Lanao coalition marks the International Women's Day

with the launching of KAMATUORAN! - Lanao

 

 

Iligan City

 

March 8, 2008

 

 


The Kamatuoran coalition in Lanao was launched on a day that they also commemorate the International Women’s Day. Hanan Balindong, a woman leader of the Coalition’s member organization, Youth Act Now!-Lanao, said that Mrs. Arroyo “is a shame to women. While our women and people suffer the brunt of economic crunch, she’s amassing millions of pesos from kickbacks in government contracts.”

 

   
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Media Release
08 March 2008
For reference: Kristian Mark Urbano

Public Information Officer (0928-398-8908)

Group braves rain, pursues walk for truth devoid of permit

Iligan City—Members of KAMATUORAN! in Lanao today braved the rain and pursued the ‘Walk for Truth’ in major streets of the city chanting “liars go to hell.” Clad in “oust Gloria” headbands, the rain-soaked protesters held the launching activity of the Coalition in front of the city’s post office which they said will formally kick-off the local campaign in “searching for truth amidst the insidious effort to suppress it.”

KAMATUORAN! is a Mindanao-wide alliance established at the height of the NBN-ZTE Deal scandal, resisting the prevailing moral bankruptcy in the country’s governance, and calling for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s removal from office. The Lanao formation is mainly convened by religious groups from the Sisters Association in Mindanao (SAMIN-DIOPIM), Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR-Lanao), Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP-Lanao) and the Philippine Independent Chuch (PIC), along with the people’s organizations and individuals from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP-Lanao) and the academe.

Earlier, the group lambasted city’s PNP Senior Superintendent Virgilio Ranes for denying them permit to hold the activity in an Endorsement Letter to the City Mayor dated March 6, 2008, stating “the issue is over” as the reason.

Kristian Mark Urbano, the Coalition’s Public Information Officer said the PNP is not an authority to rule on issues, emphasizing “the basis of granting or denying a permit springs from the police’ assessment of the security situation, and the possible disturbance of the peace and order condition because of the activity, and not from his (Ranes) personal assessment on the timing of the issue and the protest action. It seems that Superintendent Ranes doesn’t know his job.”

Urbano added that the police officer’s arrogant act is dubious. “Is it a part of the grand national scheme to quell dissent versus the President for her to continue clinging to power?” he asked.

Having white and red as motif of this afternoon’s seemingly festive activity, the launching coincides with the commemoration of the International Women’s Day. Hanan Balindong, a woman leader of the Coalition’s member organization, Youth Act Now!-Lanao, said that Mrs. Arroyo “is a shame to women. While our women and people suffer the brunt of economic crunch, she’s amassing millions of pesos from kickbacks in government contracts.”

As a part of its campaign, the coalition is set to host a “Campus Tour for Truth” with NBN-ZTE deal scandal key witnesses Mr. Joey de Venecia III and Jun Lozada before the end of the month. Youth Act Now in Iligan is set to have the Five O’clock Habit, a daily protest action every 5pm at MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology gate to pressure “GMA to tell the truth regarding the latest scandals that continue to wrack her administration.”

To the tune of ‘Bayan Ko,’ the group ended the activity with clenched fists past five in the afternoon. White and red balloons were released symbolizing truth and the militant assertion to have this.###

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