, kabilang sila sa mga hikahos na palaging tinutukoy ng Papa na dapat pagtuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaan. Sila ang dapat na bida sa mga programang pangkabuhayan. Kabilang sila sa malawak na mamamayan na pinagkakaitan ng marangal na pamumuhay dahil sa matinding kurakot at pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan.

Sa huli, kabilang din sila sa mga dapat na minumulat, inoorganisa at pinapakilos para sa kanilang kapakanan. Huwag kalimutan, milyon din ang bilang nila.

Luneta, Manila
January 18, 2015

 

NDFP peace panel congratulates NDFP-SMR for successful release of POW Coquilla

MEDIA RELEASE
By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
19 January 2015

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating
Panel warmly congratulates the NDFP-Southern Mindanao Region for
successfully carrying out the safe and orderly release of Prisoner of
War (POW) Jose Mervin Coquilla today to foster the immediate
resumption of peace negotiations between the Aquino government and the
NDFP.

In a unilateral exercise of political authority, the NDFP-SMR freed
the provincial warden of Compostela Valley, and suspended its judicial
proceeding against Coquilla also as a humanitarian act, in response to
the pleas of his family and representatives from the Government of the
Philippines (GPH) and well-meaning individuals.

The NDFP-SMR released the POW Coquilla to Third Party facilitators,
peace advocates and media persons.

The NDFP Negotiating Panel welcomes this NDFP-SMR gesture of
compassion and mercy, a message that has been reverberating in the
country with the visit of Pope Francis. We appreciate and support the
calls of people’s organizations and peace advocates to resume GPH-NDFP
peace negotiations to address the root causes of the armed conflict.

We call for the release of political prisoners and NDFP Consultants in
accordance with the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the
Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

The NDFP is open to resume peace negotiations with the GPH on the
basis of The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, the JASIG (1995), the
CARHRIHL (1998) and other binding peace agreements.

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National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Southern Mindanao Region
Press Statement
January 19, 2015

Detained BJMP warden is released for humanitarian reasons

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Southern Mindanao releases today Jose Merven Coquilla, who is under the custody of the New People’s Army Comval-North Davao South Agusan Subregional Command, as a unilateral exercise of political authority, humanitarianism, and to help propel for the immediate resumption of the Government of the Philippines (GPH)-NDFP peace negotiations.

Prior to his arrest on December 23, 2014 in Panabo City, complainants filed a case against him at the People’s Democratic Government for corrupt practices, and for planning, aiding, abetting and conspiring in the commission of ferreting drugs inside the jail, of tolerating the cruel treatment and violence among inmates, and of neglecting sick prisoners of the reactionary Provincial Rehabilitation Center of Compostela Valley in his capacity as its Provincial Jail Warden since Sept. 18, 2000.

Coquilla was accused of practicing unreasonable policies for jail visits. Family of inmates are prohibited from conducting face-to-face interaction with their loved ones.

He allegedly tolerated rampant illegal drug trade inside the jail. Jail guards and visitors freely sneak in illegal drugs for inmates, as body searches for visitors are not being done.

Complainants from the jail also said that medical care for sick inmates is inadequate. While they are admitted in separate cells, sick inmates carrying contagious diseases or not are all placed in the same cells. Those with serious ailments are not immediately brought to the hospital. There are reported deaths as a result of the lack of medical treatment. Those who are lucky to be brought to the hospital have to contend with inadequate medicines.

A People’s Court constituted by the People’s Democratic Government ordered the arrest of Coquilla so that legal and judicial processes are applied and the above-mentioned allegations are substantiated. If evidence warrants, the process progresses to prosecution, trial and judgment. Upon his arrest, the People’s Democratic Government formed an investigating body to formally receive the complaints and conduct a preliminary investigation to determine the participation and culpability of respondent Coquilla. The body was tasked to determine whether there was prima facie evidence to establish Coquilla’s commission and commission with impunity of such criminal acts.

As a head of a state apparatus that is an armed security machinery of the reactionary government, Coquilla is being held liable for allegations of crimes that hurt citizens whose freedom of movement is already absent by virtue of their incarceration and those who are victims of the unjust reactionary Philippine judicial system that arbitrarily detained them.

The arrest, custody and investigation of Coquilla are all in line with the cause of revolutionary justice, governed by the laws of the People’s Democratic Government and in accordance with international rules of war.

Information have been obtained pointing to a specific violation of Coquilla and those under his command responsibility of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), specifically, Part III Respect for Human Rights, Article 2, Nos. 4,5,7,11 and 20, which provide the “right not to be subjected to campaigns of incitement to violence against one’s person,” “right to liberty, particularly against unwarranted and unjustified arrest and detention,”, “right not to be subjected to physical and mental torture and other inhuman, cruel or degrading treatment, detention and punishment,” “right to access to basic services and health care.”

Because he supervises a facility that houses political detainees, charges were also levelled against Coquilla for violating No. 6, Article 4, Part IV of CARHRIHL which provides that “All persons deprived f their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict shall be treated humanely, provided with adequate food and drinking water, and be afforded safeguards as regards to health and hygiene, and be confined in a secure place.”

The NDFP-SMR, however, suspended its judicial proceedings against Coquilla as a humanitarian act in response to the pleas of his family and representatives from the GPH and well-meaning individuals, and as a gesture of compassion and mercy—a message that is reverberating in the country with the recent visit of Pope Francis.

The suspension of revolutionary judicial process over respondent Coquilla is also a unilateral exercise of political authority of the NDFP, as an act of goodwill for the immediate resumption of peace negotiations between the GPH and the NDFP.

As such, the case of Coquilla is being archived.

The release of respondent Coquilla, however, does not preclude the revolutionary forces from subjecting him to future arrest and detention if the masses file new charges against him and if he is found to be unremorseful.

The NDFP-SMR has ordered the NPA Comval-North Davao South Agusan Subregional Command to carry out the safe and orderly release of Coquilla to be witnessed by Third Party facilitators, peace advocates, and the media.

(Sgd.) Rubi del Mundo
Spokesperson
NDFP-SMR

“Stand with us,” People’s Organizations Implore “People’s Pope”

On the last day of Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Philippines people’s organizations joined millions of Filipinos at the University of Santo Tomas and Rizal Park to ask for his continued solidarity in their fight for social justice. The organizations expressed joy at the Pontiff’s stand against corruption and “glaring…scandalous social inequality,” as well as justice for the poor.

Workers, peasants, women, urban poor, indigenous peoples, migrant Filipinos, transport workers, and many others marched from Liwasang Bonifacio to Rizal Park with images of saints, displayed placards and distributed leaflets to highlight what they believe are the Pope’s pro-people messages.

January 18, 2015

Salubong para sa Santo Papa

Nagtipon ang iba’t ibang organisasyon upang salubungin ang paglabas ng Santo Papa sa Palasyo ng Malakanyang.

Kinilala nila si Francis bilang Papa ng mga dukha at para sa kalikasan at kapayapaan.

Hiniling nilang manindigan ang Santo Papa sa katulad nilang dukha at inaapi.

Mendiola, Manila
January 16, 2015

Poor welcome Pope with “Pagsamba ng mga Dukha”

Ecumenical church leaders organized a religious service that welcomed Pope Francis to the Philippines. The service was attended by members of various sectoral organizations which ended with a symbolic sharing of bread.

“The ecumenical community is happy to join the People’s Welcome to celebrate the visit of Pope Francis. The message of Pope Francis is clear: as followers of Christ-who was always close to the poor and the outcasts, we are to live in solidarity with the poor and oppressed. So to join with the poor and oppressed to welcome a renowed Church leader is a celebration of community,” said Bishop Reuel Marigza, General Secretary, United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

LARAWAN: People’s Welcome

People’s Welcome
Morayta to Mendiola, Manila
January 16, 2015

Sa likod ng mga buwaya — Tula ni Raymund B. Villanueva

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Mabuhay, mabuhay, mabuhay! Maligayang pagdating, Papa
Nakahilera na sa Villamor ang mga buwaya. Ayun, kuntodo postura
Ang mga katolikong pang-kapitirya, nangagsiligo na
Sila na, sila lamang, ang may karapatan
Maging abala sa iyong pagdalaw.

Huwag kang magugulat, Kiko, kung walang trapik sa kalsada
Pistang opisyal ang iyong pagbisita, ayon sa Presidente
Hindi na baleng walang kita ang arawang manggagawa
Ganyan kaming tumanggap ng kapita-pitaganang bisita.

(Samantala sa radyo, nagpayo si Noli de Castro
Maghunos-dili naman daw ang mga pasaway.
“Eto na,” sambit ni Dr Love, OP, habang ipinapasok ng may uyam
Ang ulat tungkol sa mahihirap na naghatid ng liham
At petisyon sa iyo sa iyong tutuluyan.)

Sino nga ba kaming nagpupumilit na mabahaginan
Ng iyong sulyap at basbas:

Kaming biktima ng mga sakunang nakatira pa rin sa tolda
Kaming magsasakang binoldoser ang mga bukirin
Kaming aliping trabahanteng walang trabahong permanente
Kaming bakla’t tomboy na ayaw mong husgahan
Kaming batang kalye ikinulong, mala-hayop
Kaming katutubong hahayo mula sa kinalbong bundok
Kaming maralitang lungsod na itinago sa likod ng kinulayang pader
Kaming mag-aaral ng eskwelahang may nagkampong militar
Kaming rebeldeng tigil-putukan ang aming handog
Kaming dukhang parokyanong hindi makapag-abuloy sa misa
Kaming pulubing ipinahakot at itinatago ng alkalde
Kaming detenidong politikal na nag-aayuno habang ika’y narito
Kaming di-kasal at aming mga anak na ayaw binyagan
Kaming GRO na paborito ng mga politiko
Kaming may-sakit ngunit sa PCSO nakapila
At iba pa.

Kami’y may pakiusap na bahagyang kakaiba–
Pakilakasan ang pagpukol ng iyong bendita
Baka sakaling sa likod ng mga pulis at buwaya
Matilamsikan kaming mga aba.

–5:55 n.h.
15 Enero 2015
Barangay Central, Lungsod Quezon

LARAWAN: Progressive groups welcome Pope Francis to the Philippines

Progressive groups welcome Pope Francis to the Philippines
Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila
January 15, 2015