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Rather than arrest Satur, why not train your guns on Cuenca who continues to squat on farmers’ land? March 13, 2007

Posted by s511 in agrarian reform, Human Rights, left killings, party-list system and elections, The Left.
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In behalf of Akbayan, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing persecution and impending arrest of Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo.  The more than twenty year old charge of multiple murder against Satur committed at the time he was under military detention reflects the same disdain by the authorities for justice and the rule of law that met the arrest of Rep. Crispin Beltran on trumped up charges over a year ago.
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Akbayan solon calls for immediate installation of farmers in Cuenca land February 28, 2007

Posted by s511 in agrarian reform, Press Releases.
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Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales today called on the Department of Agrarian Reform Sec. Nasser Pangandaman to facilitate the immediate installation of farmer beneficiaries in Negros lands belonging to Roberto Cuenca.

The Malaga farmers, who have set up camp in front of the DAR premises have been granted certificates of land ownership awards and the DAR itself has admitted on national television that no more impediments should block the awarding of the lands to the farmers.

“It is sad that farmers are being pitted against farmers to delay the installation of the beneficiaries because the land that they are claiming is separate from the one claimed by another group,” said Rosales.

“The secretary’s pronouncements that the farmer beneficiaries are fake holds no water since the list has already been cleansed, going through an inclusion and exclusion process,” added Rosales.  “The only impediment is the landlord himself who is unwilling to part with prime lands that under the law, should not belong to him.”

“There is no more process to be undertaken, nothing else that needs to be done except install the farmers,” explained Rosales.  “The DAR should instead support the farmers and give them appropriate support services to help uplift their lives.”

“The Arroyo government has the recovered Marcos wealth at its disposal, and out of P35 billion, about P20 billion should go into land acquisitiona nd distribution and P7 billion should go to support services,” Rosales pointed out.  “Lack of money cannt be used as an excuse either.”

“Farmers in the area have already been killed, harassed and initimidated by Blue Guards supposedly under the employ of the landlord and this should also be investigated,” added Rosales.  “No ifs and buts just because Cuenca is a balae of Iggy Arroyo.”

“Government should understand that landlessness and the resulting poverty is the root cause of armed resistance in the countryside and instead of an unnecessary anti-terror bill it is this social injustice that must be addressed once and for all.”

Akbayan solon opposes Yap return to DA October 19, 2006

Posted by jvcruz in agrarian reform, corruption.
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Akbayan solon opposes Yap return to DA
October 19, 2006

Akbayan Representative Etta Rosales today joined the chorus of voices opposing the re-appointment of Presidential Management Staff Chief Arthur Yap back to the Department of Agriculture, raising questions over unresolved cases that hounded Yap out of the office a year ago.
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Marcos compromise is not the solution to land reform June 24, 2006

Posted by s511 in agrarian reform, Akbayan Issues, Human Rights, Marcos Wealth.
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AKBAYAN party-List Representative Etta Rosales today warned against using CARP as an excuse to further entertain the idea of entering into a compromise agreement with the Marcoses regarding their ill-gotten wealth.

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Explanation of Vote re Abolition of Death Penalty June 7, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Explanation of Votes, Human Rights, Legislation, Speeches.
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(from official transcript of records)

June 6, 2006, 8:25 p.m.
Plenary 2nd Session
Thirteenth Congress

I vote yes for the repeal of Republic Act 7659 abolishing the imposition of the death penalty.

May I just say – express my appreciation to my colleagues here in the House of Representatives because the campaign for the abolition of death penalty goes a long way from the Eleventh Congress. I do remember that in the Eleventh Congress there was a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty law but the Supreme Court decided to push for the enforcement of the law – Republic Act 7659. And this was brought about precisely because they were convinced by the position of the House of Representatives. There was a list of the Members of the House who felt that in fact the death penalty should be imposed and that the moratorium, if I am not mistaken, should be lifted.

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It is Time to Abolish the Death Penalty June 6, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Explanation of Votes, Legislation, Speeches.
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June 6, 2006, 8:25 p.m.
Plenary 2nd Session
Thirteenth Congress

I vote yes for the repeal of Republic Act 7659 abolishing the imposition of the death penalty.

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PCGG perks and privileges should be looked into May 24, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, graft and corruption, Human Rights, Marcos Wealth, Press Releases.
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“I just want to have fun,” Abcede says of his cavorting with Imelda Marcos. This is highly insensitive and callous to the high objectives that the PCGG is mandated to uphold. Abcede has single-handedly undermined the mission of his own office with those six careless words, oblivious to the concept of ‘conflict of interest’, to the detriment of his primary clients – the Filipino people.

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Downgrade of case vs. Subic rape servicemen is sellout of justice and sovereignty April 21, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, foreign affairs, Press Statements, sovereignty.
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The DOJ decision to downgrade the case against three of the accused in the Subic rape case is a sad development in the pursuit of justice towards a resolution of the situation.

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AKBAYAN solon insists on legislative action towards full abolition of death pen, not just through commutations April 18, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Human Rights, Legislation, Press Releases.
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AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Etta Rosales today said that more than a presidential pronouncement; the death penalty should be abolished altogether through the enactment of a pending law.

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COMELEC is wasting taxpayers’ money on signature drive verification April 4, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, electoral reform, graft and corruption, Legislation, Press Releases.
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The Commission on Elections is again playing the part of Malacañang’s dummy with its insistence on verifying the signatures collected by the Sigaw ng Bayan movement for a people’s initiative. It feels like 2004 all over again with a compliant COMELEC risking charges of contempt, graft and malversation just to complement Malacañang’s blessing on the cha-cha train.

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