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COMBATTING STATE TERRORISM IN THE PHILIPPINES

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NEOCOLONIAL ELECTIONS AND STATE TERRORISM IN THE PHILIPPINES:

An Interview with former president of the University of the Philippines, Emeritus Professor Francisco Nemenzo




by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.



Contrary to Philippine government claims, the mid-term May elections sounded a dirge to the Arroyo regime’s barbaric repression of its citizens and its subservience to U.S. imperial dictates. On the face of State terrorism carried out through military abductions, harassment and extra-judicial killings, millions of Filipinos rejected the bulk of Arroyo’s candidates for the Senate and voted into office a rebel military officer and Arroyo critic, Antonio Trillanes IV. Supported by civil-society groups like Laban ng Masa, BAYAN, and others, Trillanes vowed to investigate the rampant political killings, torture, kidnappings, and warrantless arrests ascribed by KARAPATAN, Asian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and United Nations rapporteurs, to the Pentagon-advised Armed Forces of the Phi…