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In this mini-documentary, presents the story of Edita Burgos and how the disappearance of her son Jonas changed her and her family.

Edita’s stories is one of many stories of human rights issues in the Philippines.

In the last few years there has been a decrease in the number of extrajudicial executions of lawyers, students, workers, peasants, activists, priests, women, children or members of civil society organizations in the Philippines has declined, however, new trends of abductions and slapping Filipino activists with trumped up charges have increased.

The Philippine government receives some $30 million annually in foreign military financing from the US government. The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan or New Patriotic Alliance) urges foreign governments to stop providing forms of aid, especially military aid, to the Arroyo government.

In contrast of the $30 million military financing to the Philippines, people are loosing their houses and there is a blame on immigrants for the crash of the economy. The U.S. government needs to prioritize financial aide to its struggling people by bailing them out, not giving money to fund death squads. If the U.S. wants to really help the Philippines they should send food or provide humanitarian aide to the struggling masses.


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