Migrante/LKM's Pre-People's SONA 2009

 

July 26, 2009

 

   
   
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26 July 2009
PRESS RELEASE
Reference: Garry Martinez, Chairperson-09217229740
Ailyn Abdula, Media Officer, 09212708994

Migrants group calls for PGMA’s prosecution after2010
Internationally coordinated SONA protest launch

Amidst the deployment of about 12,000 anti-riot police, the biggest global alliance of Filipino migrants staged a lightning rally on the eve of President Arroyo’s State-of-the-Nation-Address in Batasan Road, Quezon City. This is said to coincide with rallies and pickets in front of Philippine embassies and consulates in Hong Kong, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates among other countries where there are chapters of Migrante International.

“Unparalleled exploitation and abuse against Filipino migrants – this is how we summed up the 9 years of suffering of OFWs under the Arroyo Administration. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will again incriminate herself to multiple perjuries once she boasts in her SONA the more than a million Filipinos that were deployed in different parts of the world last year. For us, the massive migration of Filipinos today only shows the government’s dismal failure to address the basic needs of the Filipino people here in our own country,” exclaims Garry Martinez, Chairperson of Migrante International.

The group went up to the footbridge at the entrance of Batasan Road and unveiled big protest streamers calling for the ouster of President Arroyo and to stop the convening of the constituent assembly that will supposedly extend her term as president.

“We likewise demand that President Arroyo be arrested and be put to jail indefinitely the minute she step down from office and her immunity from suit ends. A mere life sentence would not be enough to repay her crimes against OFWs and the Filipino people in general,” Martinez added.

In its State-of-the-Migrants-Address, Migrante enumerated the “mortal sins” allegedly committed by President Arroyo against OFWs. The appointment of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo as the Presidential Adviser for OFWs in 2001 is first in the list.

“The appointment of President Arroyo’s husband as her adviser for OFW affairs at the start of her presidency was a bad omen for OFWs especially to those who are in death row. The First Gentleman’s way of raising funds for blood money instead of immediately giving appropriate legal assistance to OFWs has become a signature of the Arroyo administration in dealing with OFWs facing death sentences. Within the 9-year term of President Arroyo six (6) OFWs were beheaded in Saudi Arabia and 51 more dreadfully awaits their execution,” Martinez explained.

The group likewise recounted several scams involving the OWWA fund. They accused President Arroyo of directly using the said OFW fund for its own interest especially during the 2004 presidential elections.

“President Gloria Arroyo committed not only an electoral fraud when she distributed Philhealth cards for free during her campaign trail in 2004. She is likewise guilty of pilfering OFW funds by transferring Php530 million from OWWA to Philhealth not to mention the imposition of the OWWA Omnibus Policies that disenfranchises hundreds of thousands OFW contributors from their benefits,” Martinez added.

Migrante cited the intensification of the government’s labor export program as the biggest liability of President Arroyo to OFWs. The group asserted that the aggressive marketing of Filipinos as cheap and docile labor in different countries have placed OFWs in the most exploitative conditions abroad at present.

“The only legacy that will be left by President Arroyo to OFWs in its 9 year term is her brazen callousness for our rights and welfare protection. She is the only President who openly admitted and has even issued an administrative order to concerned agencies to sell us as mere disposable commodities. The scale of President Arroyo’s criminal neglect to distress OFWs will have its time of atonement. We will make sure that after her presidency, Citizen Gloria Arroyo will spend the rest of her life behind bars,” Martinez concluded.###
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26 July 2009
PRESS RELEASE
Reference: Garry Martinez, Chairperson-09217229740
Ailyn Abdula, Media Officer, 09212708994

Migrants group calls for PGMA’s prosecution after2010
Internationally coordinated SONA protest launch

Amidst the deployment of about 12,000 anti-riot police, the biggest global alliance of Filipino migrants staged a lightning rally on the eve of President Arroyo’s State-of-the-Nation-Address in Batasan Road, Quezon City. This is said to coincide with rallies and pickets in front of Philippine embassies and consulates in Hong Kong, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates among other countries where there are chapters of Migrante International.

“Unparalleled exploitation and abuse against Filipino migrants – this is how we summed up the 9 years of suffering of OFWs under the Arroyo Administration. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will again incriminate herself to multiple perjuries once she boasts in her SONA the more than a million Filipinos that were deployed in different parts of the world last year. For us, the massive migration of Filipinos today only shows the government’s dismal failure to address the basic needs of the Filipino people here in our own country,” exclaims Garry Martinez, Chairperson of Migrante International.

The group went up to the footbridge at the entrance of Batasan Road and unveiled big protest streamers calling for the ouster of President Arroyo and to stop the convening of the constituent assembly that will supposedly extend her term as president.

“We likewise demand that President Arroyo be arrested and be put to jail indefinitely the minute she step down from office and her immunity from suit ends. A mere life sentence would not be enough to repay her crimes against OFWs and the Filipino people in general,” Martinez added.

In its State-of-the-Migrants-Address, Migrante enumerated the “mortal sins” allegedly committed by President Arroyo against OFWs. The appointment of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo as the Presidential Adviser for OFWs in 2001 is first in the list.

“The appointment of President Arroyo’s husband as her adviser for OFW affairs at the start of her presidency was a bad omen for OFWs especially to those who are in death row. The First Gentleman’s way of raising funds for blood money instead of immediately giving appropriate legal assistance to OFWs has become a signature of the Arroyo administration in dealing with OFWs facing death sentences. Within the 9-year term of President Arroyo six (6) OFWs were beheaded in Saudi Arabia and 51 more dreadfully awaits their execution,” Martinez explained.

The group likewise recounted several scams involving the OWWA fund. They accused President Arroyo of directly using the said OFW fund for its own interest especially during the 2004 presidential elections.

“President Gloria Arroyo committed not only an electoral fraud when she distributed Philhealth cards for free during her campaign trail in 2004. She is likewise guilty of pilfering OFW funds by transferring Php530 million from OWWA to Philhealth not to mention the imposition of the OWWA Omnibus Policies that disenfranchises hundreds of thousands OFW contributors from their benefits,” Martinez added.

Migrante cited the intensification of the government’s labor export program as the biggest liability of President Arroyo to OFWs. The group asserted that the aggressive marketing of Filipinos as cheap and docile labor in different countries have placed OFWs in the most exploitative conditions abroad at present.

“The only legacy that will be left by President Arroyo to OFWs in its 9 year term is her brazen callousness for our rights and welfare protection. She is the only President who openly admitted and has even issued an administrative order to concerned agencies to sell us as mere disposable commodities. The scale of President Arroyo’s criminal neglect to distress OFWs will have its time of atonement. We will make sure that after her presidency, Citizen Gloria Arroyo will spend the rest of her life behind bars,” Martinez concluded.###
 

     
     
     
           
     
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