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PRESS RELEASE
Reference: Dean Roland Tolentino, spokesperson
September 15, 2009

Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change calls for the immediate termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), in light of recent revelations by Ret. Lt. Senior Grade Nancy Gadian and statements of high ranking US officials confirming the involvement of US troops in combat operations in the Philippines.

Pagbabago! welcomes the Resolution of the Senate on the Renegotiation or Termination of the VFA, as introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, and already signed by four other senators. The resolution underscored the unconstitutionality of the VFA, challenging the Supreme Court’s decision on the Nicolas v. Romulo in February 2009.

No less than US Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that 600-elite troops are staying in the country for counterinsurgency operations; while Col. Bill Coultrup, Commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines describes his task force’s work as 20 percent combat-related, designed to “help the armed forces of the Philippines neutralize high value targets…”

We fully support Ret. Lt. Senior Grade Nancy Gadian in her testimony on US troops’ presence and operations in the Philippines. Ms. Gadian’s statement that US troops have stayed in the Philippines for the last “seven years, 365 days in a year” and, are stationed in permanent structures in various camps in Mindanao, confirms the permanent basing of supposedly ‘visiting’ US troops in the country, in violation of the Philippine Constitution.

Ms. Gadian testified based on her personal knowledge of the US military’s direct role in intelligence operations, by determining enemy targets and their location, and briefing Philippine military officials in conducting operations against these targets. She also attests that US troops are embedded in Philippine military units operating in Mindanao.

Ms. Gadian testified further that US forces unilaterally conduct some of their operations without informing Philippine authorities, in violation of the Constitution and even of the VFA.

We admire Ms. Gadian’s courage in exposing the corruption in the Balikatan exercises and the US troops’ involvement in the country’s internal affairs. With Ms. Gadian’s testimony, there is now factual basis in the latest Supplemental Motion for Reconsideration on the Nicolos v. Romulo case pending before the Supreme Court.

The actual conduct and operations of US troops staying in the country refers to the VFA as the legal framework, even if the VFA does not stipulate provisions for permanent basing and joint military exercises such as the Balikatan. For ten years, the VFA has been the basis for the unbridled entry and stay of the US troops in the country.

We call on the other Senators to support the Resolution to abrogate the VFA. Our legislators, especially those vying for higher positions come the 2010 elections, should make clear their stand on the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. #

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News Release
March 24, 2009

Reference: Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, Spokesperson, BAN BALIKATAN
Contact Number: 0908 6198971

Bicolano nationalists hound US troops up to their hotels

After the protest at the Legazpi City Airport against the arriving US troops early this morning, the BAN BALIKATAN led protesters then hounded the troops up to their hotels in the city. The group even went to the Alicia and Pepperland hotels where most of the more than 100 US soldiers are billeted.

According to Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson of BAN BALIKATAN, “US troops are not welcome here. The least they can do is to stay in their barracks and not roam around the region. If not then they are creating the same conditions that led to the rape of Suzette Nicolas or more popularly known as Nicole,”

“Bishop Lucilo Quiambao has solid basis for saying that the presence of US troops and the Balikatan exercises would increase the incidence of prostitution in the region as well as cause moral degradation,” added the patriotic professor.

“The US troops should now leave because most Bicolanos do not want them here and as long as they are here we will be watching their every move,” ended Bisuña. # # #

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MGA BATA AT KABABAIHAN BIKTIMA NG CLEARING OPERATIONS NG 901ST BRIGADE NG AFP PARA SA BALIKATAN! ITIGIL ANG OPERASYONG MILITAR SA IKATLONG DISTRITO NG ALBAY LALO NA SA LUNGSOD NG LIGAO! PAPANAGUTIN ANG 901ST BRIGADE!

Kinokondena ng BICOLANA-GABRIELA sa pinakamataas na termino nito ang walang habas na pagbomba ng mga tropa ng 901st Brigade-PA sa dalawang bahay ng mga sibilyan sa Bgy. Balanac, Ligao City noong Pebrero 18 dakong alas-11:30 ng umaga, na nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng batang si Rafaela Polborido, 1 taon at 4 na buwan at malubhang pagkasugat ng 6 pang mga bata na nag-eedad mula 10 buwan hanggang 9 taong gulang at 3 pang kababaihang pawang mga ina ng mga bata at pagkasunog ng mga bahay kasabay ang mga gamit sa loob ng bahay.

Ang karanasang ito ng pamilyang Polborido at Dalima kasama ang buong komunidad ay nagdulot ng matinding takot at trauma lalo na sa mga bata. Nadisloka rin sila sa kanilang mga tahanan dahil sa pagkasunog dulot ng pambobomba. Maraming mga bata ang hindi na pumapasok sa eskwela at maging ang mga guro dahil sa matinding takot na mabiktima din ng karahasang militar.

Kinukundena din namin ang kalupitan, di-makatao at kabulukan ng kontra-insurhensyang gyera na inilulunsad ng rehimeng Arroyo laban sa mga mamamayan nito. Sinasalamin ng pangyayaring ito ang pagiging bayaran/swelduhan, utak pulbura at pasista ng kaisipang isinasaksak ng indoktrinisasyon at mga pagsasanay sa hanay ng ating mga kasundaluhan na tuwirang nakaayon sa disenyo ng pwersang militar ng Etados Unidos. Lalo pa itong napapasama sa pagkakaroon ng mga pinuno gaya ni Col. Ariel Bernardo na hindi marunong tumanggap ng pagkakasala sa mamamayan at ayaw umako ng buong responsabilidad sa mga nagawa ng kanyang mga tauhan sa 901st Brigade.

Ito ba ang pagsasakatuparan ng sinasabing “to serve and protect”? Dito ba napupunta ang malaking bahagi ng pera ng bayan na galing sa buwis na pinaghihirapang pagtrabahuhan ng mga mamamayan? Una sa lahat, dapat isaalang-alang at pangalagaan ng AFP ang buhay ng mga sibilyan lalo’t higit ang buhay ng mga bata at kababaihan na isinasaad sa Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at maging sa International Convention on the Rights of the Child at International Declaration of Human Rights.

Ang pambobomba ay naganap habang nagsasagawa ang militar ng clearing operations para sa gaganaping BALIKATAN Exercise sa mga lugar ng Ligao City kasama ang mga bayan ng Libon, Pio Duran, Guinobatan at Camalig, Albay. Ngayon pa nga lamang na naghahanda para sa isasagawang joint military exercise ay nakakagawa na ang AFP ng mga paglabag sa karapatan ng mga sibilyan, lalo’t higit sa mga bata at kababaihan, paano pa kaya kapag nagsimula na ang BALIKATAN?

Sa ganitong mga karumal-dumal na pangyayayari, hinahamon namin ang pamunuan ng AFP sa rehiyon at sa buong bansa na papanagutin ang mga may sala sa 901st BRIGADE, Phil. Army kasama ang mga opisyal na nag-utos ng pambobomba at operasyong militar sa lugar. Kagyat ding itigil ang operasyong militar sa ikatlong distrito ng Albay lalo na sa lungsod ng Ligao at huwag ituloy ang gagawing joint military exercises sa mga probinsya ng Albay, Masbate at Sorsogon.

Nananawagan din kami sa mga mamamayan lalo sa Ligao City na maging matapang at mapagmatyag  para ilantad at labanan ang mga pandarahas at paglabag sa ating mga karapatang pantao lalo ng mga bata at kababaihan na kagagawan ng AFP.

PANGALAN NG MGA NAGING BIKTIMA NG PAMBOBOMBA NG 901ST BRIGADE:

Namatay    –    RAFAELA POLBORIDO, 1 taon at 4 na buwan (namatay sa BRTTH noong  February 19, 2009, 12 midnnight, dahil sa tama ng sharpnel sa may  bahagi ng batok.

Mga may tama ng sharpnel sa iba’t-ibang parte ng katawan:

* JOCELYN POLBORIDO, 30 yo

* INA POLBORIDO, 5 yo anak ni Jocelyn

* DAISY POLBORIDO, 4 yo anak ni Jocelyn

* EUFEMIA POLBORIDO, 28 yo

*  ANDREA, 4 yo, anak ng kapatid ng asawa ni Jocelyn

* ROSE DALIMA, 31 yo

* RODERICK DALIMA, 5 yo anak ni Rose

* MARY ROSE DALIMA, 10 mos, anak ni Rose

* EMERSON, 9 yo anak ni Rose

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Sektor ng Transportasyon Magkaisa, Tutulan ang Balikatan

Magsasagawa ng protesta ang sektor ng transportasyon sa pangunguna ng CONDOR-Bicol, ng BUSINA LABAN SA BALIKATAN simula 5:00-5:30 ng hapon ngayong araw, Pebrero 20, 2009 para ipahayag ang pagtutol sa isasagawang ika-25 BALIKATAN Exercise na gaganapin dito sa Bicol at sa iba pang bahagi ng bansa.

Naniniwala ang CONDOR na panabing lamang sa tunay na pakay ng Estados Unidos ang “humanitarian missions” ng BALIKATAN Exercise. Kapalit ng mga serbisyong gamot, daan at repair ng mga paaralan ay sisingilin tayo ng mas pinatinding mga polisiya sa pulitika, ekonomiya at militar para patuloy na makapagdomina ang kanilang bansa. Ang katangiang  ito ng US ay pinatunayan ng maraming karanasan mismo ng ating bansa at iba pang mga bansa sa daigdig.

Tinututulan ng sektor ng transportasyon ang dominasyon ng Estados Unidos dahil numero unong nagpapahirap sa sektor ang mga polisiyang imposisyon nito sa bansa gaya ng Oil Deregulation Law, ang 12% Vat sa langis at ang bago ngayon na 200-1,200% na pagtaas sa mga babayaran sa mga traffic at administrative violations at at mga administrative fees at charges sa driver’s at conductor’s license na ipapatupad sa ilalim ng LTO Department Order #2008-39 at Department Order 2008-38 na nakatakdang iimplementa ngayong taon.

Dagdag na pasanin ito sa sektor ng transportasyon na patuloy nang dumaranas na higit na kahirapan dahil sa pagbapabago-bagong presyo ng mga produktong petrolyo, nagtataasang  presyo ng mga peyesa, samu’t saring bayarin sa pagkuha ng prangkesa, rehistrasyon, nagtataasang bilihin, at sebisyo sosyal. Napakalinaw ng motibo ng DOTC at LTO na ang pagpataw ng mga dagdag na bayarin ay hindi upang disiplinahin ang sektor kundi patuloy na gatasan o pagkakitaan ng gobyerno ang dugo at pawis ng buong sektor ng trasportasyon upang magkamal ng malaking pera para sa kanilang mga layaw at interes dahil sa talamak ng na korapsyon ng pamahalaang ito. Ang pera na dapat sa ay mapupunta na sa mga hapag kainan ng aming pamilya ay legal na nanakawin at pagpapapasasaan.

Kung kaya kami kasama ang buong pamilya namin at mga mamamayan ay tumututol sa lahat ng anyo ng maniobra ng Rehimeng Arroyo at Estados Unidos para mandambong sa mamamayang Pilipino at sa yaman ng ating bansa.

Mariin naming tinututulan ng BALAKATAN Exercise, ang Visiting forces Agreement at mga polisiyang direktang tumatama sa aming sektor.

TUTULAN ANG DOMINASYON NG ESTADOS UNIDOS SA LARANGAN NG PULITIKA,EKONOMIYA AT MILITAR NG ATING BANSA!

Ibasura ang Oil Deregulation Law, 12% VAT sa langis,

TUTULAN ANG PANIBAGONG  DEPARTMENT ORDER #2008-39 AT DEPARTMENT ORDER 2008-38 NA 200-1,200% PAGTAAS SA MGA PENALIDAD NG SEKTOR NG TRANSPORTASYON.

– CONDOR – PISTON – BIKOL

Reference: Joel Ascutia, President

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Press Release
Reference: Ken Serrano, Spokeperson of UMALAB-CA

“Visiting Forces Agreement, Ibasura! Manindigan para sa Soberanya at Integridad ng ating Bansa!”

Nitong nakaraang linggo lamang ay dineklara ng Korte Suprema at kinikilala ang Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) na konstitusyonal sa botong 9-4 pabor sa VFA ngunit tanging ang Pilipinas lamang ang kumikilala dito at ang bansang Estados Unidos ay hindi kailangang pilitin na ipatupad dahil walang ratipikasyon na isinagawa ang US sa sarili nitong batas.

Malaking insulto sa ating bansa na ipagpilitan na konstitusyonal ang VFA gayung hindi naman kinikilala ng US ang kasunduang ito laluna sa kinasangkutang kaso ni Lance Corporal Daniel Smith sa usaping kostudiya ng Pilipinas at ikulong sa National Bilibid Prison dahil sa pagkakasala nito sa ating batas sa panggagahasa kay “Nicole”.

Isang malaking hamon ito sa ating mga mambabatas kung kaya’t ang mga kinatawan ng militanteng grupo sa loob ng mababang kapulungan ay naghapag ng resolusyon ang House Resolution 458 that calls for the abrogation of the VFA in light of the many cases of US troops’ violations of Philippine laws (Including the case of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith) noon pang Pebrero 12, 2008 at hanggang sa ngayon ay patuloy na isinusulong.

Maituturing din na pagyurak ito sa ating Soberanya at Integridad bilang isang bansang nagsasarili ngunit sa esensya ay kontrolado ng Imperyalismong US. Ang VFA ay higit pa sa kanyang pakahulugan sa “Visiting Forces” dahil hindi lamang pagbisita ng mga sundalo ang layunin ng Balikatan kundi  pananatili ng pwersa ng US sa ating bansa sa anumang oras, panahon, panig ng bansa na gugustuhin ng US Troops na mistulang napakalaking base militar ang buong kapuluan ng bansa ng walang limitasyon.

Naniniwala din kami na maninindigan ang ilang makabayang lehislador sa Senado at Kongreso upang hadlangan ang VFA at tuluyang maibasura o maratipika ang mga probisyong makaisang panig na pumapabor lamang sa Estados Unidos at ang sambayanang Pilipino ay titindig upang labanan ang labis na pagsasamantalang ito sa ating bansa.

Mariing tutulan ng UMALAB-CA o Ugnayan ng Mamamayan Laban sa Balikatan-Camarines Sur Alliance ang Balikatan ’09 sa rehiyong Bikol. Hinihimok din namin ang mga makabayang Bikolano na manindigan laban sa Balikatan ’09 at VFA.

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News Release
February 14, 2009
Reference: Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson, BAN BALIKATAN

BAN BALIKATAN fully agrees with former SC chief Panganiban
Vows to intensify fight against VFA and Balikatan exercises

The Bikolano Alliance for Nationalism against Balikatan (BAN BALIKATAN) fully agrees with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban in his call to junk the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and to treat Smith like any other accused.

According to Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson of BAN BALIKATAN, “We are one with former CJ Panganiban in saying that the VFA violates our Constitution. Panganiban says that it is unconstitutional because the United States does not recognize and honor it as a treaty the way the Philippines does, but we add that aside from this it also tramples on our sovereignty,”

“Through the VFA the US has been conducting Balikatan exercises that have mobilized US troops in our country. They have also conducted surveillance and combat operations which have blatantly interfered with our internal affairs,” added Bisuña.

“Consequently, to hide the true purpose of the Balikatan exercises, the US soldiers along with the Armed Forces of the Philippines conduct so-called “humanitarian missions”. It would be naïve for us to think that the US Special Forces came here to Bicol just to deliver their dole-outs. They have clear strategic military objectives along the lines of securing US political and military interests,” said the patriotic professor.

“Our freedom and sovereignty is definitely worth more than a few token medical and engineering missions and many of our countrymen have died fighting for it. It is our duty then to defend it and intensify the campaign against the VFA and the Balikatan exercises” ended Bisuña. # # #

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News Release
February 10, 2009
Reference: Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson, BAN BALIKATAN

“US troops combat operations in Bicol imminent!”-BAN BALIKATAN
US soldiers now conducting illegal census in Sorsogon and Masbate

The Bikolano Alliance for Nationalism against Balikatan (BAN BALIKATAN) lambasted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the US armed forces for laying the grounds for combat operations in the region and for trying to fool Bicolanos about it.

According to Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson of BAN BALIKATAN, “It is really insulting that the AFP and the US troops are belittling the collective intelligence of us Bicolanos. They have been trying to fool us all along but their spokespersons do not coordinate so their real intent has been exposed by their own statements. The Balikatan has not yet started but there are already so many violations, what more if it is in full swing.

“First let us start with the Filipino spokesperson of Balikatan exercises, according to Maj. Ramon Zagala, 6,000 US troops will join 2,500 Filipino soldiers with warships and even F-16 fighter jets, starting February 25. If this does not mean US military operations, then I do not know what is.  This run counter to what the 9th ID said, from the date of the exercises and even to its very nature,” said Bisuña.

“Second, in the middle of January a US naval officer came to inquire at different Albay hospitals asking if they have orthopedic facilities and experts. This is highly irregular because if they will only hold humanitarian missions then they would already have a complete medical profile of the provinces months before the actual activity. Another point is that they are only asking about orthopedic facilities and experts, this is the usual branch of medicine that treats injuries from combat operations,” added the patriotic professor.

“Third, a US drone was also found to have crashed in Masbate around 6:30pm last January 29 in between the towns of Esperanza and Pio V. Corpuz.. They were evidently mapping the areas where they will conduct their military operations,” she said.

“Fourth, this time according to the Executive Agent for the Balikatan exercises, Col. Rodolfo Santiago, US troops are conducting “census” in Sorsogon because it is necessary to identify potential beneficiaries of the Balikatan projects like civil works, medical and dental missions and rehabilitation and construction of facilities.

The US Troops were seen at Bgy. Liyang in Irosin, Sorsogon and in Bgy Mayngaran, Masbate City, Bgy Bagacay, Marintuk, Lalaguna and Balatukan in Mobo town, barangays Marcilla, Dapdap, Panisihan, Buenvista, Armenia, Sawang, Buenasuerte and Magsaysay in Uson town and in the municipality of Cataingan proper all in Masbate province.

BUt everybody knows this is not part of the “humanitarian missions”, continued the professor

“The Balikatan has not yet started, but there are already so many deceiving statements about its real activities and motives,” ended Bisuña. # # #

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