UP Miagao students recall the violent imposition

of martial rule in 1972, protest education budget cut

 

Iloilo

 

Sept. 21, 2010

 

 

   

 

UP Miagao students under the Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan - Party Alliance (SAMASA-PA) today, September 21, lunchtime commemorated the 38th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

The students marched around the campus and held a program in the College Union Building to recall the systematic violation of the human rights and socio-economic hardships under the Marcos dictatorship.

 

   
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UP Miagao students commemorate declaration of Martial Law
Protests education budget cut and Hacienda Luisita issue

By Karlo Mikhail Mongaya

UP Miagao students under the Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan - Party Alliance (SAMASA-PA) today, September 21, lunchtime commemorated the 38th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

The students marched around the campus and held a program in the College Union Building to recall the systematic violation of the human rights and socio-economic hardships under the Marcos dictatorship.

"Let us relive the militance, defiance, and collective action of the Filipino people against the Marcos dictatorship," said Zaira Nichole Racadio, SAMASA-PA chair.

The protesters also criticized the persistence of human rights abuses, low spending for social services, lack of genuine land reform, and massive corruption in the government more than two decades after the fall of the fascist dictatorship.

Education Budget Cuts

"We condemn the Noynoy Aquino regime's prioritization of debt servicing and militarization over the education budget," said Raiza Khey Llorico, SAMASA Mass Organization chair.

The proposed 2011 budget for the State Universities and Colleges will have an P800 million cut even as the AFP is given a P10 billion increase.

"With his government's policies, Aquino is ironically following the footsteps of the Marcos dictatorship-his father's killers," said Llorico.

Debt servicing, including the interest payments and principal amortization, will balloon to over P823 billion.

Hacienda Luisita

One fundamental issue confronting the Aquino regime is the neglect of land reform and the case of Hacienda Luisita.

"The Cojuangco-Aquinos should distribute Hacienda Luisita to the farmers already," said Jordana Mari Jaco, ANAKBAYAN-UPV chair.

The struggle of the Filipino masses is the struggle of the Filipino students and we are one with them on this issue," she added.

The mass action ended with the lighting of candles and the offering of the song "Awit sa Bayani" for all the heroes and martyrs in the struggle against the fascist Marcos dictatorship.

▲  Photos courtesy of  Karlo Mikhail Mongaya 
           
     
     
     

 

Panata--sa panahon rin ng paggunita sa Martial Law
by Dreamworker Too on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 7:00am
 

It was a time when activists were rarely brought to prison but were instead summarily executed or rendered missing when I wrote this song for a dear friend a number of years ago. How have the times changed? Just this morning friends shared this piece of news on facebook: Four members of a local KMP chapter massacred by elements of the 9th IBPA in Mobo, Masbate
www.karapatan.org.

The declaration of Martial Law was commemorated the other day and yet, up to this day, we are not only reminded of gross human rights violations in the '70s -- even without sufficient media coverage, we still manage to get news about violence wrought on perceived critics of the status quo.

Please let me share this song with you. You can play it using the playlist on the top of my blog's sidebar.



 

Panata

Walang hanggan ba ang lupit ng panahon
Ngayo'y di ka mayakap o mapatahan
At kahit na kita'y magkalapit
Matinik na pader ang sa ati'y nagwawalay

Malaya mang nakapaglalakad
Nakagapos ang mga paa't kamay
May busal sa ating mga bibig
At giginhawa ba kapag piniling manahimik?

Ayaw ko sanang isiping gano'n na lang
Diba't bawat gabi'y may karugtong na pagliwanag
Di ko hahayaang di masilayan ang 'yong ngiti
Ang 'yong ngiti

Ano na lamang ang aking gagawin
Kung habambuhay nilang ipagkait na ika'y aking mahalin?

Mananatili sa samyo ng mga bulaklak
Isasaboy kahit saan ang iyong liwanag
Walang makakapigil sa namumuong unos
na gigiba sa pader...

Dahil ayaw isiping gano'n na lang
Diba't bawat gabi'y may karugtong na pagliwanag
Di ko hahayaang di masilayan ang 'yong ngiti
Ang 'yong ngiti
Di ko hahayaang di masilayan ang 'yong ngiti
Ang 'yong ngiti

dwt/ 2006-2007

 

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Press Statement

22 September 2010

 

ILPS SUPPORTS EUROPE-WIDE DAY OF ACTION

AGAINST AUSTERITY AND FOR JOBS AND REAL ECONOMIC GROWTH

 

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Chairperson

International League of Peoples' Struggle

 

We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, express our solidarity with and support for all the workers and the rest of the people in Europe in connection with the Day of Action  on 29 September 2010 to resist  austerity measures and to demand jobs and real economic growth. We therefore call on all our member-organizations and allies in Europe to participate in the Day of Action.

 

Responding to the call of the European Trade Union Confederation, tens of thousands of trade unionists from Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France  are expected to assemble at Gare du Midi, the south railway station of Brussels at 1130 HRS and then march to the Parc du Cinquantenaire to hold a rally at 1500 HRS.

 

The Day of Action is spearheaded by trade unions and is at the same time actively supported by left political parties, community organizations, church groups, students and other forces.  In specific countries of Europe, strikes and mass protests shall  be held in conjunction with the focal mass action in Brussels.  A general strike is going to be held in Spain, following the previous examples in Greece and France.

 

The Day of Action coincides with the meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels. It is a mass mobilization aimed at protesting the rising rate of unemployment, the lowering of wage levels, the attack on pensions  and the cutting back of social services as a result of austerity measures  being imposed by the European governments.

 

The European governments are poised to make budget cuts amounting to 200 billion euros, which can result in further job losses. The proletariat and people of Europe oppose the call of the European Central Bank Governor  for the strict imposition of severe austerity measures at the further expense of the workers.

 

Under the guise of economic stimulus programs,  the soaring public debts and heavy deficit spending have been incurred for  the benefit of the very malefactors that caused the current grave crisis—the finance oligarchy and the monopoly bourgeoisie as a whole.  The proletariat and people of Europe are therefore opposing austerity measures and demanding the use of public resources for expanding production and employment.

 

The austerity measures are hurting the workers, pensioners and communities.  They  are bound to prolong and deepen the economic crisis.  The reduction of employment and incomes for the proletariat and the people will further stagnate and depress the economy.  There is no let up in the aggravation of the economic and financial crisis.

 

Exploitation is the lot of the working class, starting at the workplace with the extraction of the surplus value. Further on, the capitalist class maximizes profit by accumulating capital and reducing the wage fund, thus causing the crisis of overproduction relative to the shrinkage of the market.

 

In the last three decades of “neoliberal globalization”,  the banks, investment houses and major corporations have used growing amounts of debt financing, entailing the speculative creation of money, credit and derivatives,  in order to continue making profits and ride over the recurrent and worsening crisis of overproduction and the chronic tendency of the economy to stagnate and the profit rate to fall.

 

After the dramatic bursting of the financial bubbles, including those related to the subprime mortgages in the US and the spread of so-called collateralized debt obligations in Europe, the states of the world capitalist system have used public money to bail out the banks and the big corporations on the pretext of stimulating the economy.

 

The bailouts have not resulted in the revival of production and employment.  They have only served to improve the balance sheets of the banks and big corporations and to conjure momentarily the illusion of recovery in the financial  markets.  The fiscal deficits and public debt have ballooned. Now this huge financial bubble is bursting and the states are frantically adopting austerity measures and further passing on the burden of crisis to the workers and the people at large.

 

States are setting aside huge amounts of  funds for debt service and are raising new taxes and fees at the expense of the  people and  cutting government payrolls and public services. In Europe, the governments openly apply the austerity measures.  In the US the federal government is babbling about prudent financial management, while the local states and municipal governments are running ahead in openly applying austerity measures.

 

In all the imperialist countries,  the forces on the Left side of the political spectrum are exposing the real roots of the crisis in the exploitative character and processes of  the capitalist system and the forces of the Right are  blaming immigrants and migrant workers for the worsening economic and social crisis and are whipping up chauvinism, racism, religious bigotry, repression and aggression.

 

There is a sharpening polarization of society.  At the moment, a see-saw struggle is going on between the Left and the Right in electoral contests, resulting in hung parliaments and unstable coalitions of the so-called Center with the Right or the Left.  The prolongation and worsening of the  crisis in the imperialist countries is stirring up the most reactionary currents as well as the progressive currents against  capitalism and imperialism and for a socially just society and for a radical transformation of society up to socialism. ###

  

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