BAYAN - Canada launch a resounding success

 

Toronto, Canada

 

September 21, 2008

 

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Eighty-five participants from across Canada representing 20 organizations from Victoria to Montreal came together in Toronto on September 21 to witness the successful launch of BAYAN Canada. Present during the event was keynote speaker, Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, chairperson of BAYAN Philippines, the multisectoral alliance of anti-imperialist and democratic organizations of the Filipino people.

 

Elected BAYAN-Canada National Organizing Committee Chair Dr. Chandu Claver
 

Guest speaker BAYAN - Philippines Chair  Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo talked about the current situation in the Philippines

BAYAN-USA Secretary General Bernadette Ellorin delivered a solidarity message and shared BAYAN-USA experiences

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Press Release
Sept. 22, 2008

Reference: Joey Calugay, National Organizing Committee, BAYAN Canada, email jcalugay@gmail.com


BAYAN Canada Launch a Resounding Success


Eighty-five people from across Canada representing 20 organizations from Victoria to Montreal came together in Toronto on September 21 to witness the successful launch of BAYAN Canada. Present during the event was keynote speaker, Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, chairperson of BAYAN Philippines, the multisectoral alliance of anti-imperialist and democratic organizations of the Filipino people.

Dr. Araullo delivered a presentation on the intensifying crisis of Philippine economic, social, political and cultural life. She also pointed out that through its mining companies, terrorist listing, and intent for the Visiting Forces Agreement negotiations with the Philippines, Canada is experiencing an "erosion of its image of benevolence".

She underlined the need for Filipinos in Canada to raise the level of their political struggle in order to expose and oppose the anti-national and anti-people policies of the US-backed Macapagal-Arroyo regime, the complicity of the Canadian state in such, and to advance the rights and welfare of Filipinos in Canada. Dr. Araullo emphasized that BAYAN Canada is this alliance for coordinating such struggles of Filipino organizations, finding synergies in their activities, and being their political campaign centre.

“Several years ago while at a conference in Vancouver, and having witnessed the growing strength of the Filipino organizations here, I asked about the possibility of building a BAYAN chapter in Canada... several years later I am happy to see that some organizations had taken this on and are now launching BAYAN Canada on this important day,” says Dr. Araullo.

The launching of BAYAN Canada marks the 36th anniversary of the martial law imposed by the Marcos dictatorship. The organizers of Bayan Canada wanted to make the link between the US-Marcos fascist regime and the current US backed Arroyo regime scheming to stay in power while perpetrating some of the worst human rights violations in Philippine history.

Also speaking at the launching was Bernadette Ellorin, Secretary-general of BAYAN-USA. Ellorin shared some lessons and summarized the advances in the struggles of Filipinos living in the US because of the formation of a BAYAN chapter there. In a statement, the BAYAN chapter in the US expressed their solidarity and commended the years of painstaking work to build the organizations in Canada that have promoted the national democratic movement in the Philippines for decades.

“As with the formation of the BAYAN USA in 2005, we understand that the formation of BAYAN Canada had its share of struggles before breaking through and moving forward... the formation of BAYAN Canada by far signifies a higher level of commitment to advance the national democratic line in the Philippines on a widespread level,” the statement read.

Sending a solidarity message for the International League of People’s struggle was ILPS chairperson, Prof. Jose Maria Sison. In the recorded message played for the assembly, Prof. Sison highlighted the worsening world economic crisis that will see imperialist and reactionary forces gearing to use the state as a system of organized violence to intimidate and attack the people in anticipation of growing mass protests and resistance.

“It is therefore necessary for BAYAN-Canada and its component organizations to intensify their efforts to arouse, organize and mobilize the Filipinos in Canada and thus to assert, defend and promote their rights and interests,” states Prof. Sison.

The presentations were followed by an introduction of the BAYAN Canada national organizing committee, and a lively question and answer period. Dr. Constancio “Chandu” Claver, formerly the chairperson of Bayan Muna in Kalinga and now based in Victoria BC, summarized the discussions and outlined the important tasks for BAYAN Canada.

The assembly affirmed the BAYAN Canada national organizing committee and its chairperson Dr. “Chandu” Claver and its work leading to the first congress of BAYAN Canada. BAYAN Canada is calling on all patriotic Filipino organizations in Canada to join in advancing the Filipino people’s movement for national liberation and democracy.

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Elected National Organizing Committee. Representatives came from Victoria, British Columbia to Montreal, Quebec

     
     
     
     
           

 

Address to Bayan-Canada
On the Occasion of its Founding
By Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo
Chairperson, Bayan-Philippines
21 September 2008

Bayan-Philippines greets and congratulates all the allied organizations and the National Organizing Committee of Bayan-Canada on its launching today, in Toronto, Canada.

This is indeed a joyous occasion because it marks a level of expansion and consolidation of the national democratic forces among Filipinos in Canada that augers well for advancing the anti-imperialist and democratic movement of Filipinos in this country to a new and higher level.

It comes at a time when the chronic crisis of the rotten and dying semicolonial and semifeudal Philippine society is ever worsening bringing with it intolerable hardship and the brutal suppression of our people.

It also takes place at a time when the crisis of monopoly capitalism is fast unraveling in its heartland, the United States of America, with a financial meltdown that is the worst since the Depression generating still untold grievous repercussions for the American people and the rest of the world.

As the crisis back home and internationally – exemplified by the puppet, fascist, corrupt and mendacious US-backed Arroyo regime -- intensifies and generates even more widespread and worse sufferings for the people, the people are compelled to struggle, to break free from exploitation and oppression and to end this particular puppet fascist regime.

We will need to raise the nationalist and democratic mass forces, that is to arouse, organize and mobilize the Filipino people (ten percent of whom are abroad), in order to keep this historic struggle going for as long as necessary and to bring it to eventual victory.

Thus the importance of our organizing work among Filipino compatriots in each and every country where they are found, working temporarily or having migrated, and the necessity of working in solidarity with the people of host countries to generate political, moral and material support for the struggle back home and to contribute to the weakening of imperialism and the forces of reaction everywhere.

Canadian imperialism is one more link in the global chain of imperialist exploitation and oppression, of plunder and wars of aggression that must be exposed and opposed in the Philippines as well as in Canada. Bayan-Canada must play the significant role this regard.

Compared to US imperialism, Canadian imperialism has a relatively benign and obscure face. But more and more, its rapacious intentions are revealed by the activities of Canada’s multinational mining corporations in the hinterlands of the Philippines. Its propensity for backstopping US military intervention is manifested in current negotiations to ink a Philippines-Canada status-of-forces agreement akin to the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Its eagerness to be a part of the imperialist drive to destroy national liberation movements worldwide is laid bare by its joining the governments of the US and the European Union in demonizing the communist New People’s Army and National Democratic Front Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison as “terrorist”.

Contradictions

The US-Arroyo regime lurches from one crisis to another, clinging to power by acting as the most rabidly reactionary faction of the Philippine ruling elite and one of the most devious, malevolent and shameless of the lot.

Mrs. Arroyo maintains her illegitimate rule by her utter puppetry to US imperialism and other imperialist powers; feeding the corruption and militarism of her generals; catering to the vested interests of the big, comprador firms especially those supporting it; sucking the lifeblood of the people by means of onerous taxes and other anti-people economic measures; squandering government resources on debt service, counter-insurgency campaigns, presidential largesse for favored politicians and for lining the pockets of her plundering family members and business cronies. Expectedly, Arroyo was quick to ride on the Catholic Church stand against the Reproductive Health Bill, acquiescing to the backward and even reactionary views of the bishops while courting their favor with generous contributions.

Mrs. Arroyo has resorted to escalating military offensives alongside scuttling the peace process with the MILF to cover up its responsibility for the current mess in Mindanao in the wake of its junking of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD). In the process, Malacañang is whipping up the worst pseudo-nationalist, chauvinistic and warmongering rhetoric and sentiments against the MILF and the Moro people and has caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians, Muslims and Christians alike.

Amid all these, Arroyo’s agenda to stay in power beyond 2010 has not waned. The MOA-AD, which signing the Supreme Court suspended, was used by Malacañang to revive Charter change (Chacha), riding on a Senate resolution to change the form of government to a “federalist” one, as a supposedly long-term solution to the armed conflict with the MILF.

The escalation of hostilities between the government and the MILF has revived questions on the continuing presence of US troops in Mindanao under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). This underscores just how the US and the Arroyo regime have been complicit in perpetrating the conflict in Mindanao.

Indeed, Charter change or Chacha goes beyond the narrow political agenda of Mrs. Arroyo and her cabal. The closer alignment of the Constitution with US economic and geopolitical interests in the country and the Asia-Pacific has always been on the US imperialist agenda. Charter revision will allow the US to openly establish permanent military bases, bring in nuclear weapons, own land, wantonly exploit the country’s natural resources, and penetrate heretofore protected areas of the economy.

Much earlier, the regime already torpedoed peace talks with the National Democratic Front and boasted of neutralizing or defeating the CPP-NPA by end of its term, pouring billions of pesos in its all-out counter-insurgency effort. Extensive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law are continuing, spawned by military attacks on civilian communities as well as the targeting of legal activists and other progressives for assassination, abduction, illegal arrest on trumped-up charges and torture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The regime’s callousness regarding the intolerable plight of the people and its infinite capacity to lie and manipulate appears to give it some political initiative and room for maneuver but all these are short-term and illusory.
 

Mrs. Arroyo must contend with the lowest of credibility and popularity ratings since the post-Marcos Dictatorship era and serious political challenges from the democratic mass movement and the Oust Arroyo united front. As a result, the worst of corrupt schemes and anti-people policies and programs are being thwarted or held in abeyance such as the NBN-ZTE deal, Cha-cha and the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Law.

The US-Arroyo regime is also up against unflagging armed challenges nationwide led by the CPP-NPA-NDF and, in Muslim Mindanao, spearheaded by the MILF. The smoldering restiveness within the Armed Forces of the Philippines still has the potential to break out into open rebellion at some critical juncture.

The rapidly deteriorating economic situation, reflected in the widening poverty, misery and further decline in the people’s overall quality of life, constitutes the greatest destabilizing factor for the regime. The steep rise in prices of basic goods and services comes on the heels of record levels of joblessness, depressed wages and very little alternative means of livelihood for tens of millions of Filipinos except to attempt to work overseas. Everyday, three thousand leave the country for every possible destination abroad; the annual remittance of Filipino migrants for 2008 is expected to approach if not exceed UA$15 billion, according to the Labor Department. Thus labor export has really become the effective safety valve for all the socio-economic instability record high rates of unemployment and underemployment.

Enveloping the crisis situation inside the country is the deepest and most widespread crisis that has hit the world capitalist system, particularly its core, the US economy, since the Great Depression in the ‘30s. This implies that the domestic crisis will be longer, more acutely felt and harder to overcome so long as the global economic and financial turmoil persists.

The implication vis a vis the Arroyo regime is that US imperialism is under severe constraints to bail out its puppet given its own economic imbroglio involving trillions of dollars for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the huge bail-outs of financial corporations hit by the housing fiasco and credit crunch, and billions needed to stimulate the recessionary economy. The campaign for the US presidential elections this year is also preoccupying the US ruling elite.

The US-Arroyo regime’s claims and promises -- that it is bringing the country closer to First World Status; that it will bequeath a Strong Republic through electoral reforms, a balanced budget, and unrelenting war against “terrorists”; that it will decisively defeat, if not render inconsequential, the CPP-NPA and reduce the MILF to the same fate; and that it will voluntarily relinquish power in 2010 – are all exposed as nothing but lies, lies and more lies.
 

What the regime is in fact achieving, quite ironically, is to repeat the feat of the unlamented Dictator Marcos in being the best recruiter, not just for the Oust GMA Movement, but for the revolutionary forces of the NPA and MILF.

Even if the democratic mass movement in the cities in alliance with the various anti-GMA forces is not able to oust GMA before her term ends in 2010, it could be strong enough to trounce Mrs. Arroyo’s anointed presidential candidate and to call for an accounting of the horrendous crimes against the people and against humanity that she perpetrated during her illegal and illegitimate rule.

What is important is that the national democratic forces are able to chalk up solid gains in terms of expansion and consolidation with every ouster or passing of a particular puppet fascist regime.
Should Mrs. Arroyo and her cabal of evildoers resort to ramming charter change down the people’s throats or making another declaration of a state of emergency for the purpose of remaining in power beyond 2010, they will certainly be courting political disaster. They will be providing the shortest fuse possible for Mrs. Arroyo’s own precipitous downfall.

Why Bayan-Canada

It is not only correct to launch and build Bayan-Canada on the basis of the level of advance of the national democratic movement among Filipinos in Canada, it is actually long overdue.
 

There are a sufficient number of migrant Filipinos in Canada including the second generation of Filipino- Canadian youth and students. They are exploited, oppressed and discriminated against. Apart from their issues and concerns as migrants, they also want to see an end to the poverty, backwardness, inequality and injustice in their homeland. The young people seek their roots, their identities as Filipinos, and are inspired and energized by the people’s movement. They are susceptible to your reinvigorated education, mass mobilization and organizing work.

Solidarity with progressive Canadians in the churches, trade unions, non-government organizations, solidarity movements with other Third World countries, and even among members of Parliament is a historical as well as a current strength of the nationalist and democratic movement in the Philippines.

The setting up and strengthening of Bayan-Canada as a political center for progressive Filipinos in Canada will go a long way in facilitating the coordination and strengthening of political education and mass campaigns among the various sectors, special advocacy groups like the ones on peace and human rights, and among the groups scattered in the different provinces of Canada, in conjunction with the political calls and thrusts of Bayan-Philippines. It will also spur the growth of the Philippine-Canadian solidarity movement beyond tactical issues, on strategic direction and goals, along the anti-imperialist and democratic line.

Once more, our warmest congratulations on your successful launching of Bayan-Canada.

Mabuhay kayo!
Mabuhay ang sambayanang Filipino!
Isulong ang pagkakaisa ng mamamayan ng Canada at ng Pilipinas!
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MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO BAYAN-CANADA

UPON IT’S FOUNDING IN TORONTO

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee

International League of Peoples' Struggle

September 21, 2008

 

On behalf of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), I wish to convey warmest greetings of solidarity to the overseas Filipinos in Canada, their various organizations and their delegations on the occasion of launching BAYAN-Canada.  We congratulate you for the successful preparations and wish you further success today and thereafter.

 

The formation of Bayan-Canada is highly significant.  It represents a new and higher level of development of the mass movement among the overseas Filipinos for upholding, defending and advancing their rights and interests in Canada, for supporting the Filipino people's struggle for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines and for promoting the solidarity and cooperation of the Filipino people with the host people and other migrant communities in Canada.

 

The day that you have chosen for the launch is also meaningful. It reminds us of the US-supported Marcos fascist dictatorship that the Filipino people eventually overthrew through mass uprising. It underscores the need for the people to continue the mass struggles in order to end the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system, which has given rise to the Marcos fascist regime and the succeeding oppressive and exploitative regimes, has kept the Philippines underdeveloped and impoverished and has continued to compel an increasing number of Filipinos to seek employment abroad.

 

It is also meaningful that today you launch BAYAN-Canada in view of the latest disastrous consequences of the deceptive US-imposed policy of “free market” globalization and the US global war of terror.  We are confronted today with a severe economic crisis right in the heartlands of imperialism and throughout the world, the rise of chauvinism, racism and religious bigotry against the working people and the migrants, the escalation of repression and fascism and the propensity of the imperialist powers to engage in military intervention and aggression under the guise of pre-empting and combating terrorism.

 

You can expect monopoly capitalism and rightwing forces in Canada to tighten the system of oppression and exploitation against the Filipino and other migrant communities in Canada.  You can also expect that the Filipino people back home will be subjected to far worse forms of oppression and exploitation.  The current economic and financial crisis will grow worse from year to year.  Seeing the people's discontent and anticipating protests and resistance, the imperialist and reactionary forces are geared to use the state as a system of organized violence to intimidate and attack the people.

 

It is therefore necessary for BAYAN-Canada and its component organizations to intensify their efforts to arouse, organize and mobilize the Filipinos in Canada and thus to assert, defend and promote their rights and interests. BAYAN-Canada should serve as an alliance and coordinating center.  It should undertake information and education drives that unify and harmonize the consciousness of the component organizations and the masses.  It should bring about organizational synergy and amplify the strength of each and all of the component organizations.  It should be able to mobilize the various mass organizations and the spontaneous masses in various types of campaigns.

 

BAYAN-Canada can become strong only on the basis of the strength of its component mass organizations and the solidarity and cooperative relations it can build with the host people and the various migrant communities in Canada. To strength themselves, these mass organizations must ground themselves on a common program provided by BAYAN-Canada and at the same on distinct programs corresponding to their respective character and scope.  There must be mass organizations of the basic sectors: the workers, the youth, women, teachers, health workers and other professions. There can also be mass organizations that are function-based, like cultural groups.  There can also be issue-based organizations, like those on human rights.  The existing component organizations should expand, new organizations should be formed wherever possible and other organizations can be attracted to take the national democratic line and join the fold of BAYAN-Canada.

 

Relying on the strength of its component organizations and its rising trustworthiness and prestige, BAYAN-Canada should be able to build strong solidarity and cooperative relations with trade unions and other mass organizations of the host people and mobilize an increasing number of people on important issues.  It should attract the participation of institutions, mass organizations and people outside of its formal structure.  It can develop further alliances, formal or informal, on any particular or set of issues.

 

There are issues and struggles that involve and affect you as you reside, work or study in Canada.  It goes without saying that you must arouse, organize and mobilize your own Filipino ranks, including Filipino Canadians who assert their Filipino identity.  But you must also necessarily unite with and cooperate with the host people and migrant of various nationalities.  You can be in the same trade unions or school organizations.  You can also develop organizations and institutions of Filipino-Canadian solidarity.

 

You must keep on maintaining, strengthening and refreshing your links with the motherland.  You have your relatives, friends and comrades there to communicate with and sometimes visit.  BAYAN-Canada and each of its component organizations have their counterparts there. As the crisis of the world capitalist system and that of the Philippine ruling system worsen, the Filipino people will suffer worse forms of oppression and exploitation and need your support in their struggle for national liberation and democracy.   You must keep on developing the militant solidarity and mutual support of the Canadian people of various nationalities and the Filipino people.

 

I hope that in the course of your discussions and drawing up basic documents and resolutions today you can take stock of your current strength and prospects of development and define your tasks regarding the strengthening of BAYAN-Canada and its component organizations, developing your bonds of solidarity with the rest of the people in Canada, cooperating with your Philippine counterparts and supporting the struggle of the Filipino people. 

 

I am confident that BAYAN-Canada will succeed and will gain significant victories in the years ahead.  I look forward to its major contributions to the International League of Peoples' Struggle along the anti-imperialist and democratic line.   Thank you  ###

 

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Statement
September 21, 2008

Reference: Berna Ellorin, Secretary-General, BAYAN USA, email: secgen@bayanusa.org

UNITE OVERSEAS FILIPINOS IN NORTH AMERICA FOR THE CAUSE OF GENUINE NATIONALISM AND DEMOCRACY IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Statement of Solidarity from BAYAN USA on the Occasion of the Founding of BAYAN Canada

The US Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, or BAYAN USA, wishes to convey its most heartfelt and militant solidarity and congratulations to our compatriots up north on the historic founding of BAYAN Canada. BAYAN USA has been anxiously anticipating the formation of BAYAN Canada because it is a significant show of force from all Filipinos in North America united in cause of genuine nationalism and democracy in our beloved Philippines. We are also pleased that our compatriots up north have chosen September 21st, the anniversary of the declaration of Marcosian Martial Law, to launch BAYAN Canada.

Uniting Filipino compatriots for a common cause is never an easy task. As with the formation of the BAYAN USA in 2005, we understand that the formation of BAYAN Canada had it's share of struggles before breaking through and moving forward. We commend the long history of all Filipinos in Canada who have painstakingly worked and built organizations that have promoted the national democratic movement in the Philippines for decades, as well as struggled to protect the rights and welfare of Filipino immigrants in Canada. But the formation of BAYAN Canada by far signifies a higher level of commitment to advance the national democratic line in the Philippines on a widespread level. By carrying the BAYAN name, BAYAN Canada and BAYAN USA in turn are proudly branded with the history, heroism, and martyrdom of over 23 years of BAYAN Philippines, the main political center of the national democratic movement in the Philippines.
 

 

As a mighty force, BAYAN Philippines has played a significant role in the ouster of two corrupt Filipino presidents as well as the ouster of the what were once the two largest US bases overseas. It continues to mobilize the broadest ranks of Filipinos in the Philippines against US domination, backward landlordism, and government corruption. It also continues to unite the broadest ranks of progressive forces in the Philippines to uphold the interest of the most basic sectors, namely the peasants and workers, which dominate the population in the Philippines today. Because of this, it also continues to bear the brunt of intensified state repression and crackdown on dissent beginning with the US- backed Marcos dictatorship all the way to the US-Arroyo regime of today.
 

We look forward to working in closer coordination with BAYAN Canada in various campaigns, as they advance the ongoing campaign to pressure the Canadian Parliament to withdraw all support to the treacherous regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This includes pressuring the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to withdraw the millions of Canadian dollars it gives the Philippine government for aid, development, and military training. This also includes pressuring Canadian mining corporations such as Placer Dome and Toronto Ventures Inc. to desist from their environmentally-destructive mining schemes that continue to not only plunder Philippine natural resources, but devastate nearby indigenous and local communities into displacement.

With the examples great BAYAN leaders that have passed such as Lorenzo Tanada, Lean Alejandro, and Crispin "Ka Bel" Beltran in our history, we are confident BAYAN's name will surge forward beyond Philippine borders. For as long as the Philippine nation seeps into the diaspora, there are more compatriots to organize under the banner of BAYAN overseas chapters. For as long as there is imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism in the Philippines, there is a need for BAYAN. It is in this spirit that we look up to the leaders of BAYAN Canada and wish for its fruitful expansion.

BAYAN USA vows to cultivate a meaningful relationship with BAYAN Canada in advancing our common cause, most especially in delivering a solid North American-wide blow against the corrupt, tyrannical, and morally-bankrupt regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo!

MABUHAY ANG BAYAN CANADA! (Long Live BAYAN Canada!)
PATALSIKIN SI GLORIA! (Oust Gloria)
IMPERIALISMO IBAGSAK! (Down with Imperialism!)

 

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Mensahe ng Pakikiisa sa Pagtatatag ng BAYAN Canada
20 September 2008

Isang mainit na pagbati at pangangamusta sa inyong lahat na bumubuo ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Canada!

Kaming mga migranteng Pilipino sa Hong Kong ay nagpupugay sa inyong pagdaraos ng Pangkalahatang Asembliya para sa pagtatatag ng BAYAN Canada. Ang pagkakatatag ng BAYAN Canada ay isang malinaw na hakbang para pukawin, organisahin at pakilusin ang mga Pilipino sa labas ng bansa sa isinusulong nating pakikibaka para sa pambansang paglaya at pagbabago.

Sa harap ng papatinding atake ng imperyalismong US sa sambayanang Pilipino kasabwat ang rehimeng US-Arroyo na numero-unong kaaway ng sambayanan, ang pagbubuo ng mga balangay ng BAYAN sa iba’t-ibang mga bansa ay hindi lamang napapanahon kungdi talagang kinakailangan.

Ang imperyalismo sa pangunguna ng US ay nagnanaknak sa krisis lalo na ngayong ito’y nagsisikap na makabawi sa panibagong bigwas ng krisis sa pinansya na tunay na nagpadugo sa ekonomya nito. Sa tindi ng epekto ng panibagong hambalos ng krisis, agad na tinamaan nito ang mga ekonomya ng mga bansang nasa kontrol nito kagaya ng Pilipinas.

Kung ngayon ay nagkasinat ang imperyalistang US, kinukumbulsyon na ang ekonomya ng rehimeng US-Arroyo. Tiyak na sa pagsisikap na naman nitong makaahon, pipigain na naman ang mga maliliit sa pamamagitan ng samu’t-saring porma ng pagbubuwis. Tiyak din na una na sa listahan ay ang higit pang pagpiga sa kinikitang dolyar nating mga OFWs.

Sasamantalahin ng rehimeng US-Arroyo ang idaraos na pangalawang pagpupulong ng Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) sa Oktubre sa Pilipinas para ipagmayabang ang kanyang mga ”tagumpay” sa sistematikong pagbebenta ng mga Pilipino sa lahat ng panig ng mundo. Tiyak na gagamitin niya ang pagkakataong ito upang lalo pang itambol ang kanyang Labour Export Policy (LEP) bilang ”daan sa pagunlad” at ang kanyang ”sagot sa kahirapan” na dinaranas ng sambayanan.

Sa darating na Oktubre, kinakailangang tipunin natin ang ating lakas upang todo-largang ilantad at labanan ang neoliberal na GFMD. Kasama ng mga migrante ng iba pang mga bansa, pangungunahan ng International Migrants Alliance (IMA) and pagdaraos ng International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR) kung saan ay ipapahayag natin ang nagkakaisang tinig ng mga migrante ng daigdig laban sa GFMD.

Kaya naman isang malaking inspirasyon para sa ating mga kababayan sa labas ng bansa ang inisyatibang ito na itatag ang BAYAN Canada. Isa itong malaking dagok sa rehimeng US-Arroyo at sa imperyalistang amo nito na sa kabila ng kanilang pandarahas at pamamaslang, patuloy na lumalaganap ang mga progresibong organisasyon sa loob at labas ng bansa na masigasig na nagsusulong ng pambansa-demokratikong aspirasyon ng sambayan na ibinabandila ng BAYAN.

Muli, tanggapin ninyo ang aming mainit na pakikiisa at asahan ninyong kakapit-bisig ng BAYAN Canada kaming mga migranteng Pilipino sa Hong Kong.

Mabuhay ang BAYAN-CANADA!
Mabuhay ang migranteng Pilipino!
Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!

Mula sa:
United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK)
Abra Tinguian Ilocano Society (ATIS-HK)
Cordillera Alliance in Hong Kong (CORALL-HK)
Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union (FMWU-HK)
United Pangasinan Hong Kong (UPHK)
BAYAN Hong Kong
Association of Concerned Filipinos (ACFIL)
Filipino Migrants Association (FMA)
Abra Migrant Workers Welfare Association (AMWWA)
Friends of Bethune House (FBH)
Pinatud a Saleng ti Umili (PSU)
Mission Volunteers (MOVERS)

 

 

Solidarity Statement of the Filipino Migrant Workers’ Movement
on the Occasion of the Launching of BAYAN Canada

September 21, 2008


The Filipino Migrant Workers’ Movement (FMWM) extends its warmest solidarity greetings to BAYAN Canada on its national launch today in Toronto.

This event is truly a landmark in the history of Filipino progressive movement in Canada. It also is significant to all Filipino migrants who share the dream of democratic and progressive transformation of the Philippines .

We recognize the collective efforts of the organizers in setting up Bayan here in Canada.

For sure, Bayan will become a factor in threading together Filipino organizations from various sectors toward stronger unity and solidarity in order to address the realities of Filipino migrants abroad and the realities back home that pushed our compatriots to go overseas.

Also, FMWM would like to share the link for pictures [see below] taken today. This is our simple contribution to this historic event of launching Bayan Canada on the day of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.
http://picasaweb.google.ca/fmw.movement/BAYANCanadaLaunch?authkey=PwD8dQQljo4#

Serve the People!

For FMWM,

Tan Canchela
Chairperson
 

 

UNITE OVERSEAS FILIPINOS IN NORTH AMERICA FOR THE CAUSE OF GENUINE NATIONALISM AND DEMOCRACY IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Statement of Solidarity from BAYAN USA on the Occasion of the Founding of BAYAN Canada

The US Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, or BAYAN USA, wishes to convey its most heartfelt and militant solidarity and congratulations to our compatriots up north on the historic founding of BAYAN Canada. BAYAN USA has been anxiously anticipating the formation of BAYAN Canada because it is a significant show of force from all Filipinos in North America united in cause of genuine nationalism and democracy in our beloved Philippines. We are also pleased that our compatriots up north have chosen September 21st, the anniversary of the declaration of Marcosian Martial Law, to launch BAYAN Canada.

Uniting Filipino compatriots for a common cause is never an easy task. As with the formation of the BAYAN USA in 2005, we understand that the formation of BAYAN Canada had it's share of struggles before breaking through and moving forward. We commend the long history of all Filipinos in Canada who have painstakingly worked and built organizations that have promoted the national democratic movement in the Philippines for decades, as well as struggled to protect the rights and welfare of Filipino immigrants in Canada. But the formation of BAYAN Canada by far signifies a higher level of commitment to advance the national democratic line in the Philippines on a widespread level. By carrying the BAYAN name, BAYAN Canada and BAYAN USA in turn are proudly branded with the history, heroism, and martyrdom of over 23 years of BAYAN Philippines, the main political center of the national democratic movement in the Philippines.
 

As a mighty force, BAYAN Philippines has played a significant role in the ouster of two corrupt Filipino presidents as well as the ouster of the what were once the two largest US bases overseas. It continues to mobilize the broadest ranks of Filipinos in the Philippines against US domination, backward landlordism, and government corruption. It also continues to unite the broadest ranks of progressive forces in the Philippines to uphold the interest of the most basic sectors, namely the peasants and workers, which dominate the population in the Philippines today. Because of this, it also continues to bear the brunt of intensified state repression and crackdown on dissent beginning with the US- backed Marcos dictatorship all the way to the US-Arroyo regime of today.

We look forward to working in closer coordination with BAYAN Canada in various campaigns, as they advance the ongoing campaign to pressure the Canadian Parliament to withdraw all support to the treacherous regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This includes pressuring the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to withdraw the millions of Canadian dollars it gives the Philippine government for aid, development, and military training. This also includes pressuring Canadian mining corporations such as Placer Dome and Toronto Ventures Inc. to desist from their environmentally-destructive mining schemes that continue to not only plunder Philippine natural resources, but devastate nearby indigenous and local communities into displacement.

With the examples great BAYAN leaders that have passed such as Lorenzo Tanada, Lean Alejandro, and Crispin "Ka Bel" Beltran in our history, we are confident BAYAN's name will surge forward beyond Philippine borders. For as long as the Philippine nation seeps into the diaspora, there are more compatriots to organize under the banner of BAYAN overseas chapters. For as long as there is imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism in the Philippines, there is a need for BAYAN. It is in this spirit that we look up to the leaders of BAYAN Canada and wish for its fruitful expansion.

BAYAN USA vows to cultivate a meaningful relationship with BAYAN Canada in advancing our common cause, most especially in delivering a solid North American-wide blow against the corrupt, tyrannical, and morally-bankrupt regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo!

MABUHAY ANG BAYAN CANADA! (Long Live BAYAN Canada!)
PATALSIKIN SI GLORIA! (Oust Gloria)
IMPERIALISMO IBAGSAK! (Down with Imperialism!)
 

           
           

 

 
 

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