Aquino stoking more street protests with 'planking' attitude towards people's clamors--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
September 24, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said the the Aquino government "is stoking more massive protest actions with his 'planking' attitude towards people's democratic demands to put an end to IMF-imposed policies of liberalization and privatization."

The CPP issued this statement at the end of a week marked by street protest actions. The CPP congratulated the tens of thousands of people who marched to the streets and registered their protest against the anti-people and pro-IMF policies of the Aquino regime. "These protest actions are the people's only resort to the increasingly intransingent attitude being exhibited by the Aquino regime."

Last Monday, jeepney drivers launched a nationwide protest strike against what they denounced as overpricing by big foreign oil companies which has resulted in oil prices being jacked up by at least 20 times this year. Jeepney drivers have been demanding a P9 per liter rollback in the price of petroleum products. Monday's protest action was one of the biggest transport strikes in recent years. It was carried out by jeepney drivers after the Aquino government refused to heed the drivers' clamor to repeal the Oil Deregulation Law which has allowed oil companies to raise oil prices with impunity.

Yesterday, close to ten thousand students from state colleges and universities in Metro Manila marched to the Mendiola bridge to protest planned cuts in budgetary allocations for education and social spending and against the policy of privatization of the school system. Several thousand more students walked out of their classrooms in various parts of the country. In the proposed 2012 budget of the Aquino regime, allocations for capital outlay for education, health care and other social services were reduced as the governments pushes state universities and colleges and public hospitals to generate their own income through commercial activities.

The protest actions yesterday were marked by the simultaneous "planking" of thousands of students who lay still in their campuses and on the Mendiola bridge to protest the inaction of the Aquino government to their demands for greater budgetary allocations for education and its intransingence with regard to implementing policies imposed by the IMF and World Bank.

"In the face of the widespread protests, the Aquino regime is acting like a 'plank', ignoring the sufferings of the people under the policies of liberalization, privatization, deregulation and denationalization imposed by the IMF and implemented by successive regimes since the late 1980s," said the CPP. "The Aquino regime is wont to dismiss the protest actions as mere 'inconveniences' and publicity stunts in a desperate attempt to belittle the demands of the people."

"By acting like a 'plank' with regard the people's clamor for change, the Aquino regime is stretching the limits of the people's patience," added the CPP. "Mr. Aquino is stoking the people's rage and risking more massive protest actions in the future."