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Regional socialism conference PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 December 2010 12:42



Successful socialism conference held in the Philippines

From Partido Lakas ng Masa, International Desk

(Conference talks uploaded in Socialist Dialogue section)


A successful ‘socialism conference’ was held in Manila from

November 27 to 28. The conference was organized by the socialist

Partido Lakas ng Masa or Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM)

and the socialist-feminist regional network Transform Asia. The

conference was attended by 100 delegates, leaders of the PLM

from Metro Manila, and other leading socialists of the Philippine

left, as well as 13 international guests.


The international organisations represented came from the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM);

People’s Democratic Party (PRD-Indonesia); Working People’s Association (PRP-Indonesia);

Political Committee of the Poor-People’s Democratic Party (KPRM-PRD-Indonesia);

Socialist Alliance (Australia); The Left Party (Sweden); the General Confederation of Nepalese

Trade Unions (Gefont); the Vietnamese Union of Friendship Organisations; the Turn Left (Thailand);

and the Centre for Environment and Community Asset Development (Vietnam). Keynote speakers

at the conference included the newly appointed Cuban Ambassador to the Philippines Juan Corrales.

Greetings were also given by the representative of the Venezuelan embassy, Charge d’affaires

Manuel Iturbe.


The aim of the conference was explained by the opening speaker Reihana Mohideen, Chairperson of

Transform Asia. “We need to go beyond anti-capitalism. We have no shortage of those criticizing the

horrors of capitalism today, including the capitalists themselves, such as George Soros and even

former leaders of international finance institutions, such as Joseph Stiglitz… to NGOs, who are also

critics of the system. [But] anti-capitalism is not enough today. We need to put forward alternatives

to the capitalist system and we need to name these alternatives,as socialism. This is what this

conference aims to do,” she explained.


Conference highlights included panels and discussions on socialist strategy, the capitalist economic

crisis and socialist alternatives to the environmental crisis. Sonny Melencio Chairperson of PLM

argued that “there’s no strategy for all seasons” and that strategy is “not something constant, fixed,

once and for all.” “Strategy becomes a key question during historic turning points, when there is

intensification in the class struggle and during political crises…. [Otherwise] we face periods of

protracted organising and the preparation of the forces of the working class.”


Melencio gave some examples of such historic turning points: “While Lenin did not use the term

strategy, the question of strategy was posed in the 1905 and the 1917 Russian revolutions, when

the capture of political power by the working class was resolved through insurrection … The second

world war gave rise to national liberation movements and the strategy of Mao’s peoples war or

protracted peoples war [emerged] in China… Gramsci put forward the idea of ‘war of positions and

war of maneuvers’ which was in the context of the structure of the state in western countries.”

Melencio outlined the strategy pursued by PLM as a “combination of uprising or people's power

action and electoral intervention”, also drawing from the lessons of the revolutions in Venezuela and

Bolivia that involved insurrectionary uprisings and electoral victories.


Bui Ba Binh, from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, described the situation in Vietnam

today under the ‘socialist oriented market economy’. He explained that the key features of this

orientation was “to consider the market as a means to achieve social development objectives…

to rationally use the market space… and to harmoniously link the market space with public,

non-market, space in other fields.” According to Binh, the ‘socialist-oriented market economy’ has

brought about real positive changes in Vietnam.


The final plenary session included a discussion on socialist internationalism and the call made by the

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for the formation of a

Fifth International. Speaking on the proposal Arul Arutchelvan, from the Socialist Party of Malaysia,

explained the importance of the proposal. “Hugo Chavez and Venezuela have the moral authority to

call for the Fifth International because of their commitment to building socialism in the 21st century.

It’s also a non-sectarian position taken by Chavez. This is not a rigid [structure] it calls upon all left

parties and anti-imperialist groupings to come together.”


The conference concluded with a performance by the PLM cultural group Teatro Pabrika and

the singing of the Internationale.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:47
PLM at European Feminist Forum, Stockholm, Sweden PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:49

PLM was invited to participate at the Feminist Forum held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 7. The talk, presented by PLM EC member Reihana Mohideen, was on "Renewing Socialist Feminism", which discussed the need for the women's movement to put forward anti-capitalist alternatives in the face of the multiple crises facing global capitalism. The conference, which is held every year, was attended by around 1000 feminists. PLM also participated in a national tour of six cities. The presentation made at the Feminist Forum can be found here: Feminist Forum, May 2011, Stockholm, Sweden

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:23
PLM statement on Golan Heights: Don't use our soldiers as cannon fodder PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 September 2014 15:25

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Don’t use our soldiers as cannon fodder in foreign wars


Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) applauds the bravery and ingenuity of our soldiers for escaping capture and preventing the escalation of hostilities while under fire in the Syrian Golan Heights. They were placed in an extremely dangerous situation in a highly unstable part of the world, in a conflict that we have no stake in.

The Golan Heights is a border region of Syria that has been under partial Israeli occupation since 1967. This occupation is illegal. The US and other Western powers have used their disproportionate influence over the UN to allow Israel to remain unaccountable for its numerous violations of international law, including the 7-week genocidal assault on Gaza that ended on August 26, when Palestinian resistance forced Israel to agree to a ceasefire.

It also includes Israel's 47-year-old occupation of Syrian territory. The UN “peacekeeping” force has provided a buffer between Syrian and Israeli forces and so has essentially been protecting Israel's illegal occupation of the Syrian Golan heights.

Despite its anti-Israel rhetoric, the dictatorship of the Assad dynasty in Syria has been half-hearted in its opposition to this long-term occupation of its territory by Israel. In early 2011, there was an uprising against the dictatorship. To protect their interests and to stop the uprising taking the direction of a people's revolution, the US and other Western and regional powers have supported religious fundamentalist armed groups. This has had the effect of creating a horrific multi-sided civil war in Syria creating millions of refugees.

It is this outside intervention in the Syrian crisis that has put the UN “peacekeepers” in danger. The rebel group involved is believed to be affiliated to the Al-Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front. The US has cynically listed this group as a terrorist organization, while covertly allowing it to receive arms and material support.

While the Filipino UN peacekeepers are now safe, continued military alliance with the US creates a danger of more Filipino soldiers being put in harm’s way. It also compromises our national security and undermines national sovereignty.

While the Aquino government has agreed not to redeploy Filipino troops to the Golan Heights when their tour of duty ends in October, this is too late. The Partido Lakas ng Masa calls for an immediate end to Filipino soldiers being used as cannon fodder in conflicts that we have no stake in -- NOW.


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Panawagan ng Partido Lakas ng Masa PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:45

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ANG PORK BARREL ay pondo ng bayan na ginagamit ng mga pulitiko sa sariling kagustuhan. Tinatawag din itong lump-sum appropriation at discretionary fund dahil pondo ito na nasa diskresyon ng mga pulitiko. Hindi dumadaan sa deliberasyon ng Kamara at Senado.


Kaya kung hindi direktang ibinubulsa, ginagamit itong panuhol sa local government officials (meyor, gobernador, pati opisyales ng barangay) para makakuha ng maraming boto sa eleksyon. Political patronage ang tawag dito.


Isa sa pork barrel ang PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), kung saan tumatanggap ang bawat kongresman ng P70 milyon taun-taon, at P200 milyon naman ang bawat senador.


Pero ang PDAF ay hindi nauuwi sa mga proyektong pangmasa. Pinaghahatian ito ng mga pulitiko, ng mga kontratista, at mga ahensya ng gobyerno na kakutsaba nila.


Dati-rati, ang kickback ng mga pulitiko sa proyekto ay 20%-30% lamang. Sa pag-entra ni Janet Lim-Napoles, ang hatian ay naging 50% sa mga pulitiko, 40% kay Napoles, at 10% sa mga kakutsaba sa DBM (pinamumunuan ni Abad) at iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno. Ang proyekto ay naging ghost project na lamang. Ang lahat ng pondo ay ibinulsa na nila!


Ang Disbursement Acceleration Program o DAP


Dahil nabuko, itinigil ang PDAF noong Agosto ng nakaraang taon. Pero pinalitan naman ito ng DAP.


Ang DAP ay inimbento ni Budget Secretary Abad at ng Pangulong Aquino. Nang walang pasabi sa Kongreso, ginalaw nila ang “savings” ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno para mamudmod ng pera sa mga pulitiko at para mag-ipon ng pondo sa eleksyong 2016.


Noong July 1, nagdesisyon ang Supreme Court na ang DAP ay labag sa konstitusyon. Ayon sa korte, ang pondo ay dapat dumadaan sa deliberasyon ng Kamara at Senado at maliwanag sa umpisa pa lamang kung saan-saang proyekto ito ilalagay.


Nag-alburoto si P-Noy. Pinagtanggol si Abad at ang DAP.  Pinagtanggol ang buong sistema ng lump-sum appropriation at paggamit ng opisina ng Pangulo para sa political patronage.


Term extension at cha-cha


At dahil nanganganib na mawalan sila ng pondo sa eleksyong 2016 – at baka matalo pa ang Liberal Party – nanulsol si Mar Roxas at iba pang bataan ng pangulo na mag-term extension na lamang si P-Noy. Umamin si P-Noy na payag siya dito, at bukas na siya sa amendments sa konstitusyon o Cha-cha.


Pero kahit hindi matuloy ang term extension, hindi titigil ang pangulo na ilaban ang sistema ng pork barrel sa anumang paraan.


Kung tutuusin, mahaba ang pisi ni P-Noy. Meron ding tinatawag na ‘presidential pork’ na pwedeng pagmulan ng pondo. Umaabot ang pondong ito sa P1.3 TRILYON! Tinatawag itong Special Purpose Funds (kabilang ang calamity fund at iba pa), Unprogrammed Funds (kabilang ang AFP modernization fund at budget support sa government-owned and controlled corporations), at Off-Budget Funds (kabilang dito ang Malampaya fund).


Pero hindi pa rin magkasya dito ang pangulo. Kailangan pa rin ng DAP o dagdag na pondo na maibabalato sa kanyang mga padrino. Kailangan raw ito ni P-Noy para maipagpatuloy ang mga reporma na inumpisahan na niya.


Ang tanong: anong mga reporma?


Hindi naman natigil ang corruption sa gobyerno at puro corrupt ang nakapaligid sa pangulo.


Nasaan ang reporma kung kahit Freedom of Information (FOI) bill ay hindi maipasa sa Kongreso sapagkat hindi umaaksyon dito si P-Noy at puro siya pangako lamang.


Nasaan ang reporma kung ang Anti-Dynasty Bill ay hindi ma-endorso ng pangulo dahil dinastiya ang kanyang angkan at ang angkan ng kanyang mga kasama at kaibigan. Ngayon pa lang, puro dinastiya na ang nag-aabang na maglaban-laban sa 2016 – Binay, Roxas, Marcos, at gaya nila.


Walang aasahan sa gobyernong P-Noy


Maliwanag ang aral. Wala tayong aasahan sa gobyernong P-Noy. Gobyerno ito ng mga trapo at dinastiya. Gobyerno ito ng Pork Barrel. Gobyerno ito laban sa freedom of information.


Ang pinakamasaklap, gobyerno ito ng mga patakarang neoliberal. Patakaran na nagsasapribado ng natitirang ari-arian ng gobyerno, kabilang ang panlipunang serbisyo gaya ng ospital at edukasyon. Patakaran na tumutulong sa mga dambuhalang korporasyong lokal at dayuhan na kasosyo rin ang pangulo at ang kanyang angkan (gaya ng mga korporasyong hawak ni Manny Pangilinan at ng Salim Group of Indonesia).


Patakaran na nagpapanatili ng kontraktwalisasyon at mababang sahod sa mga manggagawa. Mataas na presyo ng mga bilihin. Mataas na buwis at VAT. Kawalan ng trabaho at pabahay. Kawalan ng serbisyong pangkalusugan. Pekeng reporma sa lupa para sa magsasaka. At marami pang pahirap.


Ngayo’y maliwanag kung saan tayo dinadala ng Matuwid na Daan ng pangulo. Patungo pala ito sa kumunoy ng pagdurusa at kahirapan.


Panahon nang kumilos muli.


Kailangang palitan ang gobyerno ni P-Noy hindi ng panibagong gobyerno ng mga trapo. Hindi ng mg Binay at Roxas. Kailangan ng isang gobyernong walang corruption dahil walang trapo at walang dinastiya. Isang gobyernong ‘transparent’ at may tunay na demokrasya para sa masa.


Isang gobyernong maglilingkod sa masa at hindi sa iilan. Isang gobyernong binubuo ng masa, pinatatakbo ng masa, at gumagawa ng mga patakarang para sa masa.

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August 25, 2014

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 15:55
Haiti: Regional Solidarity Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 January 2010 09:13

Haiti: Solidarity and Aid! Freedom and National Sovereignty! No to US Occupation!

On January 13, 2010, a 7.3 Richter scale earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  The earthquake caused great destruction and 200,000 people are thought to be dead. Further, 3 million Haitians have been rendered homeless by the quake, which also damaged many public service buildings, such as hospitals and schools.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2010 13:11
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