We denounce the threatened deportation and possible non-renewal of visa for Australian missionary Sr. Pat Fox who is unjustly persecuted upon direct orders of the president. We are further outraged at the latest revival of trumped-up charges against MAKABAYAN bloc leaders Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Rafael Mariano and Teddy Casiṅo. The Arroyo-Duterte tandem is hell-bent to silence critics of government corruption, rights abuses and anti-people schemes.
The Arroyo coup is clearly part of the scheme of Pres. Duterte’s push for Charter Change. Cha-Cha agenda means that political dynasties will continue to rule. Cha-Cha will benefit those hungry for more economic and political power, not the poor who are further burdened with taxes and increasing prices. Instead of pushing for Cha-Cha agenda, the Duterte government can do better by junking the TRAIN law, lifting the national minimum wage and ending workers contractualization.
It is totally disappointing that peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) bogged down as a result of the militarists in Duterte’s inner circle – Generals Aṅo, Lorenzana and Esperon – refusing to sign the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER). From Arroyo to Duterte, government failure to create decent jobs at home continue to force over 10 million Filipinos to work abroad even at the risk of being exploited by abusive employers. Arroyo and Duterte continued to promote labour export and rely on remittances to keep the economy afloat. They refused to heed the poor’s demands that genuine land reform and national industrialization are the most urgent economic reforms necessary to end forced migration and bring about just and lasting peace in the Philippines.
Filipinos deserve better. Enough of shamelessly corrupt and murderous leaders in government!