In this story, Bulatlat highlights the story of women writers who are in detention for expressing their criticism and dissent through their craft.
Tags: Adora Faye De Vera
Jail, after all, is not exempt from society’s great divide based on economic and social status. And even here, the movement for freedom and democracy considers our situation as part of the struggle.
In primitive times, when a person disappears, his tribe would presume he had been eaten by wild beasts, fallen off a cliff, captured by another tribe, or taken by the spirits. If search parties fail to locate him, the babaylan will ask the diwatas or engkantos if they have taken the missing person’s body or spirit. The necessary rituals can then be performed according to circumstances or the person’s social status.
November 29 is international women human rights defenders’ day. In the Philippines, several women human rights defenders are being attacked for defending and promoting human rights.
“Adora Faye exemplifies the lingering legacy of the US-Marcos dictatorship: victims who never achieve justice and are punished twice over for their continuing fight for democracy, social justice and women’s emancipation.”
“What he said is not what’s happening in our country. Killings and human rights violations continue. There is still no justice for our loved ones.”
“It has only been three months since the son of the dictator sat in power, and my mother is already back behind bars.”
“We still call for justice up to now. Compensation will just pass by our hands. I hope that the next generation will continue our fight.”
“Iloilo is not a safe place for Mama and it’s very far away from us. She has been through so much suffering. We appeal to government authorities to give her a chance to live a peaceful life…Please release her on humanitarian grounds and allow us to take care of her.”
“She is a martial law survivor whose story of rape and sexual abuse while in the hands of the military was one of the cases filed during the class suit against Marcos in Hawaii.”