“I told them: ‘Don’t put your drones there because that thing blows up, and Davao will also blow up if they are in there.” — City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
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By MARYA SALAMAT
“Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the people of Mindanao are being held hostage by business interests. Communities who defy military presence are tagged as terrorist havens, its residents as supporters.” – Kawagib
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
As long as the US military is treated ‘above the law’ by the government, their victims among the civilian populace will not be given justice.” – Bayan Muna-Southern Mindanao
LETTER TO THE EDITOR April 18, 2012 This is to clarify the issue of illegal wildlife poaching that sparked the stand-off between the Philippine and Chinese state forces in the heavily contested Scarborough Shoal. It should be clear that the problem is a concern of both the Philippine and Chinese governments, regardless of the still-unresolved…
Marking the first year since the death of Gregan Cardeño, a Filipino who died inside Camp Ranao in Marawi City while working as an interpreter for the US troops, various groups held a memorial rally on Wednesday to demand justice and to hold those behind the incident accountable. (Photo courtesy of Patriotiko Mindanao / bulatlat.com)
“US Accountable for Gregan’s Death”
By RONALYN V. OLEA
On Jan. 30, Gregan Cardeño went home happy that he had finally found a job. He had just signed a contract with a security agency that posted him as an interpreter for the American troops in Cotabato City. He ended up in Marawi where, inside a US barracks, he supposedly hanged himself. His family, however, is convinced that he had been murdered, probably even abused.
Enlisting of American Troops to Help in Rescue of Priest an Open Invitation to US Military Intervention — CPP
PRESS RELEASE Information Bureau Communist Party of the Philippines Enlisting of US troops to help in rescue of priest, an open invitation to military intervention–Ka Oris October 19, 2009 National Democratic Front-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos denounced as an open invitation to foreign military intervention Malacañang’s enlisting of US troops to help in rescue…
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
The recent deaths of two US soldiers in Sulu have also strengthened calls for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States.
Sergeant 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw (left) and Staff Sergeant Jack M. Martin III were the two American Special Forces soldiers who were killed in Jolo on Sept. 29, when their Humvee struck a land mine believed planted by the Abu Sayyaf. Their deaths have renewed calls for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement.…