International Workers's Day 2012:
Workers call for for wage increases,  an end to contractualization,
rollback of oil prices and booting out the US troops


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May 1,  2012








►  Legislate a P125 across-the-board wage hike nationwide! After decades of receiving measly wage hikes from the regional wage boards, the Filipino workers and people need a significant wage hike, which is only possible through legislation. Such a wage increase will help us cope with the increases in the prices of basic goods and services. 


►  Junk contractualization! After decades of suffering from this pest of an employment scheme, workers and the poor are calling for the junking of contractualization. We have had enough of lower wages, almost absence of benefits, lack of job security, and denial of labor rights. This important tool of capitalist exploitation should be junked. 


►  Implement a big-time rollback in the prices of petroleum products! Punish the oil cartel for overpricing! Repeal the VAT in petroleum products! Junk the Oil Deregulation Law! Workers, the poor and even those in the middle class are looking for some form of relief from the very high and soaring prices of petroleum products. 


►  US troops out of the Philippines! Junk the Visiting Forces Agreement! Junk the Mutual Defense Treaty! We workers and poor people find it revolting that while we are being treated as squatters in our own country, the Aquino government is planning to expand US military presence in the Philippines despite the dangers in doing so.




Photos by Arkibong Bayan, Abby Valenzuela,  Kathleen Dy and Sining Kadamay as indicated by the filenames



Intensify the  Struggle Against Imperialism,

Advance and Call for Radical Social Change


Issued by the Office of the Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle

May 1, 2012

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle,  join the workers of the world  in celebrating the day in their honor, express our militant  solidarity with them and  support their struggle against  imperialism,  the biggest cause of the  suffering  of  the  toiling masses.  The current severe crisis of the world capitalist system is  worsening the   exploitation and oppression of the people.

We raise our fists in salute to the workers and peoples of the world.  We applaud them  for  waging militant collective struggle against the ill effects of the crisis,  for raising their consciousness about  the root causes of the crisis and for  sharpen their will to fight in order to overthrow the imperialist system.

We pay tribute to the countless martyrs of the international working-class movement. Their  struggles, sacrifices and successes continue to inspire us in fighting for  the rights and welfare of the workers’ and the people and for radical social change. They continue to motivate us to think bigger, dream higher, and work harder for genuine fundamental social change.

The severe economic and financial crisis that has become manifest since 2008  in the global centers of capitalism has resulted in a global depression.  The imperialist powers have not found a way out of the crisis because they cling to the neoliberal economic policy of monopolistic greed, which has the first place caused the crisis. As a result, the workers and peoples of the world, especially in underdeveloped countries, are suffering rising levels of unemployment,  sinking incomes, soaring prices and widespread poverty.

In imperialist countries, the bailouts given to the big financial institutions and favored  corporations, the tax cuts, subsidies and overpriced contracts for monopoly firms and the wanton spending on the military and bureaucracy have resulted in huge deficits and debts for the governments. In order to pass the burden of the crisis on to the backs of the workers and the people, brutal austerity measures have been adopted and  implemented.

In underdeveloped countries, extreme hunger and poverty among workers and the people continue to mount.  Exports of raw materials and semimanufactures are decreasing. The  reduced demand from the developed countries has aggravated the long-standing overproduction of such goods. International credit, foreign investments, and the demand for migrant workers are all decreasing. 

The imperialists are stepping up war production and unleashing wars of aggression in an attempt to spur production through the military-industrial complex and expand economic territory abroad.  As a result,  all kinds of contradictions are sharpening and the whole world is in a state of turbulence. State fascism  is being unleashed against workers’ and people’s protests in both developed and underdeveloped countries, while wars of aggression are being unleashed by the imperialist powers against countries assertive of their independence.

Even as it faces severe fiscal constraints and even as it remains mired in its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, the US is trying to expand its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region avowedly to encircle and contain China as a potential imperialist rival with growing and economic and military power. It is using one-sided treaties with its puppet governments in order to increase military forces in the region. It follows the same pattern of engaging in military intervention in other regions.

The bleak economic and political landscape is  being lit up by the flames of revolutionary resistance and  by the red flags of the  protest actions  of the workers and peoples of the world,  who are now incited by the governments’ austerity measures to rise in opposition. The forces of  anti-imperialism, people's democracy and socialism are rising to the occasion by raising consciousness on the basis of the burning issues of the day, expanding their ranks, and promoting revolutionary alternatives.

We are calling on the workers and peoples of the world to intensify our struggles against imperialism. Let us take the governments of our respective countries to task for implementing neoliberal policies. Let us deepen our understanding of the root causes of the present crisis,  the alternatives to this rotten kind of society, and the various forms of struggle needed for revolutionary social change.

We are calling on all progressive, anti-imperialist and socialist-oriented  workers’ and people’s organizations to take advantage of the rare opportunity being provided to us by the current global depression. Let us aggressively arouse, organize, and mobilize workers and the rest of the people  for genuine radical social change.

Let us continuously expand and consolidate our ranks in order to effectively fight and eventually defeat  imperialism and its reactionary stooges. Let us make sure that this crisis, which is leading to greater barbarism on the part of imperialism and its allies, will give birth to a fundamentally new society where freedom, democracy, social justice, all-development and peace reign.###


Certified by:

Prof. Jose Maria Sison


International Coordinating Committee




[Lacierda’s tirades vs. KMU] Malacañang trying to cover up ugly record on labor issues

Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno lashed back at the Aquino government over Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda’s statement that the workers’ group is a “professional critic” of the administration, saying the government is using cheap shots to cover up its ugly record on labor issues.

One day before Labor Day, Lacierda said that KMU has said “nothing good” about the Aquino government, citing improved employment figures.

“In its desperation to cover up its failure to heed workers’ demands, the government is resorting to cheap shots against the KMU. It is dismissing workers’ legitimate demands on the issue of wages, contractualization, oil prices, demolition of poor communities, Hacienda Luisita, and US troops,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“The presidential spokesperson seems to have ran out of words to prettify the Aquino government’s ugly record on labor issues. He found it easier to attack the messenger than to deal with workers’ legitimate calls. He is a professional attack dog of big business, hacienderos, and the US ,” he added.


KMU said the Aquino government has nothing to brag about the country’s employment situation, saying Aquino’s first full year in office witnessed a measly decrease in unemployment.

The labor center cited data for 2011 from the National Statistics Office showing a reduction in the ranks of the unemployed from 7.3 per cent to 7 per cent, amounting to a measly 100,000 reduction.

“Underemployed” is defined as employed people who signify the desire to work for longer hours in their present work or find an additional job, or a new job with longer working hours.

“Its first full year in office shows that the Aquino government is a failure in job generation. It has relied on foreign investors to generate employment in the country,” Labog said.

KMU also said that the increase in the underemployed from 18.8 percent in 2010 to 19.3 percent in 2011 – which translates to more than 186,000 – shows that it is low-quality jobs which account for the slight increase in employment.

“Pres. Aquino is also a failure in improving the quality of jobs available to Filipinos. His government has generated only low-quality jobs, those with short work hours and meager wages,” Labog said.

“Despite the growing clamor from workers and the poor, he refuses to junk contractualization and implement a significant wage hike. He blackmails workers voicing these demands with the threat of massive layoffs,” he added.

Reference Person: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson
Campaign: PhP 125 Legislated Wage Hike
Contact information: 0908-1636597





[2 + 2 talks] Aquino, a modern-day Aguinaldo – KMU

A day before Labor Day, labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno joined a protest caravan from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the US Embassy to condemn the meeting today of two secretaries of the Philippine government and two secretaries of the US government, calling Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III a “modern-day Aguinaldo.”

The meeting in Washington DC, dubbed “2 + 2,” is expected to seal an agreement that will expand US bases and military presence across the country, using China’s aggressive actions and statements in relation to Philippine territory as pretext.

After going into exile in Hong Kong in December 1897, Emilio Aguinaldo, president of the First Philippine Republic, negotiated with the US for the latter’s entry into the Philippines, using Spanish colonization of the country as pretext.

When Aguinaldo declared Philippine independence on June 12, 1898, he qualified it with “under the protection of the Mighty and Humane North American Nation.”

“This 2 + 2 meeting is a form of treachery to the Filipino workers and people, akin to what Aguinaldo did while he was in exile in Hong Kong,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

“Both cases involve a haciendero leader of the Philippines secretly allowing the US to increase its military presence in the country using another country as an excuse –while portraying the Philippines as an independent nation,” he added.

The labor center, however, said that there are differences between Aguinaldo in the 1897-1898 period and Aquino at present, highlighting the folly in the government’s effort at expanding US bases in the country.

“There are significant differences as well: While Spain was the actual colonizer of the country during that time, China at present is merely being aggressive in its actions and statements in relation to Philippine territory,” Soluta said.

“While Aguinaldo actually risked life and limb in the struggle against Spain, Aquino is able to do a lot of Noynoying even on pressing people’s issues,” he said.

“Aguinaldo lived at a time when the country still didn’t have the historical experience with US imperialism – its plunder of our human and natural resources and its intervention into our internal affairs. Aquino is colluding with the US knowing full well what the US has done to our people and country,” he added.

Reference Person: Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general
Campaign: US Troops, Out Now!
Contact information: 0928-7215313




Struggle for a Pro-worker Society!
Submitted by KMU on Sat, 2012/04/28 - 7:28pm
Elmer "Bong" Labog, Chairperson
Kilusang Mayo Uno

Message of solidarity for Workers’ Memorial Day 2012
28 April 2012
We from the Philippines’ genuine, militant, and anti-imperialist labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno express our warmest solidarity with the workers and people of the Philippines and the world in commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day.

It is most important that we remember and bring to fore the life and struggles of our fellow workers who were killed, injured, disabled, and became ill due to work. The global capitalist system’s lack of concern for workers can be seen not only in its exploitation of workers but in the damage, whether permanent or temporary, it inflicts on their bodies.

In the Philippines, many workers are being killed, injured, disabled, and get sick due to their work. This is due to the national policy of depending on and attracting foreign investors to provide employment in the country – the root cause of which is the government’s refusal to implement genuine land reform and national industrialization.

In this situation, many health hazardous jobs are brought into the country. These jobs are being made even more dangerous by the extreme penny-pinching of capitalists when it comes to workers’ health and safety. This problem is further exacerbated with the active collusion of the government with big capitalists and the culture of impunity towards violators of workers’ health and safety being fostered by the government. Dangers to health and safety constitutes an added burden to workers already suffering from meager wages, contractual employment, and violation of workers’ rights.

The Institute for Occupational Health and Safety or Iohsad states that news reports in 2001 reveal that 126 workers were killed in their work while a similar number of workers suffered from injuries. It is safe to assume that the actual number is bigger than the number reported in the mass media in the context of an economy that teems with dangerous work and a mass media that serves the interests of big capitalists.

With the worsening of the global financial and economic crisis, big capitalists are getting even greedier and are hell-bent in cutting expenditures on workers’ benefits. With the Aquino government’s tight embrace of neoliberal policies, the crisis of the neocolonial and semi-feudal society is bound to worsen. In this situation, the number of workers who will be killed, injured, disabled, and made sick in relation to their work, will surely increase.

It is our task as workers and advocates of workers’ rights to struggle for the defense of workers’ health and safety in the workplace. We should struggle for the advancement of workers rights and welfare especially on the issues of wages, jobs, job security, and trade-union rights.
Most crucially, it is our task to advance genuine social change, because the global capitalist system will never uphold the health and safety of workers, especially in a backward-agricultural and pre-industrial society like the Philippines. We should continually emphasize among our ranks that the struggle for workers’ health and safety is ultimately anchored on our struggle for national democracy and socialism.

We should fight for the attainment of national independence and genuine democracy in our society. It is our duty to hasten the advent of a society that is pro-worker; where workers, not capitalists, wield state power.




Paying tribute to Ka Bel at Plaza Miranda before marching to Mendiola


Media Release
29 April 2012

Dip in Aquino’s ratings due to failure to ease hunger, poverty – KMU

Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno said today that the recent dip in Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s satisfaction rating is due to the government’s failure to ease hunger and poverty in the country.

A Social Weather Stations survey conducted in March 10-13 showed the president losing 10 per cent in his approval ratings, getting a net zero satisfaction on the issue of fighting inflation and negative three on the issue of oil prices.

“Net satisfaction with Pres. Aquino is decreasing because of his failure to give the public some form of relief from the soaring prices of petroleum products as well as of basic goods and services,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“Dissatisfaction with the president on the issue of prices is closely linked with his failure to provide workers and the poor with types of relief from hunger and poverty, such as a substantial wage increase,” he added.

“People are aware of the rising prices and how the oil companies are taking advantage of oil price hikes. And unless the president takes action on these issues, satisfaction with his government will likely drop further,” he said.

KMU noted that the SWS survey was conducted before the People’s Protest Against Oil Overpricing last March 15, which further exposed the president’s refusal to bring down oil prices.

It also condemned Malacañang’s reaction to the survey, with Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda claiming that poll results show the people’s “continued appreciation” of the government’s initiatives.

“As usual, Malacañang is turning a blind eye on what the survey says about the president’s performance, or non-performance, on economic issues,” Labog said.

“It wants to push through with its economic policies rather than listen to people who are reeling from the president’s pro-cartel and pro-capitalist policies,” he said.

“Given Malacañang’s cavalier attitude towards the recent SWS survey, it is most likely that it will carry on with the policies that have caused dissatisfaction with the president to rise in the first place,” he added.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597



Media Release
29 April 2012

Measly wage hikes will make Labor Day protests bigger – KMU

“Insulting and infuriating!”

This was how labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno described hikes ranging from P2.00 to P23.00 in workers’ basic wages and allowances in six regions which were approved by the National Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (NTWPB) last April 27.

According to KMU chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog, “These increases are a callous insult to workers who have been calling for a substantial wage hike amidst the growing hunger and poverty among their ranks.”

“It is infuriating that while capitalists continue to rake in billions of profits from our hard work, we workers get loose change in return. We will take Aquino to task for this insult on Labor Day,” he added.

The labor center reiterated the study of independent think-tank Ibon Foundation that the P125 across-the-board wage hike amounts to a mere 12% reduction in capitalists’ profits.

“Aquino, by continuing to show his pro-capitalist stance, is adding fuel to workers’ anger at this government. More and more workers are becoming willing to join not only the Labor Day protest but succeeding protests as well,” Labog said.

A Day of Reckoning

KMU has tagged this year’s Labor Day as “A day of reckoning” saying workers will take the Aquino government to task for the widespread and escalating hunger and poverty in the country.

“It’s time that we workers take Aquino to task for his failure to alleviate our plight. We will vent our anger at Aquino for denying us any form of immediate relief from high prices,” Labog said.

“The Filipino workers and people will make Aquino pay for being a faithful servant of the US and a defender of big capitalists and landlords, and for inflicting greater suffering on the majority of society,” he added.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597


Commemorating Mayo Uno in Davao City
Photos by Kathleen Dy


30 April 2012

Two-tiered wage system to further pull down Filipino workers’ incomes – labor think tank

A labor think tank warned the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and business groups against pushing the two-tiered wage system, saying the new wage system will generally pull down the already meager incomes of Filipino workers instead of raising compensation levels.

Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) raised its position against the wage system on the eve of Labor Day as the labor department readies its implementation for Region IV-A workers. Recently, the Region IV-A wage board granted a P2-P90 wage increase with “productivity allowance,” a mode which EILER said is a transition to the new wage system that is primarily based on productivity.

EILER said the two-tiered wage system, which provides for a productivity-based pay on top of a mandatory floor wage, will make wages more vulnerable to downscaling as companies seek to raise productivity amid the lingering slump in demand from external markets.

“DOLE’s two-tiered wage system will further render workers’ wages as sacrificial lamb in a time of lingering economic crisis as corporations desperately want to squeeze out more profits despite weak demand. It places premium on productivity while fully leaving out social justice from the entire equation of wage determination,” said Escresa.

Escresa explained that raising productivity, which is the purported aim of the wage system, essentially means pressing down labor costs even as workers’ output is increased. “Productivity is determined not solely by labor input alone, but other factors as well such as level of technology used in production. Moreover, companies have exclusive control over measures of productivity,” she added.

“Under the new wage system, companies can freely tinker with workers’ wages under the guise of raising productivity levels. They can surely get away with arbitrary computations on productivity to justify a downscaling of pay schemes or to deny a wage hike,” Escresa added.

Flexible wages

EILER said that the country has a very low level of productivity compared to other Asian countries owing to the low level of technology use. It said companies based in the Philippines would be more inclined to to make wages more flexible rather than invest in new technologies in their bid to raise productivity.
“The danger of a productivity-based wage system is that as companies race to increase their productivity levels, workers are forced to race with each other in offering the most output at the lowest pay or shortest time. This essentially increases corporate profits by several times,” Escresa said.

Currently, wage hikes are determined on a regional basis by regional tripartite wages and productivity boards (RTWPBs) with token representation of workers. The current system has produced measly pay hikes not exceeding P26 for workers since 1989.

EILER explained that the new wage system “is an intensification of the regionalized wage system since productivity-based wage fixing will spawn a multitude of new pay scales that differ not just on a regional basis but on an industry and company basis.”

“A highly fragmented wage system based on productivity will be used by capitalists as tool to further fragment labor and subvert workers’ solidarity in asserting for a nationwide and substantial wage increase,” Escresa warned.

The labor NGO also raised concerns over the new wage system’s implications on existing collective bargaining agreements of unions.

“The two-tiered wage system will also undermine hard-earned gains of workers in their collective bargaining agreements on wage increases, as it will make wage increase highly arbitrary and dependent merely on productivity. It discredits workers’ bargaining in the determination of wage increases,” Escresa said.

EILER urges the Aquino government to drop its plan to implement more flexible system of wage setting and instead heed the workers’ clamor for a legislated nationwide wage increase.

Reference: Anna Leah Escresa, EILER Executive Director, 0908-864-2151




News Release
27 April 2012

Workers, poor communities are paying the price of ‘development’ under Aquino – NGO

A labor NGO criticized the Aquino administration’s urban development paradigm which allows wide scale “development” of land assets in various parts of Metro Manila for property firms like SM Development Corporation (SMDC) while leaving the poor homeless, citing the Silverio Compound as example.

“It is unfortunate that our government’s urban development plan only includes business’ interest, while majority of our urban population, who are workers and dwelling in urban poor communities are excluded to the drafting of these urban development plans. People living in urban poor communities also have right to the city and be included in any government planning for development,” said Anna Leah Escresa, Executive Director of the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research.

EILER said it is ironic that urban poor communities, currently the target of demolitions for real estate development, are actually homes of construction workers who toil for the same property developers at meager wages.

Since President Aquino assumed office in 2010, the government has been unleashing violent demolitions in urban poor communities, particularly in the communities of Sitio San Roque in North Triangle, Quezon City; Pangarap Village in Caloocan City; Corazon de Jesus in San Juan City; Laperal Compound in Makati City; BIR Road in Quezon City; and Silverio Compound in Parañaque City.

“The number of displaced families in the series of demolitions only goes to show the growing population whose low income and joblessness has never been enough to afford decent homes for their families, thus leaving them no choice but to resort to dwell in shanties,” said Escresa.

“The root of the informal settling in urban areas can be traced to the government’s inability to provide decent and affordable housing for the poor,” Escresa added.

The lack of significant wage hike for decades largely contributed to the growing number of workers whose meager income cannot even support their families’ basic needs which includes decent housing. Contractualization also plays a consequential part for workers’ and their families’ impoverished state.

“Our workers could not afford decent housing if they do not even have regular and secure jobs and secure source of livelihood. This lack of job security only worsens their condition while big capitalists spoil on profits from their hard labor,” said Escresa.

Apart from displacing families, taking them to far-flung relocation sites, if there are any, only adds to their burden – taking them away from their sources of livelihood and the children away from their school. In the midst of rising prices and transport fares, putting these families in relocation sites such as in Montalban and Cavite without the assurance of a decent income will only aggravate their situation.

The recent demolition operations in Silverio Compound only mirrors the irony of how these communities resided in by thousands of urban poor will be displaced by business districts and high-rise condominiums only for the wealthy few. The area occupied by Silverio Compound is said to be the site of another Henry Sy venture.

“The recent incident in Silverio Compound only adds to the accumulated crimes of Henry Sy to the people and the workers. Also known to be the number one employer of contractuals, Sy is still not satisfied and wanted to further intensify his greed,” Escresa expressed. “Establishments like these do not generate real jobs that would last. Instead, it tends to employ contractual workers.”

EILER condemns the brutality of the police in Silverio Compound which caused a fatality and casualties from the residents and supports the struggle of the urban poor for their right to proper and decent housing.

Reference person: Anna Leah Escresa, Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) Executive Director (09088642151)





On the occasion of International Labor Day, the NDFP-Mindanao salutes
the Filipino workers who continue to wage their just and legitimate
struggle under the most oppressive and exploitative conditions of a
semi-feudal, semi-colonial system. World monopoly capitalism is on its
worst crisis and the workers, especially those in neocolonies, are
being used to absorb this crisis. The workers are conscious that their
class emancipation can only be realized together with the emancipation
of other oppressed classes not only through the strike movement but
decisively through the people’s war and ultimately upon the total
victory of the new democratic revolution.

True to its semi-feudal and semi-colonial character, majority of the
workers in Mindanao are agricultural workers who do not even receive
the daily minimum wage. They get an average of 200-300 pesos per day,
way beyond the government’s daily standard of more or less 1,000 pesos
for a family of six. In the Philippines, unemployment rate has gone
up to 11%; this means there are at least 800,000 jobless in Mindanao.

To reap superprofit, multinational companies in the island, especially
the ones which are environmentally-destructive like Dole, del Monte
and Platinum Gold Metals Corp. (PGMC), impose the most exploitative
anti-labor schemes, such as contractualization, long working hours,
heavy quotas, undue deductions, and usury in the form of “5-6” from
intentionally delayed wages.

The formidable political strength that was wielded by the workers
since the second half of the 1980s has been systematically weakened by
capital and its state apparatus through “legal” means, such as the
assumption of jurisdiction, the criminalization of strikes,
retrenchments, union busting, collusion with reformist workers’
unions, arbitrary filing of trumped-up cases, bribery and others. Not
content with “legal” means, they resort to naked violence with
impunity, such as militarization and the bloody dispersal of strikes
and, worse, the extra-judicial killing of union leaders.

This worsening exploitation and intensifying repression have resulted
in further impoverishment and hunger, swelling the ranks of the poor
who continually cry out in anger and demand social justice; employment
and just wages for food, housing, water and electricity, health,
education and other basic needs of a decent human existence.

This has emboldened the workers in Mindanao as with their counterparts
in PAL and in Hacienda Luisita, ever conscious of their historical
role as a leading class, to continue to fight relentlessly, as what
they have daringly shown in their struggle in DoleFil, Alsons,
Filipinas Palmoil PIantation Inc. (FPPI), and in many others.

The workers of Mindanao, together with their comrades nationwide, are
well aware that the struggle for their emancipation is not only
through the state-constricted legal arena of unionism and strike
movement, but primarily through the arena of the ever intensifying
people’s war in the country today.

You, workers, mass leaders and activists: Welcome! Join the ranks of
the New People’s Army as Red fighters and political officers, where
you can fight unrestrained from bourgeois “legal” as well as fascist
constrictions in the parliamentary arena, and can fully work for the
total emancipation of the workers, peasants and the entire Filipino

Workers are also aware that their ranks are led by the advanced
detachment of their class – the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Under the leadership of the proletarian party, they can surpass the
level of development they have attained in the late 80s to once again
be in the forefront of the open mass struggles, and to march in step
as the people’s war advances towards the strategic stalemate stage.

The advance of the workers movement that is led by the Communist Party
of the Philippines is our concrete contribution to the international
workers’ movement and to the International Communist Movement as a

Long live the Filipino workers!
Long live the Communist Party of the Philippines!
Long live the International Communist Movement!

(Sgd.) Ka Oris
May 1, 2012


Atol ning Internasyunal nga Adlaw sa Pamuo, ginasaludohan sa
NDFP-Mindanao ang mga mamumuong Pilipino nga padayong nagalunsad sa
ilang makiangayon ug lehitimong pakigbisog ilalom sa labing mapanumpo
ug mapahimuslanong kahimtang sa usa ka sistemang mala-pyudal ug
mala-kolonyal. Anaa karon sa kinagrabehang krisis ang pangkalibutang
monopolyo kapitalismo ug ang mga mamumuo, ilabi na kadtong naa sa mga
semikolonya, ang ginapaabaga niini nga krisis. Matngon ang mga
mamumuo nga matuman lang ang paglingkawas sa ilang hut-ong ug sa uban
pang dinaugdaug nga mga hut-ong, dili lamang pinaagi sa kalihukang
welga, kundili pinaagi sa gubat sa katawhan ug diha sa hingpit nga
kadaogan sa bag-ong demokratikong rebolusyon.

Subay sa kinaiya niining malapyudal ug mala-kolonyal, mayorya sa mga
mamumuo sa Mindanao mga mamumuong panguma nga wala nagadawat bisan sa
inadlaw nga minimum wage. Kapin kon kulang 200 pesos lang ang ilang
madawat matag adlaw— ubos kaayo kini kun itandi sa gitakda sa
gobyernong inadlaw nga sumbanan nga 1,000 pesos para sa pamilyang
adunay 6 ka miyembro. Sa Pilipinas, ang unemployment rate mokabat sa
11%; napasabot nga dunay dili moubos sa 800,000 ang walay trabaho sa

Aron makalimas og super-ganansiya, ang mga kompanyang multinasyunal sa
isla— ilabina kadtong nagadaut sa kinaiyahan sama sa Dole, Del Monte
ug Platinum Gold Metals Corp. (PGMC) — nagapahamtang sa labihan ka
mapahimuslanong kontra-mamumuong mga palisiya, sama sa
kontraktwalisasyon, taas nga oras sa panarbaho, bug-at nga mga kota,
dili-makiangayong mga dedaksyon ug usura sa dagway nga “5-6” gikan sa
tinuyong gilangan nga sweldo.

Ang lig-ong pulitikanhong kusog nga napanday sa mga mamumuo sukad sa
tungang bahin sa dekada ’80 sistematikong gipahuyang sa kapital ug sa
makinarya sa estado sa pamaaging “legal”, sama sa assumption of
jurisdiction, pagkriminalisa sa welga, pagpalagpot sa trabaho,
pagbungkag sa unyon, pagpakigkunsabo sa mga dilawang repormistang
unyon, arbitraryong pagpasang-at og mga hinimo-himong mga kaso,
pagsuborno ug uban pa. Wala pa nakontento sa pamaaging “legal,”
walay-pagpanuko nilang gigamit ang dayag nga kabangis pinaagi sa
militarisasyon, madugoong pagbungkag sa mga welga ug, sa labing
dautan, ang “extra-judicial” nga pagpamatay sa mga lider sa unyon.

Ang nagkagrabeng pagpahimulos ug nagkakusog nga pagpanumpo miresulta
sa dugang kakabus ug kagutom, nagpalapad sa han-ay sa mga kabus nga
padayong nagasinggit sa kasuko ug nagdemanda sa katilingbanong
hustisya; trabaho ug makiangayong suhulan alang sa pagkaon, panimalay,
tubig, kuryente, panglawas, edukasyon ug uban pang batakang
panginahanglan sa usa ka disenteng tawhanong pamuyo.

Gipaisog niini ang mga mamumuo sa Mindanao sama sa ilang mga kaubanan
sa PAL ug sa Hacienda Luisita, nga kanunay matngon sa ilang
makasaysayanong papel isip nangulong hut-ong, sa pagpadayon sa
walay-puas nga pagsukol, sama sa mapangahason nilang pakigbisog sa
DoleFil, Alsons, Filipinas Palmoil PIantation Inc. (FPPI), ug sa
daghan pa.

Sayod ang mga mamumuo sa Mindanao, uban sa ilang mga kaubanan sa
tibuok kapupud-an, nga ang pakigbisog alang sa ilang kalingkawasan
dili lamang pinaagi sa legal nga nataran sa unyonismo ug welga nga
giipit sa estado, apan diha sa labawng nagunang nataran sa nagkakusog
nga gubat sa katawhan sa atong nasud karon.

Alang kaninyong mga mamumuo, lider-masa ug mga aktibista: Kanunayng
nagtimbaya ang kalihukan sa inyong pagsampa sa New People’s Army isip
mga Pulang manggugubat ug “political officers”, diin kamo makasukol
nga walay limitasyon gikan sa mga burgis nga legal ug pasistang
pagpihig sa parlamentaryong nataran, ug bug-os nga makalihuk alang sa
hingpit nga kalingkawasan sa mga maumuo, sa mga mag-uuma ug sa tibuok
katawhang Pilipino.

Matngon usab ang mga mamumuo nga ang ilang han-ay ginapangulohan sa
abanteng destakamento sa ilang hut-ong—ang Partido Komunista ng
Pilipinas. Ubos sa pagpamuno sa partido sa proletaryado, malampasan
nila ang ang-ang sa paglambo nga ilang nakab-ot sa ulahing bahin sa
Dekada ’80 aron mobalik-pag-usab sa pagpanguna sa mga dayag nga masang
pakigbisog, ug dungan nga musulong sa pag-abante sa gubat sa katawhan
padulong sa yugto sa estratehikong pagkapatas.

Ang pag-asdang sa kalihukan sa mga mamumuo nga ginapanguluhan sa
Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ang atong kongkretong tampo ngadto sa
internasyunal nga kalihukan sa mga mamumuo ug ngadto sa Internasyunal
nga Kalihukang Komunista sa kinatibuk-an.

Mabuhay ang mga mamumuong Pilipino!
Mabuhay ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas!
Mabuhay ang Internasyunal nga Kalihukang Komunista!

Pinirmahan ni:

Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos
Mayo 1, 2012



National Union of Students of the Philippines
National Office Office of the Student Regent, Vinzons Hall, UP Diliman, QC Telephone 9818500 loc. 4511 or 4512


Isabelle Therese Baguisi, NUSP Secretary-General, 0915-629-3896

Students join in Labor Day protests; decry being made into ‘cheap labor force

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) joins in the ranks of workers as they commemorate May 1 as a day of protest.

“The Aquino administration has seemingly taken on the promise to destroy any bright future for the youth with this government’s insistence of molding the youth as a ‘cheap, disposable workforce’ for the international market to consume,” says NUSP Secretary-General Isabelle Baguisi.

“The new Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) strategic plan highlights the BPO and services sector as key areas that students must explore. This, along with K+12 program and the push for TESDA application, is clearly geared in making us ‘people for export’ to serve industries and economies other than our local one”.

“Where is the push for nationalized industries where we can enter? Where do we offer services to the country? The push towards BPOs is also alarming since this reveals the government’s own lack of plans in developing local industries where young Filipinos can offer their abilities and know-how. Fresh graduates want to work for the country, if only the government would recognize this and help us in developing the country’s economy.”

“The government boasts of reduced unemployment, but that is only because they themselves have redefined ‘employment’. And their own data shows that underemployment is at a troubling 18.8%, meaning most graduates are forced to take on jobs even if there is a skills-mismatch. Couple this with the ‘wage hikes’ that are merely alms and, clearly, the youth and students have something to protest about.”
Baguisi says that the students join in the workers’ call for a substantial wage increase, an end to contractualization and for the development of national industrialization.

Baguisi also adds that students have been continuously disregarded by the Aquino administrations, as evidenced by its refusal to get involved in tuition regulation and student concerns. Baguisi also cites the continued cuts in tertiary education budget as an Aquino attack on youth.

NUSP joined other youth groups and other sectors (workers, farmers, womens groups, urban poor) as they marched from UST to Plaza Miranda, 10 am today. ###