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)

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