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PLM Supports the Struggle of Farmers in Hacienda Luisita PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 14:27



July 8, 2011

Saan ba sa wakas ang dulo ng lumbay?

May bagong pampiring ang mga bathala,

Gumagapang muli sa bukid ang simoy,

Hipan ang tambuling hahawi sa dilim…

-          Rio Alma



(Where, ultimately, is grief’s end?

The gods have new blindfolds,

The breeze is again crawling the fields,

Blow the horn that will dispel the darkness





Once again,  heavy darkness fell on our  fellow farmers and farm workers of Hacienda Luisita  last July 5.  After  sitting on the case for five (5) years, the Supreme Court came up with a decision that sets up another stumbling block to the 43-year old fight to redistribute Hacienda Luisita.   While upholding the December 2005  resolution of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) revoking the Hacienda’s stock distribution plan of 1989, the Court calls for another referendum to make the hacienda farmers and farm workers choose between the stock option or land redistribution.  This decision fits almost perfectly into the latest of the Cojuangco family’s scheme to retain control of Luisita.


Ka Romy Castillo, Released The campaign for Malaysian 6 continues PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 July 2011 16:30

Romy Castillo, deputy general secretary of Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), was finally released by Malaysian authorities yesterday morning. He came home via Air Asia flight at Clark airport at around 12 noon and was met by a delegation from PLM.

A victory party will be held at the PLM office on Friday, July 8, at 3:00 pm.  There will also be a meeting to discuss the continuing campaign to free the remaining six Malaysian pro-democracy leaders of Parti Sosialis Malaysia.

Sonny Melencio, chairperson of PLM, said that the release of Ka Romy was only a “partial victory since six of the previous 30 Malaysian jailed socialists are still languishing in jails.”

Melencio also thanked all those who called for Ka Romy’s release, including various human rights groups and Philippine authorities such as the Philippine Commission on Human Rights and the Philippine Embassy officials in Kuala Lumpur.

A day before Ka Romy’s release, more than 100 PLM members marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Makati City to protest Ka Romy’s detention and the 30 jailed Malaysian activists. The PLM declared Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines, Ibrahim Saad, as persona non grata for refusing to meet with the PLM delegation a number of times and for doing nothing to assist in the release of Ka Romy.

After the picket at the Malaysian Embassy, the PLM rallyists went to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila to appeal to Secretary Albert del Rosario to prioritize Ka Romy’s release. The DFA was having its anniversary party with President Ninoy Aquino as guest when the PLM rallyists arrived.




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Friday, 01 July 2011 15:53

Manila – Members of Partido Lakas ng Masa held another picket in front of the Malaysian Embassy today.  PLM protested the arrest and detention of 30 pro-democracy activisits in Malaysia, including Romy Castillo, deputy general-secretary of PLM, who was in Malaysia for an exchange visit program with the Parti Sosialis Malaysia.


The wife of Romy Castillo, Tess Castillo, spoke at the picket and pleaded with the Malaysian embassy officials to press its government to release Romy and the 30 others.


Castillo was arrested on June 25 on charges of joining a pro-democracy rally, calling for free and genuine elections. He was taken, together with several others, from a bus en route to the supposed rally site.  He was released on bail.


Yesterday, Castillo was detained at the Kuala Lumpur immigration office and was not allowed to board his flight to Manila. The immigration authorities later said that they were deporting him via Malaysian airlines 840.  But instead of bringing him to the plane, he was handcuffed and forcibly taken by the police to the Balai Police Sepang under IPD Sepang.  The police took his passport and said they will have to verify if it is genuine.  The police investigation is under Officer ASP Hairul (+60196664953).


PLM has already contacted the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Consul-General Renato Villa said the embassy wil follow up Ka Romy’s case.  The matter has already been brought to the attention of the Commission on Human Rights and the Overseas Filipino Workers Affairs Office at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.


If Ka Romy is not released soon, PLM vows to stage a bigger rally on Tuesday (July 5).





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PLM Calls For The Release of 30 Activist Held In Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 17:28

Manila -- Around 70 members of Partido Lakas ng Masa held a brief picket in front of the Malaysian Embassy this morning to protest the arrests and detention of 30 activists belonging to the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

Sonny Melencio, chairperson of PLM, submitted a letter to a representative of the Malaysian Embassy expressing the PLM’s outrage and condemnation to the ongoing crackdown against Malaysian socialists.

The letter also stated that the latest actions constituted attempt by the Malaysian government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their civil and political rights.

Melencio said that the PLM would organize more and bigger solidarity protests until the 30 activists are released.



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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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