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Activists demand end to Philippines death squads
Published Jun 24, 2006 8:41 AM
WW photo: Dave Schecter
On June 14, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) staged a protest in front of
the Philippine Consulate in Manhattan denouncing the rise in death squads
targeting activists and critics of the Arroyo regime.
The most recent
killings include Manny De Los Santos, a BAYAN peasant leader from Nueva Ecija,
on June 11 by two uniden tified armed assailants riding a motorcycle. BAYAN MUNA
representatives Noli Capulong and Sotero Llamas were also assassinated in June.
A new report by BAYAN tallies over 70 killings in 2006 alone.
protest, four members of the Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC), of which BAYAN is
a member organization, entered the consulate to confront Consul General Cecilia
Rebong and Permanent Philippine Representative to the United Nations Laurel Baja
over the significant escalation of political killings in the
The encounter stretched to an anxiety-filled three hour
meeting with Rebong and Consul Ed Badajos as the four protesters also put forth
demands such as the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Philippines, withdrawal
of the multi-million-dollar U.S. military aid package funding the Arroyo regime,
and the release of Philip pine Congressperson Crispin Beltran of Anakpawis, an
outspoken Arroyo critic, from illegal detainment.
During the protest and
meeting, pictures of slain BAYAN leaders and a miniature black coffin blocked
the consulate’s window display.
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