Solidarity for Bangsamoro, Rally Oct 29, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:01
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Rally for an inclusive Bangsamoro Basic Law, October 29, 2014

DO NOT DELAY: Peace in MindaNOW!

Sustainable Peace in Mindanao!

ANG KAPAYAAN SA MINDANAO AY KAPAYAPAAN NG BUONG BANSA!

Correct the historical injustices against Bangsamoro!

WE ARE THE FRIENDS OF THE BANGSAMORO!

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) joins the Friends of the Bangsamoro (FoBM) in calling for an inclusive Bangsamoro Basic Law at Philippine Congress on October 29.

The Friends of the Bangsamoro (FoBM) is an umbrella of peace groups and networks which aims to mobilize the broadest mass support to help achieve meaningful and sustainable peace in Mindanao.

FoBM reaches out to the largest number of sectors, groups and individuals in the country, in the region and from among the global community to pro-actively accompany the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in concluding its peace process up to the eventual establishment of the Bangsamoro entity.

What do we do?

As Friends of the Bangsamoro, we commit ourselves and call on other citizens and sectors to align themselves with the following urgent and essential tasks :

  • Launch public advocacy at all levels of discussion and debate to provide an informed perspective on the BBL, its key provisions, restrictions and potential.
  • Pursue active legislative lobbying to keep the BBL front and center in the local, regional and national policy agenda.
  • Communicate the core messages of advocating the full implementation of the final agreement and standing by an inclusive peace process in the local and global levels to both inform, as well as reap the lessons that have taken root here and in other parts of the world.

Our Members:

The following peace groups and networks currently compose the Friends of the Bangsamoro (FoBM):

Generation Peace Network (Gen Peace); Iniatives for International Dialogue (IID); Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN); Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW); Philippine MISEREOR Partnership Inc. (PMPI); Waging Peace Philippines (WPP); Women Engaged in Action on UNSCR 1325 (WE Act 1325); Women’s Peace Table; Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN); Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

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ASIAN SOCIALISM CONFERENCE PDF Print E-mail
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BOLIVAR AND THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN INTEGRATION SOCIOECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ISSUES PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:23
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The Philippines-Venezuela Solidarity Network (PhilVenSol), where Transform Asia and Partido Lakas ng Masa are both member organizations, organized a forum on Latin American and Caribbean Integration Issues on October 9. The forum featured Venezuelan leader Luis Brito Garcia as the main speaker. Following is the PhilVenSol statement:
PhilVenSol welcomes the representatives of the socialist government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Campañero Luis Brito Garcia and Campañera Yelitza Ventura.
We established the solidarity network in the Philippines because we were inspired by the gains of the Bolivarian revolution and its people, under the leadership of then President Hugo Chavez, as they began to envision and build a new socialism: a socialism for the 21st century. In doing so Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan people demonstrated that a 21st century socialist alternative was not only necessary, but possible. And not in some distant and unknown future, but in our time.

A key message of the revolution -- to end poverty, the poor must be in power --has inspired the renewal of the struggle for a socialist alternative in Latin America and internationally. This is the path that the government of President Nicholas Maduro is also committed to, thus earning him the wrath of the United States government, which continues to seek the overthrow of the legitimate government of the Venezuelan people and to crush the Bolivarian revolution.
The Bolivarian revolution has also inspired a new model of regional integration: the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, or ALBA. This is a model based on solidarity amongst people, not neoliberal competition -- an economic, social and cultural solidarity. Given the moves towards an ASEAN integration, which is based on a neoliberal framework, ALBA provides a pro-people's alternative of regional integration.
We use this opportunity today to pledge our continuing solidarity with the Venezuelan peoples Bolivarian revolution and their government.
Venceremos!
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 17:24
 
Climate crisis 'There is no sustainable capitalism' PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 September 2014 10:38
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Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses, PLM) statement on the climate crisis

Climate action, not words!

Capitalism has no solutions!

For a socialist alternative!

September 24, 2014 -- Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- President Benigno Aquino concluded his United Nations speech in New York on September 23 by posing the question: What more can we do? The question is rhetorical, even hypocritical, as the president very well knows what needs to be done: to address the demands of the mass movements, which he has heard, but not heeded. We have been campaigning for an end to coal-based power generation, for example. How has the president responded? By dramatically increasing coal-power generation. His actions are completely contrary to his statements.

We are confounded not by the inaction of the president but by his sheer hypocrisy. Time after time his government has shown utter disregard for the mass movement's demands and demonstrated where its real interests lie. Not with the people and the environment, but with sustaining corporate profits, such as that of Meralco and the mining companies, and sustaining capitalist interests at all cost, whatever the social cost.

We need to develop the energy sector based on moving to 100% renewable sources. This has to be consistent with our social and economic program, which is based on community ownership and control. Large centralised systems are prone to corruption and serve the interests of the big corporations. The smaller, decentralised systems are more conducive to community ownership and control. They are also far more effective in responding to climate change impacts.

During November 2013 Typhoon Yolanda, solar-powered lanterns were the most practical and quickest way to provide lighting and protection at night in the affected communities, especially for women and children. It also became apparent that if the generation and distribution systems were decentralised mini-grids, they could have been operational in a matter of days. These systems are not “high-tech”. The technology exists, such as solar PV technology. The costs keep declining. They require very little routine operation and maintenance. Such systems are "smart" because they can benefit the people, not corporate and corrupt political interests. What does not exist is the political will to move in this direction, in a determined and comprehensive way.

It’s capitalism, a global system based on prioritising profits over people, that has brought us to the brink of a climate-induced catastrophe that can destroy humanity. There is no "sustainable capitalism". There’s "disaster capitalism", which epitomises capitalist greed for profit, at any cost. And this is happening before our very eyes. In the Philippines, we go through one climate crisis after another, with the loss of thousands of lives. And the class issues don’t recede, but come to the forefront, because it’s the poor who are the most vulnerable, while the rich flee in their helicopters, as we witnessed during Typhoon Yolanda. Now they are coming back, like vultures, to make profits out of the disaster and human misery. The PNoy regime is completely wedded to preserving and serving these neoliberal capitalist interests. It is the architect of "disaster capitalism" in post-Yolanda Visayas.

We understand that this is a global challenge and the industrialised countries bear a historic responsibility. While we demand that they are made accountable for their climate debt, we also believe that a national government that is not wedded to capitalist and elite interests can play a crucial role in responding to the climate crisis and in saving and protecting lives. This is demonstrated by the actions of the socialist government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. The government of Evo Morales is attempting to move Bolivia not only in a post-extractivist, but a post-capitalist direction, by helping foster the communitarian sector. It shows what is possible in a small country, when a government is prepared to break with the capitalist neoliberal agenda and follow a socialist path.

An alternative path to the neoliberal-capitalist development model is needed: a 21st century socialist alternative. This is no time to tinker at the edges, pleading for minor changes. The capitalist system must be dismantled and a socialist system must be constructed, one that is based on social and economic solidarity and the power of the masa – a bayanihang sosyalismo for the 21st century. There is no capitalist sustainability. A 21st century socialist alternative gives us more than a fighting chance to address the climate crisis.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 September 2014 15:45
 
PLM Statement on the Climate Crisis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:01

Climate Action, Not Words!

Capitalism Has No Solutions!

For a Socialist Alternative!

 

President Aquino concluded his United Nations speech by posing the question: What more can we do? The question is rhetorical, even hypocritical, as the President very well knows what needs to be done: to address the demands of the mass movements, which he has heard, but not heeded.


We have been campaigning for an end to coal-based power generation, for example. How has the President responded? By dramatically increasing coal power generation. His actions are completely contrary to his statements. We are confounded not by the inaction of the President but by his sheer hypocrisy.  Time after time his government has shown utter disregard for the mass movement demands and demonstrated where its real interests lie. Not with the people and the environment, but with sustaining corporate profits, such as that of Meralco and the mining companies, and sustaining capitalist interests AT ALL COST, whatever the social cost.

 

We need to develop the energy sector based on moving to 100% renewables. This has to be consistent with our social and economic program, which is based on community ownership and control. Large centralised systems are prone to corruption and serve the interests of the big corporations. The smaller, decentralised systems are more conducive to community ownership and control. They are also far more effective in responding to climate change impacts.

 

During typhoon Yolanda, solar-powered lanterns were the most practical and quickest way to provide lighting and protection at night in the affected communities, especially for women and children. It also became apparent that if the generation and distribution systems were decentralised minigrids, they could have been operational in a matter of days. These systems are not “high-tech”. The technology exists, such as solar PV technology. The costs keep declining. They require very little routine operation and maintenance. Such systems are ‘smart’ because they can benefit the people, not corporate and corrupt political interests. What does not exist is the political will to move in this direction, in a determined and comprehensive way.

 

It’s capitalism, a global system based on prioritising profits over people, which has brought us to the brink of a climate-induced catastrophe that can destroy humanity. There is no ‘sustainable capitalism’. There’s ‘disaster capitalism’, which epitomises capitalist greed for profit, at any cost. And this is happening before our very eyes. In the Philippines, we go through one climate crisis after another, with the loss of thousands of lives. And the class issues don’t recede, but come to the forefront, because it’s the poor who are the most vulnerable, while the rich flee in their helicopters, as we witnessed during Typhoon Yolanda.  Now they are coming back, like vultures, to make profits out of the disaster and human misery. The PNoy regime is completely wedded to preserving and serving these neo-liberal capitalist interests. It is the architect of ‘disaster capitalism’ in post-Yolanda Visayas.

 

We understand that this is a global challenge and the industrialised countries bear a historic responsibility. While we demand that they are made accountable for their climate debt, we also believe that a national government which is not wedded to capitalist and elite interests can play a crucial role in responding to the climate crisis and in saving and protecting lives. This is demonstrated by the actions of the socialist government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. The government of Evo Morales is attempting to move Bolivia not only in a post-extractivist, but a post-capitalist direction, by helping foster the communitarian sector. It shows what is possible in a small country, when a government is prepared to break with the capitalist neoliberal agenda and follow a socialist path.

 

An alternative path to the neoliberal-capitalist development model is needed: a 21ST century socialist alternative. This is no time to tinker at the edges, pleading for minor changes. The capitalist system must be dismantled and a socialist system must be constructed, one that is based on social and economic solidarity and the power of the masa – a ‘bayanihang sosyalismo’ for the 21st century. There is no capitalist sustainability. A 21st century socialist alternative gives us more than a fighting chance to address the climate crisis. #

 

September 24, 2014

 

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