Manila Socialism Conference, Marikina City, November 15, 2015. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Monday, 16 November 2015 12:00

A very successful event

The Manila Socialism Conference (2015) concluded successfully yesterday, November 15. It was held inside the Marikina City Hall itself, in the quadrangle, amidst the city’s simultaneous events campaigning for the revival of the local shoe industry in Marikina brought down by neoliberal globalization.

More than 300 delegates registered for the conference, coming from unions, community groups, and women and youth activists. Most of the delegates were from the PLM’s leadership base in Metro Manila, Cavite and Bulacan. Other delegates came from different parties and groups subscribing to socialist views.

The international delegates were from the Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM), Arul and Nagen, and the Socialist Alliance in Australia, Peter Boyle.

The mayor of Marikina, Doy del Castillo, and PLM Marikina chair, Gil Munar, gave solidarity greetings as the city hosts of the Conference.

Former Congressman Walden Bello, who’s running as a senator in 2016 under a coalition ticket which includes PLM, sent a solidarity message that outlined his views on a new Socialist Paradigm.

Retired General Dado Valeroso, a PLM senatorial candidate, also gave a message that drew out a platform based on the revolutionary program they espoused during the fight against the Marcos dictatorship, when he was still a young officer of the PNP.

Aside from the international guests, the local speakers from a number of panels include Reihana Mohideen from Transform Asia, Rasti Delizo from People’s Forum on APEC 2015, Leody de Guzman from BMP, and Josua Mata (Sentro). Super federation President Luke Espiritu gave a short solidarity message.

The Manila Socialism Conference also came out with two resolutions: one on the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. The other one was on the killings and ethnocide of Lumads, an indigenous community in the Philippines.

Teatro Pabrika graced the event with their uplifting music on struggles and on socialism. Emma Garcia acted as the emcee. Those in charge of technical operations of the event came from different groups including BMP, PLM Marikina, KPML, and others. Translators for the guests included Malou Tabanera, Merck Maguddayao, and Jhuly Panday.

[All available transcipts of talks, messages and Congress resolutions will be published at the PLM website soon, www.masa.ph.}

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 20:56
 

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