Filipinos defiant under US-Duterte police state

As police troops deploy a tight cordon around Rizal Park on the 46th anniversary of martial law, persecuted Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno dare speak at the Luneta rally.

The crowd chants “never again to martial law.”

Joining the rally are farmers from as far as the Bicol region, workers, women and youth organizations, scientist and artist groups led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and the Philippines Chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils).

The rally was held simultaneously with other protest actions in the country and Philippine embassies in other countries. (Contributed video)


Filipino activists condemn Israel’s massacre of Palestinians

A few hours after the massacre of 61 Palestinian civilians in Gaza by Israeli forces, activists held a protest action along EDSA in Quezon City Tuesday afternoon.

Various organizations led by the International League of People’s Struggles-Philippines condemned the latest massacre while the United States of America opened its new Embassy in Jerusalem.

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.

Activists to Duterte: Is this the change you promised?

Marking Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office, people’s organizations from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) evaluated his performance using emoticons in a rally in Manila last June 30.

While acknowledging that the Duterte government delivered on some of his promises, the activists said the president promised so much more but has yet to deliver.

They added that whatever achievements the administration may have delivered, these are rendered inconsequential when compared to the killings of thousands under Duterte’s so-called war on illegal drugs.

They expressed opposition to martial law in Mindanao and demanded its lifting.

(International League of Peoples’ Struggle – Philippines video / Music by Danny Fabella of Musikang Bayan / Featured photo by Mark Kevin Reginio)

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Day of Prayer and Action for Peace and Human Rights

While the Marawi siege and military rule rages in Mindanao, peace and human rights advocates gathered at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila on Freedom Day to say “No to Terrorism!,” demand the lifting of Pres. Duterte’s martial law and continuation of peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Among the speakers in the Manila event were Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, Fr. Ben Alforque, JL Burgos, and Teddy Casiño.

Protest rallies were also held in other key cities around the country. (ILPS video) Read more

Philippine activists launch October Revolution Centennial celebs

The Centennial Celebration of the Great October Socialist Revolution made its public debut in the Philippines led by the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), the People’s Resource for International Solidarity and Mass Mobilization (PRISMM) and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) held on May 5, 2017 at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman.

This was followed by a study conference on the historic significance of the October Revolution with international participants and leaders of the Philippine mass movement of workers, peasants, indigenous peoples and women.

The conference was held on May 6 also at the UP on May 6. (ILPS Video.  Featured image by Arkibong Bayan) Read more

Philippine National Artist pays tribute to Fidel Castro

Philippine National Artist Bienvenido “Bien” Lumbera pays tribute to Fidel Castro as a great anti-imperialist and socialist leader at the offering of candles and flowers in Quezon City on the eve of Castro’s interment.

Rita Baua of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) led the ceremonies attended by progressive leaders from the working class, health and education sectors. Read more

OPINION: Stop the peace saboteurs!

THEY are killing farmers again.

Just a few days after the killing of four farmers in Fort Magsaysay, Laur, Nueva Ecija on September 3, peasant leader Ariel Diaz was gunned down last Thursday, September 7 in Villa Pereda, Delfin Albano, Isabela.

These incidents occurred at a time when the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philuippines peace talks resumed with renewed commitment and vigor. Topping the agenda are fundamental socio-economic reforms including genuine land reform directly affecting 75 million Filipinos out of the present population of about 100 million.
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CONTRIBUTED VIDEO: Global activists protest lumad killing in Davao

Coming from international solidarity missions, global activists join BAYAN-Southern Mindanao Region in a picket at the regional office of the Commission on Human Rights in Davao City to protest the killing of Hermie Alegre, chairperson of the Parents- Teachers Association of the Salugpungan Lumad school, and wounding of Bagobo tribal chieftain Datu Danny Diarog. The lumad leaders were attacked on July 15, 2016 while on their way home from a meeting with the National Commission on Indigenous People. Protesters also mobilized for the campaign.