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Hungry Masa Blockade Relief Trucks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Saturday, 03 October 2009 19:08

Arestuhin ang mga corrupt sa gobyerno,

Hindi ang nagugutom na mga tao!

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro has warned that flood survivors blocking food convoys in their desperation for food relief will be arrested.

Partido Lakas ng Masa Chairperson Sonny Melencio responded “The food crisis is becoming severe. The government has failed to provide food to its own people, despite support coming in from various governments abroad. Now this government is threatening to arrest those who hunger for what should be given them.

“We are getting reports after reports from our organizers in the NCR, all of whom have been severely affected by the floods, that there is no food relief. Where some food has been provided, it’s enough for just one day and people are living from day to day – a hand to mouth existence.

“What is most apparent is the absence of government. It’s ordinary people, mobilized by peoples organizations, the media, NGOs and the church who have been out providing the flood survivors with assistance. This government, riddled by inefficiency born of corruption, is incapable of conducting an effective relief operation.

“We say ‘Don’t arrest the people who are desperate for food! Arrest those in government who deny them their right to food!’ ”, rejoined Melencio.


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 October 2009 19:28
 
PLM on devastation of typhoon Ondoy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 16:41

PRESS STATEMENT

29 September 2009

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

Sonny Melencio

National Chairperson

Contact Number: 09285080287

Typhoon Ondoy: A Wake Up Call to the Government

Tropical storm Ondoy left a devastating trail of destruction in Luzon. It has so far left over one-hundred dead and hundreds of thousands displaced mainly in Metro Manila. Filipinos from all walks of life suffered from gigantic floods of unprecedented levels that destroyed lives, homes, and properties in just one day.

Despite the billion-peso budget allocated to the Department of National Defense and the National Disaster Coordinating Council for calamity response, the said agencies can only afford a meager supply of rubber boats and rescue materials. In fact, we are getting reports from our members that the victims, particularly in Marikina and Pasig, have to brave the current and rescue themselves from the swelling floods. As of this writing, there are reports of stuck victims in still-flooded areas waiting for rescue but to no avail.

To ensure a swifter and better response by the national government, we urgently demand that the government maximize its resources for the immediate relief of the evacuees and for the rescue of the remaining victims in the still-flooded communities. We call on the State-funding agencies like the SSS and GSIS to expedite its calamity loans to its affected members within the next 24 hours and for the government to utilize its budget for relief operations. We likewise demand that the national government’s huge intelligence funds be shifted towards helping our people in the aftermath of Ondoy’s clear threat to national security so as not to be wasted on useless and selfish government activities.

Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that this ordeal must now be a wake-up call to all the authorities to take the necessary and proactive steps in protecting our environment. We strongly demand that the government immediately put a halt to all mining, quarrying, and logging activities in the mountainous regions. With denuded forests and damaged mountains, flooding and mudslides will torment lowland communities lying in the mountain basins, such as in Marikina and Pasig Cities, and the lowlands of RizalProvince.

We now, therefore, call on the Philippine Government to strictly implement the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol with regard to greenhouse gas emissions and toxic wastes cuts as the latter distorts the normalcy of the atmosphere, resulting into much stronger storms and droughts worldwide.

The Philippine Government must address these demands NOW as we are expecting more disasters to come. Only through concrete measures and a strong political will to implement pro-people and pro-environment measures can we prevent these disasters from happening again in the future. ##


 
PLM Flood Appeal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:40

PLM Relief Operations: Help Needed

PLM is currently carrying out relief operations. We have identified our priority areas where PLM orgnizers have appealed for support and relief. The prioirity areas are: (i) Quezon City (ii) Marikina (iii) Pasig (iv) Cainta (v) Montalban (vi) Manila, and (viii) Bulacan.


We urgently need rice, canned foods, drinking water, clothes and blankets. These can be dropped off at the PLM office which has now been converted into a relief centre. Please call Amy on 434 3947 for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 01:31
 
Ondoy Typhoon Devastation: PLM Statement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sonny Melencio, Chairperson   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:27

 

Calamity Funds Must be Released for Immediate Relief Now!

Maximum Transparency in the Disbursement of International Relief Funds!

Stop Mining, Quarrying, Logging: Implement the Kyoto Protocol!


Tropical storm Ondoy left a devastating trail of destruction in Luzon. So far it has left possibly hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands displaced mainly in Metro Manila. Filipinos from all walks of life suffered greatly from gigantic floods of unprecedented levels that destroyed lives, homes and properties, in a matter of a few hours.

 

The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) is now conducting relief operations in the NCR region. PLM is the national political party of the mass organizations which include the labor organization BMP, the multisectoral organization Sanlakas, the urban poor organization KPML and ZOTO, the youth organization SDK and the rural workers and peasant organizations AMA and Makabayan. Many of our members’ homes and even the lives of their family members have been destroyed. We know that relief is needed NOW, not tomorrow or the day after – but immediately.

 

We note that despite the billion-peso budget allocated to the Department of National Defense and the National Disaster Coordinating Council for calamity response, these agencies can only afford a meager supply of rubber boats and rescue materials. We are getting reports from our members that the victims, particularly in Marikina and Pasig, have to themselves brave the strong currents and rescue family members from the raging waters. As of this writing, there are reports of victims stranded in still-flooded areas in Pasig waiting for rescue – boats, food and water -- but to no avail.

 

To ensure a swifter and better response by the national government, we urgently demand that the government maximize its resources for the immediate relief of the evacuees and for the rescue of the remaining victims in the still-flooded communities.

 

We call on the State-funding agencies like the SSS and GSIS to expedite the calamity funds to the affected members within the next 24 hours. The government must also utilize its budget for relief operations. This means that other government funds, such as the national government’s huge intelligence funds and the funds used for the war in Mindanao, should also be shifted towards helping our people in the aftermath of Ondoy’s devastation.

 

Our experience so far also indicates that the figures of the numbers dead and missing are hard to come by. The reports that we are gathering from the ground indicate numbers much larger than the ones released by the NDCC. While the National Disaster Coordinating Council to date states that only 8 died in the National Capital Region, according to latest reports in Brgy. Bagong Silangan alone 36 people are dead and 28 bodies have been excavated so far. In Marikina there are reports from our organizers of around 100 deaths.

 

The NDCC must account for the discrepancy in the data. We have the right to be informed, with accurate and up-to-date data, of the actual state of the calamity facing us.


We also note that funds are starting to come in from international agencies and governments. We must ensure that these funds are used strictly for relief efforts and fear that these funds may be depleted through corruption. We demand maximum transparency in the collection and disbursement of international relief funds.


Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that this ordeal must now be a wake-up call to all the authorities to take the necessary and proactive steps in protecting our environment. We strongly demand that the government immediately put a halt to all mining, quarrying, and logging activities in the mountainous regions. With denuded forests and damaged mountains, flooding and mudslides will torment lowland communities lying in the mountain basins, such as in Marikina and Pasig Cities, and the lowlands of Rizal Province.

 

We call on the Philippine Government to strictly implement the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol with regard to greenhouse gas emissions and toxic wastes cuts as the latter distorts the normalcy of the atmosphere, resulting in much stronger storms and droughts worldwide.


The Philippine Government must address these demands NOW as we expect more disasters to come. Only through concrete measures and strong political will to implement pro-people and pro-environment measures can we prevent a humanitarian crisis of this scale in the future. ##

 

September 29, 2009.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:22
 
PLM Registration PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 August 2009 19:48

“We will contest all local seats” -- Sanlakas, BMP and other militant groups launch new political party to run in 2010

 

Leaders of the Party List group Sanlakas and the militant labor centre Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) trooped to the electoral commission offices in Manila today to register a new national political party, the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM).

 

According to BMP President Leody de Guzman, PLM will be running candidates for all local positions, nationwide, under the slogan ‘No More Trapos’.

 

PLM Chairperson Sonny Melencio explained that “We are a unique party and we will run a uniquely different type of campaign. Our aim is to run and campaign for non-trapo candidates, i.e. candidates who have a strong reputation for being incorruptible and who will not use public office for private gain.

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“Our candidates will be grassroots leaders from the masa. They will be known in their local communities as being honest, incorruptible people and genuine representatives of the masa.

 

“There is a lot at stake in the 2010 elections. It’s no ordinary election and we want to make sure that these are no ordinary elections. It’s time to break the control of
trapo politics. The future of our people depends on this. This is why PLM has been established and this is why we are intervening in the 2010 elections.

 

“Our focus is at the community-level. We will be organizing through peoples assemblies, from the municipal to the barangay level.

 

PLM will also be representing mass organization from all sectors, such as the urban poor group Kongreso sa Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lunsod (KPML), the peasant organization Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA), multisectoral group Kalayaan, the public transport group Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon (PMT) and the youth organization Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan.

 

“We want to unite the masa, not divide them along sectoral lines”, Melencio said.

August 17, 2009

 
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