18 3 / 2014

Balitang America news coverage of last week’s action demanding Justice for Freddie Ligiw and his family! Justice for all victims of human rights violations! Stop the killings in the Philippines!

14 3 / 2014

Justice for Freddie Ligiw and his family! Justice for all victims of human rights violations! Stop the killings! Cut all US military aid to the Philippines!
[Photo Credit: Romeo Hebron]

Justice for Freddie Ligiw and his family! Justice for all victims of human rights violations! Stop the killings! Cut all US military aid to the Philippines!

[Photo Credit: Romeo Hebron]

13 3 / 2014

Hosting a prop party at FMC for our #Justice4FreddieLigiw action and vigil. Come join us tomorrow, March 14, 5:30pm at 3600 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. #stopthekillings

Hosting a prop party at FMC for our #Justice4FreddieLigiw action and vigil. Come join us tomorrow, March 14, 5:30pm at 3600 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. #stopthekillings

10 3 / 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2014

Reference: Romeo Hebron, Chairperson, Anakbayan Los Angeles, anakbayanla@gmail.com

Anakbayan Los Angeles Condemns the Murder of Freddie Ligiw, Calls for an End to all US Military Aid and Intervention in the Philippines

We, Anakbayan Los Angeles, utterly condemn the brutal murders of Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw - a member of Anakbayan in the Abra province - his father, Licuben, and brother, Edie.  All were leaders actively involved in organizing for a people’s campaign against destructive large-scale mining in Baay-Licuan, Abra. The three bodies were found tied and gagged in a shallow grave on March 8, killed by suspected elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

According to a report by the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), the 41st Infantry Battalion (IB) of the AFP forcibly took Freddie Ligiw on February 19, 2014 and used him as a guide, or more so as a human shield, in their military operations against the New People’s Army (NPA). Freddie was scheduled to meet with the Abra Human Rights Movement and CHRA on March 4 or 5 to provide an account of his coercion by the AFP, but he, along with his father and brother, had not been seen since March 2. The 41st IB of the AFP were conducting military operations in the area “on or about the time the three went missing.” 

The murders of Freddie Ligiw and his family are part of the increasing human rights violations and state-sponsored violence against the Filipino people under the President BS Aquino regime, which is economically and politically backed by the US government. The human rights organization, Karapatan, reported that there have been 169 victims of extrajudicial killings, 179 attempted assassinations of activists, 19 enforced disappearances, 86 cases of torture, and 570 illegal arrests and detentions between July 2010 to December 2013.

In Southern California, the issue of human rights violations committed by the Philippine government hits close to home. While doing community health work in Tarlac in 2009, Melissa Roxas, a member of Habi Arts, was abducted at gunpoint and subjected to physical and psychological torture for six days until she was surfaced. Even after five years, no one has been prosecuted and held accountable for Melissa’s enforced disappearance, and the violations continue under the government’s Oplan Bayanihan counterinsurgency program.

We are outraged at the continued human rights violations committed by the Philippine government and military as it carries out its war of aggression against the Filipino people through tactics of fear and intimidation. We demand that President Aquino takes immediate action and prosecutes those responsible for the killing of Freddie Ligiw and all other perpetrators of human rights violations instead of upholding the interests of US economic policies.

We demand that the United States government uphold human rights and sovereignty in the Philippines by cutting all military aid to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which has received $500M since 2002. As the US military shifts its focus from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region with plans to deploy 60% of its naval forces to the area by 2020, we know that this will result in increased human rights violations committed against the Filipino people. Instead of investing in jobs, universal healthcare, education, or other social programs here in the US, our tax dollars are being used to oppress and murder the Filipino people and further carry out the US imperialist agenda.

Stop the killings in the Philippines!

Cut all US military aid to the Philippines!

Justice for Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw and his family!

Justice for Melissa Roxas and all victims of state-sponsored violence in the Philippines!

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01 3 / 2014

Listening to Hyun Lee speak about US militarization in S Korea at the @BAYAN_USA Teach-In #NoToTPPA

Listening to Hyun Lee speak about US militarization in S Korea at the @BAYAN_USA Teach-In #NoToTPPA

01 3 / 2014

@bayan_usa @anakbayanusa @gabriela_usa marching against climate change #changethesystemnottheclimate #endimperialism

@bayan_usa @anakbayanusa @gabriela_usa marching against climate change #changethesystemnottheclimate #endimperialism

01 3 / 2014

Climate change & environmental destruction is primarily caused by monopoly capitalists #changethesystem

Climate change & environmental destruction is primarily caused by monopoly capitalists #changethesystem

07 2 / 2014

Join us for our Change The System, Not The Climate workshop at SCPASA (2/8) & KabaCon (2/15)! Learn how you can help out more in the typhoon relief and rebuilding efforts and join the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network, a national youth and student led relief network that will be holding a relief mission in the Philippines this summer in coordination with NAFCON and BALSA.

Join us for our Change The System, Not The Climate workshop at SCPASA (2/8) & KabaCon (2/15)! Learn how you can help out more in the typhoon relief and rebuilding efforts and join the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network, a national youth and student led relief network that will be holding a relief mission in the Philippines this summer in coordination with NAFCON and BALSA.

07 2 / 2014

Powerful video showing what’s happening now in the typhoon devastated areas of the Philippines

22 1 / 2014

A new world is being born. #carlosbulosan #206

A new world is being born. #carlosbulosan #206