By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Farmers groups said the presence of more military forces in the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation, which the farmers are claiming, will result in more human-rights violations against civilians. They also said that farmers will be facing renewed threats of eviction.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
After experiencing heavy deployment of AFP troops, the peasants of Hacienda Luisita are bracing for the entry of US troops who would be conducting ‘trainings’ inside the hacienda.
By GERMELINA LACORTE / Davao Today
Cardeno’s unexplained death while working for the US troops in February and the death of the Philippine Army officer a month later have renewed calls among militant groups to junk the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the US and the Philippines.
Various progressive groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan on Friday staged a torch march in Davao City to demand justice for Gregan Cardeño, a Filipino interpreter who was found dead inside US troops’ barracks in Marawi City. The group also demanded for the immediate pull-out of the US troops in the country.
By JOAN GARCIA
The claim of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that it has achieved victory in the Ilocos provinces did not make the human rights situation there any better.
By RONALYN V. OLEA
The Supreme Court’s (SC) recent resolution upholding with finality the constitutionality of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) sends a wrong message to victims of US atrocities, warned a Mindanao coalition.
News Release March 3, 2010 The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and the Junk VFA Movement today warned that controversies will continue to hound the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement despite the final ruling of the Supreme Court upholding its constitutionality. The SC, in a 2-page resolution, said it was upholding its earlier 2009 decision on…
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
The Ilocos Region, particularly the two Ilocos provinces, is the main focus of a “humanitarian assistance” operation and this year’s upcoming Balikatan military exercises between US and Philippine troops.
MANILA — Former Navy officer Lt. Senior Grade Mary Nancy Gadian was recognized as a “Woman of Courage” by Gabriela, the most prestigious women’s group in the country, in a simple ceremony this afternoon. Nancy Gadian (left) with Gabriela’s Emmi de Jesus (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / bulatlat.com) Gadian is the Navy officer who…
The 2002 Balikatan Terms of Reference may have given rise to the initial combat involvement of US forces in Mindanao, according to the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. Various news sources have pointed out that reports of US involvement in actual combat in Mindanao existed as early as 2002, with the reported shooting of Buyong-buyong…
By BENJIE OLIVEROS
The presence of US troops exemplifies and strengthens US domination of the Philippines. When the Philippines was named as “the coordinating country” of the US in its dealings with the Asean, it meant that Manila could be counted on to promote US interests not only in the country but in the whole region.