By Renato Reyes, Jr. “The place of honor is in the line of fire.” – Lean AlejandroSept. 19 — Twenty-five years ago, on 19 September 1987, Lean Alejandro, the first Secretary General of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), was killed when armed men opened fire with automatic weapons on his car as it was about to enter the gate of the headquarters of BAYAN.Lean had just come from a press conference at the National Press Club, where he had called for mass protests against the inordinate and increasing say of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the 18-month-old administration of then President Corazon C. Aquino.Lean’s assassination was one of many grievous human rights violations committed under the first U.S.-backed Aquino regime. While the Cory regime denounced the killing, it remains unsolved to this day.It is widely believed that the Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) carried out the dastardly act just as they did the assassination of labor leader Rolando “Ka Lando” Olalia and his driver, Leonor Alay-ay, in 1986, with the objective of strengthening the hand of the rightists and militarists in the Aquino government, if not causing its outright downfall.Earlier this year the long-standing case for double murder of Ka Lando and his driver inched forward with the issuance of warrants of arrest for the accused still at large by RTC Branch 98 judge, Ma. Consejo Gengos-Igualaga. They are Eduardo Kapunan Jr., Oscar Legaspi, Filomeno Maligaya, Cirilo Almario, Jose Bacera, Fernando Casanova, Ricardo Dicon, Gilbert Galicia, Dennis Jabatan, Gene Paris, Freddie Sumagaysay and Edgar Sumido — all leaders and members of RAM.Despite the alleged restoration of democracy, widespread and grievous human rights violations blackened the first Aquino regime. Mrs. Aquino “unsheath(ed) the sword of war” and launched another brutal counterinsurgency program against the communist-led revolutionary movement. In the process, many civilian communities were displaced and terrorized and many more lives were lost, especially due to the abuses of paramilitary forces such as the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) under the direction and control of the AFP.While martial law had been rescinded and the fascist Marcos dictatorship overthrown, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and torture still took place at an alarming rate and frequency. The first Aquino regime continued and even exacerbated the anti-people policies of the Marcos regime, notably in relation to agrarian reform, foreign debt service and economic liberalization, deregulation and privatization.Mrs. Aquino also called for the retention of the U.S. military bases, reneging on her position when she was not yet president and even marching in a Malacanang-organized rally to pressure the Philippine Senate to vote in favor of bases retention.It is no surprise that the people’s struggles against exploitation and oppression and for nationalism and democracy continued and even grew in strength.As we commemorate the death of Lean, we also remember the declaration of martial law 40 years ago and the people’s heroic resistance to the Marcos dictatorship, whose victims continue to seek justice. Justice remains elusive, as well, not only for the family and kin of Lean, but also for the thousands of victims of human rights violations committed under the first Aquino regime.In remembering Lean and his unjust and untimely passing, we note the failure of the first Aquino regime and the succeeding regimes up to the second Aquino regime of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, to render justice and indemnification for all victims of human rights violations. Such failure, along with the continuing anti-people policies carried over from one regime to another, fuel the people’s continuing struggle and resistance.Concretely, the Noynoy regime has failed to deliver on its promise of indemnification for the victims of martial law. It has also not taken any step to release the more than 350 political prisoners all over the country while it had amnestied and set free more than 300 military officials and personnel who had rebelled against the preceding Arroyo regime.Today, we honor Lean and all our martyrs and heroes who valiantly and steadfastly fought for the cause of national and social liberation. We offer our multisectoral march on September 21 to the memory of all those who fought against the U.S.-backed Marcos fascist dictatorship, as we pledge to continue their unfinished struggle for genuine freedom and democracy.The writer is the national Secretary-General of BAYAN-Philippines.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Pasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Have a Properly Romantic Valentineâ€™s Day The Proper is hosting a special evening with a romantic menu and live music From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 12:44 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Whatâ€™s your ideal Valentineâ€™s day? A special dinner for two in a cozy dining room with soft piano music drifting through the air?Thatâ€™s what The Proper is offering you this Valentineâ€™s Day: a farm-to-table Valentineâ€™s Dinner with a live pianist to make the evening more romantic.Their specially designed menu features a four-course menu of classic favorites and interesting twists. For appetizers, enjoy a truffled asparagus with Sottocenere Truffle Cheese and strawberry frisee salad with raclette cheese, cacao nibs, and strawberry vignette or chilled Beet Gazpacho. Choices for entrees are grilled lobster tail with house made pasta and Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with scalloped potatoes.Wrap up your meal (but not your evening) with either a chocolate mousse or fruit tart and enjoy a night cap from The Properâ€™s bar manager: Blushing Cupid, a concoction of strawberry syrup, lemon, vodka, and sparkling.The dinner is priced at only $85. Seating is limited, so book now by calling (818) 790-4888.The Proper is located at 464 Foothill Blvd La Canada Flintridge. For more information, call (818) 790-4888 or visit theproper.com. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News
Advertisement Previous articleThe troubadour Duhan returnsNext articleTamara Hall: New EP Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsHealthLimerick mother and baby die in Cork hospital tragedyBy Staff Reporter – March 27, 2019 5609 Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Email Print Business photo created by lifeforstock – www.freepik.comA TERRIBLE accident is how the death of a County Limerick mother and her infant baby was described this week as family and friends struggled to terms with the double tragedy.Ms Downey, (36) a patient at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH), was found lying unresponsive on the floor with her infant baby trapped underneath on Monday morning.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is understood that Ms Downey, who is from Castletown near O’Rourke’s Cross, had been breastfeeding her newborn baby boy when she fell from the bed after taking ill.The mother-of-three was in a single room at CUMH after giving birth last weekend. It is understood that she had been checked by staff earlier that morning.She was found on the floor with her baby seriously injured and partially trapped underneath at around 7am on Monday morning.Ms Downey died despite efforts to resuscitate her at the scene.Over the following two days, staff at the CUMH worked to save the life of the newborn baby but he died shortly after 7pm on Tuesday.As senior medical personnel at the hospital look to determine the causes of deaths following post mortem examinations, a file will be prepared for the Cork Coroner and inquests will be held into the double tragedy.A HSE statement said: “As with all unexplained deaths, a full medical investigation was immediately initiated. This investigation is currently underway at CUMH.“CUMH wishes to express its deepest sympathy with the family of the mother and her baby.Ms Downey, an only child who worked at the Novartis bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing and development facility at Ringaskiddy in Cork, is survived by her husband Kevin and two young children.Her parents are widely known, particularly in GAA circles, in the Castletown-Ballyagran area. Twitter
A memorial service took place July 7 at the Hoboken Community Church, Hoboken, for Carroll N. Jones III, 72, of Hoboken. He passed away June 22 surrounded by his friends at the Hamilton Park Health Care Center in Jersey City. Carroll was born in California and lived in New Providence, Hoboken, and Jersey City. He will be sorely missed by all his closest friends. His life-long passion was in the arts. His own talent as a visual artist was dazzling. He was a realist painter, printmaker, and master at rendering images with graphite. Carroll was a meticulous artist with great evocative capacity. He began as a portraitist but soon produced beautiful oil landscapes and cityscapes, including stunning pictures of storefront windows that show an outward vision, suggesting inner life as well. His loving renderings of his beloved cats are filled with charm and personality.Carroll was predeceased by both of his parents, Carroll Jones II, and Lucy (nee Barnes). He is survived by his very close dedicated friend Merry Naddeo, childhood friend, John Carlini, and his cherished cat, Callie.Services arranged by the Lawton-Turso Funeral Home, Hoboken.