Eleanor de Guzman
Sarah Katrina Maramag
Vice-Chairperson/Media Officer, 09193486790
Talk does not cook rice – Anakbayan
Food, oil crisis, unjust wages make GMA ouster a staple
Youth group Anakbayan today said that the present rice/food and oil crisis combined with unjust wages make up the bulk of the ingredients for Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s imminent ouster.
“All the people have been hearing and getting in light of these are empty promises, band-aid solutions and eye-sore Malacanang photo-ops. Talk does not cook rice. The people are right and justified to blame this government for failing to address the root causes of the present crisis,” said Anakbayan national chairperson Eleanor de Guzman.
“The rice crisis, sky-rocketing prices and the government’s refusal to raise wages make Arroyo’s ouster a staple at this point,” de Guzman said.
De Guzman called on youth, students and intellectuals to ‘see through and transcend’ government’s attempts to water down pressing economic issues by introducing a concept of ‘over-population’ vis a vis self-sufficiency, the high-profile crackdown of rice hoarders, ‘Tinapay ng Bayan’ as incentives to workers, and other issues.
“These are only meant to diffuse the blame on external factors and aim to dismiss systemic problems and the Arroyo administration’s culpability and complicity in preserving the crippling economic status quo.’
“While the call for the government to effectively impose price control mechanisms is meant for tactical economic relief for our countrymen, it cannot be isolated from the clamor for lasting solutions to the crisis and system change in general. We have proven time and again that the people cannot expect much in these departments from this regime,” said de Guzman.
“The recipe is complete, it’s time to heat and stew so the people may eat.”
Anakbayan together with other youth and student groups are set to mount a protest rally calling for Arroyo’s ouster on Friday, April 25. ###