Communist Party of the Philippines, the party of the Filipino
proletarian class, firmly salutes the working class across the world and
Filipino workers this May 1st. We mark today the International Workers’
Day amid intense monopoly capitalist crisis around the world and
intensifying oppression and exploitation of workers and the toiling
masses. Let us strengthen our determination to advance the struggle to
overthrow imperialism and carry forward socialist revolution to forge a
us draw inspiration from the great victories of the Paris Commune 150
years ago, world history’s first victory of the working class in
overthrowing the reactionary state of the bourgeoisie, establishing
working class political power and democratic self-rule. The lessons of
the Commune in waging socialist revolution and establishing a new
society remain a beacon for the Philippine working class.
current situation demands that the Filipino working class vigorously
advance the people’s struggle for democracy and national freedom.
Because of the intense socioeconomic difficulties and political crisis
of the ruling system, the rotten core of the semicolonial and semifeudal
system is further exposed, and underscores the necessity of waging
revolutionary change to put an end to the hardships and oppression of
Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage as more and more Filipinos are
becoming infected and denied of appropriate medical attention because of
the failed response of the Duterte regime to the public health crisis.
It has neglected the people’s welfare and scrimped funds for free mass
testing and treatment, for effective contact tracing, strengthening
public hospitals and laboratories, research and other essential measures
for fighting the pandemic. Workers are among the most vulnerable to the
pandemic, both in the factories and places of work that are not
sufficiently safe, as well as in their congested communities.
the pandemic causes grave damage and people are made to do with
nothing, Duterte satiates his own family and minions with public funds.
He has raised the budget for the military and police to buy the loyalty
of generals and top officers, and use the AFP and PNP in his relentless
campaign of suppression and crackdown against people who are raising
their voices amid the widespread crisis and impoverishment.
economic crisis the besets the people is unprecedented. Almost 11
million are without work and lost jobs. Workers’ wages are extremely
low. State aid is slow and insufficient, especially in the face of
rising prices of commodities. The Duterte regime is causing people to
beg, go hungry and line up in long queues for food aid. The economic
crisis was caused by the US-Duterte regime which has refused to increase
wages, relies on borrowing, promotes corruption and squanders funds on
the police and military. Amid the pandemic, it has railroaded the CREATE
law that favors tax-cuts on big corporations, further liberalized
importation of pork that further imperils local agriculture, and issued
EO 130 that will pave the way for relentless plunder of the country’s
mineral resources by Chinese and other foreign companies.
crisis is dealing heavier blows against workers. Oppression and
exploitation is intensified in the form of lower wages,
contractualization and lack of protection in workplaces amid the
pandemic. Attacks against organized labor are also worsening including
attempts to disunite workers, surveillance on union organizing in
enclaves, killing of their leaders and threats against their members.
are part of the state armed forces’ relentless attacks against
democratic people’s organizations under the guise of
“counterinsurgency.” As the end of Duterte’s official term draws near,
cases of killings, illegal arrests and red-tagging pile up. Wielding the
Anti-Terror Law, the regime aims to silence anyone opposing his fascist
reign, and pave the way to impose a fascist dictatorship or manipulate
the 2022 elections to perpetuate in power his political dynasty.
mortally fears the people’s retribution for his national treachery, the
rapid erosion of Philippine sovereignty due to his servility to China
and for permitting to plunder of wide seas covered by the Philippine
exclusive economic zone. Duterte crumpled and set aside the decision of
the International Arbitral Tribunal which recognized the rights of the
Philippines under the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas
(UNCLOS). In exchange for China’s promised loans and benefiting from his
ties with Chinese drug syndicates, Duterte allowed China to loot
Philippine marine resources at the expense of Filipino fishermen and the
Filipino working class must stand at the forefront of the people’s
democratic struggles, and serve as the most solid core of the mass
movement to end the tyrannical reign of the US-Duterte fascist regime.
must continue to build, expand and strengthen workers’ unions and
associations and advance the militant workers’ movement. Workers must
strengthen their unions to resolutely fight the onslaught of the fascist
police and military against their ranks, and to effectively advance the
workers’ outstanding demands for wage increase and job security. There
is urgency in the demand for ₱100 emergency wage increase in the face of
the rapid decrease of the value of peso and increasing prices of
commodities. Let the flames of workers’ struggles engulf factories and
entire enclaves across the country.
the same time, Filipino workers must continuously strengthen their
unity with democratic sectors in both the cities and countryside. They
must support the democratic demands and struggles of the Filipino
masses. They must continuously support the clamor of health workers for
salary increases, hazard pay and greater subsidy for health services.
They must also strengthen their support for peasants’ demand for land,
lower rent, abolishing usury and other forms of exploitation in the
countryside. At the same time, the demand of children and youth to
safely reopen schools, increase teachers’ salary and additional state
subsidy on education. The workers’ movement must also strongly oppose
the government’s unending foreign-borrowing, and oppose the huge budget
allocation for satiating the military and police.
determination must be steeled by raising their class and political
consciousness to fight for the Filipino people’s national and democratic
aspirations. A widespread cultural and educational movement must be
carried out to invigorate patriotism. Study Philippine history and the
continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation from
the clutches of imperialism and its lackeys in the puppet state. Conduct
widespread education on the situation of Philippine society and the
need for a national democratic revolution.
deepen the roots of the Communist Party of the Philippines among
workers. Continue the mass recruitment of workers for them to serve as
proletarian cadres at the forefront and backbone of the class struggle
of workers. Activists and cadres among workers must be resolutely
recruited to the New People’s Army to serve as its Red fighters and
democratic and anti-imperialist struggles being carried forward by
Filipino workers are part of the rising global anti-imperialist and
democratic movement. These indicate the decaying global capitalist
system and its resulting sharp economic crisis, fascism, racism and
other forms of oppression and attacks against workers and oppressed
masses. It is the task of the revolutionary proletariat to rise up,
arouse, lead and bring the broad movements towards the revolutionary
path of class struggle.
the world, conditions are ripe to strengthen communist parties and lead
the widespread struggles and bring the global socialist revolution unto
the eve of a new resurgence.
Long live the working class and oppressed masses of the world!