Tuesday, May 10, 2005

NR0429:EDSA 2, EDSA 3 forces unite on May 1

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release April 29, 2005
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EDSA 2 and EDSA 3 forces to unite on Labor Day to press for P125 legislated across-the-board wage hike; call for ouster of anti-labor, anti-poor presidency

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the May 1st Labor Day rallies on Sunday are mainly directed against the anti-worker, anti-poor governance of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the President's rising authoritarianism. Beltran said that the forces of EDSA 2 and EDSA 3 have put away their essential differences and are now united in opposing the Macapagal-Arroyo presidency.

"The workers and the poor carrying various political persuasions see President Arroyo not only as an executive who is inutile in solving the problems of poverty, but a leader who abuses and exploits her powers to maintain the status quo wherein the rich continue to get richer and the poor remain downtrodden and victims of perpetual hunger and want," he said.

Beltran said that even the forces allied with ousted president Joseph Estrada will be joining the Labor Day rallies on Sunday, demanding a P125 wage hike, a stop to the demolition of urban poor communities, the junking of new tax measures, and the immediate creation of a coalition directed against the worsening political repression and activist killings.

This year's May 1 celebrations will feature the unity of the broad ranks of workers, urban poor, and members of other marginalized sectors who are the main victims of the Arroyo administration's relentless attacks against the economic welfare of the people.

Beltran said that groups such as the Union of Masses for Democracy, Justice and Peace (UMDJP) and the People's Movement Against Poverty or PMAP have united with urban poor groups led by the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) in denouncing President Arroyo. KADAMAY is led by its president Carmen Deunida, Anakpawis party-list's vice-president and 3rd nominee in last year's congressional elections.

He also said that workers from all labor unions of various political persuasions should rally behind HB 345 which is pending for second reading in Congress. He also sought the commitment of senators Ramon Magsaysay, Lito Lapid, Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Flavier and Ramon Revilla Jr as well as other lawmakers in filing a counterpart bill in the Senate legislating a p125 across-the-board wage increase for workers.

He invited fellow solons from Congress to join the Labor Day actions and express their solidarity with the workers. Assembly for the May 1 protests led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Anakpawis are at 10 am at the Plaza Miranda.

"The campaign to increase wages will not stop on May 1. The endless spate of oil price hikes, the increases in electricity rates and transport fares are only some of the factors that will ensure that more and more Filipinos especially workers will be joining nationwide protests including crippling transport strikes to press for higher wages and the ouster of a presidency that is indifferent to the plight of the poor majority," he said.#


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