The Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-Phils.) welcomes the official response of ANAKBAYAN on the PUP incident of March 6, 2009. FBC-Phils. further welcomes the ANAKBAYAN’s declaration of support to the cause of freedom and democracy for the people of Burma and urges ANAKBAYAN to do its share of solidarity.
1) The Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-Phils.) welcomes the official response of ANAKBAYAN on the PUP incident of March 6, 2009. FBC-Phils. further welcomes the ANAKBAYAN’s declaration of support to the cause of freedom and democracy for the people of Burma and urges ANAKBAYAN to do its share of solidarity.
2) FBC-Phils. is a dynamic coalition of different grassroots organizations, civil society organizations and individuals committed to solidarity support for the struggling peoples of Burma. The coalition exercises due accountability and transparency disciplines in campaigning and organizational management, and does not permit any member to take advantage of its activities for financial or personal gain.
3) FBC-Phils. stands clear of whatever political, ideological or personal differences its members have with ANAKBAYAN. These must be dealt with bilaterally and without dragging the name of the coalition and the legitimacy of the coalition’s campaigns and strategies.4) FBC-Phils. maintains that the coalition’s activity was publicly attacked at PUP grounds on March 6 by ANAKBAYAN. It as an attack to the whole coalition as well as to the local sponsoring class of management students. The coalition is gravely concerned that freedom of expression inside the campus is curtailed, whoever the perpetrators and victims are. It urges all sectors inside the campus to stand guard and protect this freedom as a universal right.
5) FBC-Phils. gathers from other sources that similar incidents have happened in the past years among different groups — that this is not an isolated case. In the spirit of solidarity for the promotion and protection of students’ and peoples’ rights to free expression and assembly, the coalition supports any legitimate effort to stop these unruly and barbaric attacks.
6) FBC-Phils. demands a public apology from ANAKBAYAN, the return of all the campaign materials stolen by ANAKBAYAN activists, and the reparation of equipment damaged during the March 6 attack.
Free Burma Coalition – Philippines
10 March 2009