AS HUNGER BECOMES
MORE WIDESPREAD, SO DOES THE CALL FOR GMA'S OUSTER
Drivers are grumbling due to weekly
oil price hikes implemented by oil companies reaching more than
P60.00/liter of gasoline and more than 50.00/liter of diesel. Peasants
cannot afford the rice that they produce, hitting P50.00/kilo in
some parts of Mindanao. Water and electricity rates, health and
tuition fees have also gone-up.
Inflation rate in June reached 11.4%, the highest
in 14 years. The price of rice jumped 43% while food in general
increased by 17.4%.
Ordinary Filipinos try to survive by skipping meals, replacing rice
with bread and giving-up health and education for more urgent needs.
However, these adjustments do not solve the problem, majority of
the people now still suffer from hunger.
The government is offering band-aid solutions aimed
at pacifying the people. They were not implemented to resolve the
deepening economic problem but to foster a false sense of stability
for her crumbling presidency - to avert another uprising that will
further weaken her regime.
If she is serious in helping the poor, why is she
not scrapping the oil deregulation law and the Value Added Tax (VAT)?
These policies directly burden the people in as much as skyrocketing
prices and rates of services are concerned. Scrapping them shall
mean immediate economic relief for all Filipinos, especially the
poor. Even the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines is
now calling for a review in Oil Deregulation Law and VAT.
Poverty is widespread due to the anti-people policies of imperialist
globalization. It is also deepening due to the blatant corruption,
where people's hard-earned money is used for personal and political
favors, where funds for services and development programs are pocketed
by plunderers with impunity.
The fertilizer fund was used for GMA's campaign.
First Gentleman Mike Arroyo rigged the NBN-ZTE. Cyber-education
is questionable like the NBN. The Jose Pidal, Poll Automation, Macapagal
Boulevard, IMPSA Power Contract
.. and the list goes on.
The survey of Hong Kong-based Political and Economic
Risk Consultancy (PERC) has shown that the Philippines is the most
corrupt economy among 13 countries and territories across Asia.
PERC deems that the Philippines is perceived in the worst light
this year and that the people are too tired of promises aimed at
It is an irony, that we live in a society where
the poor bear the brunt of hunger and poverty while corrupt government
officials escape with impunity and ignore the people's cry for economic
relief. It is condemnable that GMA, as the highest government official
is not heeding the people's call to junk the anti-people globalization
policies - privatization, liberalization, deregulation and denationalization.
It is condemnable that GMA continues to escape accountability on
the piles of cases of corruption thrown against her and her allies.
Majority of the people now are in a very dire condition.
However, apathy and distress are not the attitude in times of social
despair. We are feeling the physical hunger but we also have to
feel the hunger for change. GMA failed to provide opportunities
for Filipinos to have a decent life and she miserably failed to
portray good governance. Social injustices have even intensified
under her administration. She must be held accountable!
As hunger becomes widespread so is the call for GMA's ouster#
PAHIRAP SA MASA, PATALSIKIN SI GLORIA!
Tongtongan Ti Umili