Defend our legislators

Oppose Political Repression in the Philippines!

Free Crispin Beltran and Joel Virador!

At this juncture in our nation’s history, the Filipino people stand united against the incumbent illegitimate president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s attacks against civil and democratic rights.

By imposing a state of national emergency via the illegal and immoral Proclamation 1017, Arroyo’s corrupt government is trying to buy more time for its beleaguered self.

Failing to convince the public of its innocence of charges of corruption, political repression and electoral fraud, Macapagal-Arroyo is resorting to dictatorial means to curb growing dissent and restiveness not only within the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), but among the mass population long sickened and disgusted with Arroyo.

Presidential Proclamation 1017 means warrantless arrests, arbitrary takeover of public utilities and industries, intensified military operations especially in the provinces, and a crackdown on the media and the freedom of speech.

The legislators of the progressive party-lists Bayan Muna (People First), Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) and Gabriela Women’s Party are included in the government hit list.

Well-known labor leader turned lawmaker Crispin Beltran was arrested on February 24. A few days later on February 27, Bayan Muna solon Joel Virador was also arrested.

The four other lawmakers Bayan Muna solons Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano, and Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza have been put under the custody of the House of Representatives, but they stand to be arrested at any time .

These lawmakers and the political parties they represent are at the forefront of the Filipino people’s relentless campaign against the burgeoning dictatorship under Arroyo.

Crispin Beltran is a labor leader.

Satur Ocampo a well-known human rights advocate.

Rafael Mariano is a peasant activist.

Liza Maza is a staunch defender of women and children?s rights.

Joel Virador is a vocal critic of US intervention in Philippine affairs.

Teddy Casino has a long history of student activism.

We seek the support of the Filipino youth and people, Church and welfare organizations, the media and our democracy-loving political leaders in denouncing the Macapagal-Arroyo government’s worsening attacks against our civil, democratic and human rights.

We urge all Filipino youth to help us in our struggle for genuine freedom and democracy in the Philippines.

Please make your stand be known.

Write to H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo President of the Republic of the Philippines, Malacanang Palace, JP Laurel St., San Miguel Manila, Philippines as well as other media institutions abroad and in the Philippines, and inform them of your solidarity with the Filipino people.

Defend the Filipino people?s civil and political rights!

Free all political prisoners of the Arroyo government!

Fight the burgeoning Macapagal-Arroyo dictatorship!

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3 Responses to Defend our legislators

  1. Miden says:

    with all due respect, but i don’t agree at all with ur blog. The government of GMA is not a dictatiorship.Why don’t you look back 30 years ago about the marcos regime and compare Marcos and PGMA’s government. i wasn’t born during martial law of Marcos, but i’m sure the government of PGMA is nothing compare to marcos’. I don’t live there in the Phils, but i surely pay attention to what is happening in the country. also i don’t think the filipino people is fully united because if they do, why only a handful of people went to Edsa to rant about GMA? i think because they are just tired of politicians using them to topple the govt for their own interest not the people’s interest.All those politicians care about are their own political agenda, and thier interests. At least GMA has the balls to make unpopular decisions for the good of the country. That is why still many people admired her because of her ability to make unpopular decisions. Lastly, those anti-Arroyo politicians doesn’t even have alternative to show the people that they are a better president than GMA. all they do is rally about everything any given day, and the people are just plain tired of those senseless demonstrations that will go nowhere.

  2. orange says:

    2nd the motion!

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