While Noynoy’s ascension to presidency may not be as euphoric as Cory’s, the people have raised expectations of the new government. It is now time for Noynoy to carry through his promises in the election – the eradication of graft and corruption in government and the alleviation of poverty of the masses. To eradicate graft and corruption includes going after GMA and her gang and jailing them. To alleviate poverty means responding to the demands of the masses for better working and living condition.
We challenge President Noynoy to hold true to his promises. We do not believe that his government will be able to solve all the festering problems in the country, especially the problems rooted in the elite’s control of economic resources and political power. But we challenge him to prioritize the main demands that the people’s organizations and the social movements have been campaigning for a number of years now:
1. Stop contractualization and repeal all anti-worker laws and executive orders.
2. Repeal the oil deregulation law.
3. Moratorium on demolition of urban poor communities.
4. Repeal of debt appropriation law; moratorium on debt repayment.
5. Free all political prisoners, including the ‘Morong 43’, and all prisoners of conscience (the jailed military rebels).
Addressing these demands will be the first major steps necessary to solve the problems of poverty plaguing our people. We challenge President Noynoy to take the strongest possible measures to tackle these demands in the first 100 days of his administration.
Chairperson, Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM)
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)