For Immediate Release
September 6, 2016
Contact: Irma Bajar, Chairperson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of GABRIELA USA express our deepest sympathy for the victims of the September 2 bombing at a night market in Davao City. We condemn the heinous terror attack that killed fourteen people and injured 67 others.
GABRIELA USA calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to stand with Davaoenos and the rest of the Filipino people in seeking justice for the victims. While the perpetrators of the terror attack should be brought to justice, we find it alarming that President Duterte has declared a “state of lawlessness”
in the country. His declaration should have clearly defined parameters, otherwise state forces such as the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines will have carte blanche to arrest innocent civilians and commit other human rights violations against the people, under the guise of countering terrorism.
Past puppet Philippine presidents and their regimes have allowed the US to deploy troops to the Philippines, in their support of the US so-called War on Terror. But the presence of US troops in the Philippines puts the US in a favorable position to carry out military intervention in the country and push forward its economic and political agendas. The US is once again attempting to assert their presence in the country, as US National Security Council spokesperson, Ned Price, recently stated that the US is ready to provide assistance in the investigation of the bombing.
“We oppose any moves by the US government to use the recent bombing in Davao as justification for US intervention and to further militarize the Philippines,” stated Irma Bajar, national Chairperson of GABRIELA USA. “There is a strong possibility that the recent bombing in Mindanao may be an attempt to create chaos and destabilize the country and we oppose all efforts to increase deployment of US troops to the country, as well as sending of additional war equipment via anti-terror aid from the US.”
GABRIELA USA also opposes any attempts to use the Davao bombing incident to sabotage the Peace Talks that have recently resumed between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The next round of the Peace Talks, set to take place in October 2016, will address comprehensive socio-economic reforms such as agrarian reform, national industrialization, rights of working people and social services, and environmental protection.
“As we remember the victims of the Davao bombing, the best way we can achieve a just and lasting peace in Davao and in the entire country is by supporting the continuation of the Peace Talks and opposing all forms of US intervention in the process. We call on all GABRIELA members and supporters to learn more about the Peace Talks and the fundamental changes it will bring that will benefit women, children, and their families,” stated Bajar.
Justice for Victims of Davao Bombing!
Stop US Intervention in the Philippines!