The US would rather not stop with its aid program here. It is the key with which they’ve been maintaining their domination of the Philippine economy and military even after the Philippines’ 1946 nominal independence.
Category: Politics & Governance
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) said it will not hesitate and is ready to assist those who were illegally arrested and injured in filing charges against those responsible for the violent dispersal.
“We are glad that the ongoing peace talks is not exclusive to Christians but tackles the issues of the Filipino people, including us, national minorities.”
“There would be no other way to best honor the memory of Jennifer Laude and boost the people’s cry for justice than by putting an end to the special treatment enjoyed by Pemberton and abrogating Edca, VFA.”
“The most essential success that has been achieved is the agreement on common outlines social and economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, and the end of hostilities and disposition of forces.”
“The contradictions will sharpen as pro-US factions of the ruling elite maneuver and resist President Duterte’s assertions of sovereignty. … The people should remain vigilant and should struggle even harder for fundamental reforms and social change.”
“The main purpose of the peace negotiations is to address the roots of the armed conflict which, among others, includes poverty, landlessness, joblessness, hunger, and inequality. Placing the outcome ahead in an outline of an agreement on social and economic reforms is like putting the cart before the horse.”
“The most effective method of release (of political prisoners) is through an amnesty proclamation as offered by President Duterte himself.”
“The Duterte administration is full of contradictions, but the positive outweighs the negative.”
“While being firm and a good negotiator, your aura has always been appeasing and pleasant, and your generosity and kind heart very present.” — Royal Norwegian Government Special Envoy to the Philippine Peace Process Elisabeth Slattum to Luis Jalandoni
“If President Duterte cannot get support from his officials, we assure him that Filipino workers are willing to back his assertion of our sovereignty against US and other foreign intervention once he has turned it into actual, concrete and written policies.”