Saturday, March 18, 2006

Black Friday #3 Pictures

Enteng will post his take on our experience with the Manila Police later. For now, here are some pictures from last night's barring from Baywalk. We would like to thank all our friends who sent texts of encouragement. Special thanks go to our new and old friends, especially those who joined our action and stayed with us, even waited patiently outside, at the precinct, WPD, and night court. We would also like to thank the legal eagles that came to Enteng and Dinky's aid: Atty. Butch Abad, Atty. Hector Soliman, Atty. Edwin Lacierda, Atty. Marvic Leonen, and Atty. Marlon Manuel. We really appreciate your friendship!








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Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

Just to share an article from "THE New York Times" in relation to our present situation in the Philippines. Our situation is not unique, government has an obligation to preserve the peace and order. "Itigil na ang panggugulo, magsumikap na lang tayo at nang tayo ay umasenso".


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/17/nyregion/17police.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Police Memos Say Arrest Tactics Calmed Protest
By JIM DWYER
Published: March 17, 2006

In five internal reports made public yesterday as part of a lawsuit, New York City police commanders candidly discuss how they had successfully used "proactive arrests," covert surveillance and psychological tactics at political demonstrations in 2002, and recommend that those approaches be employed at future gatherings.

Among the most effective strategies, one police captain wrote, was the seizure of demonstrators on Fifth Avenue who were described as "obviously potential rioters."

The reports provide a rare glimpse of internal police evaluations and strategies on security and free speech issues that have provoked sharp debate between city officials and political demonstrators since the Sept. 11 attack.

The reports also made clear what the police have yet to discuss publicly: that the department uses undercover officers to infiltrate political gatherings and monitor behavior.

Indeed, one of the documents — a draft report from the department's Disorder Control Unit — proposed in blunt terms the resumption of a covert tactic that had been disavowed by the city and the federal government 30 years earlier. Under the heading of recommendations, the draft suggested, "Utilize undercover officers to distribute misinformation within the crowds."

Asked about the proposal, Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the Police Department, said yesterday: "The N.Y.P.D. does not use police officers in any capacity to distribute misinformation."

Mr. Browne also said that the "proactive" arrests referred to in the report — numbering about 30 — involved protesters with pipes and masks who he said presented an obvious threat.

In another report, a police inspector praised the "staging of massive amounts" of armored vehicles, prisoner wagons and jail buses in the view of the demonstrators, writing that the sight "would cause them to be alarmed."

Besides the draft report, the documents released yesterday included four final reports written by commanders to assess police performance during the World Economic Forum, which met in New York from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2002.

The economic forum, a private organization that normally meets in Davos, Switzerland, and draws a grab bag of leaders from government, business, and academia — as well as protesters from a miscellany of causes and movements — was moved to the city as a gesture of solidarity after the terror attack.

Security was extremely tight around Midtown Manhattan, where the delegates were meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria, and demonstrators were kept blocks from the hotel. Officials spoke of violence during antiglobalism protests at other high profile gatherings in Seattle and Genoa, Italy. In the end, though, as one of the police reports noted, "the amount of confrontation and number of arrests were lower than expected."

Parts of that document and others were made public, over the objections of the city, by a federal magistrate, Gabriel W. Gorenstein, who said the excerpts went to the heart of a lawsuit brought by 16 people who were arrested at an animal rights demonstration during the economic forum. The police said they were blocking the sidewalk and had refused to obey an order to disperse; the demonstrators said no one told them to move.

Many of the issues in the animal rights case, which challenge broad police tactics and arrest strategies, resonate in well over a hundred other lawsuits brought against the city by demonstrators who were arrested at war protests, bicycle rallies and during the Republican National Convention.

Daniel M. Perez, the lawyer representing the people arrested at the animal rights demonstration, argued that the police tactics "punish, control and curtail the lawful exercise of First Amendment activities." The Police Department and the city have said that preserving public order is essential to protecting the civil rights of demonstrators and bystanders.

Mr. Perez maintains that the police documents, taken together, show a policy of pre-emptive arrests. The draft report discussed how early arrests could shape future events. "The arrests made at West 59th Street and Fifth Avenue set a 'tone' with the demonstrators and their possible plans at other demonstrations," the report stated.

The disorder control unit's commander, Thomas Graham, is listed as the author of the report, but the document is not signed and the word "draft" is handwritten across the top. The same tactic is cited in another report, dated Feb. 8, 2002, and signed by Capt. Robert L. Bonifaci, commander of the Queens North Task Force. Captain Bonifaci wrote, "It should be noted that a large part of the success in policing the major demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, was due in part to the proactive arrest policy that was instituted at the start of the march at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, and directed toward demonstrators who were obviously potential rioters."

Elaborating on the report, Mr. Browne, the police spokesman, said that plainclothes officers saw a group of demonstrators put on masks as they drew near the Plaza Hotel, then take out metal pipes and try to rush police lines.

"In addition to mainly peaceful protesters, the W.E.F. attracted hard-core, violent elements that were surveilled by the N.Y.P.D.," Mr. Browne said, citing the incident at the Plaza. "Yes, we used surveillance techniques to track and hopefully disrupt violent elements. That's proactive."

About 30 people were arrested there, and virtually all their cases are now sealed, indicating that the charges were either dismissed by prosecutors or dropped after six months without further incident.

The Police Department report from Michael E. Shortell, a deputy inspector who headed a narcotics command in northern Manhattan, included a list of "positive aspects" of the Police Department's approach. Among them: "The staging of massive amounts of equipment in the key areas (e.g. armored vehicles, command posts, prisoner wagons, Department of Correction buses, city buses)."

Capt. Timothy Hardiman also took note of what he saw as the helpful presence of city corrections buses, which are used to transport prisoners and have reinforced windows, protected by metal grids.

"It was useful to have buses with corrections officers on hand," Captain Hardiman wrote. "They also had a powerful psychological effect."

Mr. Browne said the main reason buses were on hand was to quickly move prisoners from an arrest scene. "If a corrections bus had a deterrent effect on someone contemplating a violent act, then that's value added," he said.

However, the draft report stated that the emphasis on quickly moving prisoners had not been helpful. "This hastened the process adding to the confusion and increasing the potential for mistakes to be made," the report stated.

Mr. Perez said the show of force sent a deliberate warning to people expressing their opinions. "The message is, if you turn out, be prepared to be arrested, be prepared to be sent away for a long time," he said. "It sounds like something from a battle zone."

Demonstrators arrested during the economic forum were held by the police for up to 40 hours without seeing a judge — twice as long as people accused of murder, rape and robbery arrested on those same days, Mr. Perez said.

Mr. Browne of the Police Department said that the arrests were processed as quickly as possible, and that protesters were not singled out for longer detention.

The reports, which were heavily edited at the request of the city, also discuss the use of undercover officers at the protests. Captain Hardiman wrote that "the use of undercovers from narcotics provided useful information." And on Inspector Shortell's list of positive aspects of the strategy, he listed "the use of undercover personnel in the ranks of the protesters."

The power of the police to secretly monitor political gatherings was tightly controlled by a federal court between 1985 and early 2003, the result of a lawsuit by political activists from the 1960's who charged that police undercover officers had disrupted their ability to express their opinions. Many of the restrictions from that case, known as Handschu, were eased at the request of the city in 2003.

The proposal to use undercover officers to spread misinformation — which the Police Department says was not adopted — recalled the origins of the Handschu lawsuit, which was based in part on the actions of undercover agents and officers who instigated trouble and spread lies among a group of military veterans who opposed the Vietnam War.
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Ryan

Saturday, March 18, 2006 3:24:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

It looks like the NYC cops were dealing with people that were planning violent protest actions. Our actions have never espoused violence, please refer to the instructions in each of the Bulletins. None of us carry clubs, banners, and we do not chant or yell during Black Friday Protests. Finally, please refer to this quote from that piece - covert tactic that had been disavowed by the city and the federal government 30 years earlier - this clearly shows that the move was against basic freedoms. And I would re-read that piece as it isn't quite so flattering to the NY cops. In fact, the suggestion to use the tactic was lamented. Read the part on infiltrators.

As to your plea to preserve peace and order, please tell that to the cops. Had they allowed us to do our action, like in Makati and Ortigas, nothing untoward would've happened.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 7:09:00 PM  
Blogger Paeng said...

eto na naman yung linya na "magsumikap na lang tayo."

ano bang tingin niyo sa mga nagpoprotesta? hindi nagtatrabaho? nagtatrabaho rin kami, yun nga lang, naghahanap kami ng panahon na magpursue ng concerns na hindi pansarili lamang.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger PePs said...

When the cameras were shoved into their faces and they said it was only a 'gimmick' and that the shirts didn't allude to anyone, i lost all respect because they can't even say on TV what the cause is behind. There was a time when people were willing to go to jail for what they believed in. What happened to that? Are you simply going to protest in comfort - just like your first one?

Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:33:00 PM  
Blogger Buduy said...

Enteng you sure look good in those pictures. I remember you as a guy with a long chin selling computers not sure if you were also bribing government officials like me during the time of Cory. I also remember Gus, not sure if he was like me too. Anyway nice to see that you havent changed. I always enjoyed those seminars you gave since they allowed me to leave work and get a good nap.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:51:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Pep, maybe the person who said it was a gimmick meant "gimik", our term for getting together with friends to do something. I really don't think people do protest actions with the intention of getting arrested. They protest to call attention to the root of a problem that needs solving. And I can assure you there was nothing comfortable about facing 50 cops and spending most of last night in a police station and night court.

Buduy, Enteng will welcome your friendly post. Will make sure he replies to you tomorrow, we kinda gave him the day off to rest. :-D

Gus is a co-convenor of BnW. Both guys are still in IT. We like to say that BnW and the Black Friday Protests are not our day jobs, but they are a big part of our lives now. Just like Paeng.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger pinoyAKO said...

ay sus.. hindi pa ba kalayaan yang ginagawa nila? lamang nga lang kelangan kumilos ang awtoridad dahil nakakagulo na.. sana kayo kayo na lang wag na magyaya ng ibang nananahimik na tao.. pulos mga pansarili lang naman iniisip akala nila sila magaling. Ano sino ba gusto nyo mamuno? walang santong tao at walang magaling na pinuno kung di natin tutulungan. Sinasayang nyo ang pawis sa walang kwentang bagay.. bakit di nalang nyo donate ang mga black tshirts sa leyte o sa mga punerarya cguro nakatulong pa.. saka maglinis na lang sa kalye para mapansin..

Saturday, March 18, 2006 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

Let's start doing positive about our country, i agree with pinoyako, sweeping the streets is a positive move to make, sasama pa ako. I remember doing this during my ROTC days sa Mapua, sa mga depress area, sa Paco ata yun. People start helping us, yung mga tambay tumulong din. And guess what happen, people started to realize how good it is to have a clean sorrounding. Positivism is a kind of movement we trully need.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger Edwin Lacierda said...

Mga Ginoong Bagong Bayani at Pinoy Ako,

Sige sabay tayo! Maganda ang mga suhestiyon niyo. Makabayani rin kayo.

Syanga pala, nagbigay na ako ng donasyon sa Leyte, at handa ako maglinis ng kalye, sama sama tayo. Galing po ako sa hirap!

Pakita natin, ang mungkahi niyo, di lamang panunutsya sa mga kaibigan natin, kundi kaya rin nating gawin. Panindigan natin ang inyong mga mungkahi! Call po ako!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

Sige call ako, let's organize this activity. Let's call it Positivism towards National Unity. Gawin natin every friday din.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger Pete Rahon said...

pangulo?
o
pang-gulo!
nangu-gulo,
gulong gulo
angulo,
ang gulo,
gulo
ni
glo!

hehhehee!
nakikigulo -rebolusyon2006.blospot.com

Sunday, March 19, 2006 1:14:00 AM  
Blogger Pete Rahon said...

pakisabi nga po pala kay Ka Enteng na ni-link ko ang banner ng blackandwhite sa aking blogsite (rebolusyon2006.blogspot.com), kung bawal maari ko pong alisin.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 1:18:00 AM  
Blogger PePs said...

you deliberately misunderstand my comment, helga. 'gimmick' was meant in the context of a night out amongst friends.

and what is up with the shirts? 'now na?' you can't even make a slogan in one language - how can you expect people to respect you?

Sunday, March 19, 2006 3:41:00 PM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

Yeah, didn't get it myself, peps... why deny that "Patalsikin Na" refers to the ol' President... when that's what B&W has been going on about for the past few months?

Sunday, March 19, 2006 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

Addendum - ika nga ni Ka Enteng - "If, on the other hand, you share our convictions that GMA must go..." So, Helga, is this indeed the conviction of the Black & White Movement? And is this indeed what "Patalsikin Na, Now Na" refers to?

If the answer is "Yes" to both questions... isn't your organization's refusal to name exactly who's going to be "made talsik" a failure of nerve?

Sure, it might have been momentary, but it was a failure of nerve all the same. I suggest you write a whole new blog entry to correct this impression.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 5:42:00 PM  
Blogger junkglo said...

Pinoyako likes the silent people not to be reached by protesters like BWM. Huwag na langdaw guluhin ang mga nananahimik.Bakit kaya ayaw niya lumawak ang sakop ng pambansang protesta? Die-hard GMA kasi?

It's not about avoiding possible distraction to social order,Pinoyako. A little discomfort here and there will not hurt the Filipino people so long as what is being fought for is TRUTH that is being hidden in so many tricky ways by those who wield power irresponsibly.

Pinoyako, I guarantee you hindi titigil ang protesta, no matter how insignificant or unnoticeable, as long as TRUTH is contnuously concealed. I don't know kung tao ka na nung ang Movement for a Free Philippines was active in the U.S. planting the seeds of what later on culminated in EDSA 1. Nuisance lang sila sa America noon, itong mga Filipino exiles na lumayas sa Pinas nung nagkaroon ng martial law. Maliit lang ang kanilang grupo noon. Pero nakatulong ang pwersa nila para mapatalsik bandang huli si Marcos.

So huwag mong maliitin ang kakontian ng BWM protesters. Only time can tell if this effiort will succeed pero mukhang sa nakikita natin,magwawagi itong protestatng ito dahil hindi lamang BWM ang gumagawa nito. Marami pang iba.

Sabi nga ng Pulse Asia survey, 65% of Filipinos want GMA to get out.

junkglo

Sunday, March 19, 2006 6:23:00 PM  
Blogger junkglo said...

Mga kasama sa blog,

Whether you are for or against GMA, please read this. Kayong mga nag-pro-protesta na gustong patalsikin si GMA dapat mas matapat kayo sa kapwa ninyo Pilipino. We need more than a million Ninoys who will say straight in the faces of the arrest-hungry policemen: PATALSIKIN SI GMA and keep a straight face and an unperturbed appearance.

Papano niyo patatalsikin ang pekeng pangulong nakaluklok ngayon kung magtatago kayo sa mga palusot? Pagnaglagay ka ng patalsikin sa T-shirt at ikaw ang naniniwalalng dapat nang lumisan si GMA sa palasyo, aminin mo na ang tinutukoy mo ay si GMA at huwag na magpalusot pa.

People want to go with those who are courageous!

junkglo

Sunday, March 19, 2006 6:40:00 PM  
Blogger Edwin Lacierda said...

Bagong Bayani,

Call! Yebah!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger Papichulo168 said...

Tama si junkglo!

You have to be courageous! Wag kayo magpalusot o magtago! Panindigan niyo mga paniniwala nyo!

Ah este, junkglo, yan ba totoong pangalan mo?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 1:25:00 AM  
Blogger derek tulipas said...

bagong bayani at pinoy ako,

Call din ako dyan sa paglilinis. Nakakatulong na sa bayan, exercise pa! At higit sa lahat, kailangan talaga ng marami pang volunteers dahil sa dami ng kalat na nililikha nitong mga raliyistang to! Baka sakaling tablan na sila ng hiya.

Pakisabi lang po kung kailan at kung saan.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:27:00 PM  
Blogger Simonne Aguilar said...

From a really exasperated kababayan and one who is telling the truth!

Subject: PAANO NAMAN KAMING MGA MIDDLE CLASS NA PINOY

Ako ay isang middle class Pinoy, isang officer sa isang malaking korporasyon at may asawa...dalawa anak. Di na importante pangalan ko kasi parepareho naman tayong mga middle-class....trabaho 9-5, inom konti tapos uwi sa pamilya, laruin si baby, itutor si ate/kuya tapos tulog na, pag wala na pera intay nalang ng sweldo.

Sa nangyayari ngayon sa ating bansa, lahat nalang ng sector ay maingay at naririnig, tayo lang mga middle-class, tax paying at productive Pinoys ang di naririnig. Subalit, buwis natin ang nagpapaikot sa bansang ito. Pag may mga gulo na nangyayari, tayo ang tinatamaan. Kaya eto ang liham ko sa lahat ng maiingay na sector na sana makagising sa inyong bulag na pag-iisip.

Sa Mga Politiko:

Diyos ko naman, sa dami na nang nakurakot ninyo di na ba kayo makuntento kelangan nyo pa ba manggulo.

Sa Administrasyon:

Hayan ayus na ha pinatawad na namin ang pandaraya nyo sa eleksyon,
pruweba dito e di kami umaatend sa mga panawagan ng people power, kaya sana naman gantihan nyo kami ng magandang serbisyo at magaling na pamumuno at malaking bawas sa kurakot naman please para kahit papano maramdaman naman namin na may napupuntahan ang binabayad naming buwis.

Saka Madam GMA, step down ka na pag parliamentary na tayo sa 2007,
tignan mo, i-announce mo mag-step down ka kapag parliamentary na tayo, resounding YES yan sa plebiscite at tigil pa ang mga coup at people power laban sayo. Try mo lang.........

Sa Oposisyon:

Di nyo pa ba nakikita na dalawang klase lang ng tao ang nakikinig sa
inyo....isa ay bayaran na mahihirap kungdi man ay tangang mga excited
na reporter na parang naka-shabu lagi....mga praning e at naghahallucinate.

Bago man lang kayo maglunsad ng kilos laban sa administrasyon,
pumili muna kayo ng magiting at nararapat na ipapalit sa liderato ngayon.
Hirap sa inyo paresign kayo ng paresign wala naman kayo ipapalit na
maayos.
Advise lang galing sa isang middle-class na syang tunay na puwersa sa
likod ng lahat ng matagumpay na People Power, magpakita muna kayo ng
galing bago nyo batuhin ang administrasyon. Wala na kaming narinig sa inyo kundi reklamo, e wala naman kayong ginagawa kundi magreklamo....para kayong batang lagi na lang naaagawan ng laruan.....GROW UP naman...sa isip sa salita at sa gawa.

Please lang gasgas na rin ang pagrarally nyo na katabi nyo ay mga
bayaran na mahihirap, magtayo nalang kayo ng negosyo at iempleyo ang mga rallyista para maging productive silang mamamayan. Sige nga, pag
nagrarally kayo yakapin nyo nga at halikan yang mga kasama nyong nagrarally!! Nung People Power namin nagyayakapan kami lahat nuon.

Wala naman mangyayari sa mga rally nyo nakakatraffic lang, kami pang middle-class ang napeperwisyo. Di nyo kayang paghintayin ng 3 araw ang
mga rallyista nyo kasi kelangan nyo pakainin at swelduhan ang mga yan.
Kung gusto nyo tagumpay na People Power kami ang isama nyo....pero pagod na kami e, sori ha.

Sa Military:

Alam nyo lahat tayo may problema, pati US Army may problema, 2,000 plus na patay sa kanila sa Iraq na parang walang rason naman, pero nakita nyo ba sila nagreklamo? Wala diba kasi professional sila na sundalo.....yan dapat ang sundalo di nagtatanong sumusunod lang. Kasi may mga bagay na di kayang maintindihan ng indibidwal lamang, at ang mga nakatataas lang ang nakakaintindi ng kabuuan, kaya ito ang panuntunan ng lahat ng military ng lahat ng bansa. Pero parang military natin yata ang pinaka-mareklamo.
Sabi nga sa Spiderman "with great power comes great responsibility".....kaya maging spiderman kayo lahat at protektahan ang mamamayan. Sa totoo lang natatakot kami kapag nagrereklamo kayo, kasi may baril kayo at tangke, kami wala.

Wala ako comment sa mga mahihirap, di naman kasi sila maingay na kusa
e, may bayad ang ingay nila. Saka wala rin naman silang email.

Kaya paano na tayong mga middle-class?? Eto hanggang email nalang tayo kaya ikalat nyo na ito at magdasal tayo na umabot ito sa mga dapat makabasa nito at makiliti naman ang kanilang mga konsyensya.

Signed,

Isang Middle-Class Pinoy na walang puknat na binabawasan ang sweldo ng Buwis!

Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:32:00 AM  
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Itakwil ang mga ahente ng destabilisasyon!

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