ILPS calls for global action against imperialist plunder,
repression and war
■ Manila ■ New York ■ Los Angeles ■ Ssn Francisco ■ Canada
■ Netherlands ■ Hongkong ■ Indonesia
October 15, 2011
■ News reports
ILPS CALLS FOR GLOBAL ACTION ON OCTOBER 15 AGAINST
IMPERIALIST PLUNDER, REPRESSION AND WAR
“PH not for Sale! Filipinos hold solidarity action
for Occupy Wall Street
“In the Philippines, we are very much concerned about
moves to lift restrictions on foreign ownership of land, utilities, media
and tertiary educational institutions. The move to change the Charter is a
step towards the bargain sale of Philippine patrimony and total surrender
of economic sovereignty. The move favors the big banks and transnational
corporations and puts Filipinos at a gross disadvantage,” Reyes said.
The protesters carried placards that showed telling
statistics of the state of the Philippine economy which they described as
“dependent of foreign investments, foreign loans and remittances from
“49 M FILIPINOS ARE POOR. 36 M FILIPINOS COULD NOT
AFFORD FOOD.15 M FILIPINOS EXPERIENCE HUNGER.11 M FILIPINOS ARE JOBLESS,”
read the placards.
“The US public is rising against the big banks and corporations because they have plunged their country into crisis and debt. It is time for our own Philippine policymakers to take a critical look at this system. We cannot continue relying on the so-called benevolence of the foreign investors that foster sweatshops, destructive mining activities, high rates and massive indebtedness,” Reyes said. ###
ILPS - HK & Macau statement on Global Day of Action
against Imperialist Plunder, Repression and War
ILPS Indonesia: Against imperialist plunder,
repression and war
BAYAN-USA Statement on Occupy Wall Street
Fil-Ams on OWS– To Stand Against Economic Inequality Is
Justified and Necessary
Filipino-Americans across the US, under the banner of
BAYAN-USA, salute the historic Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement in New
York City and the surge of solidarity protests that have unfolded across
the country and even globally. BAYAN-USA member organizations are amongst
those who are proudly marching in the streets of downtown Manhattan as
well as in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco, under the
umbrella call of exposing and opposing the vastly unequal distribution of
wealth between the American people and the tiny financial oligarchy of
banks and financial firms Wall St. represents.
At a minimum, OWS raises the basic question of fairness
and equality, and the fact that there are no such principles under the
current state of the US economic system. At a maximum, OWS has the
potential to qualitatively raise the level of class consciousness in the
US that can contribute to the shaping of a broad anti-imperialist united
front in the belly of the world’s number one imperialist superpower.
Whatever direction it takes, the unraveling of the rotten character of
capitalism and its irreconcilability with human prosperity continues to
push the angry American people to the realization that to stand against
economic inequality is not only justified, but necessary for change to
As a large immigrant group in the US,
Filipino-Americans have a key role to play in exposing that the tyranny of
corporate greed is rooted in the system of imperialism that not only
impacts our communities here in the U.S., but is the root of the suffering
of our people in our homeland and the cause of forced migration of
Filipinos throughout the world. This is because of the Philippines’
particular experience as a semi-feudal, semi-colonial outpost for US
imperialism, and how Third World poverty is manufactured out of this
condition. This continues to be apparent under the regime of Benigno
“PNoy” Aquino III, whose neoliberal economic agenda has turned the
Philippine economy into one dependent on foreign investment rather than on
its own domestic production as a nation. Without a Philippine economy that
is nationally sovereign– including a genuine agrarian reform program that
is equitable for the majority of the Filipino people who live off of it
and a genuine program for national industrialization that can provide jobs
so Filipinos don’t have to look for them abroad– the Philippines will
remain tied to a rotten global economic system that is showing clear signs
of decay, causing more burdensome misery for the Filipino people.
As with all other pyramid schemes, this one too is
destined to collapse. But the timing of this collapse can be hastened by a
broad mass movement determined to knock it down and build a better
alternative. Just as the people’s movement in the Philippines for genuine
national independence and democracy espouses a vision for socialism as a
viable and pro-people alternative, as are governments in Latin America
asserting their sovereignty by nationalizing their industries and natural
resources, so must the American people fight for an alternative economic
system that not only puts people’s needs over profits, but one that is not
built on world hegemony and the destruction of other nations all over the
PEOPLE OVER PROFIT!
NO TO CORPORATE GREED!
DISMANTLE FINANCIAL OLIGARCHY!
DOWN WITH US IMPERIALISM!
LONG LIVE OCCUPY WALL STREET!
MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO THE WORKERS WORLD PARTY
MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO COMRADES IN THE STRUGGLE
AGAINST IMPERIALISM AND REACTION (Quito, Ecuador)
At Wall Street
October 15, 2011
Photos by Kathleen Dy
ANG BAYAN, October 7, 2011
Since US imperialism’s establishment of the Philippine
neocolonial state in 1946, the Filipino people have been mired in chronic
crisis due to the plunderous operations of foreign companies and their
exaction of superprofits from the country’s resources. They conspire with
the big comprador bourgeoisie and the big landlords in oppressing and
exploiting the masses of workers and peasants and in extracting and living
off the country’s natural resources. They have been using the reactionary
state and fascist military to suppress the people for taking action to
achieve national and democratic change.
For more than three decades, the Philippines has been
bogged in ever deeper crisis due to the relentless implementation of
liberalization, deregulation, privatization and denationalization policies
by successive puppet regimes. These policies have led to an increasingly
crushing debt burden, more widespread unemployment, wage freezes and the
destruction of productive forces. They have spurred massive landgrabbing
to the detriment of food production, the plunder of the country’s natural
wealth and the degradation of the environment. The Filipino people are now
suffering from hunger and poverty at levels unprecedented in the country’s
Despite these policies’ disastrous effects, US
imperialism’s reactionary puppets have the gall to further drive the
Philippines into the abyss of neocolonialism. Their sinister goal is to
further open the country’s economy, deceiving the people with the illusion
of a “world without borders” in order to banish from their minds the
importance of patrimony, of freedom, sovereignty, national dignity and the
right to self-determination.
Reactionary puppets and the Aquino regime’s men have
resurrected calls to amend the 1987 constitution to completely do away
with provisions that support the national patrimony. To the Filipino
people, this brings back memories of the 1946 campaign to adopt the Parity
Amendments granting equal rights to Americans to do business, own land and
exploit the country’s resources.
In the name of “attracting foreign investments,”
reactionary puppets have been pushing for amendments that would allow
foreign capitalists to buy land in the Philippines and permit 100%
foreign-owned companies to operate in the country. If these measures push
through, the problem of landlessness and the eviction of peasants from
their farms will surely worsen. This will also surely spell the demise of
small local businessmen who, for decades, have failed to recover from the
dumping of imported goods and the influx of foreign capital.
For decades, reactionary economists have peddled the
lie that attracting foreign investments is the solution to the country’s
economic problems. For several decades, successive reactionary regimes
have not stopped thinking about what incentives they could offer to
foreign capitalists. They have depressed workers’ wages, enforced
widespread contractualization, suppressed unions, provided tax holidays
and allowed 100% profit repatriation, control over hundreds of thousands
of hectares of land and mountainous areas and the use of public funds in
Direct foreign investments in the Philippines grew
almost thirtyfold from $914 million in 1980 to $24.9 billion in 2010. But
there has been no development. Instead, the Philippine economy has further
deteriorated. Manufacturing’s share in the overall economy is down to its
level in the 1950s. The country suffers from an unemployment rate that is
not only unequalled in its history but unresolvable even with the allout
campaign to export migrant labor.
The new Parity Amendments being pushed will usher in a
new era in Philippine neocolonial history—a time of unbridled foreign
plunder under a puppet regime. Philippine “freedom” will be further devoid
of meaning. The puppet state will be reduced even more to being a mere
administrator of foreign interests in the country, whose direction and
future will lie completely in the hands of foreign monopoly capitalists.
The Filipino people must thoroughly resist attempts to
further condemn the Philippines to semicolonialism. The reactionary
puppets’ insistence on completely surrendering Philippine economic
sovereignty must be confronted head-on by allout struggle to defend
national freedom, democracy and the right to self-determination.
The entire people must rally around the banner of the
patriotic front to effectively thwart plans by the reactionary puppets for
the allout betrayal of the country and continuously advance the struggle
for national freedom. We must propagate the patriotic spirit, especially
among the youth and studentry. We must shatter the illusions of
“globalization” and “development” being peddled by the imperialists and
their puppets by propagating the patriotic study of the country’s history.
The patriotic front must advance the policies of
self-determination and resist foreign intervention in the country’s
internal affairs. It must demand the abrogation of all unequal military
treaties and an end to the permanent presence of American troops in the
Philippines. The patriotic forces must fight for an independent foreign
policy based on mutual respect among nations and against intervention.
The patriotic front must advance nationalist or
patriotic economic policies. It must fight for the junking of
pro-imperialist laws such as the Oil Deregulation Law, the Foreign
Investments Incentives Act, the Mining Act of 1995 and other laws that
favor foreign capitalists and are contrary to the interests of local
investors. It must fight for the abrogation of unequal economic treaties
like the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, the Treaty of
Amity with Japan and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, among
It must advance the principle of self-determination in
economic policies and resist the dictates of the International Monetary
Fund and World Bank. It must demand an end to the Philippines’ debt
reliance. It must push for land reform and national industrialization.
Also part of this overall effort are urban struggles
against heavier tax burdens, monopoly pricing of petroleum products and
reductions in social spending as well as mass struggles for higher wages
and to defend the right to decent jobs.
In the face of the longstanding and deepening depression of the world capitalist system, US imperialism has been browbeating its semicolonies like the Philippines in order to further exploitat their natural resources and their cheap labor.
ILPS USA statement in support of “Occupy Wall
WE CAN GET THEM IF WE FIGHT!
“About a decade ago, President George W. Bush called the Philippines ‘the second front on the war on terror,’” stated Jackelyn Mariano, Co-Coordinator of BAYAN USA Northeast. “Until today, the United States government has been funneling millions of dollars in military aid to the Philippines. Like in Afghanistan, however, this money is not used to supposedly maintain people’s safety from terrorism, but instead is used to protect the interests of the 1%, multinational corporations and the Philippine elite. Instead of investing in social services, the U.S. government prioritizes funding its military industrial complex, which acts to repress popular movements that threaten the power of the global ruling class."
Since 2001, over 1000 unarmed
legal activists in the Philippines have been killed and over 200 have been
forcibly disappeared by the Philippine military. These acts of political
repression were directed by U.S.-designed counterinsurgency programs, such
as Operation Plan Bantay Laya (Freedom Watch) I and II launched by former
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroro, and Operation Plan Bayanihan
(Coming Together for One Cause) launched by current President Benigno
Chapter: Against Imperialist Plunder Repression and War
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expressed his concern of the recent fascist action that are been done by
mining company (Freeport) in collaboration with Indonesia Police
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