October 7, 2010
Contact Person: Chester Amparo , Secretary General, KPD ( 717 32 62 /0922 876 5851)
PNoy 1st 100 Days: Far from (Promised) Righteous Path
“His one hundred days is not a practice run or dress rehearsal but a window to the direction of his six year reign.”
This was the statement of Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD) Secretary General Chester Amparo in reaction to the President’s accomplishment report for his first one hundred days.
“What we saw is not the righteous path that he promised in his campaign” pointed out Amparo.
According to KPD, the Aquino government has yet to come up with a comprehensive housing program as demolitions continue to dispossess thousands of families and leave them with no where to go.
The group added that he is able to allot funds to give conditional cash transfers to two million families but has yet to come up with a comprehensive anti-poverty program that would really uplift our kababayans from poverty such as providing steady and decent jobs.
“And while he is willing to lengthen the number of years in school with the K-12 program, he has slashed the budget for state colleges and universities; he may have formed a Truth Commission but has yet to deliver justice for the anomalies committed by the past GMA regime,” said Amparo
KPD pointed out that Pnoy has no firm commitment or marching orders in relation to human rights and human rights protection. For instance, less than one percent of the EJK cases have been resolved and these rights violation continue as torture, enforced disappearance and harassment still happen.
KPD added that Pnoy’s actions in relation to Hacienda Luisita and the labor row in PAL shows that he is more likely to side with big business rather than his humble bosses – the poor farmer and worker.
“We have yet to see Pnoy depart from the neoliberal economic agenda religiously followed by the former Arroyo regime where the role of private sector and foreign investment was emphasized while removing government subsidy and support for social services and local investments.” said Amparo.
“We urge Pinoys to pressure Pnoy to align his priorities along his promises to the people-his bosses rather than his commitments to big business or foreign investors, “ ended Amparo.