Oil companies have the option
not to increase says Anakbayan Metro Baguio; Weekly protest vs price
hikes to build-up towards SONA
Militant youth organization Anakbayan-Metro Baguio
led a noise barrage today in protest to another round of oil price
hikes. In the face of the escalating economic crisis under the Arroyo
government, the youth group called for the scrapping of the 12%
Value Added Tax (VAT) on oil, electricity, and other basic commodities.
"Anakbayan calls for a thorough review of the
Oil Deregulation Law. We demand that the government must take an
active, pro-people stand now on the issue of oil hikes and the economic
crisis", said Sloan Ramos, Anakbayan Metro-Baguio spokesperson,
adding that such includes "immediate and long-term actions,
not cash dole-outs."
"With 70% of oil prices going directly to the
profit of oil companies, it's a lie to claim that they have no option
but to increase. All they need is the pro-people political will
to rollback prices," he said. "But we won't expect them
to do that."
Further, he said the Arroyo administration's inability
to truly shelter the Filipino people from the economic crisis is
"another reason for her ouster."
Anakbayan calls for a series of protest actions
in every instance of price increase for oil and other basic commodities.
"This noise barrage is only a part of wider and prolonged mass
actions on the economic crisis and the Arroyo administration's misgovernment,
leading towards a huge crowd for Arroyo's State of the Nation Address
on July." Ramos ended. #