Editorial: Growing tyranny


There is a progessives’ call for all freedom loving Filipinos to build a broad alliance against tyranny, or the “increasing fascist and militarist rule “of the present government”.

The (Our) Constitution Preamble states , “We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.” To which every Filipino citizen takes outh to uphold as a citizen of this nation.

Some four days ago, (advertently or inadvertently; honestly or even jokingly, which is not very ‘presidential’) the president has admitted and aired in mainstream media that he was a dictator. As earlier pointed out by the progressive organizations and human rights defenders that his actions and policies in his first year as president is taking the direction of the ousted strongman and dictator Marcos some 48 years ago.

Taking this cue, the progressives stepped up their organized campaigns, information drives and protest actions to point out these policies and programs they see as anti-people. They raise as warning experiences in history as that under the Marcos martial rule, the present outright attemps at spreading false news, historical revisionism, the much more widespread human rights violations, even the refusal under this presidency to raise the minimum wage, the raising of the police and military wages but not the wages of the teachers and the health workers, etc.

It is said this is a democratic republic yet as the progressives point out our government is waging three wars against the very people it professes to serve: The war on drugs where it is said that the victims or the culprits caught by the police are “guilty until proven innocent” raising a count of 13,000 extra-judicially killed (EJK) suspected drug users, traders, drug pushers are victims;

The war in Mindanao against armed terrorist groups manifested in the non-stop bombings and intensified militarization of civilian communities, especially Lumad communities, and the Marawi extended martial law; non stop bombing, And

The All out War against the CPP/NPA, which has so far targetted far flung civilian communities hardly served by government services, especially IP communities where large deposits of the country’s natural resources are still present;

That has so far targetted unarmed civillian activists, and non government workers serving the people in poor communities of urban poor, farmers and local workers. And,

The all-out-war where government has sacrificed the Peace Talks negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDFP, CPP-NPA agreed to pursue together the rooting out the causes of the revolution – widespread poverty and underdevelopment of Philippine society.

All these progressives are asking of all citizens is to study the socio-economic and political situation under this administration, and take a stand to protect the nation from the evils of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism or neo-liberalization. # nordis.net


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