Full text of Nora Aunor’s speech at commemoration rally for Flor Contemplacion’s 20th death anniversary

Nora Aunor calls on Noynoy Aquino to resign now!

Nora Aunor calls on Noynoy Aquino to resign now!

The Flor Contemplacion Story: 20 taon ang lumipas

Noon pa man, naniniwala na po ako na an gating mga OFW ang isa sa pinakaaping sector ng ating bansa. Isa rin po sila sa laging napapabayaan ng gobyerno. Kaya nang alukin po akong gawin at gampanan ang buhay ni Flor nang ito po ay isapelikula, hindi po ako nagdalawang-isip. Nang makilala ko po ang pamilya ni Flor ay lalo ko pog naintindihan ang sinasapit ng ating mga kababayan abroad. Kaya di po nagtagal gumawa kami ng dulang DH na tungkol din po sa ating mga kababayang OFW.

Naririto po ako kasama ninyo upang makiisa sa panawagan na ating protektahan at ipaglaban ang mga kababayan nating OFW.

Taong 1995 nang bitayin si Flor Contemplacion sa Singapore at kasabay na namatay ang marami nating akala.

Akala natin ay paraiso ang maging migrante sa ibang bayan. Akala natin ay maaayos ang buhay ng ating mga pamilya sa pangingibang bayan ni tatay o ni nanay. Akala natin ay uunlad din ang ating bayan sa laki ng remittance na ipinapasok ng mga OFW (overseas Filipino worker) sa bansa.

Mali pala. Kaya naman makaraan ang 20 taon mas masahol pa ang kalagayan ng mga migranteng Pilipino ngayon kaysa noong panahon ni Flor. At sa kabila ng walang-patid na mga kaso ng rape, pang-aabuso, pagmamaltrato, paglabag sa mga labor contract, pag-aresto, pagkulong, mas dumami pa ang lumalabas na OFW, na tinatayang 2 milyon bawat taon.

Sa kabila nito, tuluy-tuloy ang lantarang atake sa kabuhayan at karapatan ng mga manggagawa at pamilya sa loob at labas ng bansa. Paparami at papalubha ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayang nabibiktima ng pwersahang migrasyon at labor export policy ng gobyerno.

Ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga pangunahing pinanggagalingan ng mga biktima ng human trafficking at illegal recruitment, pang-aabuso, pangmamaltrato, pangongotong, rape at sexual harassment, pang-aalipin, pagpatay, crackdown, diskriminasyon, kalamidad at krisis sa ibang bansa. Lalong dumami, milyun-milyon, ang mga nabiktima sa ilalim ng panunungkulan ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino. Karamihan sa kanila ay napipilitang lumabas ng bansa sa paraang ligal man o ligal, at nakararanas ng mapagsamantalang mga kundisyon sa labas ng bansa.

Sa kabila nito, nananatiling hungkag at ilusyon ang “matuwid na daan” at pagpapakitang-tao ni Noynoy, na hindi na natin aasahang magpapatupad pa ng matinong programa para sa mga OFW.

Ang totoo, si Noynoy mismo ang pangunahing tagabenta, pahirap at pahamak ng ating mga kababayan. Dahil sa kanyang mga patakaran at kawalang-aksyon, dahil sa kanyang pagpapakatuta sa imperyalistang dayuhan, siya mismo ang nagtataboy sa ating mga manggagawang Pilipino na lumabas ng bansa. At dahil sa kanyang patuloy na pagpapatupad ng patakarang labor export, siya ang pinakamasahol na pangulo para sa migranteng Pilipino at pamilya.

Ibig sabihi’y tumitindi pa ang kahirapan, sahod-alipin o di-nakabubuhay na sahod, kawalan ng empleyo, at pambubusabos sa loob mismo ng ating bansa. Pinalala pa ito ng pangungulimbat sa kaban ng bayan ni Aquino at kanyang mga alipores. Dahilan ito para lalong maghimagsik ang migrante at mamamayan.

Pero tama ang akala na may paraan pa. Kung tayo’y nagkakaisa at sama-samang nakikibaka. Hindi lamang ang mga migrante at kanilang pamilya kundi kasama ang malawak na bilang ng mamamayan.

Walang araw na hindi tayo nakikipaglaban sa mga kaso ng karapatan at kagalingan ng mga migrante. Ngunit ang mga ito’y kagyat at pansamantala, at pabalik-balik lang na mga problema.

Ang higit na mahalaga’y lutasin mismo ang ugat ng problema. Hindi na natin kailangang mangibang-bayan pa kung may trabaho sa bansa na kayang bumuhay ng pamilya. Kung may pambansang industriyalisasyon. Kung may tunay na reporma sa lupa. Kung may tunay na pagbabago sa bulok na sistema.

Hindi na natin kailangan pa ang maraming biktima ng pangangalakal, pang-aalipin at pagsasamantala. Hindi na natin kailangan ng mga pamilyang naulila’t nagdurusa para sabihin sa ating mga sarili: “Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, resign na!”

Kailangan na natin ng tunay na pagbabago sa lipunang ito. 

Noynoy, papet, pahirap at pahamak sa migranteng Pilipino at pamilya! Nakabubuhay na sahod sa Pinas, hindi trabaho sa labas! Serbisyo, hindi negosyo! Proteksyon, hindi koleksyon!

Labor export policy, ibasura! Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, resign na! Umalis ka na diyan! Ito po ang gusto ko at gusto nating lahat. ###

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Statement on the 20th death anniversary of Flor Contemplacion: OFWs worse off than ever, call for Aquino’s removal from office

flor @ 20 iconIt was 1995 when Filipina domestic worker Flor Contemplacion was hanged in Singapore and her death uncovered the naked truth of the tragedy of forced migration and the policy of labor export. Contemplacion’s case aroused wide indignation over the Philippine government’s inaction and failure to save her life and brought to national and international awareness the life and death situation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Twenty years after her death, we continue to bear witness to the lives and struggles of thousands and thousands of Flor Contemplacions. These last years under the Aquino administration have been the most grueling times for OFWs and their families – series of executions of OFWs on death row, civil wars and threats of wars of aggression in the Middle East and North Africa region, countless cases of abuses, maltreatment and involuntary servitude, hundreds of thousands stranded, criminalized and victimized by crackdowns abroad, trafficking and illegal recruitment with impunity and a more worsened state of government neglect and incompetence.

Combined with the continuing onslaught of a global economic crisis that is translated into unending spates of price hikes and the Aquino administration’s corruption, betrayal of public trust, treachery and intensification of privatization, liberalization and deregulation policies in favor of foreign interests, these are arguably the worst of times for our 13 to 15 million OFWs and their families.

Through these all, it has become more apparent that the Aquino administration is no different from previous regimes with regard OFW affairs. Despite Malacanang’s pronouncements, the Aquino government’s consequent actions and overall economic and political programs belie his promise of treating OFWs as an urgent national priority.

The series of executions of OFWs on death row, the biggest number so far under one regime, are glaring examples of just how insincere, insensitive and inept the Aquino government is in upholding and securing the protection and welfare of our workers overseas, while ironically also showcasing a more blatant and unapologetic labor export policy that exploits our OFWs’ cheap labor and influx of remittances but sadly offers them nothing in return, especially in times of need.

Indeed, if there is one thing that summarizes all government efforts thus far in response to the plight of our OFWs in distress these past years, it is the betrayal and criminal neglect of our OFWs in times of crisis and emergency.

There is also the real and present problem of the repatriation/deportation of possibly tens of thousands more of OFWs after the initial return of thousands from the MENA region. They face graver threats here than abroad because the government offers them nothing substantive and sustainable to address their families’ economic needs. Instead, what the government offers are mere dole-outs and, unfortunately, the prospects of returning abroad.

Instead of addressing the root causes of forced migration through genuine land reform and national industrialization, Aquino had further opened up the national economy to abuse and exploitation of our workers’ cheap labor by foreign capital and interests fueled by the greed for OFW remittances.

Migrante International strongly believes that for as long as the labor export policy is in force, there can be no genuine protection for our OFWs. Government programs and policies, through the continuance of the labor export policy, will not serve to protect and uphold OFWs’ rights but only exist to further exploit and abuse.

What our OFWs and their families need during these hard times are actions and programs from a government that would enforce the creation of jobs at home, ease the onslaught of price hikes and provide sufficient social services in order to curb, if not stop, forced migration. This is why, on the event of Flor Contemplacion’s 20th anniversary, we not only remember her legacy but re-commit ourselves to the lessons that her death taught us.

Undeniably these are the worst of times for our OFWs and families but these are also the greatest when migrants organize themselves to help and support each other when nothing is to be expected from the Philippine government.

Twenty years after Flor Contemplacion’s death, our OFWs and their families are now collectively confronting the struggles and challenges of their plight, and together we shall hold accountable the Aquino administration for every single OFW’s life that has been placed under threat and danger. This, undoubtedly, is the best way to commemorate Contemplacion’s 20th death anniversary.

Twenty years after the death of Flor Contemplacion, Filipino migrants and their families are once again roused into collective action and determination to exercise their democratic right to bring about regime and system change. We join other sectors of society in calling for Aquino’s accountability for all crimes done to the Filipino people. Tama na, sobra na ang pagpapahirap, pagpapahamak at panloloko sa migrante at pamilya! Aquino, resign na!

Migrante International is part of NOW! (Noynoy Out Now!), a broad multisectoral formation calling for Aquino’s resignation and the formation of a People’s Council to replace him. ###