Monthly Archives: October 2009

Bayan says oil firms super-profitable even with price ceiling

While saying more needs to be done to bring down oil prices, the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan called on the public to boycott oil firms who refuse to bring down their oil prices as a result of EO 839. Some firms have allegedly canceled their imports citing inability to recover high costs because of the price ceiling. The group said that the big transnational oil firms remain hugely profitable despite the price ceiling being ordered by the government.

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Partylist claims Comelec exclusion politically motivated

Migrante Partylist, a sectoral party of OFWs, directly accused the Comelec in preventing them from joining the partylist race in 2010.

"At least five partylist groups which have the same situation as Migrante were allowed by Comelec to run in previous elections. So why is Comelec now reversing itself? We believe that the delisting of Migrante is politically motivated," Connie Bragas-Regalado, chairperson of Migrante Partylist claimed.

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This was the challenge issued by Migrante International, together with repatriated workers from the Annasban company in Riyadh and the construction workers from a Filipino-owned Ashley Alexis Company in Maldives who trooped to the POEA to file mass complaints against their respective recruitment agencies.

The repatriated workers have experienced gross violations in their employment contracts, poor working condition and non-payment of their wages. They are seeking to file administrative complaints against their agencies as part of the measures they intend to take in their pursuit of justice. They are also fighting to bring their co-workers still stranded abroad home to the Philippines.

“Through these complaints, we are putting the POEA on notice that we shall be closely monitoring how they will respond to these cases,” Garry Martinez, chairperson of the largest organization of Filipino migrants, declared. “Time and again, we have seen how POEA decisions have favored recruitment agencies more than OFWs.”

Martinez cited the Annasban company as one of the companies which seem to be favored by the POEA. The company has gained some notoriety among OFWs here and in Riyadh because it has been the subject of many complaints of gross violations of contracts in the past and yet has not been given any sanctions at all by the POEA.

“What is going on in the POEA? Why can recruitment agencies such as these continue to ply their evil deeds, right under the noses of POEA officials? Why are there so many illegal recruitment cases victimizing thousands of OFWs?” queried Martinez.

“We have had enough! This time, we will be setting up a POEA Watch. We shall make a count of how many recruitment agencies with various cases of illegal recruitment the POEA has allowed to go unpunished! The public will definitely hear about this,” Martinez continued.

The organization is now consulting lawyers’ groups about the filing of a case against the inaction of POEA officials on illegal recruitment cases.###

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Satur urges GMA, solons to give up own pork barrel to fund allocations for relief and rehabilitation measures

Deputy Minority Floor Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo today urged that all pork barrel funds of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and legislators should be turned over towards relief and rehabilitation programs. He also said that the same should also apply to all departments and agencies under the executive and their respective discretionary funds.

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KMU sa European Union: Huwag pondohan ang kriminal

Labis na nadidismaya ang mga biktima ng pagsupil sa kilusang paggawa sa desisyon ng European Union (EU) na magbigay ng 3.9 milyong euro sa rehimeng Arroyo, na bantog sa malulubhang paglabag sa karapatang pantao at pangmanggagawa. Halos dalawang linggo pagkatapos ng unang International Labor Organization High-level Mission sa Pilipinas, na halos nagsakdal sa rehimen bilang maysala sa mga paglabag, tila pang-iinusulto ang balitang ito sa pakikibaka namin para sa katarungan at pagtigil sa paggipit sa mga tinig na kritikal sa bansa. Read More »

Seven years of EU terrorist listing and injustice put to an end

jose maria sison Seven years of EU terrorist listing and injustice put to an endThe National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel warmly congratulates its Chief Political Consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison for his resounding legal victory in the decision of the European Court of First Instance to take him off the so-called terrorist black list of the European Union. We likewise heartily congratulate his international team of lawyers led by Jan Fermon of Belgium, who tirelessly worked for seven years to effectively counter the unjust terrorist listing by the Council of the European Union.

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Continued foreign debt servicing, begging for US aid double whammies needed to be overthrown amid Ondoy disaster – KMU

Amid the Ondoy disaster and an upcoming possible supertyphoon, Kilusang Mayo Uno called on the government to re-channel huge foreign debt service budget to calamity assistance, and to refrain from begging for US aid.

The government on Monday reported that it paid P487.7 billion for debts from January to August of this year, which is 2.21 percent higher than last year’s P477.2 billion.

Finance Secretary Margarito Teves has also just said that government is allocating P700.6 billion for debt payments this year, higher than the P681.5 billion programmed earlier.

“We can’t understand and accept the fact that the Arroyo government has been able to shell out P488 billion for debt payments since the start of the year, while it keeps on begging for foreign aid to respond to the Ondoy disaster,’ said KMU chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.

“It was our perennial indebtedness to US that caused our economy to sink, and our skewed development projects designed to attract foreign investments that made Metro Manila flood-prone.

“Continuing to pour huge chunks of the national budget to foreign debt, and strengthening dependence to US by begging funds from them are double whammies that will only plunge our nation deeper into depression,” Labog said.

“We also see the meanest intentions from the US in their supposed rescue assistance for the typhoon victims. They are taking advantage of the situation now so they can exploit more of our resources and dictate more on our economic and political affairs after the typhoon.

“They are also using the flood to legitimate the fast entry of their troops in the country. What the US really want to save is the vast exploitable resources and the strategic military base they have in the country,” Labog said.

“We need real and sincere efforts to recover from this typhoon disaster. Skewed government priorities and policies are the least our many suffering kababayans deserve.” #



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