[Imc-london-audio] Current TV: Unrest in the Philippines
christoff at resist.ca
Tue Sep 4 03:02:09 UTC 2007
* Current TV: Unrest in the Philippines
A film report produced by journalist Stefan Christoff
& Kodao Productions Inc. in Manila.
"Poverty, Power & Persuasion: 2007 Elections in the Philippines", is a short
film examining the current socio-economic situation in the Philippines within
the context of the 2007 mid-term elections. Across the Philippine archipelago
millions of voters cast ballots for the 2007 mid-term elections amidst a wave
of political violence, including multiple assassinations and calculated
fire-bombings of polling stations.
According to the Philippine National Police approximately 130 people lost their
lives, in the context of a national vote widely viewed as a test to the
political legitimacy of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, an important U.S.
ally in the South Pacific. Final results for the 2007 Philippine elections
remain undetermined, as high-pressure controversies, including allegations of
state-sanctioned electoral fraud, mount political pressure on the fragile
This film report features interviews from Manila's urban poor communities
addressing the current socio-economic crisis facing the country, while also
featuring commentary on the growing political instability in the Philippines
surrounding the political killings occurring in the country mainly targeting
progressive activists, union leaders and left politicians, which have been
estimated at upwards of 850 people by international human rights organizations.
* For more information on the International Campaign to Stop the Killings in
the Philippines visit: http://www.stopthekillings.org
* Stefan Christoff is a journalist and social justice activist based in
Montreal who traveled to the Philippines in May 2007, on an international
solidarity delegation from Montreal organized by the Centre for Philippine
Concerns, a Philippines solidarity group in Montreal.
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