SONA JULY 27,2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 July 2015 21:20
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Ang Huling Sona ni Pangulong Aquino

Ni Ka Sonny Melencio

 

Ito na ang huling Sona ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.  Pero hindi pa ito ang katapusan ng kanyang paghahari dahil kahit ang mga susunod sa kanya ngayong eleksyon ay nagsasabi na ipagpapatuloy nila ang ‘daang matuwid’ na programa ni PNoy.

 

Ano ba ang ‘daang matuwid’?

 

Ito ay islogan lamang ng anti-corruption, pero hindi pa rin totoong anti-corruption. Sapagkat ang naipakulong lamang ng rehimeng Aquino ay iilang mga nasa oposisyon at nakalalaya pa ang kanyang mga kabigan at kapartido na kawatan din.

 

Higit dito, kasama sa plataporma ng tuwid na daan ang tunay na nilalaman ng programa ni PNoy – ang neoliberal na patakaran ng privatization, liberalization, deregulation, regressive taxation, at contractualization.

 

Privatization ito ng lahat ng serbisyo na dapat ipinagkakaloob ng gobyerno. Matagal na itong nangyayari mula pa panahon ni Cory Aquino. Na-privatize na noon pa ang tubig, elektrisidad, at transportasyon. Ngayon naman, ipinagpapatuloy ni PNoy ang privatization pati sa mga ospital, eskwelahan, airports, tren, enerhiya o halos lahat-lahat na.

 

Ang serbisyo ng gobyerno sa tao ay ipinaubaya na ngayon sa pribadong sektor. Pero hindi lamang ganito. Sinuhayan ito ng gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng patakaran ng regressive taxation o ng VAT (value added tax), na ang kinokolektahan ng buwis ay hindi ang malalaking kompanya kundi ang maliliit na tao. Ang 12% VAT sa pagkain, sa elektrisidad, at sa halos lahat ng produkto -- na dating pansamantala lamang – ay ginawang permanente.

 

Kaya lahat tayo – nagbabayad man ng income tax o hindi – ay binubuwisan nang malaki, nang paulit-ulit, ng segu-segundo sa pamamagitan ng VAT!

 

At hindi lang nagkasya dito. Sinuhayan din ng gobyerno ang malalaking kompanya sa pamamagitan ng patakarang kontraktwalisasyon sa mga manggagawa. Noong 1996, idinaos sa Pilipinas ang Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum na nagpropaganda sa atin ng sinasabing globalisasyon. Sabi noon ng gobyerno ni Fidel Ramos, ito ay magdadala sa atin ng ginhawa.

 

Anong nangyari? Naipatupad ang malawakang kontraktwalisasyon kasabay ng privatisasyon, liberalisasyon, deregulasyon, at VAT.  Nagsara ang maraming pabrika. Nawalan ng trabaho ang halos milyon-milyong manggagawa. Naging urban poor, naging rural poor, naging paeksta-ekstra, at ang natirang nagtatrabaho sa mga kompanya ay naging contractual.

 

Ano na naman kayang pahirap ang hinaharap natin ngayon sa ikalawang pagbisita ng APEC Forum sa Pilipinas ngayong Nobyembre?

 

Ang pangunahing nagpatupad ng kontraktwalisasyon sa bansa ay ang mga malalaking kompanya – ang SM, ang San Miguel, ang mga
kompanya ni Henry Sy, ni Lucio Tan, ni Gokongwei, ng mga Ayalas, Aboitiz, Razon, at mga gaya nila.

 

Kaya sila-sila rin ang nakinabang sa neoliberal na patakaran ng gobyerno.

 

Ayon sa huling sarbey, nagtriple ang yaman ng 10 multibilyonaryong mga Pilipino – kung Pilipino man silang matatawag – gaya nina Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, Gokongwei, Ayala, at iba pa mula 2010 hanggang 2015. At ang 12 sa kanila ay napunta pa sa listahan ng pinakamayayamang tao sa daigdig.

 

Sa kabila nito ay ang 3 milyong unemployed, 10 milyon pag sinama mo ang underemployed. Pag pinagsama-sama mo na po ang lahat ng mahihirap na unemployed, underemployed, unpaid family workers, informal sectors, mahihirap na self-employed, ayon po sa isang sarbey, aabot tayo sa 89% ng populasyon.

 

Kailangan nating malaman na ang programang ito na nagpasara ng maraming maliliit na pabrika at nagpahirap sa milyun-milyong Pilipino ay ang  programa pa ring ipatutupad daw ng mga susunod kay PNoy na ngayon ay nag-aambisyong maging presidente.

 

Kaya hindi natin pinag-uusapan ang babasbasan lamang ni PNoy na tatakbong presidente – siya man ay si Roxas o si Grace Poe. Pinag-uusapan din natin ang lahat ng nag-aambisyon gaya nina Binay, Duterte, Marcos, at iba’t iba pa na ang programa, ayon din sa kanila, ay pagpapatuloy lamang ng programa ni PNoy (ang programa ng daang matuwid kuno).

 

Huwag na tayong magpaloko. Ang gobyerno ng mga elitista ay gobyernong salot sa mahihirap at sa bayan.

 

Ngayong eleksyon ang panawagan namin ay ipagpatuloy natin ang pagkilos laban sa political dynasty, laban sa pork barrel, laban sa kontraktwalisasyon, laban sa demolisyon, laban sa VAT, laban sa mataas na presyo ng bilihin, labas sa privatisasyon, laban sa liberalisasyon, laban sa deregulasyon, at laban sa gobyerno ng mga elitista.

 

Nagbubuo ang PLM ng alternative candidate slate na tatakbo sa eleksyon para isulong ang ating mga karaingan at gawing bahagi ng pakikibakang masa ang eleksyon sa 2016. Ipapahayag namin ito sa hinaharap at magtulung-tulong tayo para tiyakin na magkaroon tayo ng mga tunay na kinatawan ng masa sa Kongreso, sa ehekutibo, sa mga lokal na gobyerno, at sa mga barangay.

 

Magtulung-tulong tayo na ibagsak ang elitistang gobyerno at itayo ang tunay na gobyerno ng masa. Sa anumang pamamaraan – sa eleksyon at sa kalsada. At kung hindi pa rin makakamit dito – sa pamamagitan ng pag-aalsa, sa pamamagitan ng bagong rebolusyon na lilikha ng bagong pamahalaan ng masa. Isang pamahalaan na magpapatupad ng sosyalistang programa – ang pamamahagi ng yaman sa bawat tao sa lipunan nang walang pagtatangi, sa batayan man ng uri, ng angkan, at ng kasarian! #

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:15
 
PLM on the new Greek austerity program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 22:15

We Stand in Solidarity with the Greek Peoples Struggles Against the Implementation of the Austerity Package

 

 

Under threat of economic collapse and a humanitarian catastrophe, after five months of ‘negotiations’ which have been described as “mental water-boarding”, the Greek government has accepted the punitive funding deal that represents the interests of the big banks and European finance capital and which imposes further austerity and debt on the people of Greece.

 

Under the deal the VAT system will be made more regressive, pensioners will suffer further cuts, the power sector utility ADMIE will be privatized along with other public assets to service an unserviceable and illegitimate debt and collective bargaining will be eroded. Impacts will include the foreclosures, evictions and liquidation of thousands of homes and businesses who are not in a position to keep up with their mortgages and loans. The “troika” of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund will control the way Greece’s budget is computed. The deal also forces the Greek government to retrospectively annul the anti-austerity Bills that were passed in the last few months that Syriza has been in government. These austerity measures had to be adopted before discussion can even begin on a third €85 billion bailout for Greece. The deal contradicts the entire election program on which Syriza was elected.

 

The popular will of the Greek people, who voted “no” in the July 12 referendum, is being violated by the robber barons of European capital. This is an assault on democracy; a coup that robs Greece of its national sovereignty.

 

We note that the Syriza Central Committee voted against the deal and that 32 of Syriza’s 149 MPs voted against the legislative package, and six more abstained. We also note that 15 of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) members also voted against the austerity package. We commend the left opposition for taking this stand.

 

However, we also note the main argument put forward by the Syriza leader and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who, while declaring that he “signed a text that I do not believe in”, stated that the threat from the creditors was real and “there is no other choice”. While there have been protest actions in solidarity with Greece, the Syriza government stands alone, as the only anti-austerity government in Europe. We understand, therefore, that the relationship of forces in Europe is stacked against the Syriza-led government.

 

We also note the protests and strikes in Greece against the current austerity package, and we stand in solidarity with these struggles and the progressive mass movements in Greece, as they continue to fight against the implementation of this deal.

 

This is not just the struggle of the people of Greece alone. It’s also the struggle of people of all over the world, in both developing and developed countries, who have been struggling for the past decades against the imposition of a whole range of neo-liberal measures - liberalization, deregulation, and privatization, including neoliberal austerity programs imposed by capitalist governments led by the US and its allies, through the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial institutions.  There has been a long history of struggles against debt repayments and for the cancellation of odious and illegitimate debts. The world has experienced how debt burdens and neo-liberal impositions have created havoc on economies, depleted natural resources, exacerbated inequalities, and impoverished peoples while siphoning off billions of dollars to global capitalist banks, giant corporations and imperialist governments.

 

We also claim the “Social Debt” owed to our people after decades of automatic debt service for "Illegitimate Debts," loans contracted through fraudulent and corrupt means. We continue to call for official and citizens' debt audits to investigate all public sector debts and contingent liabilities and review all laws pertaining and/or concerning public debt. We demand the immediate holding in escrow of payments for questionable loans and contracts, pending investigation, and re-negotiation and/or condonation, with appropriate sanctions against erring parties, whether governments or private entities.

 

We renew our demand on the Aquino government to repeal the Automatic Appropriations on Debt Servicing decree that automatically allocates up to one-third of the Philippines national budget for debt repayment.

 

We stand with Greece and call for the cancellation of ALL odious and illegitimate debts.

 

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

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PLM Marikina City Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 July 2015 18:55

JULY 19,2015

PLM Marikina City convention at the City Hall Quadrangle. The convention elected new officers and discussed the campaign issues of PLM, including plans for the coming 2016 elections. More than 200 delegates attended, including a barangay captain and a number of kagawads from several barangays. The mayor and the vice mayor of Marikina City graced the event.


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Statement of Solidarity With the People and Government of Greece PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Friday, 03 July 2015 19:54

The following statement is issued by various progressive individuals and organizations from many parts of the world, but mostly in Asia-Pacific. A copy of the statement has already been sent to Syriza's international department. The number of signatories, however, is increasing as the Sunday referendum on the proposed Troika austerity program draws near.

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"Your Struggle is Our Struggle"

 

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the people of Greece and the Syriza-led government as they prepare for a referendum on July 5, 2015 on whether to accept the continuation of the program of neoliberal austerity or chart a new course free from the debilitating stranglehold of the “troika” - the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission.

 

We support the call of Syriza for a 'no vote' as the only option for the people of Greece, especially the working classes, to assert sovereign control over the country's economy and their own future.

 

We condemn the “troika” and their allied political institutions, for forcing their policies of neoliberal austerity, privatization, deregulation, and savage cutbacks dismantling the public sector. We, therefore, hold the “troika” responsible for the massive unemployment, increased poverty, greater social inequality, and a severe economic depression now being experienced by Greece. The irony of it all is that the huge debts the “troika” is demanding for repayment did not go to Greece but were used to repay private sector creditors such as French and German banks. In other words, these are onerous and illegitimate debts.

 

We had welcomed the election of the Syriza-led government on a program committed to ending the neoliberal-austerity policies imposed by the EU creditors and we stand in solidarity with them as they struggle to implement an anti-austerity program.

 

The austerity program has been assessed as a colossal failure by leading economists worldwide. Despite this, the insistence of the EU creditors and their political and economic allies to resuscitate this failed program, can only be construed as a cynical political maneuver whose real aim is to bring down the Syriza government, the first anti-neoliberal, anti-austerity government to be popularly elected in Europe.

 

Syriza was a product of the mass movements’ and working people’s struggles against neoliberal austerity promoted by unbridled capitalism. Similar political organizations have arisen across Europe, such as Podemos in Spain, a product of the anti-austerity 'indignados' movement.

 

The specter that haunts the European capitalist class is a 'Syriza syndrome' spreading to other parts of Europe, particularly in Spain, with the election of an anti-neoliberal Podemos government. By bringing down the Syriza government, the capitalist hydra aims to strangle such a movement at its birth.

 

Peoples from all over the world, in both developing and developed countries, have been struggling for the past decades against the imposition of a whole range of neo-liberal measures - liberalization, deregulation, and privatization, including neoliberal austerity programs imposed by capitalist governments led by the US and its allies, through the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial institutions.

 

There has also been a long history of struggles against debt repayments and for the cancellation of odious and illegitimate debts. The world has experienced how debt burdens and neo-liberal impositions have created havoc on economies, depleted natural resources, exacerbated inequalities, and impoverished peoples while siphoning off billions of dollars to global capitalist banks, giant corporations and imperialist governments.

 

We welcome the people of Greece into the struggle of peoples of the global South against neoliberalism, onerous debts and austerity.

 

Your struggle, is our struggle. Your victory, is our victory.

 

Signatories

Individuals:

Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines

Reihana Mohideen, Ph.D., Transform Asia

Ric Reyes, Philippines

Sonny Melencio, Chair, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) - Philippines

Jean Enriquez, World March of Women

Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South, Philippines

Joseph Purugganan, Focus on the Global South, Philippines

Josua Mata, SENTRO, Philippines

Lidy Nacpil,  Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

Manarishi Dhital, Editor Janadesh Weekly and socialist activist, Nepal

Cora Valdez Fabros, STOP the War Coalition, Philippines

Isagani Serrano, President, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)

Amado Mendoza Jr., PhD., Professor, University of the Philippines

Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines

Joseph Anthony Lim, Ph.D., Professor, Ateneo de Manila University

Jafar Suryomenggolo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Edru Abraham, Professor (ret), University of the Philippines

Jerik Cruz, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva

Teodoro Mendoza, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines

Anuradha M. Chenoy, Ph.D., Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Ph.D., Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Darwis Khudori, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Le Havre

Annabelle Benedicto Bonje, De La Salle University, Philippines

Francisco Nemenzo, Former President and Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines

Ana Maria R. Nemenzo, Campaign for a Life of Dignity for All (KAMP)
Edmund Landrito, Arya Progresibo

Mercy Fabros, WomanHealth, Philippines

Omi Royandoyan, Centro Saka, Inc. (Center for Rural Development Studies)

Michael Treen, national director Unite Union, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Marcela Olivera, Red Vida, Bolivia

Benjamin Quinones, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Coordinator, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS-Asia)

Fatima Gay Molina, Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP-Philippines)

Janus Isaac Nolasco, University Researcher, University of the Philippines

Aries Arugay, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Philippines

Krishna Kumar KK, Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP-India)

Maria Luisa Torres, PhD., Professor, Ateneo de Manila University

Maria Dulce F. Natividad, Ph.D., University of the Philippines

Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, Ph.D., University of Tsukuba

George Aseniero, Dapitan, Philippines.

Chibu Lagman, Independent journalist

Chris White, socialist, former Secretary of the United Trades and Labor Council of South Australia

Sam Wainwright, Socialist Alliance City Councillor for Fremantle, Western Australia

Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance City Councillor for Moreland, Victoria, Australia

Tim Gooden, Secretary, Geelong Trades Hall Council, Victoria, Australia

Darcey O’Callaghan, USA

Marta Harnecker, writer, Chile

Michael Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Canada

Saturnino Borras, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Nicole Curato, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Canberra

Roland Simbulan, Professor, University of the Philippines

Francis Loh Kok Wah, Ph.D., Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Samuel Lee, Ph.D., Secretary General, Korean National Commission for UNESCO

Kinhide Mushakoji, Ph.D., Professor, Osaka University of Economics and Law

Naruemon Thabchumpon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University

Carl Middleton, Ph.D., Lecturer, Chulalongkorn University

Eduardo T. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Professor (ret), University of the Philippines

Kho Tungyi, Ph.D., Lecturer, Lingnan University (Hongkong)

Wei Xiaoteng, Ph.D., Professor, South China Normal University

Temario Rivera, Ph.D., Professor (ret), University of the Philippines

Jean Franco, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Philippines

Fred Chiu, Ph.D., Professor, National Taiwan University

Rudi Hartono, editor Berdikari Online

Yvonne Miller Berlie, Third World Network

Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now,  UK

Caroline Sy Hau, Ph.D., Professor, Kyoto University

Lisandro E. Claudio, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto University

Lin Shenjing, New International, Taiwan

Hansley Juliano, Lecturer, Ateneo De Manila University

Tyrell Haberkorn, PhD. Fellow, Australian National University

Arze Glipo, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty

Woody Aroun, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

 

Organizations:

Focus on the Global South

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)

Socialist Alliance, Australia

Marxist Student Federation, Philippines

Socialist Aotearoa/New Zealand

Alab Katipunan, Philippines

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA)

Alternative ASEAN Network (ALTSEAN)

Liga ng Makabagong Kabataan, (LMK-Philippines)

Partido Lakas ng Masa-PLM, Philippines

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)

FDC-Southern Mindanao

Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, Philippines

Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)

Resistance, Young Socialist Alliance, Australia

Blue Planet Project, Canada

Council of Canadians

Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

SANLAKAS, Philippines

SANLAKAS –Mindanao

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino-BMP, Philippines

Partai Rakyat Demokratik, Indonesia

Social Action for Change, Cambodia

SustainUs, USA

Global Justice Now, UK

Earth in Brackets

South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)

LDC Watch

Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)

People’s Alliance in Central East India (PACE-India)

Bangladesh Krishok Federation

EquityBD, Bangladesh

Coastbd, Bangladesh

VOICE, Bangladesh

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

All Nepal Peasants Federation

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), Nepal

Joint Preparatory Committee on Tax and Fiscal Justice (JPCTFC), Nepal

Debtwatch Indonesia

KRUHA Indonesia

LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women's Rights)

Our Rivers, Our Life ( OROL)-Philippines

Gitib, Inc - Philippines

MAKABAYAN-Pilipinas

Aliran, Malaysia

Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty (APNFS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Union Presidents Against Contractualization (UPAC) held a union assembly today (July 2) on Kentex strike, the coming APEC meeting in Manila, and the struggle against contractualization. Leody de Guzman of BMP and Sonny Melencio of PLM are main speakers. PDF Print E-mail
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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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