Anti-APEC rally November 18, 2015. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 November 2015 09:44

Various groups protesting APEC marched on the streets during the opening session of the APEC summit. The march was stopped by the police at Liwasang Bonifacio, near the Metropolitan Theater, which is around 6 kilometers to the summit site. There was a brief scuffle, but the rallyists soon regrouped and conducted a program where they were stopped. The marchers came from different coalitions – the SLAM APEC and the People’s Forum On APEC 2015. But the message is the same – Shutdown APEC. What’s the alternative? PLM here marches on the streets with one of the major slogans – Sagot sa Kahirapan, Sosyalismo (Solution to Poverty, Socialism)!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:19
People’s Forum on APEC 2015 at Asian Center, UP Diliman, November 17. 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:08

Various civil society groups, including PLM, joined the People’s Forum on APEC 2015 at the Asian Center, UP Diliman. There were a number of speakers and panelists from different organizations in the Philippines, and guests from different countries (Mexico, Malaysia, India, Australia, and others). Ed Tadem, head of the Forum, gave the opening talks. Sonny Melencio of PLM also addressed the Forum on the topic of Alternatives.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:12
Manila Socialism Conference, Marikina City, November 15, 2015. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 November 2015 12:00

A very successful event

The Manila Socialism Conference (2015) concluded successfully yesterday, November 15. It was held inside the Marikina City Hall itself, in the quadrangle, amidst the city’s simultaneous events campaigning for the revival of the local shoe industry in Marikina brought down by neoliberal globalization.

More than 300 delegates registered for the conference, coming from unions, community groups, and women and youth activists. Most of the delegates were from the PLM’s leadership base in Metro Manila, Cavite and Bulacan. Other delegates came from different parties and groups subscribing to socialist views.

The international delegates were from the Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM), Arul and Nagen, and the Socialist Alliance in Australia, Peter Boyle.

The mayor of Marikina, Doy del Castillo, and PLM Marikina chair, Gil Munar, gave solidarity greetings as the city hosts of the Conference.

Former Congressman Walden Bello, who’s running as a senator in 2016 under a coalition ticket which includes PLM, sent a solidarity message that outlined his views on a new Socialist Paradigm.

Retired General Dado Valeroso, a PLM senatorial candidate, also gave a message that drew out a platform based on the revolutionary program they espoused during the fight against the Marcos dictatorship, when he was still a young officer of the PNP.

Aside from the international guests, the local speakers from a number of panels include Reihana Mohideen from Transform Asia, Rasti Delizo from People’s Forum on APEC 2015, Leody de Guzman from BMP, and Josua Mata (Sentro). Super federation President Luke Espiritu gave a short solidarity message.

The Manila Socialism Conference also came out with two resolutions: one on the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. The other one was on the killings and ethnocide of Lumads, an indigenous community in the Philippines.

Teatro Pabrika graced the event with their uplifting music on struggles and on socialism. Emma Garcia acted as the emcee. Those in charge of technical operations of the event came from different groups including BMP, PLM Marikina, KPML, and others. Translators for the guests included Malou Tabanera, Merck Maguddayao, and Jhuly Panday.

[All available transcipts of talks, messages and Congress resolutions will be published at the PLM website soon,}


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Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 20:56
Manila Socialism Conference Resolution 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 November 2015 14:33

Resolution on Paris, Beirut, Afghanistan and the Middle East Recent Acts of Terrorism


Working class solidarity against imperialist wars is needed, now more than ever


The Manila Socialism Conference participants express our solidarity with the people of Paris and Beirut who were targeted in acts of terror by ISIS forces in the past few days.


In Paris, coordinated bombing and shootings at six separate locations on November 14 killed 129 people and injured 200 others. In Beirut, 43 people were killed and more than 200 injured in two suicide bomb attacks just 24 hours earlier.


We condemn these acts of violence.


In the same breadth we also condemn the October aerial bombing by the United States of the hospital in Kundus Province in Afghanistan, which killed at least 22 people and injured 37 and which was condemned by Doctors Without Borders as a war crime.


We also note that the West did not respond to the same degree following the immediate aftermath of the bombings in Beirut and Afghanistan. But people’s lives matter as much in Paris as they do in Beirut or Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan. We abhor this racist selective grief and outrage; Third World lives do matter!


These latest acts of terror must not be allowed to justify ongoing and new imperialist wars, tougher anti-refugee and anti-immigrant laws and anti-democratic “security” laws and repression of democratic rights.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 14:37
Manila Socialism Conference Resolution 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 November 2015 14:38



The Manila Socialism Conference condemns the killings, arrests, harassment, zoning, and vilification of the Lumad people, an indigenous group, in southern Philippines. The direct attacks against the Lumad are instigated by the Philippine military and paramilitary groups connected with the mining operations and corporate land claims in their areas.


This early month of November, hundreds of Lumads trekked from Mindanao to Manila and encamped at the Liwasang Bonifacio to protest the tribal ethnocide. As per reports, more than 6,000 Lumads have also fled to evacuation centers in Mindanao this year following the murders of Lumad leaders and community members and the military occupation of their communities and schools.


Before the recent killings, there had been a recorded 73 indigenous people murdered under the present administration, 58 of them Lumads. The killings never stop.


Recently, the attacks have been against those administering schools that cater to children and old people in Lumad areas. The administrators of award-winnng Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (Alcadev) have been killed or hounded. And a few days ago, the teachers’ cottage on an Alcadev branch in Agusan del Sur was torched by still unidentified arsonists.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 14:41
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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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