SONA ng Mamamayan 2011
July 25, 2011
VIDEO: State of the Migrants Address Under Aquino
Manila Part 1 Manila Part 2 Manila Part 3 Manila Part 4 Manila Part 5
Southern Tagalog Visayas Cagayan de Oro Davao Zamboanga
|Photos courtesy of BAYAN - Canada|
The illusion of Aquino's "Tuwid na Daan"
Misguided by the illusion of popularity, the Aquino
administration refuses to address the chronic problems of the country.
These are the rampant unemployment and poverty, inadequate social
services, continuing human rights violations committed with impunity,
landlessness, continuing rise in the prices of basic commodities,
uncontrollable prices of gasoline and petroleum products, and destruction
of the environment.
These problems, further encouraged by the government’s
labour export policy, continue to drive many Filipinos to leave the
country to work abroad. At least 4000 men and women leave the airports
everyday to work overseas; there are 10 million Filipinos working in 196
countries and territories.
Like his predecessor the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
regime, President “Noynoy” Aquino has opened the country to foreign
capital and investments. President Aquino has aggressively attracted
foreign investors and has placed little or no restrictions to their
operations. In particular, we refer to Canadian mining companies that
operate in the Philippines which have not complied with genuine, free,
prior and informed consent from the indigenous peoples and which have put
profits before environmental destruction and displacement of peasant and
Fighting corruption is empty rhetoric when President
Noynoy Aquino has shown no urgency in prosecuting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
and her cohorts for their graft and corruption, as well as the
extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of those who advocate
for social change. Declaring that the Filipino People is the President’s
“Boss” carries no weight when the same President also wages an all out war
against the people with the US-inspired state counterinsurgency plan Oplan
Bayanihan. President “Noynoy” Aquino cannot profess to be for peace until
he orders the general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty of all political
The first year of President Aquino has therefore been
found wanting. The state of the nation, the state of the people has only
gone from bad to worse.
April 25, 2011
Struggle for Peace: the highest common denominator