Friday, June 17, 2005

An Appeal to Every Peace-Loving Waraynon

An Appeal to Every Peace-Loving Waraynon

In 1901, when Gen. Vicente Lucban was leading the revolution in Samar against American occupation that led to the Balangiga encounter, Samar island became a “howling wilderness” as Gen. Jacob Smith ordered his American troops:

“I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn, the more you kill and burn, the better you will please me. I want all persons killed who are capable of bearing arms in actual hostilities against the Untied States.”

Today, our homeland is again a “howling wilderness” as Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr., 8th ID commanding general, promised:

“I will end all anti-government rallies and militants in Samar within six months.”

From February to mid-May this year, more than a hundred documented cases of political killings and harassment were recorded all over Eastern Visayas. This is equivalent to about 10 terror incidents a week and five political executions a month.

Some of the more gruesome atrocities that have managed to find their way to national TV or radio news broadcasts were the vicious murders of UCCP Rev. Edison Lapuz and Atty. Felidito Dacut. Both were vocal critics of anti-poor government policies and practices and leaders of legal progressive organizations.

But the story does not end there. A climate of terror deliberately sown to silence protest will persist in our home islands for so long as we close our eyes and ears to the howling cries of those among us whose human rights are being trampled upon.

So we now appeal to our fellow Warays to come together and listen to some of those whose tears have dried and all that is there is the desire to reclaim what is left of their human dignity.

Please be an active participant and sponsor of the Katitirok Ugop Waray, a solidarity gathering of concerned Eastern Visayans in Metro Manila to support Waray-Waray refugees from political repression. Specifically, we plead for your sponsorship in any amount you may wish to contribute and/or an equivalent in food and materials for the cause.

Please call or text the following contact numbers (0921-228-3089) or email us at help_panaon@yahoo.com, xandre24@yahoo.com, kadayaw@gmail.com for your commitments.

Even if Gen. Lucban was captured by the Americans six months later on February 1902, we should now not ever be imprisoned by fear. Thank you for your concern and support, and we hope to see you join this endeavor.

Statement of Concern of Eastern Visayans in Metro Manila

UGOP WARAYNON
A Movement of Leyteños, Samareños, Biliranons in Metro Manila
in Support to Welfare and Development of Eastern Visayas


Statement of Concern


From February to May this year, about two hundred reported and documented cases of human rights violations (i.e. killings, torture, harassment, intimidation and arbitrary incarcerations) were recorded all over Eastern Visayas. This is equivalent to 10 terror incidents a week and 5 political executions per month. Many more cases/incidents remain unreported and undocumented.

Among the victims were Atty. Felidito C. Dacut, a human rights lawyer, Bayan Muna Party-list regional coordinator and member of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP-Leyte) who was shot and killed in Tacloban City on March 14, 2005; Mr. Alden Ambida, Bayan Muna Party-list provincial coordinator in Eastern Samar, who survived four (4) gunshot wounds on April 9, 2005 in Borongan, Eastern Samar; Rev. Edison C. Lapuz, UCCP Conference Minister (equivalent to a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church), chairperson of KATUNGOD-Sinirangan Bisayas and an active member of the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) who was shot and killed on May 12, 2005 in San Isidro, Leyte together with Alfredo Malinao, leader of KAMAS (a local farmers’ group). The long list of victims of human rights violations after Gen. Palparan’s public avowal of political reprisal include ordinary farmers, fisherfolk, local government official, members of the academe, church people and professionals. Many have fled their homes to take refuge in other provinces and metropolitan centers including Metro Manila.

Under Gen. Palparan’s reign of terror, Waraynons’ right to life, limb and property are threatened. There seems to be no more freedom of speech as those who dare to speak out their ideas against government anomalies, military abuses and social inequity have either been under persistent surveillance operations, accosted or imprisoned, gunned down or killed; their offices, businesses, cars and residences burned down. An undeclared Martial law indeed!

As concerned Waraynons residing and working in Metro Manila and elsewhere, we cannot in our conscience close our eyes and ears nor can we just stand by and watch idly as our fellow Waraynons are being slaughtered, harassed, arbitrarily incarcerated or abducted with impunity, simply because they are vocal critics of government plunder of our natural resources (especially against mining applications and operations), corrupt practices and abuses or simply because of their membership in progressive organizations. We strongly condemn this irrational, inhuman and militarist reaction by government troops to legitimate political dissent in Eastern Visayas.

Thus in our collective capacity as citizens, as peace-loving Waraynons, we demand from the President of the Philippines and the Congress an immediate and impartial investigation into these violations by the elements of the 8th Infantry Division under Gen. Jovito S. Palparan, Jr. in our region and act swiftly to stop these atrocities. We demand that the perpetrators of the extra-judicial killings be brought to justice.

We demand a stop to the abuses/atrocities of the military men in our home islands.

We demand for the immediate relief of Gen. Palparan from his command at the 8th ID PA and from military service to forestall further violations and sufferings of the civilians. His relief from service will also pave way to the impartial investigation and prosecution for the violations he and his command has committed in Eastern Visayas and elsewhere in his previous assignments.

What we need is genuine development in Eastern Visayas, not military atrocities and military-sponsored/backed killings of civilians and civil libertarians!

On these difficult times, we call on all Leyteños, Samareños, Biliranons to unite and join the flock of civil libertarians and human rights defenders! We have already suffered a lot of these miseries. Napapanahon an panawagan nga: “Ugop, Waraynon!” Ugupan ta an aton Iroy nga Tuna nga natawhan ngan an aton kabugtuan kontra han pangangabuso ngan kapobrehan!




TITO VARELA
Vice-Mayor, Caloocan City
Chairperson, UGOP WARAYNON



CLARO PICZON
Former Assistant Budget Secretary
Spokesperson, UGOP WARAYNON

UGOP WARAYNON
A Movement of Leyteños, Samareños and Biliranons in Metro Manila in Support to the Struggle for Civil Liberties and Socio-Economic Development of Eastern Visayas

June 15, 2005


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Dear ______________________,


Warm greetings!

From February to mid-May this year, more than a hundred documented cases of political killings and harassment were recorded all over Eastern Visayas. This is equivalent to about 10 terror incidents a week and 5 political executions a month.

Some of the more gruesome atrocities that have managed to find their way to national TV or radio news broadcasts were the vicious murders of UCCP pastor Rev. Edison Lapuz and Atty. Felidito Dacut. Both were vocal critics of anti-poor government policies and practices and leaders of progressive organizations.

But the story does not end there. A climate of terror deliberately sown to silence protest will persist in our home islands for so long as we close our eyes and ears to the howling cries of those among us whose human rights are being trampled upon.

So we now appeal to our fellow Warays to come together and listen to some of those whose tears have dried and all that is there is the desire to reclaim what is left of their human dignity.

In response to this deplorable situation, the Friends of Samar-Leyte and Eastern Visayas Alliance for the Environment together with concerned individuals in Metro Manila have initiated the formation of UGOP WARAYNON, a movement of concerned Waray for civil liberties and socio-economic development of Eastern Visayas. Time has come when we must set aside political differences for the greater good of our fellow Waray. Napapanahon na an panawagan nga Ugop Waraynon. Ugupan ta an aton iroy nga tuna nga natawhan ngan an aton kabugtuan kontra han pangabuso ngan kapobrehan!.

UGOP WARAYNON will be launched in a Press Conference on June 22, 2005, Wednesday, 5:00p.m. at Kowloon House-East, #20 Matalino St., Central District, Diliman, Quezon City (at the back of Quezon City Hall and near Sulu Hotel). Come and join the flock of civil libertarians and human rights defenders.

It is for this purpose that we seek your generous assistance in whatever form (cash donation, sponsorship) to make this affair a success and worth remembering. Your donation will help defray expenses for the launching of the movement, its forthcoming campaigns and support to the victims of human rights violations in Eastern Visayas.

Thank you very much and hoping for your positive response as we count on you as one of those proud to be friends of Waray.


Very truly yours,



Mr. CLARO L. PICZON
Former DBM Asst. Secretary
Chairman, UGOP Finance Committee

UGOP WARAYNON
A Movement of Leyteños,Samareños and Biliranons in Metro Manila
in Support to the Struggle for Civil Liberties
and Socio-Economic Development of Eastern Visayas
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June 15, 2005

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Dear ______________________,

Warm greetings!

From February to mid-May this year, more than a hundred documented cases of political killings and harassment were recorded all over Eastern Visayas. This is equivalent to about 10 terror incidents a week and 5 political executions a month.

Some of the more gruesome atrocities that have managed to find their way to national TV or radio news broadcasts were the vicious murders of UCCP pastor Rev. Edison Lapuz and Atty. Felidito Dacut. Both were vocal critics of anti-poor government policies and practices and leaders of progressive organizations.

But the story does not end there. A climate of terror deliberately sown to silence protest will persist in our home islands for so long as we close our eyes and ears to the howling cries of those among us whose human rights are being trampled upon.

So we now appeal to our fellow Warays to come together and listen to some of those whose tears have dried and all that is there is the desire to reclaim what is left of their human dignity.

In response to this deplorable situation, the Friends of Samar-Leyte and Eastern Visayas Alliance for the Environment together with concerned individuals in Metro Manila have initiated the formation of UGOP WARAYNON, a movement of concerned Waray for civil liberties and socio-economic development of Eastern Visayas. Time has come when we must set aside political differences for the greater good of our fellow Waray. Napapanahon na an panawagan nga Ugop Waraynon. Ugupan ta an aton iroy nga tuna nga natawhan ngan an aton kabugtuan kontra han pangabuso ngan kapobrehan!

May we therefore invite you to the Launching and Press Conference of UGOP WARAYNON on June 22, 2005, Wednesday, 5:00p.m. at Kowloon House-East, #20 Matalino St., Central District, Diliman, Quezon City (at the back of Quezon City Hall and near Sulu Hotel). Come and join the flock of civil libertarians and human rights defenders.

Thank you for your concern and support, and we hope to see you at the gathering.


Very truly yours,



Vice Mayor TITO VARELA
Chairman, Ugop Waraynon

Thursday, June 16, 2005

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