Monthly Archive for July, 2009

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Kuusela Hilo Justice for Melissa Roxas Campaign Email: info@justiceformelissa.org Website: www.justiceformelissa.org While former Philippine military leader-turned-lawmaker Jovito Palparan fails to break the credibility of American citizen Melissa Roxas’ testimony that it was the Philippine military that tortured and abducted her last May during a hearing before the Philippine House Committee on Human [...]

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From Bulatlat.com Published on July 29, 2009, 1:18 PM Below is the opening statement made by Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas during a hearing by the House committee on human rights on her allegations of abduction and torture in the hands of the Philippine military. Good morning, honorable members of the House of Representatives, friends and [...]

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PRESS RELEASE Migrant Heritage Commission Melissa Roxas, the first known American Citizen under President Obama’s administration to have become a victim of abduction and torture by military agents in the Philippines, filed through her counsel, Arnedo S. Valera, of the Migrant Heritage Commission’s Legal Resources program, her torture claim by way of “An Urgent Appeal [...]

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PRESS RELEASE Contact: Kuusela Hilo Justice for Melissa Roxas Campaign Email: info@justiceformelissa.org Website: www.justiceformelissa.org The latest accusations of Philippine Congressman Jovito Palparan should bear no weight in determining the outcome of the ongoing investigation on the case of American torture victim Melissa Roxas. This must only be determined by the facts, including the evidence currently [...]

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Vigil for Justice

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Dear Friends, On July 30 President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines will be visiting with the President of the United States. This is an opportunity to make the White House more aware of the human rights abuses in the Philippines by asking sympathetic members of both the Philippine-American Press and the Philippine media to ask [...]

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PRESS RELEASE BAYAN Philippines An emotional Melissa Roxas, the Filipino-American activist abducted and tortured by suspected state agents, returned to the Philippines last night. In a press conference at the airport she said that she was returning to pursue her case, not just for herself but for other victims of human rights abuses. Roxas shed [...]

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From Bulatlat.com Published on July 19, 2009, 12:24 PM Having to leave the Philippines for the United States when she was nine years old was a particularly painful experience for Filipino-American Melissa Roxas. Her desire to trace her roots brought her back to the country of her birth where, in May, soldiers kidnapped and tortured [...]

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PRESS RELEASE BAYAN Philippines The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) today welcomed news from the Commission on Human Rights that Filipino American activist Melissa Roxas is set to return to the Philippines. Roxas, a member of Bayan USA, was abducted last May 19 along with two other volunteers in La Paz, Tarlac. She recounts [...]

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PRESS RELEASE BAYAN Philippines The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan doubts the Malacanang probe into the abduction of Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas will lead anywhere. Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita recently ordered the Department of Defense to investigate the abduction. “It’s a sham. The Palace is likely reeling from intense public criticism of its human rights [...]

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