Closing of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy 2017

Las Casas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan, January 20, 2017

Walk for Life 2017

Walk for Life Quirino Grandstand Parade Grounds February 18, 2017, 4:00 AM Photo Credit: Glenn Barcelon

Walk for Life

Walk for Life Quirino Grandstand Parade Grounds February 18, 2017, 4:00 AM Photo Credit: Glenn Barcelon

Walk for Life

Walk for Life Quirino Grandstand Parade Grounds February 18, 2017, 4:00 AM Photo Credit: Glenn Barcelon

Walk for Life 2017

Walk for Life Quirino Grandstand Parade Grounds February 18, 2017, 4:00 AM Photo Credit: Glenn Barcelon

Pahayag ng mga Katutubong Kababaihan

Pahayag ng mga Katutubong Kababaihan
Pambansang Pagtitipon ng Katutubong Kababaihan 2017 “Our Stories, Our Struggles for Rights, for Justice” Kami, mahigit isang daan na mga katutubong kababaihan mula sa 31...

Walk For Creation: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Walk For Creation: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
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Green Convergence General Assembly

Green Convergence General Assembly
GREEN CONVERGENCE FOR SAFE FOOD, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY  (GC-Philippines) Dear Friends, We would like to invite you to the Annual General Assembly of Green Convergence...

Undas ng Manggagawa: Pinatay ang aming Kabuhayan

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LABOR MINISTRY NG SIMBAHAN, SUPORTADO ANG LABAN NG MGA TINANGGAL NA TELLERS AT DRIVERS SA PEA TOLLWAY CORPORATION 

“Sinusuportahan namin ang mga programa ng Pangulong Duterte lalo na ang kaniyang kagustuhan na wakasan ang Kontraktwalisayon o ENDO sa bansa”. Ito ang naging pahayag ni Atty. Jehn Louie Velandrez, ang tumatayong legal counsel ng mahigit animnapung(60) empleyado ng PEA Tollway Corporation o PEATC na kamakailan ay tinanggal sa trabaho. “Sa aming pananaliksik, mahigit sa 180 na toll tellers at mga drivers ng shuttle service ng PEATC ang tinanggal sa trabaho. Subalit sa ngayon, nasaanimnapu( 60) pa lamang ang nagdesisyon na magsampa ng reklamo sa DOLE,” dagdag ni Atty. Velandrez.

Sang-ayon sa batas, ang mga manggagawa na ang ginagampanang trabaho sa isang kompanya ay direktang may kaugnayan, mahalaga at kinakailangan ng negosyo ng kompanya ay regular na manggagawa. “Sa unang araw ng kaniyang trabaho, ang manggagawang ito ay regular na, maliban na lamang kung siya ay isailalim sa probation. Sa kaso ng mga manggagawang ating tinutulungan, walang dudang sila ay regular. Ang negosyo ng PEATC ay toll collection at ang mga manggagawang ito ay mga toll collector samantalang ang iba ay mga taga-hatid ng mga toll collectors. Kung wala ang mga manggagawang ito, hindi aandar ang negosyo ng PEATC,” pagdidiin ni Atty. Velandrez. Subalit upang maiwasan ang pagiging regular ng mga empleyado ng kompanya, sila ay idinaan sa mga agency nang mahigit sa sampung taon.

“Sampung taon kaming pinakinabangan. Pagkatapos ay itinapon kami na parang mga basahan lamang. Para kaming pinatay nang inalisan kami ng hanap-buhay!” Ayon kay Jessie Verceles, isa sa mga empleyadong tinanggal. “Ito ang sigaw naming mga manggagawa na matapos maglingkod sa kompanya ay basta na lamang kami inalis sa trabaho. Ang nais naming ay maibalik sa trabaho bilang mga regular”. Dagdag ni Jessie Verceles.

Ayon naman kay Rev. Fr. Erik Adoviso, ang ministro ng Archdiocesan Ministry for Labor Concerns ng Archdiocese of Manila, “Nakakalungkot ang sinapit ng mga kapatid nating ito. Nakalimutan na natin na sila ay tao. Ito ang nakakalungkot sa sistemang ENDO. Wala kang kasiguruhan sa trabaho. Kapag ginusto ng principal employer na alisin ka, kahit may pamilya ka ay hindi ka nito sisinuhin”. Ang RCAM-AMLC ay ang opisyal na labor arm ng Archdiocese of Manila na tumutulong sa mga manggagawang tinanggal o may suliranin sa trabaho. Ito din ay nagbibigay-edukasyon ukol sa batas-paggawa, lalo na sa karapatan ng manggagawa.

“Naging tapat ang mga manggagawang ito sa kompanya. Kailan kaya magiging tapat ang mga negosyo sa mga manggagawa upang sa bawat pag-unlad ng negosyo, ay kasabay nitong umuunlad ang mga manggagawa na silang pangunahing naghirap para sa pagpapaunlad nito.” Dagdag ni Fr. Erik Adoviso.

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Regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH 
Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo

cremation_021. To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). With the Instruction Piam et Constantem of 5 July 1963, the then Holy Office established that “all necessary measures must be taken to preserve the practice of reverently burying the faithful departed”, adding however that cremation is not “opposed per se to the Christian religion” and that no longer should the sacraments and funeral rites be denied to those who have asked that they be cremated, under the condition that this choice has not been made through “a denial of Christian dogmas, the animosity of a secret society, or hatred of the Catholic religion and the Church”.[1] Later this change in ecclesiastical discipline was incorporated into the Code of Canon Law (1983) and the Code of Canons of Oriental Churches (1990).

During the intervening years, the practice of cremation has notably increased in many countries, but simultaneously new ideas contrary to the Church’s faith have also become widespread. Having consulted the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and numerous Episcopal Conferences and Synods of Bishops of the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has deemed opportune the publication of a new Instruction, with the intention of underlining the doctrinal and pastoral reasons for the preference of the burial of the remains of the faithful and to set out norms pertaining to the conservation of ashes in the case of cremation.

2. The resurrection of Jesus is the culminating truth of the Christian faith, preached as an essential part of the Paschal Mystery from the very beginnings of Christianity: “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve” (1 Cor 15:3-5).

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“Behavior beyond troubling”

 logo_pmpiPhilippine Misereor Partnership Inc.
Press Statement On The Violent Dispersal
Of The October 19 Protests At The U.S. Embassy

To say that we are aghast at how brutal and violent the PNP has tried to disperse the gathering of indigenous groups, students and activists in front of the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, October 19 is an understatement. No words can describe the harm, the wild and seemingly amok men and women in uniform have inflicted on the demonstrators in broad daylight.

The Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc., a network of CSO’s advocating for social development and peace demands a thorough investigation of this incident. Even as nine (9) police officers have been relieved from their post, we ask that those found guilty should be sacked and relieved from police force.

Suspension is not enough. Justice should be served swiftly.

We are deeply troubled. We ask why our men and women in uniforms have turned rabidly violent and intolerant to any show of dissent, even to those who support the calls of President Duterte to “end military and economic ties with the USA”.

We are concerned that this kind of behavior is bolstered by the President’s public assurance that they will never be censured for doing their “job” in line of duty and giving them almost a blanket authority to kill the so-called criminals.

Is it not enough that we see thousands of arrests leading to death of alleged drug addicts and pushers in the past months, that they have now exhibited a mad and nearing crazed power and control against unarmed civilians?

Is the armed machinery of this government unable to heed and accept the call for peace by the current government with armed groups? How can a call for ceasefire hold when a simple demonstration cannot be tolerated by our peace-keeping force? How can a dialogue be true when after an agreement just to finish the program a command to disperse was ordered?

We remind the police and the armed forces of their sworn oath to protect civilians, to practice restraint and abide by their rules of engagement and to show respect, even to an impassioned political exercise.

We remind the President, that if this administration wants its peace initiatives to succeed, it should remind itself, specially its police and armed forces to have greater tolerance towards civilian dissent and opposition.  They should put in their daily mantra, respect and high regards for civilian supremacy.

They may be law enforcers but they are NEVER and should never be above the law

PMPI  24 October 2016

To welcome the stranger is to welcome Christ, Pope Francis says

pope_osservatoreromanoWhen we perform the corporal works of mercy – specifically welcoming the stranger in the form migrants and refugees – we are welcoming Christ in them, and helping to restore their full dignity as humans, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

“These works, in fact, make evident that Christians are not tired and lazy in waiting for the final encounter with the Lord, but every day go out, recognizing his face in the many people asking for help.”

Continuing his reflection on the corporal works of mercy, the Pope’s catechesis during his Oct. 26 general audience centered on Matthew 25:35-36: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me.”

The works of mercy related to strangers are “timelier than ever,” he said, adding that “the economic crisis, armed conflict and climate change drive many people to emigrate.”

“However, migration is not a new phenomenon,” but one that belongs to the “history of humanity,” he noted, adding that to think that migration is only a contemporary problem shows a “lack of historical memory.”

“The history of mankind is the history of migrations in all latitudes, there is no people that has not known the phenomenon of migration.” The solution, then, is solidarity in performing the works of mercy, the Pope said.

“Today, the context of economic crisis unfortunately favors the emergence of attitudes of closure and not welcome. In some parts of the world walls and barriers arise,” he said.

“Closure is not a solution, in fact, it ultimately benefits criminal trafficking. The only solution is that of solidarity.”

Pope Francis explained that clothing the naked – while it certainly means giving clothes to those who have none – can also include helping victims of trafficking and anyone who has fallen victim to the use of the human body as a “commodity.”

Also, those who “do not have a job, a house, a just wage,” or those who are discriminated against because of their race or faith, “are all forms of ‘nudity’ before which we as Christians are called to be attentive, vigilant and ready to act.”   Continue reading

F4L position paper on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Bill

Posted on 21 October 2016 by quirinosugonjr

filipinosforlife_sogi_bill_position_paper_2016Filipinos for Life, Family, and God, Inc. (Filipinos for Life), an organization whose members promote traditional Filipino family and cultural values and advance the culture of life and the sanctity of marriage and family, expresses grave concern over the bill filed in substitution for HB267 known as An Act Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (SOGI), Providing Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes.
  1. (Section 2) There is no binding international law obligation relating specifically to sexual orientation or gender identity, or as to that designated as LGBT (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights.

Certainly no written international instrument that expressly mentions sexual orientation or gender identity rights constituting a binding international obligation have been entered into at the international level.

In fact, almost 100 members states of the United Nations reject or do not support what are presented as LGBT rights, and 78 states have statutes criminalizing homosexual relations.1

  1. Identity of those intended to be protected by this bill cannot firmly be established since the bill relies only on the perceived claims of the complainant.

(Sections 3b and 3c) Sexual orientation and gender identity are highly subjective. There is no way for one to determine definitively and objectively the gender identity or sexual orientation of a person before him (and in fact, such determination without the person’s approval is prohibited under section 4h of this bill). And unlike race, these are not permanent, with numerous cases of individuals who have changed their orientation and/or identity, making sexual orientation something not intrinsic to a person’s identity.

Longitudinal studies of adolescents suggest that sexual orientation may be quite fluid over the life course for some people, with one study estimating that as many as 80% of male adolescents who report same-sex attractions no longer do so as adults.

The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex—that a person might be a man trapped in a woman’s body or a woman trapped in a man’s body͟—is not supported by scientific evidence. 2

This is significant because in order for this draft penal law to be effective it must be able to: a) identify properly those covered by the protections it offers; and b) capable of being implemented by the police or judicial system in terms of evidence.

(Section 4h) Courts hearing a case involving discrimination could not compel the determination or verification via medical or psychological examination of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, even though relevant to a case being tried, and will simply have to accept the word of the party involved. The same would be true of medical establishments that could be forbidden from treating a patient.

  1. Section 4, and in fact, the entire bill, does not allow for any situations where defining of a specific sex is appropriate, thus government will be targeting and infringing on:
  2. (4a, c, & d) Religious institutions, schools, and organizationswhose precepts do not condone LGBT practices, may be forced to hire practicing LGBT applicants and allow the establishment of LGBT organizations within their institutions, and will be prohibited from imposing sanctions on employees or members for overtly practicing homosexual/bisexual acts, thus infringing on the freedom of religion of the members of these religious institutions/organizations
  3. (4b) Single-sex education (girls/boys schools)will now be forced to accept opposite-sex students who identify as the gender of the school’s population. It distorts and puts at a disadvantage schools for instance sports activities when certain athletes that fall under the female category will be forced to allow female-identifying men to compete in the category.
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Pope’s Morning Homily: Don’t Be Too Rigid

The Law Was Not Drawn Up to Enslave Us But to Set Us Free, Make Us God’s Children
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Don’t be too rigid.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis warned against this natural tendency, and reminded how God wishes for us to be good and merciful, during his homily today during his daily morning Mass at his residence Casa Santa Marta.

The Holy Father drew inspiration from today’s Gospel reading according to St. Matthew, which tells of when Jesus, who was teaching in the synagogue, healed a crippled woman and in doing so, ignited the anger of the righteous.

“It is not easy to keep to the path indicated by God’s Law,” Francis noted.

Jesus’ action, the Jesuit Pontiff pointed out, provoked the fury of the leader of the synagogue who was “indignant that he had cured the woman on the Sabbath” because Jesus violated God’s Law by doing so on the Sabbath day which is set aside for rest and worship. Francis also recalled how Jesus called the synagogue leaders ‘hypocrites,’ and how Jesus often referred to those who followed the Law too rigidly by this name.

To Make Us God’s Children

“The Law,” the Pope said, “was not drawn up to enslave us but to set us free, to make us God’s children.”

“Behind an attitude of rigidity, there is always something else in the life of a person,” the Holy Father said. “Rigidity is not a gift of God. Meekness is; goodness is; benevolence is; forgiveness is. But rigidity isn’t!”

Often, Francis added, rigidity conceals the leading of a double life, or it can have to do with something pathological.

Francis also commented on how those who are both rigid and sincere often are afflicted with difficulties and suffering, which is because they lack the freedom of God’s children.

“They do not know how to walk in the path indicated by God’s Law,” the Pope said, adding, “They appear good because they follow the Law; but they are concealing something else: either they are hypocritical or they are sick. And they suffer!”

Prodigal Son

Recalling the parable of the Prodigal Son in which the eldest son, who always behaved well, was indignant with his father because he rejoiced when the youngest son, after having led a life of debauchery, returns home repentant.

This attitude, the Pope explained, shows what is behind a certain type of goodness: “the pride of believing in one’s righteousness.”

“The elder son,” the Pontiff said, “was rigid and conducted his life following the Law, but saw his father only as a master. The other put rules aside, returned to his father in a time of darkness, and asked for forgiveness.”

Difficult Balance

“It is not easy to walk within the Law of the Lord without falling into rigidity,” he underscored.

Pope Francis concluded, praying for all those who think that by becoming rigid they are following the path of the Lord.

“May the Lord make them feel that He is our Father and that He loves mercy, tenderness, goodness, meekness, humility. And may He teach us all to walk in the path of the Lord with these attitudes.”

Zenit OCTOBER 24, 2016 DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV  POPE’S MORNING HOMILY

Church allocates P2M for ‘Lawin’ survivors

Aerial shot of damaged crops in Ilagan, Isabela (Photo: NASSA/Caritas Philippines/ SkyEye/UNOCHA-CoP)

Aerial shot of damaged crops in Ilagan, Isabela (Photo: NASSA/Caritas Philippines/ SkyEye/UNOCHA-CoP)

MANILA, Oct. 23, 2016 – The Catholic Church through its social action arm, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, has started utilizing “Alay Kapwa” emergency funds amounting to Php 2 million to support the on-going relief operations for families affected by Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) in Northern Luzon.

According to NASSA/Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez, the funds have been initially allocated to address immediate needs such as food packs for affected families in the most affected dioceses. Among these dioceses are those located in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, and Benguet.
“We are expecting bigger needs in the next few days as we still wait for the data of the on-going rapid needs assessment of the Caritas network and other church groups in the affected dioceses,” said Gariguez.

Rapid needs assessment

The priest said Cagayan expressed the immediate need for food items and sleeping kits, while Isabela requested shelter repair kits. Benguet, on the other hand, wanted livelihood interventions.

Based on the latest situation report of NASSA/Caritas Philippines, Caritas-national finalized deployment and response plans yesterday, Oct.22, with Caritas Española and Caritas Luxembourg, and will start rapid assessment Monday, Oct.24, with CORDAID (Caritas Netherlands).

Gariguez added that Caritas Manila is ready to distribute relief goods in Tabuk, Kalingam and Apayao.

Through strong coordination with other humanitarian organizations, NASSA/Caritas also partnered with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) and SkyEye to provide aerial footages of the affected areas to help response actions.

Assessment teams from the Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) were also deployed earlier to Isabela.

‘Alay Kapwa’

“NASSA/Caritas Philippines is directing the overall coordination with the social action network of the dioceses, and the international Caritas confederation,” said Gariguez.
The Church’s local emergency funds called “Alay Kapwa” is the Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Church to raise consciousness and funds for calamities and major social concerns.

Through these local funds and support from Caritas Internationalis, NASSA/Caritas was able to implement various relief and rehabilitation programs for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

NASSA/Caritas Philippines is the development, advocacy, and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
(NASSA / Caritas Philippines / CBCPNews)

Dialogue breaks down walls of division and misunderstanding

by Elise Harris
Vatican City, Oct 22, 2016 / 03:53 am (CNA/EWTN News)

Dialogue is a key element of mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we interrupt others in order to push our own opinions without truly listening, we risk ruining relationships.

Speaking to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 22, the Pope pointed to “a very important aspect of mercy, which is precisely dialogue.”

We don’t dialogue when we don’t listen well or when we tend to interrupt the other in order to prove that we are right,” he said, noting that many times when we are listening to someone, “we stop them and say ‘it’s not like this!’”

By not letting people finish explaining what they want to say, “this impedes dialogue, this is aggression,” he said, adding that “if I don’t let others say everything they have in their heart, and if I start to scream – and today there is a lot of screaming – this relationship between us won’t have a good ending.”

Instead, “true dialogue needs moments of silence in order to welcome the extraordinary gift of the presence of God in our brother.”

Pope Francis spoke to the roughly 100,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Jubilee general audience, according to the Vatican Gendarmerie. The extra audience is held once a month in addition to the Pope’s weekly audience for the duration of the Jubilee of Mercy.

In his address, the Pope focused on the Gospel passage from John in which Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well who, after speaking with him, tells the entire region about her conversation with the Messiah.

One of the things that stands out most in the passage, Francis said, is the dialogue between the Jesus and the woman.

“Dialogue allows people to know and understand the needs of others,” he said, explaining that to dialogue is a sign of respect, because it puts people in “a position to listen” and to receive the best of others.

It’s also a sign of charity, because although dialogue doesn’t ignore differences, “it can help in searching for and sharing the common good,” he said.

“Many times we don’t encounter our brothers, despite living beside them, above all when we allow our position to dominate over that of the other,” Francis continued.

When we listen to what others are saying and then, “with meekness,” explain our own thoughts, “the family, the neighborhood and one’s place of work are better.” However, if we interrupt and start “to scream,” the relationship won’t end well.

Dialogue helps “to humanize relationships and to overcome misunderstandings,” he said, adding that there is a great need for dialogue within families.

How much easier questions are resolved if they learn to listen to each other,” he said, noting that this goes for every relationship, including husband and wife, parents and children, teachers and students, and managers and employees.

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Christians and Hindus Promoting Hope Among Families

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Message for the Feast of Depavali, 2016

Dear Hindu Friends,

  1. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, we offer our best wishes as you celebrate Deepavali on 30 October 2016. May your celebrations around the world deepen your familial bonds, and bring joy and peace to your homes and communities.
  2. The health of society depends on our familial bonds and yet we know that today the very notion of family is being undermined by a climate that relativizes its essential significance and value. So too, family life is often disrupted by harsh realities such as conflicts, poverty and migration, which have become all too commonplace throughout the world. There are, however, strong signs of renewed hope due to the witness of those who hold fervently to the enduring importance of marriage and family life for the wellbeing of each person and society as a whole. With this abiding respect for the family, and keenly aware of the global challenges daily confronting us, we wish to offer a reflection on how we, Christians and Hindus together, can promote hope in families, thus making our society ever more humane.
  3. We know that the family is “humanity’s first school” and that parents are the “primary and principal” educators of their children. It is in the family that children, led by the noble example of their parents and elders, are formed in the values that help them develop into good and responsible human beings. Too often, however, the optimism and idealism of our youth are diminished by circumstances that affect families. It is especially important, therefore, that parents, together with the wider community, instil in their children a sense of hope by guiding them towards a better future and the pursuit of the good, even in the face of adversity.
  4. Providing a formation and education in hope is thus a task of paramount importance for families (cf. POPE FRANCIS, Apostolic ExhortationAmoris Laetitia, 274-275), as it reflects the divine nature of mercy which embraces the disheartened and gives them purpose. Such an education in hope encourages the young themselves to reach out, in charity and service, to others in need, and so become a light for those in darkness.
  5. Families, therefore, are meant to be a “workshop of hope” (POPE FRANCIS, Address at the Prayer Vigil for the Festival of Families, Philadelphia, 26 September 2015), where children learn from the example of their parents and family members, and experience the power of hope in strengthening human relationships, serving those most forgotten in society and overcoming the injustices of our day. Saint John Paul II said that “the future of humanity passes by way of the family” (Apostolic ExhortationFamiliaris Consortio, 86). If humanity is to prosper and live in peace, then families must embrace this work of nurturing hope and encouraging their children to be heralds of hope to the world.
  6. As Christians and Hindus, may we join all people of good will in supporting marriage and family life, and inspiring families to be schools of hope. May we bring hope’s light to every corner of our world, offering consolation and strength to all in need.

We wish you all a joyful Deepavali!

Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran President

+ Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ Secretary

(from Vatican Radio)

 

Moro and IP leaders call for justice, urge President to act

Sandugo Brands Violent Us Embassy Dispersal ‘State Terrorism,’
Blatant Act Of Impunity Against National Minorities
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“Sandugo not only refutes reports blabbered by the Manila Police District that the ensuing violence was a result of provocation from the rallyists, we also go as far as branding this heinous incident as state terrorism – and a blatant act of discrimination against national minorities who compose majority of yesterday’s mobilization,” said Piya Macliing Malayao, secretary-general of Katribu and lead convenor of Sandugo.

“The brutal dispersal was an attack with impunity. It vividly shows how in the Philippines, police forces are not acting to serve and protect Filipinos, but their US overlords. The incident clearly shows how the US remains to be the real boss when it comes to state affairs,” Malayao added.

Malayao was one of the protesters severely injured when PO3 Franklin Kho of the Manila Police District (MPD) rammed a police mobile vehicle against the crowd gathered in front of the US Embassy. She is now recuperating at the Philippine General Hospital, along with a female student member of Kabataan Partylist who was seen on videos circulated by media as wearing a green shirt and was plowed by the police vehicle, an elderly Lumad woman who was also severely hit by the vehicle over and over, and a jeepney driver who was pummeled to unconsciousness by the police during the dispersal.

Initial reports from the Health Action for Human Rights (HAHR) reveal that at least 30 were severely injured from the incident and needed medical care.

“This travesty against national minorities has been committed in broad daylight for the world to see. We seek justice against the perpetrators, and beyond that, national minorities seek to emphasize our message during the protest: that state violence remains and continue to attack Moros and indigenous peoples everywhere,” Malayao said.

Video evidence speaks for itself

In a news briefing today, Sandugo reiterated that there is enough evidence to show that the police vehicle was in no way threatened, much less at risk, during the protest, belying claims from MPD S/Spt. Marcelino Pedroza, who ordered the dispersal.

In new video footages shown at the news conference, it was clearly shown how the police vehicle ran forwards and backward to sweep through protesters with a manifest “intent to kill or injure.”
Jerome Succor Aba, national spokesperson of Suara Bangsamoro, said that they will be pursuing criminal charges against the MPD, especially Pedroza and Kho, the driver of the vehicle.

“If we carefully review the video footages, we can hear Pedroza actually ordering his men to go after the protesters to save face from the US Embassy,” Aba said.

In several video footages, Pedrozo was heard saying, “Wala man lang kayong hinuli, ang dami-dami niyan… Magkagulo na kung magkagulo, pulis tayo rito e. Pwede ba tayong patalo sa mga ‘yan? Anong mukhang ihaharap natin sa [US] embassy? Kaya i-disperse mo ‘yan.”
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