On the CA rejection of environment secretary Gina Lopez' appointment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Friday, 05 May 2017 09:52

PLM condemns the Commission on Appointment's rejection of Gina Lopez' appointment as Secretary of Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This is the third time the joint body consisting of representatives from the lower and upper houses of Congress refused to approve Lopez' appointment. A majority of CA members, mostly supporters of President Duterte, voted for rejection. The system of trapo politics has unabashedly bowed down to the interests of mining capital. In so doing, it has struck a blow against the environment and the interests of the majority of the Filipino people.


It is a case of corporate profits and greed against the environment and the welfare of the people and corporate greed has won this round. The mining corporations are now emboldened and we need to brace ourselves for a new and renewed offensive as they attempt to claw back lost ground. The movement now needs to prepare for this new offensive.

 

Although the appointment of Gina Lopez was a welcome reprieve, her administration did not last even a year. It was inevitable that her progressive agenda would be blocked by the system of trapo politics and corporate rule that underpins capitalism in this country.

 

And President Duterte has once again demonstrated that he is unprepared to take on the system, that he in fact stands with it, despite his rhetorical rants against the oligarchy.

 

The lesson in all this is the need for system change. Progressive government officials, however committed and dedicated to the people's cause, will be easily blocked and terminated by a capitalist state founded on corporate greed and ruled by trapo and elite forces.

 

 

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 09:45
 
Labor Day May 01, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 May 2017 11:31

Watch Ka Sonny Melencio's Speech on Labor Day last May 01, 2017.

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 09:45
 
PLM @ Labor Day May 01, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Monday, 01 May 2017 15:13

PLM joined May 1 rally in Manila to demand prohibition of contractualization, other labor demands, and to campaign for socialism. PLM also supports the formation of a broad labor alliance called Paggawa, consisting of BMP, AGLO, NAFLU, SUPER and MELF.

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Pahayag ng PLM sa Mayo 1, 2017

 

Manggagawa at maralita, ipaglaban ang ating mga karapatan!

Wakasan ang kapitalismo, ang ugat ng kahirapan at pagsasamantala!

Ikampanya ang sosyalismo!

 

Ngayon ang unang Mayo Uno sa ilalim ng pamahalaang Duterte. Ngayon ang unang Mayo Uno ng paniningil sa mga pangako ng bagong pangulo sa mga manggagawa sa bansa.

 

Unang-una sa pangako ang pagwawakas sa kontraktwalisasyon – sa halimaw na patakaran sa paggawa na nagbunga ng kawalan ng seguridad sa trabaho, endo, mababang sweldo, sobrang pang-aabuso, at pagkawala ng karapatang mag-unyon.

 

Nasaan na ang pangakong ito? Ang ibinigay ay panibagong Department Order (DO 174) mula sa Department of Labor & Employment. Hindi nito tinatanggal ang agency system na siyang puno’t dulo ng paglala ng kontraktwalisasyon. Ang hinihingi ng mga manggagawa ay ang ganap na pagbabawal ng kontraktwalisasyon sa mga trabahong kinakailangan at karapat-dapat (necessary and desirable) gaya nang ipinag-uutos ng batas.

 

Ikalawa, nakapako rin ang pangakong pagtataas ng sahod. Kasama ito sa inasahan noong Sona ni Pangulong Duterte pero ipinagpaliban dahil daw sa posisyon ng NEDA na magbubunga raw ito ng maraming layoff at pagsasara ng pabrika?

 

Kailan nagsara ang mga kumikitang kompanya? Tutuong mababawasan ang tubo ng mga kapitalista, pero ito ay makatarungan lamang dahil sa sobrang paghihikahos ng mga tunay na lumilikha ng yaman, ang mga manggagawa.

 

Wala pa rin ang pangakong mga trabaho. Ang huling ginawa ni Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang pagbisita sa Middle East ay isinama pabalik sa bansa ang 138 OFWs na stranded sa Saudi Arabia at wala nang trabaho.

 

Kung pagbabatayan ang sinasabing mga proyekto na nakalinyang gawin sa bansa dahil sa programa ni Pangulong Duterte, may 2 milyon daw na magkakaroon ng trabaho sa darating na 5 taon.

 

At ang 2 milyon sa loob ng 5 taon ay 400,000 na trabaho lang bawat taon ng panunungkulan ni Duterte. Sabi ng iba, mabuti na ito kaysa wala.

 

Magkagayunman, kailangang tiyakin na ang trabahong darating ay magbibigay ng pagkakataon sa maraming Pilipino na mabuhay nang disente.

 

Kaya ang kampanya laban sa kontraktwalisasyon at pagtataas ng sahod ng mga manggagawa ay magkatuwang na kampanyang dapat isulong nang mas malawakan ngayon.

 

Gayundin ang mga kampanya para sa trabaho, pabahay, murang presyo ng mga bilihin at karapatan sa pag-uunyon.

 

Habang isinusulong natin ang mga kagyat na karapatang ito, kailangang ipaliwanag sa marami na ang pagwawakas ng kahirapan at pagsasamantala sa mga manggagawa at maralita ay hindi maibibigay ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

 

Unti-unti na itong nakikita nang marami. Si Pangulong Duterte ay isang tao lamang na nakaluklok sa pinakamataas na pwesto sa bansa. Pero ang problema natin ay ang sistemang kapitalismo na ang naghahari ay ang mga mayayaman, ang Oligarkiya, ang mga trapo at political dynasty na may hawak ng kabuhayan at kapangyarihan sa bansa.

 

Huwag maunsyami sa mga pangakong hindi maipagkakaloob ng Pangulo. Intindihin na lamang na bunga ito ng isang sistema na ang naghahari ay Kapital o ang interes sa tubo ng mga kapitalista at mga panginoong maylupa. Isang sistema na ang nakaluklok sa gobyerno mula ehekutibo hanggang Kongreso at LGUs ay mga trapo at dinastiya.

 

Kung humihingi man tayo ng kaunting ginhawa, ito’y dahil may karapatan din tayong  mabuhay. At dahil tayo ang bumubuhay sa sistemang ito mula sa ating mga pawis, buwis at boto.

 

Pero kailangan nating maintindihan na ang tunay na kalayaan para sa manggagawa at maralita ay nasa pagwawakas ng sistemang kapitalismo at pagpapalit ng sistemang sosyalismo. Isang sistema na ang maghahari ay hindi ang Tubo, hindi ang Oligarkiya, hindi ang mga trapo – kundi ang masa ng manggagawa at maralita.

 

Kasabay ng ating mga kampanya para sa kagyat na mga karapatan, ikampanya natin ang bagong sistema na papawi sa kahirapan at pagsasamantala. At magluluklok ng isang gobyerno na hindi na pamumunuan ng mga dinastiya, ng Oligarkiya, ng trapo, at ng mga kawatan. Ang gobyerno ng masa.

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 May 2017 15:24
 
PLM Statement on Nuclear War Threat in the Korean Peninsula PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:38

Oppose war threat in the Korean Peninsula!
President Duterte, promote all diplomatic efforts in ASEAN against Trump's war plans!

 

The threat of a nuclear war in the Korean Peninsula is a real and present danger. Not since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the US threatened Cuba for seeking protection from the Soviet Union against another US attempt to overthrow its government after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, has there been so much concern about the possibility of a nuclear war.

 

Despite the portrayal of his administration as being isolationist, from Syria to Afghanistan and now against North Korea, Donald Trump's war plans to promote US global interests, are deadly serious.

 

The US threats against North Korea have come about because the North Korean state is trying to develop nuclear weapons. North Korea left the international non-proliferation treaty in 2003 and since 2006 has been subjected to US-supervised sanctions.

 

The US, which is also the biggest proliferator of nuclear weapons, has refused to sign this treaty. Other countries with nuclear weapons, such as Israel, India, Pakistan, China and Iran have all refused to ratify the treaty.

 

The border between North and South Korea is the most militarized border in the world. U.S. military power is overwhelming, but North Korea does possess some deterrents. Both sides possess nuclear weapons. If war broke out there would be high casualties on both sides.

 

The last war on the Korean peninsula, from 1950 to 1953, resulted in well over 2 million civilian casualties.

 

At various times in the past 20 years, the Pentagon has estimated that 1 million Korean civilians, divided evenly between North and South, would die in the first days of an all-out war. More than 25 million people live in metropolitan Seoul, South Korea's capital. The Pentagon refers to the area as the "kill box."

 

While China has been an ally of North Korea, it's unclear whether China will intervene militarily in North Korea's defense. Donald Trump's war cries against North Korea is also aimed as a warning against China.

 

The plans for war are very much part of the US "pivot to Asia" strategy which has resulted in an unprecedented rise of militarization in the region.

 

We have to oppose Donald Trump's drive to war in the region -- for the sake of the Korean people, for the unity and self-determination of the Korean people and ultimately, for the sake of humanity and our environment.

 

We demand that President Duterte act on his statements to distance the Philippines from the US foreign policy, that is Donald Trump's war plans. This means all joint military exercises with the US must stop. All military treaties, such as the VFA and EDCA must be terminated. The Duterte government must make known its opposition to US war plans in the Korean Peninsula and take every possible diplomatic initiative to prevent a war.

 

The Philippines is the Chair of ASEAN and can use this position to garner support against a war in the Korean Peninsula, to promote a political resolution towards a unified Korea and hereby demonstrate its commitment to a genuinely sovereign and independent foreign policy. #

 

 

International Desk
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

April 26, 2017

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:42
 
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)

6. Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:04
 
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“Pare-pareho lamang silang trapo!
Mangungurakot na naman yan!
Bobolahin na naman nila tayo!”


Sounds really familiar. We have heard this expression from people of all walks of life time and again. An automatic response, when one is asked about a certain politician or politicians in general.

For decades, generations of politicians from the same clan and some new ones have been deceiving the masses. Every election for them has been an opportunity to make more promises. And after every election, all these remain just that – promises.

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