BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN (BAYAN)
July 28, 2009
Reference: HOPE HERVILLA
BAYAN Hits GMA’s SONA
Iloilo City – Members of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)
here denounced the ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday (July 27).
According to Hope Hervilla, BAYAN Regional Chairperson, President Arroyo’s
SONA is replete with distorted figures of economic growth, empty promises,
and combative comments against her critics. “The Filipino people have not
felt the economy getting better. It is not true that our economy remains
resilient amidst global crisis. Poverty incidence even worsened between
2003 and 2006, a surprising turn of event considering that ‘GDP has been
growing faster’ ”, said Hervilla.
Arroyo’s overflowing arrogance via her usual “mataray” attack against her
critics showed her refusal to listen to the needs of the people. “We
strongly criticize Arroyo’s presidency for her failure to create more
stable jobs and to give more support to social services like health,
education, and housing. If she is indeed working hard each day, these
fundamental problems should have been properly addressed to”, added
“The people truly deserve a government that works just as hard as they do.
But in the case of President Arroyo, the fruits of her self-declared hard
labor must be felt by ordinary Filipino people. Arroyo might be working
hard to amass wealth for her and her family and allies. No wonder her
assets jumped from P67 million in 2001 to P144 million in 2008, excluding
her hidden wealth!, exclaimed Hervilla.
BAYAN also expressed disgust of GMA’s silence over charter change and
constituent assembly in yesterday’s (July 27) SONA. “There is a strong
reason for us to double our vigilance and effort to stop her from making
cunning moves to remain in power, even beyond May 2010 elections. We will
continue to march down the streets and call for her ouster”, added
Yesterday, thousands of members of BAYAN capped their “Lakbayan sang
Pumuluyo” with a program at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Leaders of
various organizations and groups took turns in throwing mud at the picture
of President Arroyo that they put up at the stage. “This is our way of
expressing our disgust over the anti-people policies of President Arroyo”,
The rallyists were dripping wet as heavy rains poured down while they are
having their program. #
BAYAN Leads Lakbayan vs
Iloilo – Members of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) –Panay
will spearhead a “Lakbayan sang Pumuluyo” as an expression of the people’s
protest to President Gloria Arroyo’s ninth State of the Nation Address.
An island-wide activity, Lakbayan will be participated in by the
provincial chapters of BAYAN Panay. “This is the first time in twelve
years that BAYAN Panay will lead this mobilization. We are very willing to
be into a long march because the eight years of rule of President Gloria
Arroyo is marked with historic joblessness, poverty, rampant corruption,
and political repression. She is even maneuvering to extend her stay in
power via the constituent assembly courtesy of her allies in the House of
Representatives. This is too much for the suffering Filipino people”, said
Edgar Pelayo, Secertary General of BAYAN-Panay.
In Iloilo, the Ilonggos’ Movement Against Arroyo’s Charter Change
(I-MARCH), in cooperation with BAYAN, will lead the Lakbayan to start on
July 26. The march will start from Miag-ao to Oton, and from Janiuay to
Pavia. The protesters will continue their march on the 27th at 8::00am
going to the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Grounds for a program at 1:00 pm.
According to Fr. Mark Lester Senina of the Jaro Social Action Center and
lead convener of I-MARCH, now is the time to send a stronger reminder to
President Arroyo to step down from presidency on 2010 and not to seek any
elective position when her term expires. “We say enough of eight long
years of economic hardship under Arroyo’s presidency! We denounce charter
change before May 2010 elections via the Constituent Assembly. We must act
now for the healing of our nation”, said Fr. Senina.
According to Cristina Alcones, BAYAN Capiz spokesperson, the Lakbayan is a
proof of the utter discontent of the Filipino people against Arroyo. “The
people have no choice but to march down the streets, rally thousands of
protesters, and condemn the ninth and hopefully the last SONA of Arroyo
that is full of lies. We have not felt the economic development her
administration is bragging about”, added Alcones.
BAYAN Capiz will start their protest with a “Kampuhang Bayan” at Ivisan
Civic Center, Ivisan, Capiz on July 26 at 6:00pm. They will start the
“Lakbayan” the following day from Ivisan via Lanot Road to the Roxas City
Plaza Bandstand for a cultural program
BAYAN Aklan provincial chairperson George Calaor warned the Arroyo
government of more and bigger mobilizations if she insists to stay in
power with the Charter Change. “Aklanons will always be willing to uphold
democracy against tyranny, the reason why we will join the Lakbayan to
start on July 26”, said Calaor.
BAYAN Aklan will start their march at Makato Public Plaza around 4pm. They
will light a hundred torches as they are about to enter the town of Kalibo
at around 7:00pm. The torch parade will proceed to Kalibo Magsaysay Park
for an overnight “Kampuhang Bayan”.
“On the 27th, we will highlight our protest with a “Breakfast of the Poor”
at 8:00am to show the worsening hunger and poverty of the people amidst
promises and lies of economic development. We will then march to crossing
Banga & New Washington for the culminating program”, added Calaor.
“We are going top make our island-wide Lakbayan great as Gloria Arroyo
will have a litany of “Great Lies” on her SONA. We hope that more people
will be joining for this two-day activity. Everything is set for this very
noble protest action for the benefit of the oppressed Filipino people”,
BAYAN Panay and its provincial chapters thanked all those who supported
and will be supporting the Lakabayan. “Without the help of kind-hearted
Panayanons, we will not be able to come up with this great mobilization.
Our heartfelt thanks, indeed”, ended Pelayo.#