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links for 2009-12-07

Monday, December 7, 2009
  • "But it is not enough to see only the relationship of the Arroyo ruling clique and the Ampatuan ruling clan in Maguindanao or even the rotten and violent character of the entire oppressive ruling system in the Philippines. The official designation and government financing of the Ampatuan private army as CVO and Cafgu paramilitary auxiliaries of the PNP and PA are in line with the national internal security plan called Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL or Operation Freedom Watch). This has been designed and directed by the US under its global war of terror policy.

    The structure of reactionary violence and human rights violations in the Philippines has several levels, including those of the US, the puppet Manila-based government and the local tyrants like the Ampatuans. The US has been the most culpable for whipping up state terrorism and vigilantism by local tyrants and by army and police commanders unter the pretext of combating communists and Muslims who are unjustly labeled as terrorists."

  • "In a public statement (27 Nov 2009) as chairperson of the International League of People's Struggle, Jose Maria Sison succinctly formulates the overriding influence of US hegemony as the framework within which the logic of the Ampatuan massacre can be grasped. He reviews the organic links of Ampatuan power with the CAFGU, CVO, the AFP, and the PNP, national bureaucracy, counterinsurgency agencies, etc. Except for its lack of elaboration on the imperial mechanisms of transmission (provided by other general studies of Moro society such as CENPEG'S The Moro Reader or Marites Vitug and Glenda Gloria's Under the Crescent Moon), Sison offers the left's more comprehensive and substantial point of view on this specific event."

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