Michael Withey

Original Documents

Below is a collection of historic documents detailing the case, the community’s loss of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, and our continued quest for justice. The collection contains original documents from Ferdinand Marcos’ deposition, our recent rebuttal in our Freedom of Infomation Act Request, and communiques from the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes.

Latest FOIA RequestMarcos' Deposition

Ongoing Quest for Justice

Complaint for Relief under FOIA

On November 9, 2018 representatives of the families of slain anti-Marcos activists Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes filed a FOIA lawsuit in federal court in Seattle. It claims that the FBI is engaged in an ongoing cover-up of its role in the June 1981 murders. The lawsuit can be found here.

Congresswoman Jayapal’s Request to DOJ

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has written to the Department of Justice with a “Fact Sheet” seeking its cooperation. She is questioning why the DOJ has not responded to the April, 2018 referral of the matter to the DOJ by the Seattle FBI. The lawsuit follows on the heels of an FBI Petition signed by over 250 elected
officials, union leaders, community activists and human rights organizations asking the FBI to end its cover-ups.

Congresswoman Jayapal’s Letter to the DOJ

Fact Sheet

FOIA letter to FBI:

The Freedom of Information Act request for FBI documents related to informant Lavane Forsythe

NSA Denial Letter:

The NSA denial letter staging it could neither affirm nor deny that it had or did not have documents related to the murders.

Anatomy of a Cover Up:

This document outlines exactly how the Marcos regime, with the help of US intelligence agencies, was able to cover up the assassinations of Gene and Silme. Beyond the Domingo and Viernes story, this paper also identifies instances of government cover-ups across the world, including the Ayotzinapa missing 43 Mexican students, Karen Silkwood’s “car accident”, and crimes by the US government against people of color.

Access and download the document here.

Memorial Statements

Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) memorial statements:

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