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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
June 21, 2007HER EXCELLENCY GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
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.
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?
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.
Conrado Heredia Command
Front 20 Operations Command
New People's Army-Southern Mindanao
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.
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.
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;
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.
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”.
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