Joining today’s protests to mark the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power uprising which ousted the US-backed Marcos dictatorship in 1986, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno said Pres. Noynoy Aquino deserves to be ousted through a similar uprising because of his crimes against workers and the people.
The labor group said that Aquino has many similarities with Ferdinand Marcos in terms of extreme puppetry to the US and utter disregard for Filipinos’ lives, corruption of people’s funds, cronyism, human rights violations, and implementation of anti-poor and pro-elite economic policies.
“Aquino cannot continue to speak and act like his family owns EDSA People Power. The truth is that he deserves to be ousted by a similar popular uprising,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.
The labor leader said the death of more than 70 Filipinos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25 is proving to be similar to the assassination of Sen. Ninoy Aquino in August 21, 1983 in terms of driving Filipinos to join more protests and call for the removal of the sitting president.
“The operation which resulted in the death of more than 70 Filipinos in Mamasapano, like Ninoy’s assassination in 1983, was carried out in the interest of the sitting president. Because he wants to continue courting the US’ favor, Aquino caused the death of so many Filipinos,” Labog added.
KMU said Aquino, like Marcos, is resorting to lies in order to maintain his hold on power, trying to stem the growing public outrage over the Mamasapano deaths by blaming scapegoats – Police Director Getulio Napeñas and former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima.
“No amount of lies can hide the fact that the US government and Aquino masterminded the operation which caused the death of so many Filipinos in Mamasapano. They are responsible for designing the plan of assassinating a suspected terrorist in a community of armed groups – a surefire formula for a bloodbath,” Labog stated.
The labor leader said KMU, other progressive organizations, and other anti-Aquino formations are calling on all workers and Filipinos to participate in protests calling for accountability over the Mamasapano deaths, which will bring forth members of a transition council that could replace Aquino.
“We recall the fact that Marcos, like Aquino at present, bragged about being ‘irreplaceable’ and being ‘the best president the country ever had.’ Workers and Filipinos formed a transition council meant to replace him, which added pressure on him to call for a snap elections,” Labog added.
Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597