IN DEFENSE OF THE VENEZUELAN REVOLUTION AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING COUP PLOT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Monday, 17 April 2017 10:08

IN DEFENSE OF THE VENEZUELAN REVOLUTION AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING COUP PLOT

NO TO INTERVENTION BY THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN POWERS

 

We, the undersigned organizations, express our support and solidarity with the people of Venezuela and Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, against the ongoing threats of counterrevolution and violent attacks orchestrated by right-wing forces with the backing of the United States. 


The right-wing opposition forces in Venezuela have been aggressively campaigning and stirring up the sentiment to remove President Maduro. The right-wing forces are exploiting the institutional conflict between the Supreme Court of Justice and the opposition-controlled National Assembly to fuel tension, escalate political violence and destabilize the country in order to clear the path for imperialist intervention and enable them to take power again, similar to what happened in the coup of April 2012, 15 years ago.


The Organization of American States (OAS) has backed the right-wing forces in Venezuela by threatening to invoke the so-called Democratic Charter against Venezuela. Meanwhile, Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, the commander of the United States Southern Command, also warned of response to Venezuela’s “instability”, which signals the pretext for US intervention in Venezuela to aid the right-wing forces. Such a move by imperialist forces in threatening the sovereignty of Venezuela and principles of self-determination is alarming.


The consequences of foreign intervention and a right-wing takeover of power through violent means will be devastating for the people of Venezuela. All the social gains of the Bolivarian revolution for the past 18 years would be destroyed. The right-wing forces which represent the interests of oligarchy will destroy the social missions, return nationalized companies and landed estates to their filthy rich owners, massively cut old age pensions and slash health care and education. The defeat of the  Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela will be a setback for progressive forces and will have wider implications for Latin America.


We therefore:

-       Reiterate our support for and solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.


-       Reject any form of US or foreign intervention which seeks to undermine the independence and sovereignty of Venezuela.


-       Call upon the progressive forces around the world to rally around to support the people of  Venezuela in defending the Bolivarian Revolution.



This joint statement is endorsed by the following organizations;

1. Philippines Venezuela Solidarity Network -- Phil-Ven-Sol

2. Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association (PhilCuba)

3. Campaign for a Life of Dignity (KAMP)

4. WomanHealth Philippines

5. Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

 
International Women's Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 09 March 2017 13:04

PLM joined the international Women's Day march in Manila. The women contingent marched to Plaza Moriones and held a brief rally to mark the day and demand justice and freedom for women everywhere.

 

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EDSA Revolution 31st Anniverary PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:19

Thousands of marchers from PLM, BMP, Sanlakas and other groups joined the February 25 anniversary of the Edsa Revolution. The marchers assembled in front of the Crame gate along Edsa for a short program. Later on, they marched to the People Power Monument where they joined other contingents coming from various organizations. Ka Sonny Melencio of PLM and Leody de Guzman of BMP spoke at the joint rally. The event was organized by the February 25 coalition where PLM was a member-organization.


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February 25 EDSA anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:28

Pahayag sa Ika-31 Anibersaryo ng EDSA

 

HINDI PA TAPOS ANG REBOLUSYONG EDSA!

 

PUPUNTA tayo sa EDSA, hindi para magdiwang. Kundi para ipagluksa ang paglalaho ng lahat ng pangarap at pangako ng Rebolusyong Edsa.

 

Makasaysayan ang People Power Revolution na nilahukan ng milyun-milyong Pilipino. Pero hindi natin inakala na sa dakong huli, ito ay sasaklutin ng mga elitista – tinatawag ding Dilawan – na ang tanging layunin ay ibalik ang dating sistema ng paghahari bago mag-martial law si Ferdinand Marcos.

 

Sa Edsa Revolution, nalansag ang diktadura ni Marcos subalit pinalitan ito ng demokrasyang nagsisilbi lamang sa iilan. Ang paksyon ni Marcos ay pinalitan lamang ng paksyon ng mga Dilawan.

 

Hindi nabigyan ng katarungan ang mga naging biktima ng martial law. Ang konstabularya at militar na nang-abuso sa masa ay hindi naparusahan. Ang cronies ni Marcos na sumaklot sa ekonomiya ay nanumbalik at ngayo’y naging mga pangunahing kapitan ng industriya.

 

Sa ilalim ng mga Dilawan, nanumbalik ang dating oligarkiya ng mga Lopez, Ayala, Zobel, at iba pa. Pero sumanib din ang crony oligarchy nina Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, Danding Cojuangco,  Roberto Ongpin, Tony Floirendo, at iba pa.

 

Wala na si Marcos, pero pinagdudusahan pa rin ng bayan ang mga kinurakot niya at ng kanyang pamilya. Ang mga utang na kanilang ibinulsa ay babayaran natin hanggang taong 2025.

 

Hindi masisisi ang masa na masiphayo sa paghahari ng mga Dilawan o ng mga pumalit kay Marcos dahil wala rin naman silang naipagkaloob na ginhawa sa masa.

 

Gobyerno ni Rodrigo Duterte

 

Ngayo’y nakaupo ang bagong gobyerno na sinalubong ng mainit na pagtanggap ng masa dahil nangako ito ng pagbabago.

 

 

Subalit ang gobyernong Duterte ay nagbabanta ngayon ng panunumbalik ng martial law. Bukambibig ni Pangulong Duterte na maaari niyang ideklara ang martial law kung hindi masusugpo ang krimen ng droga sa bansa.

 

Una, hindi totoo na droga ang pangunahing krisis na bumabalot sa bayan. Pangunahin pa rin ang krisis ng kahirapan, ng kawalang-trabaho, at ng kawalang-hustisya sa mahihirap. Ito rin ang dahilan ng paglaganap ng droga.

 

Ikalawa, kung may krisis man ng kriminalidad na dulot ng droga, hindi ito malulutas ng walang-patumanggang pagpatay. Ngayo’y higit 7,000 na ang bumulagta sa mga kalsada, kabahayan at eskinita ng mahihirap na komunidad. Biktima ng operasyon ng mga pulis o ng mga vigilantes.

 

Kailan matatapos ito? Kailan mabibigyan ng trabaho ang walang trabaho. Kailan masusugpo ang kontraktwalisasyon. Kailan magkakaroon ng dagdag sa sahod, murang presyo ng bilihin, lupa sa magsasaka, pabahay sa mahihirap. Kailan maipatutupad ang universal health care at free college education.

 

Araw-araw ay natutunaw ang pag-asa. Araw-araw ay lumalayo ang pangako.

 

Anong dapat gawin?

 

Ang Edsa Revolution, gaya ng Rebolusyong Pilipino laban sa mga Kastila – ang rebolusyong isinulong ni Bonifacio at inagaw ng mga ilustradong gaya nina Aguinaldo – ay hindi pa tapos.

 

Kailangang tapusin ito ng masa sa isa muling pagbabangon. Isang panibagong People’s Power Revolution na hindi magluluklok ng bago o dating paksyon ng mga naghaharing uri gaya ng mga Dilawan.

 

Kundi magluluklok ng tunay na kapangyarihan ng masa. At magtatayo ng isang gobyerno ng masa, para sa masa, at ukol sa masa.

 

PLM (Partido Lakas ng Masa)

February 25, 2017

 
Film showing and forum at Cinematheque, Manila. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 10:31

Feb. 21, 2017. Film showing and forum at Cinematheque, Manila. Participated in by students from different schools (UE, San Sebastian, PUP, PNU, Xavier, and others). PLM Sonny Melencio was the guest speaker on martial law experiences. The event featured the film EDSA and versed performances of students about love, country, and struggles. Organized by Bente Uno, a youth organization which joined the massive anti-Marcos burial rallies in November 2016. The forum was also a preparation for the big rally to mark the anniversary of Edsa revolution on February 25.


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