THOUSANDS of banner-bearing workers affiliated with the militant Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) and SANLAKAS partylist coalition marched to the historic
to commemorate the birth date of Katipunan Supremo Andres Bonifacio. Mendiola Bridge
The groups used the occasion to call for the end of elite rule and urged the poor to struggle against imperialist plunder this after Malacanang concluded that it’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum weeks ago a resounding success.
“There is no fitting occasion for ordinary wage-earners to highlight its discontent over the treachery of the ruling elite on the will and welfare of the Filipino majority – other than the 152nd birth anniversary of plebian hero Andres Bonifacio,” BMP leader, Leody de Guzman declared during the protest.
Sonny Melencio of the Partido Lakas ng Masa said that, “The political and economic systems need an overhaul. The stench of Philippine society is reeking. We have a backward capitalist economy under a rotten system of elite democracy. Post-Edsa 1986 democracy is nothing but the oligopoly of the local elite that connives with foreign monopoly capital in their plunder of the local economy through neoliberal economics. From Cory Aquino to Noynoy Aquino, wealth and ownership was concentrated even more in the hands of the few”.
This year’s Bonifacio Day rally is different from the past red-letter days, says SANLAKAS secretary-general Atty Aaron Pedrosa.
“First, we intend to send a strong message to all national candidates that workers and the poor will be unforgiving in its criteria in choosing the candidates that they will support and vote for. They would likewise assail the candidates that pursue the same anti-labor and anti-poor policies and programs pursued by the Aquino government,” Pedrosa said.
He furthered, “Second, this is an indignation rally for the past five and a half years of unbearable hardship under Noynoy Aquino caused by economic policies that favor transnational corporations such as the systematic circumvention of the Constitutional right to security tenure through contractualization, the rejection of higher tax exemptions to middle and lower income, the tacit cheap labor policy, the K+12 law, tax incentives to mining and other extractive investments, the denial of public services through private-public partnerships.”
“And lastly, we are issuing a strong warning to traditional politicians and their capitalist bankrollers who intend to cheat in the coming elections as they attempt to secure their economic and political interests in a post-Aquino regime. Their lust for power knows no bounds; it recognizes no rules,” he clarified
In the same way that Gat Andres Bonifacio was robbed of the presidency by the principalia and ilustrados at the Tejeros Convention, the collective will of the Filipino masses – even if it is merely a choice of a perceived lesser evil from the same local ruling class – would again be robbed by an elitist faction that is seeking power by any means necessary,” the lawyer-activist said.