Media Advisory on James Balao September 17 commemoration

14 September 2011

­­­­Media Advisory:


September 17, 2011 marks the 1097th day since the indigenous people activist James Balao was abducted by state security forces in La Trinidad, Benguet. Since then, his family, along with the Cordillera People’s Alliance and Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, has sought the administration of President Benigno Aquino III to bring justice to James’ enforced disappearance by holding the past regime accountable for its misdeeds. Last January 2009, the Supreme Courtb granted the writ of amparo to surface James Balao and to prosecute those who are accountable for this abduction which included then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her cohorts. Moreover, September 21 marks the anniversary of the imposition of Martial Law of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.


In relation to this, we are inviting you to be part of the commemoration of James’ enforced disappearance and the continuing struggle for justice not only for him but to all the victims of human rights violations in the country this coming September 17, 10 am at People’s Park. With the theme: “Resist the continuing State Terrorism! Persevers in our Human Rights Defense and Assertion,” the activity will serve as a broad gathering of individuals and organizations to clamor the Aquino administration for justice and bring the perpetrators of HRVs accountable. Media coverage is requested.


Below is the program of activities for the whole-day activity.




Part I



Set Up at the Venue

Public Announcement

Part II

11:00-11:05 Invocation  
11: 05-11:10 Introduction of the Activity Ms. Joana Cariño, Afong-Selda


11:10-11:20 On Human Rights Situation Mr. Jude Baggo, Secretary-General, CHRA


11:20-11:25 Introduction to the video documentary entitled Rimbaw* Ms. Audrey Beltran, Deputy Secretary General, CHRA


11:25-12:00 Public Viewing of Rimbaw  



12:00-12:05 Message Balao Family


12:05-12:10 Challenges Ms. Chie Galvez, Coordinator, HustisyaNorthern Luzon


Part III

1:00-4:00 Poetry Reading and Cultural


CEGP Baguio-Benguet, Baguio Writer’s Group and UBBOG Cordillera Young Writer’s Group
4:00-5:00 CEGP Freeze Mob in Session Road CEGP Baguio-Benguet



*Rimbaw is a video documentary that chronicles the struggles of families in Northern Luzon who have been subjected to human rights violations, through Operation Plans Bantay Laya I and II and Bayanihan. It is also a narrative of courage mustered by these families and their communities in their assertion of human rights. The video was produced through the efforts of Hustisya-Northern Luzon, Dinteg (Cordillera Indigenous Peoples’LegalCenter), Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, Cordillera Women’s Education, Action, and Research Center, Inc. (CWEARC), and the European Union – Delegation to thePhilippines.


**simultaneous with the program is a mural painting activity depicting the struggle for justice for the enforced disappearance of James Balao and the victims of human rights violations under the Oplan Bantay Laya I and II and Oplan Bayanihan.


Thank you.



For Reference:


Ruel Caricativo

CHRA Media Officer, 09162772239


Ivan Emil Labayne

CEGP Baguio-Benguet Chaiperson, 09268105915


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