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‘Revolutionary government’ meant to establish Duterte dictatorship

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Left-leaning organizations led by Kilusang Mayo Uno marked the commemoration of Bonifacio Day with protests.

They called on a heightened resistance against what they said is a fake revolutionary government under President Rodrigo Duterte.

They claimed the present administration’s killing spree against dissenters has already killed 18 advocates of worker’s rights.

“It is a bogus revolutionary government. It’s a great deception because it is contrary to the legacies of Gat Andres Bonifacio,” Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson, Elmer Labog said.

The proposed revolutionary government according to them is only meant to establish a dictatorship.

Labog said Duterte is becoming a lot more like the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Really, what Marcos had done in the past, Duterte is now doing. He is not only idolizing him, we thought it would end with the burial [of Marcos’ remains], but it seems he is looking towards a one-man rule, dictatorship, and tyranny,” Labog said.

Former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said another authoritarian rule is not a solution to the problems of the country.

“We have been in a martial law and it was clear who benefited from it. The rich got richer. Rights were violated, many were killed,” Taguiwalo said.

From the Plaza Bonifacio in Manila, the group tried to proceed to Mendiola but they were intercepted by the police.

They tried to break through the barricade but police used water cannons to drive them back. The rallyists then burned Duterte’s effigy. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Labor groups express dismay over Duterte meeting on endo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Labor groups were dismayed when President Rodrigo Duterte did not sign the proposed executive order that would end contractualization in the country in their meeting in Malacañang Wednesday night.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Nagkaisa Labor Coalition, Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Sentro, Federation of Free Workers and Partido Manggagawa.

The militant groups believe the EO, which was drafted in May last year, is now long overdue.

“Nalungkot at siyempre may galit dahil pauulit-ulit naman na yung meetings namin. At yun nga napaasa kami kahapon dahil marami nang pakikipag-usap na nangyari sa secretary of labor,” KMU Chairman Elmer Labug said.

(We were saddened and of course, angered because we’ve been doing these meetings time and again. And we were hopeful yesterday because there had been a number of talks already with the Labor secretary.)

“Hindi pinirmahan ni Presidente Duterte at ang aming fear nga diyan yung time nahinihingi ay mawawater down yung version habang tumatagal,”Labug added.

(President Duterte did not sign. With the extended time being asked, we fear that the proposed version [of the executive order] will be watered down as time goes by.)

“Akala naming yun na na happy kami, pwede na kami mag-inom then nag-inom kami sa dismaya,” TUCP Partylist Cong. Raymond Mendoza said.

(We thought the time has come. We were happy and that we can finally drink a toast, but we ended up drinking in dismay.)

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that the President asked for more time to decide on the issue of endo.

“Well it was closed doors and although I was invited, I have previous engagement. But I was made to understand that he asked for more time to issue the executive order on endo. And that’s all that I was informed by head of protocol,” he said.

The President asked the groups to give him until March 15 to think about the EO and to have a meeting with the groups again regarding this.

But KMU Chairman Elmer Labug fears that if the EO will be kept pending, the hope for it to be signed will soon be gone.

“Hindi ako naniniwalang may sincerity kasi ang sinasabi niya ay kakausapin pa niya yung mga grupong kapitalista (I don’t believe there is sincerity because he said he needs to talk with the capitalist groups) ,” he said.

“Kapag kinausap niya ito, di talagang sasabihin nila na investors sila therefore kailangang masunod yung mga demands nila,” Labug added.

(When he talks to them, they will surely say they are investors therefore there demands should be followed.)

On the other hand, the Employees’ Confederation of the Philippines said they do not want to meddle with the issue on endo.

ECOP President Donald Dee said it is up to the President to decide.

“Na-explain na namin ang impact niyan (We have already explained its impact) so therefore, we’ll have just to wait ,” Dee said.

– Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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Militant groups commemorate 31st year of Mendiola Massacre with a protest

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Around 1,000 members of various militant groups call for justice for the 13 farmers who were killed by soldiers 31 years ago in Manila.

The militant groups, who are mostly farmers, marched from the main office of the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City Circle to the historic Mendiola in Manila, where the alleged massacre took place.

Teresita Arjona, a widow of one of the massacred farmers, said they have been calling for land reform ever since.

“We held demonstrations to ask for a land, but then President Aquino welcomed us with bullets. There is no justice until now. That’s why we will keep on returning here in Mendiola to ask and demand from the dictatorship to reopen the investigation into the massacre and punish those who were behind it,” Arjona said.

One of the survivors of the massacre, former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said they tried before to talk to former President Corazon Aquino to air their grievances, but to no avail.

Aside from land reform, the militants are also against the proposed Charter Change and the recently passed Tax Reform Law.

They argued that these will only make the lives of the poor harder.

“They will impose additional taxes on petroleum products, particularly diesel, and gasoline. These are being used for farming, for plowing, for hand tractor,” KMP National Chairman Danilo Reyes said.

Mariano said shifting to a federal form of government will pave the way to a 100 percent foreign ownership of lands across the country.

“Seven out of 10 farmers in the country don’t own a land. And then they will make our lands open to foreigners,” Mariano said.

The administration previously said the effects of TRAIN law will only be minimal and temporary as it will result in long-term developments that will help improve the country’s economy. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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VP Robredo visits wounded soldiers at AFP Medical Center

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo has visited several wounded soldiers at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center.

The soldiers were injured in the recently concluded Marawi City battles.

The Philippine Vice President gave the soldiers some presents upon her visit which she did after attending a ceremony in Caloocan City in celebration of the Bonifacio Day. – UNTV News & Rescue

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