Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bayan leads noise barrage; calls to junk HSA

(A Press Release sent to CDO Journal by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan on September 21, 2007)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - BAGONG Alyansang Makabayan-Northern Mindanao Region spearheaded a simultaneous noise barrage to drumbeat their call to junk the Human Security Act of 2007 around 6pm yesterday (Sept. 21) in Capistran-Abejuela Sts., Divisoria and in Licoan this city.

“As we commemorate the dark martial law period, we not only remember the victims of human rights violations during the Marcos dictatorship but we also continue to condemn the existing dictator in Malacañang who already claimed the lives of 863 members of progressive organizations, human rights advocates, mediamen and churchpeople and the more the 200 victims of enforced disappearance”, Kristin Lim, Deputy Secretary-General of BAYAN-NMR said.

Lim also claims that since Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was installed as president through the People Power I in 2001 and until her reign as fake president up to the present, there were already 5 victims of extrajudicial killings in the region, the latest being Dalmacio “Daki” Gandinao and Siche Gandinao both from the highly militarized Salay, Misamis Oriental and members of Bayan Muna.

“It is frustrating to note that not one of the agents of the AFP who were pointed as perpetrators of the said vicious killings in the region was arrested and trialed. The military and police were quick enough to wash their hands of their crimes and even quicker enough to blame the NPA. The lack of will and the insincerity of the state to stop the intensifying human rights violations shows that the armed agents of the state can brazenly attack us with impunity,” Lim further added.

Moreover, the group believes that these incidents will further bolster with the implementation of the Human Security Act of 2006.

“In the pretext of going after terrorists, the state, through the Human Security Act of 2007, can go after groups who continue to pursue Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s ouster. However, there is no other way for a dictator to go but down”, Lim finally stated.

Kristin Lim
BAYAN NMR Deputy Secretary General
Address: # 266 Pinikitan, Brgy. Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City Contact # 09216771894 email:

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