Filipino migrants mark Flor Contemplacion’s 20th death year with “People Power” for Aquino’s removal  

resignGlobal alliance of overseas Filipino Migrante International unites with other sectors and Filipino communities worldwide in calling for the resignation of Pres. Benigno Aquino III from office in light of the Mamasapano bloodbath.

“Kung naging pabaya, pahamak, inutil at hugas-kamay si Pang. Noynoy Aquino sa madugong operasyon sa Mamasapano, matagal na niyang ginagawa ito sa aming mga OFW (overseas Filipino workers).” This was the statement of Migrante International chairperson Garry Martinez as their group participated in today’s “Kapit-Bisig sa EDSA para sa Katotohanan at Pananagutan”.

Martinez said, “For OFWs and their families, Aquino’s role and Malacanang’s consequent efforts to cover-up his accountability in the Mamasapano tragedy is the last straw. Patunay lamang ito na kung kayang ipain at isubo ni Aquino ang sarili niyang hukbong sandatahan sa tiyak na kamatayan, paano pa ang mga kawawang OFW at mamamayan?”

Martinez said that since Aquino took office, OFWs and their families have borne witness to his government’s criminal neglect and incompetence, especially when dealing with OFWs in distress. “We have wanted him out since he first jeopardized the lives and welfare of OFWs during the Manila hostage tragedy. Since then, OFWs have experienced unforgivable government neglect, the biggest budget cuts for OFW services, more exorbitant state exactions and fee impositions, anti-migrant polices that have placed our welfare at stake and an ever-worsening domestic crisis that has aggravated forced migration.”

“These, compounded with Aquino’s involvement in the pork barrel scam and the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) and Aquino’s failure in leadership during the Yolanda tragedy, we have no qualms now lending our voices to the growing clamor for Aquino to resign,” Martinez said.

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According to Martinez, OFWs worldwide are in support of a “People Power” for the removal of Aquino and the formation of a People’s Council to replace him.

“It cannot be more fitting that 20 years after the death of Flor Contemplacion, Filipino migrants and their families are once again roused into collection action and determination to exercise their democratic right to bring about regime and system change. This is the best tribute and commemoration to Contemplacion’s memory and legacy and to the sacrifice of millions of our bagong bayani,” he said.

Flor Contemplacion was a Filipino domestic worker who was hanged in Singapore on March 17, 1996 for allegedly murdering another Filipina. Her case stirred wide indignation over the Philippine government’s inaction and failure to save her life, and brought to national and international awareness the plight of OFWs and families.

Martinez enjoined all freedom- and justice-loving Filipinos all over the world to launch and join protest actions calling for Aquino’s removal from office. “Tama na, sobra na, Aquino resign na!”

On March 17, the 20th death anniversary of Flor Contemplacion, Migrante and its chapters and affiliates worldwide will be holding a “Global Day of Action for Aquino’s Resignation”. ###