November 14, 2007
For reference: Connie Bragas-Regalado, Chairperson (0927-215-7392)
An alliance of organizations composed of overseas Filipinos and their families today condemned the bombing at the Batasan Pambana last night and sympathized with those injured and killed. At the same time, Migrante International called for an independent probe and warned Malacanang against using the incident to justify repressive measures against the people.
“We condemn this latest reprehensible attack against innocent civilians. Given how this occurred in the wake of the botched investigation into the Glorietta bombing, we demand a comprehensive, independent and genuine probe into this unprecedented attack at the Batasan,” says Connie Bragas-Regalado, Migrante International Chairperson.
Bragas-Regalado added her group is especially concerned and alarmed because among those injured is staunch migrants’ advocate and Gabriela Women’s Partylist Rep. Luz Ilagan while her driver, Marcial Taldo is among the fatalities. Other GWP staff members were also hurt in the blast.
“The independent probe should include all stakeholders and must be open to pursuing all possibilities in this case. This means that the timing of the blast, the current political crisis and all other factors must be considered. In this light, conclusions about how Basilan Rep. Wahab Akhbar was the bomb’s target is premature and may even be another diversionary tactic,” she said.
“It simply cannot be discounted that in the Glorietta and Batasan Pambansa blast, the Arroyo administration benefits in a sense because both tragic events diverted public attention away from very damaging exposes linking Malacanang to the ZTE deal and bribery issues among others,” added Bragas-Regalado, noting how even the impeachment process remains a threat despite attempts by administration solons to quash it in Congress.
“We commit to pursuing justice for the victims and we warn Gloria anew that instead of silencing the people, these events intensify further our commitment to expose and oust her anti-people and fascist regime,” she said.
Later this evening, Migrante International will join the BAYAN-led activity at the Quezon Memorial Circle to denounce the bombing and call for justice for the victims. #