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OUT NOW! Coalition  challenges Aquino to end US intervention

 

Cotabato City

 

July 22, 2010

 

 

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KAWAGIB presents the case of Gregan Cardeño, a Filipino hired as interpreter who died under suspicious circumstances inside a US troops barracks in a Philippine military camp in Marawi City, as the latest case of human rights violation involving US troops.
The group backed by the result of a fact finding mission and the autopsy report of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Zamboanga City maintains that Cardeño did not commit suicide as claimed by the military but was killed inside the camp for a still undetermined reason.

 

— From the statement of the OUT NOW! Coalition

 

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Forum challenges P-Noy to end US intervention (see images below)
Cotabato City – Concerned groups and individuals gathered yesterday in this city to discuss the sustained infringement of the Unites States in the internal affairs of the country.
The multi-sectoral forum, which carries the theme “A Challenge to Aquino Administration: End US’ Encroachment of Philippine Sovereignty, Forge a Nationalist Policy”, is being spearheaded by the city chapter of the OUT NOW! – Mindanao Coalition, a network of nationalistic Filipinos advocating an end to US intervention in the country.
Moro human rights watchdog and one of the convenors of the OUT NOW! Coalition , KAWAGIB, avers that continued presence of US troops in some parts of the country, under the cloak of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), is not only an affront to Philippine sovereignty; it also exposes Filipinos to all sorts of human rights violations and exploitation.
KAWAGIB presents the case of Gregan Cardeño, a Filipino hired as interpreter who died under suspicious circumstances inside a US troops barracks in a Philippine military camp in Marawi City, as the latest case of human rights violation involving US troops.
The group backed by the result of a fact finding mission and the autopsy report of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Zamboanga City maintains that Cardeño did not commit suicide as claimed by the military but was killed inside the camp for a still undetermined reason.
KAWAGIB spokesperson Bai Ali Indayla said that despite strong factual evidences ruling out suicide, “the military and American troops still refused to provide full cooperation to a thorough investigation of Cardeño’s death.”
“The government must review the VFA,” Indayla said, and “hold accountable American troops for crimes they commit on Philippine soil.”
“We hope to make more Filipinos deeply aware of the consequences of the continued and unwelcome presence of American troops in the country through forum such as this,” she said.
The OUT NOW! Coalition has been calling for the abrogation of the VFA for its anti-Filipino provisions.
For Reference: Bai Ali Indayla KAWAGIB, OUT NOW! Convenor 09059248424
 
 

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July 20, 2010US ranking official visits Philippines, Militants call to Junk VFA

Cotabato City- US Troops OUT NOW! Mindanao Coalition here doubts that death case of Pinoy interpreter in Marawi City prompted US Undersecretary for Political Affairs, William J. Burns to visit the Philippines.Relatives of Gregan Cardeño, 33, hired as Interpreter to US troops filed Petition for Writ of Amparo and Habeas Data before the Supreme Court against US troops in Marawi City and state agents. In their statement, relatives claimed there was foul play on Cardeño’s death and they received threats.US government is afraid that if Cardeño’s case prospers, the Visiting Forces Agreement and other ties between Philippines and their government be reviewed and abrogated. It will lead to the unmasking of the military, political and socio-economic interests of the US government.

The covert military operations and what they really do in Marawi City will be exposed and caught attention of the international community which they would never allow to happen.

Burns arrived in Manila and is scheduled to meet with senior officers of the Aquino Administration to discuss ways to advance cooperation between US and Philippines.

“We believe that US government is now pressured on this new case of human rights violation that involves US troops. It necessitate a ranking official to come to Philippines to ensure that the new administration will continue the VFA and US troops involved will have immunity on the case” Bai Ali Indayla, Convenor said.

Burns will also come to Cotabato City State Polytechnic College to launch US government funded JEEP or Job Enabling English Proficiency while OUT NOW! Coalition will spearhead Forum with the theme “A Challenge to Aquino Administration: End US Encroachment of Philippine Sovereignty and Forge a Nationalist Policy” to enlighten the Cotabateños on the issue. ###

For Reference:
Bai Ali Indayla
09059248424

The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on Sept 23th 2009


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