KADAMAY:
Kalbaryo ng Maralita 2013

 

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Re-enacting the way of the cross in a yearly semana-santa themed procession, communities of the urban poor, trade unions, anti-privatization and anti-demolition networks, and the Rizal Park Vendors Association joined a day-long march against socio-economic policies they say have worsened systemic poverty and done little to spur genuine national development.

Protestors stopped over and held brief demonstrations at the Supreme Court, Department of Justice, US Embassy, Department of Tourism, Department of Labour and Employment, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development-NCR

The mock procession culminated at Mendiola square, where youth groups role-played Christ's crucifxion alongside a skit on victims of torture and human rights violations.

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Urban poor groups to march vs anti-poor policies on Holy Monday

Two days after the burial of Kristel Tejada, the University of the Philippines student who took her own life after her parents failed to pay for her tuition fee, fellow urban poor from different corners of Metro Manila will march to UP Manila on Monday as part of the annual Kalbaryo ng Maralita protest this Holy Week.

Before noon tomorrow, hundreds of urban poor members of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) are expected to gather at Kalaw cor Taft Avenue before they march to UP Manila. They will proceed to the US Embassy and Mendiola, making short stops at the Department of Justice, Department of Tourism and Department of Labor and Employement in the afternoon.

The big march, which according to its organizers is a protest against anti-poor policies of the Aquino administration, is expected to block Taft Avenue and Padre Faura Avenue as protesters have their first stop at the gate of UP Manila where they plan to tie red ribbons to express their anger over the recent tragedy that hounded the university.

An early morning protest at the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) at 830am will serve as prelude to the whole-day procession. It aims to highlight the effect of privatization of public hospitals to indigent patients

At the Supreme Court, the groups will protest the 21st anniversary of Urban Development and Housing Act, which KADAMAY dubs as Urban Demolition and Homelessness Act.

According to group, the said law is behind the violent cases demolition of urban poor communities which have escalated under the Aquino regime under its PPP program. The first 50 PPP projects, KADAMAY cites, are expected to eradicate homes of at least 1.4 million families in the National Capital Region.

A petition is currently filed by KADAMAY at the high court to junk anti-poor provisions of UDHA which was enacted on March 24, 1992 under the first Aquino administration at the hype of the imposition of different anti-poor policies based on neoliberal globalization.

Meanwhile, at the DOJ, the groups will forward the cases of 13 urban poor leaders and members who were extra-judicially killed under Aquino's Oplan Bayanihan, as well as the cases of other KADAMAY leaders who were illegally arrested, and filed with trumped up charges.

This year's Kalbaryo ng Maralita will also showcase cultural presentations that depict the calvary faced by the urban poor due to policies and programs implemented by different government agencies. These includes the two-tiered wage system implemented by the DOLE, privatization of national parks as Luneta and construction of eco-tourism projects that will wipe out urban poor colonies, Oil Deregulation Law and the Conditional Cash Transfer program of the DSWD, among others.

The march is expected to end at the foot of Mendiola by 630pm, where they will burn a 10-foot high effigy of President which they say is the Modern Pontius Pilate that has subjected the urban poor, including Kristel Tejada, to further misery and death.

According to Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY national chair, “We hope that the message of our protest to our countrymen will be clear: That President Aquino's claims of daang matuwid and economic growth are all but propaganda, and that his three years in office have only shown that Aquino is promoter of neoliberal policies and Oplan Bayanihan at the expense of his countrymen.”

Arellano added that different forms of protest against neoliberal and oppressive policies of the Aquino administration will also be staged in major cities nationwide this Holy Week.###

Reference: Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY national chair, 0921.392.7457
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Daan-daang maralita, nagmamartsa na patungong US Embassy, Mendiola ngayong hapon

Matapos simulan kaninang umaga ng grupong Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap sa labas ng Philippine Orthopedic Center ang kanilang buong araw na protesta protesta, saglit na dumaan ang bulto ng aabot sa 300 maralita sa tarangkahan ng University of the Philippines Manila sa Padre Faura, Manila, kung saan nagsindi sila ng kandila at nagtali ng pulang laso para sa napayapang estudyanteng si Kristel Tejada.

Matapos ang maikling programa sa labas ng UP Manila ay tumungo naman ang grupo sa labas ng Korte Suprema kung saan nanawagan sila sa mga mahestrado na bilisan ang pagdinig sa kanilang petisyon na ideklarang unconstitutional ang anila's kontra-maralitang probisyon ng Urban Development and Housing Act. Ayon sa Kadamay, ang UDHA o RA 7279 ang nagliligalisa ng malawakang demolisyong sumasalanta sa komunidad ng maralita.

Bago umalis sa labas ng Korte Suprema ay sinunog ng grupo ang pitong talampakang taas na mga letra ng UDHA. Kaagad din naman silang tumulak sa tarangkahan ng Department of Justice upang ipagpatuloy ang kanilang programa. Sa mga susunod na oras ay daan ang martsa ng mga maralita sa US Embassy sa Roxas Boulevard, Department of Tourism sa Kalaw Ave at sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) sa loob ng Intramuros kung saan inaasahang dudugtong ang nasa 500 pang mga maralita bago magtungong Mendiola ang bulto sa ganap na alas-5 ng hapon.

"Sa loob ng tatlong panunungkulan ni Aquino, walang ibang dinanas ang mga maralita kundi ang ibayong kahirapan at kagutuman sa kabila ng ipinagmamalaki nitong matuwid na daan at pag-unlad ng ekonomiya," ani Gloria Arellano, pambansang tagapangulo ng KADAMAY. Inaasahan umano ng grupo na magiging malinaw ang kanilang mensahe sa ating mga kababayan na kailangang agaran ng patalsikin ang pangulong tagapamandila ng mga neoliberal at kontra-maralitang patakaran. ###

Reference: Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY national chair, 0921.392.7457
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Magna Carta of the Poor, walang silbi kahit malagdaan ni PNoy


Kasabay ng pagtanggi ni Pangulong Aquino na lagdaan ang batas na naglilikha ng Magna Carta of the Poor, nagpapatuloy umano ang atake ng gubyernong Aquino sa mga batayang karapatan ng mga maralita. Ito ang pahayag ng grupong Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), isang pambansang alyansa ng mga maralitang lungsod.

Ayon sa grupo, hindi na sila umaasang maipapasa ang anumang maka-maralitang batas, kabilang na ang Magna Carta of the Poor, sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon. Gayundin, dagdag ng KADAMAY, kahit na umano maisabatas ang nasabing Magna Carta at malagakan ito ng pondo, magiging walang silbi pa rin ito sapagkat nanatili ang pag-iral ng mga programa at patakarang nagbabaon sa mga Pilipino sa kumunoy ng kahirapan.

Pangunahing binanggit ng grupo ang pagpapatupad ng gubyerno ng iba't ibang porma ng pribatisasyon ng mga pampublikong serbisyo, pasilidad at mga ari-arian na umano'y magsasadlak sa milyun-milyong maralita sa kahirapan at maging sa kamatayan.

Kahapon, giniba ng National Park Development Committe ng Department of Tourism ang mga stalls ng mga maliliit na vendors sa Phase 2 ng Luneta Park. Ayon sa grupong People's Democratic Vendors and Hawkers Alliance-KADAMAY, bukas ay inaasaang tuluyan ng palayasin ang mga vendors mula sa kanilang mga pwesto sa loob ng Luneta. Inaasahang 200 maliit na manininda ang mawawalan ng tanging pinagkukunan ng kanilang kabuhayan sa pagpapatupad ni Aquino ng pribatisasyon ng Luneta Park.

Ngayong araw naman ang itinakdang deadline sa pagsusumite ng aplikasyon para sa mga bidder na interesado sa Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project na Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center.

Inaasahang simulan na sa mga darating na araw ng gubyerno ang bidding process na tuluyang magpapapasa sa POC sa kamay ng mga dayuhang negosyante. Ayon sa KADAMAY, kapag naisaprabido na ang POC, madali na lang para sa gubyerno ang pagsasapribado ng aabot sa 30 pampublikong ospital sa bansa. Libu-libong maralitang pasyente umano ang mamamatay sa tuluyang pagtalikod ng gubyerno sa paglalaan ng serbisyong pangkalusugan sa mamamayan, dagdag ng grupo.

Ang pagpapatupad ni Aquino ng pribatisasyon sa porma ng PPP at ng iba pang makadayuhang patakaran gaya ng deregulasyon at liberalisasyon ang nagpapatunay na titindi pa ang kahirapang dinaranas ng mahigit 32 milyong maralitang lungsod sa bansa, ayon sa grupo. ###

References:
Joel Meralpes, PEDVHA-KADAMAY Secretary-General, 0933.312.6529
Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY National Chairman, 0921.392.7457
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Urban poor group not convinced why Aquino did not sign Magna Carta of the Poor
 

Progressive urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) did not buy Malacanang's reason why President Benigno Aquino III did not sign into law the bill creating the Magna Carta of the Poor. On Monday, Aquino vetoed the said bill citing primarily the lack of fund to implement its provisions.

According to Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY national chair, the nation has actually imposed lots of taxes, most of them are regressive taxes or those collected from the poor like the Value Added Taxes and the Sin Tax Bill. "It is only proper that this government will give back to the poor what is due to them, and not passing the bill only suggests what the priorities of the Aquino administration are," Arellano said.

KADAMAY also slammed senators and a pro-Aquino partylist group who defended Malacanang's stand on the Magna Carta of the Poor.

"We ask those who support President Aquino's stand on the Magna Carta as to whom their allegiance lie?" said Arellano.

Meanwhile, KADAMAY slams Aquino for highlighting the lack of necessary budget to fund the housing program cited in the Magna Carta. "As the government has admitted that it lacks fund to finance the housing program for the poor, why then is it pursuing massive demolition of homes of more that half a million informal settler families in Metro Manila under his term," asked Arellano.

"In fact, the urban poor do not need the P2.3 trillion housing budget as long as the government could provide the poor with employment and livelihood, a right are also secured in the provisions of the Magna Carta of the Poor," Arellano remarked.

"Aquino will never sign into law any bill that is working against the ruling class, and the status quo that it maintains. We doubt any law as as Magna Carta of the Poor or any similar bill will be passes under any Philippine government whose head comes from the elite, more so under the current landlord president. Even If passed, the Magna Carta of the Poor will be futile as long as the Aquino administration remains in penchant of anti-poor programs based on policies dictated by neoliberal globalization such as privatization, deregulation and liberalization," cited Arellano.

She added, that any pro-poor bill that is contrary to these policies, including the Genuine Agrarian Reporm Bill, P125-Accross the Board Nationwide Wage Hike and Anti-Oil Deregulation Law that have been pending in congress in years, will always certainly get a veto from the president.###

References: Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY National Chairman, 0921.392.7457
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News Release
March 26, 2013

Reference:
Rep. Neri Colmenares
09178350459

BAYAN MUNA: Make Holy Week A Time of Reflection for Self And Country

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 redemption.

“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 observed.

“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
Southern Tagalog


Marso 26, 2013

Press Release

“Paghihirap ni Hesus, salamin ng kahirapan ng mamamayan”
– BAYAN-ST

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 parehong paghihirap.

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.

Para sa karagdagang impormansyong, maaaring i-kontak si Ica sa 09058460174 o 09082197034.

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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
plunderers.

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 health.

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
capitalist buyers.

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
environmental concerns.

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
showcase program.

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.

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
           
     
     
     
           
           
           
           

 


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