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Free Activist James M. Balao

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I’ve blogged about disappearances before and unfortunately the cronnie U.S. puppet government in the Philippines hasn’t stopped.  James M. Balao of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance has just disappeared:

We are alarmed and disturbed with the enforced disappearance of Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) member James M. Balao since September 17, 2008. His family has no information of his whereabouts up to this moment. We urgently call for the immediate and unconditional surfacing of James, in the spirit of upholding our basic human rights, very basic of which is the right to life and security which must not be denied to anyone.

His enforced disappearance is being attributed to his work with the legal people’s movement advocating indigenous peoples rights, human rights and social justice. Balao has reported that he was being surveilled since June and this heightened until his disappearance last week. The CPA and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) point to military intelligence agents as the perpetrators of this violation.

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4 Comments
  1. Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:49 pm

    Is he Maoist? Maoism poisoned so many activists there.

  2. Tevin Role permalink
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 2:30 pm

    What? who the fuck cares if he’s maoist? dude wasn’t even doing anything illegal and he was kidnapped (and probably tortured and/or killed) by the government. are you suggesting if he was maoist this whole thing is OK? i hope you’re not saying that because if you are fuck you.

  3. Wednesday, September 24, 2008 6:40 pm

    RE: Just because he is a member of the CPA doesn’t mean he is a Maoist, plus I don’t consider Maoism all that bad to begin with. We need to stop with the bullshit sectarianism even if the other side possibly does sectarianism as well. Plus, the man was an activist who loved his community and did all he could to help it. He was fighting for self-determination of the tribal peoples plus BAYAN is the largest and most organized alternative many people see as a way out of their absolute poverty.

  4. lily anne permalink
    Thursday, December 25, 2008 2:37 am

    He is my cousin, I just met him a couple of years ago. But years didn’t made any difference. He is open, fun, and a very positive person. No signs of hostility or any crap connecting to being a rebel. When you say helping others, does that mean you are a rebel? Tevin is right, he was not doing anything ILLEGAL. So what the??? And where is he??

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