25 Hulyo 2011
P-Noy’s PDP: DEVELOPMENT NOT FOR THE MASSES
BUT TO THE POWERFUL AND THE RULING FEW
Around a hundred members of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino and its affiliate, the KPML (Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod and the Zone One Tondo Organization (ZOTO) launched an activity depicting the plight of an ordinary Filipino worker in an urban poor community.
With a backdrop set up of a tarpaulin with a slum dweller scenario, a typical huge family was depicted in feasting a breakfast of rice and noodles. The husband and his wife, who is coddling her baby eating their breakfast and joined by their siblings. The portrayal was part of the groups’ dramatization of the real life situation of an ordinary worker who wants to make both ends meet.
The group through its spokesperson, Teody Navea, Secretary General of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino expressed the organizations’ position on Pnoys’ PDP and its implication to the present working class.
“P-ny’s PDP (Philippine Development Plan) is being hatched not to effect real and genuine development for the masses but a comprehensive agenda to ensure the development of the local and foreign capitalists that P-noy is trying to please for he firmly believed that by doing so would mean a boost to the ailing economy. Similar policies implemented by his predecessors, as in the case of Ramos who proudly coined his regime as Philippine 2000 and even GMA’s much touted strong republic”. Navea lamented during the program held in front of the Quiapo Church at Plaza Miranda.
The group also entertained speeches from the representatives of the working class who took turns in presenting their experiences and the hardships they have continuously suffered through the years.
“PDP is just a rehashed of what has been implemented by previous administrations. They will never solve the unabated problems of the masses but will only exacerbate further the marginalization and the poverty the country is forever enjoying.” Navea further elaborated.
The group proceeded to Morayta to take part in the broad labor own version of SONA at Mendiola. As earlier planned, the group also expected to rejoin later in a big rally scheduled in the afternoon along Toyota Commonwealth Avenue to participate in the sponsored broad multisectoral march-rally to Batasan. (30)