Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bayan Muna to Bangit -- Stop illegal AFP campaigns against us

March 10, 2010

Reference: Rep. Teddy Casiño

Bayan Muna to Bangit -- Stop illegal AFP campaigns against us

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Teddy Casiño challenged new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit to stop all illegal campaigns done by the AFP against Bayan Muna, progressive candidates and activist organizations.

"We are calling on Gen. Bangit to immediately stop all illegal campaigns committed by the AFP against partylists Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Akap-Bata, and Katribu, and progressive senatorial candidates Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza. We have received reports of what appears to be a nationwide smear campaign against us, including physical threats on our volunteers," Casiño said.

Uniformed military personnel have been reportedly conducting house-to-house campaigns against Bayan Muna in different municipalities in Sorsogon. Posters vilifying Reps. Ocampo and Maza and progressive partylists, allegedly put up by organizations supported by the military, have sprouted along the streets of Manila, Quezon City, Taguig, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Iligan, Sorsogon, Davao and elsewhere. On February 23, a certain Maj. Arnal Manjares inflicted harm and threatened to shoot a MAKABAYAN volunteer.

"Huwag sana siyang magpagamit sa kampo ni PGMA para makapandaya sila sa eleksiyon gamit ang militar, tulad noong 2004 nang naganap ang 'Hello Garci and Generals' (We hope he will not allow himself to be used by PGMA's camp for election fraud involving the military, like what happened in 2004 when the 'Hello Garci and Generals' transactions transpired," Casiño said.

"It is clearly part of his mandate and duties as a top officer in the AFP to ensure no election fraud takes place and that the people's rights are respected at all times. We are also challenging him to make sure that the military allows PGMA critics in the partylists to campaign without threat or harassment from his men," Casiño concluded.###