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Joining protests in Mendiola and the US Embassy in time for the 114th year of the Declaration of Philippine Independence today and the 24th year of the government’s agrarian reform program last June 10, labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for making the country’s independence and land reform even more fake.
KMU cited Aquino’s negotiations with US President Barrack Obama for the return of US bases in the country, the government’s Private-Public Partnership program, and the stalling of the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision on Hacienda Luisita.
“For almost two years, Pres. Aquino has made genuine independence and genuine land reform more elusive for Filipinos. He has consistently served only the interests of the US and the biggest landlords in the country,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.
“The US bases are poised to make a big comeback, the country’s economy is more dependent than ever on the US with the PPP, and Luisita is still under the control of the Cojuangco-Aquinos. Aquino is to blame,” he added.
KMU said Aquino is most subservient to the US, despite the costs of the US’s economic and military policies for the majority of Filipinos.
“With his PPP, Aquino is aggressively promoting liberalization, privatization and deregulation – which have failed to bring about genuine development and economic freedom for majority of Filipinos,” Soluta said.
“He rabidly supports the US’s militaristic and imperialist designs in Asia-Pacific despite the country’s zero gains in terms of the military’s modernization and despite the trampling of the country’s sovereignty,” he added.
The labor center also slammed Aquino’s so-called “reforms” in the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program saying the program remained anti-farmer as it provides landlords with means to evade land reform.
“CARP bears the imprint of the president’s mother, who is herself a haciendera. It aims to protect the lands of landowners in the guise of a sham land reform program,” Soluta said.
“Aquino tries to make it appear that he welcomes the SC’s decision on Luisita, while at the same time continues to delay its implementation. He will surely appoint a Chief Justice who will undermine the decision or increase his family’s compensation for the distribution of the lands,” he added.
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