NEWS AND UPDATES FROM MILITANT AND
PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATIONS LEADING THE WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT AND PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLES
IN THE PHILIPPINES
MILITANT WORKERS' party Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) today answered back
speculations about Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's possible plan to run as
president in 2004 elections following the latter's alleged "triumphant"
state visit. PM suggested to GMA that she should instead run as US
"Let's give GMA a shoe that fits her. Since it appears that she loves being
with Americans and obediently follows all commands from the US government,
why not run as President but please not in the Philippines." said PM Chair
Renato Magtubo. "May be she fits better in the US or in one of its states,"
He continued, "Obviously, no matter how the president tries her hardest here
convincing the people to admire her, majority of them, especially the
workers and the poor tell that she's not a shoo-in for 2004 presidential
elections. Because of her pro-war, anti-workers, anti-people style of
governance, we doubt she can hit an additional six-year term. For the
workers, a 3-year calamity is enough."
PM also reiterated that nothing is to be proud of to US declaration of RP as
a non-Nato ally. Magtubo added that to regard Philippines as such doesn't
deserve even a few claps since according to him: "This is just an extension
of our 100- year subjugation. US would remain be our "master," while we
would remain players of a slave role suffering the lashes of Uncle Sam's
"Actually, that state visit should be called
as "honeymoon of the warmongers" since GMA and Bush exchanged kisses of
death and hugs of terror using Mindanao as their bed for another military
attacks. By no doubt, GMA won the sympathy of the Bush administration
because they share the same virtue, and that is the virtue of launching war
and more wars at the expense of the entire humanity." Magtubo stressed.
"We have all the reasons to be alarmed for the many calamities that are
hitting the country right now. We have the SARS attack, high prices of
commodities; typhoons, floods and we have GMA who thinks of running again as
president. It's a great wonder if the people can endure the last calamity,"
the PM Chair sarcastically commented.
Magtubo ended, "We remember all too well that she promised then not to run
again. Whether she abides to that promise or not, workers will not spend a
second thought not to waste even a single ballot for her." ##
TAKEN FROM A MAY 22, 2003
PRESS RELEASE OF
PARTIDO NG MANGGAGAWA (PM)