Aquino’s barrage of lies

Editorial
ANG BAYAN, 21 July 2013

July 23, 2013

The country will definitely be awash with lies when Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech upon the opening of the 16th session of the reactionary congress. Among these are the following:

“The economy is enjoying rapid growth.” This is contrary to the reality of the intensified crisis and the sharp decline of the people’s quality of life as a result of the Aquino regime’s insistence on pursuing the neoliberal policies of liberalization, deregulation, privatization and denationalization.

“The economy is progressing through Public-Private Partnership programs.” The opposite is seen in the rising costs of health, education, public utilities, transportation and communication services as a result of tightened private control of vital aspects of the economy.

“The unemployment problem is due to a ‘job-skills mismatch’—there are widespread job opportunities but workers lack the skills for them. The truth is that there is a grave scarcity of jobs, with the Aquino government attempting to resolve it through its persistent labor export policy. There are no quality jobs due to the unindustrialized state of the economy . Flexible labor practices are prevalent, further pulling down the value of labor and subjecting workers to worse forms of exploitation.

“Only remnants of old corruption remain.” This is contrary to disclosures of big-time corruption involving Aquino’s sisters, relatives and cronies in the form of taking kickbacks and bribes for public-private infrastructure contracts.

“Peace in Mindanao is around the corner.” This is countered by continued armed offensives of the AFP and campaigns of suppression against the Moro people, widespread violations of human rights against the Moro peasantry and people and constant efforts by the Aquino regime to dupe the MILF into surrendering the cause of Moro self-determination.

“The 25 years of CARP/er have been a success.” In fact, the Aquino regime continues to hinder and prevent the free distribution of land in Hacienda Luisita and other vast estates. The cancellation of CLOAs, CLTs and EPs is widespread.

“The military and police respect human rights.” This is countered by rampant abuses and growing cases of extrajudicial killings, torture, illegal arrests, militarization of communities and the violation of the rights of children, women and elders.

“Rural peace and development have been achieved through the ‘conditional cash transfer program.’” This is contrary to the widespread reality of landlessness, land grabbing, encroachment of foreign mining companies, plantations and other agribusinesses in the countryside to plunder natural resources and engage in other environmentally destructive activities.

“The Aquino regime defends Philippine sovereignty against China.” In fact, in the name of asserting the country’s claim to the Spratly Islands, the Aquino regime justifies allowing the US military to maintain a permanent presence in the Philippines through the Visiting Forces Agreement and other arrangements in full contempt and in violation of Philippine sovereignty.

“Oplan Bayanihan is a success.” This is contrary to the rapidly growing number of Red fighters of the New People’s Army, who are set to reach the 10,000 level and beyond in the next few years.

Through this address, Aquino begins the second half of his six-year rule.

Aquino’s insistence on kowtowing to the dictates of foreign banks and companies condemns the ruling system in the Philippines to further rottenness and the people to further oppression and exploitation.

If Aquino remains president, the Filipino people will surely suffer more poverty compared to his first three years in power.

He will surely resort to further deception to maintain his rule, and couple this with intensified brutality to block the people’s mass struggles and revolutionary resistance from further expanding and gaining strengthen.

The Filipino people must reject the Aquino regime’s lies and expose the continuing crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal system dominated by the US imperialists and local big comprador bourgeoisie and big landlords.

They must advance the cause of national democracy and socialism to put an end to the oppressive and exploitative system and build the people’s democratic government under proletarian class leadership in order to implement land reform, national industrialization and socialist transformation and modernization.