Uring Manggagawa, Hukbong Mapagpalaya!

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Linggo, Pebrero 23, 2020

Joint Statement of Sanlakas, BMP and PLM on the ABS-CBN issue

Joint Statement of Sanlakas, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino and Partido Lakas ng Masa

The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Partido lakas ng Masa and Sanlakas condemn the Duterte Government’s heavy-handed attempt to silence and shut down ABS-CBN.

This is the latest in a series of aggressive frontal attacks on media institutions to intimidate them into at the very least tamed reportage and at most, submission, eroding the people’s right to a free press. To date, 112 cases of attacks and threats have been documented under the Duterte Administration including at least 13 killings of journalists. The Philippines holds the record of among the world’s deadliest countries for media. That the attacks on media workers and institutions are increasing can only be attributed to the undeterred hostility of the Government towards media as highlighted by the moves to shut down ABS-CBN.

In plain view, the Duterte Government is cementing the path towards authoritarianism the hallmarks of which include media censorship. Shutting down ABS-CBN sends a chilling effect to all media institutions signaling an imminent scenario where socio-political realities of the day are defined by Malacanang’s propaganda gurus and spin doctors. Unlike Marcos who needed martial law to achieve this, Duterte is unleashing the entire might of the government - his supermajority in the House of Representatives, the Solicitor-General and his Supreme Court - towards this end.

In the process, 11,000 workers will be displaced. This could spell poverty and hunger to tens of thousands of Filipinos who rely on their breadwinner to ensure food on the table. In Duterte’s fascist arm-twisting of ABS-CBN fueled by his personal vendetta against the company, the workers and their families have been reduced to mere sacrificial lambs - the unavoidable collateral damage to the Government’s malevolent designs against media.

We lend our unconditional support to the struggle of ABS-CBN workers for continued and secure employment. This struggle for job security is intertwined with the defense of democratic rights as the threat of displacement comes from a regime that seeks to quell civil rights and political freedoms, not only in retaliation for the non-airing of Duterte's campaign ads in 2016 but also to prepare for its electoral plans in 2022.

It is in situations like these when the horrors of contractualization are brought to the fore. Thousands of contractual workers, in the event of ABS-CBN’s shutdown, will be booted out of work without the benefits enjoyed by their regular counterparts. We, thus, reiterate our call to regularize all workers, provide increase in wages and salaries, implement safe and humane conditions of work, and ensure the rights of workers to unionize and bargain collectively with the ABS-CBN employers.

It is worth noting that the Duterte cronies are salivating over the purchase of ABS-CBN and the equities of Lopez holdings, and with the House approval of total foreign ownership to "public service", including wire and wireless broadcast comminication, the stage is set for the total, unfettered, and open subjugation of mainstream media by foreign monopolies.

It is highly ironic that 34 years after the 1986 People Power that ousted a dictator, we are again up against an aspiring tyrant, who is in desperate attempt to have formal absolute power over the entire state apparatus. The little that was gained by a people's uprising that was hijacked by the anti-Marcos elite, is now being taken back by the Duterte regime. The sacrifice of the martyrs of the anti-dictatorship struggle will not be in vain. Onward with the struggle for democracy. Resist the attacks on press freedom. Uphold workers' rights. ###

Huwebes, Pebrero 6, 2020

Mensahe ng XDI sa ika-19 anibersaryo ng pagkapaslang kay Ka Popoy Lagman

MENSAHE NG EX-POLITICAL DETAINEES INITIATIVE (XDI)
Pebrero 6, 2020

MENSAHE NG XDI SA IKA-19 ANIBERSARYO
NG PAGKAPASLANG KAY KA POPOY LAGMAN

Kami, mula sa Ex-Political Detainees Initiative (XDI) ay taos kamaong nagpupugay kay Ka Popoy Lagman. Labinsiyam na taon na mula nang siya'y mapaslang at hanggang ngayon ay patuloy ang paghahanap ng katarungan.

Isa si Ka Popoy Lagman sa mga batikang lider na nakibaka upang palayain ang manggagawa sa kuko ng kapitalismo. Siya'y dakilang guro at lider-manggagawang nagpapatuloy ng pakikibaka sa tradisyon ng mga naunang lider-manggagawang namuno sa mga naganap, tulad ng Paris Commune at ng Rebolusyong Oktubre.

Si Ka Popoy ay isa ring XD o dating bilanggong pulitikal. Hinuli siya at nakulong noong Mayo 26, 1994, dalawang araw matapos ang isang rali sa Makati kung saan labingdalawang aktibista ang nahuli, at noong kasagsagan ng SLAM APEC Conference noong Nobyembre 1996. Siya'y isang masigasig na chairman ng Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) noong siya'y mapaslang noong Pebrero 6, 2001.

Muli, kami sa Ex-Political Detainees Initiative (XD) ay taas-kamaong nagpupugay sa magiting na lider na si Ka Popoy Lagman!

Hustisya para kay Ka Popoy Lagman at sa lahat ng mga dati at hanggang ngayon ay bilanggong pulitikal! Palayain ang lahat ng bilanggong pulitikal!


EDGAR DESACULA
Pangulo

EDWIN GUARIN
Ikalawang Pangulo

GREGORIO BITUIN JR.
Sekretaryo Heneral

JOVEN LIM
Ingatyaman

RONI DURAL
Auditor 

BMP Negros – Press Release: FREE COSMIC 10!

BMP Negros – Press Release

05 February 2020

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) Negros strongly denounces the violent course of action taken by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in dispersing the striking workers of Cosmic Enterprises, a company engaged in paper products.

Earlier this morning of 05 February 2020, the members of the Cosmic Enterprises Independent Labor Union (CEILU) who have been peacefully conducting their strike since 02 January 2020 were aggressively harassed by security guards and strikebreakers. The Police arrived during the midst of the commotion, but instead of resolving the conflict and acting as “agents of peace,” they aggravated the situation by dragging the strikers from the picket line and handling them roughly.

Their intervention resulted to the illegal arrest of 10 union members and labor organizers from the picket lines who are now being detained on fabricated charges.

This incident is a clear portrayal on how the Philippine National Police (PNP) exist to serve and protect the interests of the capitalists, despite that the majority of their workforce stemmed from the working class.

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) Negros calls for the accountability of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their violent course of action and for the immediate release of the illegally detained union members and labor organizers!

FREE COSMIC 10!

Gilbert Benlot
Hernani Abirina
Arrius Bocal
Dominic Dilao
Alvin Jimenez
Lorenzo de Vera
Chadli Sadorra
Rafael La Vina
Richard Christopher Kahulugan
Roy Bacalso

SAMUEL GAVORO
Chairman BMP Negros

RESPECT THE UNION!

#FreeCosmic10

#StandWithWorkers

Martes, Pebrero 4, 2020

Labor wants Electric Coop to handle NGCP Transfer Grid Control from Chinese State to Filipino workers, Senate told

Press Release
04 February 2020

Labor wants Electric Coop to handle NGCP
Transfer Grid Control from Chinese State to Filipino workers, Senate told

Workers group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) calls on Congress to transfer ownership of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) from a consortium of Chinese and Filipino corporations to an electric cooperative "owned by consumers and managed by its workers".

This was following reports from a recent Senate investigation which revealed that the NGCP allowed Chinese nationals in the highest management positions, on top of the security problems surrounding the 40% ownership of grid utility by State Grid Corporation of China supposedly controlled by the Chinese government.

"We already have a workable model in the power industry - the electric cooperatives. Why not transfer the grid from the Chinese government to Filipino consumers and workers?," asked BMP President Luke Espirtu.

Espiritu noted that the "running" the power grid involves "technical problems like dispatch management on which Filipino engineers are already capable of, after doing so for decades before the privatization of power industry."

"Before the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001, the running of grid services area already performed by Filipinos under the National Power Corporation (NPC). The problem then was generation, not transmission," Espiritu insisted.

He proposed a model wherein NGCP will be controlled by a "cooperative of electric cooperatives", engaging the NGCP workers union on a management contract.

"This will, of course, require a legislative action to amend EPIRA. And this is where the Senate investigation should proceed," the labor leader said.

Espiritu argued that with a consumer-owned and worker-controlled electric coop model, "we will have no problems with technical audits, cybersecurity and foreign ownership".

The BMP leader conceded that reforms are likewise needed to further strengthen electric coops so as not to make it vulnerable to corporate takeovers.####

For more details, Luke Espiritu 0995 9729969

May 1, 2013 rali

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Slam Evil, Slam Apec

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