The postponement of the ARMM elections PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:43
PLM statement on the issue of ARMM elections

The issue of postponement of the ARMM elections, to be scheduled in August, will be decided by the Philippine Senate today. Partido Lakas ng Masa believes, however, that the two main contending factions on this issue are mainly motivated by their own interests rather than the paramount interests of the Bangsamoro people, which is the advancement of their right to self-determination as an oppressed nation.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is a political structure that has failed to address the problems of poverty and war and the concrete cases of oppression of the Bangsamoro people. In fact, despite the formation of ARMM since 1990, poverty and war have escalated without letup in many parts of Mindanao, especially in the ARMM areas.
The postponement of the scheduled ARMM elections will only serve the interests of the incumbent President’s political party, the Liberal Party, which is aiming to establish its bases in the ARMM areas.  The main trapo factions arguing for the scheduled August elections have the same aim – to maintain and strengthen their base in the ARMM areas to maximize their electoral gains.
The issues of poverty and war in Mindanao cannot be resolved by a political structure that has become a bastion of trapo intervention coming from both the national and the local levels.  The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is the main armed force fighting for self-determination in Mindanao, has also stated that the ARMM structure is not acceptable to the Bangsamoro as it has not provided real autonomy in their areas.  The MILF supports the postponement, however, only on the basis that it might give way to prioritizing the peace process being undertaken by the government and the MILF today.
PLM opts not to side with any of the traditional political factions debating on whether or not to postpone the ARMM elections in August. The issue only underscores the in-fighting amongst trapo forces on which faction should represent the oppressed Bangsamoro people. The argument that the postponement will allow time to reform the ARMM begs the question. The ARMM itself is an imposition by the trapo elite in the Philippines and does not reflect the demand for genuine autonomy of the Bangsamoro people. PLM does not believe that genuine autonomy can be gained through reforming the ARMM.
PLM supports the continuation of the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the MILF and any group which is fighting for self determination in Mindanao. We believe that only through providing genuine autonomy to the Bangsamoro people that prosperity and peace can be attained in Mindanao.

Sonny Melencio
Chairperson, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
June 6, 2011

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:50
 
PLM message to 13th Annual Congress of PSM PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 23:18
See at International Solidarity Section, PLM's message to the 13th Annual Congress of Parti Socialis Malaysia.
 
PLM at European Feminist Forum, Stockholm, Sweden PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:49

PLM was invited to participate at the Feminist Forum held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 7. The talk, presented by PLM EC member Reihana Mohideen, was on "Renewing Socialist Feminism", which discussed the need for the women's movement to put forward anti-capitalist alternatives in the face of the multiple crises facing global capitalism. The conference, which is held every year, was attended by around 1000 feminists. PLM also participated in a national tour of six cities. The presentation made at the Feminist Forum can be found here: Feminist Forum, May 2011, Stockholm, Sweden

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:23
 
P125 Minimum Wage Increase Now! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:21

The Workers Create the Wealth of the Society!

We Deserve Better!


The Regional Wage Board’s decision of giving NCR workers a 22 pesos non-wage benefit is unacceptable and considered an insult to all non-agricultural workers. The additional Php 22 was too little to make any economic impact for the workers because it was given way too late when prices of basic commodities and transportation fares were already increased.  We can say that the adjustment is really not an adjustment to help but a mere pampalubag loob (consolation).  President Noynoy Aquino (Pnoy) made an announcement before May 1, International Labor Day, that he has good news for the workers.  But instead of making good of his promise to help alleviate a little the economic condition of the workers, he failed the expectations of the Filipino working class for the nth time.  This decision and the inability of Pnoy to act in favor of the majority, made it clear that Pnoy’s bosses are not the ordinary people but the elites.


The Php 22 is not a wage increase which the workers are asking.  It is way below the Php 125 or the Php 75 that the workers are asking, and is too little for a Living Wage needed by a worker to live a decent life.  The Php 22 that will be added to the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) will not be subject to over time and night differential and 13th month pay computations, making the Board’s decision more favorable to employers than the workers who badly need a salary increase.

This decision is a manifestation that the ruling elite of this country is highly favored by this government.  The Private Partnership Program (PPP) of Pnoy is in full motion to the detriment of the working class.  All those who will benefit from this shenanigan are the capitalists who are cashing in on the government’s inability to protect the interest of the working class who produces the wealth of the society.


The Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Laboring Masses) calls on Pnoy to do something for a change, to do something to benefit the ordinary Filipino, especially the Working Class.  What he needs is a political will to put forward policies that will benefit the poor majority of the society.  What the workers are asking is a Php 125 salary increase, the scrapping of the Oil Deregulation Law, and the cancellation of EVAT for basic commodities!  And we will not settle for anything less!

 

Partido Lakas ng Masa

11 May 2011

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:31
 
May Day Statement: Enough to Poverty! Enough of Government Inaction! Intensify the Struggle Against Capitalism! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 May 2011 11:55

PARTIDO LAKAS NG MASA MAY DAY STATEMENT-- 2011

"Sobra na ang Kahirapan! Tama na ang Pagpapabaya ng Pamahalaan!"

Enough of Poverty! Enough of Government Neglect!

Intensify the Struggle Against Capitalism and towards  Socialism of the 21st Century!

This May 1, despite getting rid of the hated government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and electing a new President Noynoy Aquino who  has promised to end corruption and poverty, over 100 years since the first May Day, Filipino workers and the poor have very little to celebrate. Despite the high expectations of large sections of the working class and the poor who voted for President Aquino, his government has failed to address any of the substantial questions facing Filipinos today: poverty and hunger, low wages, unemployment.

 

The latest SWS survey showing an increase in hunger is a major concern that must be taken seriously and not brushed off in a squabble over statistics. According to the March 4-7 poll 20.5% of respondents -- or an estimated 4.1 million families -- have gone hungry at least once in the past three months. This is up from the estimated 3.4 million families recorded in November 2010, i.e., almost one million extra families are going hungry today due to poverty. Along with the other examples of poverty and marginalization – such as the shocking deaths of up to 30 people in Palawan, including children, due to easily preventable ailments such as diarrhea – this demonstrates that the situation of the masa is deteriorating.

 

The fact is that wide-spread poverty, and related hunger, continues to exist and is the most serious socio-economic problem that the country faces today. We don’t need statistics to tell us this. The masa know this and we experience it in our daily lives. The deteriorating situation of the masa and the seeming inability of the government to reverse the trend represent the failure of the government to carry out its promise of poverty reduction during its first year in office.

 

 

We needed far reaching reforms and strategies – at least 12 months ago. Without meaningful measures and reforms the situation for the masa will continue to worsen, and poverty and hunger will increase. The President must put forward a concrete development plan. The President must have a clear strategy for poverty reduction and must have the political will to implement them. At the heart of such a strategy and plan should be far-reaching measures for job creation for the country’s citizens – not Conditional Cash Transfer programs. There is no time to waste. The people are hungry and are getting desperate.

 

This May I the Partido Lakas ng Masa commits to intensifying the struggle around a series of demands that will provide immediate protection for the working class and the poor. We will now take up the fight in direct opposition to the government of President Noynoy Aquino. PLM and our allied mass organizations will launch a series of campaigns around the following demands:

 

Scrap the Value Added Tax!

Price Ceiling Now!

Extend the Moratorium on Demolition!

For a P125 daily minimum wage increase!

Job creation program for the youth!

In intensifying our struggle around these demands, we reaffirm our commitment to the unity of the left and progressive movements who also support these demands and we will explore all avenues to maximize the unity of the mass movements to strengthen our struggles to protect and defend the masa.

 

 

This May 1 PLM also reaffirms its commitment to international solidarity. We will draw on the lessons and the inspiration provided by workers and comrades struggling around the world, to challenge the capitalist order and build socialist alternatives -- from peoples power in the Middle East, to the mobilization of workers and students against cutbacks in Europe, to the comrades in Latin America who are showing us the way towards the Socialism of the 21st Century.

We also extend our warm solidarity to our sister socialist parties in the Asia region and we will continue to support all initiatives to strengthen our networks and relations.

With renewed determination to intensify the struggle we declare:

Long Live May Day!

 

May Day, 2011

 

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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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