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“We call on the Filipino people to help us prosecute Palparan for the crimes he did to our children and to other victims of enforced disappearances.” – Mrs. Concepcion Empeño, mother of missing UP student Karen.
By RONALYN V. OLEABulatlat.com
MANILA – The mothers of the two missing University of the Philippines (UP) students called on the public to participate in the people’s manhunt against retired Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr.
Palparan, then commander of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, was implicated in the abduction of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan on June 26, 2006 in Hagonoy, Bulacan. On Monday, the Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 14 issued a warrant of arrest against Palparan and three other military men. This came days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a resolution finding probable cause in charges of kidnapping filed by the mothers of the victims.
Palparan and one of his men, Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario, remain at large. Two of the accused, Col. Felipe Anotado and Staff Sergeant Edgar Osorio have surrendered to the authorities.
“We call on the Filipino people to help us prosecute Palparan for the crimes he did to our children and to other victims of enforced disappearances,” Mrs. Concepcion Empeño, mother of Karen, said in a press conference this morning.
Four days after the DOJ resolution, Palparan tried leaving the countryfor Singapore but was prevented by immigration officials.
Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn, issued the same appeal. “To all our compatriots, to all citizens, we now know who the human rights violators are. We ask your help, if civilian arrest is not possible, please report to the authorities the whereabouts of Palparan,” Mrs. Cadapan said.
Also speaking at the press conference, Mrs. Edita Burgos, mother of another missing activist Jonas Burgos and chairwoman of Desaparecidos, hailed the person who called the attention of immigration officials to prevent Palparan from leaving.
“This is a good example of how we could win, if only we help one another. Let us get involved. Let us help. We have to do what is right…,” Mrs. Burgos, also convener of End Impunity Alliance, said. “If we do nothing, we side with evil. We will sin by omission. We cannot do this alone. We need more help and prayers.”
Mrs. Burgos said if only those who witnessed the abduction of his son on April 28, 2007 interfered, Jonas would not have been disappeared. “Now is your chance to help. If you see this face, or if you have any information about this person, please call 4342837 or text me at 09177476131 and tell us where we can find Palparan,” Mrs. Burgos said.
If any one sees this face, call 434-28-37.(Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / bulatlat.com)
Palparan was not found in his last known address on Dado Street, Wild Cat Village in Ususan village, Taguig City.
Roneo Clamor, deputy secretary general of the human rights group Karapatan, said the government should use all its resources to locate, arrest and imprison Palparan.
Key witnesses to the Cadapan- Empeño case, Raymond Manalo and Oscar Leuterio, also called on the public to help them find Palparan.
Manalo, who was held captive by the military for 18 months and who suffered different forms of torture, said Palparan should be made accountable for all his crimes.
‘Coward’
“Jovito Palparan, you are a coward. Mr. Empeno says you have no balls. We will not stop pursuing you, no matter where you go. Surface our daughters and the other victims of enforced disappearances. You will rot in jail, along with GMA, Abalos,” Mrs. Empeño said. GMA is the initials of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now under hospital arrest for charges of electoral sabotage. Abalos is the former Commission on Elections chairman who is also charged with the same offense.
In a report by the Inquirer, Palparan reportedly said that the judge who had issued the arrest warrant should “think again.”
Palparan also criticized Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, saying the Supreme Court already prevented her from issuing watch-list orders. He also said the DOJ had filed an illegal case of kidnapping at the Bulacan court. He argued that he could not be charged with kidnapping because he was not a private person but an Army commander when Cadapan and Empeño went missing.
In reaction, Edre Olalia, one of the private prosecutors in the Cadapan- Empeño case said: “Palparan is hopelessly incorrigible and his braggadocio is incomparable. The highest military officer every criminally indicted for human rights violations is now spewing veiled threats against the judge [who issued the warrant] and venom against the Justice Secretary.”
“He has done that to anyone that stands in his way. He must give himself up now and stop being a coward and heartless creature that he really is,” Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) said.
Surface the missing
Mrs. Cadapan said her heart remains heavy even with the issuance of the warrant of arrest against Palparan. She said their search for justice has gone on for five years and a half. “Justice is still partly served so long as our daughters are not surfaced.”
Mrs. Burgos said that if Palparan would be arrested, he should be compelled to tell the whereabouts of and surface Sherlyn and Karen.
“He does not want to be imprisoned in an ordinary detention cell. What about our children? Where have they been detained? Again, we call on the public to join us in our manhunt. Look for Jovito Palparan and bring him to justice,” Mrs. Burgos said.
The two mothers still wait for the homecoming of their daughters.
“Every hour, every minute, every day of our lives, we wait for Sherlyn to come back,” Mrs. Cadapan said. She confessed she has kept on sending messages to the last known cell phone number of her daughter, even as she did not receive any reply for so long.
“I know Karen will return. We will see each other and our family would be happy again,” Mrs. Empeño said. 

“We call on the Filipino people to help us prosecute Palparan for the crimes he did to our children and to other victims of enforced disappearances.” – Mrs. Concepcion Empeño, mother of missing UP student Karen.

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com

MANILA – The mothers of the two missing University of the Philippines (UP) students called on the public to participate in the people’s manhunt against retired Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr.

Palparan, then commander of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, was implicated in the abduction of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan on June 26, 2006 in Hagonoy, Bulacan. On Monday, the Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 14 issued a warrant of arrest against Palparan and three other military men. This came days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a resolution finding probable cause in charges of kidnapping filed by the mothers of the victims.

Palparan and one of his men, Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario, remain at large. Two of the accused, Col. Felipe Anotado and Staff Sergeant Edgar Osorio have surrendered to the authorities.

“We call on the Filipino people to help us prosecute Palparan for the crimes he did to our children and to other victims of enforced disappearances,” Mrs. Concepcion Empeño, mother of Karen, said in a press conference this morning.


Four days after the DOJ resolution, Palparan tried leaving the countryfor Singapore but was prevented by immigration officials.

Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn, issued the same appeal. “To all our compatriots, to all citizens, we now know who the human rights violators are. We ask your help, if civilian arrest is not possible, please report to the authorities the whereabouts of Palparan,” Mrs. Cadapan said.

Also speaking at the press conference, Mrs. Edita Burgos, mother of another missing activist Jonas Burgos and chairwoman of Desaparecidos, hailed the person who called the attention of immigration officials to prevent Palparan from leaving.

“This is a good example of how we could win, if only we help one another. Let us get involved. Let us help. We have to do what is right…,” Mrs. Burgos, also convener of End Impunity Alliance, said. “If we do nothing, we side with evil. We will sin by omission. We cannot do this alone. We need more help and prayers.”

Mrs. Burgos said if only those who witnessed the abduction of his son on April 28, 2007 interfered, Jonas would not have been disappeared. “Now is your chance to help. If you see this face, or if you have any information about this person, please call 4342837 or text me at 09177476131 and tell us where we can find Palparan,” Mrs. Burgos said.


If any one sees this face, call 434-28-37.(Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / bulatlat.com)

Palparan was not found in his last known address on Dado Street, Wild Cat Village in Ususan village, Taguig City.

Roneo Clamor, deputy secretary general of the human rights group Karapatan, said the government should use all its resources to locate, arrest and imprison Palparan.

Key witnesses to the Cadapan- Empeño case, Raymond Manalo and Oscar Leuterio, also called on the public to help them find Palparan.

Manalo, who was held captive by the military for 18 months and who suffered different forms of torture, said Palparan should be made accountable for all his crimes.

‘Coward’

“Jovito Palparan, you are a coward. Mr. Empeno says you have no balls. We will not stop pursuing you, no matter where you go. Surface our daughters and the other victims of enforced disappearances. You will rot in jail, along with GMA, Abalos,” Mrs. Empeño said. GMA is the initials of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now under hospital arrest for charges of electoral sabotage. Abalos is the former Commission on Elections chairman who is also charged with the same offense.

In a report by the Inquirer, Palparan reportedly said that the judge who had issued the arrest warrant should “think again.”

Palparan also criticized Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, saying the Supreme Court already prevented her from issuing watch-list orders. He also said the DOJ had filed an illegal case of kidnapping at the Bulacan court. He argued that he could not be charged with kidnapping because he was not a private person but an Army commander when Cadapan and Empeño went missing.

In reaction, Edre Olalia, one of the private prosecutors in the Cadapan- Empeño case said: “Palparan is hopelessly incorrigible and his braggadocio is incomparable. The highest military officer every criminally indicted for human rights violations is now spewing veiled threats against the judge [who issued the warrant] and venom against the Justice Secretary.”

“He has done that to anyone that stands in his way. He must give himself up now and stop being a coward and heartless creature that he really is,” Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) said.

Surface the missing

Mrs. Cadapan said her heart remains heavy even with the issuance of the warrant of arrest against Palparan. She said their search for justice has gone on for five years and a half. “Justice is still partly served so long as our daughters are not surfaced.”

Mrs. Burgos said that if Palparan would be arrested, he should be compelled to tell the whereabouts of and surface Sherlyn and Karen.

“He does not want to be imprisoned in an ordinary detention cell. What about our children? Where have they been detained? Again, we call on the public to join us in our manhunt. Look for Jovito Palparan and bring him to justice,” Mrs. Burgos said.

The two mothers still wait for the homecoming of their daughters.

“Every hour, every minute, every day of our lives, we wait for Sherlyn to come back,” Mrs. Cadapan said. She confessed she has kept on sending messages to the last known cell phone number of her daughter, even as she did not receive any reply for so long.

“I know Karen will return. We will see each other and our family would be happy again,” Mrs. Empeño said. (http://bulatlat.com)

jackiemaegan:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

November 25, 2011

Reference: Raquel Redondiez, Chairperson, GABRIELA-USA

Email: chair@gabusa.org, www.gabusa.org

GABRIELA-USA MARKS IDEVAW EXPOSING

ROLE OF THE 1% IN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Filipina Women’s Alliance IDEVAW Video Slideshow: http://tinyurl.com/gabIDEVAW2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — GABRIELA-USA, an alliance of organizations representing Filipino women across the U.S. commemorate Nov 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) with a slideshow of their members and supporters exposing the role of the 1% in perpetrating violence against women throughout the world.

While domestic violence and rape are what comes to mind as examples of violence against women, GABRIELA-USA is choosing to highlight economic injustice, as well as political repression and human rights violations as more pervasive and systematic forms of violence suffered by women throughout the world.  “As women of the 99%, we hold the 1% accountable for the culture and system of violence they perpetrate on women around the world.  Hunger and poverty, joblessness and exploitation, evictions, forced migration, lack of housing and healthcare are all part of imperialist plunder and war on the 99% by the 1%,” said Raquel Redondiez, Chairperson for GABRIELA-USA.

As the 99% all over the world are rising up, political repression and human rights violations also continue to rise. This is highlighted in events that occurred just last week when University of California, Davis Police brutally pepper-sprayed student activists of Occupy Davis.  Earlier this week was also the 2-year anniversary of the election-related Ampatuan Massacre which took the lives of 57 people, 22 of them women, in the Philippines.  To this day, family members of the victims continue to seek justice and recently filed suit against former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for arming and supporting the Ampatuans. “Political repression, human rights violations, and economic injustice continue to be the most pervasive and brutal forms of violence against women.  This violence is systematically carried out by the 1% through their private armies, public police, and other state machinery to protect the economic interests of the few, leaving the majority of the world’s population with fewer resources to survive on,” concludes Redondiez.

Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day to fight violence against women since 1981. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by Resolution 54/134. The date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, politicalm activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo.

nacha-cyanide:


LATINOAMÉRICA

La eterna ensangrentada, la eterna desvalorada…

nacha-cyanide:

LATINOAMÉRICA

La eterna ensangrentada, la eterna desvalorada…

Illustration by Jenifer Wofford

krystletugadi:

TONIGHT is apparently SINGLE’S NIGHT!  And I’ll be the entertainment! 
Come out to my first night of residency at the Sandbar in Long Beach!  Matt Clores and I will be playing YOUR favorite 90’s jams from 9-11pm.  So make your way over, grab a drink, groove to some of your fave 90’s songs, and maybe introduce yo’self to a fly fella or lady!  Haha.
Cheers to all the single folks out there!  Woop woop!  Including me!  Haha.  See y’all tonight!
THE SANDBAR
710 W Willow StLong Beach, CA 90806

krystletugadi:

TONIGHT is apparently SINGLE’S NIGHT!  And I’ll be the entertainment! 

Come out to my first night of residency at the Sandbar in Long Beach!  Matt Clores and I will be playing YOUR favorite 90’s jams from 9-11pm.  So make your way over, grab a drink, groove to some of your fave 90’s songs, and maybe introduce yo’self to a fly fella or lady!  Haha.

Cheers to all the single folks out there!  Woop woop!  Including me!  Haha.  See y’all tonight!

THE SANDBAR

710 W Willow St
Long BeachCA 90806

Contractualization of labor is a common thing in the Philippines and other “developing nations. The workers in this video are part of the 99% who are affected by Imperialism and the Philippines’ policies of Neoliberal Globalization.   

revisionmusic:

“It doesn’t matter if my wife and I don’t eat…just as long as our two kids can eat.”

Father Fausto Tentorio was an Italian Indigenous Rights/Anti-mining Activist in the Philippines.

anakbayanla:

A message from Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS)

We are answering the ILPS call for a Global Day of Action!

Join Anakbayan LA, Bayan USA, and other ILPS organizations this Saturday, October 15th, 10am in Downtown Los Angeles as we march towards Los Angeles City Hall to resist the imperialist devastation of countries and repression of people around the world!

End all imperialist wars of aggression!  Money for jobs, not for war!

Support people’s movements for social justice and national liberation!

Be part of the worldwide movement to end imperialism and build a brighter future!

For more info:
ilps.info/joomsite