Comelec, pinapanagot sa palpak at madayang halalan

Isang porum ang inilunsad ng election watchdog na Kontra Daya para talakayin ang naging resulta sa nakaraang eleksyon noong Mayo 13. Ginanap ito noong Mayo 25 sa PARDEC room sa Commission on Human Rights.

Ayon sa Kontra Daya, marumi at malawakan ang dayaan sa halalan noong Mayo 13. Ipinakita dito ang mismong mga aberya at palpak na mga Vote Counting Machines at SD cards, mga aberya sa pagtransmit sa resulta ng bilangan, talamak na vote buying at sistematikong atake sa oposisyon at progresibong partido bago at sa panahon mismo ng halalan.

Sinabi ng ilang eksperto na kaduda-duda na ang proseso ng automated na paraan simula nang ipinatupad ito noong 2010. Marami na anila mga ebidensya na madaling manipula ang resulta ng bilangan lalupa at hindi ito transparent sa publiko.

Dagdag pa ng Kontra Daya, dapat managot hindi lamang ang Commission Elections sa kapalpakan nito kundi ang Smartmatic na siyang service provider sa nasabing automated elections.

Nananawagan ang Kontra Daya na maging mapagmatyag dahil titindi pa atake sa mamamayan pagkatapos ng halalan dahil karamihan pa rin sa mga nagwagi ay malalaking dinastiya sa pulitika at kaalyado ng adminsitrasyon. (Bidyo ni: Joseph Cuevas/ Kodao)

Black Friday Protest laban sa ‘dayaang Duterte Magic’ sa Halalan 2019

Isang Black Friday Protest ang isinagawa ng mga progresibong grupo para tutulan ang anila’y naganap na malawakang dayaan at karahasan noong eleksyon ng Mayo 13.

Ayon sa Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, hindi katanggap-tanggap sa kabataan ang resulta ng halalan kung kailan ang mga nominado ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang karamihan ng mga nananalo. Tiyak na maisusulong lamang ng mga ito ang mga pakana ng pangulo tulad ng ng pederalismo, ayon pa sa mga kabataan.

Para naman sa election watchdog na Kontra Daya, ang eleksyong 2019 ang isa sa pinakamalalang automated elections sa nakalipas na dekada, hindi lamang umano sa maraming pumalpak na vote counting machines, mga sirang sd cards at delay sa transmission ng resulta kundi automated na rin ang paraan ng pandaraya. Kontrolado ng Malacañang ang Commission on Elections sa anumang kahihinatnan ng bilangan, ayon sa grupo.

Itinuring ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan na isa sa pinakamarumingsa kasaysayan ang naganap na halalan noong Mayo 13. Ginamit umano ng pamahalaan ang tinaguriang “Duterte Magic” para maghasik ng pandaraya, takot at karahasan sa mamamayan upang ipanalo ang mga kandidato nito lalo na sa Senado. (Bidyo ni: Joseph Cuevas/ Kodao)

NDFP to work for Duterte’s ouster–Joma

While it is still open to peace talks should the Manila government decide to resume the cancelled negotiations, the main task of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is to work for Rodrigo Duterte’s ouster, Prof. Jose Maria Sison said.

In a statement, Sison said the NDFP is authorized to be open to peace negotiations with either the current government or its replacement, but “its principal work now is to work for the ouster of the Duterte regime” and help bring an end to the country’s worsening social, economic and political crises.

Sison warned that the Duterte government is on track to only aggravate the socio-economic and political crises in the country by imposing heavier taxes and causing high inflation while surely failing to curb government corruption in 2019.

“Within the year, the Duterte regime will further inflict grave social and economic suffering on the people and unleash mass murder and other human rights violations in a futile attempt to destroy the armed revolutionary movement and intimidate the people,” he said.

“The state terrorism will victimize not only the toiling masses of the people but also the middle social strata and even those in the upper classes who do not belong to the small and narrow ruling clique of Duterte,” Sison added.

Sison also warned of the possibility of a “no-election” scenario in May 2019 should Duterte decide to impose “a fascist dictatorship ala Marcos by using de facto or proclaimed martial law nationwide” and the railroading of charter change for a bogus kind of federalism.

If such a scenario happens, Duterte is capable of centralizing power in his hands and would handpick his regional and provincial agents among the local dynasties and warlords, Sison predicted.

Not peace, but surrender

Personalities close to Duterte said the resumption of peace negotiations with the NDFP is still possible.

In a press briefing at Malacañ last Thursday (December 27), government chief negotiator and labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said it is still “possible” to go back to the peace table with the NDFP.

“Anything is possible. The President’s commitment to our country is inclusive and lasting peace for our country. If it means resuming the peace negotiations, why not?” Bello said.

Bello, however, admitted that the government has shifted towards its so-called “local peace talks.”

No New People’s Army (NPA) unit has yet come forward to agree to the government’s revived proposal.

Former special assistant to the President, Christopher “Bong” Go also appealed to the NDFP not to close the door to the resumption of the negotiations.

“I call on the NPA to trust President Duterte. There is no other leader like him who will sincerely talk peace with you,” Go told reporters in San Andres town, Quezon province last December 17.

Duterte, however, recently ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to destroy the Communist movement in the Philippines as evidenced by his refusal to reciprocate the NPAs unilateral ceasefire declarations in time for Christmas, the new year, and the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) 50th founding anniversary celebrations.

Five tasks in 2019

“Duterte is not interested in serious peace negotiations to address the roots of the armed conflict and make comprehensive agreements on social, economic and political reforms in order to lay the basis for a just and lasting peace,” Sison said.

“What he wants is the impossible, which is the surrender of the revolutionary movement of the people,” he added.

Sison said that in view of Duterte’s anti-people governance and anti-peace stance, the people expect five things from the revolutionary movement:

  1. The CPP will perform its overall leading role in the people’s democratic revolution, “promptly, correctly and clearly”;
  2. The NPA will intensify its tactical offensives to defeat the campaign of the enemy to destroy it while carrying out agrarian revolution and mass work;
  3. The various types of mass organizations will be expanded as the source of strength of the CPP, NPA and the people’s democratic government;
  4. The people’s democratic government will be strengthened to take charge of administration and programs for the benefit of the people, such as land reform, public education, production, health and sanitation, cultural work, defense, arbitration and people’s court, environmental protection and disaster relief; and

The NDFP will further strengthen itself and cooperate with all possible allies in the broad united front in order to isolate and oust the Duterte regime from power. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Neri to Imee: Let’s debate at Plaza Miranda

Makabayan senatorial bet Neri Colmenares challenged Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to a debate at Plaza Miranda on the issue of human rights violations during Ferdinand Marcos’ iron-fisted rule.

Angered at Imee’s statement that reports of human rights violations during Martial rule were just ‘political accusations’, Colmenares said he himself was tortured and imprisoned as one of the youngest political detainees during the Marcos eara.

“I was tortured and imprisoned for four years during martial rule for merely espousing the return of student councils,” Colmenares said.

“[I]f Gov. Marcos will insist that the human rights violations during her father’s regime are mere political accusations then I challenge her to a debate on the topic in Plaza Miranda,” added Colmenares.

After filing her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections Tuesday, Imee said her entire family would never admit to human rights violations committed during the late strongman’s martial rule.

“If what they demand from us is admission, I think we could not do that. Why would we admit to something we did not do?” Imee said in Filipino.

Colmenares said Imee and her entire family are blatantly lying about the atrocities under the Marcosian martial law.

“[T}he Philippine government itself recognizes thousands of human rights violations under Martial rule by enacting Republic Act No. 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation & Recognition Act of 2013. With this law Marcos human rights victims are recognized and indemnified from the US$ 650 million ill gotten wealth returned by Swiss banks,” he said.

“Even the Supreme Court in Marcos vs Manglapus and many other decisions declared Marcos dictator and human rights violator and ordered the return of ill gotten wealth,” he added.

Before and during the first years of Marcos’s rule as president and strongman, Plaza Miranda was the country’s most popular site for debates and political events. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Neri Colmenares files certificate of candidacy for the Senate in 2019 polls

Neri Colmenares filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections on Thursday, October 11, vowing to continue his advocacy for people’s rights and interests if elected.

The official candidate of the Makabayan Coalition of progressive parties, Colmenares vowed to fight against measures that contribute to the people’s poverty, such as the Duterte government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law.

Instead of anti-people laws, Colmenares said there should be more pro-people measures, such as those that would ensure permanent jobs, lower prices of commodities and free social services, especially for the poor.

Colmenares is the author of the law that increased SSS pensions, as well as measures against electricity and water hikes.

He also pushed for passenger rights, anti-torture, free hazard warning through mobile phone services and many others. # (Video by Joseph Cuevas)