Philippine Workers Party lists troops' charges, calls for protests

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sun Jul 27 20:10:02 MDT 2003


Some reports indicate the soldiers and lower officers have
surrendered, but only after seriously shaking up Philippine society,
the Macapagal regime, and the "war on terrorism."  Note the hints from
Washington and Canberra that they might intervene to defend
proimperialist bourgeois democracy against a military revolt.
Fred Feldman

Statement of the Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino

(Philippines Workers Party, PMP)

on the Soldiers Rebellion in the Philippines

July 27, 2003.

The rank-and-file soldiers, junior officers from the
rank of lieutenant colonel down, have taken over the
Ayala center in Makati, the heart of the business
district in the capital Manila. The soldiers have put
forward a list of grievances charging the government
of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with:

Corruption

Gunrunning

Plotting to declare martial law in August

Plotting the “terrorist” bombings in Davao in order to
get US military aid

Forcing rank and file soldiers to carry out terrorist
bombings in the southern islands of Mindanao to frame
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as “terrorists”

Low wages and massive wage differentials in the
military

The PMP declares that the grievances of these
rank-and-file soldiers are legitimate and must be
given a hearing. We also demand that the charges
against the government are properly investigated. The
charges show that the real terrorists are the GMA
regime and her gang of imperialist backers in the Bush
administration. July 28 marks the opening of the
Philippine Congress after a period of recession, when
President Arroyo will be delivering her State Of the
Nation Address. President Arroyo must address these
charges in her SONA address.

The peoples mass
organizations are calling for a full mobilization of
their forces outside Congress tomorrow. These
mobilizations will continue the next day. The Congress
session should be opened up to allow the peoples
organization to enter and deliberate the charges and
the political and social crisis facing the country. We
have also heard reports that the Bush administration
has warned the soldiers against their actions, thus
threatening intervention.

We have also heard reports
that the Australian government could use the excuse
that their embassy staff are in the area cordoned off
by the soldiers as a pretext for some form of
intervention. We warn against any form of escalating
imperialist intervention. It’s up to the Philippine
workers and poor masses and their mass organizations,
along with their oppressed and exploited ordinary
soldier comrades, to sort out the mess created by a
government that has kowtowed to imperialist interests.

It’s the Arroyo regime and its imperialist backers who
are responsible for the economic and social crisis
that increases the suffering of the people. The only
way the economic and social problems of the people can
be solved is through genuine peoples power which
places the people and their mass organizations in the
leadership of the country.

International Department, PMP




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