Drilon has been consulting with US over "chacha"--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
October 02, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today slammed Sen. Franklin Drilon for serving as US imperialism's pointman in the US campaign to further open up the Philippine economy to foreign capitalist exploitation through changes in pertinent economic provisions of the 1987 Philippine constitution.

The CPP cited secret US embassy dispatches disclosed by Wikileaks.org which, among others, reported about meetings with then Senate President Drilon, where the US lobbied for the passage of laws such as the Human Security Act of 2005 (the so-called Anti-Terrorism Law) despite grave misgivings by a number of senators over how this might be used by then President Arroyo to muzzle the opposition.

"It is not surprising, then, that it is now Senator Drilon who is pushing vigorously to amend the 'economic provisions' of the Philippine constitution," said the CPP. "Being a senior official of the ruling Liberal Party," said the CPP, “Senator Drilon's role as US imperialism's pointman shows that contrary to MalacaƱang's statements to the contrary, 'chacha' is actually a priority of the LP and the Aquino government."

"Aquino is playing the role of the disinterested president in the hope of 'depoliticizing' chacha and making it more palatable to the Filipino people." The CPP pointed out that previous attempts to amend the constitution were rejected by the people because they were perceived as maneuvers to extend the terms of elected government officials.

"By pushing chacha, the ruling regime through its stalwart Drilon is igniting a national debate on the economic recolonization of the Philippines," said the CPP. "This is a direct challenge to the patriotic and democratic sectors of the Filipino people to unite in a nationalist front to block and derail the Drilon chacha train."

"The patriotic forces must unite behind the nationalist economic agenda espoused by the likes of Claro M. Recto and Lorenzo TaƱada in the 1950s, by working class greats like Crispin Beltran, Ka Bert Olalia and Amado V. Hernandez and by the national democratic mass movement since the 1960s," said the CPP.

"The proposed revisions to the economic provisions of the 1987 Philippine constitution will complete the breakdown of protective barriers of the domestic economy which for the past 25 years have been seriously eroded by laws favoring trade and investment liberalization and the deregulation of private and foreign business operations in the Philippines."

"The complete removal of restrictions on foreign ownership and investments will lead to the total disintegration of the local economy, massive unemployment, further rural economic displacement and hunger. It will open up a new era of hardship and poverty for the Filipino people," added the CPP.