Hindipendence Day 2018
Fight For Genuine Freedom Continues
Liwasang Bonifacio, June 12, 2018
Bayan joins the nation in observing the 120th anniversary of Independence Day, as we vow to continue the unfinished fight for national freedom and democracy. We assail the Duterte regime for reneging on its promise of an independent foreign policy, upholding instead a subservient foreign policy to both the US and China.
The Philippines cannot be truly free, not when foreign powers collude to take advantage of our people and resources. We cannot be truly free if China continues to claim most of the West Philippine Sea, regulates the movement and practically bullies our fishermen within our exclusive economic zone. No amount of Palace spin can change the fact that China retains control of Scarborough Shoal, despite the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
We cannot be truly free if the US continues treats us as its neocolony and foot stool in Southeast Asia, always moving to re-establish US bases and permanent military presence on our soil using different pretexts.
Neither the US nor China can be expected to uphold Philippine sovereignty. That job falls squarely on us Filipinos. Only Filipinos can be expected to uphold Philippine interest. We should not be a pawn in a battle for regional domination by two competing superpowers. Neither the claws of the dragon or the eagle, the Philippines should be truly free from any foreign domination.
The fight for sovereignty also includes the economic sphere as the Philippines has remained underdeveloped because of foreign economic impositions and dependence on foreign investments and foreign debt. The TRAIN law, the deregulation of the oil industry, the privatization of the power industry, liberalization of agriculture and the destructive large-scale mining operations are all foreign imposition on the people.
These have contributed to worsening poverty and underdevelopment. We cannot be truly free if our people suffer from foreign economic dictates and our resources are siphoned off by the big multinational corporations.
The Duterte regime has chosen the path of shameless subservience to different foreign powers in exchange for political and military support for the regime. It seeks loans and investments from China as it practically gives up the West Philippine Sea. It allows US troops and bases to be permanently set up in the Philippines in exchange for US support for the AFP and its regime.
The Filipino people have no other recourse but to continue the unfinished fight for genuine freedom, and to rid ourselves of foreign meddling. The Filipino people should be able to chart its own path of national development, unhindered by foreign intervention. We long to be able to stand on our own two feet, and not be dependent on the crumbs given to us by foreign masters. Only by being truly free can our nation prosper and develop. ###
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In the face of tyranny, oppression and foreign intervention, Stand for Sovereignty!
As we commemorate Philippine Independence Day, the Filipino people continue to face challenges and threats to their rights and freedom as well as to the nation’s sovereignty.
The relevance of this day is overshadowed by tyranny, oppression and foreign intervention. Marking such a supposed ‘independence’ only highlights a contrast to the hardships that Filipinos endure under the authoritarian rule of President Rodrigo Duterte. Our people remain enslaved to debt, poverty, crime and corruption.
Our nation is shackled by foreign control and remains a neo-colony. Duterte not only maintains a foreign policy of aligning with and upholding US military and economic interests in the country, he additionally opened the country to Chinese imperialist interests to dominate and plunder the country’s natural resources and exploit our domestic market.
Duterte offers up our country to foreign control. Our national economy has been opened to capitalist plunder. US and Chinese intrusive agendas will further push the dissolution of patriotic protectionist policies that guard our nation’s sovereignty.
Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao and his government’s repressive campaigns against people’s organizations and social activists underscore his intended repression of those who struggle for freedom and sovereignty.
The poor from urban and rural marginalized communities continue to fall victim to extrajudicial killings and other forms of state-perpetrated threats, harassment and intimidations.
Indigenous peoples, peasants and farmers, labor unionists and workers, and urban poor families who boldly oppose the militarization of their communities and workplaces have also become victims of violations of human rights. Duterte’s repressive campaigns against the people have resulted in greater displacement, more extra-judicial killings and violations of the people’s fundamental rights.
The people’s clamor for genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization has been answered with militarization. Political persecution of church people exposes how Duterte intends to wield despotic power to silence people of faith who advocate for the people’s rights. The inclusion of faith-based human rights defenders and just-peace advocates in his tirades and attacks demonstrates his intent to criminalize and demonize all forms of legitimate dissent against his tyranny and creeping dictatorship. Duterte’s anti-people, anti-poor and anti-democratic policies must be opposed.
The people must gather their collective strength and build their political power as they continue to struggle for genuine independence and democratic freedoms. Sadly, Duterte’s mockery of our nation’s sovereignty as well as his caustic remarks, glaring misogyny and divisive demeanour have made clear that he no longer embodies the moral authority needed to lead us.
Let this Independence Day serve to embolden our commitment to break free from foreign domination to create a genuinely prosperous, peaceful, and sovereign Philippines. #
Bp. Joel Porlares, Iglesia Filipino Independiente
Bp. Modesto Villasanta, United Church of Christ in the Philippines
Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm, Rise Up for Life and for Rights
Rev. Dr. Ferdinand Anno, Samahan ng Teolohikal na Edukasyon ng Pilipinas
Deaconess Darlene Caramanzana, Association of Women in Theology Deaconess Norma Dollaga, Kasimbayan
Rev. Mary Grace Masegman, Co-chairperson, Promotion of Church People’s Response
Rev. Joram Calimutan, Co-chairperson, PCPR-Hong Kong
Rev. Dwight Dela Torre, Iglesia Filipina Independiente Hong Kong Fellowship Reference:
Bp. Joel Porlares, IFI
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12 June 2018 Press Statement
Sec. NAPC Liza Maza
PAHAYAG NI SEC. NAPC SEC. LIZA MAZA SA IKA-120 PAGDIRIWANG NG ARAW NG KALAYAAN
Ang pagkawala sa siklo ng kahirapan ay hangarin ng maraming Pilipinong umaasang makamit ang tunay na Kalayaan.
Marapat lamang na maging sentrong polisiya ng gobyerno ang mawakasan ang kahirapan. Maisasagawa lamang aniya ito kung pagtutuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaan ang Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng bawat Pilipino: Pagkain at Repormang Agraryo, Tubig, Paninirahan, Trabaho, Kalusugan, Edukasyon, Pangangailangang Panlipunan, Malinis at Ligtas na Kapaligiran, Kapayapaan at Pakikilahok.
Batay sa datos ng Asian Development Bank, pangatlo ang Pilipinas sa mga bansa sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations o ASEAN sa may pinakamataas na bilang ng poverty incidence sa 21.6%. Maraming Pilipino ang hanggang ngayon ay lugmok pa rin sa kahirapan.
Dagdag pasakit pa sa mga mamamayan nang umabot na sa pinakamataas na lebel sa loob ng limang taon ang inflation o presyo ng mga produkto at serbisyo sa bansa sa 4.6%. Sabay pa sa pagtaas ng mga presyo ng bilihin ang patuloy na pagtaas ng presyo ng mga produktong petrolyo na 15 beses nang umakyat ngayong taon.
Kaya, makatuwiran lamang ang itaas din ng sahod ng mga manggagawa. Bilang tugon, suportado ni Sec. Maza ang House Bill 7787 o National Minimum Wage Act ng Makabayan bloc na naglalayong itaas mula sa P512 minimum wage sa Metro Manila at gawing P750 ang minimum wage sa buong bansa.
Kung ang National Economic Development Authority o NEDA naman ang tatanungin, P42,000 ang kailangang kitain ng isang pamilyang may limang miyembro para mamuhay ng disente. Higit na malayo ang bilang na ito sa nasa 21 milyong pamilyang Plipino na pilit ipinagkakasya ang mas mababa pa sa P10,000 kita kada buwan.
Malaki rin ang epekto ng doble-dobleng buwis na dala ng TRAIN law at ng 12% VAT sa pasanin ng mga mamamayan at inaasahan pa ang pagsipa ng presyo ng mga bilihin sa mga darating na taon. Kaya panukala ni NAPC Sec. Maza ang pansamantalang pagpapatigil sa TRAIN law.
Mahigit 2.3 milyong pamilyang Pilipino o 9.9% naman ang nagsabing nakaranas sila ng gutom base sa pinakabagong pag-aaral ng Social Weather Stations (SWS) nitong Abril.
Habang sa pinakabagong datos ng Philippine Statistics Authority, lumalabas na nasa 5.5% na unemployment rate sa bansa.
Sa kabila ng mga nakapanlulumong datos na ito, magandang tungtungan ang positibong pagtanaw ng ating mga kababayan na naniniwalang bubuti ang antas ng kani-kanilang mga buhay sa susunod na 12 buwan.
Sa Reforming Philippine Anti-Poverty Policy ng NAPC, kinikilala ang halaga ng agro-industrial development para makalikha ng trabaho sa mga Pilipino, aktibong pakikilahok ng mga mamamayan sa pamamahala at paglikha ng komprehensibo, pangkalahatan at inklusibong panlipunang polisiya na layuning maging gabay ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno sa paglikha ng mga programang kikitil sa kahirapan.
Mahaba pa ang laban para sa tunay na kalayaan. Pero kung patuloy ang sama-samang pagkilos ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno, gayundin ang mga mamamayan, matutuldukan ang siklo ng kahirapan. ##
PRESS RELEASE | 11 June 2018 REFERENCE: Jennifer Padilla Office of the Secretary, NAPC Mobile No. 0995-996-4053
On Philippine Hindependence Day, the Country Caters to Big Agribusiness Interests
The Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) today stated that there can be no real independence for the Philippines if its agriculture continues to cater to agricorporations’ demand for high value crops.
According to John Milton “Butch” Lozande, UMA Secretary General, the Philippines, has rapidly converted its rice and corn fields to become vast plantations of HVCs. It is a major exporter of bananas, pineapples and oil palm to the rest of the world. It also grows rubber, tobacco, coffee, cacao, and sugar for multinational corporations based in the country alongside local oligarchs and landlords. Agricorporations continue to expand their operations and monopolize the country’s agricultural system through Agribusiness Venture Arrangements (AVAs).
At present, 1.2 million ha of agricultural lands are covered by AVAs. These are business agreements entered between multinational agricorporations, either through local corporations often headed by big landlords, with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), settlers, and indigenous peoples, among others. Often, ARBs enter into AVAs because of fear of not being able to pay their land amortization and the government’s utter lack of support services.
Though agribusiness plantations have destructive effects on farming communities’ food security, health and livelihood, the Duterte government is insistent in expanding this to 1.6 million ha more, with 1 million ha just for oil palm and mostly in Mindanao.
AVA is part of the government’s adherence to neoliberal policies, dictated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Bank (WB), as it devotes large areas of land and water resources for export-crops, mostly under the control of agribusiness transnational corporations. It is essentially a scheme to re-concentrate agricultural lands back to landlords and foreign agro-corporations.
Meanwhile, the government hardly provides any subsidies to local farmers who are growing staple crops such as rice and corn for domestic needs.
These harsh realities spurred by an import-dependent, export-oriented economic system show that it is only through the realization of genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization that the country can ever become truly free.
As a sign of its commitment, the government should sign the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) in the upcoming peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) this July. CASER’s guarantee of free land distribution and provision of support services to poor farmers makes its signing a critical first step in achieving real independence for the country.###
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On #Hindipendence Day, Anakbayan condemns US imperialism, China, Duterte’ looming nationwide martial law
Youth group Anakbayan joins other progressive organizations and individuals in a day-long series of protests today, June 12, which they derided as #Hindipendence Day in light of Duterte’s subservience to US imperialism, China, and looming imposition of nationwide martial law.
“Today is #Hindipendence day. Freedom remains an illusion under the helm of a cheap dictator-wannabe who shamelessly kowtows to foreign superpowers like China and US, and wields terror and violence against the Filipino people,” said Anakbayan Secretary General Einstein Recedes.
Braving the strong winds and rains, Anakbayan joined hundreds of other protesters to storm the Chinese Consulate in Makati City in the morning with slogans “China Layas, atin ang Pinas” and “PH not for Sale, we are not for Sale” and then to the US Embassy in Manila during noontime.
A handful of brave protesters were likewise able to break through the police cordon and interrupt Duterte’s deceit-filled official speech in Kawit, Cavite with shouts of “Hunyo 12, huwad na kalayaan! Duterte patalasikin, Pasista biguin!”
Recedes slammed what he called Duterte’s “pro-imperialist” policies and programs that effect the surrender of Philippine territory, facilitate the sellout Philippine land, labor, and resources to China, US and foreign corporations while subjecting Filipinos to intensified impoverishment and repression.
“We condemn Duterte’s inaction amidst Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea depriving Filipino fishermen their livelihood. We condemn Duterte’s burdening Filipinos with high taxes and other conditionalities for onerous Chinese loans funding his corrupt infrastructure program,” said Recedes. He said that it is US imperialism, China, and other foreign powers which stands to benefit the most from neoliberal economic programs like the Train law and continuing contractualization and low wages while further depressing the conditions of the country’s poor majority.
Recedes also criticized Duterte’s perpetuation of US military intervention in the country by allowing the continuation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), Visiting Force Agreement (VFA), Balikatan exercises, and US-patterned counterinsurgency programs.
Looming Duterte Dictatorship
Anakbayan said that Duterte’s threat of nationwide martial law is linked to a blood-thirsty, power-hungry tyrant hell-bent on perpetuating its rule to continue benefitting from the country’s continued imperialist subservience to China, US, and other imperialist powers.
“Clearly it is Duterte himself and his fellow oligarchs that benefit from this system of social injustice favoring the sellout of the nation. Now Duterte threatens the Filipino people with nationwide martial law in order to cling to power amidst mounting resistance to his rule,” said Recedes.
“Genuine independence, and not Duterte’s #Hindipendence, can be truly attained by ending Philippine neocolonial relations with the US and other imperialists. This cannot be done by seeking new masters like China. What we need is national industrialization, genuine independence, and democracy,” he said.
The youth group said genuine independence can only be achieved through a national democratic revolution with a socialist revolution that will overthrow Duterte’s looming dictatorship and smash the semi-colonial and semi-feudal shackles chaining the Filipino people.
Reference: Einstein Recedes, Anakbayan Secretary General 0947 777 6544
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2018 —
120 years after, Filipino Children Still Enslaved in Poverty, Corruption and State Fascism
Independence Day, Manila
Child focused groups under Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns joined this year’s commemoration of Philippine Independence from Spanish Colonial Rule. Salinlahi said that while we are free from direct colonial rule, Filipino people including children are still enslaved in poverty mainly driven by landlessness, unemployment, unbridled corruption in the government and neoliberal dictates of foreign economic powers.
“The very reasons why the Katipuneros rebelled against the Spanish government are still present nowadays– landlessness, fascism and rampant poverty. We can’t celebrate this year’s independence while many of Filipino children are still enslaved in a situation which steals their childhood and right to development,” said Eule Rico Bonganay, Salinlahi Secretary General.
Salinlahi reiterated that Duterte’s adherence to neoliberal dictates puts Filipino people, including children, under the claws of foreign domination, citing US and China’s intervention in the economic and political aspects.
The group slammed the impacts of neoliberal policies and foreign intervention, especially to Filipino children. “Neoliberal policies and continued foreign intervention brought disasters in the lives of Filipino children and their families. Dengvaxia, as a popular example, claimed at least 88 lives for the sake of profit for multi-national Sanofi Pasteur. Foreign products made by foreign corporations continue to flood our market.
While foreign intervention does not only trample our sovereignty, but it also victimizes the most vulnerable—women and children,” explained Bonganay.
Salinlahi noted that freedom-loving Filipinos should unite and act to free Filipino children from structural oppression which causes widespread poverty.
“We as advocates, together with children should work to free us from the shackles of neoliberalism and foreign intervention. We should do this now, for the children, for the next generation,” ended Bonganay.###
June 12, 2018 PRESS RELEASE
REFERENCE: Eule Rico Bonganay 09234071120 Secretary General, Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns
MEDIA LIASON: Noy Palay 09234536160 — Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns Address: 2F 90 J. Bugallon St., Brgy. Bagumbuhay, Project 4, Quezon City 1109 Philippines
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DEFEND THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATIONAL PATRIMONY
Statement on the 120th Anniversary on the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence Day
Today, we commemorate the independence of our country from foreign colonizers. We also pay tribute to the heroes and heroines who have bravely fought for our country.
This sense of patriotism is needed now more than ever with the growing threat of foreign plunder of the natural resources of our country. China’s creeping invasion has been seen in the past years. It has constructed large airstrips and military facilities in the West Philippine Sea, reclaiming 290,000 square meters in the Spratly Islands in 2017 alone.
This has caused great damage to marine ecosystems thus potentially affecting the ecological integrity in the area. Filipino fisherfolk have also been constantly harassed and being displaced in their own fishing grounds by Chinese state forces.
International institutions such as the International Finance Corporation, a member of World Bank, have paved the way to the heightened environmental degradation. It has been supporting the construction of 19 new and expansions of coal-fired power plants in the country through investments in a local bank. Despite posturing as an advocate of climate change mitigation, it is actually an aggravator of climate change by aggressively promoting dirty energy technologies in our country.
Policies that opened the country to foreign plunder such as the Mining Act of 1995 are still in place. This is the only law in the country that allows 100% foreign ownership under the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA). As of 2018, FTAAs cover more than 100,000 hectares of land. We have seen the widespread ill effects of mining in the environment: flattened hills, destroyed forests, polluted coasts and rivers, and displaced communities. All of this is sacrificed for a meager 0.79% contribution to the Gross Domestic Product and 0.53% in employment as of 2016.
The Duterte administration is even pushing to open more lands to foreign owners. Under the Charter Change proposals, state or regional legislature may be granted power to allow foreigners to own lands.
The country’s natural resources have been plundered throughout the years supplying the unquenchable thirst for the profit of foreign corporations and their local counterparts.
Filipinos have the sovereign right to utilize the country’s natural resources for their sustenance and for future generations. These should be used for national development and not to be commodified for the profit of a few.
Our fight for genuine independence continues. We call on our fellow patriots to staunchly defend our national patrimony before it is too late. This Independence Day, we call on our fellow Filipinos to become the heroes and heroines that our country direly needs.
Reference: Lia Alonzo, Program Coordinator, email@example.com, (02) 356 2166 PRESS STATEMENT June 12, 2018