Aquino regime's isolation is growing amidst widespread dissatisfaction--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
April 19, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) cited the Filipino people's increasing dissatisfaction with the Aquino regime as they suffer the consequences of the government's subservience to imperialist dictates, especially in terms of neoliberal economic policies that have resulted in grave hardships for the toiling masses of workers and peasants.

"The Aquino regime is progressively becoming isolated from the people who are increasingly disenchanted with Aquino's illusory 'righteous path'," said the CPP. "After more than two years of being bombarded with false promises of change, the Filipino people, especially the majority working class, have come to realize that the Aquino regime is no different from the past regimes especially in terms of economic policy and political elitism."

The CPP issued this statement in reaction to declarations made yesterday by MalacaƱang spokesmen denying any dissatisfaction with Aquino among Filipinos. "Aquino and his spokesmen are completely out of touch with the people's socio-economic conditions and political pulse. They are living lives of comfort and luxury while the big majority of the Filipino people daily face the grave problems of skyrocketting prices of oil and basic commodities and services, unemployment and low wages."

"Even the recent surveys by Pulse Asia cannot hide the fact that the people are disillusioned over the failure of the Aquino regime to address their crucial social problems," pointed out the CPP.

"The Aquino regime is showing its acute disregard for the people's welfare when it adamantly refuses to heed the people's clamor to put a stop to overpricing by oil companies and for the regulation and nationalization of the oil industry," added the CPP. "Aquino himself has taken the stand of the big capitalist compradors against wage increases. He is seeking a reversal of the Supreme Court's ruling on the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita lands. He has stepped up the demolition of urban poor communities to give way to the upscale infrastructure projects of his big business friends. He has ordered cutbacks in government spending on much-needed health and education services."

"The Aquino regime's growing isolation will become starkly clear as the crisis of the ruling system worsens further and compels it to carry out more severe antipeople measures such as levying more taxes, further raising the cost of government services, and imposing more budgetary cuts and other policy dictates of the International Monetary Fund and other imperialist agencies," pointed out the CPP. "Its resort to increasingly repressive measures to suppress mass resistance can only accelerate its isolation from the people."

"In the coming months, there will be a growing clamor among the Filipino people to unite and resist the Aquino regime," said the CPP. "There is a growing number of issues and social problems that can trigger mass resistance on a grand scale and amplify the people's demand to oust the antipeople and puppet regime."

"Even the ruling class politicians are acutely aware of the increasing isolation of the Aquino regime as the elections of 2013 and 2016 near," said the CPP. "The formation of the new coalition of political groups led by the vice president that will stand against the ruling Liberal Party is fast attracting adherents from among the ruling political elite, including those who initially identified themselves with the ruling coalition."