Global alliance of overseas Filipinos Migrante International lauded Filipinos in Europe for successfully spearheading protests during Pres. BS Aquino’s recent trips to Spain, Belgium, France and Germany. The 8-day trip is expected to end on September 20.
Last September 17, Migrante-Europe together with other Filipino groups and human rights organizations held a picket as BS Aquino delivered a speech at the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, Belgium. (Below are photos of the protest)
According to Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson, the protests were meant to show the disgust and outrage of Filipinos in Europe and all over the world over BS Aquino’s corruption, puppetry and dictatorship.
“It is a clear message to the international community that wherever BS Aquino may visit, Filipinos will always find a way to relay the message that they want him out. We do not want him to stay on until 2016, and especially beyond. We have had enough of four years of massive corruption, blatant subservience to US imperialist dictates and brutal leadership,” he said.
Martinez made the statement as Filipinos worldwide are also gearing for commemoration activities in time for the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on September 21.
In Manila, Migrante International will join other people’s organizations in holding a big protest rally with the message, “Never again! No to charter change and term extension!”.
“We condemn in strongest terms BS Aquino’s scheme to extend his term and be another Marcos. We firmly oppose any moves for charter change meant to legalize BS Aquino’s anti-people policies, such as the EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement), 100% foreign ownership of lands and industries, and his refusal to abolish the much-hated pork barrel. We enjoin all Filipino around the world to further intensify calls for the prosecution of BS Aquino and all involved in the pork barrel scam and all forms of corruption. We call on the international community to join us in calling for an end to impunity, political killings, torture and repression under the BS Aquino regime,” Martinez said. ###