*Albarillo

There’s merriment
at the camp;
the devious laughter
of the troopers
drunk with wine and power
ring across the hall

But then
their squalid tales
of the massacre,
of their part in the kill –
keeps the troopers’
knees from trembling
and their teeth from
gnashing in fear…

For outside
the crying has stopped,
silence has gripped the night;
the angry masses have already gathered
to shush the merriment
at the camp

*In memory of slain comrade, Arman Albarillo, former Secretary General of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) Southern Tagalog. Albarillo, along with ten others, were felled by fascist bullets last June 30, 2012. 

COMELEC union calls for justice for slain poll worker in Aurora

PRESS RELEASE
July 2, 2012
Reference:      Mac Ramirez, COMELEC-EU Coordinator
Contact:          comelecemployeesunion@gmail.com

COMELEC union calls for justice for slain poll worker in Aurora

The COMELEC Employees Union (COMELEC-EU) today condemned the senseless killing of a COMELEC employee in Maria Aurora Town in Aurora Province Saturday night.

Murdered by motorcycle riding gunmen was Romualdo Palispis, 51, Election Assistant at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) at Maria Auroria. He was gunned down on Saturday night while playing his guitar inside his house in Barangay Tres.

“The COMELEC-EU condemns the senseless murder of our co-worker in Aurora. We call on the authorities to make every possible effort to bring the perpetrators to justice,” stated Mac Ramirez, National Coordinator of the COMELEC-EU.

According to Ramirez, Palispis is a known human rights advocate in the Province.

“The example of EA Palispis will serve as an inspiration to the thousands of COMELEC employees nationwide as we carry forward with our fight for decent wages, equal benefits and union rights. He may no longer be with us in this world, but his words ‘it is a sacred thing to uphold what is right and oppose what is wrong’ will forever remain with us,” Ramirez said. ###

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