Thursday, February 02, 2006

Bloodstains lead to the Palace door

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran
Reference: Rep. Crispin Beltran

January 30, 2006

Anakpawis condemns killings of two Bayan Muna members this morning
Bloodstains lead to the Palace door, activist solon says

Anakpawis Rep. expressed alarm over the killings of two Bayan Muna members early this morning, condemning the Arroyo administrations "chronic lack of urgency with regards to the killings and abductions of leaders, members, and supporters of progressive party list organizations such as Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, and Gabriela".

Bayan Muna members Antonio Alde, Jr., 25 years old, of Borongan in Eastern Samar and Maximo Frivaldo of Irosin, Sorsogon were assassinated in separate incidents early this morning. Alde, a Bayan Muna organizers, was shot dead by three motorcycle-riding and .45 caliber-wielding men.

"It's absolutely contemptible that activists all over the country are being killed with such impunity and sleath under the Arroyo administration. This is a situation comparable to the record-high summary killings under Martial Law," Beltran said.

Beltran said that the killings of Alde and Frivaldo followed after the murder of Anakpawis supporter Robert dela Cruz, 43 years old and a union leader of Tritran Bus Lines in Lucena.

Dela Cruz was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men on January 25, 6:20 p.m. in front of his carenderia.

"The killings continue to grow the longer the President stays in the Palace. Civilians critical of the Arroyo administration whether they be unionon leaders, clergy, journalists, lawyers, human rights workers or activists are being felled one by one by suspicious hands. And the bloodstains lead to the Palace door," Beltran said.

Beltran said that at least 24 members and leaders of Anakpawis have been assassinated under suspicious circumstances in 2005 alone.

These include Federico "Ka Pedy" De Leon, Chairperson of Anakpawis-Bulacan, who was felled by a motorcycle-riding assassin in October 2005, and Diosdado "Ka Fort" Fortuna, Anakpawis Southern Tagalog regional coordinator and President of the Nestle Workers Union-Union of Filipro Employees (UFE-DFA-KMU).

"Up to now, not a single case involving a slain Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, or Gabriela leader has been solved," Beltran noted. ###


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