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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
 
AMRSP Official Statement on the Extra-Judicial Killings
General Campaigns
Monday, 22 August 2016 19:04
ASSOCIATION OF MAJOR RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS
IN THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS


We, the members of the ASSOCIATION OF MAJOR RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS IN THE PHILIPPINES, acknowledge our active role in being a visible force and a prophetic voice, in participating in social life, in working for the common good. This was a role taken by the Lord Jesus himself when he quoted the prophet Isaiah as he began his ministry: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Luke 4:18–19).

It is this role that we exercise when we look around at what has been happening in our country in these past two months: we have seen a consistent surge in the number of extrajudicial killings, now about a thousand, and counting. Most of these deaths are related to the problem of illegal drugs—alleged drug pushers or users being put to death in the name of vigilante “justice,” but all these bereft of warrant of arrest or proof of guilt.

In the midst of this alarming situation, as a group of religious and consecrated persons, we make our stand.

We express our full support for the government’s serious crusade against the problem of illegal drugs in our country. We admire the leadership that the President has taken in this campaign and the determination of the people under him in working to rid our society of such menace.

Nevertheless, we are alarmed at the continued extrajudicial killings, which seem to go unchecked, without trial or investigation.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 19:08
 
Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert
Human Rights Defenders' Activities
Friday, 03 December 2010 18:23
PRESS RELEASE
3 December 2010

Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert

December 2 , Manila -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, yesterday urged governments in Asia to recognize and protect persons working on human rights issues as “essential” to building democracy.

Sekaggya said, “human rights play an indispensable role in the defense of democracy” as she observed that democracy is at a cross roads in many countries in the region, where the military and conservative parties are making a comeback.

Ms Sekaggaya is in Manila in an unofficial capacity to participate in a regional forum of human rights defenders from 2 to 4 December, in which some 100 human rights activists from 16 countries in Asia are participating.

The UN independent expert from Uganda explained that “criticism and dissent are the lifeblood of a healthy democratic society.”
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 December 2010 14:49
 
Golden treasures of a tormented land
Y4R activities
Monday, 07 June 2010 11:47

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“Gintong Yaman ng Sinirang Bayan” is a satirical play about dreams, lives and relationships of families in a community in Northern Luzon that is being affected by the impending mining operation in the area.

The play is set in a barrio in Nueva Vizcaya during the course of a foreign mining company’s application in the province. The residents of the community find themselves with differing stands and opinions regarding the mining operation which poses to offer the residents with a golden opportunity.

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Ruben, in his search for the golden dream and his quest to make it big, grabbed the scholarship grant from the mining company, much to his mother’s dismay.  Other inhabitants of the community engage themselves in heated debates regarding the positive and negative effects the mining operation will bring.  

Ruben must decide.  Will he go after his golden dream despite the disapproval of his loved ones and the destruction of his native land?  What is the truth behind his father’s death and what will its implication be on Ruben’s decision?

Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 12:08
 
Sincerity, transparency pressed in government and NDF peace talks
On Peace
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:12

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Manindigan sa Peace Talks!

Press Release
February 15, 2011


A civil society movement of peace advocates, non-government organizations and people’s organizations called as “Manindigan para sa Peace Talks” pressed for sincerity and transparency upon the resumption of formal talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We believe that peace is our right and peace building is responsibility of all. The resumption of the peace talks between the government and the NDFP offers an opportunity to come to terms with the country’s best interests and work for peace that had eluded us for so long,” said Sr. Arnold Maria Noel, SSps of the Manindigan para sa Peace Talks.

Both the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the government agreed to hold formal talks on February 15-21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Government which has been acting as Third Party Facilitator since 2001.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:06
 
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