Contend Statement on the Ratification of JPEPA, 10 Oct 2008
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CONGRESS OF TEACHERS/EDUCATORS FOR NATIONALISM AND DEMOCRACY
JPEPA: A Bankrupt “Free Market Solution”
Statement on the Ratification of JPEPA
October 10, 2008
The Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) that was ratified by Senate on October 9, 2008 is by no means an agreement based on equal partnership and mutual cooperation. Japan has made no secret of its imperialist interest in East Asia, much less in the Philippines . Its penetration of the country’s economy since its brutal occupation of the islands during World War II indicates Japan ’s embrace of the Free World machinations of imperialist nations in order to exercise exploitative global power amidst the crisis of capitalist accumulation.
JPEPA is no different from the the laboring Filipino masses by U.S. imperialism. Even back then in 1994, the basic sectors were already suffering from the policies of a puppet Philippine government that pledged utmost efficiency in the servicing of foreign debt and in the elimination of political dissent. It was also during this period when the terms “imperialism” and “social revolution” were derided in the academe as “passé” in order to promote concepts like “trickle down effect,” “free market globalization,” “safety nets” and “sustainable development,” among others. Faith in fakes is what that was. agreement rammed through the stomachs of
Fourteen years after that fatal blow on our sovereignty and dignity as a people, we already know better than upping the ante for yet another project of imperialist plunder. At stake in our fight against JPEPA is the protection and preservation of our natural resources and our environment, the defense against the exploitation and oppression of human labor against the Arroyo regime’s pimping of Filipino nurses, caregivers and skilled workers; and the rightful claim of indigenous peoples to their ancestral domains, of farmers and workers to the dignity of labor; and the fortification of our citizenship as Filipinos against bilateral measures that intensify the barbaric nature of neocolonialism.
We call on our colleagues, students and fellow workers in the academe to join the democratic fight against JPEPA. We demand that the Senate to quash an agreement that will only worsen the gap between the working people and the privileged few who are to benefit from the injustice that is written all over the document that is JPEPA. If there is one significant lesson that we must learn from the Wall Street Meltdown, it is the fact that our fraught economic conditions will never be solved by the “free market solution.”
CONDEMN THE CONSPIRACY BETWEEN IMPERIALIST JAPAN AND THE ARROYO REGIME! JUNK JPEPA!
STRUGGLE FOR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND JUSTICE!
The Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy or CONTEND is a progressive organization of academics based in the University of the Philippines-Diliman.