J Malig | 08.21.2012
MANILA, Philippines - Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi was a key financier of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its military wing, the New People's Army (NPA), according to a US Secretary of State secret cable published by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
The Libyan government gave at least $7 million to the CPP-NPA in a 5-year period in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to cable 91STATE374256 dated November 14, 1991.
The cable, one of the earliest on WikiLeaks' archives that discussed the Philippines, tackled the indictment of Libyan officials for the bombing of PAN AM Flight 103 in 1998.
The memo said Libya's support for terrorist groups was extensive worldwide, and allowed militants to train in Libyan camps.
The cable said Libya provided funding to the CPP-NPA and other groups by directly giving money to militants who trained in the North African country.
Peter Boyle | 08.18.2012
As the Philippine government dithered and made excuses for its grossly inadequate response to the catastrophic floods — which inundated 80% of the country's capital, Manila — Sonny Melencio was leading a grassroots relief effort that brought the first food supplies in days to some of the poorest and most badly affected communities.
Together with other activists from the Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM), Melencio went to urban poor communities along the flood-breached Marikina River with supplies collected from ordinary people, whose upsurge of solidarity was in sharp contrast with the official response.
On August 13, Peter Boyle, a correspondent for Green Left Weekly and Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, interviewed Melencio, the chairperson of the PLM. The party is part of a global network of people’s organisations and NGOs demanding imperialist countries pay up for the consequences in global warming and take radical actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Akbayan | 08.13.2012
Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon experienced heavy flooding yesterday after several days of non-stop rains.According to the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in this morning's news, 11 were reported dead and 4 others were hurt.
Many areas in the national capital region are already in a state of calamity due to "unprecedented" volume of rains poured over in these places.We appeal to our friends wherever you are to extend assistance and below is the campaign of AKBAYAN's Headquarters for those who are situated in Manila. The attachment herein is the official Akbayanihan poster. (Akbayanihan was launched during the Ondoy typhoon disaster)
For our friends abroad who wish to donate, below is the AKBAYAN official bank account details.
Account Name: AKBAYAN Citizens Action Party
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Bank Address: Kalayaan Branch, 114 Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City
Roxana Malaya | 08.06.2012
Like Stalin, Sison's understanding of Marxism is pseudo-scientific and quasi-religious
Mao’s China was extremely militant against US and Western imperialism. It broke with the Soviet Union when Khrushchev denounces Stalin’ atrocities and excesses against its own people. The final straw was when the Soviet Union signed a peaceful co-existence treaty with the United States. China has taken this militant path for a number of years thus dividing the communist movement around the world.
AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party) | 07.26.2012
Akbayan Chairperson Risa Hontiveros called on the Sandiganbayan today to issue a warrant of arrest against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) in connection with the plunder charge filed against her and several others before the anti-graft court by the Office of the ombudsman.
Hontiveros said the Sandiganbayan has original jurisdiction over cases for plunder, while the Ombudsman acts as the prosecutor.
“Since the Rules of Criminal Procedure applies suppletorily to cases filed with the Sandiganbayan, Section 5, Rule 112 of the Rules of Court can be applied which states that within ten (10) days from the filing of the information for plunder, the Sandiganbayan justice shall personally evaluate the resolution of the Ombudsman and its supporting evidence. If the court finds probably cause, it shall issue a warrant of arrest,” Hontiveros said.
Hontiveros said the Sandiganbayan already deemed the case has probable cause when it issued a hold departure order against Arroyo.
AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party) | 07.24.2012
Akbayan on President Aquino’s 3rd State of the Nation Address
As President Benigno Simeon Aquino III prepares for his upcoming state of the nation address (SONA), Akbayan Party joins the Filipino people in celebrating our victories these past two years. Since the people’s break from a corrupt and decadent past, we immediately worked to rebuild and fulfill our dreams. We have planted the seeds of change and reclaimed some of the lost social and political reforms.
However, while much has been won in the past two years, we believe much has still to be fought for and won to hasten, broaden and deepen the process of implementing essential and far-reaching reforms.
In the people’s quest for truth, justice and accountability
Arroyos, Corona, Abalos
Gabriela Women's Party | 07.20.2012
Manila, Philippines: Gabriela Women's Party Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus are now sisters, having Scandal as their new surnames.
“We added Scandal to our Facebook surname to express our concern over the proliferation of internet scandals as a form of Electronic Violence Against Women (EVAW) and to support Gabriela’s Bury the Past Project,” explained Rep. Emmi De Jesus.
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) | 07.20.2012
Let us celebrate the NDFP's Declaration on Children. The leadership and entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), all Red commanders and fighters of the New People’s Army (NPA), people’s militias and revolutionary mass organizations welcome the issuance by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) of the Declaration and Program of Action for the Rights, Protection and Welfare of Children.
Through this Declaration, the revolutionary forces underscore their determination to advance the rights and welfare of the Filipino child, in line with the cause of advancing the national democratic revolution and people’s war.
Indeed, one can say that the Philippine revolution is being carried out, ultimately, to build a liberated nation and society in the interest of Filipino children.
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) | 07.10.2012
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government’s decision to extend a US$1-billion loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to supplement the Fund’s Financial Transaction Plan (FTP) of $456 billion to contain the economic crisis in Europe is an “arrogant pretension of a country very much in debt,” according to the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC).
In a protest action outside the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) building along East Ave. in Quezon City, FDC members lambasted the government for “being fast in allowing the IMF to manage our money, yet being slow in allocating funds for basic social and economic services.”
“May pera pala tayo?” asked Mercy Donor, an urban poor leader and a member of FDC. “Bakit kapag sa pagkain ng mga nagugutom, sa edukasyon ng mga bata, sa kalusugan ng mga may sakit, at sa pabahay para sa maralita, kung hindi kulang, walang budget?”
“Puro pasikat lang yata ang alam ng gobyernong ito,” she added.
AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party) | 06.05.2012
Akbayan welcomes Corona conviction, calls it a triumph of truth and accountability over impunity
Akbayan welcomes the decision of the Senate Impeachment Court to render a guilty verdict against Chief Justice Renato Corona. We join the Filipino people in celebrating their historic victory against corruption. It is a clear reiteration of the Filipino people’s demand for justice, a triumph of truth and accountability over impunity.