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Part 2 of the highlights of the 2011 Gathering of Defenders of Sovereignty

by Corazon Fabros on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 10:08pm




This is Part 2 of the highlights of the 2011 Gathering of Defenders of Sovereignty.


While we await a copy of the Keynote Message and Reflection; Opening Remarks; and highlights of the messages from the sectoral representatives and friends, we wish to share Part 2 of the Highlights of the 2011 Gathering of Defenders of Sovereignty. 


We thank Jeck Cantos Reyes (Office of Representative Lorenzo Erin Tanada) who came and gave a message on behalf of Rep, Erin Tanada and former Senator Wigberto Tanada ; Akbayan Partylist representative Risa Hontiveros; Mr. RC Constantino; Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Ann Pargas Rosales; Professor Roland Simbulan; Atty. Harry Roque; Chit Estella; Bantayog ng mga Bayani Executive Director Nievelena Rosete; Focus on the Global South Information and Outreach Coordinator Clark Militante; Joel Saracho; Asia Europe Peoples Forum Coordinator for Asia Tina Ebro.  (More names to follow later)


We thank the Teatrong Bayan for sharing their songs of the struggle (we missed your version of “Base Militar, Armas Nukleyar” ) and the WEDPRO Youth Theater Team Salamin at Maskara for the moving cultural number. Our program has been ably anchored and facilitated by Jean Enriquez (Executive Director, Coalition Against Traficking of Women in Asia Pacific (CATW AP) and Chester Amparo (Secretary General, Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD). Our Gathering would not be complete without the merienda – we thank Tita Ana and friends for persevering to prepare and serve delicious merienda despite the limited budget that we had. And special thanks goes to KaisaKa, KPD, Makabayan, Partido Manggagawa and YND for the hard work on venue set up and preparations.  Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! 


(Please note that we will continue with our acknowledgements and notes of gratitude via Part 3 of the report. Yes folks, there has to be Part 3 and even Part 4.


The following organizations and institutions sent their representatives: Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers (ASSERT); Akbayan Partylist; Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)-Women; Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)-Youth; Bagong Kamalayan Collective Incorporated; Bisig-Akbayan; Buklod ng Kababaihan (Olonggapo); Coalition against Trafficking of Women -Asia Pacific; Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC); Women and Gender Commission AMRSP; Fil-Cuba Solidarity; Focus on the Global South; Kababaihan Pilipinas; KAISA KA; Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD); KPP-Kalayaan; League of Urban Poor for Action (LUPA); Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (MAKABAYAN); MAKALAYA; Metro Subic Network; Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK); Partido ng Manggagawa; Peace Women Partners; Peoples Task Force for Bases Clean Up; PGX Philippine Global Exchange; Piglas Kababaihan;  Progresibong Alyansa ng mga Mangingisda (PANGISDA); SARILAYA; SDK-KAISA-UPD; KASAMA Pilpinas; Teatrong Bayan; Ugnayan Makabayan; Women’s Education Development Productivity and Research Organization (WEDPRO); Woman Health; Women’s Legal Bureau (WLB); Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND); Philippine Women’s Network for Peace and Security; Stop the War Coalition-Philippines; Task Force Subic Rape; Welga ng Kababaihan; World March of Women-Philippines;’ Greenpeace; Nuclear Free Bataan Movement; Bantayog ng mga Bayani and others (we will try to complete this list next time)


We got messages/greetings of solidarity from Jonathan Blas Diaz and Lisa Natividad (Guam); John Miller (US); Thel Reymundo Juarez (Argentina); Andres Thomas Conteris (Democrary Now, US); Melba Marginson (Australia) and many friends who sent in their regrets because they are out of town or have important engagements on that day (ie. Dr. Helen Mendoza, Magno del Teves, Gert Libang, Ka Rene Magtubo, Anabelle Jayco, Chit Asis, Jonsky Tuazon, Sr. Auring Zambrano, Tess Casenas, Al and Linda Senturias, and many others. 


Part 3 coming up soon.


Cora and Balot

(on behalf of the Scrap VFA Movement Secretariat)


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 May 6th 2011

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