NISP Briefing Paper Bares Systematic Campaign vs. Partylists

Election campaign continues

Despite successive killings of their regional and provincial officers and members nationwide, especially in areas where Bayan Muna garnered most of its votes in the 2004 elections namely, Samar-Leyte, Bicol, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog, Ocampo said, they will continue to openly campaign once the campaign period begins in February 14.

Ocampo admitted though that in some areas the free movement of their leaders free are gravely affected by intense military operations. “To some degree their ability to campaign is affected,” he said. They are following specific security guidelines to avoid being killed by the military, he added.

As of the time of the interview with Bulatlat, Ocampo shared that there has been no physical threat yet to his security. “Magkakasubukan pa lang kami pag nagsimula na ang actual campaign,” (We will test each other out when the actual election campaign starts.) he said. “If the soldiers are in the communities and they will stop us from campaigning or stop the people from joining our miting de avance (election campaign meeting), I will confront them. We will build evidence that the military is guilty of partisan politics,” he said. (

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