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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.

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.

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ONE BILLION RISING FOR TRUTH AND ACCOUNTABILITY :
GABRIELA QUESTIONS SENATE PLAN TO CLOSE MAMASAPANO HEARING

“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 “ONE BILLION RISING FOR REVOLUTION” 2015

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

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)