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フィリピン:ガブリエラのメンバー殺害される

2006/04/06

フィリピンの長い歴史をもつ古い左派女性政党「ガブリエラ」のメンバーで、ボホール州の女性開発センタースタッフのInday Estorbaさん(31)が、4月3日、自宅で夫とともに銃撃され、死亡しました。殺害者はフィリピン軍諜報部員だということです。ガブリエラの Maza議員は、インダイさんが「対テロ」強攻策をとるアロヨ大統領の体制下で殺された68番目の女性だと指摘し、進歩的なグループをターゲットにする軍の対テロ行動を批判しました。
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Note: This is the 68th killing of a woman under the regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and since the ascendancy of Brig. General Jovito
Palparan in the Philippine military. Palparan headed the ill-fated
Philippine humanitarian mission to Iraq which was forced to return
home after an overseas Filipino worker was kidnapped and those who
held him demanded the withdrawal of the mission. Palparan reportedly
has a number of human rights violations charges filed against him,
none of which has prospered. During his tenure in the province of
Oriental Mindoro, 18 activists and progressives were killed, including
a young town vice-mayor affiliated with GABRIELA. — ##

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NEWS RELEASE
03 April 2006

GABRIELA MEMBER SLAIN IN BOHOL;
MAZA APPEALS: JUNK TERROR BILL, TERROR REGIME

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza Maza condemned
today the brutal murder of a member of the women’s partylist
organization in Bohol.

Inday Estorba, 31, Gabriela Women’s Party member and staff of the
Women’s Development Center in Bohol was shot dead at close range
today at 3:00AM at her home in Bgy. Panagtaran, Candijay, Bohol. Her
husband, Gerry remains in critical condition at the Tagbilaran
Hospital. The assailant, known to Inday’s family and her neighbors as
Byron, is a known Philippine Army intelligence agent in the Barangay.

Inday has long been active in the women’s organization in Bohol and
is a mother to two children aged 6 and 9 years old.

“With Arroyo’s butcher Palparan setting his target for the
elimination of insurgents by September, Inday Estorba’s death marks
the intensification of attacks against women militants and
progressives irrationally pinpointed by the government as rebels and
insurgents. Mothers are not spared.”

“Political persecution of progressive partylists and organizations as
well as the opposition undoubtedly includes the annihilation of its
members and leaders. Inday Estorba, for being an active Gabriela
member and an advocate of women’s rights, has been identified as a
target of Arroyo’s military,” said Maza.

The recent killing comes in the midst of deliberations on the
Anti-Terrorism Bill. The Congress leadership hopes to approve the
terror bill this week.

“The terror bill completes the legislative infrastructure for
Arroyo’s martial rule. This all encompassing license for abuse and
authoritarian rule is meant to silence critics, militants and the
opposition, as well as keep Mrs. Arroyo in power.”

“One more life has been added to the long list of Mrs. Arroyo’s
terror victims. I am appealing to my colleagues; these lives give us
more than enough reason to junk not just the terror bill but the
terror government that rams it in our throats.” #

Women’s Anti-Imperialist League (WAIL)
Member, International League of Peoples Struggles
wailcentral@yahoo.com
The road to women’s liberation lies through the terrain of the
anti-imperialist struggle. — WISAP2004

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