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UNITY STATEMENT OF THE 6.12.14 Protest Coalition

 

6.12.14 Protest Coalition

“The Philippines is a democratic and republican state. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.” – Article II, Section 1, The Philippine Constitution.

The painfully slow progress in the investigation and prosecution of the pork scandals involving Janet Lim-Napoles’ network, among others, robs the nation blind in the realms of justice and transparency, and steals energy that could otherwise be focused on development tasks.

The expanse and breadth of the corruption linked to pork shakes the very foundation of Filipino society. The delays and theatrics, whether by the current crop of suspects or the incumbent administration, make a mockery of the basic tenets of Philippine democracy.

The Filipino people have been given the run-around. Several reports and lists — from the Commission on Audit, to those collated by Benhur Luy and other whistleblowers, to the various Napoles lists — show a vast number of legislators and executive department officials involved in pork-related corruption.

All these sectors seemingly use and discard lists or delete names according to their interests. Until now, we have yet to see a hint of resolution of this controversy. From the camps of those already named in plunder cases, all the way to President Aquino, what we see are efforts to tar enemies but coddle allies.

TAMA NA! The Filipino people demand full transparency and accountability from all branches of the government.

From now on, ZERO TOLERANCE for any aspect of the culture of corruption. We demand that the government probe, prosecute and JAIL ALL found guilty of stealing and misusing the people’s money and abusing the people’s trust. No one must be spared.

We call on each and every Filipino to come out and join this UNIFIED EXPRESSION OF OUTRAGE AND DISGUST. TOGETHER, LET US ALL DEMAND OUR FREEDOM FROM CORRUPTION – 6.12.14

There is nothing hard to understand about “ALL.” If you refuse to even start an investigation, then you are coddling the corrupt. We address this to you, President Aquino: Start acting like the President of the nation, not just of your friends. Let the wheels of justice turn and give much-needed closure to this travesty.

We are counting on you, Mr. President. Are you with us? Or against us?

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Nagkaisa Labor Groups’ Labor Day Demands Are Now in Aquino’s Hands

The eight workers’ issues and non-wage benefits raised by labor group
coalition Nagkaisa since May 2012 are now in the hands of President
Aquino to act on following a last minute series of meetings with
members of his cabinet with the representatives of the group on
Wednesday.

Final details of the issues were threshed out in meetings that took
place on April 8 with the secretaries of the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI), and on the following day with the Department
of Energy (DOE), said Alan Tanjusay, spokesman of the Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

“After more than 100 man hours of discussions with different
government staffs, undersecretaries and secretaries within the two
year period, we think it is more than fair enough to say that the ball
is in the hands of President Aquino. These issues are now on his
table,” said Gerard Seno, executive vice president of the Associated
Labor Unions-TUCP and a convenor of Nagkaisa.

The issues that were finalized by the Nagkaisa and the cabinet level
are for government to (1) ensure security of tenure of workers by
eliminating contractualization scheme and deter extra-judicial killing
of union organizers and journalists, (2) provide exemption and
enhancement on minimum wage taxation, (3) institutionalize core labor
standards in the agro-industrial plan, (4) lowering of the cost of
electricity and protect consumers from the cartelization of power, (5)
provide affordable housing program and non-violent transfer of urban
poor communities from danger zones, (7) ratification of ILO Convention
151–a convention concerning protection of the right to organize and
procedures for determining conditions for employment in the government
service, and (8) ensure a jobs-led and workers’ sector participation
in the planning and implementation of programs of the rehabilitation
and reconstruction of Yolanda-hit areas.

The group also expects Aquino to make an unequivocal commitment to his
promised regular dialogue with Nagkaisa on emergent issues affecting
the working class.

Labor groups in Nagkaisa were always dismayed at Aquino’s alleged
disconnect with workers’ issues raised by Nagkaisa every time he meets
with labor group representatives in the traditional labor day
breakfast since 2010 in Malacanang palace.

“If we want to emphasize how important these issues are to labor
groups in Nagkaisa, well, we have expended substantial amount of
unions’ financial and manpower resources for these meetings to
enlighten executives the need for government to address these issues
that endangers Filipino workers and their families today. As
representatives of workers, we have done our part in transmitting
these concerns to the administration. We will now observe very closely
how the president will respond to these issues and how he treats the
working people on or before May 1 Labor day,” said Frank Mero,
chairperson of Sentro.

However, the group emphasized Nagkaisa will proceed with their Labor
day activities regardless of Aquino’s response.

“With or without President Aquino’s imprimatur on these issues,
Nagkaisa labor groups will go on with our May 1 Labor day simultaneous
activities nationwide. President Aquino may chose or not chose to
favorably or unfavorably respond to some or to all issues we have
raised to his attention, he has that choice. But Nagkaisa will pursue
resolution of the issues at will whatever the cost and in any possible
way because these issues are legitimate and important for workers,”
added Wilson Fortaleza, spokesman of the Partido Manggagawa.

Aside from ALU, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), PM and
Sentro, there are 47 other member labor federation and workers’
organizations in Nagkaisa. It was established in April 2011, the other
members of Nagkaisa includes Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP),
Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Public Services Labor Independent
Confederation (PSLINK), Philippine Government Empoyees Association
(PGEA), Confederation of Independent Unions (CIU) and KAMAO.

GSIS SAGIPIN: WINSTON GARCIA PATALSIKIN

Manipesto ng mga Kawani sa Pampublikong Sektor laban sa Bulok
at Tiwaling Pamumuno ni Ginoong Winston Garcia

Ang Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ay itinatag para sa kapakanan at kagalingan ng bawat kawani o empleyadong nasa pampublikong sektor sa pamamagitan ng paglalaan ng karampatang “social security benefits.” Dahil dito, ang pamumuno at pangangasiwa sa napakahalagang institusyong ito ay nangangailangan ng kahusayan, walang bahid-dungis na reputasyon, hindi matatawarang kredibilidad at may puso o malasakit sa mga ordinaryong manggagawa.

Subalit nakakalungkot isipin na HINDI ito nangyayari sa pamumuno ni Ginoong Winston F. Garcia – naturingang Presidente at General Manager ng GSIS.

Bulok na Pamamahala, Lantarang Pandarambong

Sa katunayan, sa simula pa lamang ng kanyang termino, nakitaan na kaagad ang kanyang pamumuno ng kawalan ng integridad, epektibong pamamahala at kahusayan. Noon pa lamang 2003, mismong ang Department of Finance (DoF) at ang Department of Budget and Management (DBM) na ang nagsabi na labis ang pagkukulang at kawalan ng maayos na pamamahala ng GSIS sa ilalim ni G. Garcia.

Isama pa dito ang kaliwa’t kanang anomalya, iregularidad at batikos ng pandarambong na kinasangkutan ni G. Garcia. Sa loob laman ng unang 10 buwan ng kanyang panunungkulan, mayroon siyang “unliquidated cash advances” na nagkakahalaga ng P5.25 milyon at hindi maipaliwanag na “miscellaneous expenses” na nagkakahalaga ng P6.9 milyon. Tunay nga, ang GSIS sa pamumuno ni G. Garcia, imbes na maging taga-pangalaga ng kagalingan ng ating mga kawani ay naging pesonal na “bangko” o gatasan ni G. Garcia gamit ang pera ng mga kawani.

Ang Walang Silbing Computerization Program

At sino ang hindi makakaalala sa kagyat at arbitraryong pagpapatigil ng pag-proseso ng mga loans at pensions noong Marso 2003 na nagdulot ng mahabang aberya at pasakit sa mayorya ng 1.4 milyong aktibong GSIS members? Diumano ito’y ginawa upang bigyan daan ang GSIS computerization program na nagkakahalaga ng P 700 million kahit na ito’y kayang isakatuparan sa mas maliit na halaga na P 40 million.
Sinabi noon ni G. Garcia na papabilisin nito ang mga transaksyon ng GSIS at aabot lamang ng 2 buwan ang pagsasaayos. Ngunit imbes na bumilis ang mga proseso, kabaligtaran ang nangyari. Ang 2 buwan na palugit ay umabot ng 6 na buwan bago pa man naipagpatuloy ng GSIS ang pag-proseso ng mga nabinbing loans at pensions.

Delayed Posting/Updating, Mali-maling Records at Unauthorized Loan Transactions

At hanggang ngayon, ang pinsala nito ay patuloy na nararamdaman. Patuloy at talamak ang insidente ng mali-maling encoding ng mga consolidated at updated records ng mga kawani, “unauthorized loan transactions” at ang tila usad pagong at di-maayos na “updating” at “posting” ng mga premiums at automatic deductions na lalong nagdagdag ng pasakit sa mga kawani na lubhang nangangailangan na ng kagyat na ayuda mula sa GSIS sa pinakamadaling panahon.

Talamak na rin ang mga reklamo kaugnay ng sobrang bagal na paglalabas ng ating mga karampatang benepisyo bilang myembro ng GSIS. Taliwas naman ito sa kalagayan ni G. Garcia na sa loob lamang ng dalawaang araw ay nakakuha agad ng P 11 milyon na housing loan noong Nobyembre 2003. Pondo natin ang nasa GSIS, bakit hindi natin makuha sa tamang panahon ang salaping bawat buwan ay awtomatikong ibinabawas sa ating sweldo?

Pinagkait na Retirement Benefits

Dagdag pa dito, ipinagkait din ni G. Garcia ang retirement benefits sa maraming mga casual at contractual employees kahit na may maliwanag na desisyon dito ang Civil Service Commission na pumapabor sa mga manggagawa. Tila walang magandang pagtingin si G. Garcia sa mga kawani, hindi tulad sa mga obra nila Juan Luna na kaya niyang labasan ng pera at bilhin sa halagang P 46 milyon gamit ang pera natin sa GSIS habang tayo ay halos pumuti na ang mga mata sa paghihintay sa ating mga loans, pension at retirement benefits.

Global Investment Program

At ngayon sa panahon ng krisis pampinansiya, imbes na magbigay ng maayos at “transparent” na pamamahala si G. Garcia ay kabaligtaran pa rin ang nangyari. Sa ilalim ng kanyang termino, hindi malinaw at walang pagpapaliwanag kung ano na ang nangyari sa P26.54 bilyon Global Investment Program (GIP) Portfolio ng GSIS! Sa gitna ng papatinding krisis, nais natin malaman kung saan ito naka-invest, anong uri ng investment at kung ano na ang katayuan ng mga pondo na ating pagmamay-ari. Nakakatakot isipin na ang pondong ating inaasahan sa panahon ng pangangailangan at pagreretiro ay malulusaw na lamang kasabay ng pagbagsak ng mga banko sa ibang bansa.

GSIS Repormahin, Winston Garcia Patalsikin

Iilan lmang ito sa marami pang kaso ng katiwalian at maling pamamalakad ng GSIS sa ilalim ni G. Garcia. Ngunit isa lamang ang isinasalarawan ng lahat ng ito: sadyang Bulok at tiwali ang pamumuno ni G. Winston Garcia sa GSIS. BULOK dahil bilang mga kawani ng gobyerno, alam natin ang ibig sabihin ng tunay at epektibong serbisyo-serbisyo na hindi naibigay kahit kailan ni G. Garica. TIWALI dahil hindi lang sa hindi natin mapagtiwalaan sa mahusay na pamamahala ng ating pondo si G. Garcia, pinagnanakawan pa niya ang mga kawani.

Sobra na ang kahirapang ating nararanasan. Panahon na para parusahan ang tunay na maysala sa lahat ng katiwaliang ito. Panahon na para sagipin at repormahin ang GSIS sa kamay ni G. Garcia.

Dahil dito, kaming mga kawani ng gobyerno ay pumipirma at NANANAWAGAN SA KAGYAT NA PAGTANGGAL KAY GINOONG WINSTON F. GARCIA sa KANYANG PWESTO sa LALONG MADALING PANAHON.

PSI CALLS FOR AN IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE IN GAZA

PSI deplores the recent conflicts in Gaza which have already taken a severe toll on civilians in the densely populated territory. PSI is dismayed to witness ministries and other public institutions being targeted, not only putting at high risk the workers of those institutions, but with far-reaching consequences which will have to be borne by all citizens.

PSI notes that the Israeli authorities, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the forefront, have stated that Israel will not allow a humanitarian crisis to break out.

In the present situation where the people in Gaza have suffered for years from a lack of basic supplies, where water and electricity are rare resources, where hospitals are overstretched, where the 1.4 million people are prevented from getting out of the area, it is impossible to describe the situation as anything but a humanitarian crisis.

“The fighting in Gaza must stop now!” says PSI General Secretary, Peter Waldorff, “The solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine will not be found in military interventions. Further bombings are more likely to increase anger and radicalisation and cause more violence and additional victims.”

The world has witnessed many attempts to create a lasting solution for Palestine and Israel end in a cul-de-sac. The only way forward, however, is through a return to the negotiating table.

PSI remains in contact with its affiliates in both Israel and Palestine and calls on other affiliates to issue similar messages calling for an immediate cessation of violence in the Palestinian/Israeli territories.

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CIU is a member of PSI