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ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the US war on terror (PART 3)

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa war on terror ng US.

February 17, 2015

3. Ano po ba ang relasyon ng Pilipinas sa US at bakit sinasabing sunudsunuran si Aquino sa US?

JMS: Ang Pilipinas ay malakolonya ng US. At ang gobyerno sa isang malakolonya ay papet lamang sa US. Kung gayon, tinatawag na papet at sunudsunuran ang presidente na si Aquino.

4. Ano po ang ganansya ng US sa kanyang pakikialam sa ekonomiya at pulitika ng mga bansa sa Middle East at Asya?

JMS: Malaki ang ganansya ng US sa pakikialam nito sa ekonomya at pulitika ng Middle East. Kinokontrol, dinadambong at pinagkakatubuan ng US ang mga likas na yaman (laluna ang gas at langis), ang palengke at larangan ng pamumuhunan.

(Photo from Philstar.com)

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the US war on terror (Part 2)

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa war on terror ng US.

February 17, 2015

2. Bakit po ipinapaloob ang “Mamasapano incident” sa war on terror po ng US?

JMS: Ang Mamasapano incident tungkol daw kay Marwan, isang tao mula Malaysia at kanyang kabig na Moro. Sinasabi ng US na nakapaloob si Marwan o kaya ang Mamasapano incident sa war on terror para lamang ipaggumiit ng US na may lisensyang makialam sa Pilipinas at mag-utos kay Aquino, Purisima at SAF.

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.” ###

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

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.

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)

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa naganap na senate hearing tungkol sa Mamasapano encounter.

February 10, 2015

1. Sa senate hearing kanina, malaking pansin na wala sinuman sa
mga heneral ng PNP, SAF at AFP na nagtukoy na kasama nila sa operasyon sina President Noynoy Aquino at ang US, o kung ang mga ito ay may papel sa Mamasapano encounter. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa ganitong kaisipan ng mga kasundaluhan at kapulisan ng pamahalaan?

JMS: Ang US ang nagmamando kay Aquino mismo sa pinakamataas na antas. At si Aquino naman ay sadyang umakto sa labas ng chain of command ng PNP at AFP. Sapat na sa kanya na si Purisima at Napeñas ang inuutusan niya. Siya lang ang makakapagpakilos sa suspendidong PNP chief na Purisima at halos 400 kawal ng SAF nang walang pakialamanan ang PNP officer in charge na si General Espina.

Si Aquino at Ochoa ang madalas na may contact sa mga Amerikano na nasa Joint Staff. Nasa US drone command base sila sa Zamboanga City. Lantaran ang pakialam ng US sa Oplan Wolverine o Exodus. Binalak at ginawa ang oplan sa balangkas ng tinaguriang war on terror ng US. Ang US ang naghahabol kay Marwan at may alok pang malaking reward money. Merong US drone na nagsubaybay sa assault team. May Amerikanong namatay sa operation. At Evergreen helicopter ng CIA at mga American officers ay kitang kita sa retrato ng retrieval operation sa mga patay at sugatan ng SAF.

(Photo/Gen.Napenas/Interaksyon.com)

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Pnoy and Purisima’s role in the Mamasapano tragedy

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa papel nina Presidente Noynoy Aquino at General Alan Purisima sa Mamasapano tragedy.

1. Ano po sa inyong pagtingin ang krimen nina Aquino at Purisima
kung meron man, sa naganap na Mamasapano encounter? May pagtingin po kasi ang mga tao na sila ay magkaibigang matalik at mahihirapan na idiin ng isa ang isa sa kasalanan nito sa SAF 44.

JMS: Dahil lamang sa utos at tulak ng mga Amerikanong imperyalista, hindi na nakapag-isip nang matino si Aquino. Krimen ni Aquino na ginamit niyang planner at implementer ng Oplan Wolverine ang suspendidiong PNP chief na si Purisima. Krimen nilang dalawa na ipinahamak nila ang SAF dahil sa walang koordinasyon sa MILF, sa PNP central command, sa Army at sa Air Force. Isinubo nila ang mga biktima sa tiyak na kamatayan. Gugulatin mo ba ang mga waring tulog na may baril sa sarili nilang baryo? Tiyak na makikipagbarilan ang mga iyon.

2. Nagresign daw si Purisima sa serbisyo o sa pagiging PNP chief. Pero sinasabi naman niya na hindi siya nagkocommand at wala siyang kasalanan. Bakit po kaya siya nagresign kung wala siyang kasalaman?

JMS: Nagresign na si Purisima dahil naramdaman na niya ang galit ng bayan at isip din niya na sa pagresign titigil ang mga protesta ng masa at siya naman ay mababalik sa pwesto kung magtestigo ang mga kabig niya sa SAF na hindi siya nagcommand sa Oplan Wolverine kundi si Napeñas lamang. Si Aquino naman ay pakunwaring tumatanggap ng responsabilid dahil akala niyang paraan lamang ito para tumigil ang mga kilos protesta.

Aquino cover-up
The second address to the nation about the Mamasapano incident by President B.S. Aquino last Friday was more of the same glib BS.

To the fallen 44’s relatives, the self-proclaimed “Father of the Nation” said he feels for them just as if he had lost 44 of his “children”.  SAF Director Napenas is being set up as the definitive fall guy in keeping with Aquino’s habit of blaming everyone else but himself and his inner circle for any failures in his administration.  Aquino accepts the resignation of suspended PNP Director Purisima, Aquino’s BFF (best friend forever), for reasons known only to him.

Aquino vows to get Usman (the other “terrorist” that got away) and cajoles the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to please help or at least “do not interfere” (as in, don’t shoot our police when they come after him).  He then threatens the full might of the state against unspecified groups “who have lost their way”, presumably the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), in a bid to satisfy those whose idea of justice is to get even through “all-out war”.

At the outset and in conclusion Aquino plays the “peace” card. The SAF commandoes attacked the MILF stronghold to achieve “peace”. (No, they were not just serving warrants of arrest for Marwan and Usman.)  Aquino considers the MILF “brothers on the path to peace”. (Too bad the ceasefire agreement integral to the GPH-MILF peace talks was breached by the Marwan operation, unleashing untold deleterious consequences on the peace process).  And a “widespread and lasting peace” should be the primary focus of one and all.  (Truth, accountability and justice are all secondary or perhaps even irrelevant.)

Aquino takes pains to paint Marwan as an extremely evil and dangerous man, wanted by both Indonesian and Philippine governments for mass bombings and for leading an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in the region.  The description of Marwan as the alleged “Bin Laden of Asia” or Southeast Asia is exaggerated media hype; such is not what is stated even in FBI dossiers.

In fact there is no conclusive evidence till now that Marwan, Jemaah Islamiya, the ASG or any Moro/Islamic “terrorists” are behind the bombings in Mindanao and the National Capital Region.  Let’s not forget the US fellow Meiring who accidentally set off a bomb in his hotel room in Davao but was whisked out of the country by US authorities beyond any investigation by local police. Let us also call to mind the Magdalo mutineers who pointed to their superiors as having ordered them to throw grenades at public places and implicated then AFP Chief Angelo Reyes and ISAFP head Victor Corpuz in the insidious plots to sow mayhem.

Based on a mere FBI certification (which the public, by the way, cannot independently verify) that DNA tests indicate it is Marwan the SAF commandoes had killed in their assault, Aquino declares Oplan Wolverine a “triumph” albeit with a “heave price”.  To many observers, it seemed a foregone conclusion that US lab tests would show the SAF teams got their man.  A negative result would have meant the entire Marwan operation was an unmitigated failure.

But even assuming that the FBI claim is true, does one dead “terrorist” justify the illegal command by a suspended general; the unnecessary deaths of 44 SAF, 18 MILF, 2 BIFF and 6 civilians; and the outright violation of the ceasefire agreement between government and the MILF that had held without incident for the past two years?

Marwan’s supposed demise is being used in the same way Osama Bin Laden’s supposed death was used: to falsely claim that the world is safer from terrorism because of the US-led “war on terror”; to justify draconian anti-terror measures violative of people’s democratic and human rights; and to deodorize the atrocities perpetrated in the name of countering terrorism through imperialist wars of intervention, aggression and occupation.

Aquino crows that many lives have been saved because Marwan has been neutralized.  The question begs to be asked, were many lives saved by the killing of Bin Laden (assuming that he is indeed dead if we believe the US claim hook, line and sinker)?  Has “terrorism” ended with the killing of these leaders? Let us recall that in 2001, US troops joined the AFP in Balikatan war exercises directed against about 300 members of the homegrown Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).  The Philippine armed forces then said they had reduced the ASG to a few score men. Nowadays, authorities concede that the ASG appears to be continuously growing like the proverbial amoeba despite one counterterrorist campaign after another.

The truth is, in a bid to follow the orders of his US bosses to go after Marwan in this fatally flawed operation (also out of Aquino’s sheer incompetence, narrow-mindedness and arrogance) Aquino gambled the entire peace process with the MILF.  Aquino is now scrambling to salvage what is left of efforts to legislate the Bangsamoro Basic Law that hangs on the brink of interminable delays if not potential defeat.

The Aquino regime is carrying on the policy and practice of the previous Arroyo regime of blind, uncritical support for the so-called war on terror and compliance with US dictates.  This is not the first time the result has been at the expense of peace negotiations.  In the case of the GPH peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the US designation of NDFP Chief Political Consultant and the CPP-NPA as “terrorists” with the full collaboration of the Arroyo regime resulted in years of delays in the talks until the end of the Arroyo term.

What is critical at this point is to unmask the continuing efforts to cover up the truth and evade accountability by: 1) fudging Aquino’s critical role in the bungled operation as Commander-in-Chief,  particularly his criminal abuse of authority in disregarding the chain of command; 2) reducing the bloody fiasco to operational lapses and bad decisions of the commander-on-ground in order to shift the blame to him; 3) denying Purisima’s role as an illegal commander in order to shield Aquino and Purisima; 4) encouraging an anti-MILF hate campaign to also shift the blame on the MILF while making loud noises about wanting to push the peace process forward; 5) going through the motions of filing cases against the MILF and BIFF commanders to appease those who are crying for MILF and BIFF blood; 6) trying to appease the relatives of 44 SAF by means of financial assistance and false paeans to them as heroes; 7) continuing blackout regarding the US role in Oplan Wolverine; 8) claiming the Marwan kill  with US complicity so that operation is not exposed as a complete failure.

Aquino and Purisima are both criminally liable.  At the minimum, Aquino should resign while Purisima’s resignation should not allow him to escape criminal liability.

There must be no impunity for the Mamasapano bloodbath. #


Published in Business World

9 February 2015