March 23, 2018 Plaza Miranda
Kalbaryo Ng Mamamayan
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Groups Dramatize “Calvary of the Poor” Under Duterte Presidency
Before the start of the Holy Week, militant groups, Kalipunan rig Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) —Metro Manila and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) — Metro Manila today held the annual Lent-themed protest, dubbed as "Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan," in an ecumenical liturgy and rally at the Plaza Miranda before the procession going to Mendiola Bridge in Manila.
This year's Kalbaryo highlighted the 'anti-people policies and the tyrannical and dictatorial rule' of President Rodrigo Duterte and the "Filipino people's desire to,end poverty and state terrorism being peddled by the present administration."
Kadamay Metro Manila and Bayan Metro Manila depicted the sorrows of poor Filipino families under Duterte by re-enacting and dramatizing the sufferings of Jesus Christ in his way to Calvary. During the march, the groups featured a Filipino worker, depicted as modern-day Christ, crowned with thorns, carried a crucifix with various issues printed on it.
Meanwhile, representations of King Herod, Pontius Pilate and Judas who wore different faces of President Duterte punished Christ during the march. Soldiers and cops who played as the centurions accompanied the Duterte characters.
Some of the issues depicted in the Kalbaryo 2018 were the war on drugs, martial law in Mindanao, extra-judicial killings, DOJ proscription and fake terror list, crackdown on government critics and activists, attack against press freedom, contractualization, low wages, unsafe workplaces, TRAIN Law, demolitions, homelessness, high prices, puppetry, among others.
"President Duterte is the chief calvary and major cause of the Filipino people's sufferings. All throughout his term, nothing substantial and significant change has been made," said Alyssa Mendoza, Kadamay Metro Manila spokesperson. Mendoza added, "Instead of easing the burden of the Cross we bear everyday, Duterte adds up the weight and load of poverty and repression in our everyday lives."
Protesters said that the removal of President Duterte in office would somehow ease the burden of the people. They also announced that the Kalbaryo protest today only marks their preparation for a bigger protest in time for the International Labor Day on May 1 in Manila. ###
Reference: Alyssa Mendoza, Kadamay Metro Manila Spokesperson (0933.6904434)
KADAMAY METRO MANILA NEWS RELEASE
March 23, 2018
People’s Organizations Stage “KALBARYO NG MGA MANGGAGAWA” for Worker's Rights
Defend Worker's Rights And Welfare
Duterrte Pahirap Sa Manggagawa
National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) joined other people’s organizations in a “Kalbaryo ng mga Manggagawa” on Friday, March 23, 2018, at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), marking the start of Holy Week by condemning the repression of workers’ rights and welfare under the Duterte regime.
“The Lenten season is a time for reflection and self-assessment, something the Duterte administration sorely needs,” said KMU secretary-general Jerome Adonis. “Duterte promised to junk contractualization, to fight big corporations and foreign exploitation, to recognize basic labor rights such as the right to a livable minimum wage and the right to organize. But he has broken all his promises to the labor movement,” Adonis said.
KMU and other labor centers united last February to present Duterte with a draft executive order that would end the unfair labor practice of contractualization. The President refused to sign.
Moreover, “in the two years since he came into power, 29 labor leaders have been killed, a higher toll than even the most notorious of previous presidents, such as Ferdinand Marcos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” said Adonis.
Apart from the killings, labor leaders have also been harassed with bogus charges by government agencies. For instance, PISTON organizer Marklen Maojo Maga was arrested on fabricated charges, while PISTON President George San Mateo is fighting trumped-up cases filed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for his leadership during PISTON’s recent successful transport strikes.
“Duterte has created an oppressive climate for the labor sector, where workers find themselves exploited, threatened, and harassed at every turn,” said Adonis.
During the protest action, workers’ cultural group Tambisan sa Sining staged a brief street play, highlighting four persons in particular:
Eduardo Año, officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG);
national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon;
defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana; and
President Rodrigo Duterte.
Members of Tambisan sa Sining explained that these public leaders are “the faces of fascism” under the Duterte regime. “The fascist tactics of Duterte and his minions show that they are scared of the strength of the labor sector united,” said Adonis.
“We call on all workers to join us in our struggle to protect and defend labor rights under the oppressive Duterte regime.”
Press Release March 23, 2018
Jerome Adonis, KMU Secretary General, 0939-507-3770
Neil Ambion, KMU Public Information Dept., 0928 2359733
Women Workers Hit Duterte’s Refusal to End Contractualization
On Thursday, March 22, 2018, women of the labor sector joined in the nationwide march to condemn the continuing violations of women’s and workers’ rights under the Duterte administration. President Rodrigo Duterte has been widely condemned by the labor sector for his refusal to junk contractualization.
He has also received criticism for recent remarks that promote violence against women, such as his frequent rape jokes, or the suggestion that female rebels be shot in their vaginas.
“Women workers are doubly oppressed under this regime,” said Nenita Gonzaga, Vice-President for Women’s Affairs of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). “First they are denied the right to job security and the right to fair wages, then they are disrespected and mocked by President Duterte himself.”
Gonzaga also hit the Duterte’s administration for rejecting the draft Executive Order, prepared by an alliance of various labor groups and organizations, intended to end the illegal practice of contractualization.
“We strongly condemn the President for suppressing workers’ rights and promote a culture that is disparaging of women and their contribution to society,” said Gonzaga. “We call on women workers to organize, unionize, and fight the anti-worker, anti-women Duterte regime,” Gonzaga added.
KMU VP for Women’s Affairs, 0928-279-4241
Nakiisa sa Taunang Kalbaryo
Sa Biyernes bago sumapit ang Domingo De Ramos at Semana Santa, isinabuhay ng mga organisasyong sektoral ang pasyong mahal sa marubdob na pagsasadula ng paghihirap ni Kristo sa kamay ng naghaharing uri sa isang militanteng prusisyong may pamagat na "Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan 2018 Laban sa Kahirapan at Terorismo ng Estado."
Nagsagawa ang mga grupong GABRIELA, KADAMAY at Movement Against Tyranny ng sariling bersyon ng prusisyon sa kahabaan ng Avenida Espanya patungo sa Mendiola, para ipaalala sa mga mananampalataya ang buhay na pagkakahalintulad ng matinding panunupil at pagdarahop na ipinalasap ng Romanong mananakop sa nagdurusang bayan noong kapanahunan ni Kristo, at ang mga kasalukuyang pagpaslang, pandarahas, at labis labis na pagbubuwis sa ilalim ng pasistang pamumuno ng isang diktadurya na may suporta pa ng dayuhang pananalakay ng mga modernong imperyo ng US at China.
"Mahaba na ang kalbaryong tinatahak ng sambayanang Pilipino lalo na at tumitindi ang bangis ng pulitikal na panlulupig sa maralitang inaagawan ng kabuhayan at buhay at hinahagupit ng batas na TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion), kawalan ng trabaho at mababang sahod.
Sinasariwa sa Pasyon ang kamulatan ng pasakit ng panginoong Jesus, na nanindigang hindi iiwanan ang sambayanan hanggang sa sama-samang muling pagbangon para mapagtagumpayan natin ang madilim na salot ng imperyalismo, pasismo, at pyudal na pagsasamantala," paliwanag ni Gert Libang, ang pangalawang pangulo ng GABRIELA.
"Sa kabila ng sapin-saping pasang krus ng demolisyon, pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin, kriminalidad, EJK at martial law na ipinapairal ng mga naghudas at naghugas kamay na galamay ng rehimen, hindi palaging tayo nakabayubay sa krus ng kamatayan. Dahil may Linggo ng Pagkabuhay at tayo ay magkakaisa para iwaksi ang kasinungalingan at panlilinlang," dagdag pa ni Libang. #
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23 March 2018
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Workers' Calvary: Contractualization, TRAIN, Duterte
"Contractualization is the everyday calvary of the majority of workers here in Metro Manila as we suffer from low wages amid increasing prices of basic commodities, zero benefits, and no security of tenure," said Maristela Garcia, Alyansa ng mga Manggagawa Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon (ALMAKON) Spokesperson.
ALMAKON joined other people's organization as they hold 'Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan', a symbolic protest to dramatize the sufferings of the Filipino people under the Rodrigo Duterte administration. "By not fulfilling his promise to end contractualization, President Rodrigo Duterte is leaving the workers to suffer and adding more misery to the Filipino workers by implementing TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) which resulted to the increase the prices of basic commodities but with no significant wage increase on the horizon," added Garcia.
Garcia said that contractual workers suffer the most with the TRAIN Law since they are already exempted from income tax, they will not receive additional take home pay from the lowered income tax. She insisted that workers are now feeling the effect of the tax reform which worsens their already tragic conditions.
"Duterte is the Herod of the modern times who orders the killing of anyone who will threaten his administration, whether indirectly using policies that will kill his people through suffering or directly with the aid of his police and armed forces with his 'war on drugs' and anti-insurgency campaign," claimed Garcia.
Garcia added that with Duterte whipping workers with more sufferings, workers are left with no choice but to mount more protests in the coming days leading to Labor Day.
“Since it’s the Lent season, Duterte should use this time to reflect whether he should stay in office or let the people overthrow him from his presidency,” said Garcia #
Alyansa ng mga Manggagawa Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon
March 23, 2018 News Release