In Mendiola, Journalists, Activists Demand End to Impunity, Blame Arroyo for Killings

On Wednesday, hundreds of Filipino journalists and activists, along with several of their colleagues from other countries, marched to Mendiola to mark the “Global Day of Action Against Impunity.” Organized by the Nov. 23 Movement as well as such groups as the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the International Federation of Journalists, the event was undoubtedly one of the biggest protest actions by journalists in the Philippines in years. The journalists and activists demanded an end to impunity and blamed the Arroyo regime for the rash of killings of activists and journalists nationwide.

Listen to the speeches during the Global Action Vs Impunity protest rally in Mendiola, Manila, on December 9, 2009.

Amira Ali Lidasan, secretary-general Suara Bangsamoro
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Bibeth Orteza, Pagbabago
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Carlos Conde, Bulatlat.com
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Emmi de Jesus, secretary-general, Gabriela
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Isagani Yambot, publisher, Philippine Daily Inquirer
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Jobert Pahilga, National Union of People’s Lawyers
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Jose Pavia, Philippine Press Institute
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Kenneth Guda, Pinoy Weekly
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Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
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Mike Dobbie, International Federation of Journalists
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Nestor Burgos Jr., National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
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Nonoy Espina, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
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Red Batario, Center for Community Journalism and Development
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Roby Alampay, Southeast Asia Press Alliance
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Roland Tolentino, UP College of Mass Communication
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Ruby Padilla Sison, DXCA Kidapawan
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Vijae Alquisola, College Editors Guild of the Philippines
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(Audio recording by Ayi Muallam / bulatlat.com)

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