GIVING THE LEFT A BAD NAME:

16 10 2012

Student councils and student political parties condemn ANAKBAYAN hooliganism

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines [SCAP] condemns in the strongest terms the act of hooliganism by ANAKBAYAN in sowing discord and violence by storming the press conference of AKBAYAN Citizens’ Action Party this morning in Manila.

ANAKBAYAN and its allies within the umbrella of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which includes Bayan Muna and Kabataan Party Lists, have always tagged AKBAYAN as counter-revolutionaries for employing the electoral and reformist strategy in changing Philippine society.

SCAP, the largest student council and student political party formation in the country, upholds the value of democracy and non-violence. ANAKBAYAN claiming itself to be left is a disservice to the left movement as it has not progressed from the usual propaganda and empty rhetoric.

AKBAYAN as a partylist has consistently championed the welfare of the marginalized and the underrepresented, as shown through its legislative track record: CARPER, Cheaper Medicines Act, and Workers’ Right to Self-Organization Act, among others. On the other hand, ANAKBAYAN’s partners in Congress, with their numerous front partylists, are found wanting.

SCAP also condemns the leadership of ANAKBAYAN, represented by Vencer Crisostomo, for maliciously encouraging acts of hooliganism. “Yung pupunta ng Max Orosa bukas at gagawa ng winner eksena vs Akbayan ililibre ko”, Crisostomo posted in his Facebook account yesterday.

SCAP encourages young people all over the country to be critical of the debate within the left and to sift through the propaganda and empty rhetoric that is exemplified at best by ANAKBAYAN.





New Blood, New Senate

2 10 2012

by Jana Cabuhat

I believe we need new faces in the senate – new blood to bring new and progressive politics to our government.

Filipinos have seen time and time again the same faces in the halls of congress. These faces have been there for decades. Some have even been part of the Marcos administration and until today maintain political and economic power. These are faces that reflect the abusive political clout of the Philippines’ numerous dynasties and thus our country’s narrative of fragmented democratization. Our politicians in government are political jugglers that reenact the same moro-moro every election. It is time we say “enough!”

Albert Einstein said that “[t]he problems we face will not be solved by the minds that created them”. We need new people from the progressive sectors of society, from the youth, from the marginalized, from those whose voices convey real reforms and innovations through an inclusive process of governance, but have been continually pushed to the fringes of the political arena. These new and progressive politicians are at the best position to introduce changes in government as they have resisted the existing political arrangements which promote traditional politics in the country.

This coming 2013 elections, may the Filipinos support those who espouse the ‘tsinelas’ leadership, and not be swayed by the circus of the old trapos. ###

JANA CABUHAT is the National Chairperson of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines and the Chairperson of the University Student Government of the De La Salle University – Manila.