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Mensahe ng Migrante Ontario Youth sa burol ni Juana Tejada, Marso 15, 2009

Posted by anakbayantoronto on March 16, 2009

(English translation provided below.)

Mensahe ng Migrante Ontario Youth sa burol ni Juana Tejada
Marso 15, 2009

Si Juana Tejada sa salu-salo para ipagdiwang ang tagumpay ng kampanya para sa kanyang permanent resident status.

Si Juana Tejada sa salu-salo para ipagdiwang ang tagumpay ng kampanya para sa kanyang permanent resident status.

Ngayong gabi, nais ipaabot ng Migrante Ontario Youth  ang aming taos-pusong pakikiramay kay Kuya Noli Azada – asawa ni Juana – at sa pamilya ni Juana.  Ikinalulungkot namin ang kanyang pagpanaw, ngunit ipinagpupugay namin ang kanyang buhay.

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Migrante Ontario Youth statement on the abduction, torture and murder of Rebelyn Pitao

Posted by anakbayantoronto on March 15, 2009

Migrante Youth Statement
March 8, 2009


Rebelyn Pitao, 20 years old, teacher at St. Peter College, Toril, Davao City.  Abducted March 4, 2009.  Dead body found with tape and torture marks, March 5, 2009.

Rebelyn Pitao, 20 years old, teacher at St. Peter College, Toril, Davao City. Abducted, tortured and murdered March 4, 2009.

Migrante Youth, member organization of Migrante Ontario, strongly condemns the grotesque killing of Rebelyn Pitao, 20, a teacher in Davao City, Philippines and daughter of Leoncio Pitao, a commander of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Rebelyn was abducted by suspected military agents near her family home in Davao City , while she was on her way home from school around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.  The next day her underwear clad body was found floating in an irrigation ditch in Davao del Norte with signs of torture.  Her body sustained blunt force injuries to her face, rope marks on her neck, five stab wounds to her body which pierced her lungs and liver, and lacerations on her genitals.

This latest human rights violation by the Arroyo regime is in direct violation of International Humanitarian Law and clearly shows the government’s unwillingness to distinguish between civilians and combatants in their U.S.-backed “war on terror” against the NPA. Since Arroyo took power in 2001 close to 1000 extra-judicial killings have claimed the lives of journalists, clergy, union leaders, students and other civilians who have been critical of the government, while roughly 200 individuals have been subjected to enforced disappearance.

The abductions of youth leaders Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño on June 26, 2006 are still fresh in our minds.  Sherlyn was a member of the youth organization ANAKBAYAN and was pregnant, while Karen was with the League of Filipino Students and one month shy of celebrating her 23rd birthday at the time of their abduction.

We hold the de facto president of the Philippines and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines , Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo responsible for this heinous violation of Rebelyn Pitao’s right to life, and that of the many others.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Executions, Philip Alston, issued a report in 2008 linking the extrajudicial execution of activists to the government’s counterinsurgency operations.

We urge our fellow youth to join us in the international campaign to stop the political killings, abductions and other human rights violations in the Philippines.

For more information:  Diwa Marcelino – migranteON.youth@gmail.com,(416) 809-3492

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Crispin Beltran Philippine History Lectures: Part III

Posted by anakbayantoronto on March 11, 2009

Part III:  The Philippine Working Class Movement in the Era of U.S. Colonialism

The Commonwealth Government and Attempts to Divide the Union Movement; The Struggle against Japanese Occupation during WWII (1917-1945)

sugarmill_1910-19202Thursday, March 19, 2009
University of Toronto
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
Room 2135
40 St. George Street, Toronto

This next installment of the lecture series covers the latter part of the American colonial period and the period of Japanese occupation.

After the complete pacification of the Filipinos through the Philippine-American War, the American colonialists continued the repression of the working class by co-opting the ruling classes and established the Commonwealth Government. But even though the armed resistance was suppressed, Filipinos continued to organize through labour unions and community associations which clamoured not only for workers’ rights but also for national liberation, and eventually formed a working class party.

As the Second World War broke out, Japan invaded the Philippines and the United States retreated, leaving Filipinos to struggle against a new imperial force.

Some topics and personalities to be covered:

  • Crisanto Evangelista
  • Manuel L. Quezon
  • The Commonwealth Government
  • Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s famous promise: “I shall return.”

*Attendance at previous lectures is not a pre-requisite. A recap of major points from the first two lectures will be provided.

*This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Presented in partnership with the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT).

For more information, contact migranteON.youth@gmail.com or (647) 239-6553.

Visit our page on the entire Ka Bel lecture series:

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“Farewell Master Rapper” by Renato Reyes, Jr.

Posted by anakbayantoronto on March 6, 2009

An article by Renato Reyes, Jr. of BAYAN (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan/New Patriotic Alliance) on the recent passing of legendary Filipino rapper, Francis Magalona.

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Farewell Master Rapper
By Renato Reyes, Jr.
March 6, 2009

francism_prideToday we received the sad news that Pinoy rap legend Francis Magallona passed away. It was a day we had not expected to come so soon, despite the battle with leukemia. Folks were actually expecting a new collaborative album with Ely Buendia, even during Francis M’s treatment.

Very few people are entitled to have the word “legend” attached to their names. Even fewer for those who are just 44.

Kiko was a pioneer, a trailblazer for all the pinoy rappers today. He started out when folks had not even heard of hip-hop. He was a giant in his field, yet never forgot to look after the “little people”, the aspiring artists he took under his wing, or the young rappers he inspired.

The Master Rapper lived up to the words of the late Lino Brocka, that the artist is also a citizen.

I remember as a kid, listening to “Mga Kababayan” and “Man from Manila”, “Tayo’y mga Pinoy”. These songs gave us a sense of national identity, a concept that was just forming in our heads as grade-schoolers. The words “three stars and a sun” will always be associated with him.

Francis M. was down with being Brown. “Mga kababayan ko, dapat lang malaman nyo, bilib ako sa kulay ko, ako ay Pilipino!”. “I am the Man from Manila. Kami ang tinig ng Kayumanggi”. He brought that sense of national pride into Pinoy hip-hop. (We also enjoyed “Cold Summer Nights, by the way).

But more than this affirmation of national identity is the serious effort at commenting on social ills. There’s the remarkable “Kaleidoscope World”, reminding us that some are friends, some are foes, some have some, while some have most.

There’s his collaboration on Lando with Gloc 9 about a tragic relationship set in urban poverty. There’s Liham sa Pangulo which he did with Stick Figgas and Gloc 9, a scathing criticism of corruption at the highest levels.

“Mahal na pangulo bakit mahal ang mga bilihin
Di mo na nanaisin na tumira dito sa bayan natin
Ang kinain ng mayaman tinatapon sa basura
Pinupulot ng mahirap mapuno lang ang sikmura
Balahurang nahalal halos kaban ng bayan isinugal
Isinambulat sa Senado at sa dyaryo binulgar
Napahiya’t ayaw umamain na sila’y nagnakaw din
Di lang sa pagkain pati sa pera ay matakaw din
At pagdating sa lupain sila ay mga buakaw din
Lahat ay inaangkin kahit ano ay gagawin
Mga sakim, ganid sa ginto di makuntento sa milyon
Bilyon ang gusto kahit ang bayan ay baon
Sa utang at sa kangkungan pupulutin
Tanong ko lang sa inyo mahal niyo ba ang bayan natin
Mahal na pangulo paano na ang pilipinas
Lantarang pagnanakaw araw araw di lilipas”

There’s That Money which he did with Fil-Am rapper Kiwi and Gloc 9, talking about corporate greed. http://www.imeem.com/kiwizzo/music/psUW0eqg/kiwi-that-money-feat-gloc9-and-francis-m/

These weren’t just rhymes without reason. These verses spoke the truth about the society we live in.

Lest I forget, Francis M’s “influence” on the mass movement was this short line which he used to do in that TV program Loveli-ness when he’d do the music chart countdown with Willie Revillame on drums. He’d say “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no-no”. This line was picked up by activists and was popular during rallies, “Say no! Ayoko! Say, No, no, no, no, no,no ,no no-no… sa base militar ng Kano dito!”.

Pinoy Music is a head shorter now without the Man from Manila. He will be truly missed. It is our hope that his words and works will live on in the next generation of artists who will pick up a mic and and instrument.



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Posted by anakbayantoronto on March 3, 2009

SOFU organizing committee and panelists

SOFU organizing committee and panelists

Read articles on the State of the Filipino Nation forum held February 26 at William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto.

Filipinos debate their identity, how they fit in (Toronto Star)

Join the discussion about this article on the Kapisanan Philippine Centre blog:  kapisanan.wordpress.com

State of the Filipino Union: The bridge is being built… Handa ka na? (Philippine Reporter)

NOTEBOOK: Reporter’s 20th year sees awakening of Toronto Filipino youth (Philippine Reporter)

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