Friday, December 11, 2009

THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE: EVIL BEYOND ABOMINATION

BEYOND EVIL! In Maguindanao last November 23, 2009, a group on its way to COMELEC to file for candidacy in the 2010 elections was waylaid and ambushed, resulting in the brutal death of at least 57 people, many of them journalists and innocent civilians.

BEYOND BARBARIC! The murders were made even more abominable by the cruel acts inflicted upon the victims. Aside from suffering multiple gunshot and stab wounds, the breasts of the women victims were found to have been mutilated and their genitals riddled with bullet wounds.

BEYOND DESPICABLE! The crime committed is beyond heinous and is an abhorrent and brazen violation of the dignity of the human person! It has no place in human society! It loudly calls for the vehement condemnation by all -- Christians and non-Christians alike!

BENEATH CONTEMPT! The brutal murders done in the context of electoral politics seriously endanger our democracy and gravely threaten our democratic institutions! The insultingly insensitive and grossly irresponsible statement by no less than the Spokesperson of the President of the Philippines that the Palace – by reason of friendship - will remain supportive of the alleged perpetrators yet again demonstrate arrogance in Office and raises the specter of either complacency or connivance.L The use of Martial Law by the Highest Office as its way of response once more demonstrates its callous disregard for fundamental rights and utter lack of respect for the rule of law.

WE CALL ON ALL PEOPLE TO EXPRESS IN DEEPEST TERMS THEIR INDIGNATION AND CONDEMNATION OF THE MASSACRE AND ITS PERPETRATORS!

WE DEMAND FROM THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO UPHOLD JUSTICE AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND TO ZEALOUSLY APPLY THE RULE OF LAW IN THE IMMEDIATE APPREHENSION AND PROSECUTION OF ALL PERPETRATORS, REGARDLESS OF FRIENDSHIPS OR ALLIANCES.

WE CALL FOR THE SETTING UP OF PEACE CONSTITUTENCIES THAT WILL GUARD AGAINST AND CURTAIL VIOLENCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE UPCOMING 2010 ELECTIONS!

TOGETHER, LET US ALL WORK TOWARDS A COUNTRY THAT SINCERELY AFFIRMS HUMAN DIGNITY AND STRONGLY UPHOLDS HUMAN RIGHTS !

COMMITTEE ON SOCIO-POLITICAL EDUCATION, ADVOCACY and INVOLVEMENT
UNIVERSITY SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT COUNCIL
ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Volunteers for Voters Education!

The ADNU Social Involvement Council conducted its first Trainers Training for Continuing Political Education last 5-6 December at the Villa Caceres Hotel,Naga City. The training was undertaken with the support of ADMU School of Government-Pugadlawin Project. The trainers included Michelle Avelino of ADMU, Mr. Ramon Beleno of the ADNU Social Sciences Department, and Mr. Renne Gumba of the ADNU Institute of Politics. The participants were selected faculty, personnel, and students of the ADNU (and some representatives from the ADNU partner communities).











Launching of Bicol Autonomy Movement and Signing of Draft Charter for Bicol Autonomous Region!

The Bicol Autonomy Movement was launched last 8 December 2009 at Daet, Camarines Norte. The event started with a motorcade/rally to the Cathedral wherein a Holy Mass was celebrated. The launching and charter signing ceremonies, conducted at the Bantayog ni Rizal, then followed.











Thursday, December 3, 2009

Vote for Peace 2010

Vote for Peace 2010
Statement on the Maguindanao Massacre

Vote for Peace 2010, a movement working for a political environment conducive to the conduct of a free, fair and peaceful elections, joins the Filipino people and the international community in condemning the senseless and gruesome mass killing of 57 innocent and defenseless civilians in the municipality of Ampatuan, Maguindanao province. Facts can be told about the incident but no words can exactly give description to the mass killings, what is clear is that the beastly carnage is a crime against humanity; an attack against press freedom and electoral democracy
Vote for Peace 2010 calls for the immediate arrests of all the principals and accessories to the crime, expedite the investigation and immediately prosecute the perpetrators so that justice to the victims be served:
 While Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. is already under the custody of police authority, we strongly criticized the government’s manner of negotiating with his family to turn him over instead of immediately arresting him. Thus, we strongly demand from the authorities that Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan should also be arrested immediately by being themselves suspects of the crime.
 Others involved in the carnage should be pursued to the hilt. The officers and men of the PNP and AFP directly accountable to the breakdown of peace and order in the province should be suspended, relieved from their posts and investigated.
 A Total Gun Ban should be implemented in the province. All civilian armed groups, whether private armed groups, civilian volunteer organizations and CAFGUS should be immediately dissolved and disarmed.
 The CVOs and CAFGUs directly identified and working with the Ampatuans should be confined and investigated.
 The State of Emergency declared for Maguindanao should be put under Comelec control and its assigned deputies for peace and order.
The 23rd of November 2009 will be long remembered not only as the worst outbreak of election violence in this country in memory but also the scale of the massacre and its sheer brutality. It is the most brutal manifestation of warlordism; a monstrous act against electoral democracy, and the worst loss of life in the history of journalism, ever. On this day, 57 people, mostly women of which two were pregnant were mercilessly killed. Thirty of the dead were journalists. The victims were bullet-riddled in the heads and private parts; a number of bodies were mutilated and a number of women-victims manifest signs of physical abuse. While a number of bodies were scattered that showed they were strafed to their sudden death, most were found piled one after another in hastily dug mass graves. There were also bodies inside the vehilces excavated from the mass grave. The fate of the victims this day was simply decided by the senseless scheme of the Ampatuans to thwart the victims’ convoy that passed Ampatuan town on their way to file the Certificate of Candidacy of Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu for the governorship of Maguindanao. This was taken as a viled threat by the Ampatuans that ruled the province like their personal fiefdom since 2001.
The Maguindanao Massacre sums up the spate of political killings across the country in recent years. These clearly show the government’s inutility in the securing, if not total disregard, to the rule of law and human rights. The Arroyo administration can’t keep away its hands bloodied from the Maguindanao Massacre. In the first place, warlordism in Maguindanao once more became strong due to the nepotistic coddling to the Ampatuans.
The Maguindanao Massacre, on the other hand, is a martyrdom of the victims in their pursuit of electoral democracy and press freedom. The victims knew the dangerous route they will go through, (though they never, nor anyone expected the barbaric act of such scale and horror) yet they pursued what they believe is the right thing to do. We are full of anger, shame and indignation for what befell the victims. But for their act, we should also act, so that their death will not be in vain.

We should be more steadfast and vigilant than ever as we draw close to the 2010 elections. We should work with all citizens and election stakeholders for the strict enforcement of election and peace and order laws. Let us educate ourselves with the election offenses defined by the Constitution and the Omnibus Election Code and be vigilant against the abuses and opportunism of the government and candidates. Let us be aware, and help our countrymen understand that election violence is a consequence of too much partisan divide among voters; vote-buying and selling; patronage politics; proliferation of loose firearms and private armed groups; and election campaign overspending. We should call the AFP, PNP and NBI to strictly enforce the Total Gun Ban; regulating the security escorts of candidates and disarm and dismantle all private armed groups and militias. We should call on the COMELEC to declare early the critical election hotspot areas so that preventive measures against incidents of election violence be done.


Vote for Peace 2010
1 December 2009
www.votepeace.bantayeleksyon.org
For more information, please call Patrick I. Patino at tel. nos. (02)926-8340 or (02)433-0764.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

STATEMENT OF CONDEMNATION: MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE

Unacceptable!
In Maguindanao last November 23, a convoy of vehicles going to COMELEC to file for candidacy in the 2010 elections was waylaid and ambushed, resulting to the brutal death of at least 57 people, many of them journalists and innocent civilians.

Inhuman!
The ambush is worsened by the inhuman and barbaric acts inflected upon the victims. Aside from suffering multiple gunshot and stab wounds, the women’s breasts were allegedly mutilated and their genitals riddled with bullet wounds.

Despicable!
This is an abhorrent violation of the dignity of the human person! The crime is beyond heinous! Such act will never be acceptable to human society and must be vehemently condemned by both the Christian and non-Christian citizens of the world!

Deplorable!
The brutal killings done in the context of electoral politics endanger our democracy and its institutions! The perceived lack of passion for justice among several national government officials is extremely alarming, also raising the spectre of either complacency or connivance.

WE CALL ON ALL PEOPLE TO CONDEMN THE MASSACRE AND ITS PERPETRATORS!

WE CALL ON THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO SHOW DECISIVENESS IN THE APPREHENSION AND PROSECUTION OF THE ALLEGED PERPETRATORS, EVEN IF THEY ARE LONG-TIME ALLIES OF THE INCUMBENT ADMINISTRATION!

WE CALL FOR THE SETTING UP OF PEACE CONSTITUTENCIES THAT WILL GUARD AGAINST ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE UPCOMING 2010 ELECTIONS!


AFFIRM THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON: UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS!

CITIZENS ACT NOW: STRUGGLE FOR PEACE! FIGHT FOR JUSTICE!




INSTITUTE OF POLITICS
ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY

Friday, November 27, 2009

Draft Charter for Autonomous Bicol Region

Drafting of the Bicol Charter continues today. At the moment, dedicated provincial coordinators (Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon)and the Secretariat of the Bicol Autonomy Movement are working in Legazpi City (and according to Nap Mangente, they may work until the wee hours of the morning!)to finalize the first version of the draft charter, which will be the basis for wider public consultations!

Mabuhay ang Bicolano!

CONSORTIUM FOR ELECTORAL REFORMS

The Consortium for Electoral Reforms (CER)launched its VOTE PEACE Project, intended to set up a monitoring mechanism for election-related violence. A two-day training workshop is being conducted in the Imperial Suites, Quezon City to prepare partners for the formidable task.

"Strengthen democratic institutions, deepen our democracy!"

Friday, November 20, 2009

Movement for Bicol Autonomy!

JOIN THE BICOL AUTONOMY MOVEMENT! DRAFT CHARTER FOR AUTONOMOUS BICOL REGION IS BEING PREPARED! FORMAL LAUNCHING OF THE MOVEMENT DEC. 8, 2009. WILL POST OTHER DETAILS NEXT WEEK

Thursday, November 19, 2009

On the move!

We now have significant movements in the electoral arena. The administration party seems to be losing a lot of members while those who are allegedly in the opposition are getting more members!

It is an unfortunate sight! Those who assumed that their supposed allies are bound by principles and programs are now realizing that they are into an entirely new ballgame.

Those who spoke to the media about the unshakeable strength and power of a merged politcal party are now finding themselves humiliated.

Indeed, politicians are scampering for cover. After all, the most important thing at the moment is not anymore what (or how much)they receive today. Its about securing a place (and a hold to power) in the future.

And we have many turncoats hoping that joining the popular candidate/party will save their career in politics or in the bureaucracy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SJSA National Colloquium

Katatapos lang ng Society of Jesus Social Apostolate(SJSA) Colloquium na ginawa 13-15 Nobyembre 2009 sa SEARSOLIN, Xavier University, Cagayan De Oro City.Nagkaroon ang grupo ng isang simpleng misa na pinangunahan ni Archbishop Tony Ledesma.



Saturday, November 14, 2009

2010 elections sa mata ng isang Atenista

Pinadala ng isang estudyante bilang ambag niya sa paghahanda nating lahat para sa eleksyon 2010:

video


Maraming salamat Neil! Mabuhay ka at ang mga kabataang tulad mo!

SJSA NATIONAL COLLOQUIUM

The Society of Jesus Social Apostolate Network is having its 2nd Bi-Annual Colloquium 13-15 November 2009 at the SEARSOLIN, Xavier University, Cagayan De Oro City. Gathering with the theme "SAFEGUARDING 2010: ACTIVE ELECTORAL PARTICIPATION" are the Directors and Representatives of more than 30 institutions from all over the country - all partners of the Jesuits.

I gave the talk on POLED101:RE-FAMILIARIZING THE SJSA FRAMEWORK/POLITICAL FRAMING USING SJSA POSITION PAPERS. Here are some photos of the on-going conference:





Peoples Development Agenda in Sorsogon City

It is a humbling experience facilitating the process and looking into the output of a multisectoral workshop in Sorsogon City, and trying to put into writing a development direction which will be jointloypursued by the city government, on one hand, and the non-government and peoples organizations on the other.

Below are some snapshots of the workshop conducted thru the initiative of PANGOPOD with the support of The Asia Foundation last 29-39 September 2009 at Jane's Restaurant, Sorsogon City:





Saturday, August 22, 2009

FOR FREEDOM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung(FES) of Germany in partnership with the Ateneo de Naga University, with the Institute of Politics as the event host organization, will be launching “FOR FREEDOM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: Social Democratic Political Platforms and Practical Politics since the Middle of the 19th Century” (An Exhibit on the History of the German Social Democratic Party) on 26 August – 2 September 2009 at the Fr. James O’Brien SJ Library, Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Philippines.

I sincerely believe that this activity will not only be a significant tool for political education, but also an opportunity to facilitate more vibrant political discussion in the locality. The various events that will be conducted aims to develop deeper understanding of the Philippine socio-politico-economic realities, and of expanding the appreciation of social democracy in the Philippine context.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Launching of FES Exhibit in Discovery Suites, Ortigas


(with my friend Aaron)


(with Randy David and other guests)



Saturday, August 15, 2009

I DID NOT KNOW HER PERSONALLY, BUT…

I DID NOT KNOW HER PERSONALLY, BUT…

I did not know her personally. But I was fortunate enough to be around already when the 1st People Power took place. And I am sure then and now that I cannot distinguish one from the other: Cory led the People Power, and the People Power revolved around Cory’s courage.

She had demonstrated for us the type of leadership that strives for acceptance and legitimacy among the people.

Instead of relying on coercion usually enforced by armed groups, and manipulation observed in many patronage networks, she stood firmly and worked quietly for the restoration and strengthening of democracy and its institutions.

Instead of polarizing the armed forces, she pushed for social justice and empowerment.

Instead of manipulating government agencies for political gains, she implemented reforms in the bureaucracy.

Instead of endangering the electoral system, she gladly relinquished leadership to the next President.

I did not know her personally. But I will draw inspiration from her works and deeds. And at this point, I am sure many Filipinos are doing the same. Thus in her death, as in her life, she had awaken among us a sense of solidarity and pride for being Filipinos, Christians, and Catholics.

It is so easy to fall into the trappings of our everyday routine, and forget the fact that what we do (or do not do) ultimately defines the future that we create.

It is easy to say: “It is far away, why bother?” only to realize later on that we suffer the consequences of inaction, with our fellow Filipinos.

It is easy to babble about Philippine democracy as a concept, but difficult to realize that it is also a historical reality born out of the difficulties and sacrifices of earlier generations and must be consequently sustained and guarded by the present and future generations.

I did not know her personally. But she has touched my life not only as the leader of the country, but as a human being who struggles and grapples with the same everyday concerns of Filipinos. As a scholar, an activist, a widowed parent, and a woman, the various aspects of her life is a witnessing of her faith, fortitude, and courage.

To my mind CORY symbolized courage and strength that is not born from aggression and intimidation! She had shown us the kind of determination and unwavering commitment that comes from the heart and from the soul!

She also lived a life anchored on peace and non-violence, driven by the conviction that the path to unity and development is solidarity and respect for human dignity.

Most importantly, she has demonstrated that dignity, honor, and noble ideals are worth fighting for. In essence, her life has been a living testimony to the famous ideal espoused by her husband Ninoy: “The Filipino is worth dying for!”

I did not know her personally. But I will always remember her with fondness and gratitude.

Thank you Cory. (And Thank you Ninoy.)

In your life and in your death, (both of) you fought for the Filipinos in your unique, persistent, enduring ways.

I have never felt prouder about my being Pinoy, as I do right now!

Mabalos po.



Renne Gumba
4 July 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Requiem Mass and Prayer Vigil for President Cory

The Ateneo de Naga University community will hold a Requiem Mass and Prayer Vigil for the former President Cory Aquino 5:00pm, 4 August 2009 at the University Church.

Aside from the Ateneo community, the public is also invited to attend the said mass and vigil.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Good bye, Tita Cory!

I join the entire Filipino nation in praying for the eternal repose of former President Corazon Aquino. A political leader like her is a rare phenomenon in this country.

At the same time, I fervently pray that her ways and deeds, shown when she was still with us, will continue to unite the people and provide inspiration for greater achievements and enhanced nationhood!

Most importantly, democratization and empowerment continues to be a worthy cause in this country!

Good bye, Tita Cory. But to the proud Filipinos pursuing a life of dignity and honor, you will never really be gone.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Consumer Forum in CASURECO 2 Area

Dear Fellow CASURECO 2 Consumers:

The member-consumers of the CAMARINES SUR 2 ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (CASURECO 2) have been hearing and reading media reports about the brewing trouble in the electric cooperative. The management is having problems about positions and jurisdictions. The workers are having problems with their payrolls and compensation. Legal cases were filed by the affected parties in various courts, including the National Electrification Administration.

It will only be a matter of time before ordinary consumers like us are affected by this predicament of the electric cooperative. Along this line, the Metro Naga Consumers Group in partnership with other socio-civic organizations decided to pursue a bold initiative aimed at providing a venue for the articulation of consumers perceptions, sentiments, and recommendations. In this forum, we hope to:

1. Provide a venue for member-consumers to protect and assert their rights over the conduct and governance of the electric cooperative;

2. Provide a venue for CONSUMER-ORIENTED discussion of the issues and problems hounding CASURECO 2;

3. Provide a venue for generating consensus on consumer interventions and actions towards CASURECO 2.

Along this line, may we invite you and your organization to the CONSUMERS FORUM ON THE CASURECO 2 PREDICAMENT, 1:30PM, 31 JULY 2009, at the Naga City Youth Center, Civic Center Compound, Naga City. Please be advised that the forum is exclusively for ordinary consumers, thus excluding the participation of any CASURECO 2 officials or workers.

Thank you and we hope to see you and your group in the forum.

Metro Naga Consumer Group
Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas-Cam. Sur Chapter
Naga City Peoples Council
ADNU Social Involvement Council

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bombs!

I was shocked when I saw the news yesterday about the bombing in the perimeter of the cathedral in Cotabato City. It killed five persons and wounded at least fifty others! As I have pointed out in previous blog entries, this act is becoming frequent and a pattern is emerging: the explosions are designed to sow terror among the public.

The military is quick to blame the MILF and its so-called “special operations group”, which the latter denied. In this situation, who is telling the truth, whom should the people believe? This query seems to b e the logical consequence of the unfolding events.

But a dimension that must be explored with equal interest is the question of the impact and consequences of such events. A patterned, systematic bombing gives the impression that there is an organized group capable of launching a national terror campaign. Further, it polarizes the country: the suspected bombers as the bad guys who must be chased down and the military as the good guys who must get these terrorists all cost. At the same time, it legitimizes the use of police powers by the state to protect public interest.

In any other context, this will be a widely acceptable move. But in a situation wherein democratic institutions’ legitimacy are quite low, these events tickle peoples imagination! One is reminded of the circumstances used by former President Marcos in declaring martial law then. Is it a strategy being employed by adventurist armed groups today?

Whatever is the emerging agenda in these bombings, violence is to be condemned and abhorred. Not only because it diminish the person’s dignity but also because it always hurts beyond the physical aspect. Violence is a total violation of the person.
Thus, as we condemn these bombings killing innocent persons we will also readily condemn any group who intends to use these events to legitimize further violence!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The CASURECO 2 Predicament

The Metro Naga Consumer Group endorsed and supported the entry of Mons. Nono Sanado into the cooperative’s Board of Directors as a final gesture for fostering transparency and accountability to consumers by the coop management and workers. His entry was not easy, made more difficult by the political and economic interests at play in the electric cooperative. Fortunately, Mons. Sanado got the support of the majority of the Directors.

UNFORTUNATELY, the road to transparency and accountability is not an easy one. Legal and administrative cases have to be filed and refuted. Internal and external hindrances have to be confronted. Even sectors within the cooperative eventually ended up fighting each other, further deepening the factions within the organization.

As the cooperative reels from these difficulties, the central question remains: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE CONSUMERS? Some would say they are mere product purchasers with no actual influence in the management, production, and service delivery. Others say the consumers are merely individuals/corporate entities buying electricity from the cooperative. Others would assert that the consumers are the actual owners of the cooperative, although technically marginalized by the present set up!

If you are an individual consumer like me, you end up wondering about concrete experiences with the cooperative:

YOU ARE ASKED/REQUIRED TO:
a. pay membership fee
b. vote for Directors of the Cooperative
c. encouraged to attend the General Assembly as the highest policy making body of the cooperative

BUT YOU EXPERIENCE THAT:
a. you do not get any benefit from THAT membership aside from actually being allowed to purchase electricity
b. NEA (a government agency) directly supervises the cooperatives, with the BoD as an inferior entity
c. the cooperative is a corporation wherein the personnel remits their social security payments like private corporations do

This dilemmas actually run smack into some issues which the electric cooperative must be able to resolve: (1)Is it a cooperative or a corporation? (2)Is it owned by the members, by the government, or private individuals/corporations? These questions must be confronted by the consumers, particularly because the electric cooperatives are instruments for the delivery of a basic service industry: power.

I am convinced that the policy environment among electric cooperatives is ripe for adventurism among various political and economic interests, leaving the organization vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation.

May we therefore ask the consumers to take a stand: Do we claim ownership of our electric cooperative? Do we simply leave it open to various players dipping their fingers into the power industry?

Feel free to leave your comments here!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Worst fear getting real!

I have always expressed apprehension over the tight schedule which COMELEC is working with as it tries to implement poll automation. Unfortunately, such apprehensions are slowly getting confirmed! A major hitch in the process is encountered by the “falling out” between the local and foreign partners of the consortium that won the bidding process.

I have also expressed the fear that if elections will not be credible, this will hasten the deterioration of our democratic institutions, encouraging adventurism among elements of the left and of the right. Indeed, we are now getting reports about coup d’etat and bombs planted and/or exploding in government offices.

This is not a very comforting scenario. I am convinced that vigilant citizens must start making the move, bonding towards a more decisive mobilization for the protection of our fragile democracy.

We will never bow down to authoritarianism. Nor will we be silenced by intimidation and coercion!

Monday, June 29, 2009

2010 Jitters

As the election day draws nearer, those who are actively monitoring the preparations cannot help but feel some degree of apprehension. Are we going to be successfull in our poll automation efforts? Will election-related violence be avoided? Most importantly, will the entire process reflect the collective will of the majority

I have often heard people complaining about the blatantly outrageous overspending by some politicians on their propaganda machinery. Indeed, it has reached a scandalous level, even if these potential candidate are allegedly using their own private funds.

If money will continue to be the main factor , instead of competence and development programs/visions, in the electoral exercise perhaps we should introduce a radical change in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Let us remove the provisions on elections. Instead, let us set up all elective positions for auctions/biddings! Those who can offer the highest price, or perhaps give every voter the highest amount, will get the position! That way, we avoid the messy electoral exercise and drop all pretensions of democratic ideals. Let us talk business and do business.

But of course, very few will agree to charter change before 2010 (a fact which majority of the congressmen/women prefers to ignore). Thus my proposal may have to wait after this 2010 elections. so we are back to where we started:

What will the 2010 elections do to us? Will it restore the peoples’ faith in our democratic institutions? Will it empower the marginalized? Or will it bring to the surface and simply legitimize a new ruling elite?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dear Friends:

Sharing with you the Ateneo de Naga University Statement against Constituent Assembly finalized and adopted in yesterday's Council of Administrators meeting. The statement was signed by majority of the university students, faculty, and personnel.

Salamat po.


In solidarity,

RENNE F. GUMBA
Executive Director
Institute of Politics (I.P.)
2F Administration Building
Ateneo de Naga University
4400 Naga City Philippines
Tel. (63-54) 4722368 local 2013
Fax (63-54) 4739253

----------------------------------------------


ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY
STATEMENT ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
RESOLUTION 1109 CONVENING CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY


In the darkness of night of June 2, 2009 the House of Representatives worked overtime. The majority passed Resolution 1109 against the valiant efforts of the minority to prevent its passage. Against the will of the majority of Filipinos, they resolved to convene a constituent assembly. They demonstrated why the majority of the Filipinos distrust Congress, and why, if the Constitution must be changed, they prefer a Constitutional Convention after 2010. In their resolution 1109, they betrayed the teeming masses they represent for the scheming machinations of Malacañang. We call on these congressmen and -women to return to representing their constituents and their consciences.

DO NOT BETRAY THE PEOPLE!

The House of Representatives, by resolving to convene itself into Constituent Assembly and to initiate charter change at this point, opens a Pandora’s box! Once convened, the Constituent Assembly may take up any agenda and make decisions, even without the consent of the people! Through the hurried passage of HR 1109, they initiated the move to amend the Constitution in a manner that lacks respect for and recognition of the duly established legal process. They junked the Senate. They betrayed the Constitution they vowed to protect and preserve. They manifested an utter disregard for genuine representation. They ceased to be our delegates, our trustees, and our representatives. Through such unprincipled action they have arrogated to themselves the authority that they are Constitutionally mandated to share with the Senate. They are not interested in reason, discussion, deliberation. They are interested in constitutional change through a sleight of hand, an intellectual chimera, a flawed argument, to strengthen the hold on power of the person in Malacanang, and to prevent any deliberation in the light.

DO NOT PLAY WITH FIRE!

Our country is imperiled by an economic situation that fails to respond to the driving poverty of our people, unmitigated corruption, declining trust and confidence in political leaders and institutions! A charter change process before the 2010 elections, that keeps charter change hostage to the interests of Malacañang, is dangerously divisive; it will fuel further adventurism among armed groups from the left and the right, and will awaken angry political action among large groups that have been content so far to be quiet. That quiet may be replaced by a willingness to fight and die in conscience for the good of the nation.

DO NOT PROVOKE TROUBLE!

In the spirit of strengthening our democratic institutions and retaining the fragile national unity that we are trying so hard to sustain, we strongly call on them to desist from pursuing Charter Change through a Constituent Assembly!

CEASE AND DESIST! STOP CON-ASS!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mga tugang kong Bikolano!

Mga tugang kong Bikolano:

Harani na po an 2010 elections. Sana nakaparehistro na kita gabos para
siguradong makaboto kita sa maabot na eleksyon.

Alagad afuera kan orolay sa eleksyon, naglataw naman ngonyan an kariribukan
tungkol sa charter change. Sa paagi kaining satuyang blogspot, tibaad pwede kitang
magbararetaan kan mga kalakawan asin mga plano manunungod digdi sa isyung ini.

Puonan ko:

1. Sa Ateneo de Naga University, naglalakaw na an pagpapirma para sa sarong
university statement na papaluwason kan unibersidad. Pag nagkataon, ini masentro
sa tulong aspeto: habo kami sa chacha before 2010; habo kami sa constituent
assembly; asin minasuporta kami sa pagkondusir kan 2010 elections!

2. May mga pigpaplanong paghiro digdi sa lokal. Saro kaiyan iyo an noise
barrage/motorcade sa june 27, alas-6 nin hapon. Su mga may auto, pig-iimbitaran
mi kamong magbali sa pagbusina asin pagribok laban sa con-ass chacha!

By the way, pwede man nindo akong makua sa http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tindogbikol/

Monday, June 8, 2009

KUMILOS KA!

Panawagan para sa pagkilos!

Ako ay mahigit isang dekada nang gumigitna sa kalye, lalo na kapag may usaping di kayang tugunan ng mga institusyon ng lipunan. Lalo na kapag ang huling takbuhan ay ang hukuman ng masa...ang pananaw at pandinig ng nakararaming mamamayan.

Mas tahimik sana kung ang mga hinaing ay kayang tugunan ng pamahalaan at mga ahensya nito. Matiwasay sana kung ang mga problema ay hindi galing sa administrasyon at sa mgas nakaupo sa puwesto.

Ngunit hanggat marami ang nasisilaw sa posisyon...sa kinang ng yaman...di matatapos ang gulo.

At dahil di maaaring ipagwalang-bahala ang gawaing ganito sa isang demokrasya, babangon at kikilos ang mga mamamayan. Sa gitna ng gulo, kanino ka kakampi...?!

KUMILOS KA! MANINDIGAN KA!

CHACHA EXPRESS?!

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090607-209257/Constituent-assembly-convenes-in-July

ARROYO ALLIES SAY--Constituent assembly convenes in July

Only SC can stop Charter change
By Villamor Visaya Jr., Vincent Cabreza
Inquirer Northern Luzon
First Posted 21:50:00 06/07/2009

Filed Under: Charter change, Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010,
Protest

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies
in the House of Representatives said they would convene a constituent
assembly to amend the Constitution without the Senate when Congress
reopens in July despite outrage by religious and civil society groups.

Baguio Representative Mauricio Domogan, one of the authors of House
Resolution 1109, which calls for a constituent assembly, said the
House would start the Charter change process upon the resumption of
Congress sessions in July by “inviting everyone” to form the
constituent assembly, including senators.

Domogan said the assembly would proceed even if senators refused to
cooperate and they would only stop if the high court stepped in to
rule on HR 1109’s constitutionality.

“We want the court to settle once and for all how to interpret the
provisions guiding Charter amendments so that the next Congress won’t
have to argue should they move to invoke this mode of amending the
Constitution,” Domogan said.

Domogan said on Sunday that administration lawmakers were aware that
they were taking a calculated risk in approving the measure before
adjourning the 14th session of Congress last week.

Nueva Ecija Representative Rodolfo Antonino said that the House
leadership was considering sending HR 1109 to individual senators, and
not the Senate as a body, for endorsement.

Antonino said that this would serve as an invitation to attend the
constituent assembly.

He said the constituent assembly would be convened a few weeks before
the President’s State of the Nation Address on July 27 in order to
create a “justiceable” cause for the Supreme Court to lay down a final
ruling on how should a constituent assembly be formed.

He said lawmakers were hoping that public outrage would provoke a
challenge in the Supreme Court on the House position that amendments
to the Constitution could be approved by three-fourths of the entire
membership of the two chambers voting jointly.

The 23-member Senate has opposed the move, but Arroyo allies expect to
overcome the upper chamber’s resistance with their sheer number in the
lower house.

House Majority Leader Arthur Defensor Sr. said: “I don’t believe the
House will convene without the Senate or at least majority of them
must signify their intention to attend.”

Otherwise, the Iloilo lawmaker said, this would put the House in bad
light.

Defensor said the call to convene a constituent assembly would be made
by Speaker Prospero Nograles, “but he will have to first get a
consensus of all leaders before making a declaration.”

A pastoral statement issued over the weekend by Jaro Archbishop Angel
Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
Philippines, urged peaceful protests against HR 1109, but Domogan said
the Church action was “premature.”

“The final judge would be the Filipino people in a plebiscite that
[would] ratify whatever proposals that would be approved [by a
constituent assembly],” Domogan told reporters in Baguio.

Referring to criticism that Charter change was meant to prolong the
term of the President, which is will end next year, Domogan pointed
out that HR 1109 did not seek the extension of term limits of elective
officials.

In Isabela, Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Malacañang was
respecting the principle of separation of powers and would not meddle
in Congress’ moves to change the Constitution.

But Bello said lawmakers should explain to the public their decision
in passing HR 1109.

“The people have the right to know the reason behind their action,” he
said. “The public must have an open mind regarding this resolution.”

Lawyer Oliver Lozano and his daughter on Wednesday went to the Supreme
Court to challenge HR 1109.

CHACHA EXPRESS?!

http://www.malaya.com.ph/jun08/news2.htm

Church threats won’t stop Cha-Cha, says Nograles

BY WENDELL VIGILIA

THE House leadership will not be deterred from amending the 1987
Constitution despite threats of mass protests from all sectors
especially the Catholic Church.

"Maybe we should remind them of the separation of Church and State,"
Speaker Prospero Nograles said yesterday.

In a pastoral statement Saturday, CBCP president archbishop Angel
Lagdameo called on those opposing Charter Change "to go on with their
plan of mobilization to protect the common good and national
interest."

The Archbishop of Jaro, however, appealed to the public to "express it
in a peaceful nonviolent way in order that we may not fall into the
trap that will necessitate martial law again."

Nograles also took a pot shot at Planning Secretary Ralph Recto’s
warning that the decision of the House to approve the Constituent
Assembly resolution will jeopardize the economy.

"Well, it’s the job of the economic managers to take care of the
economy and it’s the job of Congress to pass bills and resolutions by
voting in public and transparent manner. Secretary Recto did not make
that statement when we were proposing and debating the issue on
constitutional change. Why is it only now that he is warning us?" he
said.

"If the NEDA thinks that this could cause more shocks on the economy,
it is also therefore correct that the reason why our economy has been
suffering from shocks since most of us can remember is because of this
Cha-Cha issue," Nograles said.

"We have to find the answer now because otherwise, this cycle of
debate whether to Cha-Cha or not to Cha-cha will continue to have its
effects on the economy," he said.

Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel said Nograles should not to
waste his time reaching out to senators to support a Senate-less Con-
Ass.

Sen. Francis Escudero said Nograles’ attempt to persuade senators
should be on the premise that the House cannot do it without the
Senate. "Without that commitment, it would be useless to talk," he
said.

Sen. Mar Roxas said he is convinced that the 23 senators who signed a
resolution last year expressing their opposition on Cha-Cha would not
change their mind.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said he has always believed Malacañang has
plans B, C, D, E… and so on to stay in power. "It is not a move by
congressmen and women of palaka (Partido Lakas-Kampi) alone. It has
PGMA’s blessings."

He cautioned the move of the House to talk to senators one by one
"must be taken seriously. This may be mind conditioning. Maybe they
have already the support of some senators."

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde assured that President Arroyo is not
seeking any elective position after 2010.

Reports said Arroyo might run for Congress in 2010, which could
entitle her to election as prime minister if she wins and joins
Congress.

"Hearsay lang iyan. Wala namang ebidensya na tatakbo siya," Remonde
said. – With JP Lopez and Jocelyn Montemayor

Statement of PANDAYAN on the Assassination of Kahanay Rene Peñas

Statement of PANDAYAN on the Assassination of Kahanay Rene Peñas

June 8, 2009

PANDAYAN strongly condemns the violent and treacherous killing of Ka
Rene Peñas, 51 years old, the National Vice-President, Pambansang
Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA). PANDAYAN join other
groups to seek justice for our dear Kahanay, Ka Rene Peñas, and
express support and offer our prayers to his wife, Evangeline and his
children, Noland, Jerald, and Wopsyjenn.

Ka Rene was cowardly assassinated by unknown assailants last June 5,
2009, at around 11:00 PM while on his way to his farm in San Vicente,
Sumilao, Bukidnon, while riding a motorcycle with his two companions.
His two companions survived, but Ka Rene did not survive from the
eleven gunshot wounds.

How could an active non-violent advocate whose life was committed to
serving the landless and marginalized farmers killed in such a violent
manner?

As an active non-violent advocate, Ka Rene, in 1997, is one of the 28
farmers who held a hunger strike for agrarian reform. In 2007, he led
the 55 farmers for a 1,700- kilometer walk from Sumilao to Malacañang
for the government to cover the over 144-hectare ancestral land they
claim in Sumilao. In 2008, Ka Rene also led the Banasi farmers in
their 444-kilometer march from Bula to Malacañang, which successfully
reversed the adverse decision made by Malacañang. Ka Rene, once again,
became one of the figures leading hundreds of farmers pushing the
Philippine Congress for CARP Extension with Reform (CARPER).

Ka Rene’s efforts bore fruit as the Senate and the House of
Representatives start today, June 9, 2009, their bicameral discussion
of CARPER. We believe that he continues to witness the victory of the
farmers.

We shall continue to pay homage to Ka Rene by continuing his struggle
to attain an authentic agrarian reform. This is our highest tribute to
him and his family, and our greatest expression of gratitude for what
he has achieved as his contribution.

Justice to Kahanay Rene Peñas!
Justice to all victims of extrajudicial killings!
Justice to all farmers and the Filipino People!

Pandayan para sa Sosyalistang Pilipinas (PANDAYAN)
184 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Contact person: Boy Nuera / Roy Calfoforo
Contact number: Telefax: 436-6541, CP 0920-9021251

PAKISAMA Statement

PAKISAMA Statement on the Assassination of Renato Penas,
National Vice-President,
Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka

June 6, 2009
PAKISAMA condemns in strongest possible terms the dastardly and cowardly assassination of our leader, Renato Penas (51) last night, around 11 P.M., while on his motorcycle with two companions to his farm in San Vicente, Sumilao, Bukidnon.
While his companions survived, the assassins made sure Ka Rene would not. Crawling after the first volley of fire, he was shot again, and three shotgun bullets fatally pierced his chest and back.

Who could have caused the death of a man whose life was dedicated to serving the landless farmers?

A participant in a 1997 28-day hunger strike for land and a practicioner of active non-violence, Ka Rene rose to be one of the most prominent PAKISAMA leaders over the past two years. As a trained community organizer-paralegal , he led in 2007, the unprecedented but successful 1,700- kilometer walk of 55 farmers from Sumilao to Malacanang to make their claim over a 144-hectare ancestral land covered by the CARP. He figured in 2008 as the organizer-trainer of the successful 444-kilometer Banasi farmers walk from Bula to Malacanang, which reversed earlier adverse decision of Malacanang. During the past two months, Ka Rene was leading farmer groups coming from different persuasions, in a coalition campaign to push Congress to enact the extension and reform of CARP ( CARPER).

On May 30, he went home and was jubilant to learn that CARPER was finally passed by both houses of Congress and would soon be passed into law. But he was not given the opportunity by his assailants to see the fruit of his work.

We demand a speedy and objective investigation of this case. We ask the Arroyo government to demonstrate dispatch and professionalism in solving this crime.
We mourn with the widow and four orphans of Ka Rene and demand an end to the culture of impunity pervading in our society. We pray that Ka Rene would be the last among our leaders to be assassinated. We hope his case would not suffer the fate of two of our colleagues. On November 22, 2009, two hooded men gunned down our former Vice-President for Mindanao Vic Paglinawan in Davao City. On March 9, 2009, Boy Billames, Secretary-General of SAMATIKU, a member-farmer federation in South Cotabato was also gunned down by a hooded assassin. Until now, no suspects have been identified and caught in both crimes.

We call on the Filipino farmers to close ranks and transform to inspiration and courage the martyrdom of our leaders.

Let us continue the fight for agrarian reform and good governance and politics until every farmer owns the land s/he tills, until every citizen is not harmed while peacefully claiming his or her rights.

Justice to Ka Rene Penas!

Justice to all victims of extrajudicial killings!

Justice to all farmers and the Filipino People!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

CONASS RESOLUTION PASSED BY CONGRESS

MASAYA NA SANA AKO DAHIL PARANG MATUTULOY NAMAN ATA ANG AUTOMATION PROCESS. KAYA LANG, IPINASA NAMAN KAGABI NG KONGRESO ANG RESOLUTION PARA BAGUHIN ANG KONSTITUSYON SA PAMAMAGITAN NG CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY! HAAYYY, BUHAY SA PINAS!


http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090602-208506/-House-approves-constituent-assembly

House approves constituent assembly

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 23:32:00 06/02/2009

Filed Under: Charter change, Politics

MANILA, Philippines – Debates dragged for hours but it took only a few
seconds for the House of Representatives to approve a resolution that
would convene Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987
Constitution.

With the “ayes” registering a louder vote than the “nays,” the House
of Representatives late Tuesday approved House Resolution 1109
convening Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987
Constitution.

Even as all the interpellators have yet to speak, Shariff Kabunsuan
with Cotabato City Representative Didagen Dilangalen made a motion to
stop the interpellation period and go on voting. This was immediately
seconded and approved.

Members of the minority registered their objection.

Nueva Vizcaya Representative Carlos Padilla said the country witnessed
a "simple tyranny of the majority" and called the chamber "the worst
Congress in the annals of Philippine history."

“I believe in democracy, but this tyranny,” South Cotabato
Representative Darlene Antonino-Custodio said.

"Have we no shame? Let us stop this farce immediately," Bukidnon
Representative Teofisto Guingona III said.

“We oppose this, this charade… Let us amend the Constitution after the
term of President Arroyo. That is the time to amend the Constitution
of the Philippines. The best way to amend the Constitution is by
constitutional convention,” said former Speaker and Pangasinan
Representative Jose de Venecia Jr.

With the passage Nueva Ecija Representative Eduardo Nonato Joson
likened the country to a woman fighting off a rapist, saying “Huwag po
kuya [Please don’t, sir].”

“Let us not gang rape our Constitution,” he said.

Bayan Muna party list Representative Teodoro Casiño said one of the
sponsors of the resolution had admitted on the floor that the "whereas
clause" in the resolution that prohibits the term extension of the
incumbent president and vice president, senators, congressmen, mayors
and other elected officials whose term will expire in 2010, and that
there would be elections in 2010 was "not binding."

Gabriela partylist Representative Liza Maza asked one of the sponsors,
Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr., it was possible under the
resolution to postpone the 2010 elections.

"Everything is possible, but it depends on the sound judgment of our
colleagues," Barzaga said.

La Union Representative Victor Ortega also echoed the same view,
saying that they would rely on "trust" basis in implementing the
“whereas clause.”

Parañaque Representative Roilo Golez said the majority pledged to have
an exhaustive discussion in plenary of the resolution.

"If we cannot trust them [majority] on this very small pledge, how can
the people trust the members of this Congress as constituent
assembly," Golez said.

Representative Luz Ilagan of Gabriela party list called the
proceedings a "night of ignominy" where the administration allies once
again used their numbers to push their agenda.

Quezon Representative Lorenzo Tañada III said he voted against the
resolution because Congress does not need to pass one in its use of
its inherent legislative powers. He added he is also against the
"crass" manifestation that the House alone can act in amending the
Constituion without engaging the Senate.

Proponents of the measure are in quandary if the House can convene as
an assembly on its own. Several lawmakers, including those form the
majority bloc, said that the Senate should be part of the process of
the constituent assembly.

“It always takes two to dance the Cha cha,” Cebu Representative Pablo
Garcia said during the earlier part of the debates.

By his interpretation, Garcia said HR 1109 was “just an invitation to
both Houses to convene in order to propose amendments to or revise the
Constitution.”

La Union Representative Victor Ortega, chairman of the committee on
constitutional amendments, echoed that the Senate could not be ignored
in the process of convening a constituent assembly.

Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte said he drafted the
resolution, but Speaker Prospero Nograles was its main author.

Villafuerte had withdrawn his signature to the resolution, saying that
there was no more time to rewrite the Constitution with barely a year
to go before the May 2010 elections.

“I have withdrawn my signature and I’m not supporting this resolution
anymore,” Vilalfuerte said, noting that “there’s a group in the
majority that’s undermining the resolution they are sponsoring.”

Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora questioned the haste with which it was
being discussed in plenary, with only two session days left and with
other key legislation pending for passage.

“Why the short cut? Why not go for the long haul, for the harder
route? Why not eschew the easy path and make the amendments to the
Constitution as important as the role of the committee on
constitutional amendments?” Zamora said.

In the resolution, it was interpreted that voting should be done upon
the three-fourths of “all the members of Congress, not three-fourths
of each House voting separately.”

Proponents of this measure had hoped that this would prompt someone to
question it before the Supreme Court, so that the tribunal could
decide whether voting by the two chambers of Congress should be done
jointly or separately.

“So what is the point of all of this, if there is no justiciable
controversy… if you agree with me that the Senate is part of the
process?” Zamora said.

Proponents of the measure are still in quandary if the House can
convene as an assembly on its own. Several lawmakers, including those
form the majority bloc, said that the Senate should be part of the
process of the constituent assembly.

Earlier in the day, administration allies vowed to use their numbers
to have HR 1109 approved on Tuesday’s session and will study the
option if the House could convene into a constituent assembly even
without the Senate.

Interviewed after presiding over a caucus of the majority, Nograles
said the bloc would pass HR 1109 and then study their next moves.

“After we pass it we will have to study our next moves, study, legal
(study),” he said.

Taking up the constituent assembly resolution was one of the
agreements within the merged Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, despite the
withdrawal of support of Villafuerte, who recently resigned as Kampi
president.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is aware of the plan of the
congressmen, the Speaker said.

“Of course, I will not deny that the President just listened, she did
not say anything, bahala kayo [It’s up to you],” he added.

The constituent assembly resolution was approved in an emergency
meeting of the committee on constitutional amendments Monday so it
could be referred to the rules committee for floor deliberation
Tuesday.

Nograles said HR 1109 would be taken up first before House Resolution
737, which seeks specific amendments to the economic provisions of the
Constitution, because it only needed the vote by a majority while the
latter resolution required three-fourths vote of all members of
Congress since it was introducing specific amendments.

As to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) extension,
Nograles acknowledged that the pressure was now on the House after the
Senate passed it on third reading Monday night.

He said the House just received a copy of the 78-page document and was
still studying it.

“The options are basically two: first, is the easier option to adopt
their version and it’s finished. The second is to make another version
and go on bicam [bicameral committee meetings] over the holidays,”
Nograles said.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

TF2010 MULTISECTORAL CONSULTATION


TASKFORCE 2010 will be conducting a multisectoral consultation workshop in Bicol to figure out a way of drawing in at least 7 most vulnerable sectors to participate in the 2010 elections: the elderly, overseas workers, detainees, indigenous people, internally displaced persons, and the youth/first time voters.

The event is scheduled 2-3 June 2009 at the Arrupe Convention Center, Ateneo de Naga University. The Commission on Elections, Philippine National Police, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Commission on Human Rights are expected to be present in the said workshop.

The ADNU Institute of Politics, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, and the Coalition for Bicol Development are organizers of the said workshop.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Salamat sa Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan and TF2010:

MAGPAREHISTRO ASIN MAGBOTO SA 2010!

TAANO TA KAIPUHAN KO NA MAGREHISTRO ASIN MAG-BOTO?
TA DAE AKO MAKAKABOTO SA MAYO 10, 2010 KUN DAE AKO MAPAREHISTRO.
TA SA PAAGI KAN PAGBOTO SANA AKO MAGKAKAIGWA NIN BOSES SA PAGPILI KAN MGA LIDERES KAN SAKUYANG NASYON.
TA AN MGA MANGYAYARING AKTIBIDADES NA PULITIKAL SA MINASUNOD NA ANUM NA TAON, MAY DIREKTANG EPEKTO BAKO SANA SA SADIRI KO KUNDI SA SATUYA GABOS.

SI ISAY AN PUWEDENG MAGPAREHISTRO?
KUN IKA SARONG CIUDADANONG FILIPINO
KUN IKA DISE-OTSO (18 YEARS OLD) ANYOS-PATAAS BAGO O SA MISMONG ALDAW KAN MAYO 10, 2010.
NAG-IISTAR O RESIDENTE KAN PILIPINAS DAE MABABANG SARONG TAON (1 Year) ASIN NAG-IISTAR SA SAIMONG SIYUDAD O MUNISIPYO SA LAOG NING ANUM NA BULAN (6 Months).

NUARIN ASIN SAIN PWEDE MAG-ORAR O MAGREHISTRO?
AN REHISTRAYON O PAG-ORAR NAGPUON KAN December 2, 2008 ASIN MATAPOS SA October 31, 2009 (Lunes hanggan Sabado, regular na oras kan pag-oopisina puon alas otso nin aga (8:00 AM) hanggan alas singco nin hapon {5:00 PM} ) kabali an mga opisyal na aldaw ning bakasyon na kaibanan sa mga aldaw na puon lunes hanggan biyernes sa opisina kan lokal na Election Officer sa Distrito, Siyudad, o Munisipalidad kun sain nakaistar an aplikante.

SAIN AKO PUWEDE MAGKUA NIN APPLICATION FORMS?

An mga Application Forms (CEF-1A) makukua nin libre sa opisina kan lokal na Election Officer sa saindong lugar.

ANU-ANO AN KAIPUHAN KONG DARAHON?
Mga Balidong dokumento, halimbawa:
1.Employee’s I.D.
2.Student’s I.D./ Library Card
3.GSIS/SSS I.D.
4.Passport, Postal I.D., NBI/PNP Clearance
5.Senior Citizen’s I.D.

ANU-ANO AN MGA KWALIPIKASYON KAN MGA TAONG MATAO NIN ASISTENSIYA SA MGA APLIKANTENG DAE NAKAKABASA ASIN DAE NAKAKASURAT SIRING MAN SA MGA APLIKANTENG BALDADO ASIN IGWANG KAKUNDIAN?

Irinsiya o sadiring tawo kan aplikante, tawong pinagkakatiwalaan kan aplikante o an Election Officer kan nasambit na lugar.
Apuwera kan Election Officer, tulong beses (3 times) sana mapupwedeng magtao nin asistensiya sa mga aplikante an sarong tawo.
Kaipuhan na an tawong matao nin asistensiya sa mga aplikante nasa tamang edad, ibig sabihon dise otso anyos pataas. (18 years old and above).



PARA SA MGA DAE NAKAKABASA ASIN NAKAKASURAT NA APLIKANTE SIRING MAN SA MGA APLIKANTENG BALDADO ASIN IGWANG KAKUNDIAN:
An aplikante masumpa sa presensya kan Election Officer.
Magurang, pinsan, tiyaon o tiyoon, pamangkin o tawong kaibahan sa harong na pigtitiwalaan o election officer sana an mapupwedeng mag-assister sa pagkumpleto kan application form kan aplikante.
Makusog na babasahon kan Election Officer an mga impormasyon na pig-laag kan aplikante sa saiyang application form tanganing masiguradong an mga nasabing impormasyon tama asin daeng salto.
An aplikante makaag kan saiyang thumbmark o kung sa ano man na kadahilanan dae mapupwede na makapaglaag nin thumbmark an aplikante, an aplikante mapupwedeng maglaag nin anuman na klaseng marka na minahali sa nasabing aplikante mismo.
An tawo na mataong asistensiya sa nasabing mga aplikante, ma-akompliser man nin tulong (3 copies) kopya nin Sertipikasyon o Pagpapatotoo asin an nasabing mga dokumento iiiba sa na-akompliser na application form kan aplikante na saiyang pig-asisteran.

PA-NO MAGPAREHISTRO?
Step 1 - Magduman sa Opisina kan Election Officer sa saindong lugar o sa mga establisadong satellite office. Ipahiling/Ipresentar an saimong balidong/lehitimong dokumentong nagpapamidbid kan saimong totoong pagkatao.

Step 2 – Mag-akompliser nin tulong kopya (3 copies) nin application forms gamit an sadiri nindong surat kamot.

Step 3 – Mag-sumpa sa atubangan kan saindong Election Officer.

Step 4 – Kukuanon an saimong Demographic/Biometric data gamit an Data Capturing Machine.

Step 5 – Magpirma sa COMELEC logbook.

Step 6 – Kuanon an acknowledgment receipt asin proof of filing of registration.



Para sa saindong mga kahaputan, kontakon sana an minasunod:

TASK FORCE 2010 Secretariat c/o Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, Loyola House of Studies, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights Quezon City. Landline: (02) 426-6101 local 3440-3441, Telefax: (02)426-5968, Email: tf2010secretariat@gmail.com

INSTITUTE OF POLITICS, 2nd Floor, Administration Building, Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City. Landline: (054) 4722368 local 2013, Telefax: (054) 4739253, Email: ip9@hotmail.com

Monday, May 11, 2009

The heat is on!

For your information:



The ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), and the Ateneo School of Government will be bringing together four senators, a Cabinet Secretary, and a governor--all said to be eyeing a run for the presidency in 2010--at a leadership forum on May 11, a year before the scheduled May 10, 2010 presidential race.

Anchored by Tina Monzon-Palma and Ricky Carandang, the two-hour forum will be held on Monday, 7 p.m. at the Leong Hall of the Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan, Quezon City .

It will be aired live on ANC.

The ABS-CBN news website, http://www.facebook .com/l/;abs- cbnnews.com, will also be hosting a live chat during the event.

The confirmed guests as of May 8 are: Senators Franc is Escudero, Richard Gordon, Panfilo Lacson, and Mar Roxas; Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio; and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro.

As of posting, ANC is still awaiting confirmation from Vice President Noli de Castro, and Senators Manuel Villar and Loren Legarda.

The anchors will have a short one-on-one with each of them. Then the guests will be asked questions from a l is t submitted by ANC’s content partners and viewers who emailed and texted the is sues that they want addressed.

The ANC Leadership Forum is part of ABS-CBN's multi-platform launch of " Boto Mo , I-Patrol Mo : Ako Ang Simula," the countdown to the 2010 presidential elections.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Change Politics Movement!

FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED!
JOIN THE CHANGE POLITICS MOVEMENT (CPM) UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

1. TRAINERS' TRAINING FOR CPM ORGANIZERS
8-9 May 2009, Ligao City
(Free Board and Lodging, pay for your own transportation expenses)

2. NATIONAL LAUNCHING AND WORKSHOP ON CHANGE POLITICS MOVEMENT
10 May 2009, Naga City (and 8 other key cities nationwide)
8:00 am

For inquiries, contact us: 09085128803/ 09175560087
ip9@hotmail. com/cbdbicol@yahoo. com

Monday, May 4, 2009

TASKFORCE 2010 in Camarines Sur

TASK FORCE 2010 is a consortium and partnership between and among various election watchdogs aiming to push for the needed reforms in the electoral process and even in the COMELEC in order to restore credibility to the whole exercise and to ensure that there will be a clean, honest, peaceful, and credible elections in 2010 and beyond.

TF2010 gives priority to ensuring that the following vulnerable sectors of our society are given utmost attention in the exercise of their sovereign electoral rights: (1)detainees, (2)first time voters/youth, (3)elderly, (4)indigenous people, (5)internally displaced persons, (6)differently-abled persons, and (7)migrant workers.

As a national network, membership of TF2010 included organizations such as the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan(SLB), Parish Pastoral council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines(CEAP), National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA), Teachers and Employees for Change, Education, Reforms and Solidarity (TEACHERS, Inc.), First Time Voters Network (FTV), Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Citizens Coalition for ARMM Elections (C-CARE), Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Association of Major religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Christian Convergence on Good Governance, Inc. (CCGG), Confederation of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU), Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER), La Salle Justice and Peace Commission, Philippine Society of NSTP Educators, Inc. (PSNEI), Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), VoteNet, and the Caucus of Development NGOs (CODE-NGO).

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), based in the Ateneo de Manila University, serves as secretariat for the national network. In Bicol Region, the Ateneo de Naga University Institute of Politics is the secretariat and coordinating center for the TF2010 activities.

TF2010 was launched in the Camarines Sur area last April 22, and in the Albay area last April 25. A regional multisectoral consultation and launching is expected to be done May 2-3 at the Ateneo de Naga University.


The venue...


The venue...

Atty. Noriel Badiola of the COMELEC explains the ageny's preparations:







The participants are grim and determined...



Mr. Duke Dolorical of the SLB explains TF2010:



Change Politics Movement!

There is a growing clamor among civil society leaders to take back politics from the control of politicians and bring it back as an instrument for governance and development. As a start, there were initial discussions of a partisan involvement in the 2010 elections. An emerging initiative is the Change Politics Movement (CPM) which aims to rally its members around a criteria and process for selecting candidates which they will eventually support and campaign for. Initially, the following criteria serves as a basis of unity for those joining the CPM:

CHANGE POLITICS MOVEMENT:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

1 May 2009


AVOIDING PITFALLS

In drawing up the criteria for selecting a presidential candidate, we would like to avoid the following pitfalls:

• “All-or-nothing” approach in viewing candidates’ commitment /responses to our desired principles and practices
• Inordinate sectoral/localized bias to the neglect of broader, cross-cutting, national agenda
• Formulation of principles/practices in broad “motherhood” terms that fail to provide concrete basis by which to assess prospective candidates’ capacities to assume the country’s highest public position

FRAMEWORK IN FORMULATING/ORGANIZING CRITERIA FOR SELECTING CPM’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

The basis for to assessing and eventually selecting CPM’s presidential candidate shall consist of three categories:

1. Integrity and Track Record

By their past actions and choices, we shall know them. Presidential aspirants don’t come to our attention in a vacuum or with a clean slate. Whether in public or private roles, they have made choices, championed causes (or not), selected the company they move in, steered their career (and family) in certain directions. We cannot and should not rely just on promises for future action. By their past, they have given us a strong indication of how they will run the country and where they will take it. Thus, our first category of criteria is Integrity and Track Record.

2. Immediate, Strategic Agenda to Stop the Slide and Restore the Philippines in the Track of Democratic Reform and Good Governance

The next President has the difficult task of leading the country out of what is arguably its darkest period in recent history. The next President needs to have a firm sense of how s/he will pull the country out of its current morass and restore it in the direction of Democratic Reform and Good Governance in a period of extreme challenges confronting the entire globe. Without abandoning our specific sectoral agenda, we need to be able to push for the next President to boldly undertake a strategic national agenda which will address immediate, lynchpin issues and problems necessary to reverse the grievous impact of the past years of mis-governance and abuse and, thus, allow the space and momentum to build towards sustainable reform and development outcomes. Thus, our second criteria-category is the candidates’ proposed Immediate, Strategic Agenda for the presidency.

3. Capacity to Win Power for Reform

For a candidate’s good track record to be put behind and realize his/her bold reform agenda, however, the candidate will have to win the elections. S/he will have to be able to seriously engage in a national electoral contest for the highest position in the land. Thus, our third category is the Capacity to Engage in National Electoral Contest – the Capacity to Win Power for Reform.

CHECK-LIST ON CRITERIA FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (PC)

1. Integrity and Track Record

1.1 Character and Credibility
• Has the PC held positions requiring public trust and credibility?
• Has the PC been implicated in corruption or grave public scandal? What about the PC’s family members or close associates?
• What is the reputation of the people who are most closely associated with the PC?
• Has the PC been transparent in his/her transactions, whether in public office or in a private capacity?
• Has the PC ever been caught lying, cheating, stealing or applying double-standards in public or private transactions?
• Can we trust the PC to do what s/he says and to give us the real picture on the problems facing the country?
• What is the PC’s track record in human rights, including respect for women and children within his/her immediate circle of association?
• Has the PC demonstrated a love of country and value for the common good above the interests of one’s family or close associates?

1.2 Competence

• What positions has the PC held up to now? Have these positions provided sufficient experience and preparation to run an entire country?
• Has the PC had dealings of any sort with the bureaucracy? With what result?
• How about the PC’s dealings with public agencies? The private sector? The NGOs? The basic sectors or people’s organizations? Did s/he promote meaningful participation of these sectors in his/her previous positions in government or in the private sector?
• What has been the PC’s experience in bringing about multi-sectoral discourse and consensus?
• Has the PC had any experience in foreign policy? Has s/he had experience in dealing with the security sector?
• What is the PC’s background in economics and/or finance?

1.3 Leadership and Politics

• If the PC has previously been engaged in politics, what has been the PC’s party record? Is s/he a good party person, respecting and strengthening change politics practice within the party?
• Has the PC’s family or close associates ever taken advantage of the PC’s position of power or authority, whether in public service, the private sector, or civil society?
• Has the PC faced important crisis situations? How did the PC fare? Was s/he able to take the lead and inspire others to face and overcome the crisis?
• Does the PC have a constituency base among the basic sectors, including minority and marginalized groups? Is his/her relationship with the constituency empowering or patronage-based?
• Has the PC been able to inspire and mobilize citizens to correct a particular injustice in his/her area of responsibility?

1.4 Position Taken on Issues

• What position, if any, did the PC take on the following issues, especially within the last 3-5 years?

Political Reform (especially Electoral Reform and Decentralization/Local Autonomy)
Good Governance (especially Anti-Corruption, Anti-Presidential Abuse of Power)

Fiscal Reform

Asset Reform (specifically, Agrarian Reform, Urban Land Reform, Fisheries and Aquatic Reform, and Ancestral Domain Rights)

Environment and Sustainable Agriculture (especially Mining and Sustainable Farming Practices)

Human Rights (specifically, the issue of Extra-Judicial Killings and Martial Law –like Abuses by the military and the police)

Peace and Development (especially on issues of Equitable Budget for Mindanao, Resource Use for Mindanaoans, and Bangsamoro/Lumad Right to Self -Determination)

• Aside from the list above, what other issues has the PC championed? What have been the hallmarks of the PC’s public advocacy in the course of his/her career or voluntary engagement?

2 Immediate, Strategic Agenda for the Presidency

Considering the current dismal state of Philippine democracy and governance, the following are the strategic, lynchpin issues which the next President should address. We will therefore ask the PC how s/he intends to address the following agenda within his/her “first 100 days,” without requiring any new legislation or constitutional revisions/amendments:

2.1 To immediately stop the plunder of public coffers (e.g., How will the PC handle GMA, her family and cohorts?)

2.2 To rebuild and strengthen democratic institutions (e.g., What is the PC’s plan with regard constitutional bodies? What is the PC’s proffered policy on presidential appointments? How will the PC restore checks-and-balance within the executive and across the three branches of government? How will s/he balance respect for the autonomy of the LGUs and ensuring their compliance with national laws/priorities esp. on asset reform, people’s participation and anti-corruption.? How does s/he view civil society/basic sector participation in established governance bodies, especially NAPC, Presidential Agrarian Reform Commission (PARC), National Commission on IPs (NCIP) and the local development councils?)

2.3 To raise sufficient resources and ensure proper allocation and spending of public resources for priority programs (e.g., What is the PC’s plan for raising public revenues and what are the priority programs on which public resources will be allocated? How will s/he ensure transparency and accountability in the management of the national budget?)

2.4 To raise productivity (especially in the rural areas) and ensure fair distribution of assets of production, benefits and public funds (e.g., What is the PC’s plan for raising national productivity, especially in the countryside? How will the PC ensure that the costs and benefits of development will be justly shared? How will s/he push asset reform in his/her “1st 100 days”, specifically distribution of CARPED landholdings, delineation of municipal waters, issuance of Certified Ancestral Domain Titles, the proclamation of urban lands for the urban poor?)

2.5 To ensure social protection for the poorest and most marginalized sectors and communities (e.g., What is the PC’s proposed program to protect the poorest and weakest from the onslaught of the global economic recession? Where will the funds come from and how will s/he make sure that the programs reach the intended beneficiaries?)

2.6 To set the foundation for restoring the peace track with armed parties (e.g., Does the PC have a plan with regard the government peace panels and OPAPP? What about the reports of the UN Human Rights Rapporteur, the Melo Commission, and the Commission on Human Rights?)

3 Capacity to Win Power for Reform

Objective measures will be used to assess the PC’s capacity to seriously engage in the electoral contest for the highest position in the country which will be held within one year of the launching of CPM. These measures will include looking at the PC’s –

• Level of public recognition on a national scale
• Actual and potential extent of support constituency
• Access to or capacity to raise needed funds
• Actual presence of organized support and machinery in different parts of the country
• Alliances with other political forces

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO JOIN OR TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CHANGE POLITICS MOVEMENT, POST YOUR COMMENTS OR INQUIRIES IN THIS BLOGSPOT.
DONT AGONIZE! ORGANIZE!

Friday, May 1, 2009

FSGO on Jun Lozada

From the Pandayan e-group:

29 April 2009

STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF JUN LOZADA

We, the Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO), condemn in the strongest terms the arrest of Engineer Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, over flimsy and concocted perjury charges filed by PNR General Manager Michael T. Defensor against him. His arrest stands in stark contrast to the freedom and impunity enjoyed by such allies of the current regime accused of far greater offenses -- Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante, Benjamin Abalos, Romulo Neri, Hernando B. Perez, Virgilio Garcillano, Jesus Martinez, Eliseo dela Paz, and others of similar notoriety.

The minions of the current regime find it all too easy to persecute to the fullest all those who expose its abuses, and oppose its corruption and bad governance. Whistleblowers are harassed and hounded, even as obvious prevaricators and practitioners of corruption are protected, promoted, and highly rewarded. What kind of message do we thus send to our people -- that good is punished and evil rewarded?
How have we as a people come to this state of things?

We call on Mike Defensor to stop posturing as if he is the aggrieved person, even as he was clearly a participant in the cover-up of what became an aborted abduction of Jun Lozada. What moral values does he hope to impart to his young children with his vain and obstinate defense of injured pride, while participating in the cover-up of gross abuses against our people and our laws?

Jun Lozada’s persecution demonstrates how truth has been sacrificed at the altar of immoderate greed. We enjoin all sectors of our society to protest Lozada’s incarceration in the strongest terms, and show to the world that we are not helpless in fighting for our rights and freedoms, that we have not, as a people, surrendered to evil.


Refer to:

Vicente Paterno
Former Minister of Industry
Cell no. 09177957974

Karina David
Former Chair of the Civil Service Commission
Cell no: 09178343733



Teresita (Ging) Quintos Deles
Managing Trustee
International Center on Innovation, Transformation
and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov)
Tel (632) 9144059 / Telefax (632) 6341334
Mobile (63917) 8070864
www.incitegov. org

Kaya Natin! on Jun Lozada

Got this from the C4CC e-group:

Kaya Natin! Statement on the Arrest of Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada

We, the leaders of Kaya Natin! A National Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership lament the arrest of NBN-ZTE Star Witness Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada. It is very disheartening to see that the person who risked his and his family's life to tell the truth about this controversial government transaction is now being branded as a liar. More disheartening is the fact that those who perpetuated this said anomalous transaction has not been held accountable for their actions thus, denying the Filipino people the justice that it deserves. These actions send the Filipino people a wrong message when it comes to the impartiality of our present justice system. This will also discourage other future whistleblowers from coming out in the public to expose other corrupt practices present in our current government.

As a movement composed of well-meaning government leaders, we believe that good governance in our country will only be achieved if those who perpetuate graft and corruption practices in our government be held accountable for their actions. Thus, we call on the Ombudsman to act swiftly and with impartiality in prosecuting those who have taken part in this said scandal.

We continue to extend our support to Jun Lozada in his quest for the Truth and in his fight against graft and corruption in our government.

Finally, we encourage every Filipino who believes in the Truth and in Good Governance to join our online campaign to support Jun Lozada by sending an email to him at filipinosfortruth@ gmail.com .

Signed:

Hon. Eddie "Among Ed" Panlilio - Governor, Pampanga
Hon. Jesse Robredo - Mayor, Naga City
Hon. Sonia Lorenzo - Mayor, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
Hon. Teddy Baguilat, Jr. - Governor, Ifugao
Hon. Fermin Mabulo - Mayor, San Fernando, Camarines Sur
Hon. Florante Gerdan - Mayor, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
Hon. Gloria Congco - Fmr. Mayor, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija