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  • Carlos 4:50 pm on August 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, mideo cruz, poleteismo, politics, religion   

    Mideo Cruz’s statement on his absence from Senate hearing today 

    I did not attend the hearing because I understand that this is no longer about my work but an issue of art education and the broader fight for freedom of expression. For this reason, I abide with the decisions of a broad alliance that I am closely working with, in advancing these cause instead of feeding my self-serving impulse to defend my work or my person to each querry, insult or threat being hurled at me. After all, the purpose of my artworks have always been to instill critical thought more than in selling my name.Again, I apologize if I have offended anyone. My artworks are to me, like a carpenter to his hammer, my tools to reexamine our public morals and ideals. In the end, I assume that my audience would exercise their logical decision-making to reject or accept the message or to sway them towards improving society.I apologize if I hold a contrary view to others but I honestly believe that providing a space for a different voice is necessary for mature society.

    It is my hope that my fellow artists and other public messengers be not intimidated and suffer the same fate that I have to undergo by merely presenting a parallel view through his or her artworks.

    I am very grateful to the overwhelming support that the cause for freedom of expression is receiving from Catholics and non-Catholics and whether they are artists or not. I did not expect the hatred expressed against my person in as much as the many individuals and instittuions that have spoken not so much in my defense , but in the defense of our civil rights.

    Mideo M Cruz
    Philippines

     
  • Carlos 10:11 am on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , torture   

    Basilan baker not first torture case under Aquino 

    Basilan baker Abdul Khan Ajid Balanting was not the first person to be tortured under President Noynoy Aquino. There were others before him, such as Vicente Agbayani, a tribal leader from Cagayan province who was allegedly arrested and tortured by the military on July 23.

    And Balanting was not the first to be tortured into admitting he’s an Abu Sayyaf member. According to a @bulatlat report, about 200 Moros have been arrested and jailed, several of them tortured and accused of being Abu Sayyaf members, since 2002. They are right now languishing in Bicutan, awaiting the resolution by the courts of their cases for nearly a decade now.

     
  • Carlos 8:30 am on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , sona 2011   

    Sona protest, July 25, 2011 

    Photos by Ayi S. Muallam

     
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