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On the incredulous red-tagging of Altermidya Network at the Dec. 1 Senate hearing

ONCE AGAIN, state forces led the hostile red-baiting of independent media at the December 1 Senate hearing after they presented the Altermidya Network and its members nationwide as so-called communist fronts.

The red-tagging of Altermidya journalists, online and on-ground, has intensified even more in the past months. These incidents, just like the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) presentation at the Senate hearing earlier, were done without evidence and incredulously linked the member outfits of Altermidya to an underground Communist organization.

In fact, the task force, despite its billion-peso-budget, merely copied the publicly-available Altermidya list of members and placed it under an incredible organizational heading.

We are appalled at this irresponsible practice, which is a stark contrast to our ethical commitment of truthful and careful reporting as journalists. The Altermidya Network is the broadest alliance of community journalists, independent media outfits, community radio broadcasters, and grassroots film collectives in the country. Its member outfits have a consistent record of covering underreported issues in communities – some for more than two decades, while other community-based media outfits in provinces join and continually expand the network.

Journalists from the alternative media relentlessly report on the situation in various communities across the country: on environment issues, corruption, human rights abuses, on the situation of farmers and workers, among others. Reporting on these stories have resulted in the non-stop attacks in various forms against our members – from death threats, cyberattacks, harassment, physical assault, detention, and even attempted murder.

Now, these attacks against the independent media are being mounted in a prominent arena at the Senate. But we can clearly see through these tactics of smearing and intimidating truth-tellers and critics into silence, especially in the middle of a growing discontent among the public.

We in the Altermidya are not new to attacks on media freedom. We will pursue legal action against this malicious smear campaign on our members. While we exhaust all means to fight back, we shall continue our journalistic responsibility of truth-telling– and with fellow journalists and freedom-loving Filipinos, persist in upholding press freedom and freedom of expression at all costs.

 

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This statement was first published here.

Panay Today is a member outfit of Altermidya Network.

MGA AKTIBISTA SA PANAY PADAYON ANG PAGTIPON KAG PAGHATAG SANG AYUDA PARA SA MGA BIKTIMA SANG BAGYO

SYUDAD SANG ILOILO – Kon may ara man sang ginasakuan subong ang mga aktibista sa Panay, isa diri ang pagkalap sang mga donasyon para sa mga biktima sang bagyo sang tinalikdan nga semana. Isa lang ini sa mga ginasakuan sang mga aktibista sa tunga sang wala-tuo nga pagpakamalaut kag pagredtag sa ila sang estado sa pagpanguna sang NTF-ELCAC kag mga ido buang nila nga mga state witness.

Sa pagpanguna sang Tulong Kabataan Western Visayas kag Bangon Bayan sang Bayan Panay, masobra 50 mil ang cash donations nga natipon sang mga grupo. Wala labot dira ang mga kinarton sang pagkaon, gatas, face masks, kag saku-sako sang panapton nga naghalin sa nagkalain-lain nga distrito kag syudad sang Iloilo. Talalupangdon man ang dagyawanay sang mga pamatan-on kag estudyante sa pagkolekta sang donasyon sa ila tagsa-tagsa ka mga distrito, pagrepak, kag karga-diskarga sang mga donasyon.

Sang nagligad nga semana, Nobyembre 20, nagpartner ang mga grupo sa PassFast Philippines Delivery Services nga nagtunghol sang libre nga transportasyon sang mga donasyon direkta mismo sa mga biktima sa Cagayan sa pagpatigayon sang partner organization sang Tulong Kabataan.

Suno kay Frena Cerdanio sang Tulong Kabataan sa West Visayas State University, napamatud-an nila nga yabi ang organisado nga paghulag sang estudyante kag pamatan-on agud makalunsar sang kaangay nga kampanya nga napahulag kag naisa ang mga donors para makahatag sang bulig sa mga biktima sang bagyo.

Nagapati si Cerdanio nga indi lang ini ang kahigayunan nga napakita sang mga aktibista ang kahustuhan sang ila mga kawsa kag kampanya nga nagahatag sang direkta nga benepisyo sa mga sector nga ginadaug-daug kag mga biktima sang criminal nga kapabayaan sang estado.

Sa Aklan kag Roxas, nag-umpisa naman ang pagkalap sang donasyon sang mga progresibo nga grupo apesar nga sila apektado man sang tuigan nga kalamidad tuga sang bagyo.

Para sa mga aktibista, indi maguba sang pagpakamalaut kag redtagging sang gobyerno ang ila commitment sa pagserbi sa pumuluyo. Lubos ang pagsalig sang mga progresibo nga grupo sa ikasarang sang pumuluyo nga bag-uhon ang ila mapiot nga kahimtangan kag ipundar ang makipumuluyo, makibanwahanon kag nagasalig-nga-kaugalingon nga pangginobyerno nga hilway sa korapsyon, padrino nga sistema, kag garuk nga pagdumalahan sa palaabuton./PT

REDTAGGING SA MGA ESKWELAHAN, GINKUNDENA SANG MGA PROGRESIBO

SYUDAD SANG ILOILO – Ginkundena sang Kabataan Partylist – Panay ang panibag-o nga redtagging sang militar sa mga eskwelahan sa Iloilo.

Sa pahayag sang Philippine Army, ila daw ginamonitor ang mga estudyante sa mga eskwelahan nga ginsambit ni “Ka Eric” ukon mas kilala nga Jeffrey Celiz kung sa diin may mga progresibo nga grupo nga may kaangtanan sa CPP-NPA-NDF.

Ginpahayag sang grupo nga ang pag redtag sa ila mga miembro kag mga estudyante ang naga butang sa katalagman sang ila seguridad bangod antes ginpatay sanday Jory Porquia kag Zara Alvarez, sila ang ginredtag kag gin monitor man sang mga ahente sang estado.

Dugang sang grupo nga ang pagredtag sa mga kritikal mga organisasyon sang estudyante ang nagahatag sang lisensya sa pag atake sa sini nga mga organisasyon, ila mga lider kag mga miembro. Ginahatagan man sini sang ligwa agud ma-militarisa ang mga eskwelahan kung sa diin may ara sang mga organisasyon nga kritikal sa gobyerno. Ini magaresulta sa pag-ipit sa mga organisasyon kag pagbusal sa mga kritiko nga athag nga bayolasyon sa duna nga kinamatarung sang mga estudyante sa pagpalayag kag organisasyon.

Luyag man sang grupo nga ipahanumdom sa militar nga ang pagmonitor nila sa mga eskwelahan ang naga bayolar sang layi nga RA 7610 kung sa diin gina kabig ang mga eskwelahan nga mga zones of peace kag gina dumilian ang presensya sang mga armado nga hubon.

Ginpakamalaut man sang Kabataan Partylist ang redtagging nga natabo sa NSTP program sang West Visayas State University – Pototan Campus kung diin gin redtag nila ang MAKABAYAN Bloc nga mga “legal fronts” kuno sang CPP-NPA-NDF.

Dugang sang grupo nga ang Makabayan Bloc, kung diin kabahin diri ang Kabataan Partylist, ang nagapakigbato sang kinamatarong sang pumuluyo para sa edukasyon, mga basehan nga serbisyo sosyal, trabaho kag insakto nga sweldo, kag matuod nga repormang agraryo. Dugang sang grupo nga ang pagdepensa kag pakigbato sang kinamatarong sang pumuluyo ang indi krimen.

Santo sa Section 18, numero 1, sang Article 3 Bill of Rights sang 1987 Constitution, indi dapat mapreso ang isa ka tawo bangud lang sang iya political nga pagpati kag handum nga mangin hilway sa pagpamigos kag pagpanghimulos ang sosyodad kag may pag-alalangay. Gani nanawagan ang Kabataan Partylist kag iban pa nga mga progresibo nga organisasyon sang mga pamatan-on nga untaton ang redtagging kag indi pagpahanugotan nga gamiton ang mga buluthoan nga avenue sa pag redtag, kundi sa pag hulma sang mga kritikal nga paminsaron.

Ginhangkat man sang grupo nga imbes i-monitor sang Philippine Army ang mga buluthoan, mas maayo kung didto sila ma monitor sa West Philippine Sea nga padayon gina atake sang mga dumuluong nga pungsod./PT

ALTERMIDYA MEMBER AND OUTFIT REDTAGGED BY FAKE FACEBOOK PAGE

REDTAGGING ALERT – A newly created Facebook Page, Western Visayas Expose, redtagged Altermidya Panay’s radio program, Dampig Katarungan as the “propaganda radio program [of the Communists] CPP-NPA-NDF [in] Panay”. The page also tagged Dampig Katarungan’s anchor, Crimson Labinghisa as “CPP-NPA-NDF recruiter of the youth in Panay”.

The page claims to expose the “lies and deception of the CPP-NPA-NDF in Western Visayas.”

It can be noted that Facebook just recently took down scores of pages and accounts for systematically spreading fake news and disinformation and were linked to the social media users of the state forces.

Altermidya-Panay condemns such acts as it endangers the lives of the journalists exposing the incompetence of the government, and it curtails the freedom of the press./PT

DROP THE TRUMPED-UP CHARGES VS ELMER FORRO! STOP REDTAGGING ACTIVISTS!

ILOILO City – The local militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Panay condemns in strongest terms the current harassment by state forces through a trumped-up case lodged against its secretary-general, Elmer Forro.

Last August 13, Forro received a subpoena for a murder and multiple attempted murder case filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Lambunao in relation to an alleged encounter between the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Philippine Army in the morning of April 7, which resulted in the death of PFC Mark Nemis.

According to the complainant’s witness, Cpl. Christopher Llono of the 301st Brigade of the 3rd IDPA, Forro was among the NPAs that killed Nemis.

“The accusation against me is nothing but pure harassment by state forces to stop me from my advocacy work as an activist,” said Forro.

“I and my colleagues have been subjected to threats and harassment and it escalated even in the time of pandemic that led to us facing multiple charges because we exercised our constitutional rights and engaged in relief operations for those worst affected by the lockdown. Surveillance, redtagging, and tailings remain non-stop,” Forro added.

Forro said that, during the pandemic, he had been busy with relief operations, health trainings and meetings with representatives of other cause-oriented groups, public officials including Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, and church leaders like Msgr. Meliton Oso.

Forro, together with other activists, have been charged with violating BP 880, Bayanihan Act, and RA 11332 for a protest action last April 3 at the DSWD Regional Office 6 and for demanding aid to people affected by Duterte’s militaristic lockdown. On May 1, he and dozens of activists were arrested for attempting to hold a motor caravan to demand justice for the murder of Bayan Muna Iloilo City coordinator Jory Porquia.

“This systematic crackdown has already claimed the lives of some of our comrades like Jory Porquia and Zara Alvarez, who were themselves subjected to harassment and surveillance, or faced trumped-up charges before they were killed,” Forro quipped.

Last December 11, 2018, March 16, 2019, and August 27, 2020, posters with photos of progressive leaders, including Forro, were seen plastered around Iloilo City and recently seen in a village in Oton town. The poster accused Forro, together with lawyers, a priest, a former House representative, and 30 others of being terrorists, extortionists and members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army.

Last May, Forro also noticed motorcycle-riding men watching from outside his residence, and at one point, he was even tailed while going to his office in the city by a vehicle and men on motorcycles.

“Almost all of my colleagues in the Bayan Panay secretariat also experienced surveillance, tailings, redtagged and were being maliciously approached to talk and given contact numbers,” added Forro.

“This trumped-up case is ridiculous and outright false and should be dismissed immediately. We cannot let state forces continue their evil deeds and suppress our rights and freedom,” Forro added.

“We have to fight the tyrannical reign and terroristic acts of the Duterte regime. It is time to end his regime to end the sufferings of the people,” Forro ended./www.panaytoday.net

A Disturbing Silence: Tonguelessness of UP Miag-ao Administration

by: Jhio Jan Navarro

Silence is not always for comfort. It can be poisonous as construed by Nietzsche while to death camp survivor Eli Wiesel, it can kill. With me, as of the moment, silence is disturbing. In our time when the silence of the night usually precedes gunshots and death, I think I am justified. However, of all kinds of silence these days, I am most disturbed by the tonguelessness of the University of the Philippines Visayas Administration on the threats to life and welfare of its constituents. It got me into asking: am I entrusting my safety, my life to the “silent partners” of oppression?

On July 8, a malicious publication circulated online red-tagging Prof. Tomasito Talledo as a recruiter of the New People’s Army (NPA) and it blamed him for the demise of Malvin Cruz, an NPA cadre and former UPV student, who breathed his last in an encounter with state forces in Miagao, Iloilo. Days after, a Facebook account stole a UPV student’s identity to send threats to the Professor. It explicitly stated that his dead body will one day be strewn in the University for all his students to see.

The incident was then followed by another red-tagging spree by unknown entity/ies who stole the identity of another member of UP Faculty, of Ruchie Mark Pototanon. The fake account listed individuals it tagged as supporters of the underground CPP-NPA-NDF. On the list are UPV students, faculty members, and even alumni.

Progressive organizations (SAMASA, AUPAEU-Iloilo, Office of the Staff Regent, and CONTEND-UP, among others) and individuals alike, publicly denounced such red-tagging and malicious, unsubstantiated accusations. Groups described them as propaganda to tarnish the name of teacher-unionists and student activists as is habitually practiced by state forces now to produce chilling effects on dissenting voices. The fact that red-tagging more or less precedes cold-blooded murder under the Duterte regime were given due emphasis. Of late, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza from San Carlos, Negros Occidental has also issued a statement in support of the faculty members of UPV enjoining the faithfuls to be with him in calling for the end of the persecution of the educators.

Amidst the loud words of sympathy and solidarity however, the UPV administration was eerily silent. This is despite their expected responsibility to ensure and uphold the safety and welfare of their constituents. This is despite their supposed commitment to academic freedom and liberty of speech. This is despite the constant urgings of groups and individuals for their timely statement and measures of support. Almost, three weeks have lapsed yet not a word, nay, not an echo emanates from the Office of Chancellor Ricardo Babaran.

It is hard to comprehend how the UPV Administration can choose to turn a blind eye and be silent when threats ever loom close and sinister. When there are bangings on its door for help. When islands away, Church bells toll to denounce the regime of fear.

How should such silence from administrators of UPV be construed? Must it be taken as a consequence of the administrative burden the pandemic has forced upon their necks like a yoke? If so, must we then act like we have suffered social amnesia and forget that they have called for an urgent press conference when the University’s reputation is at stake because of the proliferating reports of sexual abuse purportedly committed by teacher and students? Oh, is the silence because the accusations are directed to individuals and the university’s repute, whether or not those threatened will be harm, will more or less come out intact? Is Prof. Talledo infallible when he wrote that the University bureaucracy with the administration in the helm is a “serpent that swallows its tail?”

Because, if so, then the silence must be construed as no less than a choice willingly taken after weighing the contingent consequences’ impact on the administrations’ business of self- preservation.

We may hope that the implication of the administration’s silence ends at self-preservation. But that would be wishful-thinking if not at all delusional because clearly, it has a far more insidious implication. Silence is an enabling indifference and those silent ones are accomplices of oppressors and tyrants guilty of a crime of omission. “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” and “it is not words but silence that kills,” as put aptly by Elie Wiesel, who has delved deep into the politics of silence and neutrality.

The search process for the new Chancellor of UPV or the possible extension term of the current one is now ongoing. As a student, I personally hold opinions about the search process and consider answers to questions I posed above. What remains however etched on me is never to fall into disturbing silence lest we be accomplices to the furtherance of authorities committed only to self-preservation and not to the welfare of its constituency nor to academic freedom and liberty of expression./PT

Dibuho ni: Justin Madriaga (Spokesperson, Anakbayan-Panay)

PNP MAY BE SUED IF THEY CONTINUE TO REDTAG AND CONFISCATE MILITANT’S PLACARDS

Members of the Philippine National Police may face criminal, civil and administrative charges due to the confiscation of placards, and continuous redtagging of activists.

According to the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), confiscating placards and other materials used by activists during protest actions is a clear violation of their constitutional right of free speech.

Last January 14, the PNP  from Kalibo, Aklan confiscated the placards of Bayan Aklan and Rise Up Aklan while they were joining the annual merrymaking or sadsad as part of the celebration  of the Ati-atihan festival.

Furthermore NUPL said that despite that activists did not violate any laws and for the police to confiscate the placards just because they do not approve what was written, was a clear violation of  the activist’s rights. The actions taken by the Kalibo PNP demonstrates the tyrannical characteristic of the Police.

In another incident, the PNP Regional Office 6 through their official Facebook page, once more redtagged activists who held a picket protest in front of Camp Delgado last January 15, 2020.

In one of their facebook post, the PNP Regional Office 6 calls out activists for fooling and deceiving the people at the same time describing them as a nuisance to society.  They also pointed out the alleged connection of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, and Kadamay to the Communist Party of the Philippines.

During the election period last year, the PNP has been posting on their Facebook page at the same time conducting activities to discredit and sabotage the candidacy of progressive Partylists and their ally organizations.

Some activities recorded by the NUPL were the redtagging done in a school in the Province of  Antique, wherein the PNP held a concert, as well as in different schools here in Iloilo City, which was conducted through the National Service Training Program (NSTP) and meetings within different Baranggays. 

According to the NUPL, all of these violates the constitutional right of the People to free speech and to self organize at the same time endangers the lives of the activists./panaytoday.net