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Philippine Elections: Ocampo and Maza Targeted by Opposition

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at allegations in order to derail the senatorial bids of the progressive and militant House representatives Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza.  I’m sure this is just the beginning of the electoral persecutions that will be leveled against BAYAN affiliated organizations and members.

Bayan Muna writes:

In this instant case, [Case No. SPA 09-065 (DC)], the rehashed allegations of acts of violence and terrorism claimed by petitioner who is a military asset in Southern Tagalog are so pathetically shallow and utterly devoid of logic as to insult the intelligence of the members of this Commission. Thus they should be rejected with dispatch. For the information of this Honorable Commission, those who have doggedly sought in vain to bar Bayan Muna and me from participating and winning in national elections have also maliciously sought recourse in other legal venues – the courts of justice. This may be a case of forum shopping and thoroughly condemnable.

Gabriela Women’s Partylist posted up a news article on their website which stated:

Maza, who is also facing a disqualification complaint filed by one Genesis F. Castillo, said the “fabricated charges, false and malicious lies and endless red-baiting since 2001 are part of the whole government choreography to continue discrediting us and to keep us from taking seats in Congress.”

“Now that I am vying for a Senatorial seat, it is not surprising that they are more aggressive and desperate in trying to disqualify me and other progressive candidates like Satur Ocampo,” she said, adding that the petition against her was meant to “harrass” her.

  1. Jenny permalink
    Saturday, January 9, 2010 2:19 pm

    This also has some good coverage on Phillippine indigenous people and the violation of their land rights:

    I’m not sure if they’re part of the BAYAN campaign or not, I hope the are included.

  2. Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:34 pm

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