Gabriela stages protest against Duterte’s statement about NPA female members

admin   •   February 15, 2018   •   4917

Gabriela and other women advocate groups’ protest

MANILA, Philippines — Responding to the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte, thousands of women from Gabriela and other women advocate groups gathered for a protest in Malate, Manila.

Through poems and songs, they voiced out their dismay at the statement of President Duterte to shoot New People’s Army (NPA) women members in their private parts.

Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was also present to express her disapproval over the matter.

“Layunin nitong patahimikin ang kalahati ng populasyon at panatilihing mga pu** lang sila, walang silbi, pangkama, pangkusina, sunud-sunuran, kimi, (It aims to silence half of the population and to degrade them as mere genitals, useless, objectified, subservient),” said Taguiwalo.

According to Gabriela Secretary General Joms Salvador, the statement of the president is a clear attempt to trample upon all the women in the country.

“Ayaw ng kababaihan sa mga macho pasistang naghahari-harian. Kaya nating kumilos, magkaisa. Hindi naman tanga at hindi lalong mabibilog ang ulo ng mga kababaihan na alam kung ano ang sinasabi ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Salvador.

(Women don’t like macho-fascists who act like a king. We can unite and take action. We are not idiots and President Duterte definitely cannot fool women who know what he’s saying.)

The group also said that they cannot accept the answer of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the president did not mean it literally.

“Seryoso at literal na galit ang kababaihan sa pagtatanggol niya kay Pangulong Duterte. Hindi na tama na patuloy na magpalusot,” said the Gabriela general-secretary.

(Women are seriously and literally angry at his defense of President Duterte. It’s not right anymore to continue making excuses.)

The women advocates cut the tongue of the effigy of President Duterte.

This, they said, symbolizes their dismay over harsh jokes about women. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

DILG stands by proposal to revive Anti-Subversion Law to end communism in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is standing by its proposal to revive the Anti-Subversion Law to finally put an end to the communist struggle in the country.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the need to reimpose the law is “urgent, critical and inevitable,” if the people truly want to end this scourge of society.

Año stressed that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) and its front organizations have been “for the past 50 years in an organized armed conspiracy to overthrow the duly-elected government not only by force or violence but also by deceit, propaganda, and other illegal means.”

The DILG chief said that it’s about time that we put an end to this conflict that has been bringing our nation down and has killed some 100,000 policemen, soldiers, government officials, and innocent civilians. 

“We wish to emphasize that our proposal to revive the Anti-Subversion Law is only for members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and all groups directly supporting it. It only covers the Communists who are actively working to overthrow the government through armed struggle and does not, in any way, cover legitimate dissent, political opposition, or similar groups,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

The Anti-Subversion Act or Republic Act (RA) No. 1700 was passed in June 1957 during the presidency of Carlos P. Garcia. It declared the CPP illegal as an organized conspiracy to overthrow the government for the purpose of establishing in the Philippines a totalitarian regime.

During the martial law period, RA 1700 was expanded through Presidential Decree (PD) 885 in 1976 and PD 1835 in 1981. These decrees made it a subversive criminal act to be affiliated with a group and attend a meeting or take part in any activity meant to overthrow the government with the open or covert assistance and support of a foreign power.

During the time of President Corazon Aquino, she issued Executive Order No. 167, series of 1987 repealing PDs 1835 and 1975 and reviving RA 1700. And in 1992, President Fidel Ramos signed RA 7636 repealing RA 1700. Subversion is no longer a criminal offense, but sedition remained a crime.

According to Año, the decision to repeal the law may have been a mistake because “the Communist movement gained momentum in many areas and it grew bolder with the support of legal front organizations in urban areas from where they derive logistics, funding, source of cadres, and other forms of support.”

“The repeal of the Anti-Subversion law was a demand of the CCP-NPA-NPF for the conduct of the peace talks in the 1990s. In good faith, the government acceded to those demands for the sake of peace. But instead of laying down their arms and joining mainstream society, the Communists grew bolder and used the democratic space accorded to them to regroup, organize, and mobilize,” he said.

The DILG Chief said that since the repeal of the Anti-Subversion Law, the Communists have continuously rejected the government’s call for genuine peace for the past 50 years and have instead indiscriminately sowed terrorism across the country.

He said the CPP’s Constitution – which is available on the internet — categorically states that its goal is to overthrow our democratic, republican system using the weapons of “revolutionary armed struggle and the national united front.” 

Its program declares that this is to be done by building guerrilla fronts “to encircle the cities from the countryside… until it becomes possible to seize power in the cities.”

“It can’t be denied by anyone that the continued existence and illegal activities of the CPP-NPA-NDF constitute a clear, present, and grave danger to the security of the Philippine state,” Año said.

“If we revive the Anti-Subversion law, we will be able to dismantle the urban mass movement in the cities that fuels the armed struggle in the mountains. We will be able to stifle their so-called ‘legal front organizations’ that provides sustenance to the underground mass organizations. It will be the beginning of an inevitable end,” he added.

The DILG chief cited the continuous active recruitment of some 500 to 1,000 youth annually by legal Communist front organizations in schools and universities where some 50 to 100 of them become armed members of the New People’s Army.

Año said that all organizations providing support to the CPP-NPA-NDF must also be declared illegal and mere membership to these organizations should be a criminal act.

“Our present laws, the Revised Penal Code, and special penal laws only penalize the individual acts of communist terrorist groups while the revival of the Anti-Subversion Law would declare illegal the mere recruitment or membership to these illegal organizations. The Human Security Act is also deficient,” he said.

Año assured the DILG is ready to work with Congress “to craft such legislation that responds to the need of the times and places the necessary safeguards to ensure our constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms of association and free speech.”

Malacañang earlier said the proposed restoration of the Anti-Subversion Law needs more study while the Department of Justice believes amending and strengthening the country’s anti-terrorism law will suffice instead of criminalizing subversion again.

Ex-rebels testify before Senate on leftist group recruitment for NPA membership

Maris Federez   •   August 14, 2019

Former Communist rebels testify at the Senate hearing

Four former rebels faced the Senate on Wednesday (Aug. 14) to testify on the recruitment activities of leftist groups for membership to the New Peoples Army (NPA).

One of them, Agnes Reano, relayed how she got recruited by the Alliance of Students Against Tuition Fee Increase.

She said, in 1983, she was brought to Bukidnon province for the launching of the League of Filipino Students until she had become a recruiter herself at the age of 13.

She added that she had later on realized that, like the other rebels, she had been carrying arms and had become a member of the NPA.

Nancy Gulogin, another ex-rebel, was then an athlete in school when she became an activist.

She claimed being brainwashed by a legal front until she became a member of the NPA. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Hundreds of protesters in El Paso rally to condemn Trump’s visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Hundreds of protesters gathered in El Paso on Wednesday (August 7) to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to meet victims and first responders from last weekend’s deadly shooting.

People waved signs and chanted ‘El Paso strong’ and ‘go home, Trump.’ Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rouke and El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar addressed the crowd.

“At a time that we are under attack, we are told to remain silent, we are standing up, loud and proud to be counted with our fellow Americans as the best example of this country after one of the worst disasters she has ever seen,” O’Rourke said.

Protesters accused Trump of inflaming tensions with anti-immigrant and racially charged rhetoric.

“He has said some horrible things about many different people and his words have impacted our community. He’s motivated people to do hateful things, like what happened on Saturday,” said Veronica Carrillo, 37.

Trump visited survivors in their hospital rooms at the University Medical Center in El Paso. Supporters gathered outside the hospital holding signs welcoming him to the city.

“Not everyone in El Paso is a hater. Some of us love the president of the United States and we love the other El Pasoans, and we pray for the people who want us to hate each other,” said Tracy Kaden, 58, owner of a small manufacturing company.

The massacre, where 22 people died, is being investigated as a hate crime and act of domestic terrorism, authorities said.

The FBI said the Dayton shooter also explored violent ideologies.

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