STATEMENT OF THE ALUMNI OF THE UP DILIMAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT COUNCIL AGAINST THE BURIAL OF FERDINAND MARCOS IN THE LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI

We are the alumni of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines – Diliman. We are part of an institution with a history that has been defined and molded by the continuing struggle for freedom for the Filipino people.

In the dark times of the regime of the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, the UPD USC, along with student organizations and publications, was abolished to quell the dissent of the youth against a repressive government. Many student leaders, activists, and journalists were abducted, tortured, raped, and murdered under his authoritarian rule. Upon the restoration of the UPD USC, we continue to call for justice and accountability, especially during these times.

We, former student leaders of the UPD USC, express our strongest condemnation for the burial of the dictator in the resting place of heroes. We stand against the deliberate attempt to revise history and to erase the memory of those who fought for our democracy.

This dishonorable and despicable act must not be countenanced. We hold President Rodrigo Duterte directly responsible. The nine Supreme Court Justices must also be accountable to the people for allowing this to happen.

We call on our fellow Iskolars ng Bayan, past and present, and the Filipino people whom we serve to once again rise up against the Marcoses and their effort to absolve themselves from the evils of their regime.

They may have buried a tyrant, but they can never bury our spirit to fight for the truth.

Signed:

1. Malou Mangahas, Chairperson (SAMASA), 1980-1981
2. Pepe Alcantara, Chairperson (SAMASA), 1981-1982
3. Chito Gascon, Chairperson (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
4. Francis “Kiko” N. Pangilinan, Chairperson (SAMASA), 1986-1987
5. David Celdran, Chairperson (ASA), 1987-1988 / Councilor (SAMASA), 1985-1986, 1986-1987
6. Teddy E.F. Rigoroso, Chairperson (SAMASA), 1993-1994
7. Oliver San Antonio, Chairperson (ISA), 1995-1996
8. Barry Gutierrez, Chairperson (SAMASA), 1996-1997
9. Perci Cendaña, Chairperson (SAMASA), 1997-1998 / Vice Chairperson, 1996-1997 / Councilor, 1995-1996
10. Gian Sambalido, Chairperson (ISA), 1998-1999 / Councilor, 1997-1998
11. Cielo Magno, Chairperson (SAMASA), 1999-2000 / Vice Chairperson, 1998-1999 / Councilor, 1997-1998
12. Mong Palatino, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2000-2001 / Education Representative 1998-1999
13. Nova Z. Navo, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2001-2002 / Councilor, 2000-2001
14. Rommel Romato, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2002-2003
15. JPaul Manzanilla, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2003-2004
16. Marco de los Reyes, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2005-2006
17. Juan Paolo Alfonso, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2006-2007 / Councilor, 2005-2006
18. Shan Abdulwahid, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2007-2008 / Councilor, 2006-2007 / CSSP Representative, 2005-2006
19. Herminio Bagro III, Chairperson (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009 / Councilor 2007-2008
20. Titus Tan, Chairperson (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010 / Councilor, 2006-2007
21. Rainier Sindayen, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2010-2011
22. Heart Diño, Chairperson (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
23. Anna Alexandra Castro, Chairperson, (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014 / Vice Chairperson, 2012-2013
24. Arjay Mercado, Chairperson (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015 / Councilor, 2013-2014
25. John Paulo delas Nieves, Chairperson (Independent), 2015-2016 / Vice Chairperson, 2014-2015 / Councilor, 2013-2015
26. Bryle Leano, Chairperson (STAND UP), 2016-2017 / Councilor, 2015-2016
27. Emanuel V. Soriano, Vice Chairperson (UPSCA Party), 1957-1958 / Acting Chairperson, 1958-1959 / 14th President of the University of the Philippines, 1979-1981 [Swore in the members of the restored USC in 1980 after it was abolished by Marcos in 1973]
28. Roberto Rafael Pulido, Vice Chairperson (SAMASA), 1984-1985 / Councilor, 1983-1984
29. JJ Samuel A. Soriano, Vice Chairperson (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
30. Mardi Mapa-Suplido, Vice Chairperson (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1986-1987
31. Ramon Alberto Nolido, Vice Chairperson (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1987-1988
32. Amor M. Datinguinoo, Vice Chairperson (SAMASA), 1989-1990
33. Roby Alampay, Vice Chairperson (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1990-1991 / USC Councilor, 1988-1989
34. Charmaine G. Ramos, Vice Chairperson (SAMASA), 1991-1992
35. Lorraine Salazar, Vice Chairperson (ISA), 1995-1996
36. Germy Salonga, Vice Chairperson (SAMASA), 1997-1998 / Councilor, 1996-1997
37. Angelico Clerigo, Vice Chairperson (SAMASA), 1999-2000
38. Ninay Festin-Tan, Vice Chairperson (STAND UP), 2000-2001
39. Michael Francis Andrada, Vice Chairperson (STAND UP), 2001-2002
40. Psyche Rizsavi B. Fontanilla-Mamadra, Vice Chairperson (SAMASA / AKMA), 2002-2003 / Councilor (SAMASA), 1999-2000
41. Maria Christina Langit, Vice Chairperson (UP ALYANSA), 2004-2005
42. Chris Lao, Vice Chairperson (Independent), 2005-2006
43. Sandra Jill Santos, Vice Chairperson (STAND UP), 2006-2007 / Councilor, 2005-2006
44. Viktor Samuel Fontanilla, Vice Chairperson (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008 / CSSP Representative, 2006-2007
45. Airah Cadiogan, Vice Chairperson (STAND UP), 2008-2009
46. Dan Neil Ramos, Vice Chairperson (STAND UP), 2011-2012
47. Julliano Fernando Guiang, Vice Chairperson (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014 / Councilor, 2012-2013
48. Adolfo Jose A. Montesa, Vice Chairperson (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016 / Councilor, 2014-2015
49. Beata Carolino, Vice Chairperson (STAND UP), 2016-2017 / Councilor, 2015-2016
50. Reynaldo G. Ablanida, Councilor (SAMASA), 1993-1994
51. Apollo Abraham, Councilor (ISA), 1991-1992
52. Marjon Abut, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
53. Niña Acasio, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008 / Engineering Representative, 2006-2007
54. Abraham Rey M. Acosta, Councilor (SAMASA), 1986-1987
55. Ronald Allan Afan, Councilor (STAND UP), 2003-2004
56. Rhona Agtay, Councilor (ISA), 1995-1996
57. Erwin Alampay, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1990-1991
58. Gigo Alampay, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1984-1985
59. Randi Alampay, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1986-1987
60. Eds Alboleras, Councilor (STAND UP), 2006-2007 / CBA Representative 2005-2006
61. Cathy Alcantara, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
62. Patrick John Alcantara, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2004-2005
63. Tin Antonio, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2005-2006
64. Raffy Aquino, Councilor (SAMASA), 1981-1982 / CAS Representative, 1980-1981
65. Maria Isabel Artajo, Councilor (STAND UP), 2006-2007 / CAL Representative, 2005-2006
66. Joseph A.T. Ascalon, Councilor (SAMASA), 1989-1990
67. Jeronimo Ascue, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
68. Rita Ataviado, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1986-1987
69. Jenna Mae Atun, Councilor (Independent), 2006-2007
70. Eunica Aure, Councilor (STAND UP), 2003-2004
71. Nickson Austria, Councilor (STAND UP), 2003-2004
72. Lucho Ayala, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
73. Jonas Bagas, Councilor (ISA), 1997-1998
74. Chesa Baltazar, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2006-2007
75. Melvin Banzon, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2011-2012
76. Jamie Bawalan, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015
77. Tina Benipayo, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1986-1987
78. Denise Robins Bonustro-de Jesus, Councilor (LEAD-CHE), 2004-2005
79. Tin Borja, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011 / CSSP Representative, 2009-2010
80. Pat Bringas, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
81. Melvir Buela, Councilor (STAND UP), 2002-2003
82. Mikhail Lenin B. Bueno, Councilor (STAND UP), 2008-2009
83. Nad Bronce, Councilor (ISA), 1997-1998
84. Sarah Cabrera-Calipayan, Councilor (STAND UP), 2007-2008
85. Leila Nur Aryanna Canacan, Councilor (STAND UP), 2012-2013
86. Satria Candao, Councilor (STAND UP), 1997-1998
87. Ryan Caparas, Councilor (UP ALYANSA / AKMA), 2002-2003
88. Sahlee Carino-Camposano, Councilor (SAMASA), 1991-1992 / Economics Representative, 1990-1991
89. Carlos Enrico Clement, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2012-2013
90. Felizardo Colambo, Councilor (SAMASA), 1981-1982
91. Niza Concepcion, Councilor (SAMASA), 1991-1992
92. Krissy Conti, Councilor (STAND UP), 2002-2003
93. Oscar Benedict “Junjun” Contreras III, Councilor (SAMASA), 1990-1991
94. Jing Corpuz, Councilor (STAND UP), 1996-1997, 2002-2003
95. Susan Corpuz, Councilor (SAMASA), 1992-1993 / CFA Representative, 1991-1992
96. Jeff Crisostomo, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008
97. Bernadette David-Pangulayan, Councilor (SAMASA), 1982-1983
98. Jeffrey David, Councilor (Independent), 2004-2005
99. Jethro David, Councilor (Independent), 2014-2015
100. Jose Crisostomo DG. David, Councilor (STAND UP), 2003-2004
101. Marck Bryan “Chorva” David, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2010-2011 / AIT Representative, 2008-2009
102. Christine Jill Z. de Guzman, Councilor (STAND UP), 2000-2001
103. Marvee Dela Resma, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2010-2011
104. Gil de los Reyes, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
105. Abdel Jamal Disangcopan, Councilor, 2004-2005
106. Bang Dizon, Councilor (STAND UP), 2008-2009 / CAL Representative, 2007-2008
107. JM Empig, Councilor (Independent), 2001-2002
108. Soraya Elisse Escandor, Councilor (STAND UP), 2011-2012
109. Maria Ana Espinosa, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
110. Rudilicia P. Espiritu-Orbon, Councilor (STAND UP), 2000-2001
111. Jed M. Eva III, Councilor (ISA), 1995-1996
112. Carlo Fabregas, Councilor (ISA), 1997-1998
113. Juan Paolo Fajardo, Councilor (STAND UP), 2006-2007
114. Wilma Flor Famoso, Councilor (SAMASA), 1990-1991
115. Rafael Luis Rodolfo V. Fernando, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
116. Baba Foronda, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016 / Economics Representative, 2014-2015
117. Viktor Andre Fumar, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
118. Cupid Gascon, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
119. Luis Jose F. Geronimo, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2009-2010
120. Anna Maria Gonzales, Councilor (SAMASA), 1981-1982 / Architecture Representative, 1980-1981
121. Missy Gonzales, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2009-2010
122. Carla Monica Gonzalez, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014 / CHE Representative 2012-2013
123. Maritess Gozon, Councilor (PRO-STUDENT), 1999-2000
124. Francisco Jayme Paolo A. Guiang, Councilor (STAND UP), 2012-2013
125. Anatoly Gusto, Councilor (SAMASA), 1996-1997
126. Eric C. Guray, Councilor (STAND UP), 2001-2002
127. Joseph Gutierrez, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
128. James Hermogenes, Councilor (STAND UP), 2000-2001
129. Jeffrey Hidalgo, Councilor (STAND UP), 1998-1999
130. Maria Carmen Hinayon, Councilor (SAMASA / AKMA), 2001-2002
131. Nico Ibaviosa, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
132. Josh Jaena, Councilor (SAMASA), 1991-1992
133. Teresa Lorena Jopson, Councilor (STAND UP), 2002-2003
134. Kriska Kalingking, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2010-2011
135. Aisa King, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008
136. Pola Lia Celina L. Lamarca, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015
137. Stephen Larcia, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
138. Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008
139. Vincent Lazatin, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1986-1987
140. Raphael Aaron A. Letaba, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2013-2014 / CBA Representative, 2014-2015
141. Vince Renzo Liban, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
142. Ace Ligsay, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
143. Mico Angelo Maestro, Councilor (STAND UP), 2008-2009
144. Arnaldo C. Malabanan Jr., Councilor (STAND UP), 2005-2006
145. Maria Veronica Manalo, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015
146. Norman Manguinao, Councilor (Independent / PRIME), 1999-2000 / Engineering Representative (ISA), 1998-1999
147. Paolo Marco Mapula, Councilor (STAND UP), 2007-2008
148. Mai Marcelo, Councilor (SAMASA), 1993-1994
149. Louie C. Montemar, Councilor (SAMASA), 1989-1990
150. Mark Navata, Councilor (Independent), 2015-2016
151. Kali Navea-Huff. Councilor (STAND UP), 2015-2016
152. Alett C. Nunez, Councilor (ISA), 1994-1995
153. Christopher Louie Ocampo, Councilor (Independent), 2005-2006
154. Jamir Ocampo, Councilor (Independent), 2005-2006
155. Norman Roland E. Ocana III, Councilor (STAND UP), 2005-2006
156. Bernard Ong, Councilor (SAMASA), 1986-1987
157. Brian Ong, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
158. Paolo Pagaduan, Councilor (SAMASA), 1997-1998
159. Miguel Enrico Aguiling Pangalangan, Councilor (STAND UP), 2014-2015
160. Allan Pangilinan, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016 / CSSP Representative, 2014-2015
161. Luis C. Pañgulayan, Councilor (SAMASA), 1981-1982, 1982-1983
162. Bien Peñaranda, Councilor (SAMASA), 1999-2000
163. Liberty Palomo-Quiambao, Councilor (Independent), 2000-2001
164. Glenn Mark Pamplona, Councilor (Independent), 1997-1998 / Engineering Representative (ISA), 1995-1996
165. Ivan Picazo, Councilor, 2004-2005
166. Ma. Regina Punzalan, Councilor, (KAISA-UP), 2012-2013
167. Miro Quimbo, Councilor (SAMASA), 1987-1988, 1988-1989
168. Genesis Revee Rapallo, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
169. Edwin Reyes, Councilor (ASA), 1987-1988
170. Rina Reyes-Manuel, Councilor (SAMASA), 1991-1992
171. Beatrice Miranda Reyno, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
172. Raymond Rodis, USC Councilor (Independent) 2014-2015
173. Regine Rodriguez, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015 / Economics Representative (Independent), 2013-2014
174. Simoun Montelibano Salinas, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
175. Nina Rica M. Santamaria, Councilor (ISA), 1997-1998
176. Lindley Santillan, Councilor (ISA) 1995-1996
177. Jayson Edward San Juan, Councilor (SAMASA), 2000-2001
178. Alexandra Maria Francia Santos, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
179. Marilou Santos, Councilor (SAMASA), 1983-1984
180. Carl Santos, Councilor (STAND UP), 2014-2015
181. Maria Regina Corazon Sevilla, Councilor (STAND UP), 1998-1999
182. Honee Cheline So-De La Paz, Councilor (SAMASA), 1995-1996
183. Popo Soriano, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON) 1985-1986 / Engineering Representative, 1984-1985
184. Ernesto Tabujara III, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1988-1989
185. Fahima “Fudge” Tajar, Councilor (STAND UP), 2008-2009
186. Adib A. Tamano, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
187. Walter Martin Sumakwel M. Tamayo, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015
188. Lee Obias Tan, Councilor (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
189. Julian “Tolits” Tanaka, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015, 2015-2016
190. Ariel B. Tanangonan, Councilor (SAMASA), 1990-1991 / CSSP Representative, 1989-1990
191. Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling, Councilor (SAMASA), 1986-1987
192. Giovanni Tapang, Councilor (SAMASA), 1993-1994 / CS Representative (Independent), 1990-1991
193. Emil Benjamin Tapnio, Councilor, 2004-2005
194. TJ Tijam, Councilor (SaPi/Convergence), 2001-2002
195. Leila Menchani Tilendo, Councilor (STAND UP), 2014-2015
196. Liza Tumbocon-Guevara, Councilor (Nagkaisang TUGON) 1985-1986
197. Cristina Uy-Tioco, Councilor (ASA), 1987-1988 / Councilor (SAMASA), 1986-1987
198. John G. Velasco, Councilor (SAMASA), 1994-1995
199. Mars Veloso, Councilor (STAND UP), 2007-2008
200. Mots C. Venturina, Councilor (STAND UP), 2011-2012
201. Rhoda Viajar, Councilor (SAMASA), 1993-1994
202. Sol Vicencio, Councilor (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
203. Peachy Viniegra, Councilor (ISA), 1995-1996
204. Fra Angelico Viray, Councilor (STAND UP), 2011-2012
205. Victor Villanueva, USC Councilor (STAND UP), 2008-2009
206. Vince Yambao, Councilor (ISA), 1994-1995
207. Ma. Christine Bactol, AIT Representative (KAISA-UP), 2014-2015
208. Michael Peñas Banaag, AIT Representative (ISA), 1995-1996
209. Sheena Anjeli Botiwey, AIT Representative (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
210. Juan Carlo Danganan, AIT Representative (KAISA-UP), 2010-2011
211. Erika Mary Erro, AIT Representative (KAISA-UP), 2012-2013
212. Shine Lubaton, AIT Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2005-2006
213. John Bernard Rolle, AIT Representative (KAISA-UP), 2015-2016
214. John Carlo Senas, AIT Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2006-2007
215. Raphaello D.V. Alba, Architecture Representative (Independent), 2014-2015
216. Farah Golda Barrios, Architecture Representative (SAMASA), 1990-1991
217. Jan Carlo del Rosario, Architecture Representative, (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
218. Duchess Aleksei Duque, Architecture Representative (Independent), 2011-2012
219. Jose Ruel Fabia, Architecture Representative (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
220. Alexander Dominic Mayoralgo, Architecture Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
221. Peter Paredes, Architecture Representative (STAND UP), 2012-2013
222. Roland Eric Reyes, Architecture Representative (SAMASA), 1989-1990
223. Cathy Saldaña, Architecture Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1987-1988
224. Marc Virtucio, Architecture Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
225. Isabelle Therese M. Baguisi, CAL Representative (STAND UP), 2008-2009
226. Leslie Anne Marie Corpuz, CAL Representative (STAND UP), 2014-2015
227. Tricia Rachelle Cusi, CAL Representative (STAND UP), 2006-2007
228. Eds Gabral, CAL Representative (STAND UP), 2012-2013
229. Myx Sebastian, CAL Representative (STAND UP), 2010-2011
230. Issey Sugiyama, CAL Representative (STAND UP), 1998-1999
231. Benjie Allen Aquino, CBA Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
232. Englebert Chua, CBA Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
233. Oliver Co, CBA Representative (UP ALYANSA), 1st Semester 2007-2008
234. Wesly Paul Cortez, CBA Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
235. Jonas Cruz, CBA Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
236. Fenina De Leon, CBA Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2013-2014
237. Norberto Geraldez, CBA Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
238. Luis Diego Lee, CBA Representative, (UP ALYANSA), 2nd Semester 2007-2008
239. Tonipi Paruñgao, CBA Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1981-1982
240. Armando Cris “Acee” S. Abulencia, Education Representative (STAND UP), 2008-2009
241. Maria Cristina O. Brandares, Education Representative (STAND UP), 2009-2010
242. Shamah Bulangis, Education Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2013
243. Montana Dominguez, Education Representative (STAND UP), 2010-2011
244. Sandee Marie Flores, Education Representative (STAND UP), 2005-2006
245. Jose Orlando E. Hormigos, Education Representative (Nakaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
246. Gladys Venus Jose, Education Representative (STAND UP), 2002-2003
247. Paula Mae J. Mendoza, Education Representative (STAND UP), 2007-2008
248. Christopher E. Omega, Education Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
249. Ma. Patricia Carmela Roxas, Education Representative (Independent), 2014-2015
250. Raymond Reyes Sebastian, Education Representative (Independent), 1999-2000
251. Hernan Barce, Engineering Representative (KAISA-UP), 2006-2007
252. Michael Bryan Bien, Engineering Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
253. Rashell Cabrera, Engineering Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
254. Cyrus Dickson Cruz, Engineering Representative, (KAISA-UP), 2010-2011
255. Nina Fleta, Engineering Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2001-2002
256. Ruth Jacobe-Pagilagan, Engineering Representative (Independent), 1997-1998
257. Emman Llanes, Engineering Representative (SAMASA), 1989-1990
258. Leo Lobigan, Engineering Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015
259. Daniel Raymund Nieva, Engineering Representative (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
260. Justin Alfred Palino, Engineering Representative (KAISA-UP), 2012-2013
261. April Rose Ramos, Engineering Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2013-2014
262. Francesca Cielo Ravanes, Engineering Representative (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
263. Ana Sandejas, Engineering Representative (Independent), 1999-2000
264. Cheryl Siy, Engineering Representative (KAISA-UP), 2014-2015
265. Francis Joseph Seriña, Engineering Representative (KAISA-UP), 2007-2008
266. Antares Gomez Bartolome, CFA Representative (STAND UP), 2006-2007
267. Carlos de Laza, CFA Representative (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
268. Tarik Garcia, CFA Representative (STAND UP), 2003-2004
269. Sara Zemirah Go, CFA Representative (KAISA-UP), 2012-2013
270. Rudolph Guibani, CFA Representative (STAND UP), 2009-2010
271. Manuel Mesina III, CFA Representative (STAND UP), 2008-2009
272. Marielle Nadal-Reyes, CFA Representative (STAND UP), 2001-2002
273. Ana Patricia Non, CFA Representative (STAND UP), 2014-2015
274. Hillary Camille Abandula, CHE Representative (KAISA-UP), 2015-2016
275. Karmela Victoria Abesamis, CHE Representative (KAISA-UP), 2010-2011
276. Ralph “Dhadi” Adviento, CHE Representative (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
277. Michael Angelo Alacapa CHE Representative (KAISA-UP), 2006-2007
278. Lana Braganza-Paruñgao, CHE Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1986-1987
279. Erliza Cabisidan, CHE Representative (LEAD-CHE), 2004-2005
280. Juan Miguel Eslava, CHE Representative (KAISA-UP), 2007-2008
281. Miriam Lorenzo-Roxas, CHE Representative (SAMASA), 1995-1996
282. Timothy James C. Mateo, CHE Representative (KAISA-UP), 2011-2012
283. Anna Alexandra Nacional, CHE Representative (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
284. Joy Peña-Schallenberg, CHE Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1983-1984
285. Maria Isabela Aurellado, CHK Representative (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
286. Roi Marcial, CHK Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015
287. Leandro Angelo Y. Aguirre, Law Representative (Independent), 2006-2007
288. Arnel Casanova, Law Representative (SAMASA), 1996-1997
289. Ma. Florence Therese Martirez-Cruz, Law Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
290. Aldrick Daven Mendoza, Law Representative (Independent) 2015-2016
291. Bayan Joseph A. Quiñones, Law Representative (Gabay), 2000-2001
292. Ma. Christina Reyes, Law Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
293. John Paul Rotap, Law Representative (Independent), 2013-2014
294. Sophia Monica V. San Luis, Law Representative (Independent), 2008-2009
295. Michael Tiu, Jr., Law Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
296. Stella Cadiz, CMC Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1984-1985
297. Jo Javan Cerda, CMC Representative (Independent / CMC ISA), 2009-2010
298. Forsyth Cordero, CMC Representative (Independent), 2000-2001
299. Nigel Cornel, CMC Representative (Independent / CMC ISA), 2010 -2011
300. Carla Cucueco, CMC Representative (Independent / CMC ISA), 2013-2014
301. Josalee S. Deinla, CMC Representative (STAND UP), 2005-2006
302. Ruth Anne Miguel, CMC Representative (STAND UP), 2008-2009
303. John Benedict Opinion, CMC Representative (STAND UP), 2014-2015
304. Gail Orduña, CMC Representative (STAND UP), 2011-2012
305. Lady Ann Salem, CMC Rep (STAND UP), 2003-2004 / 2004-2005
306. Sarah Isabelle Torres, CMC Representative (STAND UP), 2012-2013
307. Karol Mark Yee, CMC Representative (Independent / CMC ISA), 2006-2007
308. Roxy Aldiosa, Music Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
309. Trisha Bautista, Music Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
310. Kriselda Dionisio, Music Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2009-2010
311. Patricia Erika T. Poblador, Music Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
312. Stefanie D. Quintin, Music Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2013-2014
313. Yanni Robeniol, Music Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
314. Serene Ezra Bondad, CS Representative (KAISA-UP), 2012-2013
315. Jacqueline Canlas, CS Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
316. Dyan Hatague, CS Representative (KAISA-UP), 2008-2009
317. Eugenio Leynes, CS Representative (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
318. Joanne Rose Sace Lim, CS Representative (KAISA-UP), 2015-2016
319. Ryan Cristian V. Lintao, CS Representative, 2014-2015
320. Patrick Ostrea, CS Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2006-2007
321. Jewell Segismundo, CS Representative (STAND UP), 2004-2005
322. Bea Helene Tan, CS Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
323. Ram Vincent Tomaneng, CS Representative (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
324. Ezra M. Valido, CS Representative (STAND UP), 2005-2006
325. Chris Erwin Alquizalas, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2013-2014
326. Jay Bagcal, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
327. Joeric Emil P. Crescini, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013
328. Sarah Mae Estrella, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
329. Joseph Anthony Lachica, MD, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2001-2002
330. Mae Palgan, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008
331. Dan Christian E. Ramos, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
332. JC Tejano, CSSP Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
333. Ador Tolentino, CSSP Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
334. Audrey Antoniano, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2014-2015
335. Kent D. Avestruz, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2003-2004
336. Alain B. Baguisi, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2005-2006
337. Mary Philline Descalzo, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2015-2016
338. Anton Dulce, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2007-2008
339. Pablo Lucero, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 1999-2000
340. Rey Albin M. Poticar, CSWCD Representative (SAMASA), 1991-1992
341. Markus San Gabriel, CSWCD Representative, (KAISA-UP), 2011-2012
342. Aya Santos, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2001-2002
343. Victor “Zoe” Obedicen, CSWCD Representative, 1996-1997
344. Mark Joseph Tagala, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2012-2013
345. Erika Isabel Yague, CSWCD Representative (STAND UP), 2013-2014
346. Tani Basman, IIS Representative (STAND UP), 2007-2008
347. Francesca Anne Louise Angeles, NCPAG Representative (KAISA-UP), 2013-2014
348. Nathaniel Anumba II, NCPAG Representative (SAPI), 2001-2002
349. Greg Delgado, NCPAG Representative (STAND UP), 2003-2004
350. Ryan Ferrer, NCPAG Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008
351. Desiree Ico, NCPAG Representative (KAISA-UP), 2010-2011
352. RB Mallari, NCPAG Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2004-2005
353. Barbie Kaye Perez, NCPAG Representative (KAISA-UP), 2009-2010
354. Arnold Cesar Romero, NCPAG Representative (SAMASA), 1999-2000
355. Jan Mikhail G. Solitario, NCPAG Representative (Independent), 2014-2015
356. Carlo Sison Go, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2010-2011
357. Christian Dave G. Gonzales, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
358. Justin Muyot, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2009-2010
359. Jihan Zillah Osorio-Tan, Economics Representative (Independent), 2002-2003
360. Marian Panganiban, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2007-2008
361. Anna Lorem Ramos, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2003-2004
362. Pierre Martin Reyes, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
363. Camille Sevilla, Economics Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1985-1986
364. Kelvin Tagnipez, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2011-2012
365. Annie V. Trinidad, Economics Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1984-1985
366. Maien Vital, Economics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2006-2007
367. Errol Zshornack, Economics Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1986-1987
368. Gay G. Benueza, SOLAIR Representative (Nagkaisang TUGON), 1987-1988
369. Glenn Barbara, SLIS Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2006-2007
370. Roscelle Cruz, SLIS Representative (STAND UP), 2012-2013
371. Stephen Kyler Manliclic, ILIS Representative (Independent), 2004-2005
372. Orly Putong, SLIS Representative (STAND UP), 2011-2012
373. Hazel Mary Rodelas, SLIS Representative, (STAND UP), 2008-2009
374. Lester Cajegas, Statistics Representative (STAND UP), 2009-2010
375. Christine Rose Frincee Ciubal, Statistics Representative (STAND UP), 2002-2003
376. Ma. Cristina Lascano-Zapanta, Statistics Representative (Independent), 2004-2005
377. Kat Lentija, Statistics Representative to the USC (Independent), 2011-2012
378. Cris Ian Mendoza, Statistics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2014-2015
379. Jeyson Ocay, Statistics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2008-2009
380. Bill Maverick Orquin, Statistics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2015-2016
381. Monnette Velarde, Statistics Representative (SAMASA), 1999-2000
382. Stephen Jun Villejo, Statistics Representative (UP ALYANSA), 2012-2013

 

Text and photos by Karol Ilagan

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HISTORY and a whole lot of hugot fueled the protest action by Filipinos of all age groups on Wednesday, Nov. 30, against the sneaky burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani of the deposed strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos.

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Pop culture and millennial-speak defined the placards and posters of various make, messages, and color dotted the sea of people that gathered at EDSA People Power Monument on White Plains Avenue in Quezon City.

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One rallyist held a placard that read: “Kay crush, di ako maka-move on, kay Marcos pa kaya!”

In front of the stage stood out a poster that read, “Imelda wears Prada,” an apparent allusion to the comedy-drama film, The Devil Wears Prada.

Fans of the popular fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, meanwhile, quickly recognized the banner with the words, “A Marcos Never Pays (His) Debt,” an allusion to the fictional Lannister family, who typically pays their debt.

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Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, who had resigned day before as chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, called on the youth to strive to know and learn history.

Diokno said that while the Supreme Court may have ruled that Marcos could be buried at the Libingan, what can be done is far different from what should be done.

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This is the third major rally organized in Metro Manila after the Marcos family interred the remains of the late dictator at the heroes’ cemetery a fortnight ago. The first mobilization was held at the same venue on Nov. 18 and the second, at the Luneta in Manila on Nov. 25. — PCIJ, November 2016

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OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales on Friday offered sharp and powerful messages on the most contentious issues in the country today. In a speech before the University of the Philippines Law Alumni Association in Makati City on November 25, Morales said:

On the precipitate burial at the Libingan ng mga bayani of deposed strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Morales said:

“with As it turns out nowadays, those who could not remember history have the tendency to write a new one. Much worse, there are a lot of people who simply do not want to read their history [period (.)].

“This alarming attitude is appalling, to say the least, which opens a large portion of society vulnerable to a revisionist-distortionist proclivity. It is an affront to our collective consciousness as a nation, aside from adding insult to injury to the entire citizenry as collective victims of the kleptocratic act of stashing ill-gotten wealth as judicially ascertained.”

On finding the truth, amid the contentious discourse, Morales said:

“The monstrosity of supremacy and the trappings of power aptly explain why great people fall as prey and transform as predators themselves.Just because you can, does not mean you should. The relevant message is that we cannot pretend to end impunity by clothing ourselves with impunity as well.He who enforces accountability must himself be ready to assume accountability.

“What happens then in a post-truth era when truth becomes irrelevant: discussions become irreverent. This is exactly what is happening.Now it is not only truth that has become elusive, even reason has escaped us.

“With the advent of social media in the country saw the birth of post-truth politics where emotional impact rather than truth is what matters. There is a lack of demand for truthful and honest discourse. Facebook has become a searing battleground for propagandists, apologists and trolls to foment dissension to a vulnerable, ill-informed young population that acknowledges Google as the sole and primary source of information for just about everything.

“A big part of the population would rather believe and share fake news sites and echo the baseless assertions of dubious bloggers and flamebaiters. They no longer care to verify the veracity of these allegations. When supposed “truths” about martial law and the purported “progress” that the Philippines enjoyed during the regime are considered more fact than fiction, then we see a transformation of our values as a people.

“With no effort to set the facts straight, quite a number consequently fail to discern, distinguish and detect misdeeds that deserve to be denounced. This comes as a great cause for concern. The people should be bothered when the leaders themselves equally could not figure out what is right and wrong.”

On the intrinsic link between human rights and good governance, Morales said:

“Back to basics.Thou shall not steal.Thou shall not kill. When leaders seem to send the message of promoting rather than condemning reprehensible acts that transgress basic human rights, the people ought to be concerned about it, rather than cheering for it either out of sheer ignorance, callous conscience, blind loyalty or gorgonized fanaticism.

“In linking corruption and human rights violations, one study concludes that when corruption thrives, human rights are denied, and correlatively, when denial of human rights continues, corruption persists:

“…The country needs good men and women who can respond to the call for principled leadership with not only competence and courage but also compassion, conscience and consistency.”

— PCIJ, November 2016

Text and Photos by Davinci Maru

IT IS TYPICAL for a community to greet the burial of the dead with solemn, silent mourning, in respect and remembrance.

But the atypical clandestine, sneaky burial of deposed strongman Ferdinand Marcos sparked just the opposite response — an outcry of protest and anger across the nation.

On Friday, November 25, thousands of Filipinos in various cities expressed not respect but rage for the rushed burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. They burned and tore up his effigies, launched a torrent of #HeroMoMukhaMo online posts, wore black, and hurled banners emblazoned with sharp, critical comments on the corruption and repression that marked his rule as a despot for nearly two decades.

Burying Marcos at the cemetery for heroes mocks, they say, the memory of tens of thousands of political activists that he had sent to jail, torture, or summary execution. The rushed burial that happened with evident consent from President Rodrigo R. Dutete (even as the high court has yet to rule with finality on the issue) betrays yet again the evidently typical behavior of the Marcoses — impunity and indifference to rule of law and due process.

 

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STATEMENT OF THE CENTER FOR MEDIA FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY

THE SEVENTH anniversary of the massacre of 58 civilians, including 32 journalists, in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, draws our community once again to gather together, move through the motions of protest, raise voices to plea for justice for the victims and their surviving families. Some of the orphaned children are now young adults, the infants and toddlers left behind by fallen media workers are grown, with little memory of their lost parents. The widows, parents, brothers, and sisters have ceased their deep mourning perhaps because life must go on.

This year we are struck sharply by the impact of the impunity, the failure of the state to punish. Less than a week ago, a dictator was laid to rest in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, to favor his family’s request for military honors and a place for his remains among heroes. Ferdinand Marcos claimed the presidency for life, manipulating the political system, controlling the economy for his personal gain and those of his cronies, his military and police dealing with every challenge to authority with warrantless arrests and detention, torture, salvaging, causing countless dissidents to disappear. Last Friday, the military did all to please his family, as a favor to the sitting president.

Meanwhile, the Ampatuan trial has taken so long, we need to rouse our memories to revive the cause. This long wait and the Marcos burial in the LNMB are different kinds of political phenomena, but these show up the state’s uneven instruments for justice and the unequal responses to the needs of the rich and the poor. Both reflect the culture of impunity that afflicts all citizens, especially those who have no means for legal representation in courts when their rights or lives are taken.

The trial of the 195 accused in Ampatuan Massacre was designed for delay, a nod to another political alliance. A lengthy trial allows more time for highly paid lawyers to manipulate the court system, argue through technical loopholes. Delays can wear down or lose witnesses and their testimonies. Sanctioned by the rules of court, the system seems designed only for lawyers and those who can afford them.

Three years ago, in December 2013, the Supreme Court has passed a resolution to allow the judge to decide cases against the accused separately, but no rulings have been made as yet on any of the persons charged. Meanwhile, the bail petition of the primary accused, Datu Andal “Unsay”Ampatuan Jr. is still pending. Indeed, the prosecution lost two witnesses who were killed in separate incidents.

Under the previous administration, an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) had assured the public and the families of the massacre victims that there will be convictions by the end of President Aquino’s term in 2016. That deadline has now passed.

The call for justice is not for victims alone but for all Filipinos. For what can the future hold for us if the state, its officials and instruments serve only the rich and powerful. The culture of impunity is selective. Conviction and punishment are decided quickly when the offenders are poor and without the means to pay for legal defense.

This call for justice points to the need of reform of the judicial system. Its weaknesses sustain the conditions of impunity which in turn punishes us all equally.

Text by Jil Danielle Caro, Photos and Video by Davinci Maru

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Kin of victims, various groups, media organizations, advocates, and individuals held a demonstration in Mendiola, Manila yesterday to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre.

Seven years ago, the deadliest single attack on media in the Philippine history happened at Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan. Moreover, the Ampatuan Massacre is also considered as the worst incident of electoral violence in the country.

Fifty eight (58) were killed, including 32 media workers, 9 from the Mangudadatu clan, 6 supporters, 3 lawyers, 2 van drivers and 6 incidental victims, or those who were during the checkpoint at the time of interception.

The full names of the Ampatuan massacre victims are as follow:

Media workers:

  • Benjie Adolfo
  • Henry Araneta
  • McDelbert Arriola
  • Rubello Bataluna
  • Arturo Betia
  • Romeo Jimmy Cabillo
  • Marites Cablitas
  • Hannibal Cachuela
  • Jepon Cadagdagon
  • John Caniban
  • Lea Dalmacio
  • Noel Decina
  • Gina Dela Cruz
  • Jhoy Duhay
  • Jolito Evardo
  • Santos Gatchalian
  • Bienvenido Legarte, Jr.
  • Lindo Lupogan
  • Ernesto Maravilla
  • Rey Merisco
  • Marife Montaño
  • Rossell Morales
  • Victor Nuñez
  • Ronnie Perante
  • Joel Parcon
  • Fernando Razon
  • Alejandro Bong Reblando
  • Napoleon Salaysay
  • Francisco Subang
  • Andres Teodoro
  • Daniel Tiamson
  • Reynaldo Momay

Mangudadatu Clan:

  • Bai Genalin Tiamzon Mangudadatu
  • Bai Eden Gaguil Mangudadatu
  • Bai Farinah Mangudadatu Hassan
  • Rowena Ante Mangudadatu
  • Surayyda Gaguil Bernan
  • Wahida Ali Kaliman
  • Mamotabai Mangudadatu
  • Raida Abdul Sapalon
  • Faridah Sabdullah Gaguil

Supporters:

  • Pinky Balayman
  • Lailani Balayman
  • Eugene Demillo Pamansag
  • Abdillah Ayada
  • Rahima Palawan
  • Meriam Calimbol

Lawyers:

  • Cynthia Oquendo
  • Concepcion Brizuela Jayme
  • Catalino Oquendo

Van Drivers:

  • Norton Edza Ebus
  • Razul Daud Bulilo

Incidental Victims:

  • Wilhelm Palabrica
  • Mercy Catalino Palabrica
  • Eduardo Lichonsito
  • Cecille Lichonsito
  • Daryll Vincent de los Reyes
  • Anthony Ridao

The massacre led to a tremor not only to the country, but to the world. Moreover, it highly contributed to the movement to end impunity and call to stop killings, as well as harassment of journalists in all forms, in the Philippines and across the globe.

Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

Today, seven years later, justice is still denied.

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The Ampatuan clan patriarch and alleged mastermind, Andal Ampatuan Sr., already died of liver cancer last July 17, 2015 at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Quezon City.

Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s death prior to his verdict due to stagnant justice granted him to be extinguished from his criminal liability, as per Philippines’ Rule on Criminal Procedure.

On the other hand, Sajid Islam Ampatuan, one of the accused, was granted freedom through a P11.6-million bail.

Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City ordered the immediate release of Sajid Islam Ampatuan through an order made on March 9, 2015.

Moreover, the case trial remains slow.

Four (4) witnesses have been murdered throughout the trial namely: Alijol Ampatuan, Suwaib Upham, Dennis Sakal, and Esmail Amil Anog.

As of January 14, 2015, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility in its Ampatuan Trial Watch initiative, reported that the number of accused for the massacre has already led to 246, which include local government officials and police officers.

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Arlyn Lupogan, 40, wife of slain journalist Lindo Lupogan thanked all those who are present in the commemoration, “Wala po akong masabi kundi magpasalamant sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa amin na makamtam namin ang hustisya, lalo na sa NUJP na laging sumusuporta sa amin, sa mga anak namin, sa pagtustos ng pag-aaral ng mga anak namin. Sa mga media po, maraming salamat, at sa lahat po ng mga estudyante rito na sumusuporta, taon-taon na lang. (I have nothing to say but thank you to all those who support to attain justice, especially to NUJP which always supports us, our children and their studies. To the media, thank you very much, and to all the students here who support every year.),” Lupogan said.

“Pitong taon na po. Pitong taon na na nangarap kami ng hustisya. Sana, ‘wag niyo kalimutan ang nangyari sa mga mahal naming sa buhay, sa brutal na pagpasalang sa kanila. (It has been seven years. For seven years, we have been dreaming of justice. I hope that you would not forget what happened to our loved ones, and the manner on which they were killed.)”

Call for genuine media freedom

According to the National Union of Journalist in the Philippines (NUJP), a 25-year study done by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) placed the Philippines second to Iraq, based on journalist killings.

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Virgilio Cuizon, founder of NUJP-Europe, said about the Ampatuan trial that “Wala pang nangyayari. Talagang zero justice. (Nothing is happening. Zero justice.)”

When asked about NUJP’s efforts in assisting the trial and advancing the interests of the Philippine press, Cuizon said that “Patuloy po ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng NUJP sa Kongreso, sa Senado, sa mga eskwelahan, para lamang mabigyan ng pansin ang kaso. (The NUJP continuously reach out to the Congress, Senate, and universities for the case.)”

“Sinusubaybayan po namin ang pamilya ng mga nasawi, at pinipilit po naming matulungan sa pag-aaral ang kanilang mga anak. May programa po kami talaga na pag-aaralin ang mga anak ng mga nasawing journalists, lalo na ng mga biktima ng Ampatuan massacre. (We keep in touch with the family of the victims, and we ensure that we are able to help their children with their studies. We have a program to help slain journalists’ children with their studies, especially the children of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre.), ” Cuizon added.

Regarding his expectations from the Duterte administration, Cuizon said, “Ineexpect po natin ay bigyan talagang pansin, seryosohin, at ikulong ang dapat makulong. (I expect that [President Duterte] will address, take seriously [the Ampatuan massacre trial], and to imprison those who should be put behind bars.)”

“Biglang laya talaga ang pamamahayag. ‘Wag habulin, ‘wag ikulong, ‘wag patayin [media workers]. (Give genuine freedom to journalism. Do not go after, do not imprison, and do not kill [media workers]).”

On the other hand, Jose Mari Callueng, National President of the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), the oldest and broadest alliance of student publications in Asia-Pacific, is hopeful of the administration’s sincerity in the formation of Task Force Media Killings, and related the issue of impunity to campus press.

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“Kung totoo po ang Duterte sa kanilang call in forming Task Force Media Killings, this should reflect justice for the 32 journalists, and the other more. Sa span ng 25 years, mahigit kumulang 100 ang namatay na journalists eh, and lalo pa itong lumalala nang lumalala. (If the Duterte Administration is true to its call in forming Task Force Media Killings, this should reflect justice for the 32 journalists, and more. In the span of 25 years, more or less 100 journalists were killed, and it continuously worsens.),” said Callueng.

“Sa paghingi natin ng hustisya, hinihingi rin natin ang hustisya para sa campus press. Hindi malayo. Nire-reiterate natin na hindi malayo ang kinakaharap ng mainstream media sa kinakaharap ng campus press. Inaatake rin kami sa iba’t ibang porma: censorship, withholding of funds, nandiyan din ang harassment sa amin. Nire-red tag din ang mga campus press na ito na tagapamahayag lamang ng katotohanan. (In our quest for justice, we also want justice for the campus press. It is not different. We reiterate that the problems faced by the mainstream media is not different with those of the campus press. We are also being attacked in various forms: censorship, withholding of funds, and harassment. We are being red-tagged when we all do is tell the truth.),” Callueng added.

“Kaya inaasahan natin na the Task Force Media Killings should also reflect to campus level. Hindi lang naman mainstream media ang biktima, pati campus press. (We expect that the Task Force Media Killings should also reflect to campus level. The mainstream media is not the lone victim, but also the campus press.)”

“Inaasahan natin na ‘di na tayo dapat aabot ng isa pang taon muli…Dapat ngayon na ay mabigay ang hustisyang hinihingi ng pamilya ng mga biktima. (We expect that there will no longer be another year. Justice should be given now.),” Callueng ended. – November, 2016

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THE PROSECUTOR of the international Criminal Court on Thursday served notice to the government of the Philippines that anyone inducing or engaging in “acts of mass violence… including by ordering, requesting, encouraging or contributing, in any other manner, to the commission of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC is potentially liable to prosecution before the Court.”

In a statement posted on the ICC’s official website, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said ICC was aware of the “worrying extrajudicial killings of alleged drug users and users, which may have led to over 3,000 deaths in the past three months.”

Bensouda said ICC was “deeply concerned” about these killings “and the fact that public statements of high officials of the Republic of the Philippines seem to condone such killings and further seem to encourage State forces and civilians alike to continue targeting these individuals with lethal force.”

“Extra-judicial killings,” the statement said, “may fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court… if they are committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population pursuant to a State policy to commit such an attack.”

The Philippines, it added, “is a State Party to the ICC and as such, the Court has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed on the territory or by nationals of the Philippines since 1 November 2011, the date when the Statute entered into force in the Philippines.”

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The full text of Bensouda’s statement follows:

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda concerning the situation in the Republic of the Philippines

“My Office is aware of worrying reported extra-judicial killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the Philippines, which may have led to over 3,000 deaths in the past three months. I am deeply concerned about these alleged killings and the fact that public statements of high officials of the Republic of the Philippines seem to condone such killings and further seem to encourage State forces and civilians alike to continue targeting these individuals with lethal force.

Extra-judicial killings may fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) if they are committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population pursuant to a State policy to commit such an attack.

The Republic of the Philippines is a State Party to the ICC and as such, the Court has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed on the territory or by nationals of the Philippines since 1 November 2011, the date when the Statute entered into force in the Philippines.

Let me be clear: any person in the Philippines who incites or engages in acts of mass violence including by ordering, requesting, encouraging or contributing, in any other manner, to the commission of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC is potentially liable to prosecution before the Court.

My Office, in accordance with its mandate under the Rome Statute, will be closely following developments in the Philippines in the weeks to come and record any instance of incitement or resort to violence with a view to assessing whether a preliminary examination into the situation of the Philippines needs to be opened.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecution of the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Office has been conducting investigations in: Uganda; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Darfur, Sudan; the Central African Republic (two separate investigations); Kenya; Libya; Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Georgia. The Office is also conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Afghanistan; Burundi; the registered vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia; Colombia; Gabon; Guinea; Iraq/UK; Palestine, Nigeria and Ukraine.

OTPNewsDesk@icc-cpi.int
Source : Office of the Prosecutor

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