On the Extra-Judicial Killings PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:08

The Matobato confessions confirm the failure of the entire trapo system

By Sonny Melencio


The statements of operative Edgar Matobato during the Senate hearings on extra-judicial killings have confirmed the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) which we know have existed for a long time now. According to Matobato, the killings have been going on since 1988 starting with the Cory administration through to FVR's, Erap's, GMA's, Noynoy's, up until now.


This means that all these administrations must be held accountable. They all have blood on their hands.


The statements also expose the connivance of the police and government forces in perpetrating the killings. We also know that this connivance has been established in the operation of the illegal drug trade itself.


As to how the killings could remain unabated all through the years has to be explained not only by the Duterte government but also by the previous ones. The previous administrations have known what was happening in Davao all along, but they chose to ignore it. Some administrations even consorted with the drug lords and syndicates, until the drug issue became so significant that it catapulted Rodrigo Duterte to power.


The killings have become almost nationwide. Now its becoming clearer that these mass killings are in fact systemic. It's part and parcel of the system of trapo politics and elite rule in the country.


Davao is not the only case. There have been similar killings in Negros (Escalante), Isabela, Maguindanao and elsewhere. It might not have the same intensity and publicity as in Davao, but it points to the capacity of the ruling individuals in power to form their own death squads, bodyguards and goons to do their bidding. We have a term to describe this localized phenomenon, that is warlordism, reminiscent of an era when the landowning class in their fiefdom ruled through terror and violence.


We have to assess and therefore question the direction of the Senate hearings in this context. The hearings have degenerated into a jockeying of opposing factions within the ruling class in order to score points and advance their own agenda. This makes the Senate hearings an exercise in futility, as they are not meant to resolve the problem of the killings, but to lay the blame solely with the present administration. The motive is therefore suspect. The question is posed: Why didn't the elite factions which were previously in government, not so long ago, use their power to stop the killings?


Let's not fool ourselves. There has been an increasing polarization of forces within the ruling class. Even if the Liberal Party is in disarray, with a majority of its members having joined the Duterte faction, they are still powerful enough to destabilize the Duterte regime. Yes, there is a Plan B, as there is a Plan A, or even a Plan C that are a part of this faction's maneouvers to control power.


But where are the masses and the poor in all these designs? Our interests are not represented in any of these maneouvers. While they quarrel in the halls of the Congress, we continue to be the casualties of their system -- oppressed, exploited and even killed in the streets.


The solution is not to replace Duterte with another trapo via plans engineered by any of the elite factions. We must not be trapped into aligning ourselves with any of the factions. The masses must organize and mobilize for their own agenda and interests. This is the only way that we can protect our communities and win genuine peace and security. The unity of the Left and progressive forces is crucial to achieving this.#


September 20, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:36

These packed goods prepared by PLM ( Partido Lakas ng Masa ) to be donated to fire victims of Brgy.546,Sampaloc Mla.

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September 13, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 19:43

PLM supports the struggle of the Philcoa vendors, members of MMVA-Sanlakas, whose stalls were dismantled by the city government in collusion with Mercury Drug chain owners. The stalls were dismantled without due consultation with vendors who have been paying stall fees and permits to the city halls for years. The rally is just a start of the struggle to restore them to their vending areas or provide them with proper vending areas.

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PLM statement on 'state of lawlessness' PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 11:35

Stop the killings! Stop the bombings!

For peace, not a war strategy!


The dangerously deteriorating situation that the country now faces, marked by the killings and bombings resulting in the meaningless death of thousands of people, is a result of the 'war 'strategy followed by the Rodrigo Duterte regime. The war strategy, which began as a ‘war against drugs’, has now been extended and intensified with the ‘war on terror’ in Mindanao.

The 'war' against drugs has led to mass killings mostly in urban poor communities. The death toll of suspected pushers, users and innocent civilians has reached more than 2,000 in a span of less than three months of the Duterte administration.

The war against the Abu Sayyaf, a small bandit group, led to the bombing and destruction of villages in Mindanao. There is an ongoing AFP military offensive against Abu Sayyaf groups in southern Sulu province, an intensified attack called by President Duterte after the beheading of an 18-year old hostage. At least 30 of the Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in the week-long offensive, according to the AFP.


It is reported that the attack against Abu Sayyaf territories in Sulu and Basilan has triggered the bloodbath in Davao City which killed at least 14 civilians. Abu Sayyaf first owned up to the bombing in Davao, but it later clarified that the killers were from another group sympathetic to them.

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) calls for a stop to the mass killings of suspected drug users and pushers in the urban poor communities. The campaign against drugs could simply be an intensified police operation, targeting the biggest drug lords and their protectors.


The Abu Sayyaf bandits can also be curtailed with targeted military operations, instead of bombing entire villages. The bombings have resulted in massive loss of lives and the retaliation of increasingly desperate communities wanting to hit back against forces they deem to be supporting the government operations.


The human casualties of this war strategy – its so-called collateral damage -- are very high.  It plays into the hands of the US 'war on terror', which has been rightly condemned by President Duterte in his recent speeches. It also plays into the hands of the rightist forces, including the ‘war hawk’ generals.

A war strategy has its own dynamics, which cannot be easily controlled. The war itself is a declaration of a state of lawlessness, a state of belligerency; the imperative being the extermination of the combatant forces engaged in war. If the war continues, it will also create a scenario leading to the declaration of martial law, from the current 'state of lawlessness' declared by the government.


This war strategy is clearly not in the best interest of the masses.


The PLM calls instead for a strategy of peace in Mindanao, an inclusive process of all the Bangsamoro forces and not only the MILF and the MNLF. A strategy that addresses the basic causes of the conflict, based on the Bangsamoro people’s right to self-determination.

We reiterate our call for a 'peace strategy' with the CPP-NDF-NPA. Such a strategy must address the root causes of the insurgency, including urgent measures to address the impoverishment of the masses, implementation of genuine agrarian reform, and labor rights.

Lastly, we call for an end to the terror sown by the war on drugs in the urban poor communities. We call for a 'peace strategy' that stops the killings in the communities and arrests and prosecutes the big drug lords and their protectors.


Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
September 7, 2016




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August 14, 2016 LEADERS ASSEMBLY AT LUNETA PDF Print E-mail
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A new party is born. A party for our times.

A party of Change! A party of Socialism!

“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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