Category Archive for 'Melissa’s Words'
Dear President Obama, I write to you, Mr. President Obama, on the five-year anniversary of my abduction and torture by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. On May 19, 2009, while conducting health care work in the community of La Paz, Tarlac, Philippines, I was abducted by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. [...]
Posted in Melissa's Words on Apr 4th, 2013
As a survivor of abduction by the Philippine military in 2009, my heart went out to the Burgos family after I heard the favorable news of the Philippine Court of Appeals ruling last week on the case of Jonas Burgos. After years of presenting the case before the Philippine Courts, the Court of Appeals has [...]
Posted in Melissa's Words on Apr 26th, 2011
Personal Statement by Melissa Roxas It has been nearly two years since the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) started their investigation into my case of abduction and torture. They have finally come out with a resolution but one that is filled with misleading and inconsistent conclusions. Not only is it a far [...]
In Honor of Leonard Weinglass from Melissa Roxas I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and closest friends of Leonard Weinglass, human rights lawyer and fighter for justice. I share with you a deep sense of loss over his passing away. Len was an important part of my legal team, as [...]
Posted in Melissa's Words on Feb 16th, 2010
Dear Friends, I want to urge you to help us in the effort to demand that the Philippine military release the 43 healthcare workers that were illegally arrested and detained on February 6, 2010 in Morong, Rizal, Philippines. This issue is close to my heart because I know what it feels like to be held [...]
Posted in Melissa's Words on Nov 11th, 2009
Dear U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I am writing to you because you are going to visit the Philippines to meet with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. I would like to appeal for you to discuss the gross human rights violations happening under the Arroyo administration. I am a United States citizen, a human rights [...]
Humus by Melissa Roxas I. The composition of earth changes every time something is mixed into it. The rains come and it becomes mud when mixed with water. Seeds, when planted, flower into something that feeds you. The same is true of smell and sounds. Isn’t it often said that when you talk to plants [...]
Disinter by Melissa Roxas Her red shorts were left in an abandoned shack a rag on the rotting wood floor the heavy screen door, shut the echo of her voice a scrap between the cracks… found a fingernail. It was said two women and a man were spotted somewhere along that road in a solitary [...]
[This poem was conceived and memorized by Melissa during her abduction.] Come before the Night Hour Come and Sing before Night Comes. I am Flame to the Body. The Incipient Wing that can’t Fly. The Open Skin on a Foot that Bleeds Black. Tonight I will learn to Die a Thousand Times and Be Resurrected.