They were called “vandals” and were snubbed by President Aquino, yet the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao are heading home with “victories” in their campaign against militarization and plunder of resources in their land.
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“Today, we declare the verdict on the US-Aquino regime’s crimes against the Filipino people, its violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. For these crimes, we say, the US-Aquino regime is guilty.” — Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan
A few meters away from Malacañang, speakers from various sectors held the Aquino administration accountable for “the damage it has caused on the rights, lives and livelihood of the Filipino people, especially the poor majority.”
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“We condemn the continuing extrajudicial killings and the plunder of our resources that take away our rights, land and lives. We denounce the US-inspired and directed counterinsurgency blueprint Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – “We have likewise set on fire whatever is left of the chances for positive change…
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