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​Nobyembre 18, 2016

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Magandang gabi mga kababayan, mga kapatid. Nais ko munang magbigay-pugay sa mga tunay na bayani. 
Sa mga biktima ng Martial Law na hanggang ngayon ay patuloy na lumalaban para sa hustisya. Sila ang mga tunay na bayani. 
Sa mga martir ng UP at iba pang unibersidad, sa mga kabataang sumapi sa New People’s Army (NPA) at nag-alay ng buhay para labanan ang diktadura. Sila ang mga tunay na bayani. 
Sa mga naghain ng kaso sa Korte Suprema para labanan ang paglibing. Natalo man sila sa kaso, bayani rin sila sa ating puso. 
Sa kabataan at mamamayang patuloy na lumalaban. Kayo ang mga tunay na bayani. 
Nais ko namang banggitin ang mga may kasalanan kung bakit tayo naririto ngayon. 
Ang pamilya Marcos, na hanggang ngayon ay ayaw aminin ang kanilang kasalanan sa bayan at ginagawa ang lahat para baluktutin ang kasaysayan at makabalik sa Malacanang. 
Ang Korte Suprema na naggawad ng desisyong pabor sa paglibing at naghahawan ng daan para linisin ang rekord ni Marcos, na siya daw ay hindi purely evil at tulad din natin na nagkakamali din. Neknek nyo!
Si Pangulong Duterte, at ang kanyang pakikipag-alyansa sa mga Marcos, pag-utos sa paglibing, at pagiging instrumento ng pampulitikang rehabilitasyon at panunumbalik ng mga Marcos. Anong klaseng “change is coming” yan?
Ang lahat ng gobyerno matapos kay Marcos na nagtaguyod ng bulok na sistema sa pulitika, ng political accommodation at burukrata kapitalismo, na hindi nagpursige para panagutin ang mga Marcos at igawad ang hustisya sa mga biktima. Kasama na dyan ang 2 rehimeng Aquino. Kayo ang lumikha ng mga batayan para makabalik sa poder ang mga Marcos. Si Imelda naging congresswoman. Si Imee naging congresswoman at gobernador. Si Bongbong naging senador, muntik pang maging bise-presidente. 
Ngayon, lalong napatunayan kung gaano kabulok ang ating sistema. Ngayon mas naging malinaw na dapat itong  baguhin. Sa mga kabataan, kayo ang pag-asa ng bayan at inaasahang mangunguna sa pagbabagong ito, kasama ang sambayanan. Kayo din ang magtitiyak na hindi nila mababago pa ang hatol ng kasaysayan at mananaig ang katotohanan.
Wala na po sa Korte ang laban. Nasa kalsada na, sa mga classroom ng mga kabataan, sa mga komunidad, sa mainstream at social media, sa kamalayan ng bawat isang Pilipino. Patuloy tayong lumaban para sa hustisya, para itaguyod ang hatol ng kasaysayan at para baguhin ang ating lipunan. 
Mabuhay kayo! Mabuhay ang sambayang Pilipino!

After our forum in UP yesterday on the Duterte administration, Maria Ressa of Rappler asked if I was an optimist in relation to the administration. I said I was more of a realist, and that I am keenly aware of the issues and problems confronting the Left’s relationship with Duterte.

When the Duterte regime started out, our attitude of unity and struggle was made known to all. We would be supporting progressive and pro-people policies while struggling against anti-people and reactionary policies. We had no illusion that the relationship would be smooth sailing. We knew that there would be conflicts along the way on different issues, which is common in any alliance, especially one that involves a regime in power. Given this, there would be, to quote Mao, “struggle on just grounds, with restraint, and to our advantage”.

The Left’s support for Duterte included his independent foreign policy, assertion of sovereignty, the resumption of the peace talks, the release of political prisoners, the appointment of progressives in his cabinet, and implementation of measures beneficial to the people such a land reform, social services and so on. We welcomed his openness to discuss issues with the Left.

Meanwhile, differences with Duterte included his stand on the Marcos burial, the conduct of the war on drugs and the neoliberal economic policies being carried over from the previous regime. We have made known our stand on these issues early on.

The past few days saw increasing criticism of Duterte over the Marcos burial, and rightly so. We fully recognize the role of Duterte in the granting of formal honors and hero’s burial for the late dictator. However, the blame is not Duterte’s alone as previous post-Marcos regimes, including two Aquino regimes, created the conditions for the return and rehabilitation of the Marcos family through political accommodation and by upholding a rotten system of bureaucrat capitalism. As a tragic consequence of a bankrupt political system, the burial is also a reminder of the need for thoroughgoing change.

Does the Marcos burial have an effect on the Left’s alliance with Duterte? Of course it has. There is no denying that. The most recent events are testing the progressive alliance, in the same way as the drug-related killings, the failure to release political prisoners and the continuing militarization of the countryside are testing the alliance. Hindi sikreto, galit ang mga Marcos victims at mga kasama sa nangyayari.

How do we view Duterte’s alliance with the Marcoses? We oppose it because it aids in whitewashing the crimes of the dictator and helps in the Marcoses return to power in Malacanang.

What will happen now? The Left will launch protest actions against the Marcos burial and will hold Duterte to account. There will be a continuing education campaign on the Marcos dictatorship so that future generations will never forget. Beyond that, we should continue to call for the overhaul of the rotten system that gives rise to tyrants and rewards plunderers and right violators.

The progressives’ alliance with Duterte will still go through the process of unity and struggle and will likely be tested again. The Left will maintain its independence and initiative in relation to struggles on various peoples issues. We continue to confront issues such as the matter of US troops in the Philippines, the substantive agenda of the peace talks, the struggle for land reform, a stop to militarization in the countryside and many more. The drug-related killings and the apparent climate of impunity have become very alarming and unacceptable.

We know our friends have been asking how the Left will navigate its complicated relationship with the Duterte regime. Rest assured we have not lost sight of the long-term goals of the struggle and we have not turned our backs on our principles. We remain in the streets, carrying out protest actions almost every week. Organizers and mass members remain in the line of fire, especially in rural areas. Progressives in the cabinet are committed to upholding the interests of the people and continue to face opposition from the conservative and reactionary sections of the regime. More importantly, we are aware that the revolutionary movement continues to carry out its work even during the period of a unilateral ceasefire.

In short, we are very far from the positions of comfort occupied by Akbayan during their alliance with the Aquino regime.

To well-meaning friends who think we have not done enough, we can only hope to do better. Let our past and future actions be the real measure.

We can expect more protests as the people demand from the Duterte government genuine change and a concrete response to their national and democratic aspirations.

Teka, hindi pa ba kayo kakalas sa  alliance kay Duterte? Only time, and the maturing and resolution of contradictions, will tell us what will become of the alliance with Duterte. The aforementioned issues will be crucial indicators. For example, Duterte can still make true his commitment of pursuing serious peace talks with the revolutionary movement and address poverty and injustice. Duterte can also choose to use the peace talks as a mere tool for pacification, without really addressing the roots of the armed conflict. We will know in the coming months.

Right now, amid the intensifying economic and political crisis, we continue to struggle — on just grounds and for the benefit of the people.

5184On October 19, more than a thousand protesters, mainly from indigenous and Moro groups under the Sandugo Alliance, and supported by BAYAN, staged a protest in front of the US Embassy. They were able to reach the front gates of the embassy and proceeded with their program. The peaceful program was disrupted by the police when they started dispersing the protesters.

Let us address point by point the claims of the police as they appeared in the media.

1. “I did not order the dispersal” – Col. Marcelino Pedrozo, MPD operations chief

The truth: A video by GMA7 shows Pedrozo berating the Manila police for not arresting anyone and for allowing protesters near the embassy. They have lost face with the US embassy, he says. He then orders the ground commander to disperse the protesters despite being told that the rally was about to end. All this is on video.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/…/mpd-official-caught-on-video-te…

2. “The police did not intentionally run over the protesters.” The driver was maneuvering and was under threat as protesters wanted to overturn or take control of the vehicle, according to Pedrozo and NCRPO Chief Gen. Abayalde.

The truth: A careful review of the video prior to the vehicle rampage will show that the driver of the police van was under no immediate threat. Protesters were not even touching his vehicle. There was no attempt to seize or overturn his vehicle. All of a sudden he accelerated in reverse and started running over protesters. Video footage will show he drove backwards twice and forward twice. Such movements could hardly be considered accidental. Upon review of the video, it is clear that the police van was actually used to clear protesters. It was deliberate, not an accident. The driver of the police vehicle has been identified as a certain PO3 Franklin Kho.

It is also disturbing that during the rampage, not one police official could be seen intervening to stop the vehicle and protect the protesters. Had it been a legitimate accident, the PNP should have intervened to prevent further injuries. The police van only stopped when the front of the embassy was cleared.

http://kodao.org/…/50-injured-as-police-vehicle-rams-ip-pr…/

https://www.facebook.com/mon.ramirez.10/posts/10209665039396430

3. Protesters were violent and had no permit.

The truth: The protesters had been holding a peaceful program in front of the US embassy for more than an hour. They were down to their last speaker when Pedrozo gave the order to disperse. In the first video, the ground commander could be heard telling Pedrozo that the program was down to its last two speakers. The violent dispersal involved tear gas fired by the SWAT team, truncheons from the dispersal unit, and a vehicle used to ram protesters. The police had planned the dispersal to save face with the US embassy. Moments before the commotion, a plainclothes police official approached me and told me how mad the District Chief was and that there was an order to disperse the protesters. I told him we were down to our last speaker and that the group was about to leave the area. From this particular conversation, it is plain that the dispersal was planned and unprovoked. It began with the arrival of Pedrozo at the rally site. It ended with 42 arrests, which included our entire medic team including a doctor, a nurse and health volunteers and a media person. Most of those arrested were Lumad from Mindanao including two minors. All injured who were brought to the hospital were deemed arrested and were placed under police guard. A jeepney driver was pulled out from his vehicle and repeatedly hit on the head with truncheons by anti-riot police and was left to die, until a police official brought him to a hospital.

Violent protesters? Clearly it was the PNP who was dishing out the most gruesome violence during the protest.

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1. Historic assertion of national sovereignty and an independent foreign policy against US intervention. Ending US war games in the Philippines, ending joint patrols in disputed waters, reviewing the EDCA and opening PH doors for equal and mutually beneficial relations with countries not aligned with the US.
2. Resumption of peace talks with the NDFP, the release of political prisoners, affirmation of previous agreements, acceleration of discussions on substantive agenda and the historic indefinite unilateral ceasefires by both sides of the armed conflict. 
3. Appointments of progressives to key cabinet posts such as DSWD, DAR, NAPC, as well as officials in DOLE and the Presidential Commission on Urban Poor.
4. Distribution of 358 hectares in Hacienda Luisita and a nationwide freeze in land conversion as ordered by the Presidential Agrarian Reform Commission. 
5. Mining audit and the suspension of companies engaged in destructive mining operations. 
6. And end to the “tanim-bala” scam and the scrapping of the Overseas Employment Certificate for returning OFW’s. 
7. DSWD Memorandum Circular 9 which upholds the Supreme Court ruling against pork barrel funds by members of Congress, and gives the DSWD the final say in determining what kind of assistance will be given to requests endorsed by lawmakers. 
8. Creating favorable conditions for the return of the displaced Lumad to their communities. Official acknowledgement that paramilitary groups sowing terror in the countryside are government-backed.
9. Exposing the gravity and extent of problem of illegal drugs and its connection to corruption in the police, local government units and agencies of the executive.
10. Freedom of Information Executive Order during its first month in office, covering all agencies under the executive branch. 

10 major issues and challenges



1. Increased  US intervention and other counter-actions aimed at undermining the Duterte government amid its strong assertion of national sovereignty. Resistance from within the government by pro-US cabinet and military officials. 
2. Resistance by rightist, militarist and pro-imperialist groups to peace efforts. Continuing militarization and operation of paramilitary groups. The need to address the socio-economic roots of the armed conflict as well as the need to pass a general amnesty proclamation for political prisoners. 
3. The rising death toll in the war on drugs and the worsening climate of impunity involving state security forces. Increasing violations of due process and human rights. 

4. The continuing adoption of the neoliberal economic framework by Duterte’s economic team, relying heavily on foreign investments, foreign debt, overseas remittances and public-private partnership projects. 
5. Resistance by big business to efforts to end contractualization and for the passage of a national minimum wage. The lack of clear guidelines and steps by the DOLE to end contractualization.
6. The persistence of the neoliberal, anti-student K-12 program in the service of global manpower needs and of private profits in the education sector.
7. Continuing corporatization of health services and the adoption of neoliberal programs in the health sector by the DOH.
8. Transportation and traffic woes and questions regarding emergency powers for the transportation department.
9. DOF’s anti people tax reforms that seek to remove  VAT exemptions to senior citizens and PWD’s and raise excise taxes on petroleum products. 
10. Intensifying contradictions among different political factions, exposing the rottenness of the ruling system.

Ito ang nakakalungkot na kwento ng LRT-MRT Common Station.

Kapag ang public infrastructure ay nakatali sa business interests, kawawa ang publiko. Narito ang kaso ng sinasabing “common station” para sa LRT at MRT. Itatayo ang project para magdugtungan ang 3 linya ng tren at maging mas maayos ang paglalakbay ng mga commuters. Pansinin na sa unang disenyo ay magkakatabi ang linya ng MRT3, LRT1 at ang itatayong MRT 7. Madaling makakalipat ng linya ang pasahero. Pero dahil ito ay sa tapat ng SM North Edsa Annex itatayo, ayaw ang Ayala na may-ari ng Trinoma. Kaya nung panahon nina Mar Roxas at Jun Abaya sa DOTC, binago ang plano. Nilagay nila sa Trinoma ang common station, kung saan hindi maaaring magtagpo ang 3 linya at maglalakad pa nang malayo ang pasahero para lumipat ng linya. Pumalag ang SM dahil nakapagbayad na sila sa gobyerno at umabot sa SC ang kaso. Naglabas ng TRO ang SC. Ang proyekto na dapat sana ay 2010 matatapos, 2016 na ay wala pang anino tayo na nakikita. 

Nagyon, may compromise na raw sa issue ng common station. Nagpirmahan pa nga ang mga Ayala, SM, MVP at SMC. Itatayo daw ang compromise common station sa pagitan ng Trinoma at SM, sa kanto ng EDSA at North Avenue! Pero anong itsura? Hindi common station ang itatayo dahil magkahiwalay ang linya ng tren at kailangang maglakad nang malayo ng commuter para makalipat ng linya. Talo na naman ang publiko. 

Ang unang larawan ay ang orihinal na disenyo ng common station na magkakatabi ang linya ng tren at madaling makakalipat ang pasahero. 

Ang ikalawa at ikatlong larawan ang disenyo ng compromise common station sa kanto ng EDSA at North Avenue kung saan mas malayo ang lalakarin ng commuter. Ayon sa mga engineers, aabot sa 150 meters ang kabuuang lalakarin kung dadaan sa atrium at 200 meters naman ang lalakarin kung sa secondary route dadaan. 

Bakit kanyo nangyari ito? Dahil ang Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Rails and Tolls  na si  Noel Kintanar ay dating opisyal ng Ayala at ayon sa aming sources sa loob ng ahensya ay kilalang tagapagtaguyod ng interes ng Ayala. 

LESSON: Hangga’t ang public infrastructure ay nakakabit sa business interests, kawawa ang publiko. Interes ng negosyo ang laging kunsiderasyon at mananaig.

Sa orihinal na disenyo, nasa ilalim ng isang bubong ang 3 linya ng tren, madaling makakalipat ang mga pasahero.

Pero sa bagong disenyo, hindi na magtatagpo ang 3 linya ng tren. Dalawang magkahiwalay na linya na at maglalakad ng malayo ang pasahero. Dadaan pa sa isang commercial “atrium” na gets na natin sino ang may-ari. 

Below is a design of the exterior of the proposed common station, which matches the drawings above. The design was purportedly made by Systra Philippines. 

P.S.

Ang orihinal na halaga ng proyekto ay P778 million. Sabi ng iba, maaaring umabot sa P2 bilyon ang proyekto dahil sa bagong disenyo. 

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You may download the PowerPoint presentation on the peace talks via this link. This was presented at the August 18, 2016 forum of ACT for Peace at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

ANO ANG PEACE TALKS NG GPH AT NDFP?

  • Ang usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng GPH at NDFP ay naglalayong tapusin ang armadong tunggalian na nagaganap sa buong Pilipinas sa pagitan ng GPH at mga pwersa ng CPP-NPA-NDFP sa pamamagitan ng pag-lutas sa ugat ng armadong tunggalian

 

BAKIT BA MAY ARMADONG LABANAN?

  • Mula 1969 hanggang kasalukuyan ay may nagaganap na armadong labanan sa bansa sa pangunguna ng CPP-NPA-NDF
  • CPP – Communist Party of the Philippines, ang namunong organisasyon sa rebolusyonaryong pakikibaka
  • NPA– New People’s Army o ang hukbo na naglulunsad ng armadong pakikibaka
  • NDFP – ang alyansa ng mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa na humaharap sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas (GPH) sa peace talks
  • Kahirapan, kawalan ng soberanya, kawalan ng tunay na pag-unlad, pang-aapi at pagsasamantala ang mga dahilan kung bakit may armadong labanan.
  • “It’s the ideology they believe in. They’re fighting because they want a better chance for the people.”-Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

ANO ANG PINAG-UUSAPAN SA PEACE TALKS?

  • May apat na substantive agenda ang peace talks. Kailangang munang makamit ang mga kasunduan kaugnay sa mga ito para matapos ang armadong labanan.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW
  • SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORMS
  • POLITICAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
  • DISPOSITION OF FORCES AND CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES
  • Kapag natapos na ang mga kasunduan sa unang tatlong usapin saka pa lamang mapag-uusapan ang pagbababa ng armas ng mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa.
  • Sa ngayon ay napirmahan na ang unang kasunduan ang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

 

ANO ANG CEASEFIRE?

  • Ito ang pansamantalang pagtigil ng labanan para sa mga depinidong layunin at kunsiderasyon. Maari itong magkahiwalay na ideklara ng dalawang panig sa labanan. Maaari ding itong pagkasunduan ng dalawang panig.
  • Hindi pa ito nangangahulugan ng pagtatapos ng armadong labanan dahil hindi pa nalulutas ang ugat ng armadong labanan. Hindi rin ito rekisito sa peace talks pero maaaring magkaroon nito para mapaganda ang klima ng pag-uusap

 

ANO ANG POLITICAL PRISONERS?

  • Bahagi ng pinag-uusapan sa peace talks ang kalagayan ng mga political prisoners o bilanggong pulitikal. Sila ang mga nakapiit dahil sa sinampahan ng mga gawa-gawang kaso bunga ng kanilang pampulitikang paniniwala.
    • Hindi makatarungan ang pagkakapiit sa kanila bunga ng mga gawa-gawang kaso
    • May obligasyon ang gobyerno na itaguyod ang karapatang pantao sa ilalim ng CARHRIHL
    • Ayon sa JASIG, ang mga NDFP consultants ay dapat protektado mula sa pag-aresto, surveillance at harassment
    • Makakatulong sa usapang pangkapayapaan ang pagpapalaya sa kanila

 

BAKIT NGAYONG NAGPAPATULOY ANG PEACE TALKS?

  • Ngayon lamang matutuloy ang peace talks matapos ang pagkabahura nito sa panahon ni Arroyo at Aquino.
  • Sa loob ng 15 taon ay walang naging makabuluhang pag-usad ang usapang pangkapayapaan.

 

 

PAANO NASUSUKAT ANG SINSERIDAD AT KASERYOSOHAN SA PEACE TALKS? 

  • Pinakamainam na sukatan ay ang pagpupursige sa pagbubuo ng mga kasanduan (human rights, socio-economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, disposition of forces) dahil dito nakasalalay ang paglutas sa ugat ng armadong tunggalian.
  • Sukatan din ang pagtataguyod sa mga nauna nang kasunduan.
  • Hindi basta-basta dapat madaliin. Hindi rin masusukat sa simpleng ceasefire lang.
  • Ang hangad natin ay kapayapaan na nakabatay sa katarungang panlipunan.

 

 

BAKIT KAILANGANG SUPORTAHAN ANG PEACE TALKS?

  • Lahat tayo ay may pakinabang sa pagkamit ng pangmatagalang kapayapaan
  • Pag-uusapan sa peace talks ang mga problema ng karaniwang mamamayang Pilipino – kabuhayan, karapatan, lupa, kalayaan.
  • Ang peace talks ay isang larangan para isulong ang PAGBABAGO

 

Para sa dagdag na impormasyon, maaaring tumungo sa #JustPeace at sa FB ng Kapayapaan Campaign https://www.facebook.com/KapayapaanCampaignPH/

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IMG_20160819_150035_HDRPolitical prisoners, notably the National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultants are being released in line with the peace talks. This marks the first time in 15 years that peace consultants are being released, though temporarily, to enable them to participate in the talks.

Now before anyone starts screaming that the Duterte government is releasing these “bad, Communist criminals”, it is necessary to point out why the Tiamzons et al are actually in jail. Why are they even considered political prisoners?

Are they in jail because they’re members of the Communist Party of the Philippines? Not really. You cannot go to jail simply by being a member of the CPP. That by itself is not a crime.

They are in jail because they’ve been slapped with trumped-up charges, the kind which can keep you in jail indefinitely because these alleged crimes are non-bailable. Of course these false charges are being filed in light of their political beliefs.  A lot of the charges are based on planted evidence and false witnesses employed by the military. Take the case of Tirso Alcantara who faces 46 charges in different courts because it appears that all activities of the NPA have been blamed on him. Planting evidence and employing false witnesses and fabricating charges is not right and must not be tolerated by government. Alas, these practices have been so rampant during the regime of Arroyo and Aquino because they weren’t interested in pursuing peace talks with the NDFP.

They are political prisoners because the charges against them are in line with their political beliefs, even if the charges are false and are considered common crimes.

But aren’t they armed or are waging armed struggle against the government? Perhaps. It is another thing though if they were actually armed during their arrests because in most cases they weren’t, that’s why state agents had to plant evidence. But even assuming they were armed, isn’t that reason to arrest them? Well there is an existing agreement that prevents the government from arresting known NDFP peace consultants, or those with proper identification or those who enjoy protection under the said agreement. The NDFP consultants can’t be charged with common crimes and should be immune from arrest, harassment and surveillance according to the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees. This pact would allow them to participate in peace talks to address the root causes of the armed conflict. It is only at the conclusion of the peace talks that the laying down of arms will take place.

In the case of Ed Serrano, he was detained for 11 years, and was simply awaiting the dismissal of his remaining cases when he fell ill and died in a hospital, unable to gain his freedom. That’s how bad the trumped-up charges are. There is a fundamental question of justice when we demand the release of political prisoners, including the NDFP consultants. It is a statement that their arrest and detention were unjust to begin with.

The Duterte government is right in committing to the release of the NDFP consultants in accordance with the JASIG and in the spirit of reviving the stalled peace talks. Of course if you ask the families of the detained, they would have preferred that the false charges were dropped altogether because that it what real justice requires. It should be noted though that the NDFP consultants are only gaining temporary liberty upon orders of the courts, so that they could participate in the peace talks. The false charges against them remain. They would still need to fight those.

There would be some cause to celebrate the release of political prisoners before the start of the peace talks. That would be a significant development indeed. We should be reminded however that there are more than 500 political prisoners who need to be freed. Our work is far from done.

So when someone complains why political prisoners are being released, let us explain that they are not criminals, that many of them are principled revolutionaries who were incarcerated based on false charges. They did not steal nor oppress the poor. They are not criminals in the mold of past Philippine presidents, or of the big criminal syndicates. They deserve to be released and allowed to continue their work in the peace talks. (Photo by Kristine Mangunay, PDI)

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