Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 18:14

Cavite State U students protest against repression, demand university official’s ouster

Report by Merck Maguddayao

Thirty-four students of the Cavite State University (CvSU) in Silang, Cavite who have been sued for libel by school administrators and the student council chair greeted the opening of the second semester with a mass protest against harassment, irregularities, and the deterioration of the educational system.

The students had earlier sent letters to President Rodrigo Duterte and CvSU president Hernando Robles demanding an investigation into the alleged irregularities and repressive measures carried out by Quintin Subong IV, an academic who holds several key positions, along with former Silang campus dean Dinah Espineli and student council president Kim Almeda.

Subong, Espineli, and Almeda subsequently filed libel and perjury suits against the students, three of whom are minors.

Among the issues raised by the students against Subong, Espineli, and Almeda are:

1. Purchase of the student council of a Toyota Innova for their private use.

2. Release of P300,000 from the student council fund for the construction of a student park even if CvSU had released P3 million in 2015 for the same project. Said student park is merely paved with gravel and has a non-operational fountain.

3. Questionable legitimacy of the incumbent student council for not having been proclaimed by the student electoral commission, as their claim for legitimacy came from Subong, who at that time was the office of student affairs head.

4. Verbal discrimination of LGBT students by Subong.

5. Collection of exorbitant fees, including an Internet fee even if the school has failed to provide Internet connection on campus.

6. Student council's illegal collection of student publication fee, in violation of the Campus Journalism Act.

7. Hiring of numerous incompetent teaching personnel, including a former mall saleslady who teaches Economics.

The students called for the immediate removal of Subong, the withdrawal of the libel case, and the holding of snap elections of the student council.

They sought the support of members of the socialist Partido Lakas ng Masa and workers’ group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)- Southern Tagalog.

Together with their parents and their lead counsel, Luke Espiritu, a member of BMP, they agreed to meet with CvSU president Robles.

Robles promised to convince Subong to drop the case, transfer Subong to another CvSU campus, and to hold a snap student council elections.

But Robles could not assure students that the libel case will be dropped, saying the CvSU administration has nothing to do with it since it is a "personal" case by Subong, Espineli, and Almeda.

Almeda, who attended the dialogue, demanded that students issue a public apology to him as condition for his withdrawal from the libel case. This was vehemently turned down by the students.

The students are now planning to hold more protest actions, organize teach-ins, and field candidates in the coming snap elections.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:42
PLM Leyte PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:56

Margen Farmers Organization, Margen, Ormoc City join the Partido Lakas ng Masa.

Photo courtesy of Rosselle Panta.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:58
PLM Taguig PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:38

Padala naman ng mga kasama sa Taguig City. Discussion of human rights campaign and community issues noong November or December. Thanks sa organizing and campaigning. We'll be doing more this year. Padayon!



Statement by PLM on Aleppo bombings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:29


Aleppo: Stop the bombing, provide safe passage


The bombs are falling on Aleppo as we issue this statement and the people of Aleppo are sending their final messages and last minute appeals to avert what can only be described as genocide by a brutal regime against its own people.


According to latest reports from humanitarian volunteers from besieged Eastern Aleppo, some 100,000 civilians are trapped in an area of 5 square kilometres with non-stop bombing, shelling and troops advancing on the ground. More than 500 people are trapped in one building alone. Many are living underground.


As a movement with a brave and also tragic history of having struggled against imperialism, we cannot stand by while the murderous actions of the Assad dictatorship are being justified as anti-imperialist. The lessons from our own history is that anti-imperialism is not some abstract foreign policy or principle. It’s a struggle by an oppressed people to advance their collective interests – the interests of the majority. We fight imperialism to advance the interests of the masa. In this sense anti-imperialism must begin at home, on the domestic front.


We reject the view that the Assad regime is anti-imperialist. It’s a brutal dictatorship that is conducting genocide against its own people.


As we ourselves are now undertaking a tremendous struggle against a slide towards dictatorship and against elite rule in our own country, we heed the appeals of the people of Aleppo. We stand by the people of Aleppo in these terrible moments. We support the calls of the humanitarian volunteers, the medical personnel and the people of Aleppo.


We call on the Philippine government to exert maximum pressure on the Assad regime and its main ally, the government of Russia, through all the international avenues available to it -- including its recently established 'special' bilateral relations with the Russian government – to immediately stop the bombings to save lives and to provide safe passage for the people trapped in Aleppo.


PLM International 
December 14, 2016

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:45
International Human Rights Day 2016 – Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 December 2016 15:32


PLM (Partido Lakas ng Masa) joined iDEFEND, a coalition of human rights and people’s rights groups in the Philippines, in a rally this morning marking International Human Rights Day. PLM slams the killings of suspected pushers and drug users, which now reached 6,000 dead, under President Duterte’s war on drugs. PLM and a number of groups called for the building of a broad opposition coalition that will campaign against the mass killings, the reinstitution of the death penalty, the lowering of criminal age to 9 years old, and others.

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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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