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Militants slam promotion of 3 Army officers linked to Jonas abduction

Extremely horrible, says Pamalakaya
Militants slam promotion of 3 Army officers linked to Jonas abduction

“Extremely horrible”

This was the immediate reaction of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) after learning yesterday that the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines promoted three Army officers linked to the enforced abduction of activist Jonas Burgos in Bulacan province.

“We were outraged by this latest political escapade of the defense and military officials. The partners in crime of the national security syndicate in Malacañang and retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan got their promotions for terrorizing activists, critics and the people in the communities opposed to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s republic of election fraud, state terror and super corruption,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

“Where is justice here? The three stooges of Palparan—Lt. Cols. Edison Caga, Melquiades Feliciano and Noel Clement were also accused and guilty of terrorizing the coastal and farming communities all over Bulacan province were given military promotions for performing their roles to the hilt as implementers of state-sanctioned terror,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

The three promoted Army officers, according to Pamalakaya, were the point persons of Palparan in orchestrating campaigns in coastal communities accusing the militant fisherfolk group of extorting P 50,000 monthly from fishpond owners, recruiting coastal people to join the New People’s Army and sowing terror among the people in coastal areas.

“Caga, Feliciano and Clement were oriented and trained in the tradition of Palparan. Their mindset were boxed in the political context of the counter-insurgency campaign known as Oplan Bantay Laya 1 and Oplan Bantay Laya 2 and their military mission for the government is to carry out extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances against political activists, critics and opponents of the Macapagal-Arroyo government and the military establishment,” Pamalakaya’s Hicap asserted.

Pamalakaya warned members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) on the serious implications that will arise from the confirmation of the three Army officers implicated in the abduction of Burgos and the number of political killings and enforced disappearances in the province over the last five to six years.

“Definitely there would be a major backlash if the CA will confirm the appointments of these killers, abductors and torturers in military uniform. It will entertain a major political showdown inside the parliament, in the streets and in the court of public opinion. We ask the members of the appointing and approving authority to quash the promotions of these extrajudicial killers and political kidnapping animals,” the militant group said.

Likewise leaders of Pamalakaya took turns in berating Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos for defending the promotions of three Army officers.

“The promotions of the three stooges of the National Security Council and Palparan will further embolden members of Malacañang’s death squad to commit more political killings and enforced disappearances to clinch promotions from the extrajudicial killing republic of President Arroyo. That’s the objective and logical conclusion of this horrible act,” said Pamalakaya. #

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Militants happy with junking of

Militants happy with junking of
arson case vs. fisherfolk leader, 26 others

The national chairperson of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday said his group was rejoicing with the decision of Batangas City prosecutor junking the arson case filed against Pamalakaya-Southern Tagalog secretary General Isabelo Alicaya and 26 other militant leaders in the province.

“It was a triumph of the people’s persistent quest for truth and justice over the sinister agenda of the ruling national security syndicate in Malacañang,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a phone interview.

The Pamalakaya leader added: “We are very happy for scoring another political and legal victory against the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group of the militarist regime of President Arroyo. Of course, the Arroyo administration will not stop in persecuting our leaders and they will continue their evil agenda against our colleagues, but they were frustrated with this one and that is a cause for a celebration.”

Hicap said it will advise the regional council of leaders of Pamalakaya-Southern Tagalog and the Haligi ng Batangueñong Anakdagat (Habagat), the group’s provincial chapter to study the filing of criminal and administrative charges against the complainant, the complainant witnesses and members of the Philippine National Police in Batangas who orchestrated the filing of the case before the provincial prosecutor’s office.

“We will advise Ka Beloy to explore the filing of criminal and other appropriate charges against the complainant, his witnesses and their handlers in the provincial police and in the military. Something must be done to teach these militarists and their partners in crime a lesson of a lifetime,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

The case against Alicaya, labor lawyer Atty. Remigio Saladero and 25 others stemmed from the alleged burning of a Globe Telecom cell site in Lemery, Batangas on August, 2008 allegedly by members of the New People’s Army.

In her 7-page decision penned by Third Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Esmeralda Andaya, the prosecution said the complainant’s case against the respondents was destroyed by no less than the statements of the complainants’ witnesses.

Andaya said the evidence presented by the complainants during the preliminary investigation reveal serious and inexplicable discrepancies and characterized by missing links and loose ends that refuse to tie up.

The assistant prosecutor also said the enumeration of aliases of 11 respondents who appeared before her, including Saladero, is not sufficient to prove that the accused are members of the NPA and they are responsible for the destruction of the cell site.

Pamalakaya said Globe is well informed that these leaders known as ST 27 are focused on more important concerns like agrarian reform, social justice and human rights and don’t have motives nor the physical and armed capacity to burn cell sites. “They are plain and simple activists and patriots working for the cause of farmers and oppressed folks in the region,” the group said.

The Pamalakaya said: “That’s why it so ridiculous on the part of Globe to file this arson and rebellion complaint. What’s the purpose of this stupid rebellion case? Are they in cahoots with the military in pursuing an all-out campaign of terror and political repression against legitimate people’s organizations?”

The militant group believed that the filing of rebellion and other charges against ST 27 was orchestrated by Malacañang, the National Security Council headed by security adviser Norberto Gonzalez and the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group (IALAG) chaired by Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.

Aside from Alicaya and Saladero, those who were cleared in the arson and rebellion charge include Agaton Bautista, organizer of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) affiliate Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Batangas (SAMBAT), Renato Baybay of KAMAGSASAKA-Cavite), Noriel Rocafort, secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-Batangas chapter), Bayani Cambronero, regional coordinator of Bayan Muna-Southern Tagalog, Atty. Remigio Saladero, founding member of National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) and 21 more from Bayan allied organizations.

Also those cleared from arson charges are Amelita Sto. Tomas of Gabriela-Cavite, Alex Arias of KMP-Laguna, Rolando Mingo, vice chair of the transport group Piston, Romeo Aguilar of urban poor group Kadamay and Dina Capetillo of the human rights watchdog Karapatan-Batangas.

Pamalakaya said the 27 leaders are in the master list of the AFP and the PNP in Southern Tagalog who were marked as targets of the Palace-backed death squads in the region. Currently under fire from global people for masterminding the death of 901 activists over the last seven years, the militarist regime is now carrying this kind of strategy to silence these activists from exposing and opposing the crimes of President Arroyo and her military in the region,” the group noted.

Pamalakaya also said the strategy of filing fabricated charges has been implemented in many regions like Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Mindanao regions and Negros provinces. The group said Oplan Bantay Laya II is also giving weight to the legal offensive to make sure leaders of activist groups are silenced and terrorized. #

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Lawsuits await other Arroyo officials in 2010, says fishers group

ASIDE FROM PRESIDENT
Lawsuits await other Arroyo officials in 2010, says fishers group

Aside from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, other officials of her government allegedly involved in several crimes against the people ranging from corruption and election fraud to extrajudicial killings should expect possible lawsuits after Arroyo steps down in 2010.

“The Filipino people will demand the new presidency the immediate filing of criminal and other appropriate charges not only against President Arroyo but as well as other government and military officials accused of various crimes including but not limited to corruption, election fraud and political killings,” the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a press statement.

“It will only take only a month if the next president will have that strong political will and formidable sense of justice,” the group added.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said aside from President Arroyo and her close relatives, those who will likely face a deluge of lawsuits include top government officials and military generals implicated in the high crimes of corruption, election scandal and extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of leftwing activists.

The fisherfolk leader said his group will join other groups in actively filing and re-filing criminal and other appropriate charges against President Arroyo and other government officials before and after the May 2010 elections.

Hicap said Pamalakaya has several cases against President Arroyo and other government officials pending before the Office of the Ombudsman like the plunder complaint on the P 728 million fertilizer scam and cases pertaining to violations of public interest in connection with the toxic spill in Rapu-Rapu, Albay, and the across the Visayan sea offshore mining which was allowed by Malacañang without the consent of the affected parties.

The Pamalakaya leader said among the high government and military officials who could be charged with strings of lawsuits include Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante, former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hermogenes Esperon Jr, Bantay party list Rep. Jovito Palparan and Ombudswoman Atty. Merceditas Gutierrez.

“This is just an initial list. More and more names will be added soon. The regime is full of corrupt and brutal people, so we expect a long list of government and military officials who should be put to trial for committing grave sins against the Filipino people,” added Hicap.

Pamalakaya made the bold prediction a day after Ermita announced that President Arroyo is aware of possible suits once she steps down in 2010, and that the Chief Executive is not afraid of the possibility that her opponents could haul her to court.

“That’s Ermita in psy war mode. But frankly speaking, like other corrupt and brutal officials of this regime, this militarist executive secretary is also afraid of his political status once his principal is out of Malacañang by 2010. They are all resigned that their days are numbered and that’s is where their fears are coming from,” the militant group said. #

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Alston report should merit expulsion of Palparan from House, says leftist groups

Alston report should merit expulsion of Palparan from House, says leftist groups

Farmers and fisherfolk activists camping by the gate of the House of Representatives for 27 days on Saturday said the follow up report of United Nations’ Special Rapporteur Philip Alston on extrajudicial killings in the country merits the expulsion of Bantay Party list Rep. Jovito Palparan from the Congress.

In their joint statement, the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the agricultural labor group Unyon ng Mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and the women peasant federation Amihan said House Speaker Prospero Nograles should lead a move that will remove Palparan from the House of Representatives based on the follow up report of the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing.

According to Alston follow up report, the Macapagal-Arroyo government had failed to apply the principle of command responsibility in the purported human rights violations by agents of the state, and one of the major proofs was the supposed appointment of Palparan to the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) and his entry to Congress as party list lawmaker.

“The Alston report merely suggests that the House of Representatives under the Nograles leadership is coddling an extrajudicial killer in the person of Palparan. It also implicitly states that the Lower House under the tutelage of the Speaker is allowing The Butcher to use the House as a staging ground for more assaults against human rights and against vocal critics of the Macapagal-Arroyo government and the pro-Arroyo military establishment,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

“Speaker Nograles has no option but kick Palparan out of the House of Representatives. If he fails to do so, then the international community led by the UN will soon name him as protector of a political criminal and animal like Palparan,” Hicap added.

“It is like the Speaker of the House paying homage and fitting tribute to Palparan’s and Palace campaign on state terror and political killing. Rushing to the defense of Palparan is like endorsing the criminal activities of the regime, its military and Palparan. The Speaker is so disgusting,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

But the Hicap said the move to expel Palparan from Congress has a fighting chance because last February, 40 congressmen crossed party lines and signed a resolution opposing the appointment of Palparan to any government post.

Hicap was referring to House Resolution 999 in Congress that was filed at the time that the controversial retired military official will be assigned to either the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The resolution states that “Palparan’s possible appointment is another knee-jerk reaction to government’s failure to effectively address the drug problem.”

“We have a fighting chance. We will write and talk to friendly congressmen to join our cause against Palparan and support another resolution calling for the expulsion of a political criminal and terrorist at large. It is long a way to go, but painstaking work and our justice driven campaign will convince other lawmakers to junk Palparan and send him behind bars instead,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

The resolution was initiated by Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, was signed by 40 others from Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Partido ng Masang Pilipino, Nacionalista Party, Lakas-CMD Balane, Liberal Party, CIBAC, An Waray, Anak Mindanao, Kampi, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Partido Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas, and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

Last month, militant party lists filed a disqualification case against Palparan before the House Electoral Tribunal.

Pamalakaya said there were 991 victims of extrajudicial killings from January 2001 to December 2008 almost two thirds of the victims of extrajudicial killings were rural people that include farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous people, peasant women and agricultural workers and agrarian reform advocates.

The group said during Palparan’s stint in Central Luzon, a total of 139 activists were killed , while 66 were missing, in Southern Tagalog, also during Palparan’s stint, a total of 165 activists during the same period were summarily executed.

Pamalakaya said the most noted victims of Palparan’s campaign in Southern Tagalog were human rights activist Eden Marcellana of Karapatan-Southern Tagalog and peasant leader Eddie Gumanoy of Kasama-TK. Both leaders were killed on April 2003 in Mindoro Oriental while leading a fact-finding mission on alleged atrocities committed by the military under the command of Palparan. #

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Palparan, part of the extended Arroyo political dynasty— groups

Militants accused Arroyos of building political dynasty inside Congress
Palparan, part of the extended Arroyo political dynasty— groups

Organizers of the 54-day Rural People’s Camp-Out for Genuine Agrarian Reform led by the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Tuesday accused President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of building a political dynasty inside the House of Representatives with newly proclaimed Jovito Palparan, Bantay party list group Rep. as part of the extended family.

In their joint statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap and KMP spokesperson Antonio Flores said with the entry of Kasangga party list lawmaker Ma. Lourdes Arroyo, younger sister of First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo, the Arroyo political dynasty composed of Ms. Arroyo, presidential sons Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo and Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, and her brother in-law, Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo is now in placed.

“This is the case of Arroyo political dynasty plus plus with the entry of Bantay party list Rep. Jovito Palparan and other Palace-backed and Palace friendly party list lawmakers in the House of Representatives,” both leaders said.

Pamalakaya’s Hicap said President Arroyo and the four Arroyo lawmakers in the House of Representatives violated the 1987 Constitution that rejects political dynasty as a practice of governance. The Pamalakaya leader cited Article 2, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution that compels the state to prohibit political dynasties in the country.

“The same section (Article 2, Section 26) in the constitution gives an explanation why there should be an end to political dynasties, so that there would be “equal access to opportunities for public service. The President and the four other Arroyos in Congress are guilty of violating the country’s fundamental law,” added Hicap.

“In fact, the politically correct term in describing the Arroyos striking and powerful presence in the House of Representatives is political syndicate or political gang, where the four will serve as the core of the pro-GMA dominated congress, and they would be ably supported by the likes Palparan who is unofficial member of the Arroyo political mafia inside Congress,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

Flores of KMP is set to join other militant party list lawmakers in filing the disqualification case against Palparan before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET). An advisory released by Bayan Muna, Gabriela, and Anakpawis announced that the groups will lead in the filing of the disqualification case before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) today at 10:30 a.m.

“The Lower Chamber of Congress is supposed to be the house of the representatives of the people. How come a criminal on the loose like Palparan is here and using the podium of the House to attack militant groups and other critics of the bankrupt, criminal and corrupt regime of President Arroyo? It will be the grandmother of all tragedy to allow The Butcher of Mindoro, Central Luzon and Eastern Visayas to exploit the House and perform his role to the hilt as attack dog of Malacañang and the military establishment” Flores said. #

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Rural groups launched “Palparan sa Kulungan, Hindi sa Kongreso” campaign

Rural groups launched “Palparan sa Kulungan, Hindi sa Kongreso” campaign

Leaders of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), the peasant women federation Amihan and the Southern Tagalog-based Katipunan ng Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (Kasama-TK) on Saturday announced the launching of “Palparan Sa Kulungan, Hindi sa Kongreso” campaign.

KMP vice chairperson and Kasama-TK spokesperson Imelda Lacandazo the public launching of the campaign will officially begin on Monday and will extend up to the electoral campaign in 2010 elections next year.

For a start, Lacandazo said on Monday, farmers and fisherfolk activists camping-out by the gates of the House of Representatives will burn 100 paper bonds bearing the demonized face of recently proclaimed Bantay party list representative former Army Major Gen. Jovito Palparan.

“The Palparan Sa Kulungan, Hindi sa Kongreso campaign is part of our protracted battle for justice. The campaign will constitute protest actions, signature campaign and lobbying inside the House of Representatives where we will convince other members of Congress to cross party lines and kick out this criminal and bogus party list representative from the Lower Chamber of Congress,” Lacandazo said.

“We will not allow this evil to continue his platform of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and state terrorism,” the KMP leader said.

Lacandazo said a signature campaign calling for the ouster of Palparan will be piloted in selected provinces of Southern Tagalog, which were tormented and terrorized by the former army general namely Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Batangas, Mindoro Oriental and Mindoro Occidental where controversial military general launched the brutal campaign against political activists.

She said two of the most noted victims of Palparan were human rights activist Eden Marcellana of Karapatan-Southern Tagalog and peasant leader Eddie Gumanoy of Kasama-TK. Both leaders were killed on April 2003 in Mindoro Oriental while leading a fact-finding mission on alleged atrocities committed by the military under the command of Palparan.

Citing a report from Karapatan, Lacandazo said 165 victims of the total 991 victims of extrajudicial killings came from the region.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said their move to expel Palparan from Congress has a fighting chance because last Feb., 40 congressmen crossed party lines and signed a resolution
opposing the appointment of Palparan to any government post.

Hicap was referring to House Resolution 999 in Congress that was filed at the time that the controversial retired military official will be assigned to either the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The resolution states that “Palparan’s possible appointment is another knee-jerk reaction to government’s failure to effectively address the drug problem.”

“We have a fighting chance. We will write and talk to friendly congressmen to join our cause against Palparan and support another resolution calling for the expulsion of a political criminal and terrorist at large. It is long a way to go, but painstaking work and our justice driven campaign will convince other lawmakers to junk Palparan and send him behind bars instead,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

The resolution, according to groups was initiated by Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, was signed by 40 others from Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Partido ng Masang Pilipino, Nacionalista Party, Lakas-CMD Balane, Liberal Party, CIBAC, An Waray, Anak Mindanao, Kampi, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Partido Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas, and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

The measure cited as basis Palparan’s alleged involvement in the proliferation of extrajudicial killings in areas where he was assigned during his stint in the military, particularly in Southern Tagalog, Eastern Visayas, and Central Luzon areas. #

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40 congressmen who signed anti-Palparan resolution urged to lead oust “The Butcher” campaign in Congress

40 congressmen who signed anti-Palparan resolution urged to lead oust “The Butcher” campaign in Congress

Leaders of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Thursday urged the 40 congressmen who last February signed a house resolution opposing the appointment of retired Army Major Gen. Jovito Palparan to any government post to lead anew in opposing the entry of the controversial general to the House of Representatives as party list Rep

In a joint statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap and KMP Secretary General Danilo Ramos said the 40 lawmakers last Feb. crossed party lines to sign House Resolution No. 999 rejecting Palparan’s appointment to any government post, and the same can be applied to bar him from entering Congress this time as party list lawmaker under Bantay party list group.

The resolution was filed at the time that the controversial retired military official will be assigned to either the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The resolution states that “Palparan’s possible appointment is another knee-jerk reaction to government’s failure to effectively address the drug problem.”

The resolution, according to Pamalakaya and KMP was initiated by Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, was signed by 40 others from Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Partido ng Masang Pilipino, Nacionalista Party, Lakas-CMD Balane, Liberal Party, CIBAC, An Waray, Anak Mindanao, Kampi, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Partido Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas, and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

The measure cited as basis Palparan’s alleged involvement in the proliferation of extrajudicial killings in areas where he was assigned during his stint in the military, particularly in Southern Tagalog, Eastern Visayas, and Central Luzon areas.

Pamalakaya’s Hicap said the 40 congressmen who crossed party lines and signed the anti-Palparan resolution, could initiate another resolution barring Palparan from taking a party list seat and lead the oust Palparan campaign inside the House of Representatives.

“Gen. Palparan is the representative of the national security gang and extrajudicial killing republic of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He will exploit Congress into a political staging ground to aggressively attack militant groups and personalities and other lawmakers and personages highly critical of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the ruling de facto military junta in Malacañang,” said Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said his group will re-file the P 20-million libel case it filed against Palparan in connection with the ex-army general’s statement branding Pamalakaya and party list group Anakpawis as terrorists, extortionists and recruiters of New People’s Army in the coastal areas of Bulacan two years ago.

The case was dismissed on mere technicality by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court and for lack of jurisdiction, and the case should have been filed in Tarlac City because Palparan’s unit was under the Northern Luzon Command of the AFP.

For his part, KMP’s Ramos said relatives and surviving victims of Palparan from the peasant sector will troop to Congress next week to convince lawmakers to come up with a congressional action that will stop Palparan from gaining a seat in the House of Representatives as a party list lawmaker under Bantay party list.

“The expulsion of Palparan from Congress and his incarceration for committing crimes against humanity are non-negotiable issues to us. This political crusade of the Filipino peasantry will go on and will continue to hound this brutal political criminal of activists of all time,” added Ramos.
KMP said Palparan as Bantay party list representative will be the government’s attack dog in carrying out the state politics and policies of human rights violations, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of activists and critics of the Arroyo administration and the military establishment.

“Palparan’s year long stint as party list lawmaker in this case will be a one hell of experience. He will be deluged with cases of disqualifications before the Commission on Elections and other appropriate bodies. If he survived the disqualification test, we will torment him with day-to-day protest and other forms of earthshaking activities that will compel him to leave Congress and go to jail instead,” Ramos said. #

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