Reaction to Aquino’s Address at the INC event:
Love without Justice and Integrity, Worthless, says labor group
A LABOR group assailed President Noynoy Aquino for his address at the inauguration of the Iglesia ni Cristo’s (INC) Philippine Arena in Bulacan where he took the opportunity to slam critics for being “un-Christian” and spreading dissent.
“Aquino’s speech was overflowing with hypocrisy and like any ordinary trapo (traditional opposition) he used the event to bolster his lagging popularity by citing religious passages when he himself is governing like a Pontius Pilate,” said Gie Relova of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP).
The beleaguered chief executive was reported to have said, “Let me remind them, if we are fellow Christians it is our duty to love each other in the name of God instead of sowing doubt and discord”, in an effort to defend himself after a series of setbacks since the Supreme Court declared his administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional.
Later, survey groups Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Station reported that Aquino suffered the biggest drop in his popularity rating since assuming the presidency in 2010.
Aquino’s political grip worsened further when public opinion on his televised address resisting the SC decision went against him. In a maneuver to drum up support, he called on his supporters to wear yellow ribbons but no spontaneous support came and back-tracked on the plea for support.
“His latest effort to regain lost political footing will be another flop. Love without justice and integrity is worthless,” the labor leader added.
“Love cannot come from thin air. Aquino’s “good governance” for the past four years has not translated to a bountiful and democratically mature society but only its exact opposite,” Relova asserted.
Relova cited double-digit unemployment rates, massive dislocation of informal settlers, price hikes on basic commodities, legalization of contractualization, demise of constitutionally-guaranteed labor rights, increase in self-rated poverty, collapse of the agrarian reform program, privatization of hospitals for indigent patients, supremacy of private corporations in essential services and the system-wide corrupt practices in all branches of government as the major issues that have paved way for the criticisms his administration is reaping.
The BMP believes that Aquino is only to blame for the country’s political crisis. “Aquino wasted his political capital by ramming through neo-liberal policies that were clearly anti-worker, anti-poor and benefited only an elite few of cronies and relatives.
The militant socialist labor group vowed to flood the streets with red shirt-wearing workers in Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address to push for his ouster from office and the establishment of a government genuinely of and for people.
21 July 2014
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Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
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