By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld To the Aquino government and the designers, contractors, entertainers and others fortunate enough to have partaken of the P10-billion peso outlay for the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) extravaganza, it was a resounding success, a paean to Filipino hospitality and of having “arrived” on the global stage. To the…
“By perpetrating these forms of violence and violations of our civil liberties, Mr. Aquino is actually showcasing to the foreign media and the world the complete opposite of what he said at the summit.”
“The US is the number one polluter historically, while China is the current top polluter. Both have not committed to cut their annual carbon pollution to significant levels.”
Whether on the road, the net, or in the hinterlands, no one is spared by globalization.
“Every problem we encountered this week, from the traffic to the marginalization of ordinary people, have been our problem since long ago – they have been magnified now because of APEC.” – Bayan
“Cementing this kind of neoliberalism requires repression and we’ve seen that repeatedly.”
“The Aquino administration is resorting to wantonly abusing the rights of our people. It is the height of hypocrisy.”
“Here in Manila, the Apec leaders meet, while we, the indigenous peoples, are being shooed and driven away. We have the anlasiw to show our strong unity as fighting people from Northern and Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and Mindanao. We will continue to unite against the US-Aquino regime.”
The group vowed to defend their land, life and natural resources against what they call as capitalist plunder, exemplified in APEC policies.
“The US, UK, French governments, in their narrow attempt to push regime change, demonize and undermine those they deem as ‘unfriendly’ regimes and use brutal, armed extremists (like ISIS) who happen to share their opposition to those regimes. But that’s like having attack dogs you don’t exactly control.”
“As an international organization for peoples’ struggles, we stand with the indigenous peoples, the oppressed people, the workers who have a stake in supporting each other in the struggle.”