PLM march to Pope Francis mass at Luneta PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 January 2015 17:45

January 18, 2015 -- PLM marched at España Street to attend the mass of Pope Francis at Luneta, parading streamers that highlight the progressive statements made by Pope Francis on the issues of globalization and the capitalist economy, labor rights, against trafficking of women and children, for the environment and ecological justice, youth rights, against war and the systemic causes of inequality and poverty (see photos). While celebrating and affirming the progressive statements of Pope Francis, the PLM also affirms its unequivocal commitment and continued pursuance of the struggle for gender equality, a woman’s right to choose to control her own body and reproductive functions, and against all forms of discrimination that marginalize the LGBT people.

The parade of streamers was stopped by the police at corner Blumentritt St. upon orders by the security team headed by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. Cause-oriented groups carrying streamers, placards and other ‘propaganda materials’ are not allowed to come close near the site of the mass, even if the materials are mere reaffirmation of the progressive calls made by the Pope himself. Someone commented, we have a Pope who is close to the poor, but on order of those from above (not from heaven of course), the poor should stay nowhere close to the Pope.

 

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JAN 13 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 21:29

The Gelmart workers scored a temporary victory by stopping the demolition of the factory building

and the hauling of factory assets by the 'new buyers'. Photos also show the blockade of a van trying

to leave the factory gates. Mabuhay ang mga manggagawa ng Gelmart! In unity there is strength!

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PLM statement on the Charlie Hebdo killings PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 January 2015 23:05

Charlie Hebdo must not justify Islamophobia, war and militarization!

 

The indications are that the horrendous killings at the the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in

Paris will unfortunately be used by the governments of the US, France, Australia and other Western

powers to ratchet up Islamophobia and to justify the continuation of their post 9/11 program of

endless wars, as well as the increased militarisation of Asia and other Third World regions. As we

condemn the killings, we also oppose any and every attempt to use them as a pretext to promote

anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia.

 

In the same week that the Charlie Hebdo killings took place, in the Philippines another journalist,

Nerlita Ladesma, was gunned down, adding to the total of 145 journalists killed since the overthrow

of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. Five years ago 32 journalists were killed in the Maguindanao

massacre in the lead-up to the 2010 Presidential elections. On January 11 one of the prime suspects

was allowed to walk free on bail.

 

Experience tells us that democratic rights are hard won and always conditional — hence referred to

as ‘elite democracy’, under our present system. They require sustained mass mobilisations to be

defended and extended. We hope that the mass mobilizations in Europe condemning the Charlie

Hebdo killings will be replicated around each and every attack on democratic rights. This includes

mobilizations in opposition to the French government’s ban on demonstrations in solidarity with

the Palestinian people, the criminalization of Muslim women wearing the veil or hijab, and racist

attacks against Muslims and other migrant communities.

 

We also need to expose the cynical hypocrisy of the governments that have feigned support for the

“freedom of speech” and who led the march in Paris. The Prime Minister of Turkey, the country which

has jailed many journalists and has carried out a policy of systematic and brutal oppression of the

Kurdish people. The Foreign Minister of Egypt, which has three Al Jazeera staff serving 10-year prison

terms on absurd convictions. The Prime Minister of Ireland, where blasphemy remains an enforced

criminal offence. The Saudi Arabian ambassador to France, representing a government which is a

dictatorship against women and which has just handed out a thousand lashes to a man convicted of

blasphemy. Qatar, where people are serving 15-year terms for "blasphemous" poetry. Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu, responsible for the genocidal war against the people of Gaza, whose military forces

targeted journalists during the Gaza invasion. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the US

Attorney General, whose governments are responsible for having killed more than one million Iraqis

and thousands in murderous drone attacks. The US has brutally cracked down on whistle blowers

who have exposed the governments routine spying operations, including against its own people.

To cap it all the US has now called for a conference against violence!

 

We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, as well as our Muslim brothers

and sisters, especially those living in the West, who must brace themselves against the fallout of these

events and the rising anti-Muslim prejudice. We oppose any attempts by international powers to use

the recent events to intensify their program of endless war and interventions in the Middle East and

against other Third World countries. We will continue to struggle against the US policy of increased

militarization in Asia and our region.#

 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 23:14
 
Socialist Dialogue, December 2014 issue. PDF Print E-mail
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PICKET AT GELMART INDUSTRIES PHILIPPINES RENEWED PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 December 2014 10:15

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All international visitors to the Philippines have made what has turned out to

become an obligatory visit to the Gelmart union picket line. The picket line has

now been renewed to meet the latest attacks against the workers (see brief update

below). Solidarity messages from individuals and/or organizations will be most

appreciated and will be read out and circulated at the picket.

 

Gelmart union members renewed their picket in front of the gates of the

company in protest of recent reversal of court orders allowing the 'new buyer'

(with supposed links to the owners) to bring out the goods, machineries, etc.

from the factory. Around 150 hired dismantlers have been escorted by the

military,led by a certain Captain Dingalo, to start the dismantling work. PLM calls

on all to support the Gelmart workers by visiting the factory gates where the

workers are encamped to prevent total removal of assets and buildings. If this

happens, the workers, who have been waiting for years to get their due

compensation, will receive nothing.

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Mangungurakot na naman yan!
Bobolahin na naman nila tayo!”


Sounds really familiar. We have heard this expression from people of all walks of life time and again. An automatic response, when one is asked about a certain politician or politicians in general.

For decades, generations of politicians from the same clan and some new ones have been deceiving the masses. Every election for them has been an opportunity to make more promises. And after every election, all these remain just that – promises.

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