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AMRSP Statement on Edsa Anniversary
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Tuesday, 23 February 2010 16:19
STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE 24TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EDSA PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION
ASSOCIATION OF MAJOR RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS OF THE PHILIPPINES

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the people’s victory against tyranny and dictatorship. In February 1986, the Filipino people proved that the power of darkness need not prevail over the great rays of light. Freedom was regained, and the people’s voices and power triumphed!

The gains of EDSA gave us opportunity to look back at the things that led the people to rise up against the dominant powers at that time. We were made conscious that it was the curtailment of freedom and democracy and the oppression committed by the Marcos conjugal dictatorship that pushed the Filipinos to take on the cause to topple down the conjugal evil. The abuses brought about by the long arms of the dictator reached that point where the country could no longer bear it and so the people raised their voices in discontent and anger and swore that never again would evil prevail in our land!

The struggles and victories of EDSA were short lived. The powers that corrupted the government and the authorities of the Martial law years succeeded in creeping back into the minds of those who were entrusted with leading our land. Then, and now, the people are again facing the very same enemy that they toppled in EDSA during those great days of February 1986. The dreams that EDSA promised never materialized, for the atrocities that the people of 1986 denounced, happened again and in fact are gaining greater momentum now compared to what was happening then.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 16:22
 
Illegal Arrest and Detention of 43 Health Workers an attack against Human Rights Defenders
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Monday, 08 February 2010 13:49
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), a mission partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) strongly condemns the illegal arrest and detention of 43 health workers conducting a health seminar in a resort in Morong, Rizal last February 6, 2010 by the Military and Police.

The illegal arrest and detention and the malicious labeling/red-tagging are clear harassment directed against human rights defenders that are often committed in the country.  Col. Aurelio Baladad justifies the arrest and detention by accusing the victims of alleged involvement to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) and that they were allegedly making bombs.

Based from reports, the victims were having a seminar on First Responders Training sponsored by the Community Medicine Foundation, Inc. (COMMED) and Council for Health and Development (CHD) at Dr. Melecia Velmonte’s Farm, a conference and training facility in Morong, Rizal when the raid took place.  
Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2010 13:54
 
Never again to martial law! Break impunity now! Defend human rights! Uphold dignity!
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Thursday, 10 December 2009 07:30

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Fifty seven lives were lost in the infamous Maguindanao Massacre perpetrated by mad men and murderers.

This despicable act is the direct result of aiding and abetting a clan that was hell bent on preserving their hold to power whatever the costs, no matter how many lives are lost. It was an affront to the Ampatuans that someone dared to challenge their stranglehold on a province that is deeply mired in poverty.

How can we explain the brazenness that characterized the mass murders even of ordinary civilians, lawyers and journalists? How can we fathom the inhuman and barbaric acts heaped on helpless human beings?

It is a raw, undiluted display of impunity to murder 57 human beings, desecrate their bodies and dump them into pits.

Now the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo government has declared martial law to quell a planned rebellion by the Ampatuans and their armed followers. Now this government wishes to wash its hand of responsibility for the carnage in Maguindanao. When it armed and aided the Ampatuans to consolidate its hold in Maguindanao it was creating a monster. The monster devoured 57 lives and now government wishes the criminals to become rebels by charging them with rebellion.

Now it wishes to safeguard its secrets in Maguindanao by declaring first a state of emergency and then martial law. But arms and ammunitions with the markings of PNP and AFP can not hide the complicity of the GMA administration in these murders.

It was the GMA administration which armed the Ampatuans, it was the GMA administration which coddled the Ampatuans despite increasing reports of terror and human rights abuses in the province. It was the GMA administration which entertained every whim and caprice of the Ampatuans in exchange for its loyalty and its assured votes in the elections.

The full force of the law must be applied to these mad men. They can not escape responsibility by hiding under the charge of rebellion. Mass murder can not be subsumed nor hidden under the political act of rebellion.

Martial law can not be used to mask “crimes against humanity”. Martial law must not be used to carry out the sinister designs of those in power.

Now is the time to stand up and declare:

Never again to martial law!
Break Impunity Now!
Defend Human Rights!
Uphold dignity!

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2009 17:26
 
Renewing Our Heroes’ Struggle for Dignity
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Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:35

The champions of the Philippine Revolution against colonization rose up in arms not just to fight for freedom and independence but also for lands, decent jobs, livelihood, right to education, and, essentially, the right to live humanely.

It was an uprising for rights, a cry for dignity.

Today, even as we proudly remember our heroes and their valiant deeds, we are still hounded by issues and atrocities that undermine human rights and attack the very fiber of our beings as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.

The barbaric “Maguindanao Massacre” that claimed the lives of more than 50 journalists, lawyers, and civilians is the latest and the most shocking display of impunity that reigns in the country. This is a ‘clumsy’ and extreme form of warning from the powers that be, that lives are dispensable and could be toyed with especially when so much is at stake.

Another affront to our integrity are poverty and lack of basic social services such as health, education, housing, and social security. These may not be as gruesome as killings and torture but these are ‘silent killers.’ Imagine how many babies, mothers and children are dying every minute due to inadequate health facilities and personnel; and due to lack of medicine and food.

How many young dreams also die every year because children could not be sent to school or forced to stop schooling because they have to work and augment the family’s income?

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:40
 
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