PLM Statement on Nuclear War Threat in the Korean Peninsula PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:38

Oppose war threat in the Korean Peninsula!
President Duterte, promote all diplomatic efforts in ASEAN against Trump's war plans!

 

The threat of a nuclear war in the Korean Peninsula is a real and present danger. Not since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the US threatened Cuba for seeking protection from the Soviet Union against another US attempt to overthrow its government after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, has there been so much concern about the possibility of a nuclear war.

 

Despite the portrayal of his administration as being isolationist, from Syria to Afghanistan and now against North Korea, Donald Trump's war plans to promote US global interests, are deadly serious.

 

The US threats against North Korea have come about because the North Korean state is trying to develop nuclear weapons. North Korea left the international non-proliferation treaty in 2003 and since 2006 has been subjected to US-supervised sanctions.

 

The US, which is also the biggest proliferator of nuclear weapons, has refused to sign this treaty. Other countries with nuclear weapons, such as Israel, India, Pakistan, China and Iran have all refused to ratify the treaty.

 

The border between North and South Korea is the most militarized border in the world. U.S. military power is overwhelming, but North Korea does possess some deterrents. Both sides possess nuclear weapons. If war broke out there would be high casualties on both sides.

 

The last war on the Korean peninsula, from 1950 to 1953, resulted in well over 2 million civilian casualties.

 

At various times in the past 20 years, the Pentagon has estimated that 1 million Korean civilians, divided evenly between North and South, would die in the first days of an all-out war. More than 25 million people live in metropolitan Seoul, South Korea's capital. The Pentagon refers to the area as the "kill box."

 

While China has been an ally of North Korea, it's unclear whether China will intervene militarily in North Korea's defense. Donald Trump's war cries against North Korea is also aimed as a warning against China.

 

The plans for war are very much part of the US "pivot to Asia" strategy which has resulted in an unprecedented rise of militarization in the region.

 

We have to oppose Donald Trump's drive to war in the region -- for the sake of the Korean people, for the unity and self-determination of the Korean people and ultimately, for the sake of humanity and our environment.

 

We demand that President Duterte act on his statements to distance the Philippines from the US foreign policy, that is Donald Trump's war plans. This means all joint military exercises with the US must stop. All military treaties, such as the VFA and EDCA must be terminated. The Duterte government must make known its opposition to US war plans in the Korean Peninsula and take every possible diplomatic initiative to prevent a war.

 

The Philippines is the Chair of ASEAN and can use this position to garner support against a war in the Korean Peninsula, to promote a political resolution towards a unified Korea and hereby demonstrate its commitment to a genuinely sovereign and independent foreign policy. #

 

 

International Desk
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

April 26, 2017

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:42
 
IN DEFENSE OF THE VENEZUELAN REVOLUTION AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING COUP PLOT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Monday, 17 April 2017 10:08

IN DEFENSE OF THE VENEZUELAN REVOLUTION AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING COUP PLOT

NO TO INTERVENTION BY THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN POWERS

 

We, the undersigned organizations, express our support and solidarity with the people of Venezuela and Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, against the ongoing threats of counterrevolution and violent attacks orchestrated by right-wing forces with the backing of the United States. 


The right-wing opposition forces in Venezuela have been aggressively campaigning and stirring up the sentiment to remove President Maduro. The right-wing forces are exploiting the institutional conflict between the Supreme Court of Justice and the opposition-controlled National Assembly to fuel tension, escalate political violence and destabilize the country in order to clear the path for imperialist intervention and enable them to take power again, similar to what happened in the coup of April 2012, 15 years ago.


The Organization of American States (OAS) has backed the right-wing forces in Venezuela by threatening to invoke the so-called Democratic Charter against Venezuela. Meanwhile, Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, the commander of the United States Southern Command, also warned of response to Venezuela’s “instability”, which signals the pretext for US intervention in Venezuela to aid the right-wing forces. Such a move by imperialist forces in threatening the sovereignty of Venezuela and principles of self-determination is alarming.


The consequences of foreign intervention and a right-wing takeover of power through violent means will be devastating for the people of Venezuela. All the social gains of the Bolivarian revolution for the past 18 years would be destroyed. The right-wing forces which represent the interests of oligarchy will destroy the social missions, return nationalized companies and landed estates to their filthy rich owners, massively cut old age pensions and slash health care and education. The defeat of the  Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela will be a setback for progressive forces and will have wider implications for Latin America.


We therefore:

-       Reiterate our support for and solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.


-       Reject any form of US or foreign intervention which seeks to undermine the independence and sovereignty of Venezuela.


-       Call upon the progressive forces around the world to rally around to support the people of  Venezuela in defending the Bolivarian Revolution.



This joint statement is endorsed by the following organizations;

1. Philippines Venezuela Solidarity Network -- Phil-Ven-Sol

2. Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association (PhilCuba)

3. Campaign for a Life of Dignity (KAMP)

4. WomanHealth Philippines

5. Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

6. Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:04
 
International Women's Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 09 March 2017 13:04

PLM joined the international Women's Day march in Manila. The women contingent marched to Plaza Moriones and held a brief rally to mark the day and demand justice and freedom for women everywhere.

 

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EDSA Revolution 31st Anniverary PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:19

Thousands of marchers from PLM, BMP, Sanlakas and other groups joined the February 25 anniversary of the Edsa Revolution. The marchers assembled in front of the Crame gate along Edsa for a short program. Later on, they marched to the People Power Monument where they joined other contingents coming from various organizations. Ka Sonny Melencio of PLM and Leody de Guzman of BMP spoke at the joint rally. The event was organized by the February 25 coalition where PLM was a member-organization.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:23
 
February 25 EDSA anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:28

Pahayag sa Ika-31 Anibersaryo ng EDSA

 

HINDI PA TAPOS ANG REBOLUSYONG EDSA!

 

PUPUNTA tayo sa EDSA, hindi para magdiwang. Kundi para ipagluksa ang paglalaho ng lahat ng pangarap at pangako ng Rebolusyong Edsa.

 

Makasaysayan ang People Power Revolution na nilahukan ng milyun-milyong Pilipino. Pero hindi natin inakala na sa dakong huli, ito ay sasaklutin ng mga elitista – tinatawag ding Dilawan – na ang tanging layunin ay ibalik ang dating sistema ng paghahari bago mag-martial law si Ferdinand Marcos.

 

Sa Edsa Revolution, nalansag ang diktadura ni Marcos subalit pinalitan ito ng demokrasyang nagsisilbi lamang sa iilan. Ang paksyon ni Marcos ay pinalitan lamang ng paksyon ng mga Dilawan.

 

Hindi nabigyan ng katarungan ang mga naging biktima ng martial law. Ang konstabularya at militar na nang-abuso sa masa ay hindi naparusahan. Ang cronies ni Marcos na sumaklot sa ekonomiya ay nanumbalik at ngayo’y naging mga pangunahing kapitan ng industriya.

 

Sa ilalim ng mga Dilawan, nanumbalik ang dating oligarkiya ng mga Lopez, Ayala, Zobel, at iba pa. Pero sumanib din ang crony oligarchy nina Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, Danding Cojuangco,  Roberto Ongpin, Tony Floirendo, at iba pa.

 

Wala na si Marcos, pero pinagdudusahan pa rin ng bayan ang mga kinurakot niya at ng kanyang pamilya. Ang mga utang na kanilang ibinulsa ay babayaran natin hanggang taong 2025.

 

Hindi masisisi ang masa na masiphayo sa paghahari ng mga Dilawan o ng mga pumalit kay Marcos dahil wala rin naman silang naipagkaloob na ginhawa sa masa.

 

Gobyerno ni Rodrigo Duterte

 

Ngayo’y nakaupo ang bagong gobyerno na sinalubong ng mainit na pagtanggap ng masa dahil nangako ito ng pagbabago.

 

 

Subalit ang gobyernong Duterte ay nagbabanta ngayon ng panunumbalik ng martial law. Bukambibig ni Pangulong Duterte na maaari niyang ideklara ang martial law kung hindi masusugpo ang krimen ng droga sa bansa.

 

Una, hindi totoo na droga ang pangunahing krisis na bumabalot sa bayan. Pangunahin pa rin ang krisis ng kahirapan, ng kawalang-trabaho, at ng kawalang-hustisya sa mahihirap. Ito rin ang dahilan ng paglaganap ng droga.

 

Ikalawa, kung may krisis man ng kriminalidad na dulot ng droga, hindi ito malulutas ng walang-patumanggang pagpatay. Ngayo’y higit 7,000 na ang bumulagta sa mga kalsada, kabahayan at eskinita ng mahihirap na komunidad. Biktima ng operasyon ng mga pulis o ng mga vigilantes.

 

Kailan matatapos ito? Kailan mabibigyan ng trabaho ang walang trabaho. Kailan masusugpo ang kontraktwalisasyon. Kailan magkakaroon ng dagdag sa sahod, murang presyo ng bilihin, lupa sa magsasaka, pabahay sa mahihirap. Kailan maipatutupad ang universal health care at free college education.

 

Araw-araw ay natutunaw ang pag-asa. Araw-araw ay lumalayo ang pangako.

 

Anong dapat gawin?

 

Ang Edsa Revolution, gaya ng Rebolusyong Pilipino laban sa mga Kastila – ang rebolusyong isinulong ni Bonifacio at inagaw ng mga ilustradong gaya nina Aguinaldo – ay hindi pa tapos.

 

Kailangang tapusin ito ng masa sa isa muling pagbabangon. Isang panibagong People’s Power Revolution na hindi magluluklok ng bago o dating paksyon ng mga naghaharing uri gaya ng mga Dilawan.

 

Kundi magluluklok ng tunay na kapangyarihan ng masa. At magtatayo ng isang gobyerno ng masa, para sa masa, at ukol sa masa.

 

PLM (Partido Lakas ng Masa)

February 25, 2017

 
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