Labor groups hit US-PH ties as they mark CPP 46th anniversary
MANILA, Philippines—Labor groups blamed the country’s “worsening socioeconomic conditions of workers” to the unequal relationship between the United States and the Philippines as they march in Manila Friday morning to mark the 46th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Some 500 protesters, including members of the Revolutionary Council of Trade Unions (RCTU) and National Democratic Front (NDF), held a lightning rally from Recto Avenue to Rizal Avenue.
“We are celebrating the 46th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines. For almost 50 years now, the CPP has led the Filipino workers and people in achieving great victories in advancing the people’s war for national freedom, democracy and socialism,” Juan de Mayo, RCTU spokesperson, said in a statement.
“The people’s war continues to gain strength. Because of the ever-worsening conditions in the country, more workers and oppressed masses are taking the path of revolutionary struggle, especially the armed struggle being waged by the New People’s Army,” De Mayo said.
No tension between the police and protesters occurred as they dispersed when they reached Ronquillo Street in Sta. Cruz.
The protesters also called for the junking of the Visiting Forces Agreement as it impinges on the search for justice in the killing of transgender Jennifer Laude. US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton stands accused of murdering Laude in Olongapo City. Pemberton was among the US soldiers who participated in the joint military exercises in the country.
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