Amidst escalating discontent of the masses over the unconstitutionality of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Noynoy Aquino, through the Liberal Party, really has the brazenness and time to publicly discuss his illusion of having a second term. His spokesman Edwin Lacierda even tried to fool the public when he said, “the President has always listened to his bosses”—that he will run again if that is the voice of his bosses.
Apparently, Noynoy has never listened to the masses, his bosses. After the Supreme Court declared the DAP unconstitutional, we expected that there would be a drastic change in the budget allocation, but to no avail. Instead of recognizing the decision, his government proposed a 2015 national budget with 40.31% allocated for items under the category ‘others’. He even mocked it with Abad’s redefinition of savings.
“In Southern Tagalog, the plight of the workers, who are also among his bosses, were never given necessary attention. If Noynoy really listens to his bosses, then he should have reinstated the 2,600 illegally dismissed Hoya workers and the 24 illegally dismissed NXP union leaders. He should have ensured the benefits and welfare of the 3,600 workers who are victims of Carina Apparel’s illegal closure. “ Said Hermie Marasigan, Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan – Kilusang Mayo Uno (PAMANTIK-KMU) spokesperson.
Rank and file workers have to secretly organize to ensure that they will form a union truly representative of them. If Noynoy is really after the welfare of his bosses, then he should have oriented the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to reprimand companies of their unfair labor practices, and to release decisions that favor the workers.
Until now, the Kalipunan at Saligan ng Manggagawa sa Hoya Glass Disk Phils. – Independent (KASAMA sa HOGP-Ind) has not received any decision recognizing them as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent. The union, based on the number of workers who have not signed quit claims yet, has won by a landslide with 65 YES votes out of 78 voters.
Very clearly, Noynoy is losing public trust. More and more are realizing the trickery behind the DAP. For the workers, these could have been funds allocated for PhilHealth and SSS, where they deposit a huge percentage of their income.
Marasigan said, “The only thing right to do for a government whose power is in shambles is to face the consequences of its pro-imperialist, pro-capitalist and pro-landlord programs and policies. But Noynoy is doing the opposite. He desperately attempts to defend his leadership. He wants to twist the rationality of impeachment complaints and put the complainants such as Cong. Neri Colmenares in place of his hot seat.“
And now, he is fooling himself. He is delusional of a second term bid. Lacierda said, “the President is sensitive to the voice of his boss.” If he is really sensitive, he will listen to the workers and all of his bosses. He will step down now and let the people establish a government that concretely upholds social welfare. ###