What BS Aquino tried to hide in his SONA of lies (Part 1)
Quick Read: Here are the issues that President BS Aquino III did not want to tackle in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA).
(1) KAPUS-KALUSUGAN: More than 70 public hospitals being privatized by the BS Aquino III government via the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Privatization of public hospitals alienates the majority of the impoverished Filipinos from healthcare, said the Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) at Network Opposed to Privatization (NOP). P35 billion of the P102 billion Department of Health (DOH) funding is alloted for PhilHealth premiums. But only 40% to 60% is the actual PhilHealth beneficiaries instead of the 87% declaration of DOH. Out-of-pocket expenses of the Filipinos for healthcare increased to 58%.
(2) END ENDO: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Order No. 18-A Series of 2011 intensified contractualization in BS Aquino III’s term, according to the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). Non-regular employees increased to 30.5% in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics. Regular employees decreased from 72% (2008) to 56% (2012). “Endo” means “end of contract,” signifying contractualization. Kentex, Tanduay and GMA 7 workers are among the workers who are continuing their struggle against contractualization and unfair labor practices.
(3) STATE TERROR: Ang pangalan ng terorismo ng gobyernong Aquino ay Oplan Bayanihan. Sa tala noong Marso 2015 ng human rights organization na KARAPATAN, nasa 527 na ang bilanggong politikal sa bansa. Patuloy na dinarahas at minamanmanan ng mga elementong militar ang mga aktibista at progresibo. Iligal na dinakip at ngayo’y bilanggong politikal sina Randy Vegas, Raul Camposano, Sharon Cabusao, Adelberto Silva, at ang mga lider-kabataang sina Guiller Martin Cadano, Gerald Salonga, Maricon Montajes, at maraming iba pa. Kawalan ng maayos at responsableng pagtulong kay Mary Jane Veloso at sa iba pang Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) na nasa bingit ng kamatayan.
(4) EDU-CASH-YON: Neoliberalization of education means privatizing and commercializing public or state education. Privatization comes in the form of tuition and other school fees increases. Education is geared towards producing cheap and docile labor, prime example is the K to 12 program with its technical-vocational centrality: many laborers for a cheap price to work for global companies abroad. In the basic and secondary levels, more than 1,200 applications for tuition fee increase were approved by DepEd. In the tertiary level, more than 300 applications for tuition and other school fees increases were approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). P60,000 to P80,000 is the average cost of tertiary education per semester. Other school fees (OSF) alone average to P20,000 per semester. High cost even of state education forced to their limits students like Kristel Tejada and Rosanna Sanfuego, others.
(5) SORRY SOVEREIGNTY: 117 years of slavery to the United States of America (US) are enough!. Transgender Jennifer Laude was murdered by an American troop. Philippines’ water territorial integrity compromised by the tag-of-war of Chinese and US encroachment. US militarization intensified via joint military exercises and the controversial Ehanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed by Aquino. Under EDCA, the US military can deploy assets at any location in the country for building barracks and facilities, for logistical reasons. Philippines is set to reopen Subic in early 2016 for US military occupation. Fears of the history of American terrorism such as illegal drones, Tubbataha reef damages, and rape cases such as that of “Nicole”, amomg others, are brought to the fore
(6) HACIENDERO-ISMO: Tatay Pascual Guevarra, a leader of the Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Magsasaka sa 3100 Hectares Fort Magsaysay (ALMANA 3100) against land grabbing, was the first peasant-victim of extra-judicial killing under Aquino. “Last year, an estimated 2.85 million MT of rice was imported by the government resulting to the steep drop in prices of our locally produced rice. The average price of farmers palay (unhusked rice) is now pegged at P14 per kilogram,” said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Secretary General Antonio Flores. The Aquino government’s heavy reliance on food importation resulted to landgrabbing via land-use conversion, land speculation, and crops conversion. Bogus land reform was intensified during Aquino’s term through CARPER. Privatization of the P75-billion Coco Levy Fund through Executive Order 179 and Executive Order 180 of Aquino.