LESSER INCOME, LESSER
FOOD, ATTACK ON PEOPLE'S RIGHTS AND LIVELIHOOD: GMA MUST STEP DOWN!
We in the Taiwan Committee
for Philippine Concerns (TCPC) would like to express our solidarity
to the struggling Filipino people led by BAYAN or The New Patriotic
Alliance in their protest against the SONA of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
and in their call for her to immediately step down from office.
We are saddened and very much concerned about the
continued misery of the Filipino people during the term of Mrs.
Arroyo. Since she assumed office, she allowed the big oil companies
to raise its prices of diesel and gasoline for more than 18 times.
"The pump up price of diesel is now four times higher compared
to her first SONA in 2001 which is calculated at 306 percent increase,"
according to BAYAN.
The Filipino people are also suffering from rice
crisis. Filipinos are now queuing in order to buy rice at a lower
price. This condition is a memory of the past particularly during
the time of the deposed dictator Marcos where rice was being rationed
and people needed to endure a long queue in order to buy rice especially
during the 70's.
And to add more miseries, according to the Center
for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), "workers received
very low wages, even lower than the standard minimum wage pegged
at around P350 a day (a family of six needs P788 in order to sustain
their daily necessities; most workers receive only around P150-250
for working 12 hours a day").
Not to mention the continued attack on workers rights
and right of associations. Workers groups continue to experience
union busting in the guise of "company closure" and union
leaders are summary executed for being critical and vocal to the
administration of Mrs. Arroyo. The TCPC condemns this barbaric act
and demand that victims including their families must be given justice
Lastly, we are also concerned about the continued
implementation of the Mining Act of 1995 which causes environmental
destructions, land grabbing and foreign monopoly control of huge
hectares of lands all over the country. We support the indigenous
peoples struggle against the immediate abolition of the Mining Act
of 1995 and in reclaiming their ancestral lands.
All these miseries will translate to thousands of
Filipinos forced to leave the country in order to survive. Here
in Taiwan, we are together with the MIGRANTE Taiwan Chapter and
other migrants groups struggling against the Philippine labor export
program and the continued criminalization and commodification of
There is only one meaning in all of these, Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo is not capable of running the country. ARROYO MUST
STEP DOWN NOW!
NO TO PRICE INCREASES!
INCREASE WORKERS WAGE! PROTECT WORKERS RIGHTS!
NO TO MINING ACT OF 1995!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!