Marking the 116th declaration of PH independence
with rallies and a march from Liwasan Bonifacio to Mendiola
to slam the BSAquino regime for failure to scrap pork and prosecute most of the pork scammers

 

Manila

■  Protest rallies in the regions    ■  Protest in Naga City

 

June 12, 2014

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BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN
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Telefax 435-6930
Email: bayan_national@yahoo.com
Website: www.bayan.ph


News Release
June 12, 2014

Aquino slammed for failure to scrap pork, prosecute most of pork scammers

Various groups belonging to the #Abolishpork Movement today slammed the Aquino government for its failure to bring to justice most of those involved in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. The groups are not content with the filing of plunder and graft raps against three senators and several former government officials.

“We reiterate our demand that all those who participated and benefited from the pork barrel scam should be made accountable. The people deserve nothing less. It has become a cause of great outrage that the administration protects its allies implicated in the pork scam,” said Mo. Mary John Mananzan, one of the convenors of the #Abolishpork Movement.

Among those joining today’s “Rally for Accountability” are the Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) with Dante Jimenez, the Whistleblowers Association, the Concerned Citizens Movement, Babae Laban sa Katiwalian (BABALA), Church People’s Alliance Against Pork led by Fr. Ben Alforque, Ang Kapatiran Party, Artista Kontra Korapsyon (AKSYON) led by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, the Anti-Trapo Movement, Youth ACT Now!, RX Pork, DePORK, UP Faculty vs Pork, Youth ACT Now!, and mass organizations under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN). Archbishop Oscar Cruz is also expected to speak at the rally along with artist Mae Paner (Juana Change), musician Monet Silvestre, whistleblower Jun Lozada and lawyer Harry Roque.

A giant “Golden Pig” made its return to the street protests after first appearing in the anti-pork actions in Makati last year. This time the pig wore a crown, a reference to the Pork Barrel King label given to Aquino at the height of the mass actions last year. The groups gathered at Liwasang Bonifacio before marching to Mendiola Bridge while carrying torches.

“Filipinos are called upon now to show love of country, in a time when our rights and interests are being trampled on by the ruling few. We should never tire of demanding accountability, as we should never tire of fighting to change the rotten and corrupt system that benefits only the few,” said musician Monet Silvestre of #abolishpork.

The harshest criticism was reserved for Aquino whom groups accused of having known of the various personalities involved in the pork scam. Aquino has ordered Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to draw up a matrix of names of those implicated in the pork scam, categorizing the names among those where evidence is strong, weak and where there is purportedly no evidence.

“We carry on the fight for sovereignty and democracy as we march to Mendiola Bridge today to bring the protest at the doorsteps of the Pork Barrel King himself. He has become the main stumbling block to achieving complete justice. Aquino has become the protector of thieves and the chief proponent of presidential pork. In fact, nothing in his Naga speech indicated that he would be going after his allies implicated in the pork scam,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr. ###

 

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Press Statement
12 June 2014

Struggle vs. US domination and elite corruption!
On the Philippines’ 116th Independence Day

This year, the country marks the first Independence Day, so-called, after the Aquino government ratified the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US and after the pork barrel scam was exposed.

The issues point to the central problems with the country’s so-called independence. They expose the country’s independence as fake and as an illusion aimed at covering up the country’s lack of independence.

EDCA exposes the US’ continued domination and control over the Philippines, as well as the Philippine government’s continued subservience to the US. It serves as a pretext for the deployment of US military forces to the country at a scale never seen after World War II. Together with Charter Change, which is being pushed to legalize 100 per cent foreign ownership of natural resources and businesses, EDCA signals the US’ re-occupation of the Philippines.

The pork barrel scam exposes the Philippine elite’s corruption and plunder of public funds. It shows how the Philippine elite, those in the so-called opposition and the administration, uses government positions as businesses in order to further enrich themselves. It shows how the US and the Philippine elite reward those who hold big government positions with huge corruption money in exchange for implementing pro-US and pro-elite policies.

The country’s economic situation, as shown by burning issues surrounding the country’s 116th Independence Day, sharply exposes the falsity of the country’s so-called independence. The Aquino government wants to extend a 26-year old so-called land reform program that has failed to distribute lands to farmers. It is conniving with capitalists in busting workers’ union and pressing down wages. It has further worsened unemployment in the country.

Pres. Noynoy Aquino is truly an heir of cacique Emilio Aguinaldo, who declared Philippine independence “under the protection of the Powerful and Humanitarian Nation, the United States of America.” He has served the interests of the US and the Philippine elite most faithfully and is as such facing growing isolation. He has consistently stood in opposition to the Filipino workers and people’s struggle for national freedom and democracy.

Today we affirm that the patriotic and anti-imperialist tradition of the Philippine labor movement is alive and well. We pay tribute to the great Filipino working-class heroes -- such as Andres Bonifacio, Crisanto Evangelista, Felixberto Olalia, Amado V. Hernandez and Crispin Beltran -- who have significantly contributed to the struggle for national freedom and democracy. We vow to continue the struggle and take inspiration from their lives and struggles.

Today, we march against continued US domination as recently embodied by EDCA and against continued elite corruption as recently embodied by the pork barrel scam. We are continuing the struggle for national freedom and democracy. We hold Aquino accountable for his extreme puppetry to the US, his defense of his fellow elites and his many other crimes. We vow to persevere in the struggle for a country that is truly independent and democratic.

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

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Media Release
11 June 2014

KMU urges public to join Independence Day protests

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) called on all freedom-loving Filipinos today to join protests scheduled on Independence Day, June 12, saying it will march to call for the prosecution of all those involved in the pork barrel scam and for the junking of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

KMU said it will condemn Pres. Noynoy Aquino, whom it calls the “Pork Barrel King” for refusing to go after his allies who have been exposed as involved in the pork barrel scam and for approving the EDCA.

“We call on all freedom-loving Filipinos to join the Independence Day protest and call for freedom from corruption and foreign domination. The protest will certainly be critical of Aquino under whose watch corruption and foreign domination worsened,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

In the morning of June 12, KMU will join organizations under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) in marching to the US Embassy to condemn continued foreign domination over the country and call for the scrapping of the EDCA.

In the afternoon, KMU will gather at Plaza Sta. Cruz then join other organizations under Bayan in Liwasang Bonifacio, then finally march to Mendiola.

“Let us commemorate Independence Day by condemning Aquino’s defense of his KKK, his Kapamilya, Kabarilan, and Kaalyado who are involved in the pork barrel scam and other corruption issues. Let us continue the fight that we began at the Million People March last Aug. 26,” Labog said said.

While marching, KMU will stage the “wedding” of Aquino and Janet Lim-Napoles, suspect in the pork barrel scam, in which Budget Sec. Butch Abad will play the best man while Justice Sec. Leila de Lima will play the maid of honor.

The “Kasal ng mga Kawatan” will show how Aquino and Napoles have been working with each other and not against each other in pinning down the Liberal Party’s potential opponents in the 2016 elections while keeping mum on the involvement of Aquino’s allies in the pork barrel scam.

The labor leader said that Aquino made a mockery of Philippine independence and has sold the Philippines to the US by signing the EDCA, in which the Philippine government waives its sovereignty over parts of the country and essentially gives US troops control over those territories.

“In 1898, over a hundred years ago, we declared independence after gaining our freedom from Spanish colonial rule. It is fitting that we did not declare independence from the US, under whose thumb we are still under,” Labog stated.

KMU will also highlight the chronic unemployment in the country, as well as massive retrenchments being carried out by capitalists to bust workers’ unions, with the call “Trabaho para sa Pinoy! Sibakin lahat ng kurakot!”

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-163659

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Workers warn SC vs. declaring DAP constitutional
09-June-2014

As the Supreme Court gets ready to release its ruling on the controversial Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP), national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) warned the high tribunal today against declaring that the program is constitutional.

The labor group said the Supreme Court, which is set to decide on nine petitions asking the high tribunal to declare the program unconstitutional, will earn the public’s ire together with Pres. Noynoy Aquino if it rules against the petitions.

Petitioners argue that in creating the DAP fund, which has been used to bribe senators with up to P100 million to vote to impeach former SC Chief Justice Renato Corona in the latter’s impeachment trial in 2012, the executive did not consult Congress and therefore violated the Constitution.

“If it declares the DAP constitutional, the SC will join Aquino in the crosshairs of the workers’ and people’s anger. It will surely be seen as a disgusting defender of the pork barrel system and the Pork Barrel King himself,” said Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson.

The labor leader said the DAP is seen by workers and all Filipinos as even less legitimate than the discredited Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last November.

“The PDAF has existed since 2000 and can at least claim to have direct beneficiaries among workers and ordinary Filipinos. The DAP fund, on the contrary, is a recent invention and appears to have directly benefitted only Aquino and his allies,” Ustarez added.

KMU also countered Aquino’s recent statement that the DAP was “essential” for the country’s economic growth.

“No economic growth has been felt by the country's millions of workers, who continue to suffer from poverty wages, record-high unemployment, government-encouraged contractualization, and rising costs of privatized public services. Through the DAP Aquino and his allies plundered public wealth that should have gone to improving social services,” Ustarez said.

KMU called on the public to join protests scheduled on June 12 to call for the abolition of all forms of pork and to condemn Aquino for protecting his allies involved in the pork barrel scam even as he targets senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla who are involved in the scam for imprisonment.

“On June 12, let us commemorate Independence Day by condemning Aquino’s defense of his KKK, his Kapamilya, Kabarilan, and Kaalyado who are involved in the pork barrel scam and other corruption issues. Let us continue the fight that we began at the Million People March last August 26,” Ustarez said.

Reference Person: Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chair,
Contact information: 0908-6491992

 

     
     
           
     
 
     
     

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Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan
3/f Jovenes Foundation Bldg, 57 P. Burgos St, Brgy Marilag, Project 4, Quezon City
Tel no. 9957516 | Email address: kpmm.alliance@gmail.com
Media Release
13 June 2014
 

An issue of Command Responsibility and Because He is Abad’s Boss: Aquino is Directly Accountable for Pork Barrel and DAP Scams
 

The Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan (KPMM) today joined the massive and nationally-coordinated protests yesterday against the pork barrel scam and what it is said was the Benigno S. Aquino administration’s deliberate attempts to delay deliberations to resolve the same. KPMM joined people’s organizations in demanding that Aquino, palace officials and his allies in the Liberal Party who have been tagged in the scam by Janet Lim-Napoles and Benhur Luy as well as other whistleblowers be made accountable.
 

“We have yet to hear Pres. BS Aquino to make a strong statement against the pork barrel scam and to take a stand against what is clearly the biggest betrayal of the public interest. All these months when the pork barrel issue has made headlines, Aquino for the most part has been a little less than apathetic. He has not shown any commitment to go after those who are behind this infamy. This has become even more apparent when it has been revealed that one of his closest advisers Department of Budget and Management secretary Butch Abad is the likely mastermind,” said KPMM spokesman Sammy Malunes.
 

“Where is Aquino now? Regardless of the excuses of his spokespersons led by Edwin Lacierda, there is no denying that he went to Naga to avoid the protests in the National Capital Region (NCR). Even the Filipinos who voted for Aquino in the 2010 elections have begun to regret their decision to support him and his government. All of Aquino’s promises to lead an administration free from nepotism and corruption have been exposed as lies. He cannot even bare to give up Abad who has been exposed to be the mastermind behind the pork barrel scam,” he said.
 

“Aquino’s credibility continues to wane more and more each day because he protects those involved in the pork barrel scandal. This is so because he himself is directly accountable for the under-the-table maneuvers of Abad, such as what Abad did to implement the equally infamous and corrupt Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Aquino has used both the DAP and the pork barrel of senators and congressmen to keep both his allies and members of the opposition in line,” Malunes argued. “This is also an issue of command responsibility. He is, after all Abad’s boss, and a leader of the Liberal Party whose members are involved in this scheme of corruption of gargantuan proportions.
 

Finally, Malunes said that it was quite fitting that protests against the pork barrel scam are being conducted on June 12, Araw ng Kalayaaan. “The Philippines has yet to experience genuine freedom and sovereignty, seeing as the country and the Filipino people remain in the clutches of extreme poverty. This is because of the relentless corruption and abuses of those in power. Neither is the Philippines a truly independent nation because its so-called leaders are at the beck and call of foreign powers, primarily the United States which continues to impose its political, economic and military strength against the country’s best interests,” he said.#
 

Reference: Sammy T. Malunes, Spokesperson | 09089088674

     
     
           
     
     
     
           

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NEWS RELEASE
12 June 2014

For Reference: REP. LUZVIMINDA C. ILAGAN 0920-9213221
REP. EMMI A. DE JESUS 0917-3221203
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0917-4049119

GABRIELA SOLONS:

SPARE NO PLUNDERER, SPARE NO PORK

“Lahat ng sangkot, dapat managot at lahat ng pork dapat nang tanggalin, dapat nang i-abolish! All those involved in the pork barrel scam and all forms of the pork barrel including President Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program and all lump sum allocations should be abolished.”

This was the statement jointly issued by Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus as they joined protesters in the call to #AbolishPork at the Liwasang Bonifacio today.

“One year after the Napoles pork barrel scam first made headlines, the Aquino government has done very little to investigate, charge and prosecute all, if not many of those who are involved. On the contrary, all strings have been pulled to ensure that the President and his allies are spared. The President’s performance in terms of pursuing accountability is an epic failure, an utter disappointment,” said Ilagan.

De Jesus meanwhile said that despite the clear involvement of the President’s allies, the Palace and partymates in Congress were all in denial mode, stonewalling all suggestions to investigate them. “Si Abad na tinuturong tutor ni Napoles sa pork barrel scam ay mistulang untouchable bilang kabilang sa sindikatong mismong ang Pangulo ang namumuno. Not a finger has been lifted to indict or even probe the involvement of Abad and all other allies of the President.”

The Gabriela solons also reiterated their demand to abolish all forms of pork and to re-channel funds directly to basic social services.

De Jesus said funds should be appropriated to education, healthcare and housing. “Taun-taon napakaraming kakulangan sa edukasyon habang hinahayaan naman ang panghihimasok ng mga negosyante sa serbisyong kalusugan at pabahay dahil sa kawalan ng sapat na pondo. Why can we not ensure that all these are properly covered in the budget?”

Ilagan further said, “No lawmaker or politician should have the power to appropriate funds at their personal discretion. It is this entitlement that breeds political patronage and corruption. That President Aquino conveniently accommodates and perpetuates such blatant plunder and injustice is proof that the Tuwid na Daan is pointless and empty.” #

 

     
           
     
     
     

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AS SUPREME COURT IS SET TO RULE ON DAP TODAY: GABRIELA URGES SC TO DECLARE PRESIDENTIAL PORK UNCONSTITUTIONAL
June 10, 2014

Militant women’s group GABRIELA, together with other progressive people’s organizations, trooped to the Supreme Court this morning as the high court is expected to hand its decision on the constitutionality of the Presidential pork barrel, the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

“We urge the Supreme Court to declare DAP, like the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), as unconstitutional and heed the call of the people to end the pork barrel system. DAP is just like the President’s PDAF, no matter how Malacañang dresses it down. The DAP is the biggest pork barrel of all, which amounts to about P 150 Billion in 2011 and 2012 alone, and is entirely in the discretion of the President. As a political tool, Aquino has freely use the DAP to influence congressmen and senators and advance his political agenda,” said Joms Salvador, secretary general of GABRIELA.

GABRIELA fears that if DAP will continue, Aquino will use it to rush his anti-people, pro-imperialist Charter Change. It said that the DAP, like the entire pork barrel system, is the creation of criminal minds because it makes billions of people’s money quick meal for corruption and patronage while millions of Filipino people suffer from inhumane conditions due to severe lack of funds for social services.

GABRIELA also condemns Aquino’s desperate measures to cover up the pork barrel scam. “The people are not fooled by the tactics of Aquino and his minions in secluding themselves in the “pork barrel scam” by prosecuting senators belonging to their rival political parties. Aquino is desperate to cover up traces to expose his and his allies’ involvement in the pork barrel scam. We demand for accountability from all the plunderers of the people’s money, most especially Aquino who is the true Pork Barrel King,” Salvador said.

“We invite everyone, most especially our fellow women, to express our love for our country by joining the people’s rally vs. corruption and for accountability on June 12 at Liwasang Bonifacio,” Salvador said. ###

 

     
           
     
     
     

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Genuine independence upholds the democratic rights of the people
 

The arrest and detention of student activist Emmanuel Mijares of the Ateneo de Naga University for chanting “walang pagbabago, sa ilalim ni Aquino” (nothing has changed under the Aquino administration) underscores the kind of freedom and democracy in the country. After the said incident, members of the Presidential Security Guards punched Mijares and forced into his mouth the streamer he was holding.
 

Ironically, this happened when BS Aquino was delivering his speech to commemorate the declaration of the country’s independence, saying ‘My family’s legacy taught me the importance of fighting for equality to break the cycle of vicious injustice’.

Mijares was detained at the PNP Barlin station in Naga City. He was released after he was charged with assault, public disturbance, and alarm and scandal.

Looking into the Mijares incident and the current human rights situation in the country, Karapatan listed down a few benchmarks for freedom and democracy:

1. The people’s democratic rights are upheld and promoted. But with a counterinsurgency program such as Oplan Bayanihan, people’s rights are violated endlessly. From January to May 2014 alone, there are already 21 victims of extrajudicial killings and 23 victims of frustrated killing. Also, the BS Aquino regime is accountable for the illegal arrest and detention of some 640 individuals and almost 40,000 victims of forced evacuation from militarized communities.
 

2. All political prisoners are released. There is no freedom if the government arrests and jails all its critics for trumped up charges. At present, Karapatan’s documentation reveals there are 489 political prisoners in different detention centers in the Philippines; 213 of them arrested and jailed under the US-Aquino regime. To be able to practice one's political belief is a concept that comes with freedom and democracy.
 

3. All human rights violators are convicted and jailed. There can be no independence when there is impunity. As long as butchers such as Gen. Jovito Palparan and other masterminds of killings, disappearances, and other forms of rights violations continue to walk free, the victims and their families will never get justice.
 

4. Corrupt public officials are punished. As long as plunderers of the nation’s coffers occupy even the highest government position in the land, there can never be independence. As long as the government bureaucracy is used to further the economic interests of the ruling elite, there can be no independence.
 

5. Social services such as health, housing, education are free and accessible to everyone. The government’s Public-Private Partnership or PPP deprives the Filipino people of these basic services as more health and education facilities are surrendered to big business. A free and independent Philippines envisions every Filipino, children and adults alike, are cared for and decent shelter is available.
 

6. US military intervention is rejected. However, this is impossible with the recently signed Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US on April 28, 2014. EDCA allows the US troops access to Philippine military facilities and camps without any rent. Worse, it allows storage of war materiel in the country, a clear magnet for attacks from many of US’s enemies. The agreement ensures that US troops are permanently based in the country and the Philippines will be used by the US government as staging ground to violate the rights of citizens of other countries.
 

7. Genuine agrarian reform is implemented. No, it is not the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) nor its extension, the CARPER, failed to distribute land to landless tiller-farmers. Genuine agrarian reform means ensuring that every farmer-tiller would have lands to till and would fully benefit from the sweat and blood they invest in their produce.
 

8. The self-determination and democracy of Moro and indigenous peoples are upheld. The day the Philippine government respect their rights to their ancestral domain by resisting foreign and local business intrusion in their lands only then, the Moro peoples, the Cordillera peoples and indigenous peoples can truly chart their own development.
 

9. The economy is self-reliant and industrialized. But as long as the government is remains oriented towards export of manpower and raw materials and an importer of finished products, the country remains backward and underdeveloped, and without a strong and modern agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
 

10. Unequal economic relations with the United States and other imperialist countries are ended. But, with the lopsided treaties such as those imposed by the World Trade Organization and the forthcoming membership of the Philippines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the country’s resources remain as milking cow of US and other imperialist countries. More than 100 years after the declaration of independence, the Filipino people live on crumbs as US and other capitalist countries squeeze out the remains of the country’s resources. ###

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Press Statement
Vince Casilihan,Spokesperson
Karapatan-Bikol
June 12,2014

The Philippines is not for sale.
 

“Adversity after adversity, Noynoy Aquino is at the forefront of inflicting a chain of problems on the people,”
 

Extensive network of protest actions as a demonstration of Filipinos dissent against the Pork Barrel Scam, graft and corruption, and various torments imposed by the Aquino regime on Bicolanos and Filipinos.


June 12, 2014 is the 116th Commemoration of Philippine Independence. We are paying tribute and giving honor to all martyrs who fought for freedom and national democracy.

“Adversity after adversity, Noynoy Aquino is at the forefront of inflicting a chain of problems on the people,” “While we are hunched with sweat and blood toiling to create the nation’s wealth, Aquino and his hacendero-comprador ilk run amok stealing public funds and sanctioning the further violation of our rights and legitimate demands,” Casilihan added.

The Karapatan-Bikol spokesperson enumerates the string of hardships Bicolanos face: “We have thieves for lawmakers, and The Lord of Thieves for a president; our people live in the dark; we are left with toxic wastes while large foreign mining corporations plunder our minerals; we have rabid dogs donning AFP uniforms and running around on a killing binge targetting protesters.” The list goes on, Casilihan furthers, as he likewise draws attention to age-old landlessness of peasants, escalating prices of goods and services, and the declining value of stagnant wages, among others.

To this, Casilihan reaffirms the aptness as the people’s opposition to the Aquino regime’s ills.


With the Pork Barrel King Noynoy Aquino at the forefront of corruption, his regime babbles on the deceitful “Matuwid na Daan” rhetoric in order to conceal their thievery. Subsidized by public funds, Aquino, the Lord of Thieves employs his Public Relations experts with the exclusive task of distorting the truth and depicting him as the “Nemesis of Corruption” in the face of glaring evidences of his theft and crookedness in government.

“PNoy proves that there is no letting up in his vicious attack against the people. But the Bicolano masses, having nothing to lose but yokes of oppression, are very much resolved to denounce his regime and give him a good fight.” Independence is just a word under this regime, Philippines is a Neo-Colony of United States.
With the PH-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) now in place, a whole sale of Philippine national sovereignty to US imperialism is almost complete. US troops, arms, and war machines can now have unhampered base access in” Agreed Locations” in AFP military bases rent-free for unspecified time. The Filipino people will pay the cost of their stay and will bear the social cost that the presence of US military bases will bring to our people.

In conclusion, Casilihan echoes the people’s determination: “Not only with arms united, but fervor after fervor, we will conjoin with the last man on the link to demonstrate our relentless struggle to break the chain of ills being forced upon us by Aquino and the system that he represents.”

We are calling for the resumption of Peace Talks between the GPH and the NDFP Now!.

The Philippines is not for sale.
Uphold National Sovereignty!

for photo:
http://bicoltoday.com/2014/06/12/protests-greet-pnoy-naga-visit/

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

 

 

Press Release
June 12, 2014

Reference: Robert Mendoza, Co-Convener, 0921-2073631

On the occasion of the Philippines’ 116th Independence Day, health group calls for freedom from systemic corruption and cronyism

(Philippines) -- “Prosecute and make accountable all those who are involved in the pork barrel scam!”

This is the battle cry of health professionals, community health workers and people’s health advocates joining today’s protest for the abolition of the pork barrel system and the increase of allocation of funds to health care and other basic social services.

“The people and the health sector have had enough of the massive thievery through the pork barrel system that Mr. Noynoy Aquino and his cronies have done to the Filipino people,” said Robert Mendoza, co-convener of the Rx: Abolish Pork Barrel System Movement.

Mendoza declared that Mr. Aquino, his cabinet members such as Butch Abad, Proseso Alcala, Joel Villanueva and the rest of his cronies’ personal interests are so compelling that it subsumes what is right and just.

“How can government officials and members stomach the painful realities that plague the nation like thousands of critically ill patients being turned away in public hospitals because of lack of money, hospitals beds and/or attending doctors and nurses; that there are only 17,000 Barangay Health Stations (BHS) out of 42,000 barangays in the country, not enough to provide primary health services in the cities and countrysides; that 72 public hospitals including the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) are up for privatization that will make health care services profit-oriented and expensive for the poor; that hundreds of thousands of nurses remain unemployed despite the country’s massive lack of public health nurses; that 7 out of 10 Filipinos die without ever seeing a doctor; and, 70% of the Filipino population are not able to buy essential medicines simply because they don’t have the money for it,” Mendoza expressed.
 

Rx Abolish Pork Barrel System Movement tagged Mr. Aquino’s message today published in a major broad sheet “eliminating greed and corruption” from society as hypocritical and insulting. Mendoza claimed that “he people know more than what they (Aquino government) want us to believe. We have had enough!”

Rallying under the tagline, “Lahat ng sangkot dapat managot!” Rx Abolish Pork Barrel System Movement is a group of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, health science students, community health workers, people’s organizations and people’s health advocates fighting for prosecution and accountability of all those involved in the systemic corruption within the government led by pork barrel king Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.##

 

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NEWS RELEASE
12 June 2014

Reference: Kharlo Manano, Secretary-General
Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns, 386-0897 / 0922-295-3513

Child right advocates slam Pork Barrel King Aquino and cohorts
for robbing children of their future!

Heartless!

This is how the Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns described President Aquino and the personalities involved in the recent hullaballoo in the Senate-led resolution of the pork-barrel scam.

“While the prosecution of all those involved in the scam is being covered up by Malacanang and directed to only a few political foes from the opposition, Filipino children and their families continue to live in the quagmire of poverty. Moreover, Filipino children continue to suffer amid threats to their welfare and basic rights as a result of the government’s negligence to provide free, appropriate and accessible social services.”

The enduring problem of lack of basic educational inputs, such as classrooms, in public schools all over the country has not been solved. Although, the DepEd itself admitted in a 2011 MAP Education Task Force report that it needs P72 to P99 billion yearly to build new classrooms, it had only released P7.35 billion this year for that purpose.

On the other hand, the Philippine Children’s Medical Center’s bid to remain on Quezon Avenue is jeopardized because neither the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) nor the Department of Health (DOH) have clearly allocated the amount of P1.4 billion for the hospital to buy the lot from the National Housing Authority. The PCMC administration fears that this threat of eviction will hamper provision of medical services to children, 60% of whom come from indigent families.

“When it comes to corruption, there’s always a lot of money benefitting those who are already privileged and in power. But when it comes to providing for the basic rights of children, like education and health, meager budget is allocated,” lamented Manano.

According to the group, Aquino’s charade of being a virtuous leader who is against corruption is being unmasked. “The way he is handling the pork barrel scam investigation, his half-hearted pursuit of the truth and defensive stance for DBM Sec. Abad and his allies expose his true character and interest. We should also not forget that as president, he has the largest pork barrel under his name,” Manano said.

Salinlahi called on fellow child rights advocates and the general public to take action. “What kind of values are we imparting on our children when they see that those responsible for tainting their future are getting away unscathed? We owe it to our future generation to prosecute the biggest thieves in our government, most especially the pork barrel king, BS Aquino!”, Manano demanded.

The group will be taking part in the people’s action organized by the #abolish pork Movement to be held today to enjoin their voice among other sectors’ clamor to hold BS Aquino and other role players in the pork barrel scam accountable.###

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Amidst corruption row, artists declare Aquino administration has run its course

News Release
6/12/14
Reference: Michael Beltran 09061892288

Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayan (KARATULA) a group of progressive artists joined the June 12 rally against the pork barrel firmly calling for President Aquino’s ouster. KARATULA is one of the founding organizations of AKKSYON (Artista Kontra-Kurapsyon) and was joined by other artist and youth organizations at the protest.

Karatula brought their own anti-corruption Photo Booth to Liwasang Bonifacio. The booth featured a mural of Bonifacio and the Katipunan leading a charge against Aquino and all those involved in plunder. They also brought their “pork placards” bearing the call “Pork Barrel King, Patalsikin!”

They also called on artists to march from Liwasang Bonifacio to Mendiola symbolizing their intent on ousting the Aquino to establish a transition council.

“Even artists have had enough of this administration. Postponing the decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) shows how desperate this regime is from avoiding and subduing the outrage of the people. But the united will of the people is already in motion. While the government is muddled in the massive pilfering of taxpayer’s money Aquino claims our country to be free and just on this Independence Day,” said Menerva Espanta of KARATULA.

“A truly independent nation is one in which a tyrant does not shade itself in a culture of lies and exploitation. Up until know, all the tuwid na daan has taught is how to be oppressed and robbed of our nationalism in place of genuine freedom. By maintaining a blatant cover up of his allies’ involvement in the pork barrel scam, Aquino is teaching us how not to be Filipino in the most despicable way possible,” added Espanta.

Aside from the pork barrel and the DAP under fire in the Supreme Court, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) also has petitions to be repealed. After the recent Barrack Obama visit to the Philippines, the EDCA has been widely criticized for infringing on the sovereignty of the nation.

“Aquino has sold us out to American interests in plunder, taking cue from the practice his administration has undertaken. The DAP has been proven to be a tool for the administration to control the political scene. For this and all his crimes, the Filipino deserve an alternative from the Aquino administration,” concluded Espanta. ###

 

     
           
     
     
     
     

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 June 2014

Independence Day marked with protest
LFS: Systemic corruption ushers “Pork Barrel King” Aquino's ouster

The youth organization League of Filipino Students (LFS) and other anti-corruption groups staged a protest on Independence Day to hold Noynoy Aquino accountable over the misuse of pork barrel funds. LFS said that Aquino’s obfuscation of the evidences and wanton coddling of allies involved in the pork scam has already lifted his cover as pork barrel king.

“The Filipino people’s grievances continue to pour in as Aquino proves that his anti-corruption drive only for stately display. Three senators from the opposition are now being pressed with charges but Butch Abad, Proceso Alcala and all of his allies involved in the Napolists are still on the run,” LFS National Spokesperson Charlotte Velasco said.

The youth group demanded that the long-delayed prosecution of those involved in the pork barrel scam take place immediately. According to them, corruption in the country is systemic and takes serious, revolutionary effort to be removed.

“Aquino’s fervent grit to direct all liabilities to Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr. shows how he desperately protects the sprawling corruption he shelters under his power. What the people want is an all-out prosecution of the pigs divulged in the Napolist. All should be grilled, even the president,” Velasco pointed out.

LFS said that DAP should be firmly declared as unconstitutional because it is just an alternative source of corruption created by the pork barrel king.

LFS condemned the Aquino administration for taking great efforts on making the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) constitutional after the Supreme Court failed to release a decision on DAP last June 10. The youth group said that the existence of DAP and safeguarding of Aquino’s allies proves that justice is still denied and corruption still pervades in the country.

“Where is justice when Aquino, the pork barrel king himself, still munches on the 1.6T he has in his stash?” asked Velasco.

The youth group called on the people to unite and fight against the stench of corruption under the Aquino government.

Velasco said “real justice will come only from the youth and the people’s strengthened resistance against the systemic corruption under Aquino bureaucracy.”

“A corrupt president that turns a deaf ear on the people’s demands for justice and causes burdensome predicaments is no longer worthy to rule. What we have proven in our mobilizations today is that Aquino’s hardened negligence and evil plots continually drives the people to mass-up and call for his removal!,” Velasco stressed. ###
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References:

Charlotte Velasco
LFS National Spokesperson
(63) 926 594 5243

Aries Gupit
LFS Deputy Secretary General
(63) 905 331 3902 ; (63) 939 767 390

Website: www.lfs.ph
Facebook: facebook.com/elepsPH
Twitter: twitter.com/LFSPhilippines

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Press Release
June 12, 2014

Oust Aquino: Independence Day protest launched against the corruption and puppetry of the Aquino gov’t

Progressive youth group Anakbayan, together with other progressive groups launched a day of protest against the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement and the pork barrel scam.


The youth group called for the immediate prosecution of all those involved in the pork barrel scam including BS Aquino.

“Kung ang mananagot lang ay yung ilan at di kasama yung mga kakampi ni Noynoy, di matatanggal ang pork, lilipat lang ng kamay,” said Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan National Chairperson.

“Ang gusto ng taong bayan ay managot lahat ng may sala, kaya dapat lang din na isama sa mga lilitsunin yang si pork barrel king Aquino dahil sa DAP,” he added.

The youth group also called for the junking of EDCA, due to its one sided provisions.

“Dapat lang na ibasura yang EDCA, dahil tanging ang US lang ang makikinabang dito. Magdadala lang ng kahirapan at kamatayan sa Pilipinas ang di pantay na kasunduaan na yan,” Crisostomo said.

“Sa pagpirma ng administrasyong Aquino sa EDCA, pinakita na nito kung sino ang tunay na boss nito at eto ay walang iba kung hindi ang US. Hindi man lang tinago ni Noynoy ang kanyang pag ka tuta, lantaran niyang ibineta ang Pilipinas sa US,” he added.

Anakbayan together with other progressive organizations vowed to gear more protest actions against the pork barrel scam and EDCA. The youth group reiterated that the protest actions are open for all those who are concerned on the state of our country.

“Nanawagan kami sa lahat ng mga Pilipino na may malasakit sa bayan, na sumama sa mga gaganapin pang mga pagkilos. Tanging sa sama-sama nating pagkilos makakamit natin ang tunay na hustisya at kalayaan.” Crisostomo said.

“Patong-patong na ang kasalanan ni Noynoy sa bayan, at patuloy pa itong na dadagdagan. Puro pagpapahirap ang naranasan ng mga Pilipino sa ilalim ni Aquino, kaya nararapat lang na patalsikin na siya sa pwesto!” Crisostomo concluded. ###
Reference
Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan National Chairperson, @venzie 09328618369

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Website: www.anakbayan.org

Facebook.com/anakbayan
Twitter: @anakbayan_ph

Anakbayan is the comprehensive mass organization of the Filipino youth, advocating genuine national independence and democracy as a solution to the nation's problems. It is open to anyone from 13 to 35 years old, and currently has a 20,000-strong membership across the Philippines and in several cities in the U.S, Canada and Australia.

It is not a partylist group and is in no way affiliated with the pro-Aquino group Akbayan.

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Press Release
June 13, 2014

Anakbayan: Dispel Aquino’s diversionary effort; calls for PNoy ouster gain momentum

Progressive youth group Anakbayan condemned Aquino’s obvious diversionary effort, to limit the scope of prosecution in the pork barrel scam.

The youth group does not believe that genuine accountability on the pork barrel case can happen under the Aquino administration.

“We can call for accountability all day long, but the Aquino administration will not give us genuine accountability. Genuine accountability will only happen if we oust Aquino the pork barrel king,” said Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan National Chairperson.

The youth group cited Aquino’s DAP, and his defense for his allies that are involved in the pork scam as some of the factors on why genuine accountability will not happen under this administration.

“We cannot demand a president that has the biggest pork of them all, to abolish pork and punish those who are involved in the pork scam. Our call for genuine accountability does tickle neither his interest nor his real bosses’ interest,” Crisostomo said.

“Aquino is using all of his powers to contain all the anger of the masses to the opposition members involved in the scam, while his involved allies enjoys the privilege of his protection,” he added.

Recently, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma stated that the palace has a “new media team” that collected the data on the negative trend of Bong Revilla’s speech in the internet.

“They (the administration) are wasting our money by collecting this kind of data which will only serve the interest of Aquino and his allies,” Crisostomo said

Anakbayan promised more protest actions against pork barrel king Aquino and all those who are involved in the pork barrel scam.

“Genuine accountability is nothing but a dream, if we don’t kick Aquino out of the palace,” he concluded. ###

Reference
Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan National Chairperson, @venzie 09328618369

 

           
     
     
     

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12 June 2014

PRESS RELEASE
Reference:
Marc Lino Abila, National President (0928-855-9622)
Ian Harvey Claros, Executive Vice President (0916-543-1116)

Campus press holds protests on Independence Day

At the height of unresolved issues of pork barrel and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) joined protest actions along with key sectors in the society on Independence Day.

Militant and progressive groups marked the day with protests set in various points in Manila including US Embassy, Liwasang Bonifacio, and Mendiola.

“This massive protest action by the people comes in as a necessity amid the scandalous actions of the BS Aquino regime. It is at this moment that the people are screaming against various social injustices,” said Marc Lino Abila, CEGP National President.

The CEGP no longer sees the BS Aquino government as an institution capable of restoring accountability and protecting national sovereignty. Given the abuses such as the perpetuated pork barrel and EDCA, people do not have patience to continue this worsening status of the people.

Furthermore, the CEGP holds that the existence of rampant corruption and lame sovereignty shall never beget genuine independence.

“We are not really free with the presence of foreign military forces in the country. Their continuing and increasing presence only proves that US never gave us our independence,” Abila said. “We are absolutely cudgeled in the shackles of poverty, corruption, social injustice and foreign intervention.”

In addition, the CEGP perceives the BS Aquino government as a perpetrator of corruption and other forms of abuse in the country. It strongly believes that an immense effort should be aired to end the abusive reign of BS Aquino.

“BS Aquino’s sincerity over resolving the pork barrel cases is merely customized according to his own political agenda. The cases serve a machinery to simply dismantle his political opponents. While EDCA is an attack to our sovereignty by allowing US forces to use facilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Abila argued.

Finally, as a patriotic and democratic organization of student publications, CEGP called on the Filipino youth to lead and join the masses in asserting for genuine freedom and justice that the Filipinos deserve.

“We can only attain true independence as a nation if the Filipino youth will lead the people to dismantle this corrupt and rotten system and build a new government and society for the welfare of the toiling masses,” Abila ended.###

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Website: www.cegp.org Twitter: @CEGPNational
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JUNE 14, 2014

Independence: ‘Unfinished’ and elusive

By LUIS V. TEODORO
Vantage Point | BusinessWorld

In 1962, then President Diosdado Macapagal declared June 12 Philippine Independence Day — 16 years after it had been celebrated every July 4 when, in 1946, the United States “granted” the country independence.

Few objected at the time, in apparent agreement with Macapagal that the June 12, 1898 declaration of independence in Kawit, Cavite, which led to the establishment of the First Republic in 1899, was the appropriate date rather than July 4.

June 12 has officially been Independence Day for 52 years, or far longer than when it was commemorated on July 4. The 116th year since 1898 was celebrated yesterday, but some Filipinos may be surprised to learn that there are still people on this planet who think that July 4 marks the country’s “true” Independence Day.

They include Americans of Filipino parentage, or Filipino Americans (no hyphen), and some bloggers and social media users, a number of whom are also US residents and citizens. They have several things in common: they think that Philippine independence became a reality in 1946, and that the US did indeed grant it. In addition, they reek with contempt for Filipinos and Filipino leadership.

One of the former, a Bobby Reyes, has been arguing for over a decade that the war the Katipunan and Emilio Aguinaldo fought against the Spaniards, and which culminated in the proclamation of independence on June 12, 1898, was only one of several wars for Philippine independence. Among the other wars he includes the revolts that occurred in a number of communities and provinces during Spanish occupation. Aguinaldo had little domestic and international support, Mr. Reyes argues — and didn’t Aguinaldo have Andres Bonifacio killed?

“There are many Filipinos and Filipino Americans who think that Independence Day celebrations are commemorations of a fictional independence,” he continues in an article that appeared about a decade ago that’s still online.

“We (should) celebrate only what is real and factual. We cannot distort historical facts. We cannot celebrate an event that only ‘resembles the truth.’ It was only on July 4, 1946, when the United States granted it independence that the Philippines became politically free as a country.”

There’s also website called getrealphilippines.com whose webmaster bases his argument against June 12 on the claim that the date commemorates a “non-achievement.” Despite the base motives of the Spanish and US colonizers of these islands, he says that in contrast to Filipinos, they did achieve something. The Spaniards unified the country, while “American engineering and administration” gave us Baguio and Subic Bay Free Port.

You may not be impressed by those colonial feats, but he nevertheless suggests that July 4 is preferable to June 12, because granting the country independence was within US power to do so, whereas it wasn’t in Aguinaldo’s to proclaim it. In short, June 12 was a mere occasion for Aguinaldo’s “flag-waving” and was meaningless.

For all his contempt for Filipinos and Filipino leadership, getrealphilippines has more of a point than Mr. Reyes, although both are justified in their scorn for Filipino “leadership.” Neither June 12 nor July 4 is the authentic marker of Philippine independence for one simple reason: Philippine independence has been mostly myth than reality in the past, but has become even more of an illusion during the Aquino administration.

June 12 this year was commemorated in the context of the return of US military presence in the Philippines and the coming transformation of Philippine military bases into US bases under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Both are happening in violation of the country’s Constitution, which bans foreign troops and military bases in Philippine territory except through a treaty approved by the Senate. This fact alone makes a mockery of Philippine independence and sovereignty, and has led even former Senator Leticia Shahani to observe that the country has become a neo-colony (it’s always been since 1946). To complete Philippine dependency, thanks to a military that’s basically useless for anything except torture and assassinations, the country’s defense against external aggression is in the hands of a foreign power that itself has a 100-year record of aggression worldwide.

But there’s still a difference between June 12 and July 4. The former was a proclamation by Filipinos themselves, and never mind how limited Aguinaldo’s domestic and international support, or whether he indeed had Bonifacio murdered. The fact is that the forces of the Revolution had defeated the Spaniards in a number of engagements, and had control of Cavite and neighboring areas while other revolutionary armies were fighting the Spaniards across the archipelago.

That Aguinaldo did proclaim independence showed that he could do so without Spanish intervention. And not only was that proclamation the first among the colonized peoples of Asia; it also led to the establishment of the First Asian Republic 50 years before other Asian countries won their independence from the colonial powers.

Aguinaldo proclaimed independence in the presence of the representatives of Commodore Dewey, which he naively interpreted as a sign of US support. It was not. But US treachery was certainly not within his power to control. Contrary to Mr. Reyes’s claim, if only because of that, US intervention in Philippine affairs even after 1946 is not something this country should be celebrating.

What made the 1896 Revolution different from previous revolts was its not being limited to a small community or province, and its having been waged at first in the name of the Tagalogs, an ethnic group resident in several provinces including Manila, and later the Filipino nation.

July 4, on the other hand, marked a “grant” by a foreign power, which suggests that independence is a gift of charity (for which a people must be grateful) rather than an achievement. And yes, as limited as the 1896 Revolution was, it was nevertheless an achievement, marking that one moment in this country’s history of betrayals and failures when it came closest to the greatness that has since eluded it.

What Filipinos need to remember today is that that Revolution, in the word of Macapagal in a speech he delivered in the 1960s, is “unfinished.” This is not only because independence has remained elusive, but also because poverty, injustice and inequality continue to define the lives of the Filipino millions — thanks to the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the political dynasties that rule them as indifferently as the Spaniards and the Americans did.

June 12 should remain the country’s Independence Day because that date marked an independent declaration rather than the meek acceptance of a “grant” from the very colonial power that had destroyed the forces of Philippine independence in the early 20th century, abandoned it to the Japanese during World War II, and returned to continue its subjection as a neo-colony. But that date needs to be made more meaningful where it matters most — in the daily lives of the people. What Filipinos need are not fruitless debates, but independence from the greed, incompetence and corruption of their so-called leaders and the latter’s foreign overlord.

Comments, blogs and other columns: www.luisteodoro.com, and www.cmfr-phil.org

Luis V. Teodoro is on Facebook and Twitter (@luisteodoro)
Published in Business World
June 12, 2014

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JUNE 7, 2014

Youth group urges Budget Sec. Abad to resign

“Nepotism in government reflects the situation of our country where power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of a few elite families. It’s time to rise up against the kamag-anak, corrupt government of Aquino.” – Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Bulatlat.com

MANILA – Progressive youth group Anakbayan called for the resignation of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad on allegations of nepotism and for being implicated in the pork barrel scam.

“Contrary to what Malacañang is saying, having many Abads in office is bad. This is evidence that under this administration, nepotism is rampant. The Aquino administration is a kamag-anak [relatives] government,” Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairman, said.

News reports revealed that there are 11 relatives of Secretary Abad currently holding positions in the government. They include Abad’s wife Batanes representative and vice chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Henedina Abad, daughter Julia, head of the Presidential Management Staff, son Luis, chief of staff of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, as well as Abad’s four nephews, one niece, and two first cousins occupying various government posts.

An article revealed that Secretary Abad, in his 2013 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, merely declared nine relatives in government service and his son Luis was not even listed.
Abad is being accused by Janet Lim-Napoles of being her mentor on how to divert funds from the pork barrel of lawmakers.

Malacañang, meanwhile, was quick to defend Secretary Abad.

“I think it’s not to say that just because you are an Abad [it is already tantamount to nepotism], considering that they are in various levels of the bureaucracy. Not all of them are Cabinet secretaries—only two of them are Cabinet secretaries,” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda was quoted as saying in the same article.

Aside from Abad, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. also have declared that they have relatives working in the government. Paje declared nine relatives; Petilla has seven declared relatives, while Purisima and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. declared five relatives.

“This is evidence that there are a few powerful families under the wing of Aquino who are dominating the government. These officials should resign in shame,” said Crisostomo.

Benjie Valbuena, national president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), slammed Aquino for claiming that he is against corruption. “His (Aquino) claim that he is against corruption seems to be just a gimmick as many of those implicated in the pork barrel scam are his allies, friends and some even works for him in the Cabinet. Will a leader against corruption allow corrupt people to work with him? I guess the answer is clear, corrupt officials will only work with fellow corrupt officials,” he said.

“Our demand for salary increase is being dismissed easily by the Aquino administration, on the claim that there are no funds to cover the cost of the increase and that it will result in a budget deficit. No money for teachers, but billions are there for his friends and allies (which includes Alcala and Abad) to put in their pockets. Secretary Alcala seems to have converted the entire agriculture department into a big milking cow as most of the projects involved in the pork barrel scandal went through the department. Ang kapal ng mukha n’yang gawin ito samantalang namamatay na sa gutom at hirap ang mga magsasaka (You have the gall to do this while farmers are dying because of hunger and poverty),” Valbuena said.

He added, “Maybe the reason why Abad is against our demand for a salary increase is that he is afraid that the fund he wanted to corrupt would be lessened.”

Crisostomo said Aquino himself benefits from nepotism. “That’s why his administration defends and justifies the existence of nepotism. Nepotism in government reflects the situation of our country where power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of a few elite families. It’s time to rise up against the kamag-anak, corrupt government of Aquino.” (http://bulatlat.com)

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CPP expresses solidarity with June 12 anti-corruption rally
June 11, 2014

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today expressed solidarity with the organizers of the anti-corruption protest actions scheduled tomorrow that is expected to draw in large numbers of people seeking to hold Benigno Aquino III accountable for widespread corruption under his regime.

The June 12 rally is being organized by the Scrap Pork Network, a broad alliance of organizations and personalities who have been calling for the abolition of both the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Both the PDAF and the DAP have been used by Aquino as leverage to influence senators, congressmen and local government officials to hew to Aquino’s political agenda. The Supreme Court recently declared the PDAF as unconstitutional but has yet to issue a decision on the DAP.

“The CPP and all revolutionary forces fully support the June 12 demonstration against the corrupt Aquino regime. The anti-corruption demonstration is an expression of the Filipino people’s disgust over the Aquino regime’s false claims of ‘good governance’ and ‘righteous path’ while a few big oligarchs and big bureaucrat capitalists wallow in scandalous profits from government contracts and other privileges amid widespread poverty, unemployment and landlessness among the toiling masses of workers and peasants.”

“The Filipino people condemn the corruption of the Aquino regime in the use of pork barrel funds for political patronage, in favoring big oligarchs in awarding government contracts under the Public-Private Partnership Program, in running smuggling and other criminal syndicates and in covering up the culpability of Aquino and his key officials,” pointed out the CPP.

“The Filipino people are increasingly indignant as information regarding the direct involvement of Aquino and his key officials in the pork barrel scam and other cases of corruption are revealed,” said the CPP. “Aquino himself has revealed his close acquaintance with Janet Lim Napoles when he publicized the letter from the pork barrel scam queen marked as having been received by the Malacañang Personal Office, which, according to protocol, only receives personal correspondences to the president.”

“It is propitious that the demonstration against the corruption of the Aquino regime is being held on June 12 which marks the 116th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine national independence,” said the CPP. “It is also appropriate for the Filipino people to raise the banner of patriotism and counter the unprecedented puppetry of the Aquino regime marked by heightened US military presence and interventionism in the country and the drive towards the complete surrender of Philippine national patrimony to foreign big business interests.”

“The Filipino people stand on solid ground in demanding the ouster of the Aquino regime and in calling for the establishment of a provisional transitory council that will be comprised of personalities of repute and integrity from various democratic groups, the bureaucracy, the academe and other sectors,” said the CPP.
 

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Puspusang Isulong Ang Paglaban Sa Sistemang Pork Barrel At Paigtingin Ang Pagpapatalsik Kay Aquino!

June 12, 2014
Pahayag sa Midya
Hunyo 12, 2014

Nakikiisa ang National Democratic Front-Bicol sa pagkilos ng mamamayang Bikolano upang wakasan ang sistemang pork barrel at parusahan ang mga promotor nito sa Malakanyang. Tuluy-tuloy na nagpupunyagi ang libo-libong Bikolano sa maraming panig ng rehiyon upang makisanib sa laban ng milyon-milyong mamamayang pinagnanakawan ng gubyerno ni Noynoy Aquino.

Sa pagtatangkang pahupain ang galit ng sambayanan at pigilan ang kanilang pagmartsa, madaliang sinampahan ng kasong pandarambong ang mga kalaban ni Aquino sa pulitika na naunang nasangkot sa pork barrel scam. Layunin din nitong pagtakpan at ipagtanggol ang mga pork barrel kingpin katulad ng mastermind ng Disbursement Acceleration Program (o pork barrel ng pangulo) na si Budget Secretary Butch Abad, si Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, si Senate President Franklin Drilon, at iba pang mga kaalyado ni Aquino sa Kongreso. Ngunit ang gayong paglilihis ay lalo lamang naglalantad sa krimen ni Aquino sa pakikipagsabwatan sa pagnanakaw sa pondo ng bayan. Hindi lamang hungkag ang bukambibig ni Aquino na “matuwid na daan”. Ang totoo, ginagamit niya ang islogan na ito bilang pantakip sa pagpapahintulot ng tagus-tagusang korapsyon sa ilalim ng kanyang rehimen.

Higit na naging matingkad sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Aquino ang kabuktutan ng burukrata kapitalismong malaon nang naglulugmok sa bansa sa malubhang krisis. Pinasiklab ng pork barrel scam ang galit ng mamamayan sa sistema ng pagsasamantala ng mga upisyal ng gubyerno sa kanilang mga katungkulan upang magkamal ng kapital para sa kanilang mga sarili, angkan, at mga kasabwat. Sa ilalim ng burukrata kapitalismo, hayagang ibinubuhos ang yaman at mga pribilehiyo ng estado sa pakinabang ng mga pribadong negosyo. Gayundin, ang mga negosyong pang-estado ay itinatayo at pinatatakbo upang magbenepisyo sa mga pribadong kapitalista.

Dapat puspusang mag-ambag ang mamamayang Bikolano upang isulong at palakasin ang kilusan laban sa sistemang pork barrel, kabilang na ang pagbasura sa pinakamalaki at kinasusuklamang pork barrel ng pangulo na Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Dapat patalsikin at isakdal ang Pork Barrel King bilang pinuno ng kanyang rehimen sa pagnanakaw sa kinabukasan ng mamamayan. Magiging makabuluhan ang paghikayat ng malawak na hanay ng mga aping uri at sektor sa mga patriyotikong elemento sa panig ng 9th ID at PNP-Bicol. Katulad sa nakaraang pagpapatalsik sa mga kinamuhiang rehimen, ang pagsuporta ng militar at pulisya sa makatarungang hangarin ng mamamayan ay magpapalakas sa pag-aalsa ng laban sa rehimeng Aquino.

Titiyakin ng itatayong Konseho ng Pambansang Pagkakaisa na ang papalit na sibilyang rehimen ay may moral na katayuan upang tanganan ang pamumuno sa isang gubyernong tunay na magsisilbi sa interes ng mamamayan. Isang hakbang ito sa unti-unting pagsulong ng mamamayang Pilipino sa pagtatatag ng isang gubyernong tunay malaya sa korapsyon, at may pananagutan sa mamamayan.

Ka Maria Roja Banua
Tagapagsalita
National Democratic Front - Bicol
 

           
           
           
           

 

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