PLM Supports Palestinian Bid For Statehood PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 September 2011 12:28

The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) supports the Palestinian bid for statehood and its submission to the UN for an independent Palestinian state. We call on the Philippine government to vote in favor of this submission and campaign at the United Nations for its passage. We condemn the US government attempts to block and veto the resolution in favor of its hardened support for Israel.

We support the historical struggle of the Palestinian people for a democratic and secular Palestine in which Arabs, Jews and other people can live in peace. We reject the fallacy that the Israeli state has a biblical claim to its existence.

The state of Israel is a recent creation established only in 1948 as a result of a conscious policy of resettlement of European Jews who were fleeing the fascist holocaust against them. This resettlement was engineered by the then imperialist powers led by Britain and the newly formed Zionist movement.

The Israeli state is founded on the ideology of Zionism which is a sectarian and racist ideology based on the dispossession, exploitation and apartheid-style discrimination of the Palestinian Arab population. This dispossession was carried out violently and brutally with the massacre of the original Palestinian population in order to resettle the European Jews and establish a Zionist Israeli state.


The dispossed Palestinians are now forced to live in Bantustan-style settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Israeli occupation. Israel continues to build Jewish settlement and encroach even on these small pieces of Palestine land. Meanwhile the Palestinians who fled the violent occupation have no right of return even today.

Support the Palestinian bid for UN membership!

Support the right of return and end the diaspora of the Palestinian people!

Stop the building of Israeli settlement! For a democratic and secular Palestine!

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2011 19:04
 
PMT Against VAT and Oil Deregulation Law PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:13

PRESS STATEMENT

September 15, 2011

 

Reaction to Malacanang - Transport Groups Dialogue:

 

P-Noy evades real issues, offers “palliatives”

to avert a transport strike

 

The statement of P-Noy for a review of the oil deregulation law, at best, is pure and simple “muddleheaded-ness”.  The facts are as clear as daylight. The deregulation of the oil industry caused the scourge of unbridled oil price hikes. To expect prices to fall in an industry dominated by monopolies is not only wishful thinking, it is an illusion conjured by transnational oil companies to amass higher profit margins at the expense of the Filipino people.

 

Inutile Review. Yes, a policy review is necessary not to determine if deregulation causes an increase in oil prices; but to seek measures on how to shift the oil industry back to a regulated market.

 

The promised Malacanang review of oil deregulation is useless and futile; like a fireman telling a tenant of the need to study the effects of water on fire before rescuing his burning house.

 

Palliatives to douse water on a brewing transport strike. Yesterday’s dialogue was enough to conclude that Noynoy will remain deaf to the clamor for government control of oil prices, a pressing need not just of the transport sector but of the entire Filipino people. This conclusion is based on two premises: (1) the inutile review of deregulation rather than a study to revert to a policy of regulation, (2) the proposed part two of the Pantawid Pasada Program, the use of alternative fuel, and the abuse of “kotong” cops on transport workers.

 

Rather than focus on the pressing issue at hand (the reversal of the oil deregulation law), Aquino proposed measures that would not even lift an ounce in the burden of oil price hikes. It is a sad re-run his of “wang-wang” measures, which are mere publicity stunts, intended to avert a nationwide protest by the transport sector.

 

The use of alternative fuel – a long-term solution – would serve the selfish interests of some members of the dialogue panel, since they are now venturing into such businesses.

 

All Systems Go for Nationwide Protests. The PMT would push through with nationwide localized protests for: (1) the prosecution of oil companies for excessive and unjust profiteering, (2) an urgent P9/liter rollback in petroleum products, (3) the repeal of the oil deregulation law, and (4) that removal of VAT of oil and basic commodities. From September 19 to 24, we will conduct mass actions in NCR, Calamba, Lipa, Malolos, Cabanatuan, Imus, Baguio, La Trinidad, Bacolod, Silay, Cebu, Tacloban, CDO, Ozamis, Zamboanga and Davao. #

 

 

Dante Lagman

President

Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon (PMT)

0922-8898134

 

 

 

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Ang Masa Monthly Magazine PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:33

September 2011 issue available now at PLM office.

13A  Rigor St. Kalantiaw Brgy. Masagana, Project 4, Quezon City

Telephone 4395811

 

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Statement on Libya Today PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 August 2011 07:41

Establish a genuine peoples power government, not a puppet regime, in Libya!

Stop bombing civilian populations in Tripoli, prioritize humanitarian assistance and save OFW lives!

No to Western powers occupation of Libya!

We are witnessing the end of the Gaddafi regime and the crucial question now is the nature of the government that comes after Gaddafi: will it be a genuinely democratic government that represents the popular will of the Libyan people?

Unlike the successful peoples power uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt which ended the brutal dictatorships of Ben Ali and Mubarak, the end of the Gaddafi regime has been brought about not by civilian peoples power, but a military victory in a civil war backed by military intervention of the Western powers – NATO and the United States. The military intervention by Western powers in Libya sets a dangerous precedence and is an attempt to derail the peoples power uprisings against dictatorships in the Arab world. Tunisia and Egypt set the example of the peoples movement starting to take control of the destiny of their country: in Libya the military conflict has had the effect of disempowering peoples power, by shifting the relationship of forces toward who has stronger military power.

Therefore scepticism and concern amongst progressive forces about the character of the Benghazi-based Transition National Council, which will be the basis for the new ruling power in Libya and its dependency on the Western imperialist powers, is understandable. Will it be a mere “puppet regime”, as in Afghanistan and Iraq, or will it be a genuinely independent and sovereign regime representing the will of the Libyan people?

PLM believes that for post-Gaddafi rule in Libya to be truly representative of the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people, the US and NATO powers should now get out of Libya. We also demand that NATO immediately stops the bombardment of Tripoli and its civilian population. Humanitarian aid must be delivered as a priority to the civilians in the city. We call on the Philippine government to support this call as an immediate and urgent measure to protect Filipino OFWs stranded in the city.

Already there are discussions in Washington about the need for “boots on the ground”, i.e. troop presence to restore ‘stability’. Such plans must be opposed. On the contrary, we believe that the continuing NATO and US intervention will increase instability and will lead to another Iraq-type situation: a complete destruction of the economy, sectarian and tribal in-fighting, extreme insecurity for the civilian population and an overall decline of Libyan society.

There are reports that Western troops are already on the ground and that NATO commanders and units are leading military operations in the field. The UK Guardian reports of special British forces and SAS troops participating in military operations in the field.

Any ongoing presence of NATO troops will only aid the geo-political and economic interests of the Western powers. They want a Libyan government that will allow  Western bases, that is supportive of Israel and its colonization of the Palestinian peoples and which ensures lucrative profits for Western oil corporations. Already there are reports of Italy’s Eni oil company executives having arrived in Tripoli as the jockeying for positioning to carve up lucrative Libyan oil assets begins. Eni has issued a statement hailing the end of Gaddafi’s rule and warning Russian and Chinese firms of contract revisions. Reuters reports that the Italian Foreign Minister has been cited in Tripoli.

PLM supports the establishment of a genuinely independent, sovereign and democratic government, imbued with and representing genuine peoples power in Libya. This means ‘No!’ to Western troops on the ground and a withdrawal of NATO and US forces from Libya now.

August 24, 2011

 

 

 
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