Rights victims and people’s organizations launch the International Peoples’ Tribunal (IPT) on March 12, 2015 at the University of the Philippines with convenors Barry Naylor (ICHRP), Jeanne Mirer (IADL), Vanessa Lucas (NLG), and IPT Juror Azadeh Shahshahani. Atty Edre Olalia of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) serves as IPT Clerk of Court. The Tribunal seeks to render judgement on the crimes on the Filipino people committed by Pres. Aquino and the US government represented by Pres. Obama.
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The International People’s Tribunal (IPT) on Crimes against the Filipino People by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III and the US Government represented by Pres. Barack Obama is convening on July 16-18, 2015 in Washington, DC at the behest of victims of rights violations. At its public launching in U.P. Diliman, Karapatan Secretary-General Cristina Palabay presents the cases to be filed. The IPT is convened by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), the US-based National Lawyers Guild (NLG), International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), and IBON International.
Workers and peasants, including rural women, picket the Mexican embassy in the Philippines seeking justice for the murder of Gustavo Salgado Delgado, an activist-leader of the Frente Popular Revolucionario in Mexico. The embassy received a formal complaint from the Philippines Chapter of the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS-Phils).
Launching of NOYNOY OUT NOW!
Quezon City Sports Club
March 5, 2015
Launching of NOYNOY OUT NOW!
Quezon City Sports Club
March 5, 2015
Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa transition council.
MARCH 4, 2015
1. Ano po ang ibig sabihin ng transition council? Kailan po ito itinatayo o binubuo?
JMS: Sa aking pag-unawa, ibig sabihin ng transition council ay temporayo at tulay lamang sa isang permanente o regular na kaayusan. Puedeng palitan agad si Aquino ng konseho at bigyan daan ang elekyson para palitan siya. Puedeng itayo o buuin ang konseho bago pa mapatalsik si Aquino.
2. Sino-sino ang bumubuo sa transition council at anong kapangyarihan meron ito?
JMS: Pwedeng buuin ang transition council ng mga personahe na dating nannungkulan nang marangal sa gobyerno at mga kinatawan ng mga mayor na pwersang magpapatalsik kay Aquino. Pwedeng patakbuhin ng council ang gobyerno hanggang ihalal ang kapalit ni Aquino.
3. Ano po ang inyong pananaw sa mga nag-iisip na si Binay kasi ang papalit (na isa ring corrupt) kaya pagtiyagaan na lamang si Pnoy at hintayin ang election?
JMS: Pwedeng council ang magpatakbo sa gobyerno sa halip na si Binay, kung kaya ng masang patalsikin si Aquino at may suporta ng pulis at militar. Masama na panatilihin ang isang masamang lider sa takot na masama ang papalit. Mabuti naman ang konseho bilang kapalit. Pagsikapan na mangibabaw ang konseho sa halip na tanggapin na lamang na manatili ang masamang lider.
4. Sa inyong pagtingin, aalis po ba sa pwesto si Pnoy?
JMS: Kapit tuko yan sa kapangyarihan tulad ng mga kasabwat niyang masisiba. Magtagumpay man o hindi ang kilusang pagpapatalsik, makakalikha ng lakas ng masa para tiyakin na malitis at maparasuhan si Aquino at mga kasabwat niya kapag tapos na ang termino nila. Kung maghalukipkip na lamang tayo, hindi magkakaroon ng hustisya sa kahulihan.
5. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa ginawang pagdinig ng Kongreso at Senado sa Mamasapano incident? Marami po ang hindi nasiyahan sa resulta dahil sa pag-iwas na kundinahin ang Amerika at si Noynoy Aquino.
JMS: Lumilitaw na hindi ganap at puspusan ang imbestigasyon. Hindi tinuunan ang pananagutan ng US at ni Aquino. Galit ang maraming pulis at militar kay Aquino dahil ipinahamak niya ang sariling tauhan at umayaw siya sa pagsaklolo sa kanila sa loob ng maraming oras.
Dagdag na tanong:
1. Meron po ba kayong mensahe sa pandaigdigang araw ng kababaihan?
JMS: Taus puso akong bumabati sa kababaihang Pilipina sa araw ng kababaihan. Dapat ipaglaban nila ang pagkakapantay sa kalalakihan sa lahat ng gawain at pagpupunyagi sa lipunan. Ibayong uunlad ang lipunan kung ang kalahati nito, ang kababaihan, ay lubusang may laya at pagkakataon na iambag ang kaya nila sa pulitika, ekonomya, kultura at ibang larangan ng sosyal na pagsisikap.
At the public launch of NOW! (Noynoy Out Now), presented March 5, 2015, Atty. Edre Olalia of the NUPL (National Union of People’s Lawyers) cited Pres. Aquino’s criminal liability in at least five cases: 1) DAP; 2) EDCA; 3) Yolanda; 4) Impunity; and 5) Mamasapano.
The benefits of mining argued by mining corporations as compensatory for its immense social costs and environmental destruction is a lie. Mining corporations in collusion with the government paint a rosy picture of mining, insisting on “responsible mining” and “there is life in mining” yet its impacts on the environment and people, especially to the indigenous peoples, tell a different story.
The Mining Act of 1995 is a long-wrought tragedy to indigenous people. It worsens foreign-favored, one sided, anti-people policy of liberalization of the mining industry. It bridges and aggravates the centuries-old foreign plunder of resources in our lands. The Mining Act of 1995 worsens the oppressions against us.
As our ancestors did, we have valiantly defended our lands from the transgressions, and today we defend our land and life from liberalized mining. However, we found ourselves pitted against government forces as they play protector of large-scale mines. Deployment of military forces where there are large-scale mining interests are massive.
As if the massive deployment of military was not enough, the AFP recruits indigenous peoples to paramilitary groups. Reneging its campaign promise to dissolve paramilitary groups at the aftermath of the Ampatuan massacre, President BS Aquino beefs up the viciousness of its armed forces by allowing the formation of paramilitary groups and use them as pawns in counter-insurgency and as mining security. Under the BS Aquino presidency, 50 indigenous peoples, including 6 indigenous women and 6 indigenous children, were slain by the AFP and paramilitary groups.
The violation of human rights of indigenous peoples worsened as a result of mining and militarization. On October 18, 2012, member of the 26th Infantry Battalion strafed the home of Juvy Capion, a Blaan woman and one of the leaders of the Blaan people’s fight against the mining operations of SMI-Xstrata in their ancestral lands. The attack on their home killed and 8 months- pregnant Juvy, and her two young sons. Kitari Capion, Datu Anting Freay, and 16-year-old Victor Freay adds to the lists of Blaan people killed by suspected military forces in the SMI-Xstrata mining site between 2012 and 2013.
Military operations also caused the forced evacuation of communities. Thousands of indigenous peoples repeatedly evacuated in Surigao del Sur, agusan del Sur, Compostela Valley, and Bukidnon among others.
In tandem with violence, the government uses deception to facilatate the entry of mining outfits in ancestral lands. The connivance of the government and mining corporations is best exemplified by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP.) The NCIP is the lead agency in deceiving, manipulating, bribing and dividing indigenous peoples.
Instead of upholding IP rights and welfare against business interests, NCIP only negotiated in favor of the latter. The NCIP conducts “consultations” for mining outfits to fulfill the mandated Free Prior Informed Consent of indigenous communities. However, the FPIC process is riddled with issues of corruption, bribery, and coercion; and it has been used to legalize the entry of development projects in ancestral lands. The IPRA neither projects nor defends the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands and self-determination. It is tool of the State, deceptive and lethal, for plunder and exploitations of indigenous people’s lands.
The Mining Act of 1995, aided by the IPRA and strengthened BS Aquino’s very own EO 79 is a deadly combination for the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands and to self-determination.
For us indigenous peoples, the BS Aquino administration brings no respite from environmental destruction, human rights violations, repression, and oppressions similar to past regimes. Its continued implementation of the Mining Act of 1995 is a testament to this fact.
Multisectoral groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) resume protest in Mendiola to press for Aquino’s resignation in the aftermath of the bloody Mamasapano incident. This time the groups were joined by the students from different universities in Manila who marched from different points going to Mendiola. It was the first big protest march to Mendiola one month after the Mamasapano incident.
February 27, 2015
Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Atty. Edre Olalia ng National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers hinggil sa tungkulin ng mga abogado ng sambayan.
February 24, 2015