Pemerintah Filipina semakin menunjukkan wajah aslinya: sebuah entitas opresif, non-demokratis yang hanya siap melindungi dan melayani kepentingan mereka yang berkuasa, kaya, dan berprivilese. Sebelum ada obrolan mengenai lockdown dan karantina semasa pandemi COVID-19 ini, sebenarnya sudah mulai terdengar desas-desus pembaharuan dari UU Keamanan Filipina yang berusaha mendefinisikan apa itu tindak terorisme. Setelah berhari-hari dan berminggu-minggu melobi sana-sini, mencari perhatian media, dan menandai semua orang sebagai komunis (red-tagging), akhirnya kongres merilis RUU Antiterorisme.
Isinulat, isinalin, at in-update ni Malaginoo mula sa orihinal.
Malapit nang ipakita ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas ang kanyang mga tunay na kulay: isang institusyong diktaturyal at mapang-api, handang protektahan at pagsilbihan ang mga namumunong mayayaman at makapangyarihan. Bago pa dumating ang isyu ng lockdown at quarantine para tugunan ang krisis na dala ng COVID-19, abala ang gobyerno sa pag-update ng Human Security Act, ang batas, ang armas ng pamahalaan kontra sa terorismo. Matapos ang ilang linggo’t buwan ng pamumulitika, pagmamagaling, at pag-redtag, ibinunyag ng Kongreso ang Anti-Terror Bill ng 2020.
Written by Malaginoo. Content and trigger warning: This text discusses physical, mental, and sexual abuse, discrimination, and murder committed against queer people.
For the first time, I’m going to speak in the first person, because contrary to the belief of religious conservatives and macho-fascists, there is no such thing as a Gay Agenda™, and the queer community isn’t a monolith. I cannot write for all queers, nor the communities I have come to know and love in my less than two decades of existence in the world. No, they have their own stories to tell, and they have their own time to tell it. I have mine. I can only write for myself, but that’s a good start, isn’t it?
A statement from Bandilang Itim.
As we pass the 100th day in the longest and harshest quarantine in the world, we find ourselves in no better position to combat the COVID-19. All dissent is criminalized, and the lapsing of the Anti-Terror Bill, with its vague definition of what is considered as “terrorism” effectively legislates and normalizes the Philippines as a police state, without having to declare martial law. This is the kind of political maneuvering that would’ve made Marcos proud.
Por Malaginoo. Traducido por Confederación Internacional del Trabajo (ICL-CIT).
El gobierno filipino está un paso más cerca de mostrarse tal como es: una entidad antidemocrática y opresora, dispuesta a proteger y servir los intereses de un puñado de personas poderosas, ricas y privilegiadas. Ya antes de que se oyera hablar de confinamiento y cuarentena con ocasión de la pandemia de la COVID-19, se planteó la actualización de la Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana, una normativa que define los parámetros de lo que se considera terrorismo. Después de muchos días y semanas de tejemanejes políticos, declaraciones altisonantes y de acusar de rojos a la oposición, el congreso hizo público el Proyecto de Ley Antiterrorista 2020.
As anarchist, autonomous, and anti-authoritarian collectives in the archipelago, we declare our opposition the Anti-Terrorism Act recently railroaded in Congress.
Written by APS.
I’m writing this as a quick guide to screening people one might invite to the anarchist collective, since we seem to have an issue at the present where some reactionary elements have entered nominally Anarchist spaces. Not to mention the threat of entryism by those in the Maoist-aligned National Democratic movement. The information here is a synthesis of conversations I’ve had with other organizers, written records of existing anarchist organizations and as well as my own experiences having to organize spaces for planning and action, however small they may be.
Written by Ponkan on his personal blog, republished by request on Bandilang Itim.
Throughout history Anarchism and Anarchies have long been known to appear and explode as vibrant as it is sporadic. At its most practical, it has been long defined by bursts of activity and small, however self-professing or simply resemblant it is.
Most of this intermittent yet persistent attitude is brought by the movement’s preference for solutions-based activity over theory. If there is any, its most seminal ones do not play around its own philosophy–it is unfettered and blunt aside from some bents towards propagandistic and erudite language. Why wait, nay–prepare for the coming upheaval when you can make liberation happen yourself? Direct action!
Written by Malaginoo.
The Philippine government is another step closer to revealing its true self: an undemocratic, oppressive entity ready to protect and serve the interests of the powerful, wealthy, and privileged few. Before there was talk of lockdowns and quarantines during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the issue of updating the Human Security Act, a law defining the parameters of terrorism. After many days and weeks of politicking, grandstanding, and red-tagging, Congress unveiled the 2020 Anti-Terror Bill.
A statement from the Bandilang Itim Collective.
Two Days from World Press Freedom Day
Two days after celebrating World Press Freedom Day the Philippine government in the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the broadcast network ABS-CBN to cease and desist their broadcasting operations. The NTC ordered this because the legislative franchise that allows ABS-CBN to operate expired on May 4, 2020. Included in the cease-and-desist order are 42 television stations and 23 radio stations that are operated by the media conglomerate. Normally congress would renew such franchises before their expiry as it had done so in the past, but President Rodrigo Duterte has had a tirade against the ABS-CBN network since becoming president, accusing the network of “swindling” and for refusing to air his political ads during the 2016 presidential election. Just days after he signed into law the franchise renewal of the GMA (the rival of ABS-CBN) Duterte had gone on record saying he would even block the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. We do not doubt that the franchise was willfully allowed to expire without a renewal as Duterte’s allies dominate both houses of congress.