Pinoy Weekly http://pinoyweekly.org/new Philippine news, analysis, and investigative stories Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:16:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 LETTER & PHOTOS | Migrant rights advocates’ plea: ‘Pope of the Poor, Fight with Us’ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/letter-photos-pope-of-the-poor-fight-with-us/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/letter-photos-pope-of-the-poor-fight-with-us/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:07:24 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32902 Filipino migrant workers and their families march to Mendiola on Thursday, December 18, to read an open letter to Pope Francis asking him to help end human trafficking . Pope Francis is scheduled next year for a five-day visit to the Philippines in January 15 to 19. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Filipino migrant workers and their families march to Mendiola on Thursday, December 18, to read an open letter to Pope Francis asking him to help end human trafficking . Pope Francis is scheduled next year for a five-day visit to the Philippines in January 15 to 19. Boy Bagwis

(Note: The following is the open letter of migrants and their families under Migrante International to Pope Francis I who is set to visit the country this January 2015. PW photos of Migrante’s protest action at Mendiola, Manila on the occasion of the International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18 follow the letter.)

 

LIHAM iconPope of the poor, fight with us.

We are Filipino migrants, immigrants, refugees from all over the world who, together with our families, call upon Your Eminence, to bear witness to our struggle. We call on you to speak in behalf of overseas Filipinos in our quest for a better life. We have experienced first-hand human and labor rights abuses and exploitation. Hear our stories and join us in our fight against modern-day slavery.

Of present, an estimated 15 million overseas Filipinos are found in over 230 countries. Massive unemployment, landlessness, poverty and globalization have been forcing our countrymen to migrate. There exists a widespread desolation, hopelessness and desperation that have caused the Filipino people’s diaspora.

Pope of the poor, fight with us. In your tenet to build “A Church without frontiers, mother to all”, we likewise reach out to you with open arms and hearts for our common objective to open the doors of Your Church worldwide in the spirit of genuine service to the people.

Like you, we stand firm that forced migration is an anomaly and a matter of deep concern involving the lives and dignity of our migrant workers. Ours is now an era of modern-day slavery wherein our migrant workers and their families are subjected to most cruel conditions in favor of greed for remittances and the desecration of human rights.

Pope of the poor, fight with us. We have seen the absence of legal frameworks that genuinely promote and protect the rights and welfare of our OFWs and their families. We have dissected and evaluated the efficiency or lack thereof of existing government programs and discussed ways to bring these to the concern of our authorities. We realize that the Philippines has many policies and laws on migration that need to be translated into concrete action.

We have seen that the continuation and intensification of the government’s labor export policy would only add more to the sufferings of our people, making them more vulnerable to human and labor rights abuses. We ask of you to speak out against this policy. We need to address the fundamental conditions of our society, especially the unequal distribution of wealth and work among nations which drives our people to forced migration.

Pope of the poor, fight with us. We agree with you that human trafficking is indeed “a crime against humanity”. It is a violation of our fundamental rights. It breeds the evils of discrimination, criminalization of undocumented migrants and all forms of violence, oppression and enslavement.

We are also greatly disturbed and moved by the tragedy of the separation of families. We cry for the sufferings and pains of children left behind and growing up without proper guidance, parents and couples estranged from each other, and the resulting economic, emotional and psychological implications of loved ones being uprooted from their families.

We call on you to work hand in hand with migrants’ organizations and advocates in support of the plight of our Filipino migrants. There are still many things that need to be done. Pope of the poor, fight with us.

We call on Your Eminence, that through Your Office, you can help us in organizing and broadening our reach and making our voices resound. There is a dire need to consolidate our efforts in various parts of the world. Together, let us face the challenge of holding the cause of Filipino migrants and their families.

Pope of the Poor, fight with us. In the spirit of service to the people, together, let our aspirations and advocacies be realized.

Migrante International

 


Migrante International has joined calls from different sectors for President Aquino to step down from office. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Migrante International has joined calls from different sectors for President Aquino to step down from office. Boy Bagwis

Migrante International describes the Philippine government's Labor Export Policy as "modern-day slavery". Because of lack of job opportunities and livelihood in the country, millions of Filipinos are forced to seek jobs abroad. Away from their families for long periods, the Filipino migrants are vulnerable to abuse, discrimination and repression in countries where they work. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Migrante International describes the Philippine government’s Labor Export Policy as “modern-day slavery”. Because of lack of job opportunities and livelihood in the country, millions of Filipinos are forced to seek jobs abroad. Away from their families for long periods, the Filipino migrants are vulnerable to abuse, discrimination and repression in countries where they work. Boy Bagwis

The past years have seen the rise in cases of abuse of Filipino migrants, as exemplified by the case of dozens of Filipino teachers trafficked by a notorious Filipino recruiter in Washington DC, USA. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

The past years have seen the rise in cases of abuse of Filipino migrants, as exemplified by the case of dozens of Filipino teachers trafficked by a notorious Filipino recruiter in Washington DC, USA. Boy Bagwis

Migrante International blamed the Aquino government for perpetuating the policy of labor export while providing scant service for protection of FIlipinos working abroad. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Migrante International blamed the Aquino government for perpetuating the policy of labor export while providing scant service for protection of FIlipinos working abroad. Boy Bagwis

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Larawan | Rebolusyonaryong mga grupo, ipinagdiwang sa Maynila ang ika-46 taon ng CPP http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-rebolusyonaryong-mga-grupo-ipinagdiwang-sa-maynila-ang-ika-46-taon-ng-cpp/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-rebolusyonaryong-mga-grupo-ipinagdiwang-sa-maynila-ang-ika-46-taon-ng-cpp/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:19:41 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32885 Nagmartsa ang mga kaanib na organisasyon ng National Democratic Front sa kahabaan ng Avenida sa Maynila para ipagdiwang ang 46 taong pagkakatatag ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa Disyembre 26. Macky Macaspac

Nagmartsa ang mga kaanib na organisasyon ng National Democratic Front sa kahabaan ng Avenida sa Maynila para ipagdiwang ang 46 taong pagkakatatag ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa Disyembre 26. Macky Macaspac

Inanunsiyo kamakialn ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ang kanilang unilateral ceasefire mula;12:01 am of December 24, 2014 to 11:59 pm of December 26, 2014; 12:01 am of December 31, 2014 to 11:59 pm of January 1, 2015; and 12:01 am of January 15, 2015 to 11:59 pm of January 19, 2015.  Macky Macaspac)

Inanunsiyo kamakailan ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ang kanilang unilateral ceasefire mula Disyembre 24 hanggang December 26,2014, at Disyembre-31 ng hatinggabi hanggang 12 ng gabi sa Enero 1, 2015.  Nag-anunsiyo rin sila ng ceasefire sa pagbisita ni Pope Francis sa Enero 15 hanggang 19, 2015.  Macky Macaspac

Macky Macaspac

Macky Macaspac

Macky Macaspac

Macky Macaspac

Nagdaos din ng isang lightning rally ang rebolusyonaryong Samahang Pangkalusugan (MSP) na kasapi ng NDF sa Maynila kahapon bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng ika-36 na anibersaryo ng MSP at ang ika-46 na pagkakatatag ng CPP sa December 26. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Nagdaos din ng isang lightning rally ang rebolusyonaryong Makabayang Samahang Pangkalusugan (MSP) na kasapi ng NDF sa Maynila noong Disyembre 15 bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng ika-36 na anibersaryo ng MSP at ang ika-46 na pagkakatatag ng CPP sa December 26. Boy Bagwis

Nanawagan ang health workers na kasapi ng MSP na suportahan ng mga mamamayan ang anila'y digmang bayan para sa pambansang kalayaan at demokrasya. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Nanawagan ang health workers na kasapi ng MSP na suportahan ng mga mamamayan ang anila’y digmang bayan para sa pambansang kalayaan at demokrasya. Boy Bagwis

Kinondena ng MSP ang bulok na "sistemang pangkalusugan at panlipunan ng US-Aquino" dahil sa bulok na sistemeng pangkalusugan na resulta lamang ng umiiral na mala-kolonyal at mala-piyudal na lipunan. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Kinondena ng MSP ang bulok na “sistemang pangkalusugan at panlipunan ng US-Aquino” dahil sa bulok na sistemeng pangkalusugan na resulta lamang ng umiiral na mala-kolonyal at mala-piyudal na lipunan. Boy Bagwis

Sinabi pa ng MSP na malala na rin ang korupsiyon, paglabag sa karapatang pantao, at matinding pagmimina na sanhi ng pakawasak ng ating kagubatan at hindi maayos na pagtugon sa  panahon ng kalamidad. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Sinabi pa ng MSP na malala na rin ang korupsiyon, paglabag sa karapatang pantao, at matinding pagmimina na sanhi ng pakawasak ng ating kagubatan at hindi maayos na pagtugon sa panahon ng kalamidad. Boy Bagwis

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Cuba: Realm of possibility http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/cuba-realm-of-possibility/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/cuba-realm-of-possibility/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:48:05 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32852 The Cuban health care system: One of the best in the world, despite the country being a developing country. Photo courtesy: <b>Departamento de Medicina General Integral, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina</b>

The Cuban health care system: One of the best and most egalitarian in the world. Photo courtesy: Departamento de Medicina General
Integral, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

The phrase Sí se puede” is perhaps one of the most quoted ones in Cuban society. In bold, red letters, it is often painted in walls, printed in posters and emphasized constantly in the speeches by officials in different ceremonies and activities. Roughly translated to “Yes, it is possible,” it is a phrase that has perhaps become the mantra of Cubans in their daily lives, in the pursuit of any endeavor. It is a phrase that the Cubans have undoubtedly applied in numerous ways to their health care system.

As such, when asked, “Is it possible for a country with third world conditions and alas, with a Gross Domestic Product even less than other third world countries to provide universal health care to its people? Is it possible at all that this country could consistently have an infant mortality rate of less than 5 per 1000 births since 2008, to have a doctor-habitant ratio of about 1:200, comparable with those of first-world countries?,” I have seen the Cubans answer with a resounding “Sí se puede.”

Cubans and temporary residents like us, the students here, enjoy the benefits of universal health care. We can ask the doctor as many questions about a sudden abdominal pain or a skin rash, get a blood test or a chest X-ray without ever having to worry about the bill. Procedures ranging from simple ones like asthma treatment to more complicated ones like an appendectomy, the laparoscopic removal of a kidney, cancer treatment or open heart surgery are without charge. For students, we can get a prescription for a drug and get it from the school pharmacy, whether it is a vitamin supplement or an antibiotic—all of which is for free.

As my History and Medicine professor often says, the idea of not being able to go to a hospital or receive health care because a person does not have money is rather a foreign concept for Cubans. If Cubans do not want to go to the hospital, it is more so because they are afraid of getting an injection, or being diagnosed with a disease. Never because they are afraid of the bill.

Access granted

The Cuban health care system, it seems, does not leave room for excuses for Cubans not to seek medical care when necessary. It is so structured such that it would be both economically and geographically accessible. The health care system is divided into the national, provincial and municipal levels. At the municipal level, they have what is called a policlínico. A policlínico is open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is like a small hospital, complete with doctors and nurses, providing different medical services like physical therapy and dental care.

One of the many policlinicos in Cuba. Photo courtesy: <b>Departamento de Medicina General Integral, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina</b>

One of the many policlinicos in Cuba. Photo courtesy: Departamento de Medicina General
Integral, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

To each policlínico, there are at least five consultorios that correspond to it. Each consultorio or clinic has what is known as the “equipo básico de salud” or the basic health team, comprised of a doctor and a nurse. Each health team is assigned to a certain community within a municipality, allowing as much doctor-patient interaction as possible. Together, the policlínicos and the consultorios comprise the primary level of health care. As medical students, we visit the consultorios once every two weeks and the policlínicos three to five times every semester, as part of our training to interact with patients and learn as much from the practical experiences of the doctors and nurses that work there.

In the consultorio I was assigned to in my first year of medical school, the doctor knew which among her patients were pregnant and needed a prenatal checkup, which ones had just given birth and had babies whose weights and heights needed to be monitored, which ones were hypertensive and needed to have their blood pressure checked regularly. The doctor even knew which family had a house that was caught on fire five years ago. The doctor was not only someone with a white lab coat that visited the community every now and then; the doctor was part of the community. She had the trust of its members–an essential component in the healing process.

Just before taking a patient’s blood pressure or radial pulse, the doctor in my current consultorio would emphasize how there is a necessity to touch the patients, to interact with them, to not be distant with them, to treat them not merely in terms of signs, symptoms and diseases, but as whole human beings. These whole human beings perhaps have marital problems, are faced with financial constraints or are going through an emotional or familial crises—details the doctor would never find out without gaining the patient’s trust. A hypertensive patient may have high blood pressure because of high salt intake or obesity, but she may also have a controlling husband, or an alcoholic son who gives her constant stress—factors no prescription of antihypertensive drugs could address and are best dealt with family therapy.

Obstacle upon obstacle

Ideal as these conditions might seem, their health care system is not without its flaws. After all, this is a country which has been subjected under an economic embargo by the United States of America (US) for more than 50 years now.

Due to the embargo, Cuba has lost more than US$6 Billion. The extraterritorial character of the embargo’s terms has given the US power to put sanctions on countries which have trade relations with Cuba, making the export and import of products very difficult. Moreover, Cuba has limited internet access and still uses 1950s vintage cars as one of their main forms of public transport. The embargo has repercussions that have echoed through every aspect of Cuban society, and their health care system has not been exempt.

Due to the limited internet access, recent articles in medical journals are not easy to obtain. Certain medicines and medical equipment like pacemakers, those manufactured in the US, are not always available. They would have to be bought from a third country, making the drugs and equipment even more expensive than necessary. Medical equipment is not always up to date. There would sometimes be a shortage of certain drugs and supplements. For instance, though Vitamin C tablets can be freely obtained from the school pharmacy, they would sometimes be out of stock. Certain medical supplies may be bought from the stores in the month of May but by the month of July, it would be very difficult to find them again.

In these conditions of dire lack, resourcefulness and creativity are of the essence. Cubans are constantly compelled to find ways to do what is necessary in spite of these limitations. While the embargo could easily have caused them to forgo universal health care altogether, the Cubans have decided to take the path of resistance.

Preventive medicine: One of the keys to an outstanding health care system. Photo courtesy: <b>Departamento de Medicina General Integral, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina</b>

Preventive medicine: One of the keys to an outstanding health care system. Photo courtesy: Departamento de Medicina General
Integral, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

Better than cure

Instead of giving in to the economic limitations, to the lack of funds, causing the resources needed to treat patients to be limited, Cubans have chosen to emphasize prevention. Cubans believe in a saying that “if people are falling off a cliff, it is more humane and cheaper to place a fence at the edge than to build a hospital perfectly provided with medical personnel and equipment at the bottom.” (Si la gente se está cayendo por un precipicio, es más humano y más barato colocar una defensa o cerca en la altura, que construir un hospital perfectamente dotado en personal y material en el fondo.)

From birth until over 60 years old, Cubans receive vaccines for up to 12 diseases, of which some are proudly Cuban produced, like the vaccine for bacterial meningitis (AM-BC). Patients suspected of having communicable diseases such as dengue, malaria or cholera are immediately isolated. As such, a fever is always a cause for concern. The detection of even a slight decrease of platelet count, a possible symptom of dengue, is never taken lightly. To prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, the use of condoms is constantly promoted through posters and TV commercials.

To promote a healthy body, exercise and sports are highly encouraged. There are groups of senior citizens exercising in parks in the mornings, children and teenagers playing either football or baseball in the afternoons. Recreational parks complete with gym equipment are practically scattered throughout the whole country.

Of all the preventive measures, perhaps, the most effective one is education. In 1959, before the triumph of the revolution, 23.6 percent of Cubans were illiterate due to the high cost of education. Fifty-five years later, from Day Care until graduate school, education is free. As such, Cuba has a highly educated populace and consequently, a highly health-conscious one. We have patients who go to a consultorio or a policlinico just to have their blood pressure taken. We have patients knowing the symptoms of a disease and the medicines they need even before a doctor could tell them.

Free health care and education, however, come with a price. This price has been consistently paid by the Cubans. Such achievements were attained in what could only be the harshest of conditions, conditions for which the moral rewards have been abundant but the economic ones are rather very scarce. Doctors here are not associated with the affluence that comes with the medical profession as they are in other countries. They do not necessarily have fancy cars or well-furnished houses. Yet, most of them still show up to work on time, attend to their patients and teach classes in the most animated way possible.

It is one thing to dedicate oneself to excellence and service knowing that there are economic rewards to be gained from it and another to do so out of principle and the genuine belief in the improvement of the human condition. For pursuing this belief, Cuba has been severely punished with the embargo. Yet, what we can learn from the Cuban experience is that, even in the unlikeliest circumstances, achieving goals can be made possible given the political will and the unity of the people. The realm of possibility could be vast if we believe it to be so. Within this realm, we could find a better world, a world where no child, woman or man would ever need to die from perfectly preventable and treatable diseases.

References:

Rodríguez JL. Estrategia del desarrollo económico en Cuba. Ciudad de la Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales; 1990

Álvarez Sintes R. Medicina General Integral Vol. 1: Salud y medicina. Ciudad de la Habana: ECIMED;2008

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Mila Ana Estrella Polinar is 23 years old and is currently a second year medical student at the Latin American School of Medicine, Havana, Cuba. She was a features writer of the Philippine Collegian, and graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in BS Community Nutrition in 2012.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: As the article was being finalized for publication, news about the full restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States broke out, ending more than 50 years of icy relations between the two American countries. Both countries have agreed on a prisoner swap, which caused the release of three Cuban political prisoners long held by the US government. Cuban Pres. Raul Castro, on television, clarified that despite the breakthrough the US has yet to lift its blockade to Cuba. “The economic, commercial and financial blockade, which causes enormous human and economic damages to our country, must cease,” he said.)

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Go Ahead! http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/go-ahead/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/go-ahead/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:57:57 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32872 (“It’s better to die with honor than to live in shame” — Dr. Jose P. Rizal)

grinning is the gun’s mouth
to those whose conscience
is blemished by evil and greed
go ahead, go ahead…
put inside your mouth
the cold iron barrel
or point it to your forehead
or where your evil heart is
smiling is the trigger
at the hands that plundered
silver and gold
of a nation long devoid
of glory and happiness
of a country stunted by woes
castrated by the cohorts of mammon
and rulers dancing the rigodon.

go ahead, go ahead…
passionately kiss
the protruding gun’s clit
let the slaves hear
the bullets’ joyful shouts
let your brain and skull explode
let your breast and heart bleed
and wash with your squirting blood
the face benumbed by slaps
and blows of stolen wealth
maybe your tainted honor
would be cleansed
by the drops of your blood
on the yellowish thirsty grass
maybe for a while the sun’s rays
would even shower you with flowers
and thousands of fireflies and stars
fervently would be praying and twinkling
on nights of your lavish wakes.

go ahead, go ahead…
kiss hard the gun’s lips
caress-play-press
the protruding clit
let tragedy’s honor end
the darkness lingering shame
go ahead, go ahead…
don’t hesitate anymore
your tarnished honor would rejoice
once you end your gluttonous life
we’ll even graciously decorate
with wreaths of roses and orchids
your waiting coffin and grave
for the memory and peace
of your ice-cold cadaver.

yet, we, the living dead
has long been entombed in the world
of unbearable suffering and grief
but with the sudden departure
of unprincipled mammals like you
reincarnated would be our hopes
and we the wretched of the earth
would vigorously pursue
our sacred bloody struggle
through the pitch-dark nights
till the moon and the stars
shine brilliantly on our forsaken land
till we feel finally
the caressing relaxing wind
on our bodies and limbs
as the nation
is gloriously metamorphosing.

go ahead, go ahead…
put inside your mouth
the gun’s cold barrel
and lovingly kiss
and press hard
the protruding trigger!

(My English version of my SIGE NA!)

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Doktrinang Gulantang http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/doktrinang-gulantang/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/doktrinang-gulantang/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:22:32 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32865 Nitong Disyembre, naglabas ng ulat ang isang komite ng Senado ng Estados Unidos tungkol sa pagtortyur na isinagawa ng Central Intelligence Agency sa ilalim ng rehimeng W. Bush pagkatapos ng 9-11 ng 2001. Nitong Disyembre rin, lalong nalantad ang pagsamantala ng gobyerno ni Noynoy Aquino sa harap ng bagyong Ruby o Hagupit, at ng superbagyong Yolanda o Haiyan mahigit isang taon na ang nakakaraan, para isulong ang interes ng malalaking kapitalista. Pitong taon pagkatapos nitong unang malathala, napapanahon pa rin para muling basahin at rebyuhin ang librong The Shock Doctrine [2007] ng progresibong mamamahayag na Canadian na si Naomi Klein. Magandang ihabol ang pagbasa sa nauna nang magandang reputasyon ng aklat.

Nasa titulo ng libro ang bukod-tangi rito: ang balangkas na nagbibigay ng organisasyon sa mga pangyayaring pinaksa nito. Inilahad ni Klein ang tuklas niya: ang ugnayan ng tortyur sa pagpapatupad ng mga patakarang neoliberal. Aniya, sa mga eksperimento na pinondohan ng CIA noong dekada ’50 at ’60, layunin ng tortyur na bombahin ng sensasyon ang biktima, ang i-shock o gulantangin siya, para mapasunod siya sa gusto ng nangtotortyur. Sa kabilang banda, sa iba’t ibang pagkakataon simula noong dekada ’70, nilikha o sinamantala ng mga naghaharing uri ng US at ng maraming bansa ang pagkagulantang ng mga mamamayan para magpatupad ng mga patakarang neoliberal. At kaakibat ng naturang pagpapatupad ang pagtortyur at iba pang klase ng panunupil.

the shock doctrine cover

Book cover ng “The Shock Doctrine” ni Naomi Klein

Matapos isalaysay ang mga karima-rimarim na eksperimento nina Dr. Donald Hebb at Dr. Ewen Cameron sa pagtortyur, sinubaybayan ni Klein ang pagpapatupad sa iba’t ibang bansa ng mga doktrina ng neoliberal na ekonomistang si Milton Friedman at ng kanyang “Chicago School.” Klasiko ang kaso ng Chile: marahas na kinudeta ng US noong 1973 ang gobyerno ng sosyalistang si Salvador Allende na inihalal ng mga mamamayan, ipinatupad ng diktadurang pumalit ang mga patakarang neoliberal, at kasabay nito’y nagsagawa ng malawakang pagtortyur at panunupil. Pagkatapos, tumungo na si Klein sa iba’t ibang bansa mula sa mga nasa Latin America hanggang Poland, mula sa mga nasa Asya hanggang US, at mula Rusya hanggang China.

At isinalaysay ang lahat ng ito ni Klein sa estilong siksik, ligalig at kapana-panabik. Sa pormang ito malinaw na nalampasan niya ang nauna niyang librong No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies [2000] na medyo antukin. Matalas ang mga mata niya sa magagandang detalye: isang nagbabadyang graffiti sa Chile sa panahon ni Allende matapos bumagsak ang gobyerno ng makabayang si Sukarno sa Indonesia – “Parating na ang Jakarta!,”ang pagiging rebelde sa Chicago School ng progresibong si Andre Gunder Frank. “Ang reyalidad,” minsang paalala ng Marxistang intelektwal na si E. San Juan, Jr., “ay lihim na Marxista,” at sa salaysay ni Klein, nagsasalita ang Marxistang reyalidad, bagamat may pabugsu-bugsong saltik din sa tinatawag niyang “Stalinismo.”

Katulad ng maraming mahalagang libro, tumitindig ang The Shock Doctrine laban sa mga namamayaning pananaw. Tugon ito, sa partikular, sa ilusyong pinapalaganap ng imperyalismong US at mga komentaristang pampulitika nito tulad nina Samuel P. Huntington na ang malayang pamilihan ay kakambal ng demokrasya. Anila, inilatag ng pagpasok ng malayang pamilihan sa mga bansang pinapamunuan ng mga diktadura – tampok ang mga umano’y “sosyalista” – ang pagpasok ng demokrasya. Matibay ang argumento ni Klein: anti-demokratiko at duguang kamay na bakal ang kakambal ng “invisible hand” ng malayang pamilihan. Madalas na dahas ang komadronang nagluwal sa mga patakarang neoliberal at dahas din ang naging kakambal nila sa pagpapatupad.

May magandang seksyon ang libro tungkol sa pulitika, o pag-iwas sa pulitika, ng kilusan para sa pagtatanggol sa mga karapatang pantao. Ayon kay Klein, sa Latin America ito unang sumulong at sa mga bansa sa naturang kontinente, hindi napanagot ang mga ekonomista ng Chicago School dahil sa makitid na pagpapakahulugan sa karapatang pantao. Aniya, itinali ang karapatang pantao sa literal na karahasan, hindi lumalagpas para saklawin ang mga patakarang pang-ekonomiyang sanhi ng mga paglabag dito. Aniya, mahalaga sa depolitisasyon ng karapatang pantao ang naging pagpondo ng Ford Foundation – na ginustong iligtas ang sariling reputasyon matapos magpagamit ang marami sa mga ekonomistang pinag-aral nito sa mga diktadura.

Kahanga-hanga ang pagsubaybay ni Klein sa mga alagad ni Friedman, mga miyembro ng Chicago School – sa kanilang pagkahubog at paglilingkod sa mga diktadura at sa mga epekto ng mga patakarang tulak nila. Sa panahong lantarang pinupuri ni Gerardo Sicat, ekonomista ng diktadurang Marcos, si Cesar Virata, punong ministro ng naturang diktadura, sana’y may ganito ring paglalantad sa mga neoliberal na ekonomista ng bansa na nagkakampo sa School of Economics ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Hindi kataka-taka marahil na ang argumento ni Solita Monsod laban sa pagsubsidyo ng gobyerno sa sariling pamantasan – na mayayamang estudyante ang makikinabang rito – ay argumento rin ni Friedman laban sa pagsubsidyo sa serbisyong pangkalusugan.

Kwento ni Klein, matapos salantain ng tsunami ang Sri Lanka noong 2004, hindi na pinabalik ng gobyerno ang mga maralita sa mga tabing-dagat para makapagtayo ng mga resort ang malalaking kapitalista – isang halimbawa ng doktrinang gulantang. Aniya, sinasamantala ang kalagayang “blangkong papel” na dulot ng mga disaster para makapagpatupad ng bagong kaayusan. Maaalala ang dramatikong pagdating ng mga tropang Kano matapos ang superbagyong Yolanda – paghahanda sa pagpasa sa Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement pagkatapos. Gayundin ang “no-build zones” na kaakibat ng pagtatayo ng mga bunkhouses habang ang mga mall ay nasa parehong sona, ang halos-permanenteng pagposisyon ng mga internasyunal na NGO, at iba pa.

Sa dulo, nakakakumbinsi ang balangkas ni Klein at mainam na paalalang babala ito sa mga progresibo: sinasamantala, kung hindi man nililikha, ng mga naghahari ang iba’t ibang porma ng paggulantang para isulong ang kanilang proyektong maka-kapitalista. Ramdam ang pulitikang New Left ni Klein sa libro, katulad sa pagpuri niya sa umano’y mga desentralisadong organisasyon sa Latin America bilang pagsisikap ng mga mamamayan na biguin ang mga pagtatangkang gulantangin silang muli. Pero kung matutukoy at mailulugar ang ganitong mga pagkakataon, mabibigyang-halaga ang libro ni Klein bilang mahusay na buhay na salaysay ng pagpapatupad ng mga patakarang neoliberal sa maraming bahagi ng daigdig – na mainam mabasa ng marami.

17 Disyembre 2014

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Pangakong bonus sa guro, di pa rin binibigay http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/pangakong-pbb-sa-guro-di-pa-rin-binibigay/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/pangakong-pbb-sa-guro-di-pa-rin-binibigay/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:24:56 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32803 Protesta ng mga guro sa ilalim ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers para sa kanilang benepisyo na hindi pa rin ibinibigay. Pher Pasion

Protesta ng mga guro ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers para sa kanilang benepisyo na hindi pa rin ibinibigay. Pher Pasion

Sumugod sa tanggapan ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ang mga guro ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) para singilin ang nasabing ahensiya sa di pa rin pagbigay sa kanila ng performance-based bonus (PBB) mula pa noong Setyembre.

“Setyembre ang pangako, hanggang ngayon wala pa. Tanong namin kung may darating pa ba dahil marami na sa mga guro ang nagtatanong sa amin. Hindi tuloy namin maiwasan isipin kung saan napupunta ang pondo para sa benepisyo ng mga guro,” ayon kay Joy Martinez, mula sa ACT-National Capital Region.

Ang PBB na ibibigay sa mga kawani ng gobyerno ay anyo ng bonus na binibigay nang minsanan sa mga kawani ng gobyerno sa halagang P5,000 hanggang P35,000. Depende ang halaga sa makukuhang ratings ng mga ito na itinatakda ng bawat ahensiya.

Sa kaso ng Department of Education, ito ang drop-out rate, national achievement test performance, at liquidation ng operating funds ng eskuwelahan.

“Nagdaan na ang bagyong Ruby, marami sa mga guro ang naging biktima lalo na sa mga nasalantang lugar ang nangangailangan na nito. Hindi kami ng lilimos sa inyo (DBM), ito’y karapatan namin dahil hanggang ngayon matatapos na ang taon wala pa ring malinaw kung kailan ninyo ibibigay ito,” sabi pa ni Martinez.

Bagamat hinihiling ng mga guro ito ngayon, tutol ang ACT sa iskemang PBB dahil mapanghati umano ito. Hindi na raw kailangang ibatay pa sa performance ng mga guro ang kanilang bonus dahil sobra-sobra na kung tutuusin ang serbisyong ibinibigay nila, ayon sa ACT.

Mauuwi lamang umano ito sa pag-aaway-away ng mga guro sa bansa. Nanawagan silang ibalik ng gobyerno ang P10,000 performance enhancement incentive (PEI) na tinanggal sa mga guro.

“Wala na ngang dagdag na suweldo. Binabawasan pa tayo ng mga benepisyo,” ayon kay Martinez.

Hindi rin kasalanan ng mga guro kung tumataas ang bilang ng drop-outs. Iba’t iba umano ang dahilan ng drop-outs, gaya ng nasunugan ng bahay, nawalan ng hanapbuhay ang mga magulang, dinemolis ang mga kabahayan, at iba pa, ayon sa ACT.

“Kung nais nilang maging produktibo higit ang mga guro sa bansa, dapat taasan ng gobyerno ang badyet sa edukasyon. Seryosong tugunan nila ang kakulangan sa mga publikong paaralan gaya ng klasrum, upuan, libro, at iba. Higit sa lahat, dapat taasan ang sahod ng mga guro para makagampan ng maayos sa kani-kanilang tungkulin,” ayon kay Martinez.

Wala namang inilaan na dagdag na sahod para sa mga guro ang ipinasang badyet sa Kongreso para 2015.

Tanging si Pangulong Aquino lang sa lahat ng naging presidente ang di-nagbigay ng dagdag-sahod sa mga guro. Panawagan ng ACT na itaas ang sahod ng mga guro mula P18,500 tungo sa P25,000 at P15,000 mula P9,000 para sa mga kawani.

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Clinging And Swinging On Vines They Are http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/clinging-and-swinging-on-vines-they-are/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/clinging-and-swinging-on-vines-they-are/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:32:54 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32841 (My English version of my SILANG NAGBABAGING SA GUBAT NG DILIM)

in the forest of darkness and fear
they are gorillas clinging and swinging on vines
beating their breasts and shouting at the wind
they who are intellectuals of ivory towers
they who are castrated by regimented academe
they who are incarcerated by authoritative books
they who are blinded by words
oftentimes devoid of realities
they whose nostrils are with cotton balls
they whose heads are embalmed
by theories and ideas leading to nowhere
they who always want to masticate
every formula in all their thoughts
they who are entombming their latent talents
in the world of plato, derrida and focault
would they be always hanging on vines
they whose visions are blurred
and couldn’t see the glaring lights?

they who are clinging and swinging on vines
in the forest of darkness and fear
don’t want to immerse themselves
and swim in the turbulent sea of life
though they’re are always searching for genuine pearls
don’t even desire to enter, sleep and dream
in huts in hills, mountains and fields
nor even like to stare at the dewdrops
descending on desolate blades of grass
to see the tears of the dispossessed
or even step on clayish soil of irrigated fields
while swaying are the jumbled talahib grass
to feel the pulsating, revolting breast
of the oppressed-downtrodden class
when would they dip their fingers
in vinegar and salty sauce
if their hands only used to touch and caress
smooth porcelain cups, glittering silver spoons
and crystal goblets of aged wines?
when would they mash the cold cooked-rice
so truths would come out from their swollen mouths
which used to eat and chew
the torn pages of antiquated books
evading to dissect and expose
the maladies of a society
ruled by the exploitative class
and gluttonous bureaucratic crooks?

they who are clinging and swinging on vines
in the forest of darkness and fear
don’t want to see the squirting blood
of fingers cut-off by machines of greed
till the skin, flesh and bones are mixed
with ground meat of canned corn beef
they who are clinging and swinging on vines
in the forest of darkness and fear
they whose creamy soups are saliva of geniuses
like hume, heiddeger, nietzche and freud
but could not distinguish a bit
if marinated or boiled or half-cooked
the theories they want to propagate
hence the masses pulsating throats
could not swallow the rhetorics
and blatant ideas of half-truths
so they are scavenging cats and rats
lost in the dumpsites of hogwash
and decomposing nauseating trash.

you who are clinging and swinging on vines
in the forest of darkness and fear
why not jump off the cliffs?
why not release the vines you firmly hold
and let the feet feel the soil of despair
and also smell the pungent odor
of exploding bombs and firing guns?
why not smell the peppery sweat
of emaciated peasants toiling
on the land not theirs?
why not gaze at the sacadas
while kneeling at enslaving haciendas
and reciting the prayers of grief
in sugarmills and canefields?
why not hear the lamentations of mothers
the cussing of rebellious fathers
the lyrics of poverty and sorrows
of victims of injustices?
why not discern the melodies of tormented souls?
then, yes, then,
the rampaging whirling wind
and the hissing of bullets and lightnings
could finally give meaning
to the persistent questions
of the obnoxious objective realities
that could not be answered and resolved
by antiquated, wormy books!

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Larawan | Sigaw sa Araw ng Karapatang Pantao: Wakasan ang abusadong rehimen http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-sigaw-sa-araw-ng-karapatang-pantao-wakasan-ang-abusadong-rehimen/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-sigaw-sa-araw-ng-karapatang-pantao-wakasan-ang-abusadong-rehimen/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:13:18 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32812
Manilakbayan ng Mindanao
Pinangunahan ng mga "lakbayani" mula sa Mindanao ang martsa ng libu-libo ngayong Human Rights Day sa Maynila. KR Guda
Hustisya't lupa ang hangad
Sumama sa protesta ang mga magsasaka ng Hacienda Luisita na di pa rin nakakamtan ang hustisya 10 taon matapos ang masaker. KR Guda
Determinado
Lalong nahasa sa paglaban ang mga katutubo dahil sa paglahok nila sa Manilakbayan. KR Guda
Ugat ng tunggalian
Ipinanawagan ng health workers sa ilalim ng Health Alliance for Democracy o HEAD na lutasin ang ugat ng armadong tunggalian. KR Guda
"Bomba King, patalsikin!"
Iyan ang bagong tawag ng kabataan ng Anakbayan sa presidenteng nanguna sa pagbomba at pananalakay sa mga sibilyang komunidad sa kanayunan ng bansa. KR Guda
Martsa ng kabataan
Hanay ng mga grupong pangkabataan. KR Guda
Ipinakukulong
Dapat umanong panagutin, patalsikin at saka litisin ang pangulong di lang lumalabag sa karapatang pantao, nangungurakot pa sa uri ng luma at bagong porma ng pork barrel, ayon sa Bayan Muna Party-list. KR Guda
Di-papipigil
Di naging hadlang ang kanyang kapansanan sa paglahok sa martsa para ipanawagan ang pagbasura ng trumped-up charges laban sa mga aktibista, human rights defenders at iba pang lumalaban para sa hustisya sa bansa. KR Guda
Mahal ang sariling lupa
Mahal umano niya ang Mindanao kaya nananawagan siyang umalis na ang mga tropang Amerikano sa bansa, ayon sa isang Lumad na lakbayani. KR Guda
Libu-libo
Martsa ng libu-libo para ipanawagan ang paggalang sa karapatang pantao sa bansa. Pher Pasion
Kawalang-hustisya
Sa mga plakard, ipinanawagan ng mga nagmartsa ang hustisya para sa partikular na mga kaso ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao. KR Guda
Itigil ang atake sa mga eskuwela
Kasama sa mga nagprotesta ang Save Our Schools Network, na siyang network ng mga advocate, kabataan at alternative education institutions para depensahan ang mga eskuwelahang pinapasok ng militar sa counter-insurgency operations ng huli. Pher Pasion
Kaso ni Leonard Co
Isa sa mga kaso ng kawalang hustisya ang pagpaslang ng mga militar sa siyentista at environmentalist na si Leonard Co at dalawang kasamahan niya noong Nob. 2010. KR Guda
Sagipin
Nanawagan ang Migrante International sa publiko na suportahan ang "pagsagip" sa Mindanao, na pinakatan umano ngayon ng 55 batalyon ng Armed Forces of the Philippines. KR Guda
Pagtatanghal
Pagkanta ng mga batang Lumad, pagdating sa Mendiola. KR Guda
Karapatang pantao rin ang LGBT rights
Mga miyembro ng LGBT community, kasama ang ilang tagasuporta nila tulad ng dating mga kongresistang sina Satur Ocampo at Liza Maza. Nakiisa ang Kapederasyon sa protesta. KR Guda
Militar, paalisin
Mga lider-Lumad, pagdating sa Mendiola. Macky Macaspac
Pinuno ang Mendiola
Pinuno ng mga demonstrador ang Mendiola para sa kanilang protesta ngayong Human Rights Day. Pher Pasion
Para kay Jennifer
Ililadlad ng mga miyembro ng LGBT community ang malaking rainbow flag na may nakasulat na panawgang hustisya para kay Jennifer Laude, habang nagsasalita ang tagapagsalita ng Kapederasyon. KR Guda
Lilipulin
Pagtatanghal ng isang street play na nagpapakita kung papaano umano lilipulin ng mga mamamayan ang abusadong mga militar. KR Guda
Sinunog
Pinasimulan ni Marie Hilao-Enriquez ng Karapatan at iba pang lider-progresibo ang pagsunog sa effigy ni Pangulong Aquino. Macky Macaspac
Nasusunog na ang imahe ni Aquino, pero hawak pa rin ang watawat ng US. KR Guda
Kuha ni KR Guda

Umabot sa 204 ang bilang ng mga biktima ng pampulitikang pamamaslang mula Hulyo 2010 hanggang Hunyo 2014. Sa bilang na ito, 117 magsasaka at 49 katutubo.

Ito, at marami pa, ang dahilan kung bakit nagmartsa ang libu-libong mamamayan sa Araw ng Karapatang Pantao nitong Disyembre 10. Sa programa sa Mendiola, Manila, inihayag nila ang husga sa administrasyong Aquino: di na dapat magtagal sa puwesto ang pangulong may mahabang rekord ng paglabag sa karapatan ng mga mamamayan.

Pinangunahan ng grupong pangkarapatang pantao na Karapatan ang protesta. Nilahukan ito ng Manilakbayan ng Mindanao–ang humigit-kumulang 300 Lumad, magsasaka at iba pang mamamayan mula sa Mindanao na naglakbay patungong Maynila para ipakita sa madla ang malawakang militarisasyon sa kanilang mga komunidad, na binabantaan din ng malawakang komersiyal na pagmimina at pagtotroso.

Lumahok din sa martsa-protesta at programa sa Mendiola, Manila ang daan-daang tao mula sa Timog Katagalugan at Central Luzon, lalo na mula sa Hacienda Luisita sa Tarlac.

Nagmartsa din ang libu-libong miyembro ng iba’t ibang sektoral na organisasyon sa ilalim ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.

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Farmer in Sorsogon abducted, killed http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/farmer-in-sorsogon-abducted-killed/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/farmer-in-sorsogon-abducted-killed/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:57:44 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32797 sorsogonThree days before the observance of the 64th International Human Rights Day, a 45-year-old farmer in Sorsogon, Bicol was found dead after being abducted by alleged soliders of the Philippine Army.

In a statement, Karapatan-Bicol said that Samuel Dollesin was abducted in Sitio Palukso, Brgy. Lapinig in the town of Gubat around 6:30 p.m. of December 4. After three days, his lifeless body was found in Brgy. Sugod in the nearby town of Bacon.

According to witnesses, the abductors of Dollesin were members of a special operations team of the Philippine Army. The witnesses have refused to surface out of fear, said Karapatan-Bicol.

“The bitter fate of Samuel is a common occurrence everywhere in the country,” the group said, citing that there have been 215 victims of extra-judicial killings under the Aquino administration’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan.

The group slammed the Philippine Army for conducting military operations targeting civilians in the said province, only days before Typhoon Ruby hit last December 6, and while communities were preparing for the storm’s approach.

“The disasters brought on by Oplan Bayanihan is far worse than those brought on by natural calamities. Typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions do not happen everyday, unlike Oplan Bayanihan, which brings misery to the people everyday,” said Karapatan-Bicol.

The group cited harassment of civilians and displacement of communities because of intensified military operations under Oplan Bayanihan.

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Larawan | Art workshop para sa mga batang Lumad, pagpapahayag ng hinaing nila http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-art-workshop-para-sa-mga-batang-lumad-pagpapahayag-ng-hinaing-nila/ http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2014/12/larawan-art-workshop-para-sa-mga-batang-lumad-pagpapahayag-ng-hinaing-nila/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:28:23 +0000 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/?p=32763 Pagguhit ng mga batang lumad kasama ng isa sa mga instruktor ng Guni Guri Collective. <strong>Jaze Marco</strong>

Gumuhit ang mga batang Lumad kasama ng isa sa mga instruktor ng Guni Guri Collective. Isa ito sa mga art workshops at iba pang aktibidad sa mga batang Lumad na kalahok sa Manilakbayan at kampanya ng Save Our Schools Network para ipahayag ng mga bata–na pawang mga estudyante ng indigenous alternative schools sa Mindanao–ang kanilang tunay na saloobin hinggil sa pananalakay ng mga sundalo sa kanilang mga eskuwelahan at komunidad. Jaze Marco

Paggabay ng isa sa mga instruktor sa batang Lumad sa pagguhit. <strong>Jaze Marco</strong>

Paggabay ng isa sa mga instruktor sa batang Lumad sa pagguhit. Jaze Marco

Grupo ng mga batang Lumad na lumahok sa art workshop na ibinigay ng Guni-Guri Collective. <strong>Twinkle Mangi</strong>

Lumahok ang ang mga batang Lumad sa art workshop na ibinigay ng Guni-Guri Collective. Twinkle Mangi

Panawagan ng mga batang Lumad sa isla ng Mindanaw. <strong>Jaze Marco</strong>

Panawagan ng mga batang Lumad sa isla ng Mindanao. Jaze Marco

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