Philippines Congress serves as broker to EU through Chacha, 100% foreign ownership of land, group says

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Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas  (Peasant Movement of the Philippines) | 19 June 2009

PRESS RELEASE

The militant peasant group, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Movement of the Philippines) criticized the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Prospero Nograles in pushing through with the Constitutional Assembly and Charter Change (Chacha) and seen the move by the lawmaker being a "broker" for the European Union (EU) as it requested to remove the ban on foreign ownership of land through the World Trade Organization (WTO) provisions.

"This is what we are talking about since Speaker Nograles proposed the House Resolution 747 which allows the 100% foreign ownership of land, he was always saying then that it was only about economic provisions as if the people do not dissent his proposals that favors foreigners over Filipinos," opened Antonio Flores, KMP Spokesperson.

The group expected this, such as EU pushing for the amendments as they are scouting for more areas of investments such as lands or real estate, which in turn makes the Arroyo government and Congress treacherous to the Filipino people as they favor foreigners.

"The Arroyo government is selling out the country, disregarding the fundamental issues such as peasants' centuries old call to own their lands.  This also explains the Arroyo government's pushing for the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with `Reforms' or CARPER as it is a `token' land reform, would not pose as a contradiction and could easily be junked by Congress," said Flores .

"We have our experiences about foreign ownership of land in Mindanao, where Dole and Del Monte controlled hundreds of thousands of hectares of lands, through leaseback agreements, cultivating their raw materials, thus, peasants have been transformed to mere lowly agricultural workers whose rights of their lands have been stripped off," Flores shared.

The peasant leader also noted, "Also, if these foreign companies convert the lands to eco-tourism establishments, for residential and commercial purposes, peasants would be automatically displaced, agricultural production would then be in peril."

"Now we realize that Speaker Nograles really wanted our 52 day camp-out in Congress demolished (as they did so on May 22) as we totally opposed Chacha and 100% foreign ownership of land, and we served as a protest ground at the vicinity to anti-Chacha forces," recalled Flores.

The group called on all sectors, patriotic lawmakers, professionals, business sector, church, workers, youth, all, to oppose Chacha on all fronts as this would create an epoch of oppression to Filipinos and foreign domination over the country.

"Our regional and provincial chapters are gearing up for heightened protests against Chacha, though we are being killed like what happened to Ka Fermin Lorico, Chair of Kaugmaon (KMP Negros Oriental), who was killed on June 10 after their anti-Chacha rally in Dumaguete City. We will never falter, never tire to fight Chacha," Flores declared.

REFERENCE:

ROY MORILLA, KMP Public Information Officer (63-905-421- 7305)
Original source: KMP
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2 Comments


  1. concerned citizen
    29 Aug 2011

    Actually reformer, hindi tamad ang mga Pilipino. In fact, masisipag ang mga Pilipino lalo na ang mga magsasaka na madaling araw pa lang ay nasa bukid na at gabi na e nasa bukid pa rin. Kaya sila nagkakautang at nababaon sa utang at naiilit ang lupa nila dahil sa wala silang puhunan pansaka. Alam mo kung bakit wala silang puhunan? Kasi napakababa ng mga presyo na pinapambili ng mga negosyante sa mga produkto nila. Gagastos sila ng malaki sa pagtatanim hanggang pag-aani pero in the end, pag binili, yung napagbilhan ay kulang pa para ipambayad sa utang. Alam mo ba kung ano ang mga negosyanteng ito na may kagagawan ng pagkalugi ng ating mga magsasaka? Sila ang mga malalaking dayuhang korporasyon tulad ng Philip Morris kasapakat ang mga malalaking lokal na negosyo. Reformer, hindi ang mga magsasaka o mga Pilipino ang may gusto ng loan at foreign aid, ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas ang may gusto nito. At ang inuutang ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay napupunta kalakha sa bulsa ng mga korap na politiko. Pangalawa, yung usapin ng makikinabang tayo sa mga foreign ownership ng land ay hindi ganoon kasignikante kumpara sa masamang epekto nito sa atin. Yung mga foreign investors pumupunta dito dahil mura ang lupa, mura ang pasahod at skilled ang mga Pilipino. Maraming mga dayuhang korporasyon diyan na halos 12 hours nagta-trabaho araw-araw ang mga Filipino workers nila pero anliit ng overtime pay, walang sick leave, no work no pay at iba pang hindi makatarungang pag-trato sa ating mga Filipino workers. Inuubos nila ang ating mga raw materials, pinapakinabangan gamit ang talino at lakas ng Pilipino na sinasahuran nila ng barya-barya lang (na di kayang bumuhay sa isang pamilyang Pilipino) at yung finished product ay sobrang mahal binebenta tapos yung kita nila ay ibinabalik nila sa kani-kanilang bansa. Ano'ng nangyayari sa atin? Para tayong mga putang pinagpaparausan ng mga dayuhan na kung tapos na sila sa gusto nila sa atin ay lalayas na sila. Ito ang esensiya ng statement na ito reformer. Ayaw natin ng foreign land ownership dahil gagawin nitong ligal ang pangsasalaula sa ating mga Pilipino ng mga malalaking dayuhang negosyante. Basahin mo ulit yung Press release reformer tapos mag-isip ka. Kapag hindi mo pa rin nakuha, basahin mo ulit hanggang sa makuha mo kung bakit kinokontra foreign land ownership.

  2. reformer
    08 Dec 2010

    You simply don't know anything about elementary economics, no?! Wake up! Pag in-allow yung foreign ownership of land at 100% foreign ownership of businesses, ano sa tingin mo gagawin nila don? Syempre they will develop it! So saan sila kukuha ng tao?! Eh di sa Pilipinas!! San sila kukuha ng raw materials?! Eh di sa Pilipinas!!! Mga gunggong din kayo no! Hindi naman bibili ng lupa ang mga yan at iiwan lang nakatiwangwang. Eh di naging liability lang yun sa kanila kasi babayaran nila yung tax nun na wala naman na-ge-generate na income. Sabi kayo ng sabi na dapat sa inyo ang lupa eh hindi naman efficient ang production nyo. Ang nangyayari kukuha kayo ng loan tapos collateral yung lupa hanggang sa mabaon kayo sa utang. Vini-villify nyo si Nograles at GMA eh para sa inyo nga yang reforms na yan! Para magkatrabaho kayo! Para magkatrabaho ang mahihirap at hindi aasa sa dole outs!!! Palibhasa uhaw kayo sa dole outs!!! Gusto nyo libre! Ayaw nyo magtrabaho!!! Ayaw nyo ng HARD WORK!! Ang Piipinas, mas gusto pa ng foreign loan at aid kesa sa foreign investment! Grabe! Ang daming tamad at bobong Pilipino!

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