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Militants lambasted P1 million dinner at Le Cirque by President GMA and Company

 

In an apparent bid to show their disgust to the GMA administration, members of the militant Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) and Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML) under the umbrella Political Party Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) held a simple dramatization of a real people’s meal at the Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila.

 

The group’s action is an attempt to show off to the government the irony of having a sumptuous and lavish dinner while its own people is wallowing on deep economic crises and in a quagmire of unprecedented poverty and helplessness.

 

Serving noodles and dried fish with rice touted as the ordinary meal of every Filipino, Sonny Melencio,  Chairperson of the Partido Lakas ng Masa argued that “The 1M worth dinner of GMA and her entourage would mean over 11,000 Filipinos being benefitted for a day’s 3 square meals.”

 

“If 1M worth of noodles would be served, over 153,000 Filipinos would be benefitted, a far cry from the few elite Filipinos who lavishly spent dinner at Le Cirque in New York.” Melencio further elaborated.

 

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The Historical Legacy of Former President Corazon Aquino

 

This statement was issued by Sonny Melencio, PLM Chair, after the death of former president Cory Aquino on August 1, 2009..

The PLM considered Cory Aquino an important symbol of anti-dictatorship resistance in the 1980s, i.e., immediately following the assassination of her husband Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino in 1983.  Her fighting stance against the Marcos dictatorship catapulted her to power during the Edsa People’s Power uprising in 1986.  Under her terms, she abrogated the Marcos constitution and installed the so-called ‘Cory’ constitution in 1987.  She became the president of the Philippines for six years.  She remained active politically especially during periods where succeeding presidents, aiming to prolong their terms of office, tried to tamper with or amend the constitution.  Before her death, Cory became an ally of the Left and progressive movement in the fight to oust current president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who has become the epitome of the present rotten state system.

 

While we commiserate with the grief experienced by many people over the death of former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, we have to put her legacy to the Filipino nation in historical perspective.

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Cory Aquino was the icon of the revival of pre-dictatorial ‘elite democracy’ in the country.  She was the symbol of a ‘people power revolution’ which deposed the dictator Marcos but failed to institute a people’s power government.  The governmental alliance that she established under her ‘revolutionary government’ quickly transformed into a government headed by elite groups previously persecuted by the Marcos dictatorship.

 

While Aquino was seen as leading the downfall of the much-hated Marcos dictatorship, it is classes and not individuals that make history.  There were various factors and players at work who made the ouster of Marcos a reality.  Edsa 1 itself was a confluence of a military mutiny and a people’s uprising.  The build-up to Edsa 1 was a series of protests, sacrifices, and small-scale rebellion led by the Left and other progressive forces.  It is unfortunate, however, that the Left which has sacrificed the most during the period of the dictatorship, ended up ‘politically isolated’ due to errors related to its strategy and tactics.

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