Monthly Archives: July 2011

State of Migrants Under Aquino: Broken promises, more tragedies

Worst year, bleak future ahead for OFWs, says group

Global alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and families Migrante International today said that President Benigno Aquino III's first year in office is arguably the worst year for OFWs.

Migrante International joined other sectors in today's People SONA protest. Its chapters in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Middle East, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US also held simultaneous protest actions against Aquino's second State of the Nation Address (SONA). Read More »

For second SONA, Workers give Noynoy failing grade, ‘singko’

"We give him a grade of '5,' bagsak. After more than a year, it is more than clear: The change and daang matuwid which Aquino promised are not for the hungry workers and people, but for the oil cartel, big foreign and local capitalists and the Kamag-anak, Inc."

This was the statement of labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno as it gave Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III a failing grade for his performance a day before his second State of the Nation Address. Read More »

Hope for genuine change is dim under Aquino but ever brightest in the people’s struggle

Bayan statement on the occasion of Aquino's SONA

July 25 ,2011

In so many words, the Aquino administration and its allies have been telling the public that it should not be expecting too much from the new government in its first year. After all, they said, what Aquino is trying to undo is nine years of the corrupt and anti-people legacy of the hated Gloria Arroyo administration. Change is not an overnight process, according to them. To be sure, no one is asking the President to change the country in one year. The political and economic crises we face are too deep to be resolved during the entire term of Aquino, much less in his first year. However, based on his track record as Chief Executive thus far, Aquino has demonstrated a grave incapacity not only to initiate long-term progressive reforms but even to implement urgent policy measures that will protect and uphold the interest of the people. Read More »

Spare no one from poll fraud probe – Bayan

The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said that the Aquino government should spare no one in the election fraud probe, and include those who not only aided in cheating but also covered up the fraud.

"The probe on the 2004 elections should not be just aimed at establishing the real winner of the polls. The probe should seek accountability for those who engaged in wholesale cheating and those who abetted and covered-up the massive fraud. The crime is so serious that Arroyo's infamous 'I'm sorry' won't be enough to get her off the hook," said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr. Read More »