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there is another trend of repression in the Philippines by the means of forced disappearances.
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In 2005 Filipino-Americans has showed their concern on the rise of political killings that was happening in the Philippines.

The U.S. Military joined forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to do anti-terrorists exercises in the Philippines because of the declaration of being the 2nd front for terrorism. With the Balikatan exercises the U.S. will give a few million dollars to the Philippines government for hosting these counter insurgence programs.

These programs has produced a large amount of causalities of innocent victims: students, teacher, lawyers, activists, peasants and more. Noticing the increase of political killings, Filipinos and  Filipino-Americans  took action by holding a showcase that brought awareness to their peers that these killings are being sponsored by the U.S. government. A few thousand of people took action by signing petitions and sending it to the senators and congressmen.

With the raise of concern from the American public the political killings slumped down.
After the decline of political killings dropped the new trend of state repression in the Philippines has  moved onto forced disappearances. Witnesses have seen people being snatched away by men heavily armed in black with masks on.

The disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of Joe Burgos a journalist during the Martial Law Era, brought out International Concerns when Edith Burgos, his mother, did a speaking tour in the U.S. a few years ago.

Currently, there has been a small spike in political killings with the recent count of 1,118 Political Killings and 204 forcibly disappeared.

The Amputuan massacre of journalists and innocent civilians has brought President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to lower a curtain of Martial Law on Maguindanao.  The history of martial law in the Philippines brought a lot of casualties. Thousands for Filipinos and Fil-Ams has expressed their concern that lots of people could lose a lot, especially if the whole country goes into martial law. The raising of martial law brought forward a coalition called NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW.

Many Filipinos and Filipino-Americans still keep an open eye  out for human rights violations that are happening in the Philippines. Artists both in the Philippines and in the U.S. has organized an artshow called Factsheet. The art pieces highlight a few of the human rights cases that KARAPATAN has filed.

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