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ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the US war on terror (Part 1)

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa war on terror ng US.

February 17, 2015

1. Ano po ba ang ibig sabihin ng US war on terror?

JMS: Sa tinawag ng US na war on terror, sinasabi ng US na ito ay perpetual at borderless, walang hangganan sa panahon at teritoryo at walang depinidong estado na kalaban ng US. Basta ipinapalagay ng US na kalaban niya sa gera ang alinmang maliit na pulutong na sinasabing terorista sa anumang bahagi ng daigdig at ginagawang lisensiya ito para manghimasok ang US sa anumang bansa.

Ito ay pakunwaring gera at kathang isip lamang ng US na inumpisahan ni Bush magmula 9-11. Hindi gera ito na nakabatay sa depinisyon ng gera sa ilalim ng international law. Sa tunay na gera ng mga estado may deklarasyon ng gera mula sa isa o magkabilang panig o kaya sa isang gera sibil ng nakatayong estado at kilusang rebolusyonaryo may deklarasyon ng gera mula sa isa o magkabilang panig. Kung ang isang maliit na grupo ay gumawa ng krimen, tinutugis ito bilang isang police matter at hindi bilang isang matter of war sa pagitan ng mga hukbo.




Group says government policy of deregulation and privatization to blame, calls on Pres. Aquino to step in

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares today hit the triple whammy of price hikes on oil, power and water saying that it is the government policy of deregulation, privatization and liberalization is the root cause of this price hikes.

“Take the case of oil firms, they are so fast to jack up oil prices but are so slow to roll back. Why should there be another big time oil price hike when oil companies have a buffer stock that was purchased when the price was lower? Worse oil prices are decreasing in the international market but it is increasing here,” said Senior Deputy Minority Leader Colmenares.

The progressive solon issued the statement as oil companies is again set to implement a big time oil price hike even as oil prices fell in Asian trading hours last week after the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted that global oil prices will recover only partially over the next five years, analysts said.

News reports say that US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for March delivery fell 68 cents to $52.18, while Brent crude for March eased 80 cents to $57.54 in morning trade.

“Besides the rollbacks they implemented then was not even right because some industry insiders are saying that it should be P1-2 more. Given this situation and government is also slow in lowering the prices of basic commodities services and transportation so it is the consumers are always at the losing end. This is the reason why the oil industry should be regulated to prevent this type of price manipulation and added burden to consumers,” said Rep. Colmenares.


“Add to this the impending power rate hike and water rate hikes then consumers are again given another burden. As for the impending power rate hike, we have yet to get the full report of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on the collusion investigation of generation companies (gencos) which is long overdue but Meralco is again using the same reasoning of simultaneous plant outages as the reason for the increase. Again this would not have happened if government effectively regulates the power industry and if it owns a significant number of power plants to have a say in the market and so that consumers would be held hostage by power players,” he said.


“Meanwhile the looming water rate hike of Maynilad and the potential adjustment of Manila Water’s tariffs as a result of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) decision will come on top of another rate hike approved by the MWSS last December.

“Maynilad and Manila Water last month started implementing higher water rates to cover foreign currency differential adjustment (FCDA), which will be reflected on the customers’ bills this month. This would not have happened if the water industry was not privatized by government,” said Rep. Colmenares.

“Also in other businesses, they are the ones who absorb bad business decisions and business risks like the foreign currency differential adjustment (FCDA) and pay their own taxes but these water concessionaires are raking in billions by fooling us. They even pass to consumers losses due to changes in foreign exchange rates. But in this case, the concessionaires borrow from foreign creditors without any qualms knowing that they are insulated from the risk ordinary borrowers take because they’re allowed to pass on their forex losses to their consumers. It is like having their cake and eating it, too. Sa kuryente nga e nagrereklamo tayo sa paniningil sa atin ng systems loss pero dito mismong buwis na nga ng kinita nila ang sinisingil pa sa atin,” “This shows that privatization is wrong and the practice of automatic pass through of forex losses should not be allowed by government”, explained Rep. Colmenares.

“Manila Water and Maynilad must first refund billions of pesos it collected from the public for still unimplemented water projects before it could talk about increase water charges. Among these projects is the P5.4 billion Angat Water Reliability, and the P45.3 billion Laiban dam projects,” added the progressive solon.

“As it is, deregulation, privatization and liberalization have been proven to a bane to consumers and should be reversed. We should act now and Congress should fast track the measures to stop these destructive and lopsided economic measures before it wreaks more havoc on the lives of the Filipino people,” said Rep. Colmenares.


“These impending rate increases could be stopped if Pres. Aquino will abandon his privatization and deregulation policies while at the same time intervene and warn these companies of their liabilities should they be involved in price manipulation or unjust rate increases. The fact that the Aquino administration has allowed prices of basic commodities to remain high despite the decreasing oil price only shows its lack of concern for consumers. In the end, the government is the one to blame for persisting in the discredited privatization and deregulation policies which allows these rate increases to the detriment of the public,” ended the Senior Deputy Minority Leader.###

BS Aquino and US gov’t has criminal accountability in Mamasapano carnage

“The United States government and BS Aquino are criminally accountable for the death of innocent civilians and the 44 men of the Special Action Force commandos on the mission to kill Zulkifli bin Hir known as “Marwan”, a US-identified enemy. The truth about the culpability of both Aquino and the US governments is clear. BS Aquino should stop foot dragging and start owning up his responsibility in the carnage,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan chairperson.

Recent news reports confirmed US’ hand on Oplan Wolverine, now named “Oplan Exodus,” by providing training facility, logistics, funds for the operation, even intelligence, and running the tactical command during the operation. “Habang ginagawang bala sa kanyon ang mga sundalo nito, walang habas ding pinagpapatay ang mga sibilyan sa lugar,” Hilao-Enriquez said, citing the People’s fact finding mission report in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

“The BS Aquino did not only sacrifice more than a platoon of its men to satisfy US’ obsession on Marwan but he also surrendered our country to the US forces, in the guise of an anti-terror campaign,” Hilao-Enriquez said.

The “confession” of a SAF officer to the media strengthened the mission report that drones were seen in the SAF operation to get Marwan. Many civilians interviewed by the fact-finding team told that drones twinkled the night before the carnage happened. “It is the US government who has drones and uses them on their targets,” Hilao-Enriquez added. Residents of affected communities also reported that at least one “puti” (Caucasian) killed among the 44 SAF members.

Conducted by various people’s organizations and non-government organizations, peace advocates and human rights organization, the mission documented the killing of a young girl, Sarah Pananggulon, eight years old, who instantly died in her house during PNP-SAF’s indiscriminate firing at exactly 4 a.m. of January 25. Her other family members were wounded. Badrudin Langalan, 18 years old, was on his way to Tukanalipao proper to charge his cellular phone when elements of PNP-SAF hogtied and killed him.

Meanwhile, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao-Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) reported the death of Mursid Hasim and Mohammad Ambilang, also by the PNP-SAF.

“We fear that with existing lopsided agreements with the United States government, the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), and the recently signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), carnage such this will happen again. The US government can invent terrorists or even resurrect dead terrorists to justify commando operations against Moro and non-Moro communities struggling for self-determination,” Hilao-Enriquez said.

“It is for us Filipinos to break this chain. Let us call to junk VFA and other lopsided agreements with the US. BS Aquino has once again proven himself to be nothing but a mere puppet of the US Imperialist. Filipinos do not need puppets and inutile leaders such as him,” Hilao-Enriquez ended. ###

Press Statement
February 17, 2015
Reference: Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson, 0917-5616800
Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580

Isulong ang Dignidad ng Kababaihang Manggagawa

PRIVILEGE SPEECH by Representative Emmi De Jesus
Gabriela Women’s Party
16 Pebrero 2015

Noong nakaraang Sabado, ang One Billion Rising program sa Pilipinas ay naging pambungad na aktibidad ng GABRIELA Alliance at Gabriela Women’s Party para sa darating na Marso 8, ang International Women’s Day. Ito ang pandaigdigang kampanya laban sa karahasan at pang-aabuso sa kababaihan na nilalahukan ng mahigit 200 bansa.

Hindi maihihiwalay ang usapin ng violence against women and children sa usaping pangkabuhayan ng kababaihan. Nag-iiwan ng latay at psychological scars ang domestic violence at iba pang anyo ng gender violence, pero ito ay pwedeng ikubli sa pamamagitan ng pagpahid ng concealer at foundation sa pasa, at sa mismong pananahimik ng biktima. Ngunit ang economic violence sa kababaihan ay hindi mapagtatakpan ng mga datos na ibinibigay ng pamahalaan.

Laganap ang tanggalan, ang sexual harassment sa pagawaan. Maraming kababaihang biktima ng forced resignation, pagbabawal sa pag-uunyon, pagbabawal sa welga, illegal retrenchment, at biglaang pagsasara ng pabrika. Ang resulta ay gutom at paghihirap ng mga pamilya. Imbis kung ihahambing sa domestic violence, ang krimen ng economic violence ng kapitalista sa kababaihan, kung krimen man ito matatawag sa batas, ay biglaan at malawakan. Madalas kapag may biglang nagsarang pabrika o may welgang hindi nalutas, maaaring bara-barangay ang apektado. At dahil malawakan ang insidente ng pagyurak sa karapatan ng kababaihan sa hanapbuhay, ang problema ng kababaihan sa empleyo ay isa nang pambansang suliranin. Ngunit katulad ng latay ng karahasan, ang datos na ibinibigay ay minamasahe, para maampat ang pamamaga at pagbukol ng nabubuong pasa ng unemployment figures. Nariyang isama sa bilang ng employed ang mga nagtitinda ng kendi sa bangketa at nangangalakal ng junk sa ilalim ng “self-employed trade” para gumanda ang pigurang hahangaan ng financial ratings agencies at mga experto ng ADB, APEC, World Bank, at World Economic Forum.

Ang economic violence na nangangailangan ng lunas ay tila hindi masasagot ng gobyernong ito. May matatakbuhan man sa batas at masasangguniang mga ahensya ang biktima, mas malamang kaysa sa hindi, kakampi ang estado sa pribilehiyo ng investor. Sa bisa ng Labor Code at DOLE Order No. 08-02, umiiral ang kontraktuwalisasyon sa paggawa, at mayorya ngayon sa empleyado ay contractual. Ang laksa-laksang salesladies sa mga shopping malls ay halos wala nang mga benepisyo katulad ng maternity leaves. Hindi lamang kalusugan ng manggagawa ang maaaring malagay sa peligro. Kahit ang driver na nasangkot sa sakuna sa MRT na ikinasugat ng maraming pasahero ay nagbunyag na ang mga “desirable and necessary work in the business of MRT” ay kontraktuwal sa kabila ng 6 na taon na niyang pag-eempleyo. Hindi ba ito ay malinaw na paglabag ng DOTC na nagbabawal ng labor-only contracting?

Kahit mga bangko na dati ay sandalan ng kababaihang may nais ng matagalang employment security, ay naghahabol ng sobra-sobrang ganansya nang gawing contractual din ang regular staff positions dahil pinahihintulutan na ng Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, sa bisa ng BSP Memorandum Circular 268 na nagpahintulot ng subcontracting sa mga job agencies ng trabahong credit investigation and appraisal, credit cards, information technology, clearing, security, messengerial, tax management, and financial accounting. Hindi ba nalalagay ang seguridad ng financial transactions kung ipipilit na gawing kontraktuwal ang sensitibong trabaho?

Ang daing ng tatlong libong manggagawa ng Carina Apparel na biglang nawalan ng trabaho nang magsara ang pabrika ng walang abiso ay hindi inaaksyunan ng Department of Labor and Employment, ayon sa Kilusang Mayo Uno, alang-alang na lang sa polisiya ng gobyernong Aquino na patuloy na maakit ang dayuhang pamumuhunan sa Special Economic Zones. Kasabay ng pagbubukas ng ekonomiya ng bansa sa globalisasyon mula nang ang Pilipinas sa pamumuno ni Presidente Fidel Ramos ay lumagda sa General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade o GATT, naobliga ang estado na alisin ang proteksyon sa mga manggagawa. Sa ngalan ng liberalisasyon ng ekonomiya, ang mga batas sa regular na paggawa at minimum wage ay pinalabnaw para mahabol ang pinakabarat na pasahod sa rehiyon ng Asya.

Nakatali pa din hanggang ngayon sa mga patakaran ng globalisasyon ang papalalang kalagayan ng empleyo. Bilang halimbawa, banggitin na natin ang isang hindi masyadong napapansing proyekto ng administrasyon, ang AFTA. Maraming trabahong maglalaho kapag nagkabisa na sa taong ito ang ASEAN Free Trade Area o AFTA. Dahil sa iskemang Common Effective Preferential Tariff, ang taripa sa inaangkat na asukal ay ibabagsak sa 5 porsyento na lang. Resulta nito ay babaha ng murang asukal ang ating merkado, at manganganib ang trabaho ng 62,000 na manggagawa sa industriya. Malaking bilang ng mga sakada at farmworkers ay kababaihang nakaasa sa seasonal labor, na karamihan pa nga ay underpaid o unpaid family labor. Maliban pa ito sa mga isinusulong na panukalang maaaring lubusan nang matanggal ang mga protectionist provisions na nakasaad sa ating Saligang Batas.

Sa kabila ng nakakapagtakang paglitaw ng Pilipinas bilang pangsiyam na top performing sa gender equality in the workplace sa ranggo ng World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Gender Gap report, nasilip ng Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research o EILER na batay mismo sa datos ng Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics’ Gender Statistics on Labor and Employment na ang katotohanan, ang kababaihan ay higit na nasadlak sa kahirapan. Women bear the brunt of the highly backward domestic economy as they are concentrated on volatile and informal jobs with low or no wages at all. May 2.3 million na babae na walang sahod kahit may ginagawang produksyon, lalo na sa kanayunan, at masahol pa kay Cinderalla, pasan pa nila ang pasakit ng abuso at karahasan. Ang mahabang oras ng kanilang paggawa ay nagdudulot ng peligro sa kanilang kalusugan at kakayahang magtaguyod ng pamilya.

Ayon pa sa EILER, sa manufacturing sector, dehado ang kababaihan dahil ang kanilang sahod ay 7.3 poryentong mas mababa kaysa sa sahod ng kalalakihan. Pinakamatindi sa hotels and restaurants subsector, dahil ang sahod nila ay 80 porsyentong mas mababa.

Hungkag na kaunlaran ang pangako ng Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (PLEP) 2011-2016 ng administrasyon Aquino. Ang patakaran ng PLEP ay hindi paglikha ng bago at makataong trabaho dahil mas nakatutok sa pag-akit ng dayuhan at lokal na investor sa tinawag nitong “key job-generating areas” na turismo, business process outsourcing at pagmimina. Tahasan nitong ipinalit sa “employment creation” ang “employment facilitation” sa paniniwalang marami namang trabaho, ang problema lang diumano ay ang mismatch ng skills sa trabahong in-demand. Sa pagtutok sa mga service skills, ipinihit na din ang sistema ng edukasyon patungo sa paglikha ng short-term courses na alok sa dinisenyong K-12 at TESDA training.

Ang employment policy ng gobyerno ni Presidente Aquino ay ang patuloy na pagtutulak ng kontraktwalisasyon na malakas na sinusuportahan ng Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce. Ang empleyo na panukala nito ay pansamantala at kontraktuwal. Nakabatay ang pamumuhunan sa paglilingkod sa pangangailangan ng dayuhang merkado, kaya ang infrastructure at capacity building na binabadyetan pa ng taon-taong GAA ay para sa paglago ng mga service workers na madaling madispatsa at mawalan ng trabaho dahil sa hindi stable, hindi permanente ang epekto ng ganitong klaseng investments.

Ang kailangan ng lokal na merkado at ng maralitang kababaihan ay pagkain, kalusugan, makamasang pabahay, at transportasyon. Sa kasalukuyang lebel ng kaunlaran ng Pilipinas na may ekonomiyang hindi malusog, malayo sa katotohanan ang maengganyo tayo magpa-spa o mamasyal sa tourist spots tuwing weekend o magpalit ng gadget buwan-buwan. Harapin na natin ang katotohanan. Wala tayong sariling industrial base. Ang renaissance of the manufacturing sector na pinangangalandakan ng NEDA ay ang pagkalat pa ng special economic zones na gagawa ulit ng electronics para sa dayuhang market na binabaha na ng tablets at garments. Ang markets para dito ay hindi na nga gumagalaw dahil sa oversupply mula sa kakompetensyang manufacturing bases sa Asya, at dahil sa krisis sa Europa at ibang bansang dapat sana ay may perang pambili ng export products natin.
Ginoong/Ginang Speaker, mga kasama sa kapulungang ito, ang magbibigay ng tunay na empleyo para sa kababaihan ay ang nationalist industrialization. Ang tunay na programang makabansa ay hindi sunud-sunuran sa trending ng foreign market na malalaos din naman na wala pang isang buwang singkad. Ang tunay na ekonomiya ay inuuna ang food security ng kababaihan at ng mga pamilya natin. Ang makabansang oil industry ang maglilinang ng sarili nating langis at hindi isusubasta sa 20 oil exploration contracts sa mga dayuhan. Ang makabansang industriya ng kemikal, metal, at kuryente ang sagot sa kakulangan ng riles at bagon ng tren. Ang makabansang agrikultura ang lulutas sa krisis ng bigas. Ang bansang may malakas na industrial base ay hindi makakamit sa pagpaparami ng serbidor sa mga otel at mall o mga freelancer na walang tiyak na empleyo.

Sabi sa Artikulo 13 ng Saligang Batas, “The State shall afford full protection to labor, local and overseas, organized and unorganized, and promote full employment and equality of employment opportunities for all.” Simulan na natin dito sa Kamara ang pagpapatotoo ng iniatas sa atin. Hindi tayo dapat magkasya sa pag-ulit-ulit ng mantra ng inclusive growth, dahil ang lahat ng nabuong plano sa ilalim ng panguluhang ito ay hindi inclusive, at puro growth lamang sa dayuhan. Makakatulong din ang pinagbilin ni Pope Francis sa kanyang Evangelii Gaudium sa paglapat ng bagong pilosipiya sa pagsasabatas. “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills.”

Magtulong-tulong tayo na ibalik ang dignidad ng manggagawa. Ibasura ang kontraktuwalisasyon, isabatas ang minimum wage na ayon sa pangangailangan at gastusing pang-araw-araw. Bilang pangwakas, hayaan ninyong ipaabot ko ang paanyaya sa darating na Marso 8, na dumalo at magpadalo ng inyong distrito sa paggunita ng International Women’s Day.

OBR takes on Aquino

One Billion Rising (OBR) Global Coordinator Monique Wilson takes on President Benigno Aquino III: “kung hindi mo na kayang mamuno, umalis ka na” (if you can no longer lead, scram”. The statement echoes the growing call for Aquino’s resignation.



“Who’s pulling the strings?” Quoting from Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago during the Mamasapano hearing, GABRIELA is questioning the Senate why it is set to close the Senate hearing even if the role of Pres. Noynoy Aquino and the US remain unclear.

The women’s group earlier warned of a cover-up in the investigations after the main witnesses, Gen. Allan Purisima, ex-PNP-SAF Chief Getulio Napenas and Aquino allies avoided directly confronting the issue of the President’s involvement, and more importantly the US hand, in the Mamasapano bloodbath.

GABRIELA led more than a thousand women from all walks of life in the One Billion Rising Revolution today at the Bonifacio Shrine in calling for truth and accountability in relation to the Mamasapano bloodbath. “The people want clear and direct answers. There are so many inquiries yet so few answers and only fall guys and sacrificial lambs like Napenas. We want the truth behind Aquino and the US’s full involvement in the Mamasapano operation and we want the Commander in Chief accountable,” said Joms Salvador, Secretary General of GABRIELA.

Salvador also said that even the PNP and AFP rank and file personnel are seeking the truth but some quarters may be sounding a “coup-scare” to muddle mounting calls for the President’s resignation. “This may just be another ploy to subvert the people’s will at making Aquino accountable,” she added.

GABRIELA reiterated their call for Aquino’s resignation in the light of the Mamasapano disaster. The women’s group is calling for the formation of a transition council, composed of respected leaders, not associated with the current administration and are not corrupt. “Succession should not be an issue. Rather than an individual, a transition council can pave the way for the elections which is actually only 14 months for now,” said Salvador.

The One Billion Rising event kicks off the women’s campaign towards International Women’s Day on March 8 when GABRIELA will also highlight Aquino’s accountability in the escalating poverty and violence that Filipino women experience. “More than the Mamasapano bloodbath, Aquino is responsible for the misery that Filipino women and their families experience daily because of his implementation of the neoliberal policies dictated by the US,” Salvador said. “On March 8, which is also the 40th day of the Mamasapano victims, women and the Filipino people will echo a resounding call for Aquino’s resignation.” ###


Gabriela leads the “One Billion Rising” global event in the Philippines for the third time in a row on February 14, 2015 at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila

Thousands of women and men gathered to participate in community dancing, cultural performances and speeches to demand the Aquino government’s accountability in crimes against women throughout the country.

The One Billion Rising event was started three years ago by “The Vigana Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler to call to the fact that an estimated one billion women worldwide are victims of sexual harrasment.

Gabriela and the Philippines has always organized one of the biggest such gatherings of 1 Billion Rising events in the world. This year, the event has been redubbed as 1 Billion Rising Revolution to ramp up the campaign’s calls. International stage actor and Gabriela member Monique Wilson leads the international campaign.

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.

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.

REP. EMMI A. DE JESUS 0917.3221203
Ed Atadero (Public Information Officer) 0915.1439219