02 December 2008
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“Not of development or of human rights, GMA is a model of lies”
Protesters in HK lambast “botched” picture of RP state in int’l meet
GMA is a model of lies and the international community gains nothing from
her presence but a botched picture of the real impacts of her policies to
the Filipino people.
This was declared today by Dolores Balladares, chairperson of the United
Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK), as about 50 protesters
“greeted” Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with calls for her ouster as she
participated in the CGI Asia Meeting as one of the speakers.
“Back home, nobody believes her anymore. Thus she tries to peddle her
system of governance that is in truth a model for lies, corruption,
fascism, puppetry to foreign powers, fraud, plunder and wanton sale of
Filipino migrant workers just so she can continue to hang on to her
position. As if by repeatedly saying a lie it will be taken as truth,” she
Just recently, according to Balladares, the GMA government promoted the
Philippines’ labor export program during the second Global Forum on
Migration and Development or GFMD. Now, she said, GMA is trying to project
that the Philippines can weather the current financial crisis.
“The only things developing in our country are the problems that GMA
brings and they are getting worse. Seven years of political killings,
dying economy, criminal neglect of Filipino migrants and billion-peso
corruption involving GMA and her families and allies – these and more are
the earth-shattering truths where GMA is the epicenter,” she added.
Among the major issues the rallyists, including members of the HK Campaign
for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines
(HKCAHRPP), brought up was the continuing spate of human rights abuses in
the country such as the arrest of labor lawyer Remigio Saladero, Jr. and
the arrest warrants issued to 72 activists in the Southern Tagalog region
for trumped up charges. The tactic of using made up cases to arrest
activists, HKCAHRPP said, is a new modus operandi after extrajudicial
killings and forced disappearances have been widely condemned.
“The human rights situation has not essentially changed with the biggest
criminal, who is GMA herself, still running loose to continue her
murderous rule and cover up to the world the crimes she has committed,”
Meanwhile on Filipino migrant workers, Balladares decried the policies of
GMA that make OFWs more profitable to the government without regard to the
condition they are already in. In particular, Balladares’ group hit the
recent policies of mandatory psychiatric testing to Filipino domestic
workers departing overseas as well as the new standard contract the
Philippine government promotes that included union membership as a ground
for termination of employment.
The new contract also stipulates that should the OFW cause the termination
of contract, then he or she has to shoulder repatriation.
“These decisions came at the heels of GMA’s hosting the GFMD that
supposedly talked about the rights of migrants. The real face of GMA’s
labor export program is the aggressive sale of cheap, skilled and docile
Filipino labor while its already negligible services and protection to
overseas Filipinos are scrapped,” she stressed.
Balladares said that they are expecting to have a worse year ahead as she
believed that because of the economic crunch, “more policies that will
squeeze-dry OFWs are still in the offing.”
The group demanded for GMA to “stop the lies” and face the restive people
demanding her ouster.
“GMA’s fantastical projection of a thriving country under her
administration are not believable for we, migrant workers and the millions
of Filipinos barely surviving from the high prices of basic goods and
services, are the living proofs that seven years of GMA are enough to
destroy our future,” she relayed.
The protesters called for attending government officials and business
leaders in the CGI meeting to question the legitimacy of GMA’s claims and
more importantly, “put GMA to task of accounting for the violations of the
economic, political, social and cultural rights of the Filipino people.”
“GMA’s campaign to convince the international community of her effective
leadership shall fail. Liars go to hell. For GMA, it means ouster and
getting tried for her crimes,” Balladares concluded.