Day: September 15, 2009

Since 2001 when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the presidency, the trade union movement, like other peoples movement in the Philippines, has been experiencing violations of their rights as humans and as workers in a level never before seen in our country’s post-Martial Law politics, the Kilusang Mayo Uno said. The group welcomes the first International Labor Organization-High-Level Mission to the Philippines this month.

Another mother has gone to a place she had never been to find her missing son. Wilma Rodriguez has just started her long journey. Nagtatapang-tapangan lang ako. Hindi talaga ako matapang. Pero kapag hindi ka lumaban, hindi rin titigil ang mga yan,” (I just try to be a fighter. I am not really a fighter. Because if you don’t fight, they would not stop.) she said.

For more than a decade now, Thelma Chiong has always made it a point to visit her daughters on their birthdays. This year, however, the visit was extraordinarily painful because a few days earlier, Mrs. Chiong had received word that one of her daughters’ rapists and murderers was going to be repatriated to Spain, a free man for all intents and purposes.

Statement on the Killing of Fr. Cecilio Lucero National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns in the USA We, of the National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns in the United States of America (NEFFCON), an alliance of Church-based individuals and groups in the United States of America, condemn the killing of Fr. Cecilio Lucero as an…