Another Successful two-days training of kabataang PLM Members (March 29-30). the fourth batch, bringing to almost 100 the number of youth activists who will lead the right to education campaign this year. Amazing efforts by PLM organizers. kudos! PDF Print E-mail
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"Young PLM training March 14-15. Preparing for Right to Education campaign." PDF Print E-mail
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International Women's Day Activity March 8,2015 PDF Print E-mail
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PLM statement on International Women's Day PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:19

Partido Lakas ng Masa

Statement on International Women’s Day

All Out Peace, Not War, in Mindanao!

Justice for Jennifer Laude! Justice for All!

Pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law! No to Watering it Down!

No to US Intervention!

 

Increased US militarization of the Philippines through the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Asian Pivot and the soon-to-be-operational Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) makes living dangerous and doubly difficult for women and children.  This has been made clear by the country’s experience with US’s Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines.  Again, this is the lesson we can glean from the recent events: the murder of trans-woman Jennifer Laude on October 11, 2014, as well as the killing and displacement of Muslim civilians during and after the Mamasapano tragedy on January 25 this year.

 

The Partido Lakas ng Masa bemoans the Philippine government’s acquiescence to all US military trainings, exercises, troop deployment, prepositioning of war materiel, patrolling Philippine waters and docking in Philippine ports of US warships and maintaining military advisers.  These are all for US wars.

 

Jennifer’s murder is not an ordinary crime as the President pictured it to be.  It is clearly a hate crime committed by a US soldier who enjoys the protection of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), hence the difficulty for Philippine police authorities to serve him an arrest warrant and present him in court for preliminary investigation.  While custody comes with criminal jurisdiction over the crime, US authorities have custody of the accused Joseph Scott Pemberton.  Even in court, the unequal relations manifest in allowing the attendance of several US military personnel while limiting Jennifer’s side to only her immediate family and her lawyers.

 

The urgency and secrecy of the special operation to get Marwan, carried-out for the US by the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), particularly the 84th Special Action Company skipped the PNP chain of command and supposedly defied the order by the President Aquino to coordinate with the AFP.  Evidently, the only consideration of this operation was the US’s desire to get Marwan and show a positive development in its war on terror as the ISIS continues to advance in several fronts in the Middle East and even in Europe. Hence the result: a tragedy that befell 44 members of the PNP-SAF, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), at least five Muslim civilians killed, including a girl named “Sarah”, more than a thousand displaced, and a compromised peace process for the Mindanao-Sulu area.

 

We also call on the President to own up to his responsibility in this tragedy and not allow himself to be used as a stooge of the US.

 

The AFP is now into an offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a splinter group of the MIFF.  Already, this has displaced 8,130 families or 30,130 individuals.  Women, the elderly and children bear most of the hardships and dangers that go with need to evacuate.  Young women and children become more prone to trafficking and prostitution. We demand an immediate end to the military offensive against the BIFF.

 

The military offensive in Mindanao, could increase the possibility of more terrorism, as extremist groups prey on the economic and social desperation of the communities in the area. We call for a negotiated political solution, including with the BIFF, not a military offensive, to resolve the problems in the region. The first step is the passage of the Bangsa Moro Basic Law, without watering down the provisions that enable self-determination for Mindanao.

 

PLM opposes the US-led “War on Terror” that terrorizes civilians, causes massive destruction and carnage world-wide and is responsible for spawning more terrorist groups.  We call on the Aquino government to end the VFA and all agreements that tie the country to an unequal defense relation with the US and make the government an accomplice to the US war crimes in its unending quest for world dominance.

 

The Partido Lakas ng Masa joins the World March of Women — Pilipinas and other women’s groups mobilising on March 8 demanding justice for all victims of US militarism and for peace and self-determination for Mindanao.

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:23
 
Philippines-Venezuela Solidarity (PhilVenSol) Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:46

On the Latest Coup Attempt Against the Socialist Government and People of Venezuela


The Philipines Venezuela Solidarity Network -- Phil-Ven-Sol -- strongly condemns the recent coup attempt which seeks to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Venezuela in order to reverse the achievements of the socialist Bolivarian process.

The recent failed coup attempt was revealed in a nationally televised address on February 12 by President Nicholas Maduro. It was carefully planned and involved four stages: creating an economic assault on the country; creating an international debate around a supposed humanitarian crisis; a political coup involving officials who would turn on the government, and; finally a military coup that would lead to the installation of a transitional government.

The coup plotters even planned to bomb Miraflores Palace and the Telesur offices in Caracas. The plan included conducting assassinations on both members of the opposition and the government, including president Maduro, during the ensuing chaos once the coup unfolded.

The US, which has backed previous coup attempts, including against the former President Hugo Chavez in 2002, has been implicated in the recent coup plot. Those involved were paid in US dollars and one of the coup plotters was granted a visa to the United States in case the coup plot failed.

Such a coup plot is not the first or the last attempt to remove the democratically-elected government in Venezuela and to defeat the Bolivarian revolutionary process in which poses a threat to US imperialist interests in the region.

We hereby:


-       Denounce undemocratic means which seek to overthrow the revolutionary Bolivarian government of Venezuela

- Oppose all imperialist intervention in Venezuela.

-       Reaffirm our solidarity with the people of Venezuela in defence of the Bolivarian revolutionary process and their great effort in building Socialism in the 21st century.

Signatories:

Reihana Mohideen, Phil-Ven-Sol

Sonny Melencio, Partido Lakas ng Masa

Leody de Guzman, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)

Josua Mata, SENTRO

Jean Enriquez, World March of Women - Pilipinas

Lara Melencio, Transform Asia

 

 
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