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ANTI-WAR STATEMENT BY FILIPINO EDUCATORS

October 16, 2002
 

 

“Más resistencia, más esperanza.”
– From flyers sent out by the Katipunan during the Philippine-American War, circa 1899 (Literary Digest).


We are educators, teachers and scholars of Filipino descent in the Philippines, the U.S. and the world, who strongly oppose any act of U.S. pre-emptive military aggression or support for such aggression against Iraq or against any other country. We believe that the false evidence that the U.S. president has peddled regarding Iraq’s imminent threat to the U.S., together with the U.S. government and media’s manipulation of the American public’s grief over last year’s 9/11 tragedy, mask a deceptive and wholly undemocratic campaign to coerce the American people and the peoples of the world into accepting the unlawful and unwarranted U.S. invasion of other countries. We furthermore note that U.S. taxpayers are being forced to divert the money originally allocated to health care, education, and social security, to the indiscriminate bombing of civilian populations and the anticipated economic exploitation of Iraq by U.S. oil companies and big business.

We speak as the sons and daughters of a nation systematically decimated and brutalized by U.S. imperialism since the turn of the twentieth century — first, through the decimation of 1/10 of the Philippine population through murder and concentration camps; and later, through the active promotion of economic underdevelopment and political corruption at the highest levels of Philippine government. As witnesses to the recent return of U.S. military troops and stations to the Philippines, in flagrant violation of the 1991 Philippine congressional act effectively reinstating the country’s territorial sovereignty against foreign military occupation; and as concerned respondents to the mounting tension between the Philippine government and various groups branded by the U.S. as “terrorist,” we denounce the escalation of violence in the Philippines as a direct consequence of the U.S. war campaign against the Arab peoples of the world. While the stain of prostitution, environmental pollution, and economic exploitation spread by the U.S. military bases in the Philippines has become our legacy of colonial subjection, we join our hands and hearts in an unequivocal opposition and resistance to U.S. unilateralism and its self-proclaimed right to violence — in Iraq, in the Philippines, and in every part of the world.

 

Signed,
 

FILIPINO CONVENORS AND SIGNATORIES OF THE ANTI-WAR STATEMENT

CONVENORS:

1. Dr. John David Blanco, Comparative Literature, U of California-San Diego
2. Dr. Sarita See, English and American Studies, U of Michigan
3. Dr. Nerissa S. Balce, Postdoctoral Fellow, U of Oregon
4. Dr. Dylan Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies, U of California-Riverside
5. Dr. Bliss Lim, Film Studies, U of California-Irvine
6. Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios, Visiting faculty, U of California-Irvine
7. Dr. Roland Tolentino, Visiting faculty, Osaka U, Japan; Associate Professor, U of the Philippines-Diliman
8. Dr. Kimberly A. Alidio, History and Asian American studies, U of Texas-Austin
9. Dr. Peter Chua, Sociology, San Jose State U
10. Dr. Rick Baldoz, Sociology, U of Hawaii-Manoa
11. Dr. Leny Strobel, Lecturer, Sonoma State U
12. Jeffrey Santa Ana, Doctoral candidate, U of California-Berkeley
13. Vernadette Gonzalez, Doctoral candidate, U of California-Berkeley
14. Robyn Rodriguez, Doctoral candidate, U of California-Berkeley
15. Lucy Burns, Doctoral candidate, U of Massachusetts and Lecturer, Women’s studies, U of Califonia-Santa Cruz
16. Tony Tiongson, Doctoral candidate, U of California-San Diego and Lecturer, Ethnic Studies, U of California-Berkeley
17. Benito Vergara, Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University
18. Dr. Lily Mendoza, University of Denver

SIGNATORIES:

19. Dr. Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, History of Science and Technology, U of California, Berkeley
20. Luisa A. Igloria, Associate Professor, English Department, Old Dominion U
21. Dr. E. San Juan, Jr., Director, Philippines Cultural Studies Center
22. Dr. Delia D. Aguilar, Women’s Studies Program, U of Connecticut-Storrs
23. Luis Francia, Lecturer, Asian/ Pacific/ American Studies, New York U
24. Luis V. Teodoro, Professor of Journalism, U of the Philippines
25. Patrick Rosal, Lecturer, Bloomfield College
26. M. Evelina Galang, Assistant Professor of English, University of Miami
27. Dr. Theodore S. Gonzalves, American Studies, U of Hawaii-Manoa
28. Helen Toribio, Lecturer, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State U and City College of San Francisco
29. Wendell Capili, Professor, Associate Dean for Administration/ Dev. Arts and Letters, U of the Philippines
30. Dr. Ramon P. Santos, Composer/Musicologist and Professor, University of the Philippines
31. Angela Dyan T. Giron, student, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
32. Oscar Penaranda, Writer and Educator, San Francisco
33. Arnel F. de Guzman, Executive Director Education for All Resource Colloquium, Philippines
34. Dr. Raul Pertierra, School of Sociology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
35. Dr. Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo, Coordinator, Filipino and Philippine Literature Program,University of Hawaii at Manoa
36. Dr. Elmer A. Ordonez, Professor of English, University of the Philippines
37. Elenita S. Ordonez, M.A.,Professor of Art studies, University of the Philippines
38. Dr. Fidel Nemenzo, Mathematics, University of the Philippines
39. Jing Panganiban, Filipino Department, Ateneo de Manila University
40. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth S. Tapia, Lecturer in Missiology, Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Celigny, Switzerland
41. Dr. Nenita Pambid Domingo, Lecturer, South and Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures Program, East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, U of California-Los Angeles
42. Dr. Neferti Tadiar, Department of History of Consciousness, U of California-Santa Cruz
43. Lorenzo Paran III, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, U of the Philippines-Diliman
44. Ma. Luisa Reyes, Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
45. Danilo A. Arao, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, U of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City
46. Elizabeth H. Pisares, Ph.D., English, DePaul University
47. Adelwisa L. Agas Weller, Filipino Language and Culture, University of Michigan
48. Dr. Rowena T. Torrevillas, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Iowa
49. Dr. Teresita V. Ramos, Professor and Chair, Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages
50. Christine Bacareza Balance, Doctoral Candidate, New York University Performance Studies & Asian/Pacific/American Studies
51. Dr. Jose V. Abueva, Kalayaan College and University of the Philippines
52. Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, Doctoral candidate, Union Theological Seminary, New York
53. Marcelo Estrada, Lecturer, Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, Berkeley
54. Dr. Rick Bonus, American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington
55. Dr. Dean T. Alegado, Chair, Ethnic Studies Department, University of Hawai’i
56. Eleanor Eme E. Hermosa, Professor of Education, University of the Philippines
57. Marivi Soliven Blanco, Development Assistant/Writer, La Jolla Chamber Music Society


 

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Nerissa S. Balce, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2002-2003
Center on Diversity and Community
University of Oregon
E-mail: nerissab@uclink4.berkeley.edu

 

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