Cite DAP and other workers’ issues as
grounds for ouster
group calls for the ouster of Aquino
By Bukluran ng Manggagawang
July 14, 2014
QUEZON CITY – A labor
group has joined the crescendo of peoples’ organizations calling for
the ouster of President Noynoy Aquino from office, this came after
Aquino refused to accept the resignation of Butch Abad as Secretary
Budget and Management over the public uproar on their Disbursement
Acceleration Program (DAP).
Workers under the militant
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) bearing axes made out of
cardboards, streamers and placards with “Patalsikin si Aquino, Itakwil
ang gobyernong elitista” and “Abad, arkitekto ng DAP, Aquino,
mastermind ng DAP” slogans held a protest action at Department of
Budget and Management and also at Mendiola Bridge to call for the
ouster of both DAP signatories.
“Even before the Supreme
Court’s decision on the DAP, workers and the toiling masses have long
been suffering heavily from Aquino’s economic policies. For the
wage-earners, Aquino’s DAP is just the icing on the cake. We can no
longer stomach another day with him at the helm”, said Leody De
Guzman, national chairman of BMP, in an e-mailed statement to the
“For the past four years,
Aquino’s regime exacerbated the already extremely miserable conditions
of workers with the legitimization of contractualization, stagnant
wages, double-digit unemployment rates, abandonment of social services
and policies that placed profits of private companies over peoples’
interests,” De Guzman cited as the deep-seated issues that founded
BMP’s position to call for Aquino’s ouster.
On the DAP’s Impact on Economy
The BMP leader explained
that the intoxicating mantra of Palace officials and allies in the
Batasan Pambansa that the DAP was “implemented in good faith” and that
it “benefitted the economy” is a mere pretense to paint a picture of
the nation’s economic and political health.
impact of his DAP on the economy does not translate to living wages,
job security and recognition of our constitutionally guaranteed
rights. Aquino may fool anyone but he will not fool the lowly
wage-earners for they are the ones who have religiously paid their
taxes and yet get nothing in return from this corruption-riddled
government,” he added.
De Guzman claimed that if
there were any direct beneficiaries of the DAP; these would be the
cronies and relatives of Aquino who were generously awarded with
abundant government contracts. He also pushed for the full-disclosure
of the bidding process and transactions with private companies and
individuals that were awarded with projects from DAP funds.
Abad’s Moro-Moro Resignation
On Abad’s resignation from
the Budget post, the labor group called it a “moro-moro”, explaining
that it was merely the administration’s ploy to cleanse their guilt in
public and end the public outcry for accountability.
“To begin with, Aquino has
no moral ascendancy to neither accept nor reject Abad’s resignation,
given that both of them are implementers and signatories to the
illegal disbursement of public funds. More importantly, they willfully
hid it from the public and used it to undermine both the legislative
and judiciary branches, De Guzman asserted.
On Aquino’s Public Address
Meantime, reacting to the
Palace announcement that Aquino shall address the public Monday night,
Anthony Barnedo of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod
implied that, “No amount of hijacking of the airwaves will be able to
discourage the poor and desolate from continuously pouring into the
streets and set in motion Aquino’s ouster from office”.
The groups expect Aquino to
unleash a bundle of falsified government statistics, motherhood
statements and shallow reforms to justify the usage of unused funds.
Barnedo averred that, “We
expect Aquino will falsely claim and attribute the positive
developments in the economy in the past four years to his DAP and his
economic policies. If there is anyone who should take credit for the
economic growth, it should be no less than the back-breaking toil of
the laborers and farmers and the remittances of overseas contract
“Aquino and cohorts are but
shameless freeloaders,” the urban poor leader maintained.