Statement of the
Rebolusyonaryong Grupo ng mga Komunista
WORKERS: STRIKE AGAINST THE WAR!
The Rebolusyonaryong Grupo ng mga Komunista (RGK)
is calling on the international working class and on our Filipino
class-brothers to mobilize their power to once and for all defeat the
imperialist war in Iraq, and to combat with workers’ actions the “war
on poverty” being waged by the Philippine bourgeoisie, led by the
Arroyo regime, against working people and all of the oppressed here in
the Philippines. Refusal to handle war materiel and workers’ strikes
against the war are urgently needed especially now that the U.S. and
British imperialist occupiers and their so-called allies in the
“coalition of the willing” are slowly crumbling. One by one, countries
with military and “humanitarian” contingents [in Iraq] already have
begun or are expressing their desire to pull out their troops. It is
imperative that the working-class must take action now as the U.S.
tightens its hold on Iraq by forming a puppet Iraqi interim government
to implement all of Washington’s dictates, and “localizing” its
colonial war by pitting Iraqis against each other through the forming
of a security and intelligence force to crush Iraqi rebels.
The war on Iraq is an imperialist war of domination. The international
working class does not have any interests in helping continue this
domination. Instead, it has an obligation to help its class brothers
inside Iraq to defeat this imperialist war. The only way of fulfilling
this obligation is through workers actions. In the United States and in
countries of so-called coalition partners, workers should refuse
to handle war materiel going to Iraq and strike against the war. They
should also refuse being sent to their imminent death in Iraq as
civilian base employees. In the Middle East, migrant workers and
workers from Arab countries that are part of the “coalition of the
willing” should refuse to work as long as there is war in Iraq. The
migrant working class has nothing to do with the interests of the
capitalist contractors, military or civilian, American or of the
“coalition partners,” in getting war-profits. The life of a worker
cannot be replaced by a capitalist margin of profit and high return of
investments for the bourgeoisie. That is why we appeal to workers,
particularly truck drivers and civilian base workers, to refuse to
transport war materiel inside Iraq as well as in transports going in
and out of Iraq. No matter how big the hazard pay is, it is the duty of
every class-conscious worker to resist being thrown into a war that is
being waged by the bourgeoisie.
Here in the Philippines, as the Filipino mercenary troops were pulled
out of Iraq, and as the case of Angelo dela Cruz1 was turned
again into a soap opera-like drama reminiscent of the Oakwood incident2
last year, the Philippine bourgeoisie has already laid out another
six-year plan of class war on the working class and the oppressed. Its
“new arsenal” includes a plan for the implementation of eight
additional tax measures and increases in the prices of basic
necessities, fare hikes, the privatization of the National Power
Corporation and an impending massive lay-off of government workers. As
if the working masses could still manage to have a decent life after
the series of increases of prices of goods and services just after the
elections! Another “new arsenal” is the Balikatan 04-3 military
operation in Mindanao that is aimed at provoking the Moro peoples once
more. And this does not include the even tighter security climate that
is being implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that has the aim of crushing all
dissent and protests by the working masses and various oppositions.
This has been seen time and again in violent dispersals of rallies and
protests by different left groups and even bourgeois opposition groups.
The ever-tightening security is what Arroyo meant during her
inauguration speech by pointing out that the EDSA uprisings would be
put into history. In essence, the troop pull-out and the saving
of Angelo dela Cruz is only aimed at getting “pogi points” or positive
propaganda for its plans to prepare the working masses for class war
and to prevent another outpouring of disgust and rage as happened in
the Flor Contemplacion3 case. All its talk of protecting the
interests of migrant workers is plain and simple propaganda talk for
Arroyo’s regime, nothing more, nothing less. All the talk of
prioritizing the interests of the working masses
as against international commitments is hot air, as the government has
again launched another provocation on the Moro peoples by having joint
military exercises with U.S. imperialist troops in Mindanao!
The fight of the Filipino workers against the class war of the
Philippine bourgeoisie is intrinsically linked with the struggle of the
international working class to defeat the imperialist war through
workers actions. The Filipino working class has an international
obligation to defend Iraq and help in defeating U.S. imperialism, as
the class enemy is not just the Philippine bourgeoisie, but also the
international bourgeoisie led by the U.S. imperialists that has raped
and ravaged Iraq.
At the same time that we fight for our class brothers in Iraq, we also
have the obligation to fight for the right to self-determination of the
Moro peoples as part of the oppressed peoples, including the
independence of Mindanao and the Moro peoples. The working class has no
interest in continuing the oppression of minorities and nations as the
does the bourgeoisie, which needs oppression to maintain and acquire
its profits. Racial, religious and national divisions are the ideology
of the bourgeoisie and not the working class. In the immediate sense,
workers should also link up the fight against the local bourgeoisie’s
class-war with the struggle of the Moro peoples, and call for the
defeat of the present aggression and provocation of U.S. imperialist
forces in the central Mindanao region under Balikatan 04-3.
Now is the time to act. Instead of merely parading and protesting
against the war as the so-called mainstream left is doing, we should
organize and win our class brothers and sisters here in the Philippines
and internationally to fight and defeat this imperialist war and the
local bourgeoisie’s class war. Instead of having to petition
international bodies – which are basically controlled by the
imperialist countries – like the United Nations, we should seek to
mobilize our class brothers to defeat all imperialist war of all the
imperialist countries and all the “localized” class war that our local
bourgeoisie is waging against us. And rather than merely marching
against the war as do the social democrats, Stalinists, pacifists and
other reformist outfits, we Trotskyist call for proletarian revolution
to once and for all bring down this rapacious and predatory system of
monopoly capitalism that continues to breed wars, racism, and
oppression upon mankind.
FOR WORKERS STRIKE AGAINST THE WAR!
FOR WORKERS ACTIONS TO KICK ALL TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ!
DEFEAT U.S. IMPERIALISM THROUGH PROLETARIAN REVOLUTION!
FOR WORKERS STRIKES TO DEFEAT THE PHILIPPINE BOURGGEOISIE’S CLASS WAR!
FOR PROLETARIAN ACTIONS TO DRIVE MILITARY TROOPS OUT OF MINDANAO!
DEFEAT U.S. IMPERIALIST PROVOCATIONS IN CENTRAL MINDANAO!
Grupo ng mga Komunista, July 26, 2004
Filipino worker held hostage in Iraq and then released after President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo agreed to withdraw Philippines troops from Iraq.
Opera ‘Coup Attempt’ in the Philippines, Perplexities of the July 27
Incident,” in The Internationalist No. 17, October-November 2003.
3The case of
the Filipina domestic worker who was hanged in Singapore on trumped-up
charges of killing her employer’s son and a fellow domestic worker,
charges which she denied until her death.
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