KPMM and BAYAN lead nationwide protests vs the continuing rise

in prices of basic goods, services, utilities and oil products


■   Manila         ■   Bohol       ■   Cagayan de Oro      ■   Davao


March 31, 2011





■   The Paradox of Water and Oil by Nonilon Queano       ■   Tulagalag kontra OPH     ■    Complete Tulagalag poems













Press Statement
31 March 2011

Stop Oil Price Hikes! Fight for a Substantial Wage Hike!

The Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan unites with the Filipino workers and people in launching today’s People’s Protest against the unabated increases in the prices of petroleum products and the overpricing in these, as well as for a significant wage hike.

Today’s people’s marches and transport strikes in various parts of the country, as well as the people’s march and transport caravan in the National Capital Region, all make clear our calls to the government of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III: (1) Stop oil price hikes! (2) Junk the Oil Deregulation Law! (3) Nationalize the oil industry! (4) Implement a substantial wage hike!

It is the Big 3 oil cartel’s rapacity for profits, as well as the Aquino government’s connivance with the cartel, which pushed us to hold today’s People’s Protest. It has become clear to us that they will not stop increasing the prices of petroleum products on top of the P7.50 overpricing per liter unless and until the Filipino workers and people launch militant and widespread protests.

As a protest against extreme poverty in the country, today’s People’s Protest is also a condemnation of yesterday’s execution of three of our fellow Filipinos in China. It is the extreme poverty in the country – characterized by very high prices and very low wages – that is forcing fellow Filipinos to take a chance at finding work abroad and is making us vulnerable to being exploited by criminal syndicates.

We are confident that the Aquino government’s attempt to scare away jeepney drivers from joining us in today’s People’s Protest did not work. The country’s jeepney drivers have suffered for so long over unabated oil price hikes. They know their strategic role in the country’s economy and they have been pushed to using this to advance their just demands and exercise their legitimate right to protest.

Today’s People’s Protest is just the start of a series of nation-wide protest actions which the Filipino workers and people are set to launch in response to the grinding poverty and hunger in the country. We will not relent until the Aquino government heeds our calls and provides immediate economic relief to us. We have been made poorer and hungrier by the Arroyo government and we demand that the Aquino government take action to ease our long-standing poverty and hunger.

We take inspiration from the workers and people of the Middle East and North Africa who are protesting widespread unemployment and extreme poverty in their countries. Indeed, the ongoing financial and economic crisis is forcing workers and people all over the world to stand up and fight for economic relief amidst decades-old poverty, hunger and unemployment.

Reference: Larry Tan, KPMM spokesperson, 0916-4026465


Media Release
28 March 2011

Various sectors to lead March 31 people’s protest vs. oil price hikes

Various sectors led by the Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan or KPMM will lead the national people’s protest on March 31 against the unhampered hikes in the prices of petroleum products, the coalition’s leaders announced today at a press conference.

The people’s protest will include protest marches and transport strikes throughout the country and a protest caravan in Metro Manila.

“We banded together in our alliance to fight for a substantial wage hike for private- and public-sector workers, and the No. 1 enemy of our wages’ real value at present is the unabated oil price hikes and their tsunami-effect on the prices of basic commodities. The oil price hikes have to be stopped and that is why we are joining the people’s protest on March 31,” said Larry Tan, KPMM spokesperson and vice-chairperson of the National Food Authority Employees’ Association.

“Because private- and public-sector workers have failed to receive a substantial wage increase for more than a decade now, with Pres. Noynoy Aquino continuing the wage freeze policy of his predecessor, the unabated oil price hikes is a heavy burden on us. While all members of the so-called Big 3 are happily placed in the Top 5 Corporations of the country in terms of profit, the Filipino workers and people are suffering from very high oil prices,” Tan added.

Stop oil price hikes

KPMM’s spokesperson enumerated the coalition’s demands to the government of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“We are calling on the Aquino government to (1) stop oil prices increases, (2) junk the Oil Deregulation Law for allowing oil companies to increase prices at will, (3) nationalize the oil industry, and (4) implement a substantial wage increase for public- and private-sector workers. These measures will provide immediate relief to poverty-stricken Filipinos,” Tan said.

“We are supporting three bills, all filed at the House of Representatives by Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano: House Bill 375 for a substantial wage increase for private-sector workers, HB 3745 for a substantial wage increase for public-sector workers, and HB 4317 for the junking of the Oil Deregulation Law. We are calling on Pres. Aquino to make these priority bills of his government,” Tan added.

Reference: Larry Tan, KPMM spokesperson, (632) 926-2235



Media Release
30 March 2011

Workers welcome DTI opening to wage hike, call for restudy

Multi-sectoral alliance Koalisyon ng Progresibong Mangaggawa at Mamamayan welcomed Department of Trade and Industry Sec. Gregory Domingo’s statement that a “reasonable” wage hike will not hurt and called on the agency to restudy its position, saying a legislated substantial wage increase is what the Filipino workers and people need right now.

“We are glad that at last a government agency has realized that there is a need for a wage hike in the face of increasing prices of basic goods and petroleum products. We urge the DTI, however, to restudy its proposed increase, which it says should be minimal, and its proposed mode of implementing the hike, that of talking to employers. What the Filipino workers and people need right now is a substantial wage increase which can only be attained through legislation,” said Larry Tan, KPMM spokesperson and vice-chairperson of the National Food Authority Employees’ Association.

“The DTI should consider the fact that since the Arroyo administration, the prices of goods have already been rising, but since then there has been no substantial wage increase. Only a substantial wage increase can provide the Filipino workers and people an immediate economic relief. Simply talking to employers will not give workers a substantial wage hike; and that also goes for the government’s preferred mode of increasing wages through the regional wage boards,” Tan added.

KPMM said three house bills pending in the House of Representatives can give an immediate relief to the Filipino workers and people.

“We are pushing for the passage of HB 375, which will grant private-sector workers a P125 across-the-board wage increase nationwide, of HB 3745 which will grant public-sector workers a raise of P6,000 in their minimum pay, and of HB 4317 which will junk the Oil Deregulation Law which has licensed the wanton increases in oil price hikes. The DTI can support the passage of these bills which will give immediate relief to the Filipino workers and people,” Tan said.

“Since their creation, the country’s regional wage boards have failed to provide private-sector workers with a substantial wage increase. We cannot depend on these in our struggle to attain a significant wage increase,” he added.

Reference: Larry Tan, KPMM spokesperson, 0916-4026465



Media Release
29 March 2011

Bus fare hike makes wage hike even more urgent – workers’ alliance

In the face of the implementation of the P1.00 hike in the basic fare for busses, multi-sectoral alliance Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan called again on the government of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to legislate a substantial wage increase for workers across the country.

“The P1.00 hike in the basic fare for busses could be just a slight burden at an earlier time – but definitely not now when the prices of basic goods have all gone up, as well as the basic jeepney fare. The latest bus fare hike is like salt rubbed on the open wound that is workers’ real wages, which have remained stagnant since the start of Gloria Arroyo’s term,” said Larry Tan, KPMM spokesperson and vice-chairperson of the National Food Authority Employees’ Association.

“We have received reports today that bus drivers and conductors are hearing numerous complaints against the fare hike – an indication of how the Filipino workers and people are hurting from this increase. The Filipino workers and people would keep silent for many inconveniences and problems – but not when we have been pushed too far, and the Aquino government is pushing us too far,” Tan added.

The public-sector union leader also urged Pres. Aquino should certify as priority House Bill 375, which aims to legislate a P125 across-the-board wage increase for private-sector workers and House Bill 3745, which seeks to legislate a P6,000 increase in the minimum pay of government employees. Both bills were filed by Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.

“The popular sentiment is that a significant wage increase can provide immediate economic relief to the Filipino workers and people who are reeling from increasing prices of basic goods and from increases in public transportation fares. By turning a blind eye to the calls for a significant wage increase, Pres. Aquino is gaining the ire of the Filipino workers and people,” Tan said.

“We are angered by the fact that Pres. Aquino did not include bills for a significant wage hike among his priority bills. We know, however, that it will really take big protests to push him to implement a significant increase in our wages – and that is exactly what we are going to do,” Tan added.

Reference: Larry Tan, KPMM spokesperson, 0916-4022465



▲   March from QC Rotonda to Mendiola under the heat of the noonday sun  ▼


On Malacañang’s warning that transport strikes are illegal

In the face of presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda’s warning that the transport strikes being planned by transport groups are illegal, we dare say that peaceful assembly for the redress of grievances is a basic right.

It is the right of the country’s transport workers to fight and assert their calls to the pro-cartel Aquino regime. They have every right to call on the Aquino regime to stop the oil price hikes, junk the Oil Deregulation Law and nationalize the oil industry through a transport strike.

What is illegal and patently anti-people are the cartelized operations and the overpricing of petroleum products being carried out by the Big 3 oil companies – Caltex, Shell and Petron. What is illegal and anti-people is the government’s connivance with the oil cartel in sucking the workers and people dry through unabated oil price hikes.

We condemn the fact that the Aquino regime invokes “People Power” whenever the latter suits its interests yet would hurriedly warn against holding “illegal” transport strikes whenever the Filipino workers and people fight for their interests.

We condemn the fact that the Aquino regime can warn against so-called “illegal” transport strikes while not saying a word about the illegal acts of the oil cartel in exploiting the Filipino workers and people.




Press Statement
30 March 2011

On Malacañang’s warning that transport strikes are illegal

In the face of presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda’s warning that the transport strikes being planned by transport groups are illegal, we dare say that peaceful assembly for the redress of grievances is a basic right.

It is the right of the country’s transport workers to fight and assert their calls to the pro-cartel Aquino regime. They have every right to call on the Aquino regime to stop the oil price hikes, junk the Oil Deregulation Law and nationalize the oil industry through a transport strike.

What is illegal and patently anti-people are the cartelized operations and the overpricing of petroleum products being carried out by the Big 3 oil companies – Caltex, Shell and Petron. What is illegal and anti-people is the government’s connivance with the oil cartel in sucking the workers and people dry through unabated oil price hikes.

We condemn the fact that the Aquino regime invokes “People Power” whenever the latter suits its interests yet would hurriedly warn against holding “illegal” transport strikes whenever the Filipino workers and people fight for their interests.

We condemn the fact that the Aquino regime can warn against so-called “illegal” transport strikes while not saying a word about the illegal acts of the oil cartel in exploiting the Filipino workers and people.

Reference: Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general, 0928-7215313


Assembly and Rally at QC Welcome Rotonda


News release
March 31, 2011

People’s protest vs oil price hikes, grinding poverty
“Oil firms, gov’t earn almost P370 M daily from overpricing”

Umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) today led a nationwide people’s protest against unabated oil price hikes and continued implementation of the Oil Deregulation Law as it accused oil companies and the government of earning P369.65 million everyday from overpriced petroleum products.

“High prices and grinding poverty have taken their worst toll on the Filipino people. The people are crying out of for economic reforms and immediate relief. The Aquino government meanwhile has taken silence and inaction to a whole new deplorable level. Even administration allies are calling for measures to stem oil prices but Aquino remains unmoved,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

“The protests today raise the people’s just demands for the price controls, the junking of the oil deregulation law and removal of the VAT on oil and power,” Reyes added.

Bayan claimed that oil firms led by the four biggest companies – Petron, Shell, Chevron, and Total – are raking in almost P325.29 million daily from the estimated overpricing of P7.50 per liter in oil products. The group based its overpricing estimates on the ideal impact on local pump prices of the monthly movement in Dubai crude price and foreign exchange rate from January 2008 to January 2011. The ideal impact is then compared to the actual adjustments in local pump prices as monitored by the Department of Energy (DOE) to determine the overpricing.

Of the P325.29 million, Petron accounts for P124.59 million; Shell, P91.41 million; Chevron, P40.66 million; Total, P14.31 million; and other oil players, P54.32 million. These amounts were based on the average daily consumption of almost 49.29 million liters per day and the corresponding market share of the oil companies.

During the rally, the groups held a moment of silence for the three OFW’s who were executed in China yesterday. Bayan expressed its condolences to their families and viewed the three Filipinos as victims themselves of poverty.

“With the way prices and joblessness are going up, is there any wonder why thousands of Filipinos are leaving the country to work abroad even at great risk to their personal safety? “Kapit sa patalim na ang mga Pilipino,” Reyes said.

Bayan also criticized the Aquino administration which Bayan said is also benefitting from the abuses of the oil firms through its collection of the 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) imposed on overpriced petroleum products. Bayan estimated that the VAT revenues arising from overpricing reach P44.36 million daily.

“It’s just not right for government to be benefiting as it is from the misery of the people. This is how the VAT on oil operates. People suffer from high oil prices and government earns windfall revenues from overpriced petroleum products. It is for this reason that the VAT is oppressive,” Reyes said.

The group warned that the recent P1-increase in the minimum fare of passenger buses as well as the P1-increase in the retail price of rice due to high fuel costs is just the start of more woes for the poor as the instability in the Middle East and North Africa is poised to intensify in the coming months further driving up oil prices.

“So long as the oil industry is deregulated and under the control of foreign monopolies, there will be no rest from oil price hikes and overpricing. The situation merits the nationalization of the oil industry, centralized procurement of oil products and the serious development of domestic sources of oil and energy,” he added.

The people’s protest was also organized by the Koalisyon ng mga Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan (KPMM) and joined by a caravan of over 100 jeepneys of the militant transport group Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston). ###




Press Statement
March 30, 2011

On the Palace-approved oil subsidy for public transport

Renato M. Reyes, Jr. BAYAN secretary general

The oil subsidy for the public jeeps and tricycles, while a product of peoples protests, is of course not enough to mitigate the impact of weekly oil price hikes. There are bigger benefits and more beneficiaries if the government scraps the 12% VAT on oil altogether.

This can result in a price reduction of P5-6.00/liter and the beneficiaries will not just be the drivers but also households, fisherfolk and many others. The P500 million government allotment for the subsidy is also small compared to the windfall revenues government is raking from the VAT on oil. Some estimates place this at P4 billion for the first quarter of 2011.

The subsidy also does not check the alleged overpricing committed by the oil companies. Bayan has estimated this to be P7.50 per liter. The subsidy also does not protect consumers from price speculation which has resulted in steep prices.

It’s just not right for government to be benefiting as it is from the misery of the people. This is how the VAT on oil operates. People suffer from high oil prices and government earns windfall revenues from overpriced petroleum products. It is for this reason that the VAT is oppressive and should be removed to provide immediate relief.

Overpricing and price speculation should also be addressed. To do this, the oil deregulation law should be scrapped.


■    Power Point Presentation: Oil deregulation law at ang patuloy na pagsasamantala ng kartel sa langis


■    Discussion guide: Kontrolin at ibaba ang presyo ng langis





Anakpawis kay Aquino: Dagdag-sahod noon pa dapat,
inflation lubha nang mataas

“Hindi na maitanggi ni Noynoy at ng mga ahensya ng kanyang gobyerno gaya ng DTI ang isang napakalinaw na pangangailangan ng mamamayan: ang magkaroon ng dagdag-sahod. Matagal na namin itong dapat tamasahin, bago pa ang taasan ng mga presyo sa panahon ni Noynoy, kaya kung tutuusin, wala nang dapat antayin pa ang pangulo,” ani Anakpawis Executive Vice President Joel Maglunsod.

Hinamon ni Maglunsod na i-certify as urgent ni Noynoy ang House Bill 375, o P125 across-the-board nation-wide pagtaas ng sahod, isang panukalang batas na pangunahing inakda ng Anakpawis Partylist.

“Malayo na ang agwat ng sahod sa cost of living ayon mismo sa mga estadistika ng gobyerno noon pa man. Sa Metro Manila halimbawa, ang P404 minimum wage ay wala sa kalahati ng higit P900 cost of living. Kaya ang makabuluhang dagdag-sahod ay noon pa nararapat,” ani Maglunsod.

“Hindi rin dapat magpatali si Aquino sa pag-aantay pang pumalo sa 5% ang opisyal na inflation rate, dahil tagos-sikmura na ang nararamdaman ng mamamayan na hagupit ng taas ng mga presyo.

“Ang kada litro ng diesel ay tumaas na ng higit P7 kada litro, ang average na presyo nito ngayon ay P47, o may 15 percent na pagtaas. Ang minimum na pamasahe na mula P7 ay naging P8, nangahulugan na ng 12.5 percent na pagtaas. Kahit text message, nanganganib na ring magmahal ngayong iisa na ang may hawak ng Smart at Sun,” paliwanag ni Maglunsod.

Binalaan din ng Anakpawis na hindi dapat sa wage boards dalhin ang ipapatupad na dagdag-sahod, gaya ng binabalak ni Noynoy. Sa 22 taong kasaysayan ng wage boards, aabot lamang sa P10.75 umento sa sahod kada taon ang binibigay ng mga ito.

“Dapat across-the board at nation-wide ang dagdag-sahod para tiyaking mabenepisyuhan ang kalakhan ng mamamayan, lalo halimbawa ang mga binabarat na manggagawang bukid sa Hacienda Luisita ng pamilya ng pangulo.

“Dapat dinggin na ang karaingan at makatarungang hiling ng nakararaming mamamayan at anakpawis: substansyal na dagdag-sahod ngayon na!” #

Reference: Joel Maglunsod, Anakpawis Executive Vice President
985-5382, 0922-830-7275

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Pambansang aklasan laban sa overpricing sa langis
Pagkaganid ng oil cartel at pagpapaubaya ni Aquino ang sisindi sa galit ng mamamayan – Anakpawis Partylist

Pambansang protesta ang panlaban ng mga anakpawis sa walang habas na pagtataas ng presyo ng langis. Nangalampag ang mga drayber, mananakay, manggagawa, magsasaka, at mga maralita sa iba’t ibang rehiyon ngayong araw para kundenahin ang pagsasamantala ng oil cartel.

“Simula pa lang ito ng malalakihang pagkilos ng mga anakpawis para labanan ang pagkagahaman ng mga higanteng kumpanya ng langis. Malaki na ang ninakaw sa atin ng ganid na kartel sa langis, kaya malaki ang dapat nating singilin,” pahayag ni Anakpawis Executive Vice President Joel Maglunsod.

“Malaki rin ang pananagutan ng administrasyong Aquino. Buung-buo nitong pinahihintulutan ang bawat hagupit oil cartel sa mga mamamayan,” ani Maglunsod.

Hinamon ng Anakpawis Partylist na gawing prayoridad ni Pangulong Aquino ang House Bill 4317, panukalang batas na pangunahing inakda ng Anakpawis, na nilalayong ibasura ang Oil Deregulation Law o Republic Act 8479.

“Hanggat hindi ibinabasura ang Oil Deregulation Law, patuloy tayong itatali ng administrasyon Aquino sa dikta ng malalaking kumpanya ng langis.”

Sa explanatory note ng HB 4317, sinasaad dito na ang Pilipinas Shell, Chevron Philippines, at Petron Corp. ay naka-pasok sa limang pinakamayayamang kumpanya sa bansa sa taong 2009.

Sinasaad din sa House Bill na inamin na ng NEDA noong nakaraang taon na overpriced ang kada litro ng langis ng hanggang 8.12 piso.

Sa kasalukuyang taya, 450,000 jeep ang bumibyahe sa buong bansa kada araw na kumokonsumo ng average na 30 litro ng diesel. Ang mga tricycle naman ay umaabot ng 580,000 na kumokonsumo ng 4 litro ng diesel. Sa ganitong komputasyon, nakakalikom ng 130 milyong pisong labis na tubo ang mga oil cartel sa bawat araw mula sa P8.12 na overprice.

“Ang pagka-sakim ng malalaking kumpanya ng langis at pagka-inutil ng pamahalaang Aquino ang sisindi sa galit ng mamamayan para itulak ang pagbabagong nais natin at nararapat sa atin,” pahayag ni Maglunsod.

Reference: Joel Maglunsod, Anakpawis Executive Vice President
985-5382, 0922-830-7275



Habang may oil dereg law, naka-tanikala ang mamamayan sa pagsasamantala ng oil cartel – Anakpawis partylist

Bilang pagpapakita ng araw-araw na kalbaryo ng mamamayan dahil sa taas ng presyo ng langis, nilakad ng mga anakpawis ngayong umaga ang kanilang patutunguhan nang may pabigat na tanikala sa paa.

Pinangunahan ni Anakpawis Executive Vice President Joel Maglunsod, ang paa niya ay nakatali sa kadena na ang pabigat ay mukha ni Noynoy at logo ng tatlong malalaking kumpanya ng langis. Sa gas station ng Caltex at Petron sa Kamias cor. Kalayaan sinimulan ng mga anakpawis ang paglalakad at kilos-protesta.

“Mabigat na pasanin ang hatid ng ganid na oil cartel na nakakapagpatong ng labi-labis na overprice dahil sa monopolyo nila sa industriya ng langis,” ani Maglunsod.

“Si Pangulong Noynoy naman, itinatali tayo sa kapritso ng oil cartel sa pagtutol niyang gumawa ng anumang konkretong aksyon para kontrolin ang presyo ng langis.

“Kaya nga iginigiit natin na kagyat nang isabatas ang House Bill 4317 o pagpapa-basura sa Oil Deregulation Law, isang panukalang batas na pangunahing inakda ng Anakpawis Partylist. Dapat maging prayoridad ito ni Noynoy Aquino, ngunit ni hindi man lang niya ito binabanggit sa gitna ng pagsusulong niya ngayon ng mga ‘priority legislations’ sa Kongreso,” dagdag ni Maglunsod.

“Tulad ng tanikala, kabit-kabit na pagtataas ng presyo ng pamasahe at mga batayang bilihin ang hatid ng overpricing sa langis. Kaya hangga’t hindi ibinabasura ang Oil Deregulation Law, mananatili tayong nakatali sa bawat dikta ng mga kumpanya ng langis,” paliwanag ni Maglunsod.

Sa explanatory note ng HB 4317, nakasaad dito na “In the Top 1000 corporations in the Philippines 2009, Petron Corp. placed first with recorded gross revenues of P268.8 billion… Two other oil companies, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (2nd) and Chevron Philippines, Inc. (5th) made it to the top five in the Top 1000 Corporations.”

Hinikayat ng Anakpawis na lumahok ang mga mamamayan – mananakay, drayber, at lahat ng maralita – sa Marso 31 pambansang kilos-protesta laban sa Oil Deregulation Law at sa overpricing sa langis.

Reference: Joel Maglunsod, Anakpawis Executive Vice President
985-5382, 0922-830-7275


▼  Program/rally at Mendiola   ▼


Nonilon V. Queano

Kung paanong di maghamig
O magsanib
Ang tubig at langis
Hiwaga raw;
Nunit sa totoo’y simple lamang:
Bumababa ang mabigat
At magaa’y lumulutang.
O sa batas ng kalikasan,
May yin at yang
Na nagyayaman ng buhay.
Wala sanang suliranin:
Langis, tubig, kailangan:
Ang una’y gatong-makina,
Ikalawa’y, sa tao o hayop o kulisap.
Sa simbayotikong ugnayan
Batis sa birheng gubat na aagos sana
Nang malinaw at payapa,
Bawa’t bagay,
Bawa’t buhay.

Kumalat lamang ang gulo
Nang gahamang imperyalista’y
Manalakay at mangamkam
Sa mga mina ng langis
Sa mga Gitnang Silangan
(Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya)
At iba pang mga lugal na may likas-kayamanan--
Sila ngayong nagdidikta ng pataas araw-araw
Na presyo sa pamilihan.
Kung di natin tututulan,
Para tayong nangunsinti
Sa mga buwitre’t magnanakaw!
Mabuti lang na ang tubig ay di nila mananakaw
Tulad ng libreng hangin o araw,
Libreng salukin sa bukal
O sahurin sa ulan.
Salamat din,
At tayo’y mga tao pa ring mabubuhay.

Sila kaya, papaano,
Kung sa masidhing katakawan,
Magtutungga ng petrolyo’t gasolina’t
Malimutang ang langis ay gatong lamang
Ng makina’t mga bagay?


Nonilon V. Queano

Why water and oil
Would not bond
Is sometimes thought
A paradox;
In truth, it is a simple one:
Heavy matter sinks,
The lighter stays afloat.
Or as nature decrees,
Life is sustained by yin and yang.
There would have been no hitch:
Oil, water,
Both are needed:
The former, to fuel machines;
The latter, for humans, animals,or insects.
Symbiosis would have kept perfect order,
As of a clear brook flowing peacefully
In virgin forests,
So all things would have,
And all existences.

Chaos spread
When the greedy imperialists
Invaded and grabbed lands
And the oil fields In the Middle East
(Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya),
And in other places where abound
Great nature’s wealth --
That now they dictate the constantly
Mushrooming prices in the market.
If we don’t rise up and resist,
Then we only connive with them,
The vultures and the thieves.
Good that they cannot steal the water--
As they may not, the air or sun--
That’s free to fetch from springs,
Or gather from the rain.
Thank God,
That we’ll still live on as human beings.

As for them, we wonder how they’d be,
If in a fit,
They’d gulp down barrels of petrol and gasolines,
Having forgot, in their all-consuming greed,
That oil is used for fuel only
For dead machines and things.





(Speech delivered by Jose Maria Sison at Siliman University, Dumaguete City, on March 9, 1967; sponsored by the Beta Sigma Fraternity.)

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT has too often been vilified wittingly and unwittingly as being unconcerned about current domestic issues and being concerned exclusively with questions of foreign policy.

It is our task to show that standard issues of the day such as graft and corruption, high prices, and crime and violence among others are concrete manifestations of the essential errors of our neo-colonial status, our national subordination to the ruling policies imposed upon us by foreign and feudal exploiters in our society.

At this stage, it is a fact that nationalists or national democrats in their attempt to stress the fundamental roots of social inequities have spoken in generalities that the petty- minded or colonial-minded try to misrepresent as having no concrete basis.

It should always be stated strongly that the general causes of the suffering of our people are objectively observed in the chain of symptoms and in the chain of concrete reality that we see from day to day. It is our task to observe and list the concrete facts and issues of our national life, such as graft and corruption, high prices, crime and violence, unemployment, poverty, malnourishment, ill-education and ill-health; and from all these, we proceed to our general conclusions and to the basic causes if we plan to take national and fundamental action towards their solution.

We employ generalization only to stress what is fundamental on a national scale or on an international scale. But it should be our task to relate what is general and essential to the concrete facts observed from one locality to another and from short period to short period. In other words, to know and say that the strategic problems of our nation are imperialism and feudalism entails a prior perceptual knowledge of those specific or concrete problems which appear at first as merely the responsibility of this or that particular political party or administration, or of this or that particular person. It is the task of objective and scientific analysis to determine the relationship between the particular facts and such general terms as imperialism and feudalism, or any other generalization.

We are bound by historical and objective conditions larger than anyone of us or any subjective aggrupation of men. No amount of preaching and individual or sectarian crusading will ever succeed if social inequities such as those we have mentioned are mere particular characteristics or symptoms of such a large historical and objective phenomenon as foreign and feudal domination. We have to develop on a general scale the large objective forces of national democracy that can effectively contend with the large objective forces of imperialism and feudalism.

In this discussion we have chosen only three of the standard issues of the day which frequently grace the front pages of our metropolitan newspapers. These are graft and corruption, high prices, and crime and violence which are often superficially said to be the issues or problems larger and more pressing than the basic problems that are imperialism and feudalism.

Graft and Corruption

Let us take the issue and problem of graft and corruption. It has become the traditional basis for throwing out or retaining a political party or person in public office. Generally, however, despite our moral pronouncements about honesty, we have only perpetuated a system wherein the conservative political parties play what we call an in-and-out confidence game on our people. Whatever party gets in goes out later, but only after perpetrating graft and corruption, perpetuating a malevolent tradition of graft and corruption. Why is there so much lack of uprightness and integrity?

It is not enough to seek the help of God for light or to dismiss the problem as a mystery or to blame the erring officials as inherently crooked or simply opportunist, as suggested by the cliche "To err is human". What is needed is a scientific analysis of the objective situation, of the entire system which gives rise to graft and corruption in the magnitude and regularity that we today observe. If we look around, we should know very well (from first-hand accounts of people who have gone there) that the People's Republic of China has successfully eliminated the problem of graft and corruption that had characterized the Kuomintang regime of Chiang Kai-shek and which had inflamed the Chinese people against the regime. The experience of the People's Republic of China shows that it is humanly possible to eliminate graft and corruption or to reduce it to the degree of exceptionality or abnormality. In the United States, big-time contract-pulling persists and more sophisticated ways of
making quick money have been developed by the military-industrial complex and by the big bosses of the capitalist parties. Retired military officers and men of political influence are hired by the big corporations to expedite war contracts with the government: the irregular is made so regular that it no longer looks irregular.

The problem of graft and corruption in the Philippines dates back to colonial times. If the colonial officials bought or incurred great expense to acquire their appointments in Madrid and in Manila, they would certainly commit graft and corruption to recoup their investment; read Rizal's essays and novels to confirm this statement. As in our own neocolonial times, leaders have to spend so much to run for office, the precondition for graft and corruption is perpetuated and, what is more serious, honest and genuine leaders of the masses are excluded from such office because they do not enjoy the financial support that the political representatives of the landlord class and foreign vested interests enjoy.

Because of the scarcity of opportunity for the people in colonial and neocolonial times, the government and the officials in turn become mere dispensers of privileges. To have a job, which should be a normal right of every citizen, is itself a privilege. Even within the middle social strata, such is the case; the bright boys and the mediocre ones in the middle class readily become the political agents and clerks of the ruling class. They have to conform to the exploitative system or else suffer the consequences for taking a different course of action or line of thinking.

The formal right of having a means of livelihood, the principle of freedom from want, has become a granted privilege in this society. The imperialists, compradors, bureaucrats and landlords are the selfish source of privilege, including the "privilege" of having a job. Don't they always say that they create and provide the jobs to us and they do not even mention the fact that they exploit us?

Now, as in colonial times, there is a system that does not only prevent the equal allocation of limited resources and means but also prevent development in accordance with our national needs. The interests of a vested few - the foreign and feudal exploiters - dictate the policies and actions of thhe government and officials, and are opposed to the interests of the broad masses of our people.

The government is made to function only as the mere executive committee of foreign and feudal exploiters. This has come about because our political life has been narrowed down by force of arms or by the state power of the ruling classes to an internal competition of its shifting factions, those political parties maintained and financed by the vested interests in the country. The elections of today are essentially similar to the elections of the principalia of colonial times; the only large difference, of course, is that elections today are conducted on a grander and noisier scale, Madison Avenue style; and on the mere pretense that the populace is being given the chance to make a genuine choice.

But considering the fact that only the parties of the status quo like the NP and LP, including the PPP, prevail and that a genuine working class party has always been restricted from enjoying political freedom within the system, can it not be said that a class dictatorship actually exists in our country, a class dictatorship of imperialist agents, compradors and landlords who manipulate, to uphold their narrow class interests, the prevailing political parties to give us the mere illusion of democratic choice? The question in point is: Can the masses of our people truly make use of elections and other political methods provided us by the system to discipline miscreant government officials and eliminate graft and corruption?

We know for a fact that the greatest opportunity for graft and corruption presents itself in the breach between the government and the private business sector, especially the foreign monopoly firms and the local compradors. Contracts with private entities involving appropriation of public funds or government approval provide the opportunity for graft and corruption. Again, in the breach between two private entities vying for a government contract or approval, the corrupt bureaucrat gains another opportunity for making a fast buck under the table.

It is in the development of the private capitalist sector that graft and corruption has grown in the same way it grew in colonial times, as shown by the example of Capitan Tiago, Quiroga and Don Timoteo Pelaez in Rizal's master novels - characters who symbolize the emerging cash relations in the womb of feudal society. Whereas graft and corruption can occur both between a public entity and a private entity, and between one private entity and another private entity, it cannot occur in the gap between one public entity and another public entity where public documents and public property can easily be checked and verified not only by the government officials themselves but by a political party of a new type that truly represents the interests of the masses and most importantly, by the masses themselves who have a high revolutionary consciousness.

Our proposal then is to change the entire system and make the public sector the leading factor in the command and development of our capital resources, in order to remove the malfeasance that attends the appropriation of public funds and in order to consolidate and direct our resources most effectively for accelerated economic growth. Moreover, we propose that in order to guarantee public control for the public sector, a new kind of politics, a new type of national democracy under the leadership of the working class, should prevail.

Those who would be the first to oppose the revolutionary transformation of our society and the strengthening of our public sector as the leading factor in the command and development of our capital resources are certainly those interested in the perpetuation of a colonial type of economy and a colonial type of society.

They are afraid that the public sector, if strengthened and rationalizes its investments towards industrialization, with the necessary support of the working class party and the masses, would be an instrument that can break the imperialist, comprador and landlord hold on the economy. They prefer to have their "free enterprise", meaning to say, the rapacity of corrupt bureaucrats, the foreign monopolists and the landlords.

What we are proposing is the strengthening of the public sector with the broadening of democracy to the extent that the public sector is the principal factor in our national development, and not merely secondary to the private sector which in turn is controlled as it is now by the foreign and feudal exploiters of this society.

The public sector is certain to take a leading role as the corrupt politics of the reactionary parties is replaced by national democratic politics. The organized masses under the leadership of the working class share and assume power and effectively check on the integrity and performance of public servants.

High Prices

Let us take the issue and problem of high prices. The subject cannot be seriously discussed without considering the colonial and agrarian character of our economy and its subordination to U.S. imperialism. The current rise in prices can only be understood within this context.

It is certainly dishonest for our colonial-minded leaders not to acknowledge the disastrous results of the full and sudden decontrol of 1962. Decontrol doubled the peso equivalent of the dollar in the open market, thus automatically depressing the value of the peso. This is one imperialist debauchery of our economy.

Our national industrialists now have to pay more for imported capital goods, fuel, raw materials and spare parts replacements. With the resulting increase of the cost of production, some firms have been so hard hit that they have had to fold up while others have had to raise their prices in order to survive. In the course of the weakening of the peso, Filipino firms have been easily taken over by foreign firms. Otherwise, they are simply crushed by the foreign monopolies.

With the increase of the prices of the commodities that they buy and the resulting depression of their real wages, the workers have to demand an adjustment of their money wages. The hiking of the wage level in turn increases the costs of production and, the vicious cycle of capitalism, the capitalist must pass on the cost increment to the mass of consumers, leaving the workers with the same or even much lower real wages. The problem of high prices assails the vast majority of our people who have a low fluctuating income or a low fixed income.

Inflation in the Philippines has resulted from the consistent breakdown of local production in both national industry and agriculture. This in reality does not conform with the Keynesian notion that higher prices reflect higher production. This is the irony of a neocolony that must perforce be subject to developments in the imperialist metropolis.

In agriculture, the glaring irony has occurred. We are an agricultural country and yet we cannot produce sufficient food for our people. The Laurel-Langley Agreement has perpetuated the colonial character of the economy by the terms of preferential trade which favor a raw-material export and a finished-product import trade relations. This is because our landlords have been carried away by the attractive price of sugar extended by the United States and they have turned from production of staples to sugar production. Within the domestic market, even the price of sugar has risen for local consumers because the bulk of it has been exported without consideration of local needs.

Our government is so servile to U.S. imperialism that it has allowed U.S. agro-corporations to take over thousands of hectares of good agricultural lands in Cotabato and elsewhere for the production of pineapple, banana, and other fruits. This has also resulted in the decrease of ricelands in the second most important rice-growing area in the country.

In the U.S. an inflation is going on as a result of massive military spending in the Vietnam war and other forms of deficit spending by the U.S. government. And because we depend so much on manufactures from the U.S., due to lack of industries in our own country, we automatically import the inflation from the U.S. We have to pay more for U.S. goods. The reactionary government also has to get U.S. loans at more onerous terms only to cover artificially the chronic deficit in the colonial exchange of Philippine raw materials and U.S. finished manufactures.

The Vietnam war has caused the upward spiral of prices in the United States. Men are drafted for the non-productive work of fighting a war and receiving pay for it. Basic materials are being diverted from consumer goods production to the production of war materials like bombs, chemicals, military vehicles, construction materials, fuel and the like. These materials have become more expensive because of the high demand from the war industry. Thus, commodities from the United States have become expensive in the Philippines.

We observe that in the Philippines itself, as in many other client-states of the United States, men and materials are being stimulated by higher prices towards the Vietnam war. To cite an instance, if Philippine cement is massively exported to Vietnam, the cost of constructing houses here would rise; the rent for apartment houses would also rise as it is rising now. Also, the expenditure of P35 million and more for the Philippine puppet expeditionary force to Vietnam because of subservience to U.S. policies weakens the internal capacity of the reactionary government to look after the welfare and security of our people.

We can very well see that U.S. imperialist policies are basically responsible for the specific problem of higher prices.

Turning to the basic problem of feudalism, its perpetuation means the continued depression of the purchasing power of the peasant masses. Because of class oppression and backward methods, Philippine agriculture is not providing adequate food for the people. Because of imperialism, Philippine agriculture is not providing raw materials for local industries. Landlords constantly engage in luxury spending and this also tends to jack up prices. The whole feudal problem is sustained by imperialist domination.

The need to vigorously pursue national industrialization in order to provide jobs to the masses of our people is urgent.

By it, we shall provide jobs for our people and they shall be afforded the chance to buy the products of their own labor. In the long run, the unrestricted industrial development of our economy will reduce the prices of commodities. If basic land reform is used to support national industrialization, our peasant masses reaching 70 per cent of our population will be able to buy the products of our industries with their increased purchasing power. Our peasant masses would be providing adequate food and raw materials that serve as the basis for national industrialization.

National industrialization and basic land reform are the main economic demands of the national democratic movement.

Only the public sector backed up and determined by the organized workers, peasants, students and other patriotic segments of our population can lead in the achievement of national industrialization and land reform. We cannot depend on foreign investors for these; it is futile to do so as our experience in the last six decades tells us - four decades under direct imperialist rule and two decades under indirect imperialist rule. A small amount of capital is invested in quick profit areas by U.S. firms, oftentimes from our own credit facilities, and in a period of even as short as one year, super-profits squeezed from Filipino labor and from the mass of consumers are already flowing out of the country. U.S. investments always carry with them the curse of super-profit remittances which have plagued and restricted the growth of the Philippine economy. Consider the huge amount of capital that the oil firms, Caltex and Esso, are taking out of the country; consider the danger of placing
control of such a vital commodity as oil in the hands of foreigners. By this commodity alone, the U.S. controls the motion and prices of all goods in this country.

Crime and Violence

Let us take up the issue and problem of crime and violence. Smuggling, gambling, juvenile delinquency and prostitution, robbery, theft and homicide are rampant today. Their widespread presence is condemnable. But it is futile to preach about them if we do not make a systematic study of them and subsequently take critical and constructive action. It is also futile merely to do police work on the culprits. We have to attack the roots within the system which gives rise to all this malevolence.

Smuggling occurs in its pure form on our coastlines; in many instances, smugglers get their contraband through with the connivance of the PC and other armed apparatuses of the state. In its so-called technical form, the imported goods are undervalued or misdeclared at the customs area in order to avoid the payment of taxes. This is subversion of the economy systematically done with the connivance of the highest officials. The imperialist supplier of the smuggled goods, which includes the businessmen and their government, refuses to comply with the requirement of a shipper's export declaration for purposes of checking the amount and kind of goods being imported into our country and also refuses to check on his side the use of boats for "pure" smuggling. As a matter of fact, the imperialist supplier connives with obvious smugglers who arrange the transport of goods by surreptitious means.

Smuggling intensified as a result of the full and immediate decontrol of 1962 which deprived the reactionary government of the right to control foreign exchange for purposes of proper allocation and industrial priority. With dollars now freely in the hands of private entities, their misuse for quick profit operations like smuggling and real estate speculation could be made. The policy of decontrol was adopted as a result of U.S. imperialist pressures so that the foreign monopolies could destroy our local industrial gains, remit their super-profits and maintain a high rate of profit for their industries at home or their local subsidiaries. Under the guise of solving graft and corruption in dollar allocations at the Central Bank, the U.S. imperialists and their local agents agitated for decontrol; but graft and corruption merely shifted to the Bureau of Customs and to police agencies in even greater volume. The worst effects, of course, have been the sabotage of our economy and the
massive outflow of much needed capital in the form of huge profit remittances by U.S. firms and of luxury spending by their landlord and comprador agents.

At the upper rungs of our society, we see the corruption and decadence based on over-affluence amidst public want. To tide them over their boredom in a sea of mass poverty and to satisfy their distorted sense of values, our wealthy businessmen, politicians and evil gentry engage in maintaining queridas, in gambling, and in lavish banquets. Subsequently, juvenile delinquency even among their well-provided children results from the moral breakdown of the home and from their general exposure to the decadent values of imperialist culture which plays up sex and violence, as you will note from current American movies and other cultural vehicles, which are the fetishes of the wealthy. Despite the preachiness of their religious pretensions, their exclusive Catholic school upbringing, they fall flat on their faces morally; they come out as split personalities of the worst cultural complex, that of imperialist and feudal decadence in our semi-colonial and semi-feudal society.

Murder and methods of fraud and terrorism have also characterized our political life. The stakes among our corrupt politicians are control and private appropriation of public funds, maintenance of queridas and relatives on government sinecures, expansion of private businesses through special government privileges, maintenance of vice dens and control of coastlines for smuggling, to cite only a few items that are the crimes of the rich. These comprise the adult delinquency of our so-called statesmen. The magnitude and malignance of this delinquency makes the juvenile delinquency of their children look puny and awkward.

Prostitution, juvenile delinquency in slums, robbery, theft, killings for lack of appreciation of or inability to use the present channels of justice are correctly described as crimes of poverty. We may pass the strictest laws to discourage their commission; but so long as there is no change in the material basis for their occurrence, we shall continue to suffer these crimes of poverty.

Young women from the rural and city slums are annually misled into a life of shame on the false promise of decent jobs or by the sheer lack of the chance to exist decently. Prostitution is the fetishism of any exploitative social system; woman is degraded into the status of mere commodity, the way labor is regarded in this exploitative society.

The vast majority of our people are caught between the stagnation of feudal conditions and the insufficiency of modern opportunities for employment in our neocolonial situation. Robbery and theft are generally forms of spontaneous retaliation by the dispossessed against those who have excessive possessions.

Killings for various reasons at the lower rungs of our society are related to crimes involving property or the alienation of so many people from the moral values that are preached by the ruling classes which at the same time employs legal or illegal means to violate them. Make a study of the records of our brothers in jails and penitentiaries to confirm the general causes of their crimes which at first appear as personal in character.

Of course, it is foolhardy to condone crimes of poverty. But it is simply hypocritical to make any condemnation without understanding the objective causes actually larger and more compelling than the individual culprit.

We are living in a society where our foreign and feudal exploiters do not only provide us with backward, conflicting and alienated values but also restrict our own efforts to develop the forces of national and social progress and the material conditions necessary for a more democratic and nobler existence and culture for all.

The national democratic movement stands for the liberation of our nation and also the liberation of the oppressed Filipino masses. The exploitation of one nation by another nation and of man by man or one class by another gives rise to a chain of iniquities that should never be posed in isolation of their root causes if we truly stand for the freedom, creativity and dignity of man.


▼ Speaking against the increasing prices of various goods and services and proposing solutions ▼ 


Mar. 30, 2011
Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, 09224290258,

Anakbayan to Palace: Stop bullying public transport workers, go after 'predatory' oil cartel instead

A militant group of young workers, peasants, professionals, and students blasted the Aquino administration today for its 'anti-poor double standards', after the latter said it would declare any transport strikes tomorrow as 'illegal'.

Various sectors and organizations are set to hold a nationwide protest tomorrow against oil price hikes, with transport groups in several provinces, including the entire Mindanao, holding transport strikes.

"Whenever public transport drivers and operators protest, the government is very eager to punish them. But when it comes to oil firms' overpricing of their products, the government is dragging its feet" said Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.

"You can clearly see who's the real boss of Noynoy Aquino. It's not the average consumer burdened by the non-stop price and fare increases, it's the oil cartel who's cashing in on the misery of the consumer" said Crisostomo.

In response to the government's threat, the youth leader said hundreds of their members nationwide will participate tomorrow to protect drivers and operators who will join the protests.

"The youths, as well as other ordinary Filipinos, fully support whatever action the public transport sector will take. Kung ipagpapatuloy ng gobyerno ang kanilang banta, kami ang makakaharap nila" he added.

Meanwhile, Crisostomo twitted Palace spokesperson Ricky Carandang for claiming the gov't is taking steps to address the issue, saying there would be no need for a protest if the latter was true.

"What 'steps' are they talking about? A P3 discount that will come out of the pockets of the consumers themselves? How about the effects of oil price hikes on basic commodities such as rice, vegetables, milk, and canned goods? Have they taken any steps?" ###

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March 30, 2011
Reference: Charisse Bañez, Anakbayan nat’l secretary-general, 09359361934

'All systems go' for youth groups, allies on eve of nationwide anti-OPH protest

On the eve of a nationwide protest vs. oil price hikes by various sectors and groups, various youth organizations held one last flurry of protest actions across Metro Manila today to persuade more of their peers to join them tomorrow.

Early-morning palengke shoppers at the Central Market in Manila and the Luzon Market in Quezon City were greeted by members of Anakbayan, the League of Filipino Students (LFS), Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP), Karatula, and Kabataan Partylist who trooped to various wet markets to explain the causes of the hikes.

The same groups then held noise barrages in the afternoon at the Luzon Market, and at the Plaza Hernandez in Tondo, to continue attracting the attention of people in the hopes of persuading them to participate in tomorrow's protest.

Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said their ranks tomorrow will be swelled by an array of youths: students, out-of-school, young workers and professionals, and the unemployed.

"No one is safe from the hardship these hikes bring. Thus, more and more youths are becoming aware that they literally cannot afford to remain silent and in the sidelines regarding this issue" said the youth leader.

He added that side from joining tomorrow's transport caravan/march to Mendiola Bridge, Anakbayan chapters will man 'strategic points' in major Mindanao cities to help ensure the 100% paralysis of all forms of public transportation in the whole island on the day of the protest. In other places such as Isabela, Baguio, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, and Negros, Anakbayan members will join other sectors in 'protest centers' which will hold day-long programs on the 31st.

For her part, NUSP secretary-general Vanessa Faye Bolibol said that many members of student councils and campus publications across Metro Manila have begun 'organizing' in urban poor communities all over the National Capital Region to convince residents to show their opposition to the hikes by joining the Mendiola caravan.

She announced that they have already convinced all jeepney lines servicing the University of the Philippines’ Diliman campus to go on strike on the 31st.

"We will heed the call of the beleaguered workers and farmers to join their struggle against the hikes" said the student leader.

She added that their ‘Serve the People’ teams are set to continue organizing for bigger protests all the way to an expected mammoth multi-sectoral rally on May 1, International Labor Day. ###

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Photo above by Enteng Bautista of Kalikasan



by K.m. Poetry on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:59pm


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Tagbilaran, Bohol

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BAYAN - Bohol
Address: #181 E.K. Inting St. Tagbilaran city
Contact #: (038) 500-1034
Mobile # 09292086980

News Release
March 31, 2011

Bohol Nakigduyog sa Protesta sa Katawhan sa Tibuok Nasud Batok sa Pagtaas sa Presyo sa Lana
Mga Sakop sa NADBO, BAYAN ug ANAKPAWIS sa Terminal sa Tagbilaran nagpahigayon sa Ricorida.

Agig pakighiusa sa nasudnong panawagang Protesta sa Katawhan batok sa pagtaas sa presyo sa produktong petrolyo ug palaliton, gipahigayon sa pagpanguna sa Bayan-Bohol ang usa ka ricorida sa tibuok dakbayan sa Tagbilaran. Mihimo kini og mga pocket rally sa mga tambayan sa tricycle, terminal sa multicab, jeep ug mga bus ug nanghatag og mga polyeto nga nagpadayag sa baruganan niini.

Gipalanog niini ang paghagit sa administrasyong Aquino sa paghimo og mga kongkretong lakang sa pagsulbad sa kasamtangang gitagamtam nga kalisod sa katawhan taliwala sa pagsirit sa presyo sa produtong petrolyo ug ubang mga palaliton. Usa sa hinanaling gidemanda niini para sa hinanaling kasulbaran mao ang pagtangtang sa 12% EVAT sa produktong petrolyo, kontrol og moratorium sa presyo ug sa panglahutay mao ang pagbasura sa RA 8479 o Downstream oil deregulation law, pagkupot balik sa gobyerno sa kompanyang Petron, sentralisadong pag-angkat sa lana, pagahin og oil buffer fund ug ngadto na sa hingpit nga pagnasyonalisa sa industriya sa lana sa tibuok nasud.

Sa maong kalihukan sa Bayan-Bohol nakighiusa ug mipadayag sa ilang pagsupurta ang asosasyon sa mga bus sa probinsya nga mao ang Bohol Land Transportation Association o BOLTA. Sa panahon sa rikorida, gipakita usab sa mga drayber ang ilang supurta pinaagi sa pagpaminaw, pagdawat sa polyeto ug pag-abiba sa mga nagprotesta.

Matod pa ni John Ruiz, Secretary General sa Bayan “ Gikinahanglan ipakita ni P-noy nga siya alang sa pagbag-o ug ang katawhan ang Boss niya, kinahanglan niyang talikdan ug bag-ohon ang mga daang palisiyang pribatisasyon, deregulasyon ug pribatisasyon nga gidikta sa mga imperyalistang nasud sa atong pangagamhanan ug tataw na nga naghatag og kalisod sa katawhan sama sa ODL o RA 8479.”


John Ruiz
Secretary General


Cagayan de Oro City

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Solidarity of Transport Alliance in Region X

Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide

Contact Details: Sonny Hinosolonago, 09264570341



Press Statement

March 28, 2011




Since responding to the nationwide call for a protest action against oil price increase, we of the Solidarity of Transport Alliance in Region X (STAREX-PISTON) and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Northern Mindanao (BAYAN NMR) continue to gather commitments from different transport groups and support from various people’s organizations as the plan to hold a Transport Strike gains momentum.


During the All Leaders Meeting organized by STAREX last March 26, 2011, more than 30 organizations of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Associations (JODAS), Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODAS) and association of taxi operators and drivers of Cagayan de Oro City gathered to signify their intent to participate in the March 31 Transport Strike.


In Iligan City, transport group Coalition of Lanao Utility and Transport for Change (CLUTCH) and BAYAN Lanao has also formally declared their group’s intention to join the strike on the said day. Meanwhile in Gingoog City, the drivers and operators of Gingoog City Transport Services Cooperative (GINCITU – TSCI) and Multicab Operators and Drivers of Gingoog Association (MODGINA) are also expected to participate, as well as organizations in Malaybalay and Valencia City.


This, despite the announcement of the Regional Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board that it will suspend or cancel the franchises of transport groups which will participate in the protest action as prescribed by the Executive Order 202.


The economic crisis is too grave to ignore. Oil prices continue to increase and the domino effect can be seen in the skyrocketing of prices of basic commodities and services including food, water and electricity while the people are forced to make do and stretch what little income they have for the household to barely survive.


However, the PNoy government has not yet created efforts within its mandate and capacity to address these issues except to suggest band-aid solutions that for a while would alleviate poverty but would not be enough to solve the country’s bankrupt economy in the long run.


We see the urgency and great need for the PNoy government to heed the people’s four demands. If indeed PNoy is sincere in his promise to lead us to the “Daang Matuwid”, it is high time for him to implement the following:

  1. Stop overpricing of oil and petroleum products. Rollback the prices of oil and petroleum products. Implement the Price Act. In relation to this, we ask the Congress and the Office of the President to conduct a congressional investigation/resolution and to hold accountable those responsible for the overpricing of oil and petroleum products and to implement a price freeze in the course of the process of the investigation;

  2. Suspend the Oil Deregulation Law pending the passage of the HB 4317 for its repeal.

  3. In relation to this, implement measures towards nationalization of the oil industry which includes centralized procurement, nationalization of Petron, allocation of buffer fund and supply of oil, government control on the exploration and mining of oil in our country, well-planned research and programmed development of resources for fuel and energy.

  4. Scrap the Expanded Value Added Tax on oil and petroleum products.

We urge our Representatives in Congress and local government units to support these calls. We commend our congressmen who have already declared support to these demands. We challenge them to also give their support for the passage of House Bill 4317 which aims to scrap the Oil Deregulation Law filed by Anakpawis Representative Rafael Mariano.

We strongly appeal to the Regional LTFRB office to support the cause of the transport strike and to take back its prescription to suspend and/or cancel franchises of transport groups which will join the transport strike and to allow our groups to air and register our grievances through peaceful assembly as our basic and legitimate right afforded by the Philippine Constitution.

We call on the public to show solidarity to these demands through any form of support. These demands could only be heard with the people’s concerted effort and assertion of their interests and welfare. ###




March 28, 2011



Regional Director

LTFRB Region – X

Cagayan de Oro City




This pertains to the recent pronouncement over the media of the LTFRB Assistant Regional Director Alan Guro (Sunstar dated March 26,2011 issue) that operators of public utility vehicles who will join the transport strike on March 31,2011 will have their franchises suspended or cancelled as prescribed by Executive Order No.202 of 1987.

We would like to present our side regarding this matter:

First , the drivers and the operators are part of the public which are now demanding for social justice and economic reforms from the government. We believe that our demands are most valid, legitimate and urgent and in essence are for the good and welfare of the Filipino people.


We remember that in his inaugural speech, President Benigno Aquino III said that the people are his “boss”. We the people, are now speaking and we are asking the government to listen on our following urgent demands:

  1. Stop overpricing of oil and petroleum products. Rollback the prices of oil and petroleum products. In relation to this, we ask the Congress and the Office of the President to conduct a congressional investigation/resolution and to hold accountable those responsible for the overpricing of oil and petroleum products and to implement a prize freeze in the course of the process of the investigation;

  2. Suspend the Oil Deregulation Law pending the passage of the HB 4317 for its repeal. In relation to this, implement measures towards nationalization of the oil industry which includes centralized procurement, nationalization of Petron, allocation of buffer fund and supply of oil, government control on the exploration and mining of oil in our country, well-planned research and programmed development of resources for fuel and energy.

  3. Scrap the Expanded Value Added Tax on oil and petroleum products.

Second, the Philippine Constitution states that the people have the right to organize, to peaceful assembly and to seek redress of grievances. We, the drivers and operators, and the other affected sectors --- the workers, the urban poor, the peasants, youth and students, even the middle class or the professionals, have now a grievance. We are suffering from economic crisis brought about by the oil deregulation law, overpricing of oil and petroleum products and the expanded value added tax.

We would very much appreciate if your good office would consider and view the aforementioned issues and concerns from the angle of the people, who the government is mandated to serve.

Thank you very much.



Sonny Hinosolango Kristin Lim

Regional Coordinator Deputy Secretary General




Davao City

Photos courtesy of Karlos Manlupig



March 31, 2011
Press Release

The streets of Davao City are silent but the people have spoken;
Bayan-SMR declares succesful people’s strike

DAVAO CITY --- Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern Mindanao declares victory today as the people valiantly expressed their voice against the unbridled exploitation of oil companies by way of a nationwide transport strike.

A measly 5% of Davao City’s estimated 10,000 public utility jeepneys (PUJs) could be seen plying the main thoroughfares from north to south. This translates to a participation rate of 95%, way higher compared to what was observed in the nationwide strike held two years go.

“This is a display of the people’s determination and resolve to take a stand against their continued exploitation and misery wrought by the oil cartels’ complete control of the oil industry,” cited Franchie Buhayan, secretary general of Bayan-SMR.

Students, teachers, women, also took to the streets and joined PUJ drivers urging fellows to participate in the strike. They raised placards and distributed leaflets. Massed up in various ’persuasion points’ also were the peasants, workers and the urban poor, who took turns at making the public understand the reasons why they are on the streets. Members of religious organizations, professionals and non-government organizations also joined them.

“That these were all happening despite threats coming from the government agencies and the elite who peddled much pessimism against the strike as an effective means of people’s expression of their legitimate demands, is a testament, that the people’s resolve have prevailed,” Buhayan pointed out.

Bayan also condemns the harassment among their ranks, particularly in the incident at the Matina ‘persuasion point’ this morning where a man in civilian clothes emerged from a police station and took pictures of the protesters.

Also, Bayan-SMR lambasts LTFRB XI for taking advantage of the situation by planning to issue franchises to bus operators, as announced LTFRB-XI regional director Benjamin Go whose plan to replace PUJs with buses had been exposed.

“This is a height of callousness on the part of Regional Director Go, who, instead of supporting the legitimate calls of drivers who have been victims of overpricing and exploitation by oil companies, even resorts to a move that will surely result to the displacement of PUJ drivers,” said Buhayan.

Oil pump prices have increased 10 times since the beginning of the year. At the rate of increase, local pump prices are overpriced by as much as P6.72 per liter. At this rate, it is taking away almost P4,368 a month from a PUJ driver’s take home pay.

“The inflationary effects of oil overpricing by the Big 3 oil cartel, Caltex, Shell and Petron, which has been condoned by the present Aquino administration, has already taken unimaginable toll on the lives of the people. More Filipinos are going hungry and homeless. The people have all the just cause to declare a strike,” Buhayan said.

“It is such a shame that Aquino can still talk in defense of these oil companies rather than protecting the people,” Buhayan said.

Buhayan added that it is preposterous for Aquino to say, oil increases are justified owing to world market supply trends since the country’s main oil producer, Saudi Arabia and other members of the oil producing and exporting countries have in fact, even assured adequate supply of oil.

“Peddling these lies is the game of unscrupulous oil traders abetted by imperialist powers to pursue their greed. They are doing so, in order to have enough room for manipulating prices through speculation, which is what is happening now,” Buhayan said.

“What makes it more sad is that in the country, certain laws are in place to allow these oil companies to easily adjust the oil prices,” Buhayan pointed out.

“Add in the Expanded Value Added Tax Law, which puts on 12% more on the prices of oil, and it now becomes even more deadly for the poor,” she stressed.

Bayan-SMR demands, at the most urgent, a rollback in the prices of oil, suspension of the Oil Deregulation Law, and E-VAT. It vows to hold more similar mass actions until the people’s clamors are not heard.

Buhayan cited that if the government is really sincere, it should embark on a genuine program that will help lessen the impact of high oil prices on the people and not on some piecemeal program, such as Aquino’s recently announced subsidy for PUJ and tricycle drivers.

“President Aquino’s announcement this morning amid the nationwide strike is a clear token act, and intended only to pacify the already angry people. But the people know better,” Buhayan said.(*)

For Reference:
Franchie Buhayan
Secretary General

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