March 26, 2013
Rep. Neri Colmenares
BAYAN MUNA: Make Holy Week A Time of Reflection for Self
Bayan Muna encouraged the millions of Christians in the country to observe
the Holy Week as a moment of personal reflection even as it also urged the
people to use the solemn period to analyze the situation of the nation.
The Holy Week commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Christ
and is observed by most Christians around the world. The Philippines is
the only Christian nation in Asia.
“The Holy Week offers us a time to reflect on our lives and change for the
better,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares. He added that the
reflection must go beyond the personal as the society is also in need of
“Injustice blankets our nation not unlike the time of Christ. The Filipino
people suffer from high price of commodities while our wages are immorally
low. No matter how we scrimp, the money we earn is not just enough to
provide a decent life. A UP student had to kill herself in frustration
because even the price of education is beyond the reach of ordinary
people,” he explained.
“Our nation is blessed with richness of natural resources and a fertile
land but only a few clans in power really benefit from the bounty. The
ruling families make so much money as they control almost everything while
the majority of us have to suffer penitence everyday,” the congressman
“Like Jesus, we must engage and expose the excesses of these modern
Pharisees and offer ourselves in the movement towards changing this sad
reality in our country,” Colmenares ended. ###
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan
Marso 26, 2013
“Paghihirap ni Hesus, salamin ng kahirapan ng mamamayan”
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Sinalubong ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern
Tagalog (Bayan-ST) ang Semana Santa sa pagsasadula ng “Kalbaryo ng
Mamamayan” sa Plaza Salamanca ngayong hapon. Ang pyesa ay binubuo ng mga
serye ng pagtatanghal kasama ang pagsasadula ng kalagayan ng mga
ordinaryong mamamayan ng bansa at ang paghahalintulad nito sa pinagdaanang
kahirapan ni Hesus.
Ayon sa Bayan-ST, “Katulad ng krus na pasan ni Hesus at ang pagpapahirap
sa kanya ng hari ng Imperyo ng Romano, ang mga mamamayan ay dumadaan sa
parehong kahirapan sa ilalim ng tuwid na daan na programa ng
administrasyon ni Aquino, pasan ang kawalan ng trabaho, pagtaas ng presyo
ng mga pangunahin bilihin, kawalan ng tirahan at bahay panirikan at
unti-unting pagsasapribado ng mga batayang serbisyo katulad ng edukasyon
at serbisyong pangkalusugan.”
Sa dulang inilunsad ng Bayan-ST, ipinakita nito ang pagpapangaral ni
Kristo ng tunay na kalagayan ng mamamayan at ang paglaan ng kanyang buhay
sa pamamagitan ng paghihirap na dinaanan niya sa mga Romano. Isinalamin
nito sa dula ang kasalukuyang kalagayan ng mga mamamayan na sumailalim sa
Dagdag ng Bayan-ST, “Halos walang pinagbago sa kasalukuyang panahon at sa
lumang panahon. Naranasan rin ng mga pamilya ng biktima ng paglabag sa
karapatang pantao ang parehong pagluluksa ni Birheng Maria sa dinanas ni
Kristo na serye ng mga tortyur at pagpapahirap.”
Bilang pag-alala ng Semana Santa, magkakaroon pa ng mga susunod na
pagtatanghal ang Bayan-ST sa Timog Katagalugan para sa buong linggo.
Kagabi, nagtanghal ang grupo sa isa sa mga sitio sa North Triangle, EDSA,
ang Sitio San Roque, na nakaambang na ma-demolish.
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Aquino is quintessentially antipoor
Communist Party of the Philippines
March 28, 2012
Benigno Aquino III is quintessentially antipoor. The other day, he
announced the vetoing of the Magna Carta for the Poor, claiming his
government has no funds for housing, education and health services which
the proposed law would have required the government to allocate.
Not that the signing of the Magna Carta for the Poor would have made a
difference. But by claiming to have no money in vetoing the bill that
professes to uphold the interests of the poor, Aquino has once again
demonstrated his regime's deep prejudice against the majority of the
Filipino people who have long been suffering from acute unemployment,
spiralling prices, low wages, subhuman living conditions and
deteriorating public health and education services.
Aquino's rejection of the proposed Magna Carta for the Poor further
highlights his regime's ruthlessness in carrying out programs and
policies that oppress and exploit the workers, peasants and middle class
sectors such as small professionals and rank-and-file employees, all in
the interest of serving the big capitalists, big landlords and foreign
For the past three years, Aquino has refused to appropriate enough funds
for much-needed public services such as health, education and housing
and has instead gone full-throttle on privatization programs and helping
finance the investments of profit-hungry capitalist investors.
Public health services have become more and more inaccessible as the
Aquino regime pushes through with the privatization efforts at the
National Kidney and Transplant Institute and the Philippine Orthopedic
Center as well as the commercialized operations being carried out in
different public hospitals and health centers. The provision of health
services is reduced to enrolling people in the so-called Philhealth
system, a private health insurance program that is nothing but a scheme
to allow financing companies to milk their subscribers and in the
process cover up the reactionary state's policy of abandoning public
The commercialized system of education has further worsened under the
Aquino regime as it continues to fail to sufficiently subsidize the
operations of public schools. This has resulted in the deterioration of
public elementary, secondary and tertiary schools and compelling these
to engage in commercial operations, impose various fees and raise
matriculation. Private capitalist operators of private schools are given
full rein to increase their profits by raising tuition and fleecing
their students with fees.
The Aquino regime's antipoor policies is starkest in the relentless
drive of the regime to demolish urban poor communities to pave the way
for infrastructure projects for building high-end condominiums and
office spaces to accomodate foreign business operations in the country.
Aquino has the blood of the urban poor in his hands in having carried
out several violent demolition operations over the past three years.
Aquino has allowed foreign oil companies, water concessionaires and
power distributors to raise their prices and rates with zero
consideration for the daily plight of the poorest sectors of society.
Aquino has time and again invoked the policy of deregulation to insist
that his regime can do nothing in the face of the price and rate
increases. Yet, even in the case of the Metro Manila light rail system
which is under government regulation, Aquino is bent on raising train
fares, asserting that government is losing money in what is supposed to
be a public service, if only to make it more attractive to prospective
Workers' wages are further being pulled down by the Aquino regime. In
furtherance of the policy of cheap labor, not only has Aquino's labor
department opposed substantial wage increases, it is furthermore cutting
daily wages by supplanting the minimum wage with the system of so-called
floor wages (which bring down wages to bottomless levels) and
productivity bonuses (to wring the workers of their last ounce of
value-producing labor). These subject workers to even more oppressive
and exploitative conditions of employment.
Hunger and grave poverty continue to rise among the rural poor as the
Aquino regime hinders the demand of the peasantry for genuine land
reform. The Aquino and Cojuangco families continue to lord it over
Hacienda Luisita despite court victories by the peasants demanding the
distribution of the land.
Aquino's so-called agrarian reform program consists solely of organizing
pseudo-cooperatives in order to allow foreign agribusiness corporations
to engage in contract-growing, transforming small private farm lots into
vast plantations of banana, pineapple, oil palm, rubber trees and other
export crops. Aquino has campaigned hard to attract foreign mining
companies in outright contempt of ancestral land rights and
Aquino's so-called antipoverty efforts is limited only to the Pantawid
Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). This World Bank-designed program that
has no other aim than to dupe the people into believing that government
is addressing poverty without actually doing anything to resolve its
roots. Funding for the 4Ps is set to end by 2016, in time for the
completion of the United Nations' 15-year Millennium Development
The Aquino regime has no program to develop the capacity of the local
economy to produce value and create jobs. It has perpetuated the same
old export-oriented, import- and debt-dependent economic program
advocated by the technocrats trained by the US and IMF-WB in the
neoliberal mode of thinking. To resolve the acute problem of
unemployment, Aquino further promotes the export of labor, subjecting
migrant Filipino workers to grave exploitation and oppression overseas.
Aquino's economic policy-makers are busy devising ways to attract
foreign investments in an effort to compete with other backward
semicolonies in terms of cheaper labor and more liberal economic
policies to allow foreign capitalists to plunder and exploit domestic
resources, dump surplus goods and remit their profits.
The Aquino regime's so-called "righteous path" and "anti-corruption"
drive have been thoroughly exposed as a sham and nothing but slogans to
push for policies being sought by foreign big capitalists. The ruling
regime is all set to amend the 1987 Philippine constitution to heed the
demands of foreign chambers of commerce and their local big bourgeois
compradors for "political stability" and a "more liberal environment"
which are nothing but catchphrases to justify the removal of the
prohibition against the reelection of an incumbent president and
restrictions against foreign ownership of land and local enterprises.
Over the past three years, Aquino has proved himself indubitably
antipoor, antiworker, antipeasant and against all working people. His
regime rules on deception and suppression. He relies on the support of
the US government, the IMF and WB that fund his regime, endorse his
programs and arm his security forces.
The Filipino people suffer gravely under the Aquino regime's antipoor
programs and policies. Their socio-economic conditions are bound to
become ever more intolerable in the next three years. They have no other
recourse but to rise up on all fronts and advance their national and
democratic aspirations through mass struggles and armed resistance.