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Philippine journalist Raissa Robles joins Oct 21st Centershift Conference

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NEW YORK—Practicing journalism in a country ranked second in the number of media people assassinated and which still holds the record for the most media persons killed in a single event is a challenge the likes of which few experience. However, Raissa Robles, who reports both on her own website and for newspapers like the South China Morning Post, death threats and vilification are but a daily fare. She recently came out with the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again in which she called the imposition of the one-man-rule on the Philippines “a one-stop butcher shop for human rights violations.”

Ms. Robles will bring her more than two decades of experience in defying and surviving neo-fascism to AF3IRM’s Center Shift Conference, joining the panel “Constellations of History”, and adding her wisdom to the paths women must take in this era of intensifying suppression.

Ms. Robles has been writing about the Philippine government and its presidents since the 1980s, first as a writer of history and later, as a media person covering presidential decisions and actuations. Recently, she has taken on the government of Rodrigo Duterte, now famous for its claimed “war on drugs” which has resulted in some 13,000 people killed. The “war” is still on-going and has spurred its own politics – from attempts to dismantle the country’s Commission on Human Rights, threats to declare martial law once again and the latest, an on-going campaign to enact auto-golpe – i.e., replace the Constitution with one that would enable sitting officials to extend their terms of office.

Into this highly charged political atmosphere, Ms. Robles’s book Never Again was released, becoming a best seller virtually overnight. Although the book is about the long-ousted Marcos Dictatorship, it was released just as the Duterte Regime was about to approve a hero’s burial for the dead dictator. A limited number of copies will be available at the Conference and Ms. Robles will be available to sign them for buyers.

The AF3IRM CenterShift Conference II: Roots and Routes is held every third year. It brings together as many diverse histories and perspectives of the global women’s struggle as the organization can manage. It aims to bring forward a holistic understanding of the women’s movement which is often unremarked in the world today. The main plenary panel is of five women representing points of view acknowledged even in the US women’s movement and is an expression of AF3IRM’S commitment to transnational sisterhood and feminism.

The Conference will also feature the Tuscarora singer and musician, Pura Fe, who continuously brings eight generations of tribal music to the cause of environmentalism and the fight against oil and fracking.

CenterShift will take place at the Center for Social Innovation, 601 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 and starts at 9 am. Registration can be done via EventBrite.Com at http://bit.ly/af3rr17. For additional inquiries, please contact CenterShift@AF3IRM.ORG . — ##

On the 45th Anniversary of the Marcos Dictatorship in the Philippines, We Remain Opposed to Auto-Golpe, Authoritarianism and Neo-Fascism

21 September 2017
New York

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has maintained, throughout the first year of his term, a revision of Philippine history toward the rehabilitation of the memory of the ousted late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, and his clan and cronies.

Having accepted campaign funds from the Marcos clan and cronies, he has wholeheartedly embraced his subservience to the oligarchy that laid waste both the Philippine economy and Filipino lives.

He has had the skeleton of the dictator buried in the Cemetery of Heroes, labeled the son Bongbong Marcos, though defeated in the last elections, “possibly the country’s vice-president,” proclaimed Marcos’ birthday a holiday in his home province and has now declared the 21st of September a national holiday.

He has moreover continued to mimic his dead tyrant-idol through wholescale destruction of the check-and-balance agencies in governance, defunded the Commission on Human Rights, jailed a proclaimed and sworn-in senator on the contrived evidence of photographs and degraded her with a claimed sex video which was non-existent, pushed to have the Philippine Constitution changed to federalism which would enable him to stay in power until 2025, and freed those charged with corruption and used convicted drug lords’ testimony, fake news, trolls and click farms to demonize the opposition.

More, Duterte unleashed a supposed “war on drugs” which was actually a massacre of the poor and the hapless, 13,000 + dead, while those accused of being drug lords were handled with kid gloves and eventually exonerated. This war on the poor morphed the entire Philippine National Police into an assassins’ guild, with quotas for nightly kills, irrespective of guilt or innocence.

And to further imitate his tyrant-idol, Duterte occasioned the most serious armed conflict in Mindanao, with the Muslim city of Marawi reduced to rubble and thousands of refugees continuing a perilous existence in evacuation centers where 39 have died from disease.

This is our response: As we opposed the Marcos Dictatorship through all the two decades of its murderous rampage and rapacious looting, so shall we oppose Duterte’s ambition to channel his dead tyrant-idol and destroy all the democratic processes in the archipelago. Overseas Filipinos have worked under the most stringent conditions to re-establish a bright possibility for the archipelago, accepting some of the most demeaning jobs in the world in order to remit financial resources to enable their families to survive and thrive. We oppose any attempt to nullify this nearly 50 years of sacrifice of those exported overseas to pull Philippine economy up from where it had been trashed by the Marcos clan and cronies, and to restore wealth to the Philippine treasury so looted by the same oligarchy.

As we have and continue to call for justice against malfeasance of the Marcos clan and cronies, so we call for justice against the Duterte Regime for a) murder of 13,000; b) exacerbation of armed conflict; c) enabling the theft of Philippine territory and resources; d) destruction of the democratic procedures fought for and won against the Marcos Dictatorship.




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