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 ang Sonny Melencio are main speakers. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 July 2015 18:43
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Statement of progressive groups in the Philippines and in Asia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:32

Statement of Solidarity with the People and Government of Greece:

"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:

Ed Tadem, University of the Philippines

Reihana Mohideen, Transform Asia

Ric Reyes, Philippines

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

Jean Enriquez, World March of Women

Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South, Philippines

Josua Mata, SENTRO, Philippines

Lidy Nacpil,  Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)

Socialist Alliance (Australia)

 
PLM Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:26

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) statement on the

West Philippine Sea/South China Sea Territorial Dispute

 

Philippines must open bilateral talks with China to ease tensions, now!

US butt out, stop intervening in the dispute!

 

Given the renewed sabre rattling and war cries now between the US and China over the West Philippine Sea and disputed territories, we call on the Philippine government to immediately open bilateral talks with China in order to ease tensions.

 

While we condemn China’s aggressive bullying tactics, we firmly believe that the government must take immediate steps towards a negotiated political settlement to this long-running dispute. However, we also think that the government has to be sincere about pursuing a political settlement in order to move towards a peaceful resolution of the conflicting claims. This means that the Philippine government dissociate itself from any actions that makes it a proxy for US interests, that is, it must be committed to pursuing a truly independent policy in the region.

 

Furthermore we demand that the US butt out of the conflict. It has no claims in the disputed territories and no basis to intervene. Its role to date has only led to inflaming the situation and destabilizing the region. US surveillance planes entering the airspace over disputed territory, despite several warnings from China, was a provocative and dangerous intervention.

 

The US is clearly pursuing its own interests vis-a-vis its economic competition with China. This is one of the main reasons for the US “pivot Asia” military policy aimed at increasing its military presence in the region. We are also concerned that in doing so the imperatives of the US military-industrial complex will prevail, driving the region towards war.

 

On April 4, 1967, in his famous Riverside Church address, Martin Luther King Jr. said the US government was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. In response he called for a true revolution of values. Almost fifty years later, this still remains the case today.

 

We see the disaster of US intervention in Iraq, which has led to the destruction of an entire nation and the rise of ISIS. Since 1980 the US has engaged in aggressive military action in 14 countries in the Islamic world alone: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004) and now Syria.

 

In the Western hemisphere, US military forces invaded Grenada (1983) and Panama (1989), and landed 20,000 military forces in Haiti (1994). This scenario can only be described as the US being on a permanent war footing.

 

The US has 1.3 million people in the military and another million serve in the military reserves. The US has over 700 military bases in 63 countries across the world deploying over 255,000 US military personnel there. The US has over 1500 strategic nuclear warheads, over 13,000 military aircraft, dozens of submarines, many of which carry nuclear weapons, and 88 huge destroyer warships.

 

In Iraq over 216,000 combatants, most of them civilians, have died since the 2003 invasion.  No one even counted civilian deaths in Afghanistan for the first five years of the US-NATO war there. US drone attacks have murdered hundreds of children and hundreds of civilian adults in Pakistan and dozens more in Yemen.

 

US military spending is about the same as the total of military spending by the next eight largest countries combined, that is more than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, India and Germany combined.

 

The number one war profiteer is Lockheed Martin, according to USA Today, with annual arms sales of $36 billion. The number two war profiteer is Boeing with annual arms sales of $31 billion. The rest of the top ten corporations profiting from war include BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Raytheon, EADS, Finmeccanica, L-3 Communications, and United Technologies.

 

For all these reasons, we call on the US to stop intervening in our region and for an ASEAN-led negotiated solution to the conflict. We also demand that the Philippine government stop acting as a proxy for US interests in the region, pursue a truly independent foreign policy and immediately open bilateral talks with China in a genuine effort to reach a political settlement to the territorial conflicts.

 

PLM — International Desk

 

 
YOUNG PLM SUMMIT MAY 25, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:05

Free college education campaign organized by Young PLM

(Partido Lakas ng Masa). Around 300 participants from more than 60 schools

in Metro Manila and Cavite. Thanks to the YPLM leaders and to the

PLM organizers who made this possible. A new young movement has arrived.

Watch out for this campaign!

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Isang grupo, nanawagan ng katarungan para sa mga nasawi sa sunog sa Valenzuela.
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