‘It is not a crime to defend the environment.’
The Alternatives to Mines and Money campaign delivers a message of protest to the Mines and Money Conference of big mining corporations in London.
They came with torches and a mural effigy for a night rally, with some protesters in costumes depicting the horrors of worsening rights violations.
“Progressives and even those not in their group are alluded to in the terrorist-tagging because the president doesn’t want any dissenter to government policies.”
“In his attempt to centralize power, remove the opposition, this proclamation of terrorism will be used against everybody including dissenters.”
“The police wanted to make a statement and terrorize the people especially those critical of government programs such as the bogus jeepney modernization.”
From the transport groups’ gathering in Welcome Rotonda up to the area near UST and on to Morayta going to Mendiola Bridge (Chino Roces), the protesters were repeatedly confronted by policemen, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Metro Manila Development Authority personnel.
“We welcome and appreciate the effort of Sen. Grace Poe. That’s what we want to hear from the government.”
Bonifacio fought for a society that’s truly serving the people; President Duterte is seeking to serve only himself and a handful of exploiters and oppressors, Labog said.
The selling price of the new jeepneys the government wanted the operators to purchase ranged from P1.5 million to P1.6 million ($27,840 to $31.82). Under a seven-year loan package with interest, the final price would be more than P2 million each, making the government-vetted jeepney as costly as a sports utility vehicle.
The Philippines already has one of the highest levels of impunity and yet the situation could still get worse.