Independent think-tank Ibon Foundation, Inc. doubts that the increment in the 2011 Budget is not for the public good but for “patronage” politics, which the Aquino administration, upon the first day of its installation, has promised to eliminate.
Members of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) appealed to lawmakers to repeal Republic Act No. 9490, the law that creates the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority (Aseza) as it will displace thousands of peasants, indigenous peoples, and small fishermen.
“Alibi is the weakest defense,” said Atty. Harry Roque, one of the legal counsels of the kins of the Ampatuan murder victims.
The risk with fake groups, says PPCRV chair Tita De Villa, is not only it elbows out truly marginalized sectors but it serves as the backdoor entry for traditional politicians in the party-list system.
The superstructure of political mafias and modern caciques and the material conditions that breed them are so powerful that piecemeal approaches to addressing this issue are self-defeating. One begins to think that in order to dismantle the private armies the first step is to put the political superstructure that promotes them out of circulation