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.

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