FAQ!: Ukol sa Pagdodoble sa Sahod ng mga Pulis at Militar

Ilang araw na lang at ilulusot na sa Kongreso ang House Joint Resolution 18 at Senate Joint Resolution 9 na sa average ay magdodoble sa suweldo ng mga sundalo, pulis, at iba pang military and uniformed personnel sa gubyerno. Hindi ito iinit sa mesa ng Pangulong Duterte, pipirmahan agad, gagawing pamaskong handog, at ipatutupad agad pagpatak ng 2018.

Sa gitna ng debate, sa gitna ng paglaban natin para sa #SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahat sa loob man o labas ng Kongreso ay lumabas ang mga sumusunod na tanong laban sa ating paninindigan:

Frequently Asked Questions
on the Duterte administration’s Joint Resolution pending in Congress increasing the base pay of military and uniformed personnel

(Part 2)

Ilang araw na lang at ilulusot na sa Kongreso ang House Joint Resolution 18 at Senate Joint Resolution 9 na sa average ay magdodoble sa suweldo ng mga sundalo, pulis, at iba pang military and uniformed personnel sa gubyerno. Hindi ito iinit sa mesa ng Pangulong Duterte, pipirmahan agad, gagawing pamaskong handog, at ipatutupad agad pagpatak ng 2018.

Sa gitna ng debate, sa gitna ng paglaban natin para sa #SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahat sa loob man o labas ng Kongreso ay lumabas ang mga sumusunod na tanong laban sa ating paninindigan:

FAQ#5: “Why don’t you wait for your turn…”

Hindi natin pwedeng sabihin, “Anak, di muna tayo makakakain ng tama ngayon a. Wait for your turn.” Hindi natin pwedeng pakiusapan ang bigas, kuryente, pamasahe, o di kaya ang tuition ng mga anak na “Wag ka munang magmahal, please. Pagkatapos pa ng 2019 kasi ang (posibleng) salary increase ko e.”

Hindi tayo pwedeng sabihan na maghintay lang dahil hindi naghihintay, hindi pwedeng isantabi muna ang mga batayang pangangailangan natin sa araw-araw at di rin naman bumababa ang sky-is-the-langit na presyo nila. Damang-dama ito lalo ng mga kapwa government employee nating nasa mabababang antas gaya ng SG1-10.

At mahirap ding maghintay sa wala…

FAQ#6: “…Kasi may salary increase naman sa 2019.”

Mahirap paniwalaang magkakatotoo ito sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Duterte na hindi siya tinutulak ng mamamayan, lalo na’t sa tuwing ginigiit natin ang salary increase, tayo ay sinasabihan na “ambitious” (Diokno) o “well-compensated” at binabalik sa atin ang sisi kesyo ang problema lang daw natin ay “lack of financial management” (Briones). Ang statements na ito ay mula sa mga susing alter egos ni Duterte, na di niya kinontra publicly, at higit sa lahat ay di tinatapatan ng kongkretong aksyon upang pasinungalingan ang mga ito, gaya ng pagsuporta sa ating bill for salary increase for all government employees.

Sinabi rin nila sa Kongreso, kasama ng mga nagsulong ng HJR 18 na susi ring mga pulitikal na alyado ni Duterte, na pag-aaralan pa lang sa 2019 ang salary increase for civilian employees pagkatapos ng full implementation ng barya-baryang SSL4. Sa ibang salita, walang tiyak na commitment mula sa administrasyon na ito na magkakaroon nga ng salary increase pagdating ng 2019.

FAQ#7: “Bakit niyo naman dinidikit ang diktadurya at pasismo at kung anu-anong ismo sa salary? Kaya di inaaprubahan salary increase natin kasi kinakalaban niyo e.”

Mahigpit ang ugnayan ng usapin ng suweldo at diktadurya at pasismo dahil mababasa sa tunguhin ng Duterte administration ang adyenda niyang solohin ang kapangyarihang pulitikal at pang-ekonomikong dominasyon at ganansya. Pinatutunayan ng kasaysayan na para sa mga rehimeng may ganitong diktador na tunguhin, mas wais na ligawan ang mga institusyong may armas kaysa sa ligawan ang mga taong ang hawak ay chalk, papel, at computer lamang. Kunin ang suporta ng armas dahil hindi maipapang-kudeta ang chalk, papel, at computer.

May konek dahil ang mga progresibong tao at grupong lumalaban para sa taas-sahod, kasama ang iba pang isyu ng mga mamamayan gaya ng mababang tax, pagwawaksi sa kontraktwalisasyon, makataong modernisasyon ng transportation, pananagutan sa EJKs at iba pang human rights violations, edukasyon ng mga Lumad at iba pang national minorities, at labang anti-corruption ay tinuturing ng administrasyon na mga “terorista” at dapat lang tugisin ng pulis at militar bilang “enemies of the state.” Tinutugis sila sa ligal na arena gamit ang mga gawa-gawang kaso, at dinarahas sa pamamagitan ng pananakot, paniniktik, hanggang sa pagpatay.

Binabansagang panggugulo at terorismo ang mga strike, rali, piket-protesta, at iba pang kolektibong pagkilos na sandata ng mamamayan upang itulak ang mga lehitimong karaingan, mga sandatang akala ng lahat ay ginagarantiya ng Konstitusyon. Ang hibang na pananaw ng pasista at diktador—Patahimikin ang mga taong ito, aktibista man o hindi, gamit ang susing suporta ng pulis at militar, at mapapahupa niya ang papalakas na papalakas na tinig at paglaban ng mamamayan.

(Basahin ang Part 1 dito)

#SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahatSa2018!
#ParaSaGuroKawaniAtBayan

FAQ!: Ukol sa Pagdodoble sa Sahod ng mga Pulis at Militar

Ilang araw na lang at ilulusot na sa Kongreso ang House Joint Resolution 18 at Senate Joint Resolution 9 na sa average ay magdodoble sa suweldo ng mga sundalo, pulis, at iba pang military and uniformed personnel sa gubyerno. Hindi ito iinit sa mesa ng Pangulong Duterte, pipirmahan agad, gagawing pamaskong handog, at ipatutupad agad pagpatak ng 2018.

Sa gitna ng debate, sa gitna ng paglaban natin para sa #SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahat sa loob man o labas ng Kongreso ay lumabas ang mga sumusunod na tanong laban sa ating paninindigan:

Frequently Asked Questions
on the Duterte administration’s Joint Resolution pending in Congress increasing the base pay of military and uniformed personnel

(Part 1)

Ilang araw na lang at ilulusot na sa Kongreso ang House Joint Resolution 18 at Senate Joint Resolution 9 na sa average ay magdodoble sa suweldo ng mga sundalo, pulis, at iba pang military and uniformed personnel sa gubyerno. Hindi ito iinit sa mesa ng Pangulong Duterte, pipirmahan agad, gagawing pamaskong handog, at ipatutupad agad pagpatak ng 2018.

Sa gitna ng debate, sa gitna ng paglaban natin para sa #SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahat sa loob man o labas ng Kongreso ay lumabas ang mga sumusunod na tanong laban sa ating paninindigan:

FAQ#1: “Bakit magsa-salary increase e wala namang pondo?”

Ito ang laging binabato sa atin sa tuwing tinutulak natin ang ating karapatan sa nakabubuhay na suweldo. Pero ang hirap paniwalaan kung year in at year out, laging may naisasantabi ang Kongreso at administrasyon para sa papalaki at papalaking congressional at presidential pork barrel, at wala para sa taas-suweldo. Laging may nama-magic na pondo para sa mga programang anti-mamamayan pero wala para sa salary increase. At ngayon—mas mabilis pa sa alas-kwatro—nahanapan agad ng P63.4 billion para doblehin ang suweldo ng mga pulis at sundalo. Ika nga, Kung ayaw, sandamakmak ang dahilan. Kung gusto, maraming paraan.

At ngayong nasa usapin naman na tayo ng paraan, paano nga pala nagkaroon bigla ng pondo para sa salary increase ng pulis at militar? Ayon sa mga nagtutulak ng panukala, nahanapan ng pondo dahil nagkaroon ng savings ngayong taon sa Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund, ang tawag sa lump sum para sa ilang benepisyo ng lahat ng government employees gaya ng Performance-Based Bonus—ang mismong bonus na tinapyasan ngayong 2017 at ginawang 65% ng basic salary na lang mula sa dating 1-2 months salary.

Connect the dots: ang pondong dapat para sa lahat ng government employees, na 80% ay mga sibilyan, ay tinipid at binigay sa militar at pulis lamang.

FAQ #2: “Bakit nilalabanan niyo ang salary increase ng pulis at militar e pareho naman tayong mga kawani ng bayan?”

Hindi tayo tutol sa salary increase ng pulis at military. Sa katunayan, bago pa man hinain ang House and Senate Joint Resolutions ay matagal nang naka-file (noong July 2016 pa) ang panukala ng ACT Teachers at ng buong Makabayan bloc na House Bill 56, An Act Increasing the Minimum Salaries of Public School Teachers and other Government Employees and Augmenting the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance. Malinaw sa ating bill na ang panawagan natin ay SALARY INCREASE PARA SA LAHAT—parehong sibilyan at militar—na may minimum na suweldo na P16,000 para sa SG1. Malinaw rin ito sa proposed amendment ng ating mga Kinatawan, noong tinatalakay sa Lower House ang House Joint Resolution 18, na isama ang lahat ng kawani ng gubyerno sa coverage ng increase, bigyan ng P3,000 increase ang bawat civilian at military and uniformed employee—amendment na mabilis na tinangihan ng administrasyon sa pamamagitan ng sponsor ng HJR 18.

Totoo: Pare-pareho naman tayong mga kawani ng bayan. Kaya ang sigaw natin: Dapat ay walang malulugi, dapat ay walang maiiwan.

FAQ#3: 
“Bakit tinatabla natin ang reward para sa mga pulis at sundalo na buhay ang inaalay sa serbisyo?”

Ang kadikit sa argumentong ito ng DBM at administrasyon: Mataas ang risks ng trabaho ng mga sundalo at pulis—Na tila walang risks na kinakaharap araw-araw ang mga sibilyang empleyado sa kanilang trabaho. Na tila hinihiling ng gubyerno na literal na magbuwis ng buhay ang mga sibilyan sa ngalan ng serbisyo. Na mas mababa ang halaga ng serbisyo ng mga sibilyan kaysa sa serbisyo ng mga unipormado.

At muli, hindi natin tinatanggihan ang pangangailangan ng mga sundalo at militar sa salary increase. Ang sa atin lang, may pantay na halaga, pantay na pangangailangan ang mga sibilyan na empleyado—pangangailangang dapat na agarang harapin ng gubyerno.

FAQ#4: “Bakit ipagsasabay ang salary increase ng militar at pulis sa salary increase ng mga sibilyan e ‘di naman pwede?”

Baliktad po: Hindi pwedeng hindi ipagsabay dahil sa tuwing may nauuna, may naiiwan. Sa katunayan, tayong mga empleyadong sibilyan sa gubyerno ay maiiwan ng todo-todo dahil magkakaroon ng malaking salary distortion sa pagitan natin at mga sundalo at pulis, kahit pareho o magkalapit o mas mataas ang qualifications at years in service.

Halimbawa, kahit candidate soldier o trainee sa AFP na 72 units lang sa college o techvoc ang kailangan, ay P18,587 na ang matatanggap kada buwan simula 2018, na tataas muli sa 2019. Samantala, libu-libong rank-and-file sa Salary Grades 1-10, na may kapareho o mas mataas na qualifications, ay P10,510 to P18,718 lang ang matatanggap. Ang entry-level na pulis (PO1) o may ranggong Private na militar ay makakatanggap ng P29,668, halos P10,000 ang agwat sa suweldo ng entry-level na teacher o nurse, o secretary, Registrar I, at Guidance Counselor I na nasa SG11. Take note na sila ang frontliners sa schools, hospitals, at government offices, at bumubuo ng mayorya sa burukrasya.

(Basahin ang Part 2 dito)

 

#SalaryIncreaseParaSaLahatSa2018!
#ParaSaGuroKawaniAtBayan

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on possible declaration of martial law nationwide:

PRESS RELEASE
15 September 2017

 

Over the past few days, Pres. Duterte has been hinting that he may declare nationwide martial law if the protest actions planned by various groups on September 21 become violent.

Similar statements were echoed by Defense Secretary Lorenzana in a press conference today.

On one level, the pronouncements are intended to counter the growing opposition to Pres. Duterte’s increasingly tyrannical rule, cow citizens outraged by the rising death toll due to tokhang and martial law in Mindanao, and dissuade them from participating in rallies.

Beyond that, Pres. Duterte’s recent pronouncements are clearly laying the rhetorical groundwork for the declaration of nationwide martial law. He is insidiously conditioning the public to accept that “massive protests” and “fighting in the streets” are sufficient justification for declaring martial law, conveniently ignoring that the Constitution allows for martial law only in cases of invasion or rebellion.

Massive protests critical of government or government policies, such as the Million People March against Pork Barrel during the previous administration, are not new. Without exception, they have taken place peacefully. The planned protests next week are calling for an end to extrajudicial killings. By no stretch of the imagination can they be construed as acts of rebellion. Even in the highly unlikely event that there would be “fighting in the streets,” such would fall under what the Constitution calls “lawless violence,” not rebellion, and would not warrant martial law.

For the President to claim that such would justify martial law would lower the bar to ridiculous new lows and undermine the Constitutional safeguard against the abuse of the martial law power by a would-be dictator.

However, Pres. Duterte’s pronouncements pertaining to security matters tend to become self-fulfilling prophecies We warn against any. provocateurs, including state agents, who would initiate acts of violence that could be used as a pretext for declaring martial law.

Let us raise our voices against extrajudicial killings and rising tyranny on September 21. Let us do so with utmost vigilance. #

Makabayan Bloc bolts the House Majority

 

September 14, 2017

Today, we, seven party list representatives of the Makabayan Bloc, declare our separation from the Majority Coalition in the House of Representatives to intensify our opposition to the Duterte administration that has now fully unraveled as a fascist, pro-imperialist and anti-people regime.

At the opening of the 17th Congress last year, we joined the Majority consistent with our stand to support the promise of change of Pres. Duterte. Back then, we were encouraged by his reformist and populist actions and pronouncements on a range of issues, including: resuming the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), releasing political prisoners, ending neocolonial ties with the US and pursuing an independent foreign policy, addressing the roots of the Moro rebellion, ending labor contractualization, increasing government support to farmers, putting a stop to destructive mining practices, reducing income taxes of rank and file employees, and increasing social pensions, and prioritizing basic social services over infrastructure.

His unprecedented decision to appoint leftists and activists to crucial cabinet posts – Judy Taguiwalo at the DSWD, Gina Lopez at the DENR, Liza Maza at the NAPC, and Rafael Mariano at the DAR – provided openings for pursuing such reforms.

Nevertheless, our decision to join the Majority was premised on the condition that we would oppose and challenge, as we have done, the Administration on issues where we fundamentally disagreed with Pres. Duterte – his neoliberal economic policies, his disdain for human rights especially in his war on drugs, anti-crime and counterinsurgency campaigns, his rehabilitation of the former dictator Marcos, and his propensity for strongman rule.

Thus, from the very start, we consistently opposed the Administration’s anti-people bills and policies to the point that we were stripped of our committee chairmanships due to our stand against the death penalty bill. Despite one disappointment after another, we persisted in the Majority in the hope that some socioeconomic and political reforms could be achieved, if not through Congress, then through the GRP-NDFP peace talks.

The peace negotiations with the NDFP have been practically terminated due to Duterte’s insistence of a bilateral ceasefire agreement prior to any talks. With Marawi being bombed to the ground and its resulting humanitarian crisis, the Moro peace process is spiraling downward. Under these circumstances, martial law threatens to turn Mindanao into an even more violent land of strife and lost promises.

Pres. Duterte has turned back on his promise to “separate” from the US, even as he has allowed China to continue occupying the West Philippine Sea. His “independent foreign policy” has turned out to be a farce. He is now as dependent as ever on the US for national security and has practically abandoned our valid and internationally-recognized claims of sovereignty and territory in the West Philippine Sea in exchange for China’s promises of aid and investments.

Pres. Duterte’s little concessions to farmers, workers, and the urban poor have been reduced to populist posturing in the face of his overwhelmingly neoliberal economic policies that favor the oligarchs and foreign powers he claims to disdain.

Worst of all, his “war on drugs” has turned into a campaign of mass murder of the poor, for which he shows no signs of turning back.

As representatives of the poor and marginalized sectors in Congress and as nationalist and progressive legislators, it would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a Majority that enables and defends the fascist, pro-imperialist and anti-people policies of the Duterte regime.

Since its formation, Makabayan has consistently fought for the people’s interests as the progressive bloc in Congress. In the 17th Congress, we consistently opposed the Duterte administration’s pro-business and pro-war budget; its efforts to rehabilitate the Marcoses; the reimposition of the death penalty; its use of extrajudicial killings against poor, suspected criminals and rebels; defunding of the Commission on Human Rights; its anti-poor tax reform package; its modified public-private partnership scheme; the national ID system; the privatization of health services; redefinition of public utilities to allow foreign ownership; and other anti-people policies and measures.

Now that Pres. Duterte and his allies are embarking on efforts to undermine the very institutions that serve as a check on his Executive powers, now that he is pushing for an insidious revision of the Constitution, now that he has revived his threat to declare martial law nationwide and impose a revolutionary government, we resolve to intensify efforts to defeat the emergence of a new dictatorship.

As an independent bloc in Congress, we will continue to pursue meaningful reforms and oppose measures that harm our nation and people. We shall build alliances based on issues that truly matter to our people and their demand for change. We shall fight the fascist US-Duterte regime and hold it accountable for its gross violations of human rights and the further oppression and impoverishment of our people.

 

Rep. Antonio Tinio
ACT Teachers
Rep. France Castro

ACT Teachers

 

Rep. Emmi de Jesus
Gabriela Women’s Party

 

Rep. Arlene Brosas

Gabriela Women’s Party

 

Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate

Bayan Muna

 

Rep. Ariel Casilao
Anakpawis

 

Rep. Sarah Elago

Kabataan

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