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ILPS-Phils: State terror rules in Turkey and the Philippines

(Repost from ILPS website)

MANILA. The Philippines chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) joins the world in condemning the bloodiest bombing of a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey.

State terror rules in Turkey as in the Philippines, with Turkey as part of the US-led NATO alliance in Europe bordering Syria and the Philippines a US ally for its pivot into Asia. In both cases, the people mourn their dead, the ILPS-Phils said.

The Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) puts the death toll in the Ankara bombing at 128 with hundreds more injured. The Turkish army conducted more air raids on southeast Turkey and northern Iraq against Kurds, killing 49 over the last two days. An earlier suicide bombing in the town of Suruc on the Syrian border killed 33.

The Aquino government through its Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday that it shares “the grief and sorrow of the Turkish nation”. Those were crocodile tears, the ILPS-Phils contended.

The DFA statement was quoted as saying that the Philippines “stands by Turkey in its fight against terrorism.”

“The real terrorism is state-sponsored terrorism,” the ILPS-Phils said.

Under the guise of fighting terrorism, Turkey has bombed Kurdish people fighting for peace and democracy.

In the Philippines, the Aquino government also condemned the Ankara bombing as “inhumane and dastardly”. With its own war against the Filipino people, however, there were more than 200 victims of extra-judicial killings since July 2010 including 72 indigenous peoples of whom 57 are Lumad of Mindanao.

Drawing parallels between the two US-client states, the ILPS-Phils also cited their failures at peace-building.

The Erdogan dismissed the peace talks and a ceasefire called by Kurdish fighters. The Aquino government also stalled peace negotiations and reneged on earlier agreements with Moro fighters and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“The Erdogan should bear full accountability its crimes,” the ILPS-Phils said.

The US-Aquino regime was found guilty of its own war crimes as established this year by the International Peoples Tribunal in Washington, DC.

Investigating into the Lumad killings in the Philippines, the Aquino government declined to invite UN Special Rapporteurs on Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on the Rights of the Indigenous People’s, on Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and on the Promotion of the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

Several people’s organizations have demanded to end the killings and US-led terrorism.###

http://ilps-phils.com/state-terror-rules-in-turkey-and-the-philippines/

 

LARAWAN: Defend Philippine Sovereignty

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Chinese Consulate to US Embassy
June 12, 2015

Organizations and personalities launch alliance for sovereignty


In light of Chinese incursions into Philippine territory and proposals from the Aquino government that US military bases should again be allowed in the Philippines, various organizations and personalities formed and launched an alliance to defend Philippine sovereignty at the National Press Club this morning.

This video shows Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares explaining the basis and objectives of P1NAS – Pilipinong Nagkakaisa para sa Soberanya (People’s Unity for National Sovereignty).

He is joined by former Senators Rene Saguisag, Leticia Ramos Shahani, and Victor Ziga. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Law Dean Ernesto Maceda Jr represented his father, former Senator Ernesto Maceda who, like Senators Saguisag and Ziga were part of the so-called Magnificent 12 who voted against the extension of the US Military Bases Agreement in 1991.

Organizations present in the launch included Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Pamalakaya, Migrante International, the National Union of Students of the Philippines, the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines, the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, and others.

Artists Bibeth Orteza, Mae Panel, and Heber Bartolome were also present.

Groups hold protest at Chinese consulate in Manila

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Chinese Embassy, Makati City
June 4, 2015

Protest vs China’s incursions

Asserting the people’s independent foreign policy, mass organizations from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and the Philippines chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) marched towards the Chinese embassy and held a picket to protest China’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea and US imperialist transgressions on Philippine sovereignty. Among the speakers were Renato Reyes of BAYAN and Elmer Labog of the ILPS-Phils.

Gabriela: Illegal recruiter ni MJV, dapat kasuhan


Kasama ng iba pang progresibong grupo, Gabriela hiniling sa Department of Justice (DOJ) na pabilisin ang pagdinig sa kaso ni Mary Jane Veloso laban sa illegal recruiter na sina Cristina Sergio at kapartner nitong si Julius Lacanilao. Ngayong araw sinimulan ang preliminary investigation kina Sergio at Lacanilao para alamin ang naging papel nila sa limang taong pagdurusa sa kulungan ni Mary Jane Veloso sa Indonesia sa kasong pagdadala diumano ng droga sa kanilang bansa. Si Veloso ay biktima ng human trafficking at hindi kriminal ayon sa Gabriela secretary general Joms Salvador.

Department of Justice, Manila
May 8, 2015

LARAWAN: Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa

Liwasang Bonifacio to Mendiola, Manila
May 1, 2015
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Save Mary Jane Movement: Tagumpay ang sama-samang pagkilos ng mamamayan

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Cristina Palabay pangkalahatang kalihim ng Karapatan hinggil sa pansamantalang pagtigil ng execution ng pamahalaang Indonesia kay Mary Jane Veloso.

Quezon City, Philippines
April 29, 2015

Kandila para kay Mary Jane

Nagsindi at nagtirik ng kandila ang iba’t ibang grupo sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Kamaynilaan noong Lunes bilang simbolo ng protesta sa nakatakdang pagbitay kay Mary Jane Veloso, Overseas Filipino Worker na biktima ng illegal drug syndicate sa bansang Indonesia.

Nananawagan din ang iba’t ibang grupo sa mga mamamayang Pilipino na huwag palagpasin ang kapabayaan ng gubyerno sa kaso ng mga OFW.

Sa kanyang limang taon bilang Presidente halos ibugaw umano ni Noynoy Aquino ang mga Pilipino palabas ng bansa. Mula 4,500 na Pilipinong lumalabas ng bansa noong umupo si Aquino sa Palasyo, 6,092 na ang migranteng manggagawa ang lumilipad araw-araw. Umaabot na rin sa 12 hanggang13 milyong Pilipino ang nasa ibayong dagat upang makipagsapalaran. Katumbas ito ng 30 porsyento ng lakas-paggawa ng Pilipinas.

St. Peter Parish Church
Coomonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
April 27, 2015

Migrante Int’l explains why Mary Jane got last minute reprieve

The organization that led the worldwide campaign to save the life of Mary Jane Veloso explains how the Filipina on death row got a last minute reprieve from the Indonesian government last night.

Veloso was the only one spared in Indonesia’s mass execution of one local and eight foreigners convicted of drug possession and trafficking. The executions happened at around midnight at a prison island in Indonesia.

In this video, Migrante International secretary general Sol Pillas gives credit to Veloso’s private Filipino lawyers, Indonesian attorneys, the international migrant community, the Filipino people and even boxing great Manny Pacquiao for the reprieve.

Manila, Philippines
April 29, 2015