Posts Tagged 'aquino'

After the Fall of Marcos

Philippine Economy and Politics

Jose Maria Sison wrote that some of his political opponents, after the fall of Marcos and the rise of Aquino:

misconstrued democracy as merely the “democratic space” for them within the ruling system in terms of civil and political liberties, claimed that there was no more ground for people’s ware and deliberately obfuscated the fact that the joint class dictatorship of the comprador big bourgeoisie and the landlord class and the open rule terror was persistent, despite the temporary liberal facade of the Aquino regime. In fact, the Aquino regime retained or made worse the antiworker and antipeasant decrees of Marcos and General Ramos intensified the military campaigns of suppression against the revolutionary forces. (Sison, 13)

Source

Sison, Jose Ma. and Julieta De Lima.  Philippine Economy and Politics.  Philippines, Aklat ng Bayan, 2002.

Repression Under President Aquino

During the uprising against Marcos, taken form the book "People Power: An Eyewitness History"

During the uprising against Marcos, taken form the book "People Power: An Eyewitness History"

In an interview then chairperson of KMU Crispin Beltran on the “progress” made under President Corazon Aquino after the fall of martial law and Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Beltran states:

…from 1980-when KMU was organized-up to the overthrow of Marcos, a period of five and a half years, we recorded only 501 violations of  human rights workers.  For the whole year of 1987 along, we have recorded 735 human rights violations suffered by workers…(Scripes, 61-2)

Source

Scripes, Kim.  KMU; Building Genuine Trade Unionism in the Philippines, 1980-1994.  Quezon City, Philippines: New Day Publishers, 1996.


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