Duterte on the wrong side of history, to leave a legacy of betrayal vs. Filipinos – Anakpawis

On the 156th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio
Duterte on the wrong side of history, to leave a legacy of betrayal vs. Filipinos – Anakpawis

Manila, Philippines – As workers, peasants and activist groups across the country mark the 2019 Andres Bonifacio Day, the Anakpawis Party-list condemned the Duterte regime for its continuing betrayal of Filipinos and serving as a lackey of United States and Chinese imperialist interests in the country.

The group whose battlecry is “Lupa, Sahod, Trabaho, Paninirahan at Karapatan,” claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte himself is an antithesis of the Filipino struggle for genuine agrarian reform, wage increases and other fundamental socio-economic rights. Hundreds of members of Anakpawis joined the the activities in Manila led by Kilusang Mayo Uno, while members of Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) joined the protest in front of the Chinese consulate office in Makati City.

“Duterte helps us to learn about the aspirations of our national hero Andres Bonifacio by negative example. Our national heroes died fighting for the people’s freedom, democracy and national liberation, while he is on the track of oppressing the poor, tyranny and puppetry to foreign powers such as the US and China,” Casilao said in a press statement.

He added that Duterte’s presidency is an epic sham, especially when he promised free distribution of land and rural development, end to contractualization of labor, national minimum wage, assertion of national sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, peaceful resolution to the armed conflict and other “trapo” populist promises, all in the aim to consolidate broad support from poor sectors.

“He is a real-life traitor, a millenial Teodoro Patiño, who abandoned his promises to the Filipino people. All he has now is the backing of militarists, corrupt bureaucrats, big landlords, oligarchs, foreign monopoly and imperialist powers US and China. Poor Filipinos denounce him and are resisting against his programs and policies, thus, his oppressive authoritarian measures,” he slammed.

Teodoro Patiño was the infamous traitor who exposed the Katipunan to the Spanish colonial authorities. Casilao was referring to the martial law declaration in Mindanao, Executive Order 70 or the counter-insurgency whole-of-nation-approach, Memorandum Order 32 or the order to attack activists in Negros, Samar and Bicol, and the national counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapanatagan.

“Duterte is trembling in fear of the mounting peasant unrest in the country. In the past years, he made sure to attend distribution of certificate of land ownership awards, while blabbering about not to bear arms against the government, and recently, he is anxious of the peasant discord against his calamitous law, the Rice Liberalization Law,” he added.

The Republic Act 11203 Rice Liberalization Law, is the latest of Duterte’s puppetry to US imperialism whose championing the neoliberal policies of privatization, deregulation and liberalization, as dictated by the World Trade Organization – Agreement on Agriculture. Since the Marcos’ dictatorship, the World Bank has already dictated the economic policies in the country such as the sham land reform program Presidential Decree 27 and “Green Revolution” Masagana 99 which was a showcase of agro-chemical products of foreign monopoly corporations.

For the fisherfolk, Pamalakaya National Chairperson and former Anakpawis Party-list Representative Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap slammed Duterte as a “sellout” who surrendered the country’s national sovereignty and territories in the West Philippine Sea to China in exchange for funding for his dubious “Build, Build, Build” program.

“He violated the constitution and existing laws just to appease China and lend him funding for his infrastructure fantasies. He is an accomplice to the Asian superpower’s debt trap diplomacy and he will throw Filipinos into paying them via manifold taxes. He is a modern-day Felipe Buencamino,” Hicap elaborated.

Buencamino was a traitor for the Spanish colonialists when the Philippine Revolution broke out, and eventually served as a lackey to American colonialists during the Philippine-American War.

Hicap said that Filipinos are now bearing the brunt of Chinese aggression and plunder in our exclusive economic zones (EEZ), as fisheries production remain stagnant and prices are shooting up.

“Duterte’s crime against the Filipino people is intergenerational. The national patrimony in the West Philippine Sea should have been for the utilization and benefit of next generation Filipinos. Due to this sellout, Chinese-led damages are costing the country P33 billion annually,” he stressed.

Moreover, he also denounced Duterte’s conscious effort to violate the Supreme Court mandamus to rehabilitate Manila Bay, amid reclamation projects in Cavite and Bulacan.

Both leaders urged the basic sectors in the country to resolutely assert their socio-economic rights for land and wages. Moreover, to realize that the Duterte regime is operative to serve the interests of the ruling class by trampling the basic rights of poor sectors.

“The battlecry of Anakpawis, until Duterte ends his term in 2022 and beyond, remains ‘Lupa, Sahod, Trabaho, Paninirahan at Karapatan,’” both leaders ended. ###

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