HK OFW Group Supports Protest vs VFA in Philippines

 

By Alexander Martin Remollino
Bulatlat
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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GMANews.TV
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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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.

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Harman Renews Push to Prevent Sexual Assult in Military

Re-introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Root Out Permissive Culture and Prosecute “Rapists in the Ranks”

January 27, 2009  

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Chair of the Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee, and Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH), Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today reintroduced legislation directing the Department of Defense to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent rape and sexual assault in the military, and to vigorously prosecute those who commit such crimes.  First introduced in the 110th Congress, a companion bill to the Harman-Turner legislation was introduced in the Senate by former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). 

            “Where is the outrage when a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire? Our military leaders must take decisive action by prosecuting perpetrators more vigorously and put an end to the permissive culture that says, ‘boys will be boys,’” said Harman.  “We are making clear to the new White House and Pentagon that this crisis must end.”

“The prevalence of rape and sexual assault in the military is not only malignant – it affects our mission success and the long-term health of our national security apparatus,” added Harman.

“Women serving in our Armed Forces who come forward and report a sexual assault must be protected from their alleged attackers,” Rep. Turner said. “DOD’s record of protecting women who report a rape and prosecute their case is shocking and unacceptable. I believe the legislation that Congresswoman Harman and I have put forward is a critical step in helping to solve this problem.”

For the full article visit Rep. Jane Harman at her virtual office here.