Friday, October 28, 2005

Nr1026:Luisita labor leader's murder linked to GMA plot to weaken militants' alliance w/Cory

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release October 26, 2005

Brutal killing of Haciernta Luisita Labor Union president Ric Ramos aimed at destroying alliance between Mrs. Cory Aquino and militant people’s organizations

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the murder of the president of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Labor Union (CATLU) Ricardo Ramos 45, was the direct doing of the Macapagal-Arroyo admnistration through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Central Luzon under the command of Brig. Gen. Jovito Palparan. He said that the killing was without doubt politically motivated, and aimed at compromising and even destroying the alliance between former president Corazon Aquino and militant and progressive people’s organizations.

Ramos was killed last night around 9pm by elements strongly suspected of being members of the AFP.

“The CATLU president’s brutal killing is linked to the Macapagal-Arroyo government’s desperate efforts to weaken the alliance between the Mrs. Aquino and the militant mass movement directed against the corrupt and illegitimate presidency. By assasinating one of the union leaders of Hacienda Luisita, the admnistration hopes to throw a monkey wrench in the working relationship between former president Aquino and militant groups. This ploy will not succeed. Thestruggle of the farmworkers and laborers of Haciena Luisita against the stock distribution option (SDO) scheme, exploitation and poverty and is not separate or removed from the fight to remove Macapagal-Arroyo from office. The murder of CATLU president Ramos all the more gives militant groups reason to fight this murderer of a government.”

“We hope that Mrs. Aquino will give her full support to efforts to find and punish the perpetrators of this brutal crime whoever they are. Ric Ramos was a loyal and hardworking employee of the Central de Azucarera, and the Cojuangcos owe much to him and other workers like him. Justice should be given to Ka Ric and all laborers and farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita.”

Beltran said that the deployment of “Butcher of Mindoro” Jovito Palparan in Central Luzon is the main reason for the recent spate of killings of political activists and members, officials of progressive party-lists and people’s organizations in the region. He said that Macapagal-Arroyo continues to sic Palparan on political activists and human rights advocates vocal against Arroyo’s rising political repression, corruption and illegitimacy.

“Macapagal-Arroyo, her handlers and various henchmen are direly mistaken if they think that that by implementing a systematic campaign of extermination of anti-Arroyo critics the campaign for her removal will weaken. It is precisely this kind of brutality and vicious lack of respect for life of the govenrment that bolster the people’s determination reason to demand Arroyo’s ouster,” he said. #


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