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Santos, nilagdaan ang pahayag ng pagsuporta sa SOGIE Equality Bill

Nilagdaan ni Francis Santos, pangulo ng UST Central Student Council, kasama ang anim pang presidente ng konseho ng iba’t ibang Katolikong eskuwelahan, ang isang pahayag ng pagsuporta sa Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.

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Nilagdaan ni Francis Santos, pangulo ng UST Central Student Council, kasama ang anim pang presidente ng konseho ng iba’t ibang Katolikong eskuwelahan, ang isang pahayag ng pagsuporta sa Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.

Nanawagan ang mga pangulo ng mga konseho sa pahayag na tapusin na ang pagtatalo sa Senado sa pagpasa ng batas na ito.

Hinimok din nila ang mga senador na ipasa ang SOGIE Equality Bill.

Ang SOGIE Equality Bill ay nasa interpelasyon pa rin sa Senado simula noong Disyembre ng 2016.

Nitong Hunyo, sinabi ng Presidente ng Senado na si Vicente Sotto III na may pag-asa ipasa ang batas na ito kung ang mga “kontrobersyal na kondisyon” na nakapaloob dito ay maayos.

Ayon sa pahayag, ang SOGIE Equality Bill ay isang “mahalagang batas na pumuprotekta sa karapatan at kapakanan ng mga miyembro ng LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender).”

Dagdag pa rito, iginiit ng mga pangulo na dapat nang sumulong ang lipunan sa pagkakapantay-pantay ngayon.

Inilabas ang pahayag noong Martes, ika-7 ng Agosto.

Kasama ni Santos sa pagpirma ng pahayag sila Reycel Hyacenth Bendaña ng Ateneo de Manila University; Mikee de Vega ng De La Salle University-Manila; Yhan Lumdang ng De La Salle- College of St. Benilde; Charlene Yanes ng Miriam College; Denise Elayda ng St. Scholastica’s College-Manila; at Arapat Mustapha ng San Beda University.

Noong Abril, kasagsagan ng halalan sa Unibersidad, naghayag ng suporta si Santos sa pagtatag ng isang LGBT na organisasyon sa Unibersidad.

Gayunman, inatasan ng ibang mga opisyal ng UST ‘di umano ang mga organisasyon ng Unibersidad noong Hunyo na tanggalin ang mga inilathala sa social media tungkol sa komunidad ng LGBT+.

Sa 198-0 na boto, ipinasa naman ng mga mambabatas sa House of Representatives ang SOGIE Equality Bill, Septiyembre noong nakaraang taon. R. D. M.

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Militant groups call for land justice in Mendiola massacre’s 33rd anniversary

Anakbayan spokesperson Alex Danday said that the call for land justice and distribution remain until today and expressed her concern on the agrarian policies of the Duterte administration.

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Different multi-sectoral groups flocked to Mendiola street in Manila to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Mendiola massacre that took the lives of 13 farmers Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

In an ambush interview with TomasinoWeb, Anakbayan spokesperson Alex Danday said that the call for land justice and distribution remain until today.

“Hanggang ngayon naman kahit 33 taon na ang nakakalipas mula nang mangyari ang kalunos-lunos na Mendiola massacre nananatili na ang panawagan ng mga magsasaka yung tunay na reporma sa lupa […] hanggang sa libreng pamamahagi ng lupa sa mga magsasaka,” Danday said. 

Moreover, Danday expressed concern on the agrarian policies by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, specifically on the Rice Liberalization Law. 

“Isa dyan ay ang Rice Liberalization Law […] na naging malaking dagok sa kabuhayan ng mga magsasaka,” Danday said when asked which policies of the current administration must be changed or removed. 

She further noted: “Hanggang ngayon, talagang yung mga magsasaka pa rin ang mga walang masaing sa pang-araw-araw dahil sa liit ng nakukuha nila mula sa kanilang mga ani.”

33 years ago, on January 23, 1987, 13 farmers were killed while more than 50 others were wounded in Mendiola street as they demand for genuine land reform and social justice under the administration of the late Corazon Aquino. 

Taal relief ‘fiasco’

Danday also vehemently condemned the government for its failure to efficiently distribute relief goods to the affected communities and becoming peddlers of fake news.

“Pinapasweldo siya [Lorraine Badoy] ng mamamayang Pilipino, pero sa aktwal, yung ginagawa nila ngayon sa panahon ng napakaraming mamamayan yung nasalanta ng pagputok ng Taal […] yung gobyerno natin busy silang magpakalat ng fake news, manira ng mga tao, grupo na tumutulong sa nasalanta nating mga kababayan,” Danday said. 

Danday added: “Nakikita naman natin na sa aktwal, wala silang ginagawa at sa panahon na pumutok ang Taal mas inuna nilang kaltasan ng budget ang calamity fund at doblehin ang pondo ng intel.”

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“The worst has happened in our country” —Gutoc

Civic leader Samira Gutoc aired her frustration on the Duterte administration and its shortcomings to the Marawi natives in the International Human Rights Day rally held at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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Rallyists converged in front Mendiola Gate to conclude the International Human Rights Day protest | Jeric Mataga/TomasinoWeb

Civic leader Samira Gutoc aired her frustration on the Duterte administration and its shortcomings to the Marawi natives in the International Human Rights Day rally held at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila Tuesday, Dec. 10.

“Presidente, hindi kami luluhod. Lift Martial Law, you have removed us from our homeland. You promised our rehabilitation, you promised our return. That has not happened. Hindi ka rin pala kasi kasing dugo,” Gutoc exclaimed as she spoke in front of progressive groups and other sectoral groups.

“It is not (an) accomplishment na mayroong bahay. Pinatay ang tao, hindi binalik sa kanyang normal na pamumuhunan at pamamahay. Kami ngayon ay mga kawawa dito na nanghihingi at kini-clearing ng DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] at ang mismong sarili nating LGU [Local Government Units],” she added while directly calling out President Duterte’s supporters.

“The worst has happened in our country, and it’s still happening. When people are not buried, they are not with names, numero lang ang nakikita sa sementeryo, […] and nobody is claiming responsibility,” Gutoc added.

The former senatorial candidate also appealed to current Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso, wherein she included the situation of sidewalk vendors around the city being cleared out by the local government.

“Mayor ‘Yorme,’ we appeal to you. Kung talagang panatag [na] tao ka, biktima rin kami, biktima rin ang mga sidewalk vendor! ‘Wag naman walang puso at papaalisin lang kami ng walang relokasyon,” Gutoc reiterated.

Samira Gutoc during the 2019 Senatorial Elections Debate in UST

Despite admitting uncertainty towards the future of her people, Gutoc asserted that the fight for justice continues and they are on the right path.

“Kami sa Mindanao ay konti magsasalita dahil ‘di namin alam kung may bukas pa kami, pero alam namin, tayo ay nasa tama […] walking on holy ground to remember. Kaya ako naka itim ngayon para sa mga namatay na walang hustisya [at] isang siyudad na sinira at hindi na binalik,” Gutoc added.

The International Human Rights Day is observed every December 10 to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, proclaiming the inalienable rights of every person. Jose Rafael Ballecer with reports from John Aaron Pangilinan

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Delayed justice in Maguindanao Massacre: ‘Reflection of culture of impunity’

Journalists, along with progressive groups, flocked to Mendiola and held a program to commemorate the victims of Maguindanao Massacre and condemn the continuing culture of impunity and injustice in the country Saturday, Nov. 23.

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Minutes before noon on Nov. 23, 2009, 58 people — 38 of whom were journalists — were massacred in Ampatuan, Maguindanao in what would then be dubbed as the single deadliest attack on reporters and media workers in history. 

A decade later, justice for the victims’ families remain elusive, although already in sight, as the Quezon City Regional Trial Court is set to make its long-awaited decision until December 20 this year, after being granted an extension by the Supreme Court.

Journalists, along with progressive groups, flocked to Mendiola and held a program to commemorate the victims and condemn the continuing culture of impunity and injustice in the country Saturday, Nov. 23.

A reflection of the culture of impunity, injustice

In an ambush interview with TomasinoWeb, Justine Dizon, one of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) board of directors, expressed his dismay over the delay of justice for the victims.

He added that the time spent pursuing justice is a “reflection” of the situation of the justice system and the culture of impunity.

“This time na nailaan na walang hustisya for the past ten years is just a reflection kung paanong ang culture of impunity is plaguing our society right now,” Dizon said.

Dizon further noted: “This is also a reflection of how do we value the freedom of expression […] kung paano i-regard o ituring ang mga media at news organization na kritikal at nagbabalita nang matapat at matapang tungkol sa ating lipunan.”

‘Learn from history’

Bayan Muna representative Carlos Zarate urged people to “learn history” and, according to him, true change can only happen if the whole system that breeds injustices will change.

“Matuto tayong mag-aral ng kasaysayan, na ang tunay na pagbabago ay mangyayari lamang kung nabago rin natin itong umiiral na sistemang nagluluwal ng ganitong mga injustices,” Zarate said.

Zarate further added: “[D]apat baliktarin natin ito, iyang sistemang iyan na nagluluwal ng walang kapanagutan, ng panggigipit, ng maramihang papatay ay baguhin natin.”

Zarate, however, stressed that more Ampatuan massacres and other injustices, especially to the marginalized and the innocent are bound to happen if the state of impunity is continued to be normalized.

“Habang hindi nagbabago, habang ine-enable, ginagawang normal ang pagpatay, marami pang mga Ampatuan Massacre ang mangyayari sa ating bayan, marami pang mga mahihirap at inosente nating mamamayan ang magiging biktima ng inhustisya at impunity,” Zarate said.

Meanwhile, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) National President Daryl Baybado iterated the importance of a critical campus media, especially during these times.

“Bahagi sa kasaysayan [ng mamahayag pangkampus] ang paglaban sa diktadura ang paglalantad ng inhustisya ng korupsyon at iba’t-iba pang mga usaping panlipunan,” Baybado said. 

He added: “Asahan na magkakaisa hindi lamang ang mga mamamahayag pangkampus kundi lahat ng mga manggagawa sa media upang tutulan, labanan, at kundenahin ang mga harassment.”

Furthermore, Baybado also challenged the Duterte administration to give the people their rights.

“Simple lang ang hamon natin sa administrasyon: ang ibigay ang nararapat sa mamamayan. Hindi natin gusto ang isang lipunan na ipinagangalandakan at ipagsisigaw pa kung ano ang mga karapatan natin,” Baybado told TomasinoWebWith reports from John Aaron Pangilinan

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