Benguet Lass, Friend, Victims of Rape by Army Officer, Fail to Join Graduation Rites


Lyn V. Ramo
March 29, 2012


A girl in a remote  village high school in Mankayan, Philippines will not be able to attend her graduation rites.

“Isabel,” not her real name, 16, could have been in the graduating class of a Mankayan village high school because she had high grades in all subjects. She failed to take the final examinations in the last grading period because she lost her composure after she disappeared for four days in February.

Since then she has not been in a normal state of mind. She was pronounced as severely depressed by a doctor. The depression resulted in temporary amnesia, said the Innabuyog-Gabriela, a women’s organization in the Cordillera who is documenting cases of violations of women’s rights.

Isabel’s medico-legal certificate disclosed complete hymenal laceration, periannal laceration, which suggest that not just one person had raped her. The hospital that examined her also found that she has fungal infection.

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Filipino Women March Against US Military Expansion in the Philippines and the Pacific


Unity Statement
Alliance of Progressive Labor
March 8, 2012

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2012, we, Filipino women declare in strongest terms possible, our opposition not only to increased presence but to U.S. military presence per se on Philippine soil.

The United States is increasing its military presence in Asia-Pacific, in particular in the Philippines, and the Philippine government is showing no qualms in allowing this to happen.

A news account recently reported of the United States’ plan to increase its military aid to “boost” Philippine defense; the promised aid will amount to US$144 million, reflecting an increase of more than US$20 million on the previous amount. In another earlier news article, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas was quoted as saying his government had spent US$50 million for the upgrading of Philippine military facilities.

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For additional reporting on the issue:

US Military Expansion, and Attitudes Towards Fiji  95bFM  March 12, 2012

HK OFW Group Supports Protest vs VFA in Philippines


By Alexander Martin Remollino
March 5, 2009

The protests against the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the US have gained support in Hong Kong, with a group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) speaking out against the accord.

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HK OFW Group Supports Protest vs VFA in Philippines

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March 6, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Ten members of the militant Gabriela women’s group were injured in a violent dispersal of a throng of 75 women that attempted to go near the US Embassy in Manila before noon Friday. 

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GMANews.TV – 10 women vs VFA hurt in ‘violent’ dispersal in Manila – Nation – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News – BETA

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Friday: Day in photos - Philippine

(Bullit Marquez / Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2009

Philippine riot police push back protesters near the U.S. Embassy in Manila. The protesters, angered by the handling of a case in which a U.S. Marine was convicted of raping a Filipino woman, called for canceling the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States.