Student group calls for genuine Filipino people empowerment

A STUDENT organization calls for the true empowerment of the Filipino people towards genuine progress and liberation as it warned that President Rodrigo Duterte’s planned “revolutionary government” will only further entrench the elite domination of the political and economic system of the nation.

In a statement, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) said Duterte’s “Rev-Gov” is not about sincerely solving Philippines’ ills but a means to pave the way for charter change and federalism that will allow more foreign control of the economy and the nation’s sovereignty.

This (Rev-Gov) will only fortify the hold of imperialist powers on our country as we follow an economic model which will most benefit transnational monopolies. Federalism then aims to forward political changes which only strengthen existing political dynasties and support warlord rule in the different provinces which have had a history of violating human rights of their people,” SPARK said.

The group added that “these changes will only forward what’s best for a new set of oligarchs through their consolidation of power. These are not in the interest of actual national development. It is an insult that this is being branded as a ‘revolutionary government’ when it actually sets aside meaningful political and economic reforms for the people.”

SPARK admitted that changes are really needed in the 1897 Constitution but it is not the kind of change that Duterte had in mind.

We concede that a change is needed with the elitist 1987 Constitution but it is not the change being sold to us by Duterte that will put an end to contractualization, lack of jobs and basic social services such as housing, education and health. Duterte’s change is not revolutionary because it does not directly empower the masses and address the systemic ills. His proposed change will only encourage and empower by the foreign corporations which his regime serves.”

Freedom will not come from Duterte or any other elitist. It can and will only come from the power of the people, led by the working class, in their unity and struggle.

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