Miyerkules, Oktubre 11, 2017

Stop evictions in the name of World Cup football!

Taas-noo at taas-kamaong nakikiisa ang mga maralita at manininda mula sa Pilipinas upang ipagtanggol ang mga kapwa vendors at maralita ng India na tatamaan ng ebiksyon sa ngalan ng World Cup football. Ang aming kapwa maralita ay may karapatan ding dapat tamasahin at hindi dapat basta palayasin at itaboy na lamang na parang mga daga. Kailangan ng wastong proseso at igalang ang kanilang karapatang pantao.

We in the Metro Manila Vendors Alliance in the Philippines join the call to:

Stop evictions in the name of World Cup football!

Nasa ibaba ang pahayag ng isang taga-India na dapat nating suportahan, at ating ipakita ang ating suporta sa pamamagitan ng pagbahagi ng pahayag na ito at paglagda sa kanilang petisyon na nasa kawing o link na:

Stop evictions in the name of World Cup football
by sushovan dhar kolkata, India

While FIFA under-17 world cup makes its way to India, the poor around the Vivekananda Yuva-Bharati Krirangan at Kolkata, West Bengal - where a total of 10 matches will be played, including the Final between 8 and 28 of October 2017 – make their way out to accommodate this spectacle.

A huge number of street vendors and hawkers, temporary hutment dwellers and other marginal wage-earners are evicted to "beautify" a vast area around the said stadium. A ruthless demolition of informal settlements and street vendors in the city is being carried out without rehabilitation leading to the extensive displacement of individuals and communities from their homes and habitats. These operations are being conducted by the government through two local municipal bodies namely, Kolkata municipal corporations and Bidhannagar municipal corporations.

The poor and the marginalised of the area are left homeless and destitute, without means of earning livelihood. Since there is no resettlement, people are forced to spend nights under open skies. Consequently it's associated with physical and psychological injuries to those affected with specific impacts on women, children, persons already living in extreme poverty, indigenous peoples, religious minorities and other disadvantaged groups. The number of people getting evicted has already risen up to 100,000, amongst majorities are slum dwellers and street vendors. These expulsions clearly constitute gross human rights violations with dramatically increased rate of magnitudes.

Sign this pledge to demand the government of West Bengal to stop all evictions on the pretext of “beautification” for the FIFA U-17 world cup football.

FIFA claims to adhere to all UN Human Rights Conventions. Even its own Human Rights Policy says “While recognising that land acquisition is primarily the responsibility of the government hosting the respective competition or of the respective member association responsible for the project, FIFA expects and promotes the respect of international human rights standards where land acquisition involves expropriations and in particular where people are resettled in the process." However, the organisation chose to be silent on this large scale displacement.

Sign the pledge to tell FIFA that it must respect its own commitments.

This eviction is also a violation of Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 passed in the Indian parliament to protect the livelihood of millions of street vendors and hawkers across the country and various international conventions like CEDAW, ECOSEC, etc. which clearly rules out any eviction.

Sign this pledge to demand proper rehabilitation for all those who are already evicted.

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Martes, Setyembre 13, 2016

Vendors stage funeral march against "illegal clearing"

Press Statement
September 13, 2016


QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - Following the illegal clearing operations along Citimall, Philcoa area in this city last Friday, September 9, 2016, which injured a couple of vendors including 76-year old Linda Ramos, vendors belonging to Metro Manila Vendors Alliance-Quezon City Chapter and Sanlakas held a funeral march-themed protest lambasting local government officials for "killing" their livelihoods and means of subsistence.

All clad in black, the vendors marched from the Quezon Memorial Circle to Citimall in what they call an "indignation rally" for the illegal clearing operations being pursued by the Quezon City Government.

"Binigyan kami ng papel na noo'y akala namin ay magandang balita. Yun pala ay Notice of Violation kung saan ay binigyan kami ng 24 oras para umalis sa mga pwesto namin sa kabila na nagbabayad kami ng market fees, sa kabila ng pahintulot na mismo ang siyudad ang nagbigay sa amin. Hindi ba paglapastangan ito sa karapatan namin? Kaming walang-wala na nga ay pagkakaitan pa," decried Mila Ogaoga, leader of the Philcoa vendors.

The Quezon City Market Code of which MMVA was party to its drafting provides for due process when violations are alleged against accredited vendors in the designated vending sites. Vendors found in violation of the same were to be issued prior three prior warning and only after which appropriate actions may be taken. The Philcoa vendors who were subjected to last Fiday's clearing operations were granted a temporary vending site.

On the pretext of implementing a 2002 Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Order, the Notice of Violation declares vending illegal. To make matters worse, vendors affected by the clearing operations will be subjected to drug testing. Ganito na lang ba ang pagtrato sa mga manininda? Kikitilin ang kanilang kabuhayan sa kabila ng mga prosesong pinagdaanan para lamang makapwesto, sa isang iglap ay wawalisin at babansagan pang mga adik at snatcher", lamented Flora Santos, coordinator of MMVA.

The clearing operations last Friday was led by Quezon City Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica who justified the action as being sanctioned by Mayor Herbert Bautista.

"We will not allow such assault on the rights and dignity of vendors to go unchallenged. At a time when the Government can hardly provide jobs and livelihoods, depriving vendors their only means of subsistence is decision to deny them their existence. It will be blood on the hands of the Quezon City Government. we call on Mayor Bautista to intervene and put a stop to the violence being forced upon the vendors", concluded Santos.

Biyernes, Setyembre 9, 2016

Soneto sa mga vendor ng Philcoa

Human barricade set up by QC vendors against illegal clearing operations

Press Release
September 9, 2016


A group of vendors situated in Philcoa, Quezon City organized a human barricade to keep agents of the QC local government from demolishing their stalls.

Members of the Metro Manila Vendors Alliance (MMVA) assembled at 8 in the morning to keep uniformed personnel from clearing the area of the vendors,most of whom have already been operating in Philcoa for more than two years.

"We were only informed of the clearing operations last September 7, and was only given 24 hours to abandon our stalls. We have consistently paid our dues to the city government and have been issued a Temporary Hawkers Permit by the Quezon City Market division," said MMVA Coordinator Tita Flor Santos. "This is why we do not understand the reason for such harsh treatment from the local government," she added.

The demolition of the vending stalls were done in correspondence with an order issued by the City Council Committee on Public Order and Security, headed by Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica. The issue was ordered in light of MMDA Resolution No. 02-28, series of 2002. Aside from the clearing operations, the vendors will also be subjected to mandatory drug testing.

"The clearing operations, put bluntly, is illegal for three reasons," said Sanlakas Secretary-General and MMVA legal counsel Atty. Aaron Pedrosa. "First of all, it violates the Market Code of Quezon City. It also deprives the Philcoa vendors of due process, as they were only informed of the demolition less than a day before," he added.

Atty. Pedrosa said that if not for the intervention of MMVA, the demolition would not have been suspended for one day. "Lastly, the City Council Committee on Public Order and Security does not have the authority to implement the suspension order. while its job is to legislate city ordinances, the power to execute rests upon the Office of the City Mayor," Atty. Pedrosa further stated.

Upon reception of the memo, MMVA has persistently requested a dialogue with QC Mayor Herbert Bautista, but the Mayor's office did not respond to any of their attempts.

"We call on Mayor Bautista and President Duterte to consider the side of vendors in these ongoing clearing operations. We ask them to cancel the demolition of our stalls," Santos pleaded. "We were promised that if we worked accorsing to the rules and did not violate any regulations, our livelihood will be protected. But now, it seems that it is the City Government which has violated that promise," she concluded.

Lunes, Setyembre 15, 2014

Groups Launch Resistance Movement vs. Noynoy Aquino

Kuha ni Omeng Abunda ng Sanlakas, 091514

Joint Press Release
15 September 2014 

Groups Launch Resistance Movement vs. Aquino’s Emergency Powers, Cha-Cha, Term Extension and Attacks vs Supreme Court

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty.” Atty Aaron Pedrosa, SANLAKAS Secretary General borrows a quote from Thomas Jefferson, as various groups and sectoral organizations gathered to launch a movement dubbed as “All Resist Movement” (ARM the People!). 

Leaders of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP). SANLAKAS, Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita sa Lunsod (KPML), Aniban ng Magsasaka sa Agrikultura (AMA), Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon (PMT), Metro Manila Vendors Alliance (MMVA) and Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) took turns in lambasting President Noynoy Aquino’s request for a Joint Resolution from Congress that would grant him emergency powers to address a purported energy crisis in 2015.

Leody de Guzman, BMP President, added, “Two presidents invoked and used Emergency Powers: Fidel Ramos, when he used it and locked-in the country in IPP contracts that to this day the Filipino people are paying for in high electricity rates; and Gloria Arroyo, when she wielded emergency powers to preserve her fraudulently acquired presidency in the 2004 elections. During both times, emergency powers did not serve the people’s interest and welfare at all.” 

“Why does he need Emergency Powers? The energy crisis is the result of EPIRA, a law that after over ten years of existence has proven to have failed in ensuring power supply and affordable electricity for the people, especially the masses. If Congress should act to resolve the crisis, it is should not be to give Noynoy emergency powers but to throw out EPIRA and pass a new law that gives back the control of the power industry to government.” decried Flora A. Santos of the Metro Manila Vendors Alliance.

“Connect the dots. From appropriating the powers of Congress to stop approved government projects, declaring these funds as “savings” in order to divert the funds into other projects, and the cross-border transfer of these funds to allies and prospective allies, his endorsement of ChaCha for the expressed purpose of clipping the powers of the Supreme Court, his innuendos towards term extension, and now, Aquino wants emergency powers. Doesn’t this smack of Marcosian rule?” Pedrosa pointed out. 

The groups also opposed the Economic ChaCha, .spearheaded by House Speaker Sonny Belmonte. Sonny Melencio, PLM Chairman, described the move to insert the phrase “and as provided by law” towards allowing 100% foreign ownership in the Philippines as “an attempt to give foreign corporate interest a free pass to ravage the nation’s natural and human resources without any guarantees that it will benefit the entire populace and not only the factories in export processing zones and the residences of the propertied classes”.

While Aquino and his allies give foreign corporate interest carte blanche rights to plunder our economy, PNoy is going on his 4-European Nation 8-day Tour on a Filipino labor-pimping mission.”, added Gie Relova of BMP”.

“All of the Heads of State and corporate bosses that Aquino will talk to will find out how dirt cheap Filipino labor is and how contractualization has breached all industries in the country and that once the constitution is amended, it will make it even more profitable for capitalists to invest here, Relova said.

The All Resist Movement (ARM the People) which they described as a peoples’ crusade in response to Noynoy Aquino’s plans to further plunder the economy and extend his term in office by amending the constitution and utilizing special provisions that will grant him emergency powers.

The ARM the People campaign, as the militants articulated “is also the peoples’ response and resistance to the crude political maneuvers of Aquino and allies to secure their political survival in the 2016 elections by the continued practice of the pork barrel system”.

Pedrosa argued that, “After the striking down of the impeachment charges before the House, this call to arms is the logical step forward for an aggrieved and victimized nation to redress the four-year epic failure of the presidency of Aquino and the unabated neglect and misery of our people”.

ARM the People will be launched this coming week from the 16th onward with a series of mass actions to bring to Noynoy’s doorstep in Malacanang, to Congress, to the Senate the resistance of a people who will not allow corruption, injustice or tyranny to prevail.

On September 21, ARM the People will hold simultaneous protest actions at the grassroots level in various cities and municipalities in Metro Manila, and in major city centers in Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban, Davao City and Ozamiz City.#

All Resist Movement (ARM the People!), Inilunsad

Kuha ni Omeng Abunda ng Sanlakas, 091514

Joint Press Release
15 Setyembre 2014 

Resistance Movement, Inilunsad ng iba’t ibang grupo laban sa Emergency Powers ni Aquino, Cha-Cha, Term Extension at Atake sa Korte Suprema

“Kapag naging batas ang inhustisya, tungkulin na nating makibaka.” Hiniram ni Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, Secretary General ng SANLAKAS, ang mga pananalitang ito kay Thomas Jefferson, habang nagtitipon ang iba’t ibang grupo at organisasyong sektoral sa paglulunsad ng isang kilusang tinawag nilang “All Resist Movement” (ARM the People!).

Kinutya ng mga lider ng Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP). SANLAKAS, Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita ng Lunsod (KPML), Aniban ng Magsasaka sa Agrikultura (AMA), Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon (PMT), Metro Manila Vendors Alliance (MMVA), at Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) ang kahilingan ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa kahilingan nitong Joint Resolution mula sa Kongreso na magbibigay sa kanya ng emergency power upang matugunan ang napipintong krisis sa enerhiya sa 2015.

Idinagdag pa ni Leody de Guzman, pangulo ng BMP, “Dalawang pangulo na ang naggiit at gumamit ng emergency power: si Fidel Ramos, nang ginamit niya ito at ipiniit ang bansa sa mga kontrata ng IPP na hanggang sa ngayon, nagbabayad ang mamamayang Pilipino ng napakataas na presyo ng kuryente; at si Gloria Arroyo, nang ginamit niya ang emergency power upang mapanatili sa kanyang nakuha-sa-dayang pangkapangulo noong halalang 2004. Sa dalawang panahong iyon, hindi nakapagsilbi sa kapakanan at kagalingan ng mamamayan ang emergency power.”

“Bakit niya kailangan ng emergency power? Ang krisis sa enerhiya ang resulta ng EPIRA, isang batas na makalipas ang mahigit sampung taon ay patunay ng pagkabigong matiyak ang suplay sa kuryente at abotkayang elektrisidad para sa mamamayan, lalo na sa mga maliliit. Kung kikios ang Kongreso para maresolba ang krisis, ito’y hindi ang bigyan ng emergency power si Noynoy kundi ibasura ang EPIRA at magpasa ng bagong batas na magbabalik sa pamahalaan ng kontrol sa industriya ng kuryente,” puna ni Flora A. Santos ng Metro Manila Vendors Alliance.

“Ikonekta natin ang mga tuldok. Mula sa paglalaan ng kapangyarihan ng Kongreso upang matigil ang mga aprubadong proyekto ng gobyerno, na idinedeklrarang “ipon” o “savings” ang mga pondong ito upang mailipat ang mga pondo sa ibang proyekto, at ang mga paglilipat ng mga pondong ito sa mga alyadao at inaasahang alyado, ang kanyang pag-endorso sa ChaCha para sa adhikain niyang mabawasan ang kapangyarihan ng Korte Suprema, ang mga pasaring niya sa pagpapalawig ng termino, at ngayon, nais ni Aquino ng emergency power. Hindi ba ito isang paggaya sa pamamahala ni Marcos?” pagdidiin pa ni Pedrosa.

Laban din ang mga nasabing grupo sa Economic ChaCha, na pinangungunahan ni House Speaker Sonny Belmonte. Inilarawan ni Sonny Melencio, pangulo ng PLM, ang kilos upang ipasok ang pariralang “and as provided by law” hinggil sa pagpayag sa 100% pag-aari ng dayuhan sa Pilipinas bilang “pagtatangkang bigyan ng libreng pases ang mga dayuhang korporasyon na was akin ang likas-yaman at lakas-paggawa ng bansa nang walang anumang katiyakan na ito’y magbibigay ng benepisyon sa buong mamamayan, at hindi lang sa mga pabrika sa export processing zones at sa mga tahanan ng uring maraming pag-aari”.

Habang binibigyan ni Aquino at kanyang mga alyado ang interes ng mga dayuhang korporasyon ng blangkong karapatang mandambong sa ating ekonomya, patungo naman si PNoy sa kanyang walong araw na pagdalaw sa apat na bansa sa Europa upang ibugaw ang manggagawang Pilipino.” Dagdag ni Gie Relova ng BMP.

“Lahat ng mga Pinuno ng Estado at mga boss na kapitalista na kinakausap ni Aquino ay malalaman kung gaano kamura ang lakas-paggawa ng manggagawang Pilipino, at paanong dumaragsa ang kontratwalisasyon sa lahat ng industriya sa bansa, at kapag naamyendahan ang konstitusyon, lalo pang magkakamal ng tubo ang mga kapitalistang magnenegosyo rito,” dagdag pa ni Relova.

Ang All Resist Movement (ARM the People) na inilarawan nilang krusada ng taumbayan bilang tugon sa plano ni Aquino na patuloy pang dambungin ang ekonomya at palawigin ang kanyang termino sa pwesto sa pamamagitan ng pag-amyenda sa konstitusyon at paggamit ng mga ispesyal na probisyon na magbibigay sa kanya ng mga emergency power.

Ang kampanyang ARM the People, na ipinaliliwanag ng mga militante “ang siya ring tugon ng sambayanan at paglaban sa baluktot na maniobrang pulitikal ni Aquino at ng kayang mga kaalyado upang matiyak ang kanilang pulitikal na pananatili sa halalang 2016 sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na paggamit ng sistemang pork barrel”.

Iginiit pa ni Pedrosa, “Matapos na mabasura ang mga impeachment charges sa Mababang Kapulungan, ang panawagang pag-aarmas na ito ang lohikal na hakbang pasulong para sa inapi’t biniktimang bansa upang tugunan ng apat-na-taong pagkabigo ng pagkapangulo ni Aquino at ang patuloy na pagbalewala at karukhaan ng ating mamamayan”.

Ilulunsad ang ARM the People sa susunod na linggo mula sa ika-16 sa pamamagitan ng serye ng mga aksyong masa upang madala sa tarangkahan ni Noynoy sa MalacaƱang, sa Kongreso, sa Senado ang pakikibaka ng taumbayang hindi pumapayag sa katiwalian, inhustisya o tiranya na manatili.

Sa Setyembre 21, maglulunsad ng sari-saring pagkilos sa antas ng masa ang ARM the People sa iba’t ibang lungsod at bayan sa Metro Manila, at sa mga mayor na sentrong lungsod sa Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban, Lungsod ng Davao at Lungsod ng Ozamiz.#