Kadena Bikolandia con transport strike led 96.5% paralysis, 7, 996 Bicolano protesters – partial report

By Reynard Magtoto

LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY – Bagong Alyansang Makabayan(BAYAN)-Bicol and Condor-Piston-Bicol lunched Kadena Bikolandia con transport strike in time for President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address today.

The consolidated mass movement of the regional progressive groups in Bicol led a 96.5% paralysis initially on Jeepneys bicol-wide and with an unofficial total tally of 7, 996 Bicolanos who joined in the Mass Action Centers (MAC) across the six provinces in the region.

Militants in Masbate have their ongoing protest action for the first time in front of Filminera Mining corporation in Aroroy town. Earlier, PNP in the local forced them not to proceed in their venue five times but able to reach the mining site and proceed with their program.

Youth organizations in Camarines Sur held its Bicol State of the Youth Address (SOYA) in Plaza Rizal, Naga City while Sorsoganons performed “One Billion Rising” in its Capitol. Simultaneous activities

In Albay, Albayanos burned a flag with printed faces of Duterte’s appointed generals in the cabinet in front of provincial capitol. Simultaneous activities are also ongoing in the MACs of Camarines Norte and Catanduanes

Mass Action Center in Legazpi City

“KADENA Bikolandia con transport strike is the response of the Bikolano to the Duterte regime for abandoning its promised substantive changes; compliance with anti-citizen, anti-national and anti-democratic neoliberal policies dictated by the Imperial US; and the spread of fascism in the State on the form of ‘war on drugs’ that carry out incessant extra-judicial killings that have victimized thousands of suspected drug addicts and drug pushers from the ranks of poor citizens. It did not resolved the suffering caused by the spread of illegal drugs, ‘all-out war’ to the revolutionary forces that victimize even members of legal democratic mass organizations and make collateral damage civilian populations and communities, anti-Moro fighters in form Of war against counter-terrorism,” BAYAN-Bicol Spokesperson Dan Balucio said.

BSOYA in Naga City

BAYAN-Bicol also condemns the martial law extension that was approved yesterday. “The congressional approval is explicitly demonstrated Fascism of the State. The declaration of the Martial Law is to take the whole of the country to justify the war against terrorism that threatens the lives and livelihood of the people as happened in Marawi City,” Balucio said.

According to Balucio, Duterte regime is not interested in solving the root of the armed conflict through the peace talks. “The revolutionary forces’s cooption, capitulation and pacification of the revolutionary forces are the sole purpose of the Duterte regime in entering GRP-NDFP peace talks. It is no different from the successive previous Arroyo and Aquino regimes,” he added.

Mass Action Center in Sorsogon

BAYAN-Bicol believes that the Duterte regime’s viable goal is exposed by pro-US militarists and advocates of neoliberal policies in the Cabinet of Duterte.

“The Duterte regime’s economic and political policies are no different from the programs and policies of recent regimes. Duterte is slowly revealing his hypocrisy as a “leftist” and “socialist” and his true form was manifested – the fascist advocate of the ruling class’s interests,” said Balucio.

“The true, substantive and significant change in Filipino society will result in the national and democratic struggle of the Filipino people against the plague of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism. The ruling classes will not be willing to provide it to Filipino society,” Balucio concluded. (BaretangBikolnon.com)

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