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STATEMENT: Basilan: Of tragedy and hope

Basilan today poses the biggest threat to the GRP-MILF ceasefire agreement since it was redeclared in July 2003.   The decapitation of the dead bodies of the Marines and an Imam last July 10 deserves the strongest condemnation of all peace loving peoples. The implications of even one such dastardly act spells the difference between war and peace not only in Basilan but all over Mindanao.

STATEMENT: Justice system fails 16-year old gang-rape victim

Aghast. This is the reaction of Gabriela to the news of City Prosecutor Trinidad dela Torre-Cardona that the case against the accused is “dismissed without prejudice.”

STATEMENT: On Moro women and “terrorism”

DAVAO CITY (Suara Bangsamoro/12 July) – This is in response to the article: Poverty may push Moro women to terrorism, page A6 of the PDI, July 12, 2007 issue. 

STATEMENT: NCCP on the Human Security Act

The Human Security Act (HSA) is based on the notion that “the State must be held above all else.  The State must wield absolute power, using everything to control the territory and population of a country.”  It must protect itself at all costs even at the cost of its own citizens.  Thus, anything and anyone, that threatens national interests in the eyes of the present dispensation is deemed as a foe, a terrorist, “an enemy of the state."

STATEMENT: Justice for the falsely accused Moro people

NO TO HUMAN SECURITY ACT!

Six years ago, in the name of annihilating the Abu Sayyaf group in Mindanao, the newly installed Arroyo administration ordered an “intensive military crackdown” in Basilan, and Zamboanga City.   Checkpoints were set-up, saturation drives were implemented in the communities, and more than a hundred Moro men were rounded up in Basilan. 

STATEMENT: A dire portent of things to come for media under anti-terror law

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines treats as a serious threat to press freedom and the people's right to know Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez' statement that under the Human Security Act he may recommend wiretapping journalists government believes to be "co-mingling" with terror suspects.

STATEMENT: On the proposed appointment of Sen. Magsaysay as chair of the gov’t peace...

ON THE PROPOSED APPOINTMENT OF SENATOR JUN MAGSAYSAYSAY AS CHAIR OF THE GRP PEACE NEGOTIATING PANEL FOR TALKS WITH THE MILF

Senator Magsaysay is a wonderful person, a man of truth and proven integrity, which qualities are basic requirements in our people’s search for a just and durable peace in Southern Philippines.

STATEMENT: An appeal to reinstate Secretary Silvestre Afable as chair of the gov’t peace...

June 21, 2007

HER EXCELLENCY GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President
Republic of the Philippines

AN APPEAL TO REINSTATE SECRETARY SILVESTRE AFABLE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT PEACE NEGOTIATING PANEL IN THE GRP-MILF PEACE TALKS

Dear Madame President:

Greetings of Peace!

We are writing to express our grave concern on the removal of Secretary Silvestre Afable as Chair of the government peace panel in the GRP-MILF peace process.  Although the ongoing Exploratory Talks still has to hurdle refinements in the ancestral domain agenda, the two panels have nonetheless managed to achieve consensus on issues previously thought to be insurmountable.


 

STATEMENT: Why?

The Mindanao Peoples Caucus is gravely concerned over President Arroyo’s acceptance of the courtesy resignation of Secretary Silvestre Afable last Friday. Such acceptance is plain and simple dismissal of Afable who serves at the pleasure of the President.  As an active participant observer in the GRP-MILF peace talks, the question that boggles us is why? Why did President Arroyo fire Secretary Afable?

STATEMENT on Jalosjos and child rights

Election fever has died down.  Everything is over but the counting.  Now it's payback time.  Loyal allies must be rewarded and so former Congressman Romeo Jalosjos will be free in a few months time.  For child rights advocates who fought for his conviction for the rape of a then 11 year old girl, the commutation of life sentence of Jaloslos is a blatant disrespect to all Filipino children, by no less than the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who brags to be a child friendly President.


STATEMENT: Children don’t tell lies unlike Gen. Holganza

Because the public did not believe the lies and deceptions of the military under Brig. Gen. Carlos Holganza, chief of 101st Infantry Brigade, that Grecil Buya was an NPA “child-soldier”, he is now resorting to fabrication of lies and more lies by claiming that Grecil was killed by bullets coming from New People’s Army (NPA). He cited a so-called “Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO)” report that the rebels who positioned at the lower ground started firing towards the soldiers and at the house were Grecil was staying while the rebels were retreating.

A call for sobriety, solidarity for the release of Fr. Carlo Bossi

ON HIS WAY to Barangay Bulawan of Payao to say mass last Sunday, June 10, Fr. Giancarlo Bossi of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) was abducted in Barangay Silal by 10 armed men. A ranking military officials pointed his finger to the possible involvement of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members in the region as witnesses alleged that one of the suspects was identified as the brother of Akiddin Abdusallam, also known as Kumander Kiddie, a self-styled Moro rebel leader.

On the abduction of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society, a network of Moro civil society organizations in Mindanao, laments the abduction of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi and condemned this dastardly act as against the morality of Islam and contrary to the norms of a civilized society.

B/Gen Holganza’s patented lies only underscore Oplan Bantay Laya II failures

Conrado Heredia Command
Front 20 Operations Command
New People's Army-Southern Mindanao

Press Statement

June 9, 2007

B/Gen. Holganza's Patented Lies Only Underscore Oplan Bantay Laya II Failures

The way B/Gen. Carlos Holganza of the 1001st Brigade-Philippine Army is fabricating a tale about last Thursday's ambush staged by the Front Guerrilla Unit (FGU) of the Conrado Heredia Command of the New People's Army against the 28th Infantry Battalion-AFP only shows that indeed, the AFP has  claimed a patent on lying.


STATEMENT: Militarization ensures electoral fraud, not clean and honest polls in Mindanao

The people of Mindanao deserve a peaceful and clean election. 

But, the massive cheating happening is as rampant as the violence that is transpiring in the most vote-rich island in the country.

STATEMENT: Media at war

Open Letter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP-Davao City Chapter) during the ‘Solidarity Night for Press Freedom,’  World Press Freedom Day, Kanto Bar, MTS, May 3, 2007.

Tonight we gather in this place to band ourselves together- news persons from the print, radio, television, the online media, the academe, the legal profession and other allied sectors - in order to address  and confront what appears to be a hydra of threat  besetting our industry today;

Panawagan para sa mapayapang pagresolba sa hidwaan sa Midsayap

Kaming  mga Peace and Development Advocates (PDAs) mula sa 100 Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) sa South Central Mindanao, ay nababahala sa hidwaang nangyayari sa Midsayap, Cotabato Province. 

Anti-terror act further emboldens forces of state terrorism

PRESS STATEMENT
21 February 2007

ANTI-TERROR ACT FURTHER EMBOLDENS FORCES OF STATE TERRORISM
AND FURTHER DRIVES THE PEOPLE TO ARMED REVOLUTION

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chief Political Consultant
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Even without the Anti-Terror Act, euphemistically called the Human Security Act of 2007, the US-directed Arroyo regime has unleashed the counterrevolutionary military and police forces on the people and spurred them to commit all kinds of barbarities, including the massacre and massive displacement of people in the countryside and the extrajudicial killing, abduction and torture of so many unarmed legal activists. These atrocities are all in line with the Bush global war of terror and its Philippine puppet version called Oplan Bantay Laya I and II.
 

Anak Mindanao on the Anti-Terorrism Act

Republic of the Philippines
House of Representatives
Quezon City, Metro Manila

PRESS STATEMENT on the HUMAN SECURITY ACT (or ANTI-TERRORISM BILL)
Febuary 21, 2007

Now that the dreaded “Anti-terrorism Bill” has been approved, I maintain my assertion that such law will primarily affect the Muslims in the country, considering that even before its passage into law, there is great number of reported cases of torture and harassment against Muslims who are allegedly suspected terrorists. Thus, I stand still with my objection against the Anti-Terrorism Act, even in the guise of being called as the “Human Security Act of 2007”.

It’s the Abu Sayyaf’s fault but why are MILF members and Moro civilians being...

PRESS STATEMENT/18 January

COTABATO CITY (Suara Bangsamoro) -- As the military in the Western Mindanao Command rejoices over their victory in killing Abu Sayyaf leaders, scores of members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are the ones bearing the brunt of the military and police manhunt against bombing incidents in Central Mindanao supposedly attributed to the Abu Sayyaf group as retaliatory measures for the death of their high-profile officers

Pastoral Letter: Thou shall not kill

PASTORAL LETTER 21 November 2001 THOU SHALL NOT KILL (Exodus 20:13) Dear People of God in the Archdiocese of Davao: This is a strong and stern commandment from the...

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