[News] Marines Gang Rape Filipino Woman - Emergency demonstration Friday, 11/4 SF
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Fri Nov 4 08:44:25 EST 2005
EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT!
U.S. TROOPS GANG RAPE FILIPINA WOMAN IN THE PHILIPPINES
DEMONSTRATION TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIM, AND NO IMMUNITY FOR THE
Today, Friday, November 4th, 4:30-6pm
San Francisco Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Avenue (Cross Street is Polk)
San Francisco, CA
DEMAND JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES COMMITTED BY US TROOPS!
JUNK THE VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (VFA)!
US TROOPS OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES, MIDDLE EAST, & EVERYWHERE!
Organized by BAYAN USA, babae, League of Filipino Students, Committee for
Human Rights in the Philippines
For more information contact: info at bayanusa.org or call 415-412-8915 or
Nov. 3, 2005
Public Information Officer, BAYAN USA,
ny at bayanusa.org / phone: 646-479-1605
NO IMMUNITY: CASE OF US TROOPS' GANG RAPE OF FILIPINA WOMAN MUST BE
SURRENDERED TO PHILIPPINE JURISDICTION-- BAYAN USA
New York/San Francisco? The national alliance of Filipino organizations in
the US known as BAYAN USA and its supporters strongly condemn the recent
and brutal gang rape of a 22 year-old Filipina woman by at least six US
Marines stationed in Subic Bay, Olongapo City two days ago last Tuesday,
The six suspects are currently being held in the Philippines under the
custody of the US Embassy in Manila.
BAYAN USA spokesperson Berna Ellorin asserted, "this heinous crime against
the Filipino people at the hands of the US military troops commands nothing
less than comprehensive justice. This can only mean all efforts must be
exerted by both the US and Philippine authorities for a full investigation
of the alleged perpetrators. Absolutely NO IMMUNITY must be granted to the
six suspects under US jurisdiction.
They must surrender to Philippine jurisdiction be tried and held
accountable to the Filipino people and its legal system. The
Macapagal-Arroyo government, if it is one with its people, must facilitate
such a due process. Anything else is NOT justice."
According to the unidentified female victim, the group of six US marines
invited her to join them in a rented van after a night out in a karaoke
bar. A few hours later, as reported by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
(SBMA), witnesses said they saw the unconscious woman's body being dumped
from the van on a road.
SBMA Chair Feliciano Salonga confirmed that the six US servicemen-- Keith
Silkwood, Daniel Smith, Albert Lara, Dominic Duplantis, Corey Barris, and
Chad Capent-- were "identified by the driver of the van."
Ellorin zoomed in on a vague claim by the US Embassy and US Charges
D'Affairs Paul Jones that the US would "cooperate" with the Philippine
authorities in an investigation of the incident.
"There is a century-long history of US military atrocities committed
against Filipinos in the Philippines that were never brought to justice,"
Ellorin stated, citing previous examples including the shooting of unarmed
civilian Buyong-Buyong Isnijal by US Soldier Reggie Lane in Basilan back in
July 2002, the shooting of Aetas (an indigenous people) near Subic back in
the eighties by US troops who claimed to have mistook them as wild boar,
and countless human rights violations and sexual offenses against Filipino
"In all cases, Philippine government surrendered its criminal jurisdiction
to the US. US soldiers, as protected by provisions under the Visiting
Forces Agreement (VFA) are seldom surrendered to Philippine authorities
much less tried under Philippine law. They are totally untouchable under US
jurisdiction, despite crimes they can commit against Filipinos on
Philippine soil. This means they can get away with anything from murder to
gang rape, and not have to answer to the Philippine government," Ellorin
Ellorin cited the unconstitutionality of the Visiting Forces Agreement in
the first place, stating it directly violates Philippine national
sovereignty. "The VFA should be repealed at once, for the rights and
welfare of the Filipino people."
Jones, on the other hand, refused to disclose the exact whereabouts of the
six US rape suspects, who were among the 4,500 US servicemen in the
Philippines for the Talon joint military exercises since several weeks ago.
BAYAN USA called for increased national action in indignation and demanding
justice for the victim. It reiterated its call for the total and
unconditional withdrawal of US troops and US military aid from the
For news reports on the gang rape, visit the following links:
BAYAN USA is an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S.
representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and
youth. As the only international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan
(BAYAN-Philippines), BAYAN USA serves as an information bureau for the
national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a campaign center
for anti-imperialist Filipinos in the U.S. Members of BAYAN USA include:
ANAKBAYAN (Los Angeles & Seattle), Committee for Human Rights in the
Philippines (Oakland, Bay Area), Habi-Arts (Los Angeles), New York
Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NY), League of Filipino
Students (San Francisco), Pilipinos Organizing Workers for Empowerment and
Respect (Los Angeles), and Critical Filipino and Filipino Studies Collective.
Official BAYAN USA statements and press releases are sent exclusively via
bayanusanews list. To join please send a request to info at bayanusa.org.
To subscribe or unsubscribe to the BAYAN USA Newslist please send an email
toinfo at bayanusa.org
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