Guard against Aquino regime's stepped-up moves for "cha-cha"--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
July 11, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today urged the Filipino people to "raise their vigilance and guard against the stepped-up moves by reactionary politicians in coordination with Aquino's political lieutenants to push for charter change ('cha-cha') with the treacherous objective of completely surrendering Philippine national sovereignty."

Over the past several days, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, reactionary stalwart and baton-wielder for the US imperialists, and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, have publicly declared their intention to coordinate and push for 'cha-cha' once the reactionary congress resumes session by the end of July.

"While MalacaƱang continues to play dumb and act as if it is not interested in 'cha-cha', key Aquino officials have been working in the background with Enrile and Belmonte to generate public and political support for 'cha-cha'," said the CPP. Aquino's officials are planning to convene a meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to come up with a plan to place 'cha-cha' among the key items of the congressional agenda.

"It is highly likely that Aquino and his officials, working with operators of the US government, will push 'cha-cha' in blitzkrieg fashion, in the hope of amending the constitution in the shortest time possible, much like the tactic employed last year in the impeachment case against ousted chief justice Renato Corona."

"For the past two years, the Aquino regime, with US prodding, has been negotiating to join the US-initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership, which requires the Philippine government to rid the 1987 Constitution of provisions banning foreign businesses from acquiring land and operating 100% foreign-owned enterprises."

"Aquino also wants 'cha-cha' in order to boost his Public-Private Partnership projects and allow foreign capitalists to fully own and operate local businesses," said the CPP. "Even now, without the 'chacha,' the Aquino regime is already pushing for 100% ownership of PPP projects." It cited the declaration yesterday by Aquino's Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas of plans to allow 100% foreign-owned entities to operate the planned P60 billion extension of the Light Rail Transit to Cavite.

"The Aquino regime is likewise pushing the 'cha-cha' in line with its effort to draw in big foreign mining companies to operate in the Philippines," added the CPP. The CPP took note of the timing, saying that pro-'cha-cha' moves are being pushed simultaneously with proposals for a new law on mining revenues which is expected to be a prelude to the signing of new mining agreements.