18 8 / 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 18, 2014

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

Anakbayan Los Angeles Demands the Immediate Release of Youth Organizers Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga!

Anakbayan Los Angeles demands the immediate release of Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga from their deplorable arrests. Cadano, a member of Kabataan Partylist, and Salonga, an organizer with Anakbayan-Central Luzon, were abducted in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on August 9 by suspected elements of the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and were later found under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP), where they are being held on trumped up charges of illegal possession of firearms.

The recent developments with Cadano and Salonga are reminiscent of the 2006 abduction of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, who are still missing after eight years. We also remember the brutal murder of Anakbayan member, Freddie Ligiw, and his family at the hands of the AFP this past March. To this day, no one has been held accountable for these heinous crimes, providing further proof that genuine peace and justice are just part of the empty rhetoric of President BS Aquino.

Progressive youth activists are not the only people subject to this political harassment. Women, workers, peasant farmers, indigenous peoples, and all other sectors of society are being wrongfully imprisoned for organizing and speaking out against the corrupt government. The human rights organization, Karapatan, reported that there have been 640 illegal arrests and detentions between July 2010 and March 2014 and we know that these numbers are increasing. As the outrage against the US-Aquino regime continues to build, these arrests and unjust imprisonments are acts of desperation by an administration that’s more concerned with retaining its power than serving in the interests of the people.

The absence of investigation into these abductions, disappearances, and killings not only do nothing to repair the damage to their families and communities, but it also lets those responsible continue to live freely with no accountability or consequence. The government has shown that until the demand is deafening, there will be no pursuit for those who are culpable in these revolting acts.

With the recent capture of former AFP General Jovito Palparan, also known as “The Butcher” for his countless human rights violations while serving under former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, we demand that President Aquino holds him accountable for his crimes and does not give any special treatment, which would only further perpetuate the culture of impunity in the Philippines. However, since Palparan became a fugitive in December 2011 after he was charged for the kidnappings of Empeno and Cadapan, the illegal detentions, kidnappings, torture, and extrajudicial killings of activists have continued, so while his arrest is a step in the right direction, we recognize that The Butcher is merely one person who is part of a larger, corrupt system that remains rotten at its core.

We refuse to let the US-Aquino regime’s tactics intimidate us and stifle the voices that speak out against injustice. We will continue to be bold and daring in our demands for justice for all victims of human rights violations in the struggle for national democracy. As the Aquino administration desperately clings to power, its feeble attempts to demoralize the spirit of the people will only serve to strengthen the mass movement in the Philippines and abroad. We will continue to uphold the revolutionary tradition of Filipino youth as we remain unwavering in our fight for freedom.

Free Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga now!

Free all political prisoners in the Philippines!

Hold Palparan accountable for his crimes against the people!

Justice for all victims of human rights violations!

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05 8 / 2014

On July 19th, 2014, The International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) & BAYAN SoCal held an educational discussion at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)’s office, which several Anakbayan LA kasamas, allies, and friends attended. The purpose of the ED, “The Struggle for Peace in the Asia-Pacific” was to learn more about the Asia-Pacific’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the Philippines’ Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), find out what the role of U.S. tax dollars are in these agreements, provide similar examples of U.S. intervention in the Asia-Pacific, and incite people to take action against the TPPA and EDCA. Armed with this knowledge, we took to the streets at the People’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 28th and demanded that the Aquino regime be held responsible for its heinous acts against the people of the Philippines!

04 8 / 2014

On July 18th, 2014, The Filipino Migrant Center, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Long Beach Downtown Associated Youth Services (DAYS), and Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization (ICO) held a candlelight vigil and fundraiser at Grace United Methodist Church to support the refugee children migrants from Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) who are fleeing violence and gangs and are currently facing a broken immigration system. There were Anakbayan LA members in attendance as well as many allies, friends, and community members. The immigration system that these migrant children suffer from is rooted in the same basic problems that also force people in the Philippines to migrate out of their home country in order to find work abroad. For more information on this issue, view the photo album from the event [photo credit: Romeo Hebron], and check out this helpful list.

On July 18th, 2014, The Filipino Migrant Center, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Long Beach Downtown Associated Youth Services (DAYS), and Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization (ICO) held a candlelight vigil and fundraiser at Grace United Methodist Church to support the refugee children migrants from Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) who are fleeing violence and gangs and are currently facing a broken immigration system. There were Anakbayan LA members in attendance as well as many allies, friends, and community members. The immigration system that these migrant children suffer from is rooted in the same basic problems that also force people in the Philippines to migrate out of their home country in order to find work abroad. For more information on this issue, view the photo album from the event [photo credit: Romeo Hebron], and check out this helpful list.

03 8 / 2014

On July 17th, 2014 the Sama Sama youth of the Filipino Migrant Center learned about Philippine history, spanning from pre-colonial times to Spanish colonization, with help from kasamas also in Anakbayan LA! We learned about Lapu Lapu’s win against Magellan’s troops, watched clips of various traditional indigenous dances, and also built with youth from Californians for Justice (CFJ), who paid us a visit. We also had a fun bonfire the day after! Come check out our Pilipino Cultural Night, PAG-ASA: The Future Is In Our Hands, on August 30th! Details to come soon!

02 8 / 2014

07/16 (Wed) - AnakBayan-IDRUM Mixer & Mindanao Situationer @ ChICCCAAs in Colton

On July 16th, 2014, Anakbayan LA and solidarity ally IDRUM (Indigenous Defense Resistance Unity Movement) co-hosted a vegan potluck, mixer, and international situationer at ChiCCCAA’s (Chicano Indigenous Community for Culturally Conscious Advocacy and Action) in Colton, CA. We learned about the impending oil pipeline threatening Lakota land and the situation of indigenous peoples of Mindanao, but most importantly, about how indigenous communities are fighting back! We then brainstormed ways to develop concrete people-to-people solidarity in the Inland Empire!

07/16 (Wed) - AnakBayan-IDRUM Mixer & Mindanao Situationer @ ChICCCAAs in Colton

On July 16th, 2014, Anakbayan LA and solidarity ally IDRUM (Indigenous Defense Resistance Unity Movement) co-hosted a vegan potluck, mixer, and international situationer at ChiCCCAA’s (Chicano Indigenous Community for Culturally Conscious Advocacy and Action) in Colton, CA. We learned about the impending oil pipeline threatening Lakota land and the situation of indigenous peoples of Mindanao, but most importantly, about how indigenous communities are fighting back! We then brainstormed ways to develop concrete people-to-people solidarity in the Inland Empire!

01 8 / 2014

On July 12th, 2014, Anakbayan LA was invited by Foundation Funkollective to table at their all Ultimate All Styles Hip Hop Bboy Battle in Chino. We sold some income generating projects (IGP’s), spoke about AB & Filipino youth movements, and connected with some ultra talented youth!

On July 12th, 2014, Anakbayan LA was invited by Foundation Funkollective to table at their all Ultimate All Styles Hip Hop Bboy Battle in Chino. We sold some income generating projects (IGP’s), spoke about AB & Filipino youth movements, and connected with some ultra talented youth!

31 7 / 2014

On July 9th, 2014, at the Interfaith Vigil for Central American Refugee Families in Murrieta, hundreds turned out at City Hall, welcoming refugee children and their families to the Inland Empire. Anakbayan LA participated in a Women’s Circle with IDRUM (Indigenous Defense Resistance Unity Movement) that called for the protection of all children, especially those in countries struggling for peace.

30 7 / 2014

Please check out these links of the many media sources that covered all of BAYAN-USA’s State of the Nation rallies from New York, to San Francisco, to Los Angeles! The masses had heard us all the way from the Philippines! Where were YOU during People’s SONA 2014?!

NY: Balitang America: http://www.balitangamerica.tv/fil-ams-stage-peoples-sona-in-new-york/
SF: CNN photo: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1156528
Balitang America: http://www.balitangamerica.tv/ofw-protesters-say-aquino-needs-to-prioritize-protecting-overseas-filipinos/
LA: Balitang America: http://www.balitangamerica.tv/la-activists-call-for-pnoy-impeachment-following-sona/
Online Prop:
BUZZFEED: http://www.buzzfeed.com/anakbayanla/13-ways-president-noy-noy-aquino-has-failed-the-ph-mpqy
SONA in the Phills 2014: 
Photos from SONA in the Phills 2014
Video of SONA in Manila 
Video of SONA in Mindanao 

28 7 / 2014

Please share widely! Join BAYAN-USA in exposing the true conditions of Filipinos around the world today at the People’s State of the Nation Address! 5:30PM in front of the Philippine Consulate at 3600 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. See you there!

10 6 / 2014

On June 1, 2014, Anakbayan LA was invited to UC Riverside Filipinos in Health Science (FIHS)’s end-of-the-year banquet to celebrate their outgoing and incoming leadership as well as everything that they had accomplished this past year. ABLA did a presentation on the Save Our Schools (SOS) campaign. We showed a video of the Panaghiusa mission that our AB members and Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network missioners will be going to this upcoming summer as well as presented about the network and mission for their membership who had expressed interest for future missions. UCR FIHS will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the SOS campaign to support the Manobo indigenous youth of Talaingod in gaining access to the basic right of education.

On June 1, 2014, Anakbayan LA was invited to UC Riverside Filipinos in Health Science (FIHS)’s end-of-the-year banquet to celebrate their outgoing and incoming leadership as well as everything that they had accomplished this past year. ABLA did a presentation on the Save Our Schools (SOS) campaign. We showed a video of the Panaghiusa mission that our AB members and Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network missioners will be going to this upcoming summer as well as presented about the network and mission for their membership who had expressed interest for future missions. UCR FIHS will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the SOS campaign to support the Manobo indigenous youth of Talaingod in gaining access to the basic right of education.