Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre… In 1987 on January 22nd, a peaceful mobilization of farmers marched to Malacañang demanding that the former Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino administration fulfill the promise of genuine agrarian reform and free land distribution after the historic EDSA People’s Uprising. As shared by Rafael Mariano, chairperson emeritus of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Movement of the Philippines) and a survivor of the massacre, “Today, January 22, 2019, we remember the victims of the gruesome Mendiola Massacre -- Danilo Arjona, Leopoldo Alonzo, Adelfa Aribe, Dionisia Bautista, Roberto Caylao, Vicente Campomanes, Ronilo Dumanico, Dante Evangelio, Angelito Gutierrez, Rodrigo Grampan, Bernabe Laquindanum, Sonny Boy Perez, Roberto Yumul. We carry their deaths on our hearts as we continue to seek for land, justice, peace and genuine social change in our country."
The newsreel footage was taken by the AsiaVisions Media Foundation, an alternative media outlet. It includes scenes of the protest which was organized by peasant organizations and led by KMP from Liwasang Bonifacio to Mendiola Bridge. This footage captures how and when the peaceful protest quickly turned into a bloodbath due to the PC-INP and Philippine Marines blocking the peaceful protesters, preventing them from approaching Malacanang. Graphic images of the PC-INP and Philippines Marines openly firing at the landless farmers are seen towards the end of the video. The firing was a brutal response to the farmers who were protesting due to landlessness, high land rent, and other policies and conditions that led to the deprivation of their most basic needs while under the former Ferdinand Marcos regime. Ultimately, Cory Aquino did not fulfill her promises for genuine agrarian reform and free land distribution which is highly questionable especially as Cory Aquino’s family owns Hacienda Luisita.
KMP on the aftermath of the massacre: “Blood spilled, slippers littered the pavement and dead bodies sprawled along Mendiola. (Cont)
Rafael Baylosis is free! Last December we welcomed Rafael's daughter Lengua De Guzman in Belgium for the #stopthekillings
campaigns. Lengua told us how her father was arrested based on trumped-up charges and false accusations. After spending a year in prison, the court dismissed the fake evidence and finally released Rafael.
Together with Lengua, we are very pleased with this victory, which is the result of the hard work of our partner KARAPATAN and the campaign for the release of all political prisoners, in which Lengua herself is very active.
Rafael Baylosis est libre! En décembre dernier, nous accueillions en Belgique sa fille Lengua De Guzman pour les campagne #stopthekillings
Elle nous avait alors raconté comment des charges bidons avaient été fabriquées pour faire arrêter son père. Après un an passé derrière les barreaux, la cour les a déclaré irrecevables et a ordonné sa libération.
Nous nous réjouissons de cette victoire, fruit du travail acharné de notre partenaire KARAPATAN et de la campagne pour la libération de tous les prisionniers politiques dans laquelle Lengua est très active.
Rafael Baylosis is vrijgelaten! Afgelopen december ontvingen we Rafael's dochter Lengua De Guzman in België voor de campagnes #stopthekillings
. Lengua vertelde ons hoe haar vader werd gearresteerd op basis van valse beschuldigingen. Na een jaar achter tralies te hebben doorgebracht, verklaarde de rechtbank de bewijzen onontvankelijk en werd Rafael eindelijk vrijgelaten.
Samen met Lengua zijn wij blij met deze overwinning, die het resultaat is van het harde werk van onze partner KARAPATAN en de campagne voor de vrijlating van alle politieke gevangenen, waarin Lengua zelf zeer actief is.
Sad and infuriating image. #StopTheKillings
At 3pm today, on route to document a birth in Tondo, Manila I stumbled across a body below Marala bridge, barangay 101.
For a moment he looked almost peaceful in the quiet waters weighted down with shackles and legs bound together with rope and duct tape. His face is also completely taped up.
The police arrive and so do the crowds. Some residents say the body was dumped on Saturday. They remember hearing him being thrown off the bridge that night- 3 days in the water later and the flesh on his back is already peeling off. His pale skin draws cries of “foreigner” from the children hanging off the bridge above.
We watch him as passing rubbish bumps into his body, making its way out of the stagnant waterway to Manila Bay. “EJKS (extrajudicial killings) always happen under this bridge,” says one resident unsurprised.
Two hours later the coastguard arrives to bring him ashore and I race to the hospital to - Princess entered the world at 5:47pm.
Human rights organisations estimate more then 20,000 killed in Duterte’s War on Drugs since he took office in 2016.
Today’s tribute goes to Mr. D’Angelo Jennings (17) 1-11-2018 🕯 We remember you....🥺 Last year was the year that #gunviolence
has took a lot our teenagers Ex specially at the age of 17 😢 But this young father was at a friends house, when a mutual friend of the surrounding peers who were at this home: Had an misunderstanding about a girl 🙍🏽♀️ They physically took it outside fought and supposedly squashed it. Then by someone choice decided to shoot there guns outside a room window 🤦🏽♀️ ( I truly don’t like it when people gunplay) But unfortunately the fellow that D’Angelo had fought earlier outside shot D’Angelo 😞 If you were to ask me I would say it was planned. But I wasn’t there so I shouldn’t say that. There’s not a day I don’t see or hear his dad and mom still going through the ropes of grief for their youngest son. So heartbreaking..This happen because of WHAT? A girl, dislike, misunderstandings IDK but what I know is stop pulling these guns out. Gunplay is grave yard street stop playing with them. —————————————————Praying for the family on this day that our Lord will just hold them extra tight today. Allow them to remember him in peace and with the up most love. To the family if you need someone to talk to or whatever just know that @jumping4jesus
is and has always been here for you. 🙏🏽 Let’s Go To gunmemorial.org and light his candle, share a picture or memory Gods love overflows #letourviolenceend #stoptheshootings #stopthekillings #gunsdownlifeup #stopshootingstartliving
————————————————— In memory ofD’Angelo Jumping for Jesus this year is going to start collecting #bullets
off the streets. So DM me if you would like to #donateabullet
today in honor of D’Angelo #donateabulletsavealife
❤️ I have partnered up with some amazing people @bullets_4_life_chicago_
and founder @bullets_4_life_
to collect bullets off the streets to save a life You can go to @bulletprove_accessories
to see what beautiful thing is made of out of such a life destroying bullet. Help me in this moment for it’s always a J.U.M.P movement for me
Video link below.
I have actually had people tell me “Becareful eating spinach (and other plants foods) because they could contaminate other foods with salmonella 🤦🏼♀️. Because unfortunately people don’t understand that the recall on I’ll plant foods because they are contaminated have been because of run off waist from meat, dairy, and slaughter house facilities. Every single recall. So not only does eating animals destroy our environment, kill us by causing our top diseases and medical issues, causes the unnecessary torture, rape, and murder of innocent sentiment beings, but it also causes the animal products that you eat, and the plant products that I eat, to become contaminated with fecal matter from your food. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s disgusting. Please, use that wonderful brain you have, and if you claim to be an “animal lover” starts to align your actions with your ethics. You cannot logically say you love animals, and then pay someone to kill them for you so you can eat them. That’s not logical it’s hypocritical. So if you have the option to not eat animal products, do it not only for yourself and for the animals, but for everyone else as well.
#vegan #veganfood #veganforlife #veganforhealth #veganfortheplanet #veganforanimals #veganforever #veganfortheenvironment #veganfortheocean #stopthekilling #stopthekillings