ANAKBAYAN NEW YORK DEMANDS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUTH LEADERS GERALD SALONGA AND GUILLER CADANO! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!

 

ABNY Emergency Rally For Geary & Guilly

ANAKBAYAN NEW YORK DEMANDS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUTH LEADERS GERALD SALONGA AND GUILLER CADANO! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!

Anakbayan New York is outraged by the illegal arrests of Anakbayan Central Luzon member Gerald “Geary” Salonga and Kabataan Partylist Regional Chair Guiller “Guilly” Cadano and demands their immediate release.

On the afternoon of August 9, Gerald “Geary” Salonga and Guiller “Guilly” Cadano, two students of University of the Philippines Diliman, were forcibly abducted by suspected elements of the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Barangay RT. Padilla.  They were eventually found under the custody of the PNP Provincial Public Safety Company Headquarters on August 10.  According to KARAPATAN, a human rights organization in the Philippines Salonga and Cadano were charged with “illegal possession of firearms and explosives.” Reports from KARAPATAN’s fact-finding mission also said that Geary and Guilly were taken to an isolated place, blindfolded, and forced to admit to the AFP that they were members of the New People’s Army.

The illegal arrest and red-baiting of political activists are a part of the ongoing political repression under the reactionary Philippine government through President Aquino’s counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan, modeled after the US Counterinsurgency Manual.  Oplan Bayanihan serves as an instrument of silencing political dissent and has guided the AFP in committing countless human rights violations.  Earlier this year, Anakbayan Philippines member Freddie Ligiw along with his brother and father were murdered by suspected forces of the military in the Cordillera region of the Philippines.

In light of Geary and Guilly’s abduction was the arrest of Jovito “The Butcher” Palparan.  Since 2003, Palparan has been responsible for the murders, tortures, abductions and disappearances of more than 1000 youth and student leaders, peasant and worker leaders, journalists, and activists under President Arroyo’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya.  Among those youth were Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, two student leaders from the University of the Philippines who have been missing since 2006.

Like Karen and Sherlyn, both Geary and Guilly are two of thousands of youth and student activists in the Philippines seeking for the freedom and democracy of the Filipino people from the oppressive government.  They are part of the thousands of youth and students who have dedicated their lives to actively serving the people by educating, organizing, and mobilizing youth to transform Philippine society into one that benefits the majority of oppressed masses.

The arrest of Geary and Guilly and the thousands of political activists who are imprisoned or remain missing shows that even with the arrest of Palparan, the impunity in the Philippines continues.  This is not just a current issue under the Aquino administration, but it is part of the systemic political repression that seeks to shut down the people’s movement through fear while upholding the interests of the ruling class.

In its attempt to silence the masses fighting for genuine change in the Philippines, state violence only fuels more people to join the national democratic movement. Anakbayan New York demands the immediate release of Geary, Guilly, and all political prisoners of the Philippines. We demand that all human rights be upheld in the Philippines. We demand that Jovito Palparan receive no special treatment as “The Butcher” of political activists.  We demand an end to all impunity in the Philippines!

We call on all progressive youth and the community to join Anakbayan New York in a rally outside the Philippine Consulate.

What: Free Geary and Guilly and All Political Prisoners in the Philippines!
When: Monday August 18, 2014 at 2:00pm
Where: Philippine Consulate in NYC – 556 5th Avenue New York, NY 10036

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