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‘This is not the end’ Jonas’ lawyer vows

Philippine Army Major Harry Ballaga Jr. was acquitted by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 of arbitrary detention charges in connection with the disappearance of farmers’ rights activist Jonas Burgos thursday, October 12.

In this interview immediately after the promulgation of the case, Burgos’ prosecuting attorney Edre Olalia said the setback is not end of their quest for justice.

Burgos’ mother Editha for her part said she believes she still can find her son Jonas.

Throng fills Rizal Park for anti-tyranny rally

Speeches, songs and poems filled the air last night at Rizal Park as tens of thousands of protesters condemned extra judicial killings and tyranny on the 45th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law.

The mass protest rally at Rizal Park in Manila, one of several across the country led by the Movement Against Tyranny, is yet another huge event opposing to Pres. Duterte’s own declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the spate of extra-judicial killings (EJKs), the bombing of Marawi and the militarization of indigenous peoples’ communities.

Music by Bituin Escalante (“Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”), Tubaw (“Kapayapaan”) and Buklod (“Tatsulok”).

Activists burn Duterte effigy in US Embassy rally

On the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Senate rejection of the extension of the US-Philippine Military Bases Agreement, nationalist groups marched to the US Embassy in Manila Friday to protest what they say is the increasing American intervention in the Duterte regime.

The rally ended with the first-ever burning of a Duterte effigy by activists.

Progressives slam Duterte for ‘historical revisionism’ on 100th birth anniversary of Marcos

Activist groups commemorated the 100th birth anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos last September 11 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In fiery speeches, they accused President Rodrigo Duterte’s “historical revisionism” for his efforts to picture Marcos as a good president and worthy of a place at the so-called Cemetery of Heroes.

Members of the Philippine National Police blocked the protesters at the cemetery gate.

Sitio Sandugo floods, Lakbayanis evacuate

Delegates from the Save Our Schools Network temporarily leave Sitio Sandugo in UP Diliman to seek temporary evacuation at the UP International Center as #MaringPH heads to Metro Manila.
They, along with more than 2,000 delegates of the Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya 2017 will be staying in different buildings inside UP Diliman until Maring leaves the country.

They need donations such as jackets, blankets, medicines, food, among others, that can be sent to the UP Stud Farm in CP Garcia Avenue, Quezon City.

(Text and photos by Kathy Yamzon)

 

Sitio Sandugo as a cultural center

Sitio Sandugo is what the national minority groups participating in Lakbayan 2017 call their camp at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

On most days and nights, the camp is a bevy of activities that include those who visit them such as students, artists, medical workshops and others.

Watch this slideshow of how Sitio Sandugo becomes a center of cultural activities.

(Photos by Raymund and Pom Villanueva)

‘Never again to tyrants!’ progressives say

Progressive groups commemorated Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary Monday by holding a protest rally at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetary) in Taguig City, saying President Rodrigo Duterte is as much as tyrant as the late dictator.

(Photos by Kathy Yamzon and Roberto de Castro)

The Hague Joint Declaration @ 25


Despite the stalled GRP-NDFP peace talks, the 25th anniversary of The Hague Joint Declaration setting the framework for the peace negotiations was celebrated on September 2, 2017 with messages from Luis Jalandoni of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, NDFP chief political consultant. Senator Loren Legarda supported the GRP-NDFP peace efforts and graced the event with hundreds of moro, lumad and other indigenous peoples camped at U.P. Diliman against intensified militarization of their communities.

Ruta ni Ka Roda

On the eighth death anniversary of Medardo Roda of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON), we are re-posting this Kodao-produced video documentary of the legendary transport leader.

Ruta ni Ka Roda (Roda’s Route) is a 14-minute documentary about the life of Filipino transport leader Medardo Roda, popularly known as Ka Roda.

He was the longtime chair of the transport group Piston. He gave face to transport workers and fought alongside them for the longest time.

(Kodao Productions/2006 * Script/Direction/Editing: Risa Jopson * Cinematography: Ariel Saturay/Ron Papag/Risa Jopson/Asia Visions * Artistic Directors: Nes Jacinto+/Raymund Villanueva)

Lakbayan 2017 arrives in Metro Manila

Here is a photo slide of the first day of Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya 2017 last Thursday, August 31 in Mendiola and UP Diliman.

Click this link: https://spark.adobe.com/video/3KnmOOvtegiIG