Filipina homeowner in California resists eviction from her home

The US Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, or BAYAN USA, an alliance of 12 Filipino organizations across the US, salutes the spirit of resistance demonstrated by Ms. June Reyno, a Filipina homeowner who has chained herself to her home of 20 years in San Diego, California, after being issued an eviction notice by the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Like many property owners in the United States, Reyno is part of a growing section of the US population facing displacement from their homes as the global financial crisis hits the middle class hard and workers even harder.

Reyno, like many Filipinos in the United States, aspired to live the American dream of owning a home and having a career. But market instabilities eventually led to her losing both. Presently unemployed, Reyno is being evicted because she no longer has the income to keep up with the skyrocketing mortgage rates, and even though she has been approved for another loan to purchase back her home, the greedy bank is not willing to re-negotiate but instead is taking steps to kick her family out of the house.

June Reyno is not alone. Like many homeowners in the US facing the same reality, the intentional relaxation of mortgage rates by the greedy banks duped many, including Filipinos, into believing their American dreams were possible. Little did they know that one day, the financial shenanigans of the deregulated banks would cost them their dreams with the current mortgage meltdown. In 2008 alone, there were over 3.2 million filings for foreclosures and over 750,000 jobs lost in the United States, making Reyno's predicament very common.

Now Reyno is resisting, and demanding that US Congress bailout homeowners like herself versus dishing out trillions to bailout the banks that duped her in the first place. There are over 4 million Filipinos who live in the US today, making them one of the largest ethnic communities in the country. Reyno's story debunks the claims of Malacanang that the global financial crisis will not affect Filipinos, particularly overseas Filipinos like Reyno. In fact, it was Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was among the first world leaders to wholly support the $700 billion bailout bill issued by US Congress last month.

Reyno's militant actions are needed at this particular time in our history, as the looming financial depression around the world will certainly carry grave political implications. As evictions, foreclosures, and mass job lay-offs are on the rise, resistance must step up against all other forms of repression against justifiable dissent from the people. Filipinos in the US and around the world must be amongst the decisive forces opposing the financial oligarchs and accelerate the fall of greed and financial tyranny!


Join BAYAN-USA, SEIU Local 721, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional and the International Action Center's
Caravan to San Diego for a:
Neighborhood Rally to Stop the Foreclosure of June Reyno's Home

When: Thursday October 30, 8:30 am
Where: Meet at SEIU Local 721 - 500 S. Virgil Ave. Los Angeles (Near Virgil & 6th)
Contact: +1310 677-6407

Reference: Berna Ellorin, Secretary General, BAYAN USA, email: secgen(@)bayanusa.org

Read more and see video at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/261684

Also see http://obrag.org/?p=1797

BAYAN-CANADA condemns Philippine's threat to IAMR's foreign delegates

BAYAN-Canada, a Canada-wide alliance of patriotic Filipino organizations, condemns the Philippine government's Bureau of Immigration (RPBI) for its latest threat against the Canadian and other friends of the Filipino people who are attending the International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR).

These last three days, representatives of migrants organizations, migrants advocates, and pro-migrant scholars from around the world have been in Manila to participate in the IAMR to comprehensively analyze the situation of migrants and oppose the anti-migrant, and Malacañang-hosted Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

This international assembly of migrants, refugees and advocates is organized by the International Migrants Alliance Alliance (IMA), Migrante International, Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants, IBON Foundation, and BAYAN. IMA is the first-ever global alliance of more than a hundred grassroots associations, organizations, unions, networks and alliances of migrant workers, immigrants, refugees and displaced peoples.

The RPBI statement outrageously threatens with persecution and deportation the delegates of the IAMR from other countries against participating in rallies against the GFMD on the grounds that they are meddling in the internal affairs of the Philippines.

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) once again maliciously turns things upside down.

The GFMD is a yearly state-organized and led meeting. The Belgian government organized the first GFMD in 2007. This year's GFMD is organized by the Philippine government. The GFMD has one goal: to heighten the exploitation of migrants and their remittances for generating money for the receiving countries. It is, not surprisingly, put in the guise of development! Migration, though, is not a tool for genuine development. The Philippines needs genuine national industrialization and agrarian reform. Without these it can only have massive unemployment and poverty. Mass migration is the effect of mal-development!

The GRP continues to be the biggest promoter of imperialist policies of trade and investment liberalization, deregulation, and privatization. To postpone its day of reckoning it has turned to the trinity of incessant borrowing, a labour export policy, and internal repression. The GRP has become addicted to foreign loans, migrant remittances, and political violence! In other words, as the biggest servant of imperialism, it has become the biggest pimp of its people.

The GFMD, as a meeting between imperialist masters and neocolonial servants, cannot, therefore, promote the development of the Filipino people. The only thing it will develop is imperialist plunder and the loot bag of regimes like that of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

This is why we need international assemblies like IAMR that provide a forum for genuine migrants organizations, and genuine advocates and friends to come together to give authentic voice to the concerns of migrants.

The RPBI is being utterly duplicitous. It is the foreigners attending the GFMD that are meddling in the internal affairs of the Philippines. The foreign delegates attending the IAMR are guests of Filipino people's organizations. They are not meddling in the internal affairs of the Philippines. The foreign delegates to the IAMR are not breaking any laws but doing their internationalist duty in expressing solidarity with the Filipino people and with migrants and refugees all over the world.

The threats from the RPBI against the foreign delegates attending the IAMR are, therefore, not just threats to the freedom of expression of these foreign friends of the Filipino people, they are also an attack on the Filipino people themselves and their right to genuine development through national industrialization and agrarian reform.

Any arrest or detaining of foreign and local delegates to the IAMR can, therefore, only further blacken the reputation of the GRP.

Hands off the Canadian delegation and other foreign nationals participating in the IAMR!
Hands off the Philippine hosts of the IAMR!


CAP-CPC attends Migrant conference in Manila

Hello everyone,

Greetings from sunny Philippines!

So far, CAP-CPC member Eileen Young and I have busy with different activities here. Eileen was interviewed by GMA7 (see photo above), a local TV station October 26 when she joined the mobilization of the fisherfolks and peasants group at Pasig River in San Juan. They launched small boats to signify migration. She has lots of photos to show (more information at Arkibong Bayan). We also attended the rally to protest the abduction of Atty. Remigio "Ming" Saladero Jr., a labor lawyer who had been representing the May First Movement (KMU) and other workers for more than 20 years.

I have been busy with the first International Coordinating Body (ICB) of the International Migrants' Alliance (IMA), which was formed in Hong Kong this past June. It was a successful two-day meeting to discuss the General Plan of Action (GPOA). I'll have the details later. This evening, the ICB will be attending a dinner with the UN rapporteur and Parlimentarians which is being hosted by the Senate floor leader, Manny Villar.

The International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR), organized by the IMA, starts Monday, October 27, 2008 and we hope to meet-up with other Canadian delegates at breakfast.

Excited, tired but still beautiful,

tt (Tess Tesalona - CAP-CPC Coordinator and IMA Treasurer)


Balao still alive, activists say

By Desiree Caluza
Northern Luzon Bureau, Philippines

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—Missing activist James Balao is still alive and is being detained in a military camp.

This was the information received by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance on Thursday, after the first hearing on the petition for a writ of amparo for the surfacing of Balao at the regional trial court in La Trinidad, Benguet.

"Our source informed us that James is still alive and is in detention," Beverly Longid, CPA chair, said in a forum here on Friday.

Asked to comment on the possibility that his son was still alive, Balao's father Arthur said: "I am happy to learn that my son is still alive but I am still confused because I do not have the information about his whereabouts."

On Thursday, the family of Balao and militant groups led by the CPA and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) held a rally in front of the Justice Hall of Benguet to drum up the call to issue the writ.

During the hearing, representatives of the Office of the Solicitor General, which represented the respondents in the petition, tried to have the case dismissed but failed.

A witness, Aniceto Adawing who was cross-examined during the hearing, said he saw five armed men accost Balao in Barangay Lower Tomay in La Trinidad on September 17.

Adawing said the men poked their Armalite rifle and .45 cal. guns at Balao and announced that they were arresting him for suspected illegal drug pushing.

Adawing said he was certain that the men were from the police.

Associate Solicitor Gerik Caesare Paderanga said most of the petitions which were filed for issuance of the writ had been dismissed due to baseless accusations.

Balao's family filed the petition to compel the military, James' suspected abductor, to produce him.

The family asked the court to direct the military to disclose the whereabouts of Balao, a founding member of the CPA.

The family also asked the court to allow its authorized representatives to inspect military or police facilities where Balao was believed detained.

The OSG also failed to submit a return during a hearing, which, according to human rights lawyers, was a violation of the procedure.

A return is the answer of the respondents to the issues against them which should be submitted five days after the petition was received.

Paderanga said they failed to submit the return because the process would take long as the respondents involved extraordinary people such as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Cabinet secretaries and police and military officials.

"We understand that the family is suffering but the submission of the return will require a lot of time. We have to be practical," he said.

Lawyer Mary Ann Bayang, Balao counsel, said the failure of the government to submit its response because they were extraordinary people was a flimsy excuse.

"Saying that the respondents were extraordinary people was not an excuse. Whether they were ordinary or extraordinary people, they should be treated equally before the court. The more that they have to comply because they are public officials," she said.

Human rights lawyers condemn attack on their ranks

Written by ILPS Info Bureau
Friday, 24 October 2008

The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL), the International Association of People's Lawyers (IAPL), Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center (PLACE), SENTRA and the Public Interest Legal Center (PILC) condemn the abduction and illegal arrest of Atty. Remigio "Ming" Saladero, Jr, a member of the NUPL, the chief legal counsel of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Board Chairperson of the Pro-Labor Legal Assistant Center (PLACE). Atty. Saladero is a human rights lawyer who was one of those who argued before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Pres. Gloria Arroyo's calibrated preemptive response policy. He is also a member of the media as a columnist of Pinoy Weekly. He is a respected labor lawyer handling nearly 700 labor cases before various tribunals.

A group of armed men claiming to be members of the PNP barged into the office of Atty. Ming on October 23 showing a 2006 warrant of arrest for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder cases in the Regional Trial Court in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

The attack against Atty. Saladero is a violation of his right to due process considering that he was never informed about the complaint and was not able to defend himself before a warrant of arrest was issued. It is also an attack against the legal profession since Atty. Saladero was harassed for the exercise of his profession. It is a blow the right to counsel and access to justice by many workers and human rights victims whose cases Atty. Saladero is handling.

The case filed against Atty. Saladero is part of the Arroyo government's attempt to cow human rights advocates critical of the policies of Pres. Arroyo. Atty. Saladero have been subjected to various attacks in the past mostly from military for his being the lawyer of suspected members of the New Peoples' Army in Rizal. He was also one of the respondents in the case for Conspiracy to Commit Rebellion, Arson and Destruction of Property filed by the military and Globe Telecoms against 27 leaders and activists from Southern Tagalog Region in connection with bombing of Globe Cellsite in Lemery Batangas on August 2, 2008. These trumped-up charges have no basis in fact. Atty. Saladero is not a member of the New People's Army and is not a fugitive. He has been openly litigating in courts and has never been involved in any case of arson to blow up Globe cellsites.

PLACE said the illegal arrest of Atty. Saladero and his possible prolonged detention will adversely affect the operation of PLACE. "Atty. Saladero handles most of the 700 cases of PLACE. Not only that, his other cases mostly human rights and pro bono will be also affected" said Atty. Noel Neri, member of NUPL and colleague of Atty. Saladero in PLACE.

Members of the legal profession, particularly human rights lawyers, will not take this recent attack sitting down. The raiding team members are criminally liable for qualified theft when they confiscated the desktop computer, laptop and cellphone of Atty. Saladero when they executed the supposed warrant of arrest. We will file criminal and administrative cases against public officials who facilitated the illegal arrest and harassment case against Atty. Saladero and false witnesses who committed perjury in their affidavits. The Supreme Court has chastised the Department of Justice for "prostituting" their office to harass political opponents of Pres. Arroyo. We will make sure that those responsible for the travesty of Atty. Saladero's right to due process will be held liable for their participation in the scheme to harass a human rights lawyer who sacrificed so much for the interest of human rights. We ask the Integrated Bar of the Philippines to immediately call for the release of Atty. Saladero and condemn this attack on the legal profession.

National Secretariat
National Union of Peoples' Lawyers(NUPL)
3F Erythrina Bldg., Maaralin corner Matatag Sts. Central District,Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.No. +63 2 920-6660,Telefax No. +63 2 927- 2812
Email addresses: nupl2007[at]gmail.com
Visit the NUPL at http://www.nupl.net/

Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares - +63 917 835 0459
Secretary – General, NUPL

Atty. Noel Neri - +63 927 929 0559
Senior Partner - PLACE

"By calling yourselves the 'people's lawyer,' you have made a remarkable choice. You decided not to remain in the sidelines. Where human rights are assaulted, you have chosen to sacrifice the comfort of the fence for the dangers of the battlefield. But only those who choose to fight on the battlefield live beyond irrelevance."

Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno
in his message to the NUPL Founding Congress,Sept. 15, 2007


On the 26th day of disappearance of CPA member James Balao

CONGRESS LOBBY. The Balao siblings (left) ask Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño for assistance following their brother’s enforced disappearance. (Photo by Cye Reyes/NORDIS)

Dear Friends:

Mr. Art Balao, the father of James has written a letter of thanks. I quote in part: “I wish to express my deep appreciation and thanks to all who in one way or the other contributed to find James. In behalf of my family, I thank you all so much. My family miss him and am sure his many friends, relatives and the many people he has touched, loved and helped miss him too.”

Today is the 26th day of the enforced disappearance of James. However, let us not lose strength in our continuing efforts to surface James. Let us not lose courage as we demand and bring to justice the Intelligence Security Unit (ISU)-Military Intelligence Group (MIG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other State units that conspired to this dastardly act.

This is the second update letter on our continuing efforts for the immediate and unconditional surfacing of James. We issued the first update letter last October 3.

While we have yet to find out the exact location and condition of James, through the help of friends and concerned individuals, sometime October 3, we were able to know of the place and account of his disappearance, as follows:

On the morning of 17 September, at around 8:00 in Lower Tomay, La Trinidad, five (5) unidentified elements of the military excluding the driver, riding on a white vehicle that looks like a Mitsubishi Adventure or Revo swooped on him and forcibly took him.

One immediately cuffed his hands as he cried, “Saludsuden yo man dagitoy nu ania ti basol ko? (Please ask them what wrong have I done?) Another, to prevent him from saying more, locked the jaws of James with his arms while two others violently pointed their guns at his sides, to prevent him from resisting, then they hurriedly shoved him into the car. The remaining one waved his automatic rifle at the shocked onlookers as he warned them not to interfere. He shouted “Pulis kami! Huwag kayong maki-alam! Drug pusher eto!” (We are the police! Do not interfere! He is a drug pusher!) Then he rode the vehicle and within hearing stated: “Diretso sa Camp Dangwa” (Proceed to Camp Dangwa.)

Aside from these five men, at least three (3) served as lookouts.

The accounts of many witnesses and sources have also validated our record that James has indeed been under surveillance.

On the same date, acting on information that the military units of Ilocos Sur specifically the 50th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) may have James in custody, the family, friends, the CPA and the CHRA (Cordillera Human Rights Alliance), immediately traveled to Ilocos Sur. We did not take the information lightly because we know that the same IBPA was involved in the extra-judicial killings of activists Romy Sanchez in 9 March, Pepe Manegdeg in 29 November and Albert Terradano in 30 November, all in 2005. In the case of Pepe Manegdeg, eyewitnesses specifically pointed as the killer Sgt. Joel Castro of the 50th IBPA.

Through the intercession of Governor Deogracias Victor B. Savellano, the family and the CPA had a dialogue with the 50th IBPA. Unfortunately, the military representatives Lt. Ruben Tambio and Sgt. Marcelo Garcia did not make any categorical denial as to their involvement in the disappearance of James or a clear commitment of their assistance to surface James. On negotiation, they allowed a very limited ocular visit of the 50th IBPA headquarters in San Juan, Ilocos Sur, to 4 members of the family and 2 representatives of the CPA, and disallowing taking of photographs.

On initiative of the PRO-CAR, the family, the CPA and the CHRA held a dialogue with the police regional directorate, on October 6, after a short program in Lower Tomay, where James was forcibly taken, appealing to the residents therein for further assistance and cooperation. Present during the said dialogue were the Regional Director, Gen. Eugene Martin, the Benguet Provincial Director, Col. Danilo Pelisco, the La Trinidad and Baguio City Police Directors, Cols. Mario Mayam-es and Jesus Franco, respectively, and other police officers. During the dialogue, as a sign of our good faith and willingness to cooperate with the police, we narrated to them the information as to account of the incident and what we gathered, of which the police had no knowledge. We also informed them that there are witnesses. The place of incident is just a few meters away from Camp Dangwa, the regional headquarters of the PNP in the Cordillera.

In the said dialogue, the PNP directorate agreed to double their investigation efforts, provide custody and security for the possible witnesses, greater police visibility in the place of incident to prevent possible attacks and harassment from the perpetrators, and transparency with the family and with the CPA.

The following day, we revisited the MIG office in Camp Allen, Baguio City. This we formally coordinated with the Police Regional Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (PRO-CAR) and the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO). Unexplainably, the MIG disallowed our entry to the said Camp but on negotiation allowed entry to the City Police Director, Col. Jesus Franco. The MIG coldly ignored our pleas to allow just the father of James, who was already in the premises as early as 6:30 in the morning, to accompany the Police City Director to enter the MIG compound. In fact, the MIG permitted Col. Franco to enter ONLY when Mr. Balao agreed to the demand of the MIG to move away from where he was waiting simply because he can see the vehicles entering and leaving the MIG compound.

Thereafter, LTJG Thomas Yu-ing, the head of the 11th Community Relations Unit (CRU) of the AFP whose office is just beside the MIG, invited Mr. Art Balao for a discussion. In the said meeting, he offered his assistance in investigating the case of James. Such deception and trickery! As he issued on the same day a very poorly written and grammatically erroneous press release that trivialized James' abduction and enforced disappearance by saying that the CPA is merely playing this up simply for "propaganda to attract media attention and collateral attack upon the government…" and even disrespectfully and loosely comment "Who is James Balao anyway?" Our concern is the life of James, that he be surfaced alive and THAT is NOT propaganda.

The regional office of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in response to an earlier letter from the Balao family and succeeding requests for their immediate action on the disappearance of James, on the same day, proceeded with a team of investigators to the MIG office for inspection. However, the MIG elements treated them with grave hostility; shouting at them and even cocking their guns at the investigators. In paranoia and sign of guilt, the MIG hiding behind the gates, only showed their faces but disguised themselves in baseball caps, dark and wide-rimmed sunglasses, and handkerchief covering their mouth. The CHR investigating team also failed to enter the MIG compound.

On 9 October 2008, the family (his father Art Balao, younger sisters Nonette Balao and Jonilyn Balao-Strugar, and brother Winston Balao,) and I as Chairperson of the CPA filed a Writ of Amparo with the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Benguet. The petitioners pray that the Court “(a) issue a Writ of Amparo ordering the respondents to disclose where James Balao is detained or confined, (b) to release James Balao considering his unlawful detention and (c) to cease and desist from further inflicting harm upon his person.”

The petition also prays for an inspection order “to permit the entry of authorized persons for the purpose of inspecting, measuring, surveying and photographing the property or any relevant object or operation thereon” of police and military facilities not limited to the Camps Aguinaldo and Crame in Quezon City, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, the 50th IBPA in San Juan, Ilocos Sur, MIG in Camp Allen, Baguio City, and ISU in Navy Base, Baguio City. The respondents are Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as President of the Republic of the Philippines (RP) and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Eduardo Ermita as the Executive Secretary of the RP, Gilberto Teodoro as the Secretary of the Department of National Defense, Ronaldo Puno as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Norberto Gonzales as the National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano as Chief of Staff of the AFP, Gen. Jesus Versoza as the PNP Chief, Brig. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu as Chief of the PA, Maj. Gen. Isagani Cachuela as the Commanding General of the AFP Northern Luzon Command, the Commanding Officer of the AFP ISU and PCS Eugene Martin as the Regional Director of PRO-CAR.

On raffle, the RTC 63 under Judge Benigno Galacgac shall hear the Writ. The sheriff has already served a copy of the Writ and Notice of Hearing with the respondents, except the ISU as the personnel therein refused to receive the document. The said Court has set the first hearing on the 16th.

Widespread support continues to pour in.

On 6 October, responding to the plea of the Balao family who addressed their session, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Benguet (Provincial Board) approved unanimously a resolution CONDEMNING THE ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF JAMES BALAO, FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE CPA, AND CALLING FOR THE IMMEDIATE SURFACING AND RELEASE OF MR. JAMES BALAO BY HIS CAPTORS. The said resolution further states that “enforced disappearances is contrary to the customs and traditions of the Benguet indigenous peoples that advocate peace.” The Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) of La Trinidad also issued a similar resolution after. Earlier, Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan wrote the Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through Secretary Gilbert Teodoro for her “intercession in locating the whereabouts of Mr. James Balao.”

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) national office on October 10 issued resolution A2008-035 approved en banc “STRONGLY CONDEMNING THE ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF JAMES BALAO, CONTINUING THE INVESTIGATION THROUGH THE CAR REGIONAL OFFICE, AND REQUESTING THE AFP AND PNP FOR ASSISTANCE.” On the same day, the Governor Maximo Dalog of Mountain Province issued a statement AGAINST ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES. The statement reads in part “As father of the province and as Regional Chairman of the League of Provinces, I denounce the unexplained disappearance of James Balao who is one of us. The act does not only deprive him of his rights but also subjects his family to untold mental and psychological torture. xxx Those responsible, regardless of their position or standing in society, should be held accountable, and made to pay for their acts. Denying or delaying justice would prompt aggrieved parties to take the law into their hands. Worse, the impunity by which the crimes have been committed may institutionalize or promote the commission of the same.”

We have yet to hear from the offices of the National Commission on Indigenous People’s (NCIP) and other concerned government agencies to which we appealed for support and intercession.

Recently, the University of the Philippines Baguio, from where James graduated in college on 1983, published its Statement of Concern in the Baguio Midland Courier; and letters of concern from Filipino Scholars in the United States and Filipinos in Stuttgart, Germany. International support continues with barrage of letters and online petition addressed to the respondents as widespread public condemnation reverberates locally.

Amidst all these, we respond appropriately to continues military propaganda that we are simply on a demolition job against the military specifically the army. Recently, on the disdain statement of the Community Relations Unit of the AFP that James Balao does not merit their attention – a remark that smacks of the army insensitivity and lack of value for the safety and life of James.

Kindly visit our website: www.cpaphils.org for the full text of the above stated resolutions, CPA and CHRA statements, letters of support and/or concern, and a photo documentation of all our efforts. This is the second update letter, we have posted the first in our web site. Again, our heartfelt thank you for your actions and responses.

While we cooperate with the police and certain military officials on the matter of investigation and security assistance – we do not have second thoughts as to demanding the full accountability of the military and the police on the enforced disappearance of James. We shall not also hesitate to break lines of full cooperation with the police when proven of their insincerity and involvement in the same, and when such police and military efforts shall point to a conscious conspiracy and whitewash of the accountability of police and military elements.

Let us not lose strength and courage in our campaign to Surface James Balao and Stop Enforced Disappearances. Instead, let our rage and tears further our resolve to continue working for the immediate and unconditional surfacing of James from his captors.

Cordillera Peoples Alliance
# 2 P. Guevarra Street, West Modern Site
Aurora Hill, 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Tel: +63-74-442-2115
Fax: +63-74-443-7159
CPA website: www.cpaphils.org
Surface James Balao website: http://sites.google.com/site/surfacejamesbalao/