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 »

Warnings vs wage hike for maids in Saudi, familiar – KMU

"It sounds disgustingly familiar."

This was labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno's reaction to a recruitment and migration consultant's warning to the Philippine government that asserting a wage hike for Filipino household workers in Saudi Arabia could lead to job losses, saying this is the usual employers' rhetoric against calls for a substantial wage hike.

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PH election to UN rights council called an embarrassment

It's an embarrassment for the United Nations Human Rights Council.

This was how the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan described the election of the Philippines to a fresh term in the UN Security Council, after garnering the second highest number of votes.

"This seriously impacts on the credibility of the UNHRC. The Philippines has a very poor human rights record dating back to nearly a decade of the Arroyo regime. It has gained notoriety for extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and arbitrary detention. These practices continue to this day," said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr. Read More »