Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘bayan-bicol’

Anti-VFA Caravan Update
February 25, 2009
Reference: Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson, BAN BALIKATAN

The Bikolano Alliance for Nationalism against Balikatan (BAN BALIKATAN) declared the region wide anti-Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) caravan a resounding success. This is in spite of the numerous harassments and delaying tactics by the military to sabotage the popular caravan.

According to Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson of BAN BALIKATAN, “almost a hundred vehicles joined the caravan and every province of the Bicol region is well represented. At least 13,000 people are joining the anti-VFA grand rally which serves as the culmination of the caravan,”

As culmination of the three-day Bicol Anti-VFA Caravan, protesters symbolically burn 25 US flags to signify defiance against US military intervention and aggression.

As culmination of the successful three-day Bicol Anti-VFA Caravan participants symbolically burn 25 US flags to signify defiance against US military intervention and aggression.

“As a highlight of the program we burned 25 US flags to symbolize the strong opposition of Bikolanos against US intervention in the Philipines. The VFA and the MDT should be scrapped and the Balikatan exercises should immediately be cancelled,” she ended.

Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, ANAKPAWIS Rep. Rafael Mariano and Gabriela Women’s Rep. Lisa Maza along with BAYAN secretary general Renato Reyes and PISTON secretary general George San Mateo attended the anti-VFA rally to support Bicolanos’ campaign against Balikatan.  A representative of Senator Jamby Madrigal also came to express the senators support for the activity.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

A Press Conference was launched by the BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN (BAYAN) – Bicol yesterday, January 20, 2009 at Quick n’ Hearty, Old Albay, Legazpi City. Representatives from the workers, farmers, women, youth, transport and human rights sectors speak out against Balikatan and explained the many expected “evils” that Balikatan will bring to the Bicol region.

Anti-Balikatan Press Conference

Anti-Balikatan Press Conference

US troops effigy

US troops effigy

Press Conference against Balikatan

Press Conference against Balikatan

US Troops, Out Now!

US Troops, Out Now!

No to Balikatan in Bicol! Defend our Sovereignty and Integrity!

Unite Against Balikatan! Defend our Sovereignty and Integrity!

Read Full Post »

News Release
January 16, 2009
Reference: Tessa Lopez, public information officer, BAYAN-Bikol

Militants welcome Church’s opposition to Balikatan
Urges other sectors to do the same

The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Bikol (BAYAN-Bikol) welcomed the opposition of the Catholic Church against the planned Balikatan here in the region. This developed as Bishop Lucilo Quiambao of the Diocese of Legazpi, voiced out his view that the Balikatan will just be a bane to Bicolanos because civilians will be the ones caught in the crossfire when US troops are engaged in armed encounters. The bishop also said that prostitution would increase with the presence of US troops and the morality of our youth will be endangered.

According to Tessa Lopez, public information officer of BAYAN-Bikol, “this is a positive development and we hope that this will encourage other sectors to speak up against Balikatan 09. Even the good bishop does not believe that the US troops will only be engaged on their so-called “humanitarian missions” because in every Balikatan exercise, war games and even actual combat operations are part of the package,”

“We are calling on all patriotic Bicolanos to stand up and oppose this new type of invasion.  Oragons should join rallies, sign petitions and participate in discussions opposing Balikatan, these are just some of the ways we can show our disgust against the US troops,” ended the militant leader. # # #

Read Full Post »

News Release
January 15, 2009
Reference: Tessa Lopez, public information officer, BAYAN-Bikol

“Gen. Simeon Ola would turn in his grave with Balikatan 09”- BAYAN-Bikol

The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Bikol (BAYAN-Bikol) said that the famous Bicolano revolutionary hero General Simeon Ola would have a fit when he learns that the US troops he had fought against for so long will not only be welcomed in the region but the red carpet would be rolled out for them by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to Tessa Lopez, public information officer of BAYAN-Bikol, “Gen. Ola, whose name honors the PNP regional camp in Legazpi City is known to be the last Filipino revolutionary general to surrender to the Americans during the Philippine-American War. The brave general would turn in his grave if he knows that the land he so fervently defended would just be opened up to our foreign oppressors,”

“What the AFP and PNP are doing is treason; these US troops trampled on our sovereignty by being here and meddling in our country’s affairs and second, they do not even have the decency to say the real reason for their operations here” added the militant leader.

“Like Gen. Ola we must continuously oppose the presence of US troops in our country. We must voice out our opposition against the Balikatan exercises and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA),” ended Lopez. # # #

Read Full Post »

News Release

January 9, 2009

Reference: Tessa Lopez, public information officer, BAYAN-Bikol

BAYAN-Bikol: “Balikatan 09 is a disguised intelligence and psywar operation!”

US troops should be declared “persona non grata”

The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Bikol (BAYAN-Bikol) lambasted the US Armed Forces as well as Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for blatantly deceiving the public of the real purpose of Balikatan 09 to be held here in Bicol.

According to Tessa Lopez, public information officer of BAYAN-Bikol, “Both the US troops and the AFP do not respect anything or anybody. First, they trampled on our sovereignty by being here and meddling in our country’s affairs and second, they do not even have the decency to say the real reason for their operations here”

“These US military troops should be declared “persona non grata” by all the governors of the region. If they cannot respect the intelligence of Bicolanos then they would have nothing but contempt for common folk, which will lead to more human rights violations” said Lopez.

“The mere fact that they call their intelligence and psychological warfare operations as “humanitarian missions” is unforgivable. They are using these so-called missions to monitor and gather intelligence against farmers and other people who voice out their opposition against oppressive government policies. The US troops then pass on the intelligence gathered to the AFP to harass or kill these people. This is the height of temerity and is very unbecoming for our so-called visitors. If they are indeed visitors then they should be thrown out,” added the militant leader.

“This again is another reason for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to be junked and not to let another such travesty to our country happen again,” ended Lopez.

Balikatan 09 is the 25th Balikatan exercise since the VFA was signed. # # #

Read Full Post »