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Our Hope Lies With Our People: Truth Will Prevail! Justice Will Flow!
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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 10:47

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TFDP Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the Burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Our Hope Lies With Our People:
Truth Will Prevail! Justice Will Flow!

Justice was bludgeoned today. Nine magistrates of the Supreme Court chose to take a myopic and narrow view of justice and allowed the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). The tyrant and despot rejoices in his glass enclosed tomb. His family and minions are ecstatic with the “magnanimity of the rule of law”.

But sometimes, the law does not equate with justice. To recall, the law was used to enslave a nation and its people for 14 long years. The law was used to plunder the coffers of our nation. The law was used to justify the gross human rights violations committed against our people. More than 100,000 direct victims have been scarred by martial law.

But even then, Ka Pepe Diokno, Ka Tani Tañada, Jovito Salonga, Rene Saguisag, and many others saw the majesty and grandeur of law, as well as its pitfalls and limitations. They went within, around, and beyond the law to advocate for justice.
It is time to do so once more.

Truth was mangled today. The truth that Marcos was a human rights violator. The truth that Marcos was a plunderer. The truth that Marcos is no hero. The truth that darkness fell when martial law was declared, and for 14 years, our people were violated, its resources pillaged by a few, and impunity was at its peak. The truth that democracy was dead from 1972 to 1986 and a fascist dictatorship held reign.

The Supreme Court chose to wash its hands of the raging controversy. It simply said there are no legal impediments to burying Marcos at the LNMB just as its predecessors did in declaring martial law legal.

Indeed, the decision ultimately now rests with the butcher now sitting in power. With him, there is no hope.

Our redemption, our hope lies with the people. It is their hearts and minds that we must win over. Our collective memory of those harrowing times must not be lost. It must be shared, again and again and again. Memory shall be our sword and our shield against the revision of history and the return of tyranny.

Upon the graves of our martyrs and heroes, by the sacrifices of those who were killed, tortured, and disappeared, we swear again – Truth will prevail. Justice will flow.

November 8, 2016

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:37
 
We Refuse to Forget!
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Friday, 02 September 2016 14:17
We Refuse to Forget!

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines adds its voice to the many voices opposed to the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mgaBayani.

It was TFDP’s committed staff, together with other freedom-loving Filipinos who documented the gross violations of human rights perpetrated by Mr. Marcos and his minions.

Today, we say: Hindi kami maaaring makalimot. Hindi kami makakalimot hanggang katarungan ay hindi nakakamtan. Walang kapatawaran hanggang walang pag-amin sa paglabag sa karapatan ng buong bayan.

We refuse to forget the 101,538 human rights violations perpetrated by the Marcos dictatorship.

We refuse to forget the robbery in band of the nation’s coffers to feed the insatiable desire of the Marcos family for wealth, privilege and profit.

We refuse to forget the insidious attempts by the Marcoses to change the story of repression and violence into a grand tale of greatness and peace.

Our younger generation must learn lessons from our history. Every one of us should stand up for what is right. Every individual should learn to defend, not only her/his rights but also the rights of others. United action is never doomed to fail.

Dictatorship has been interred in the graveyard and the current generation must forever be vigilant that it never rises again.

Human rights must be vigorously promoted, defended and progressively realized as our contribution to the struggle for human dignity.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 14:24
 
Pambungad na Tula - Pag-alala kay Fr. Rudy Romano
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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:43

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Photo by Malaya Lara, TFDP Luzon

Pambungad na Tula ni Mr. Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director, TFDP

Bawat bato, bawat pangalan

Simbolo ng mga nakipaglaban

Para sa ating demokrasya at kalayaan

Bawat bato ay alaala

Ng mga kasamang winala

Ng mga babaeng nilapastangan at ginahasa

Ng mga ikinulong at nagdusa

Ng mga libu-libong pinaslang

Ng mga pinahirapan at tinortyur.

Bawat pangalan

Ay kwento ng kadakilaan

Bawat pangalan

Ay sagisag ng pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan

Bawat pangalan

Ay mamamayan na nag-alay ng buhay

Para sa ating kalayaan.

Bawat Bato, bawat pangalan

Ay mga martir at bayani ng sambayanan.

Hindi ang diktador ang dapat kilalanin

Hindi ang magnanakaw ang dapat dakilain

Ang mamamayan, ang mga lumaban

Sila ang tunay na bayani ng lipunan.

Ang batong alay ay pagwagayway

Ng bandila ng mga nag-alay ng buhay.

Habang ang henerasyon namin ay nakatindig

Kailanman kasamaan ay ‘di mananaig.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 16:28
 
Honoring a Martyr, Remembering His Heroism
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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:29

Honoring a Martyr, Remembering His Heroism

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Photo by Jack Eslit, TFDP Visayas

romanoThirty-one years ago, Fr. Rudy Romano of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer was enforcibly disappeared.

He has not been seen since.

The enemies of freedom and democracy silenced the voice of a prophet of his time. He dared to stand against tyranny and dictatorship. His voice gave words to the anguish of a people longing for liberation from modern-day slavery and corruption.

His eyes saw the plunder of the nation’s wealth, the gross human rights violations and the capacity for terror of a regime reeling from the incessant assaults of the people’s resistance.

His arms sought the arms of the oppressed and linked with them in an act of solidarity. In the struggle to be free, priest and people became one. Truly, the man of God became a man for, and of the people.

Today, his voice lingers in the cries and shouts of the poor still struggling to be human, still longing for a life of dignity.

Today, his shadow haunts those who snatched him from our midst. Their restless souls are damned to perdition.

Today, the lessons from his life and struggles continue to find meaning:

In the struggle of the working class for an end to contractualization and slave labor;

In the fight to promote and defend human rights and human dignity;

In the battle for decent housing for the rural and urban poor;

In the struggle to free ourselves from foreign domination;

In the struggle to emancipate our women from patriarchy and discrimination;

In the struggle of all other sectors for a life of dignity and inclusion.

Today, we remember a martyr. Today, we honor a hero of the people’s struggles.

By EMMANUEL AMISTAD,Executive Director TFDP

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:38
 
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