9/17/10 Political Prisoners Nationwide to Hold Protest Fast for the Release of Morong 43 and All Political Prisoners

No pie from Bakesale Betty’s

No ribs from Everett and Jones

No chicken and waffles from Roscoes

No greasy meals in San Francisco.

Today my plate will go empty

Until freedom and justice are served

For the Morong 43 health workers

And all political prisoners.

Dear friends,

Tomorrow, September 17, is a Day of Action in support of the Morong 43 healthworkers, who have been unjustly imprisoned in the Philippines since February 6.  They are among 300+ political prisoners in the Philippines today–mothers, fathers, teachers, lawyers, students, workers, son and daughters who have been locked up on trumped up charges, simply for serving the people and speaking out against the corrupt and exploitative Arroyo administration.

During the Day of Action, political prisoners and their allies will be fasting in solidarity with the Morong 43 healthworkers and to demand the release of the 43 and all political prisoners.

Tomorrow, the Executive Committee of BAYAN-USA will all be fasting in solidarity with the Morong 43. I hope you will join us in the fast, by skipping a meal or two!  If you decide to do it, please let me know–it will help to know that i’m not the only one who is hungry and grumpy!

Rhonda Ramiro

Secretary General, National Executive Committee, BAYAN-USA

Regional Coordinator BAYAN-USA NORCAL Region

Supporters of the Morong 43 march to Mendiola bridge on their first month of detention. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / bulatlat.com)

MEDIA RELEASE – 16 September 2010

Political prisoners nationwide to hold protest fast for the release of Morong 43 and all political prisoners
Detained health workers in Bicutan, and hundreds of political prisoners in various detention facilities in the provinces will stage a national protest fast tomorrow, September 17, to press for the immediate release of all political prisoners.  Human rights alliance Karapatan, Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance and the Samahan ng Ex-Detainess Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), together with relatives of the detainees, cause oriented groups and rights advocates will also hold sympathy fast in Quezon City and other parts of the country.

“More than 300 prisoners of conscience are languishing in jail in various detention centers and many of them are illegally arrested and imprisoned for fighting the corrupt and fascist Arroyo regime”according to Jigs Clamor, acting secretary general of Karapatan and convenor of the Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance.
Clamor specifically cited the case of the 43 health workers collectively known as the Morong 43.  “It has been almost eight months since the illegal arrest of the 43 health workersin Morong, Rizal, and their rights are still being violated in their continued detention. It has been almost 100 days since Noynoy Aquino became president  and he has yet to show any steps in giving freedom to political prisoners, and concrete actions in resolving human rights violations in the country,” added Clamor,  whose wife Dr. Merry Mia Clamor is one the detained Morong 43.
Clamor declared that tomorrow, they will hold a day-long protest action and sympathy fasting at the Ninoy Aquino Monument in Quezon City. A mass, to be officiated by Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, shall also be held at 12 noon at the St. Paul the Apostles Parish.

Senator Loren Legarda, Human Rights Commissioner Jose Mamauag, beauty queen and actress Isabel Lopez, church people, civil libertarians and artists shall also join in the mass and program that will follow. Former Martial law activists Director Bonifacio Ilagan, UP Faculty Regent Judy Taguiwalo and community leader Trinidad Herrera, all newly elected board members of SELDA, will also participate in the said activity.
“We are calling on the Aquino administration to be true to his promises of “daang matuwid,” and unconditionally release the Morong 43 and all political prisoners,” concluded Clamor. ###

September 17, 2010           NATIONAL DAY OF SYMPATHY FASTING

Sympathy Fasting Center:                    Ninoy Aquino Monument, Delta (Panay corner Timog Avenue), Quezon City

9:00am-12:00nn                                     Photo Exhibit/Symbolic Tyng of Ribbons/Ritual Activities

12:00nn – 1:00pm                                  Mass to be officiated by Bishop. Iniguez at the St. Paul of the Apostle Parish

1:00pm-4:00pm                                      Signing of Petition for the Release of Morong 43 and All Political Prisoners

Children’s Workshop and on-the-spot painting

4:00pm-6:00pm                                      Cultural Program

6:00pm-7:00pm                                      Candle Lighting and Signing of the Unity Statement

Detention centers and facilities from the following regions will participate in the said event:

Cordillera, Cagayan and Isabela, National Capital Region,Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Bacolod,

Misamis Occidental and Compostela Valley.

Relatives, invited guests and friends of the Morong 43 will be available for interview.


September 18-19                5th CONFERENCE OF LAWYERS IN ASIA PACIFIC

There are about 200 foreign lawyers and 100 local delegates to the International Conference hosted by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers to discuss “Human Rights and Peace Amidst Global Crisis and Conflict”

12:00nn                                             A Press Conference of IADL Bureau Members

September 20                      A Visit to the MORONG 43 at the Camp Bagong Diwa

Foreign delegates to the International Conference will visit the Morong 43 to give their support and

to investigate on their present situation inside the detention center. For the itinerary please contact

Tinay Palabay, TANGGOL BAI convenor 09175003879.

September 21                      Commemoration of Martial Law

Human Rights groups led by KARAPATAN will participate in the multi-sectoral rally ked by Bagong

Alyansang Makabayan to denounce the continuing political repression in the country and to

demand the immediate release of the Morong 43 and other political prisoners in the country.

For details please contact Abby of BAYAN

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KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.  It was established in 1995.

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Yolanda Billeza, one of the 43 Morong detainees, raises her fist in protest as she disembarks from a bus at the Court of Appeals for the writ of habeas corpus hearing


BAYAN-USA Gets Down in SF in Response to Philippine SONA

This past Monday, BAYAN-USA-NORCAL member organizations and allies from AYPAL and ALAY made some noise near the San Francisco Federal Building.

This latest action was to coincide with the Philippine president’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) during which the executive in office espouses upon his or her “achievements” whether they be social, economic, or political.  Regardless of who the president is the SONA usually turns out to be a sustained gust of hot air which reeks of the stench of deception and empty promises.  Gloria’s ninth SONA’s did not fail to underwhelm Filipinos who are already weary of posturing and lies.  Furthermore the SONA obviously did not focus upon the REAL state of the Philippine nation experienced by millions of Filipinos which is that of poverty, misery, and hopelessness.  So, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues to dance around the issues of her egregious corruption (ZTE Scandal), her blatantly obvious election fraud (Hello Garci Scandal), and her possible connection to the torture, abduction, and murder of over a thousand individuals critical of her anti-people policies.  In response folks in the NORCAL region decided to do some dancing of our own.

In addition to criticizing SONA, the action was meant to draw attention to the President GMA’s brilliant waste of Philippine tax money as she travels to the United States with a junket of Philippine legislators to meet with President Obama.  We’re not sure which is more ridiculous.  GMA’s squandering of money which should be used to help the Philippine people receive jobs, education, and food or the fact that President Obama would actually agree to meeting GMA after he tried so hard to distance himself from the foreign policy of “President” Bush.

Filipinos all over the world are SCREAMING for a heaping serving of “Change You Can Believe in”.  President Obama, please don’t make the same mistake that Reagan made when he partied with Ferdinand Marcos.  And please, definitely don’t be as much of an idiot as George W. Bush and continue to send military and economic aid to a corrupt, illegitimate, and fascist regime.

Fil-Ams protest VFA with actions in Los Angeles; don’t buy into Obama’s rhetoric of change when it comes to foreign policy

Contact: Rhonda Ramiro
Secretary-General, BAYAN USA

Los Angeles, CA — Filipino-Americans under the banners of two alliances — BAYAN USA and GABRIELA USA — staged two strong actions demonstrating deep opposition to the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a military pact between the US and Philippine governments that allow for the temporary basing of US military personnel in over 20 ports throughout the Philippines. The actions, one in front of the Philippine Consulate along Wilshire Boulevard and the other in front of the General Douglas MacArthur Statue in MacArthur Park, began and ended a historic weekend as the two alliances held their respective congresses at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center from Friday till Sunday, March 27-29. Continue reading

BAYAN USA limbers up for a great leap forward: Alliance of Filipino organizations in the US marks its Third Congress with two protests against the Visiting Forces Agreement, election of new officers, and launch of three year action plan


LOS ANGELES, CA — Amidst an unprecedented global economic crisis and burgeoning movement for change worldwide, the US Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN USA) held its Third Congress on March 27-28 in Los Angeles, California and pledged to expand the ranks of people fighting against imperialism and for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines.  With the theme to “Strengthen our alliance and intensify our political struggle against the US-Arroyo clique and for the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the US,” BAYAN USA’s historic Congress brought together 155 women, youth and students, educators, labor organizers, artists, service providers, health professionals, unemployed individuals, and others from 14 member organizations across the country in an electrifying event which unified its participants and set the alliance’s strategic course for the next three years. Continue reading