Philippines Asia's Strongest Performi...

Philippines Asia's Strongest Performing Economy

There are 6069 comments on the Manila Bulletin story from Nov 23, 2012, titled Philippines Asia's Strongest Performing Economy. In it, Manila Bulletin reports that:

THE value of Philippine merchandise exports grew by 22.8% to $4.8 billion in September, 2012, higher than the $3.9 billion shipped out in the same month in 2011, making the country the strongest performer among Southeast and East Asian nations.

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ASIA LATIN AFRO MID EAST

United States

#1249 Jan 26, 2013
******** THIS ONE!
9. Are you optimistic that negotiations can result in a just settlement?

Frankly speaking, I am not optimistic that negotiations can result in a just settlement. Like its predecessors, the Aquino regime is too servile to US imperialism and stands as the current chief representative of the local exploiting classes, the comprador big bourgeoisie and landlord class. It has shown no inclination to assert national independence and undo unequal treaties, agreements and arrangements that keep the Philippines semi-colonial. It also has shown no inclination to realize democracy through significant representation of workers and peasants in government and through land reform and national industrialization.

It has become clear that the reactionary government is not seriously interested in peace negotiations as a way of addressing the roots of the armed conflict through agreements on basic reforms. Especially under the Aquino regime, the negotiators are always trying to lay aside the substantive agenda and to push the NDFP towards capitulation and pacification. Failing to accomplish their vile objective, they paralyze the peace negotiations by refusing to comply with obligations under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees.

10. What has been the role of the USA? And, have US policies towards the Philippines changed under President Obama? If so, how? What is your overall assessment of the Obama administration?

The USA has not been helpful to the peace negotiations. In fact, it has obstructed these. The US designation of the CPP, NPA and myself (the NDFP chief political consultant) as terrorists is meant to intimidate and put pressure on the NDFP in the peace negotiations. The US Counterinsurgency Guide actually tells the Philippine reactionary government that peace negotiations are dispensable but are useful only for purposes of psywar to mislead the people, possibly split the revolutionary forces and make the reactionary killing machine more efficient. But the US policy against peace negotiations with the NDFP has served to make the revolutionary force and people more vigilant and more resolute in opposing US intervention in the internal affairs of the Philippines.

From the Bush II to the Obama regime, there has been no change in US policy towards the Philippines. Obama continues the policy of serving the interests of the US imperialists in the economic, political, military and cultural fields, collaborating with the big compradors and landlords, manipulating the puppet regime and its military forces, preventing land reform and national industrialization, controlling the fundamentals and direction of the Philippine cultural and educational system and stationing US troops in the Phil ippines and maintaining a permanent relay of US military forces under the US-RP Mutual Defense Pact and the Visiting Forces Agreement. Obama is a good servant of US imperialism. He used his glibness to make himself look better than the brazenly brutal Bush. But he is using the same glibness to cover many acts as bad as or even worse than those that made Bush infamous.
ASIA LATIN AFRO MID EAST

United States

#1250 Jan 26, 2013
11. How did the CPP and NPA end up on a list of terrorist organizations? How did you end up on a list of supporters of terrorism? What steps are being taken to remove this label from you, the CPP and the NPA?

Answer: During the November 2001 visit of then Philippine president Gloria M. Arroyo to Washington, she requested then US President Bush to have the US agencies (State Department and the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the Treasury Department) designate the CPP, NPA and myself as “terrorists”. When US state secretary Colin Powell visited the Philippines in the early days of August 2002, he was reminded of the request and he assured Arroyo that he would act on it immediately upon his return to the US. Indeed, within August 2002 the CPP, NPA and I were designated as “terrorists.”

The Philippine and US governments connived to take advantage of the terrorism scare that followed 9-11. They themselves engaged in terrorism by deciding to undertake harmful actions against the CPP, NPA and myself. The designation of the CPP and NPA as “terrorist” is absolutely absurd because they have carried out revolutionary actions strictly within the Philippines, have not engaged in any cross-border attacks against the US and up to now have not been discovered to keep bank accounts in the US or anywhere else outside of the Philippines.

In my case, I have been falsely accused of being the current CPP chairman and being responsible for the alleged terrorist acts, in fact the revolutionary actions, of the NPA despite the fact that I have been out of the Philippines since 1986 when I was released from nearly a decade of detention under the Marcos fascist dictatorship. The malicious intention of the US and Philippine governments is to pressure the entire NDFP negotiating panel and me as its chief political consultant. Like the Arroyo regime, the Aquino regime uses the terrorist designation as a kind of lever against the NDFP in the peace negotiations.

It is impossible for the CPP, NPA or myself to begin any legal process for undoing the terrorist designation in the US or in any other country tailing after the US in the so-called war on terror, without proving first the legal personality and material interest of the plaintiff. In my case, I could take legal action against the Dutch government for putting me in the terrorist list because I live in The Netherlands. After my administrative complaint, the Dutch government repealed its decision to put me in its terrorist list but took the initiative in having me put in the terrorist list of the European Union in October 2002. I went to the European Court of Justice and I succeeded in having my name removed from the EU terrorist list in December 2010 after eight years of legal struggle.
ASIA LATIN AFRO MID EAST

United States

#1251 Jan 26, 2013
12. Has the “terrorism” designation made it difficult for NDFP supporters in the Philippines and in other parts of the world? If so, how? Have civilian political activists faced increased government-inspired violence as a result of this terrorism designation?

Answer: The “terrorism” designation is an incitation to hatred and violence and various forms of discrimination and harassment against known or suspected NDFP supporters in the Philippines and other parts of the world. Although the NDFP is not designated as terrorist, everyone knows that the CPP and NPA are the most important components of the NDFP. In the Philippines, the incitation to hatred and violence is quite deadly because the military, police and their death squads are emboldened to go on terrorist-hunting and are assured that they can abduct, torture and kill people with impunity.

Abroad, the EU, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have followed the US in labelling the CPP and NPA as terrorists and there are adverse consequences to Filipinos who oppose imperialism and the puppet government in the Philippines. The overseas Filipinos are vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, nonrenewal of work contracts and denial of residence permits.

The Dutch authorities have advised the Norwegian government not to give any assistance to the NDFP negotiating panel for maintaining office and staff in The Netherlands on the claim that such assistance would be for building the infrastructure of “terrorists”. They have also raided the NDFP office and houses of NDFP panelists and consultants and seized documents and equipment needed in the the peace negotiations.
ASIA LATIN AFRO MID EAST

United States

#1252 Jan 26, 2013
13. Periodically the US media discuss alleged Muslim fundamentalist terrorism in the Philippines. What is the situation? In Mindanao there have been efforts at autonomy and self-determination. What has been the stand of the NDFP on these efforts? What is your take on allegations of Muslim terrorism?

Answer: The NDFP supports the Moro people’s struggle for self-determination, including the right to secede from an oppressive state or opt for regional autonomy in a non-oppressive political system. The Moro people have long been oppressed by the Manila government and by local reactionary agents. They are not free in their own homeland and are victims of Christian chauvinism and discrimination. They have been deprived of their ancestral domain. They have been robbed of agricultural land as well as forest, mineral and marine resources.

The Moro people have all the right to fight for national and social liberation. The NDFP has therefore found common ground for alliance with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and subsequently with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the MNLF capitulated to the Ramos regime in 1996. By fighting well against their common enemy, the NDFP and the MILF gain better conditions for growing in strength and advancing in their respective struggles.

The US government and the US media exaggerate the threat of Muslim fundamentalist terrorism because they wish to promote the entry of US corporations for the purpose of plundering the rich natural resources of Mindanao, especially oil, gold and deuterium. They also wish to justify the current stationing of US military forces and eventually the basing of larger US military forces for the purpose of strategic control over Islamic countries in Southeast Asia and strategic countervailing of China and the DPRK in Northeast Asia.

Like Al Qaida, Abu Sayyaf was originally a creature of CIA and the intelligence agency of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to counteract the MNLF. It has become a bandit gang since the capitulation of MNLF. It has also been convenient for the US and Manila government to depict the Abu Sayyaf as a Muslim fundamentalist group and as an extension of the A Qaidda, since 2001 when Bush declared Moro land as the second front in the so-called global war on terror. There are indications that the US and Philippine governments continue to arm and finance the Abu Sayyaf in order to block the advance of the MILF in Sulu and to provide the pretext for US military intervention in the Philippines.
ASIA LATIN AFRO MID EAST

United States

#1254 Jan 26, 2013
14. In the 1990s there were several splits from the CPP. There were charges and counter-charges regarding sectarianism and militarism. Some who split seemed to have chosen to engage primarily in electoral politics. Some former CPP members have suggested that the CPP/NPA has attempted to kill/silence political opponents. Please give us your take on this and on these allegations.

Answer: In answer to a previous question, I discussed the subjectivist ideological line that the Philippines was no longer semi-feudal. Such line emerged in 1981 and induced the political currents of ultra-Left and Right opportunism among a few members of the CPP. Eventually in the early 1990s, there would be splinters, not big splits, initiated by grouplets who opposed the Rectification Movement which was launched by the Central Committee of the CPP in early 1992.

The rectification movement was an educational movement inside the CPP to repudiate, criticize and rectify the major errors of ultra-Left and Right opportunism that had caused serious damage to the CPP and the revolutionary mass movement since 1981. But there were elements, whose connections with enemy intelligence were eventually exposed, who stridently attacked the rectification movement as a bloody scheme of “Stalinist purge” and who tried to spread the fear that those found in error would be terribly punished.

The rectification movement was undertaken precisely to rectify the sectarian and military adventurist line of the ultra-Left opportunists who tried to accelerate ill-prepared tactical offensives and the unsustainable formation of companies and battalions supposedly to back up the impending urban uprisings of the armed city partisans and spontaneous masses as the leading force. No such armed urban uprisings ever occurred. But mass work in the countryside was neglected and the rural mass base decreased by 15 per cent by 1988 and by 60 per cent in 1991.
ASIA LATIN AFRO MID EAST

United States

#1255 Jan 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Activists denounce Aquino government’s ‘subservience’ to the US

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Like the previous administrations, President Benigno S. Aquino III did not break from the dictates of the United States of America, Renato Reyes, Jr. secretary general of umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), said as the country marked Independence Day, June 12. Carrying banners “Down with imperialism!
amc

Quezon City, Philippines

#1256 Jan 26, 2013
christ almighty its elias` bro.

AussiPino

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#1258 Jan 26, 2013
I hate it when they post so many articles in one hit. Not many are gonna read it all. Dragging China and America into the discussion on the Philippine economy.

Since: Apr 09

Makati, Philippines

#1259 Jan 26, 2013
AussiPino wrote:
I hate it when they post so many articles in one hit. Not many are gonna read it all. Dragging China and America into the discussion on the Philippine economy.
Every time they will go to any lengths to divert attention from the Philippines, that's how insecure they are. lol the queen of diversion. If the slaughter people like in Maquindanao lol wont comment on it at all she will just point out slaughter elsewhere.

And people wonder why problems are never solved here.
bisaya aku

Quezon City, Philippines

#1260 Jan 26, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
Every time they will go to any lengths to divert attention from the Philippines, that's how insecure they are. lol the queen of diversion. If the slaughter people like in Maquindanao lol wont comment on it at all she will just point out slaughter elsewhere.
And people wonder why problems are never solved here.
are you also one of the INTSIKcure (like "RESISTANCE IS FUTILE")? heheheeeheeee!!!! INTSIK=CHINK ...heeheheheheh!!!
Best View

Dunstable, UK

#1261 Jan 26, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
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And I remember you BANANA fan........
Let see what was the result of the ECONOMIC SANCTION IMPOSED BY CHINA AGAINST THE PHILIPPINES by REJECTING ITS BANANAS.
Jan. 24, 2013
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/291828/e...
Philippine bananas overcame the restrictions imposed by China and the devastation of plantations in Mindanao last month, buoyed by higher shipments to traditional and alternative markets.
Banana exports grew more than 110 percent to 3.8 million metric tons last year from 1.8 million MT in 2011, Bureau of Plant Industry director Clarito Baron revealed in a speech during the bureau's 83rd anniversary celebrations on Thursday.
“There was a significant increase in volume in major importing countries like Japan and Korea,” Barron told reporters in an interview after his address.
The combined shipments of 1 million MT to Japan and South Korea more than made up for the
losses in China, said Baron.
Then the shipments to new destinations Indonesia, Pakistan, Jordan, and other Middle East countries gave the banana industry a much needed boost, he added.
The Department of Agriculture, the Plant Bureau's mother agency, expects the banana industry to further grow this year with the first ever shipment of 3,000 MT to the US happening in the first quarter.
The shipment by Dole Philippines, scheduled last December, was canceled after typhoon Pablo destroyed Cavendish plantations in Mindanao early last month to meet the export obligations to Japan and South Korea.
The US Department of Agriculture approved the maiden shipment and it was “a dream come true” for contract growers who have been hankering about the US market, Baron told reporters in a separate interview last October.
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hahahaha!!!!!
In your face china!!!!!!
Banana exports grew more than 110 percent to 3.8 million metric tons last year from 1.8 million MT in 2011
lol
The economic sanction china imposed HAD NO EFFECT!!!( THE TYPHOONS ALSO Damaged the bananas)
INSTEAD BANANA EXPORTS GREW MORE THAN 110%
LOL
The Philippines is NOW a TIGER ECONOMY
and CHINA cannot STOP IT lol!!
Is China the ONLY country we export BANANAS to? lol
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See u at the UN court CHINA!
lmao zedong!
Thanks for confirming what we all knew. The Philippines is a Banana Republic hehehehehehehehehehe. It is also a kleptocracy not a democracy LOL!!
heressssssss kenny

Philippines

#1262 Jan 26, 2013
AussiPino wrote:
I hate it when they post so many articles in one hit. Not many are gonna read it all. Dragging China and America into the discussion on the Philippine economy.
well of course the USA will be brought into this thread -after all dont they "pay all the bills and the rent" ??? quoted from amc .

AussiPino

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#1263 Jan 26, 2013
heressssssss kenny wrote:
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well of course the USA will be brought into this thread -after all dont they "pay all the bills and the rent" ??? quoted from amc .
Why can't we all just stick to the topic? Guess it's too hard for many.

Anyway, there are some improvements happening. I hope that more roads will be improving, as this is very vital for the economy. Improved transportation is needed to get things going. I hear that a couple of major highways in Manila have improved. Also, implementing better traffic control is vital for the city, for both safety and for freight companies.

I hope more will be invested in education. I know that some areas of the education department have improved in areas such as Info Tech and Business courses. But more has to be invested in Primary and High Schools, as basic literacy is a must.

AussiPino

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#1264 Jan 26, 2013
bisaya aku wrote:
<quoted text>
are you also one of the INTSIKcure (like "RESISTANCE IS FUTILE")? heheheeeheeee!!!! INTSIK=CHINK ...heeheheheheh!!!
Don't be an ignoramus. That is one of the pitfalls in Philippine society.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#1265 Jan 26, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
172 calories in a banana. Good for you, filling much better than a bag of chips. What fools people is the heavy feel of a banana.
Thanks...i would hate to give them up....plus the dog like's gettin a piece, every morning....

Since: Apr 09

Makati, Philippines

#1266 Jan 26, 2013
bisaya aku wrote:
<quoted text>
are you also one of the INTSIKcure (like "RESISTANCE IS FUTILE")? heheheeeheeee!!!! INTSIK=CHINK ...heeheheheheh!!!
First try to make some sort of sense, then spelling, then the childish hehehhehe. Shit what am I trying to do, educate a Filipino. Lost cause.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#1267 Jan 26, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
First try to make some sort of sense, then spelling, then the childish hehehhehe. Shit what am I trying to do, educate a Filipino. Lost cause.
Don American, if you want to act like a professor, don't talk "shit". That's unprofessional. If the poster wants to laugh, that's better than cranky like you and your co stooges..........lolllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllll
lol

San Francisco, CA

#1268 Jan 26, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks...i would hate to give them up....plus the dog like's gettin a piece, every morning....
In everything you eat, especially old man like you, eat moderately. A whole banana is too much a day.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#1269 Jan 26, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
Every time they will go to any lengths to divert attention from the Philippines, that's how insecure they are. lol the queen of diversion. If the slaughter people like in Maquindanao lol wont comment on it at all she will just point out slaughter elsewhere.
And people wonder why problems are never solved here.
And people are wondering why people are so critical of the Philippines, yet Don loves to live there for decade.

Don the King of hopping to Thailand, sleeping in the airports, hop sing sing of beggars, garbages of the Philippines, but time and again he goes back with his comfort zone....IT'S FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! lolllllllllllllllllllllll

Since: Apr 09

Makati, Philippines

#1270 Jan 26, 2013
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
And people are wondering why people are so critical of the Philippines, yet Don loves to live there for decade.
Don the King of hopping to Thailand, sleeping in the airports, hop sing sing of beggars, garbages of the Philippines, but time and again he goes back with his comfort zone....IT'S FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! lolllllllllllllllllllllll
Things are moving fast. Hopefully by June Ill be out of this shite hole country and idiots like you that can't give a single intelligent thought on how to fix things.

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