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Violent demolition a norm under Aquino administration – Anakpawis

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano strongly condemned the violent and bloody dispersal of an urban poor community in Silverio Compound, San Isidro, Paranaque City that resulted to the wounding of scores of residents and still unconfirmed number of fatalities after Special Action Forces (SAF) and Special Weapons Action Team (SWAT) opened fire and attacked residents and civilians who defended their homes.


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‘Balikatan12’ threatens security and livelihood of Filipinos; US-PH war games spell doom for national sovereignty and patrimony

Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano today called on all freedom loving Filipinos to oppose the latest US-Philippines’ Balikatan military exercises 2012 (Balikatan 12) that simultaneously started today in several provinces in the country. Anakpawis joined other organizations in a protest caravan to Pampanga today in opposition to Balikatan 12. “Once again, U.S. is using the Philippines as a launching pad of its defense strategy shift to the Asia-Pacific, as clearly stated in its “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.” It is enraging that the Aquino government willingly allows this mockery of our national sovereignty and patrimony.”


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Aquino gov’t must stop nationwide power rate hikes

Members of Anakpawis Partylist today trooped to a Meralco business center in Quezon City in a symbolic protest against the latest round of power rate hikes and the upward trend of power rates across the country. “The Aquino government must stop the nationwide power rate hikes or be prepared to be declared as an epic failure in addressing the people’s concerns,” said Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.


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Retail giant has no regard for human and natural resources“SM and Henry Sy also under fire for contractualization policy” – Anakpawis

Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano today said even before Shoemart (SM) became liable for environmental risks due to earthballing or cutting of 182 trees in Luneta Hill, Baguio City to give way to its mall expansion plan, the biggest chain of department stores owned by tycoon Henry Sy earned global notoriety for its ruthless massacre of workers’ jobs due to labor contractualization. “SM indeed scaled new heights in the Asian retail industry by bleeding profits out of Filipino workers and consumers,” said Mariano.



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Power rate hike to add to people’s agony, PNoy’s unpopularity – Anakpawis

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano said the latest power rate increase imposed by private power distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will add to the heavy economic burden and agony of consumers and contribute to the President’s dipping popularity. “President Noynoy Aquino’s swift isolation from the people is a result of his inaction and indifference on urgent issues that needs to be addressed,” Mariano said.



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Violence at Luisita emanates from Cojuangco-Aquinos’ refusal to distribute lands

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano condemned the violence that ensued at Hacienda Luisita over the weekend that stemmed from RCBC ‘s claims on the 500 hectares (has.) of land inside Hacienda Luisita. Farmers tried to bring down the perimeter fences built by RCBC on the disputed land that was illegally sold by the Cojuangco-Aquinos to RCBC. The act, according to Mariano is a ‘just assertion’ of the farmers’ right to the lands.


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Arrest warrant vs. Luisita farm workers, leaders a continuing injustice by the Cojuangco-Aquinos

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano today condemned the continuing injustice against farmers and workers of Hacienda Luisita with the arrest warrant issued against 22 farm workers of Hacienda Luisita, including 5 village officials, in relation to the trump-up coercion charges filed by the Yuchengco-owned Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) over the contested 500-hectare worth 431.6 million which the bank management claims ownership.