No to Imperialist Intervention in Libya! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Sunday, 20 March 2011 21:08

Statement of the Partido Lakas ng Masa

March 19, 2011

No to imperialist intervention in the Libya! Saudi, UAE troops out of Bahrain!

Support Middle Eastern democracy struggles! End imperialist wars in Iraq, Afghanistan!

 

On March 17, 2011, the UN Security Council passed a resolution authorizing military intervention by the Western imperialist powers or their puppets in Libya. The justification for this is to prevent further loss of life in fighting between forces remaining loyal Muammar Gadaffi and forces supporting the uprising that began on February 15 against his 42-year-old rule, and to support the pro-democracy forces.

 

However, the imperialists’ claims to be in support of democracy,  and concerned about loss of life, are contradicted by events in Bahrain, a key Western ally where the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based. Here the US response to brutal attacks by the monarchist government against unarmed, non-violent pro-democracy protesters has been to call for restraint — by both sides.

 

Furthermore, on March 14, 1000 troops from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (a brutal feudal dictatorship and the chief US ally in the Arab world) and 500 police from the United Arab Emirates (also a Western-backed monarchy) invaded Bahrain to help the Bahraini government crush the protests. The intervention happened under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Ironically, the GCC was one of the key institutions lobbying for military intervention in Libya.

Libya

During the 1970s and ’80s, the Gadaffi government was supported by most progressives throughout the world because following the 1969 revolution that overthrew a Western-controlled feudal monarchy, his government redistributed the country’s oil wealth to the benefit of the country’s poor and took an anti-imperialist line in foreign policy. These policies also earned Gadaffi the hatred of the imperialist powers — sanctions were applied under a number of pretexts and in 1986 the US President Ronald Reagan sent warplanes to bomb Libya.

 

However, the Gadaffi régime was never socialist and over time became increasingly dictatorial. Much of its anti-imperialism was simply rhetoric and its support for just liberation struggles, such as that of Palestine, was inconsistent and used as a bargaining chip to be traded away in deals with imperialism.

During the 1990s and 2000s its policies took an increasingly neoliberal direction and its standards of literacy and healthcare, for example, which had improved after the revolution, declined to levels similar to neighboring countries. Furthermore, Filipinos are aware that it relied on the exploitation of foreign workers. The West rewarded these policies with a renewal of diplomatic and military support. The right-wing Berlesconi régime in Italy became particularly close to Gadaffi, and Britain remained a major arms supplier almost until the point when the British government became a main advocate of military action against the régime.

 

The Libyan uprising for democracy, inspired by the uprisings that overthrew imperialist-backed presidents in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, is worthy of support by progressives. Gadaffi’s initial response was to appeal to the imperialism to save him, accusing the opposition of being al-Qaeda. It was only when it became clear that the West was going to opportunistically use the uprising, and the régime’s brutal response, as a pretext for direct intervention that he revived his anti-imperialist rhetoric from the ’70s aand ’80s.

 

However, imperialist military intervention must be denounced as the hypocritical opportunism that it is. The record of Western interventions in the Middle East speaks for itself. Far from saving lives, it will cost more. The rules of engagement being proposed mean that if the Gadaffi loyalist forces bomb civilians in rebel-held Benghazi the imperialists will bomb civilians in government-held Tripoli. And far from helping democracy the intervention is an attempt to hijack the Libyan uprising and establish a base from which to derail the unfolding revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.

Bahrain

 

The corporate media, ever subservient to imperialism has shed rivers of crocodile tears over Libya, while paying very little attention to Bahrain. What coverage it has had has falsely portrayed the uprising as communal violence between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims. The media has also parroted the proganda of the Bahraini and Saudi kings that the protesters are Shi’a religious fundamentalists backed by Iran.

 

The reality is that while the Sunni monarchy has discriminated against the Shi’a majority, the protests have united Sunni and Shi’a, religious and secular, in a struggle for democracy, human rights, gender equality and economic opportunity.

 

These are the values which the imperialists’ intervention in Libya claims to be in support of. Yet in Bahrain, the imperialists have sent in their Saudi and UAE puppets to shore up the religious sectarian monarchy. Under the protection of the Saudi and UAE forces, pro-monarchy thugs have attacked and burnt the protest camp and have been roaming neighborhoods attacking democracy supporters. Health workers have also been targeted. Hospitals have been taken over the military — wounded protesters have been prevented from entering and doctors, nurses and paramedics prevented from leaving.

Iraq

 

Anyone with illusions that Western intervention can bring democracy need look no further than Iraq. The US-led invasion and occupation that has cost more than a million Iraqi lives since 2003 was in the name of bringing democracy. Instead it has brought communal divisions, religious extremism, a breakdown in basic services such as electricity and water, social dislocation, collapse of the health and education systems, mass unemployment and, above all, violence.

That pro-democracy protesters are being shot down on the streets of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities by the puppet régime installed by the West in the name of bringing democracy shows clearly what imperialist intervention brings.

 

Partido Lakas ng Masa, March 19, 2011.

 
Our Solidarity with the People of Japan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:45

Statement of the Partido Lakas ng Masa

The Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Laboring Masses, PLM) expresses its deepest concern and sends its condolences to all the families and victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the North-Eastern coast of Japan last Friday. Our thoughts are also with all our Japanese friends and comrades and we pledge our solidarity and support to them in these dark hours.

 

We also join Filipinos here and abroad who, up to now, wait for official news from the Philippine Government as to the real situation of our Kababayans who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami. We call on the Government to put their contingency plans in motion without losing precious time, which is crucial, when disasters such as these strike. The Government should get its act together to ensure that vital information and other services needed by the victims and their families are given in a prompt and efficient manner.

 

No to Nuclear Power

The horrors of the devastation wrecked by the earthquake and tsunami have been intensified by the dangerous state of meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear reactor. The accident, in which unspecified quantities of radioactivity were released, highlights the grave inherent hazards of nuclear power generation, and confirms the scientific assessment that all nuclear reactor-types can undergo a catastrophic accident like Three Mile Island (US, 1979) and Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986), irrespective of the precautions taken and safety systems installed. An estimated 65,000 to 110,000 people perished in Chernobyl. The toll from Fukushima is as yet unknown, but is likely to be high.

 

The nuclear accident in Fukushima, once again sends out a strong message to the world, that nuclear energy projects should be abandoned and that all existing nuclear power plants around the world should be shut down. Nuclear energy is neither ‘clean’ nor ‘safe’ and is not a substitute for non-renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels.

 

No to Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

The Philippines, like Japan, lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire where 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur and where 80% of the world’s largest earthquakes originate.  The Fukushima nuclear accident only shows us that no amount of safety precautions will prevent a possible nuclear meltdown and accident in earthquake prone areas like Japan and the Philippines.  If in Japan we are now witnessing a possible nuclear catastrophe, that well-trained scientists and nuclear physicists with world-class technological know-how are unable to prevent, what assurance do we then have that the same accident will not happen to the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant if it is operationalized?  The BNPP was also found to have 4,000 defects that prompted the mothballing of the project in 1986 by the late President Corazon Aquino.  No amount of safety precautions will prevent a Chernobyl or Fukushima-like nuclear disaster, or even worse, happening in the Philippines.

 

Partido Lakas ng Masa calls on President Aquino’s government to stop all efforts to re-open the talks on the possibility of rehabilitating and operationalizing the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. The Government should find other alternative source of renewable energy, that are sustainable and environment friendly, plentiful and easily available in the Philippines, i.e. plenty of sun or solar, wind, thermal and hydropower energy sources. The Government should commit itself to giving top priority to renewable energy – solar, wind, thermal and hydro – and place renewable energy power generation at the centre of a national energy program and strategy.

 

Partido Lakas ng Masa

14 March 2011

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:48
 
International Women's Day, March 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:02

Statement of the Partido Lakas ng Masa

 

Win the fight for the passage of the RH Bill,

and continue the struggle for genuine gender equality,

economic and social justice!

 

It’s been 100 years since the first International Women’s Day march in 1911. While women have won the right to certain political freedoms such as the right to vote and political representation, we are still struggling for genuine and substantive gender equality – which means economic equality and social justice.

Poverty today has a woman’s face: 6 out of every 10 poor people are women and in the Philippines the number of poor people and poor women has grown in the last two decades. The system of elite rule in the country is preventing women from accessing economic and social resources, rights, and justice.

We know that around 11 Filipino women die everyday due to preventable childbirth-related complications. These are primarily poor women. It is estimated that about 40 percent of pregnant women are anemic, with even higher levels of 50 percent and over in some provinces in Mindanao. The diet of pregnant women is grossly inadequate, increasing the risk of both maternal mortality and the delivery of low-birth weight infants, who are also at risk of dying within their first years or of becoming undernourished in their pre-school years.

Women continue to struggle against unemployment, with only 50% of all eligible women working (compared to 80% for men). As a result the number of Filipino women pushed to work overseas has been increasing because of lack of decent jobs in the country. In 2009, 71,000 Filipino women left the country to work as domestic helpers; they made up 21 percent of the newly-hired in the top 10 job categories abroad.

However, the average cash remittances of women is only 60 percent that of men. This is indicative of the status of women OFWs in lesser skilled and unprotected lower paying jobs, which are also vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking and abuse.

The trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation and forced labor has increased. Between 60,000 to 100,000 children and over 100,000 women are trafficked (internally and externally) annually. And although the number of cases filed for investigation by the Department of Justice has increased, there is no justice for these women victims. There have been only eight convictions of traffickers since 2003.

Media reports now also expose the fact that women OFWs are being used as drug couriers or mules by unscrupulous and extremely powerful criminal syndicates. These desperate women are also victims of corrupt law enforcement agencies who turn a blind eye to women being trafficked past airport and other security personnel.

Filipino women are facing increasing violence committed by government security forces, as seen in the recent cases involving a woman vendor that was raped by a police officer in a police station, of a child victim of sexual abuse and trafficking whose abuser the police chose to protect, and of women activists who continue to be threatened by the police for their political activities.

President Noynoy has pledged that his administration will fight corruption and alleviate poverty and that he supports women’s rights. But actions speak louder than words and so far there has been very little concrete action to follow through the government’s rhetoric.

On the contrary we have witnessed a great deal of backtracking on the president’s commitments, as seen by his back-tracking on the Reproductive Health Bill.  Although he made a verbal commitment to support the bill, he didn’t include it in the priority legislative agenda of his government. The Noynoy government’s economic policies based on Public-Private-Partnerships or PPP, instead of contributing to poverty reduction and job creation, will only deepen privatization of more public utilities and services, deregulation and contractualization and thus, increase women’s poverty.

Women are tired of waiting. We have been patient and have waited long enough. We are also unimpressed by sweet-talking presidents. We want results that move us forward towards genuine gender equality, economic and social justice, and we want them now.

We demand action, not words. We demand a program with measures that will redistribute wealth towards poor women and their families and communities.

Pass the RH Bill now! Increase funding for health services, especially reproductive health services!

Immediate moratorium on lay-offs! No to neoliberal economic policies, no to the public-private partnership policy! Stop contractualization and privatization!  A national public sector investment program for job creation in the Philippines! Provide all returning OFWs from the Middle East with employment in the Philippines!

Repeal the automatic debt appropriation law! Increase funding for social services, especially health and education! Recognize housework as productive work with appropriate monetary compensation!

Launch a nationwide campaign and education program against violence against women! No to the Visiting Forces Agreement!

Win the fight for the passage of the RH Bill! Continue the struggle for genuine gender equality – for our economic and social justice! Continue the struggle for our emancipation from elite rule!

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:05
 
PLM Statement on the 25th Anniversary of EDSA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Friday, 25 February 2011 13:48

Statement of the Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Laboring Masses)

February 25, 2011

 

 

25 Years of Continuing Plunder and Oppression of the Masses

 

WHAT “EDSA REVOLUTION”?  There was no revolution on February 25, 1986. What happened was a people’s uprising that ousted the Marcos dictatorship, but was hijacked by a leadership composed of the elite – the capitalists, landlords, traditional politicians and clans which were also persecuted by the dictatorship. A revolution that could have resulted in a genuine change in society was derailed by these forces, which also got support from the United States government and other imperialist forces.

 

For 25 years, the nation was dominated by representatives of the ruling elite under four successive post-Edsa governments, which took turns in continuing the plunder and oppression of the masses.  The failure of the Edsa uprising in 1986 also intensified the crisis of the ruling system:

 

1.  We are witnessed now to the gross plunder of state resources by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This takes the form of multimillion pesos of funds lining the pockets of top brasses of the AFP and their backers in Malacanang.  This is plunder allowed by the Cory Aquino government in order to appease and pacify the military; plunder which reached its peak under the previous Arroyo administration, and plunder which continues to this day.

 

2.  The corruption and injustices pervading the Supreme Court and the judiciaries.  Latest witness to this was Lauro Vizconde, whose eldest daughter was raped and killed together with his wife and another younger daughter. Vizconde recounted how the Supreme Court justices were bought with P50-million peso bribe in order to acquit the main suspect who belonged to a powerful and influential family.

 

3.  The failure of the government to mediate in the wanton escalation of prices of basic goods.  While the incidence of hunger and poverty continues to spread all over the country, the government of Noynoy Aquino has ordered the implementation of new rounds of fare increases, toll fees, gasoline prices and other basic food items.

 

4. The failure to implement even the basic land reform legislation certified 25 years ago by the Cory Aquino administration. The 6,500-hectare Hacienda Luisita, owned by the Aquino-Cojuangco clan, was able to circumvent the land reform law.  Until now, no justice has been given to the 14 peasants massacred by the military and hacienda goons during a strike in 2004 calling for the implementation of land reform in the hacienda.

 

The only thing different from the administration of Noynoy Aquino today and the previous regimes from Marcos to Arroyo is the opportunity for people to witness the various atrocities committed by state institutions in the last few years.  Various cases of plunder and corruption in institutions such as the AFP, the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan, the Land Transportation Office, and others, are now investigated on live television, as more and more “whistleblowers” and witnesses come out to expose the crimes.

 

However, the main concern of the people has always been the lack of concrete outcome of these proceedings. In the main, these investigations, which were mainly undertaken by Congress, was not aimed at punishing the guilty but merely as an “aid” to legislation.

 

Let the lesson of people’s power in Egypt and in many countries of the Middle East today be a guide to all of us.  The people should guard their actions from elite forces which are out to hijack the uprisings in order to perpetrate the ruling class – under new representatives – in power.  The unfinished revolution should be brought to the full conclusion by the people taking power in their own hands. #

 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 13:59
 
Reproductive Health Bill PDF Print E-mail
Written by PLM-Women   
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 17:57

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 18:03
 
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