Post-Statement for “Justice for Freddie Ligiw Vigil and Mobilization”

3/15/14

 

Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Secretary General of LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

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On March 14th 2014, League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) called for a silent rally and vigil to be held at the Philippine Consulate and Union Square in San Francisco to coincide with the National Day of Action called for by Anakbayan-USA. Our silent protest and vigil was to call attention to the continued and recent extrajudicial killings of Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw, a youth activist with Anakbayan in Abra, along with his brother, Freddie, and father, Licuben.

 

The silent rally at the Philippine Consulate was postponed due to the unforeseen closure of Union Square. The command for yesterday’s rally decided to postpone the action to ensure the security of the members of supporting organizations. The presence of several dozen police officers, firefighters, and FBI agents scattered around downtown, hindered us from continuing the rally. We decided to push forward with the Vigil, and relocate our constituents at the Federal Building, just in case it was still unsafe to be in the downtown area.

 

The vigil aimed and was successful in attracting the attention of pedestrians and passer-by’s. We proceeded with the vigil without a bullhorn due to a technical difficulty, and made sure that our contingent was not blocking the sidewalk. Towards the end of the program, the Federal Building’s security officer asked us for a permit, which we did not have (as we understood we were on public property), and proceeded to ask us to leave. We recognize that the security officer was doing his job, and acknowledge the professional manner in addressing our vigil.

 

LFS-SFSU is disappointed that we were unable to continue and finish our vigil program at the Federal Building, having been denied our right to freedom of speech, even with our action being both solemn and peaceful. LFS-SFSU along with participating organizations of the vigil will continue to express our concern over the US Military Aid that produces oppressive security operations such as Oplan Bayanihan and continues to target activists much like ourselves. Activists that want and work towards genuine freedom and liberation to be realized and reached in our homeland.

 

“…Freddie lived for revolution until his last breath and until the last shots were fired for his brother and his father. And I thank you, Freddie, for reminding me that to commit to our communities and to be participants in genuine change means that revolution informs our lives…to laugh and cry and sing and dance with one another, to build a future that belongs to us, to our children. This loss reminds me that I have no choice but to work toward ushering in and creating a world where the authenticity and beauty of life can flourish and exist. We remember you and honor your life. Until we’re free. Justice for Freddie Ligiw and his family!” – Melissa Reyes, Chair of GABRIELA-SF.

 

 

Today, we were given the news that yet another activist, and former political detainee, Romeo Capalla, was killed in IloIlo. His killing marks the 11th extra-judicial killing of this year. LFS-SFSU again, calls for all fellow youth activists, women, and workers, Filipino or not, to join us to boldly move together and dare to take action and speak out against the pattern of human rights violations happening against activists in the Philippines!

 

“What we experienced at the Federal Building is ten times worse in the Philippines. That is the nature of an oppressive state. We must continue in taking action and seeking justice for our fallen brothers and sisters in the Philippines! We must not let our US tax dollars continue in supporting the murders of those who take action! We must not let the US dictate and take lead in the militarization of the Philippines! We must take action against US backed militarization in the Philippines!,” said Pyxie Castillo, Secretary General of LFS-SFSU.

 

Justice for Freddie Ligiw & Family!
Justice for Romeo Capalla!
Justice for all victims of state sponsored violence!

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LFS-SFSU Condemn the B.S. Aquino Regime for the Murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw

For Immediate Release

 

March 9, 2014

 

Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Secretary-General, LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

 

League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State Condemn the B.S. Aquino Regime for the Murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw

 

League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) vehemently condemn the U.S.-Aquino regime for the murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw, a fellow youth organizer and member of Anakbayan in the northern province of Abra.

 

On March 8th, the bodies of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw, his father Licuben and his brother Edie were identified having been buried in a shallow grave. According to reports they were found blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs. Fermin and his father and brother were likely tortured before being killed by suspected forces of the Philippine Military.

 

According to a report by the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), Freddie Ligiw was to meet with Human Rights workers and give testimony on his experience of military soldiers forcibly using him as a ‘guide’, (and more likely as a shield,) by the Philippine Military’s 41st Infantry Battalion in their operations against the New People’s Army in the area.

 

LFS-SFSU is outraged at the U.S. backed Aquino regime. As an overseas chapter waging the fight for national democracy in the Philippines against U.S. imperialism, we see the U.S.-Aquino regime pushing for 100% foreign ownership of businesses and land in the Philippines and the continuation of extrajudicial killings of those who boldly continue to fight for genuine liberation and for national democracy of the country.

 

“We call for the end of U.S.-backed militarization of the Philippines! We do not pay taxes in the U.S. to have our brothers and sisters in the Philippines get killed, and contribute to the culture of impunity that’s been normalizing torture and killings of young activists like Fermin.” Faye Lacanilao, BAYAN-USA Nor-Cal Regional Coordinator.

 

As thousands of women, workers, peasants, youth and students marched to Malacañang Palace on March 8th to honor International Women’s day, the reasons are becoming even clearer for their call of the ouster of B.S. Aquino. The current government has disregarded the welfare of its people and only furthers the exploitation of the Philippines. With more murders of our people and plundering of our motherland, it is not hard to see that the true killer is the oppressive state.

 

As youth and students we must boldly move together with our fellow youth and students, women, and workers and dare to stand up and speak out against the human rights violations happening against activists in the Philippines! We must not allow U.S. tax dollars to fund the ongoing murders of Filipinos and plunder of the Philippines! We must not be complacent to the continuous suffering of the Filipino people under the U.S. Aquino regime! LFS-SFSU calls upon all young activists in the U.S. and beyond, Filipino and non-Filipino, to stand with us and call an end to the U.S. puppet Aquino regime!

 

Justice for Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw and his family!

Justice for all victims of state-sponsored murder against activists in the Philippines!

 

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Filipino Organizations of San Francisco State University call for TPS now!

   

 

February 11, 2014

 

Reference: Eirish Sision, Chairperson of LFS SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

 

We, the six Filipino student organizations at San Francisco State University, (AKO, XPO, KPsiE, LFS SFSU, PACE,  and InterVarsity Kapwa) call for and support the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the Philippines. The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is not limited to only areas in the Visayas region, but it affects the whole Philippines and Filipinos worldwide. Due to the destruction caused by super typhoon Haiyan and the Philippine government’s lack of political will to aid victims, we believe that Filipino workers would benefit by working to support their families under TPS instead of being under threat of deportation back to devastated areas in the Philippines. We as students show our solidarity with the workers and recognize the connections to the struggles of Filipinos in the Philippines, in the U.S., and all over the world. We urge the U.S. government to grant TPS for the Philippines to support Filipino workers and their families.

 

Further, beyond granting TPS, we urge the US government to support genuine comprehensive immigration reform for ALL workers by prioritizing human rights over the interests of big business.

Alpha Kappa Omicron (AKO)
Chi Rho Omicron (XPO)
InterVarsity Kapwa
Kappa Psi Epsilon (KPsiE)
League of Filipino Students (LFS SFSU)
Pilipino Academic Collegiate Endeavor (PACE)

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Go to NAFCONusa.org for more information on how to help grant TPS for the Philippines

 

Philippine Solidarity Week

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Philippine Solidarity Week is a week of activities to commemorate the Philippine-American War, which began on February 4, and to raise awareness and support for the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation. It is led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA or BAYAN-USA.
Since 1899, U.S. troops have maintained their presence in the Philippines through permanent military and naval bases and through military agreements and treaties that undermines Philippine sovereignty. These military bases have served as launching pads for U.S. Imperialist aggression in Asia. With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and the Joint Force 2020 ventures, U.S. troops will continue imperialist aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines.
This week, BAYAN-USA’s NorCal region has been releasing a series of “Myths/Facts” about U.S. militarization in the Philippines.
LFS SFSU has created limited edition trading cards to reflect the games that were played during the Philippine-American war in hopes to dispel the myths we have been taught and to highlight the facts about U.S. militarization in the Philippines.

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Treaty of Paris 1898

Myth: The US gained the Philippines as a territory by defeating Spanish military forces.

Fact: The US purchased the Philippines, along with Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico from Spain for $20 million dollars. They then staged the Battle of Manila Bay to give the illusion of their military superiority.

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Execution Order

Myth: US colonization of the Philippines was benevolent.

Fact: During the Philippine American war, US soldiers were instructed to kill everyone over the age of 10 to prevent armed resistance.

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Mass Resistance

Myth: Today, Filipinos welcome US military presence in the Philippines.

Fact: Filipinos and our allies all over the world hold protests and actions against the US military’s violation of the people’s rights and sovereignty.

As long as the 3 basic problems affect the Philippines, this card must be in play.

To share and see more “Myth/Facts” visit and like the BAYAN USA Northern CA page on facebook!

Check out Myth #1 from Anakbayan Silicon Valley

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Aid

go to NafconUSA.org to make donations towards typhoon flood relief

go to NafconUSA.org to make donations towards typhoon flood relief

 
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