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Consolidating Consensus, Advancing People’s Struggles and Building Alternatives
A broad spectrum of civil society organizations and peoples movements, claiming to represent the majority of the population who are increasingly disillusioned with Pres. Aquino’s failure to live up to the popular mandate which brought him to power in 2010, will hold a “people’s assembly” in Quezon City to discuss what for them is the real state of the nation.
“Four years into the Aquino presidency, what initially was a popular mandate and hopes for a “Tuwid Na Daan” ( Good Governance) have been completely dashed. Instead they have given way to increasing resentment and popular disenchantment towards an unraveling administration buffeted by scandals and missteps, broken promises and viewed by a growing number of critics as having betrayed people’s rights and welfare and national interests,” Samuel Gamboa, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) Secretary-General said.
According to FDC, one of the main organizers of the gathering, many organizations and people’s movements that gave Aquino the benefit of the doubt following his rise to power on a strong change platform, have become critical and increasingly at loggerheads with his policies and actions.
“The Aquino government has become exposed as another elitist and trapo regime, pushing anti-people policies like the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and privatization of public services while hiding behind its democratic and populist façade,” Gamboa added.
FDC says the popular disillusionment will be reflected in the State of the People Assembly (SOPA) theme which is “Bigo ang Mamamayan sa Huwad na Tuwid na Daan ng Rehimeng Aquino.”
“As the theme reflects, the SOPA will be a day of reckoning, as the participants will take turns sharing their testimonies and indict those responsible for the people’s continued suffering and for the various scandals and issues that have mired our country in worsening hunger and poverty under this government,” Gamboa said.
The SOPA, according to organizers aims to develop a people’s alternative statement and agenda, and carry forward a set of the people’s demands in time for the forthcoming 2014 State of the Nation Address while exploring possible common actions and other initiatives to further expose the elitist and anti-people policies of the current administration.The State of the People’s Assembly (SOPA) will be held on July 21, 2014, from 9:00 am to 5 pm at the Balay Kalinaw inside the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City. #