NEW YORKERS TO AQUINO– FOLLOW THE GOOD LEGACY OF YOUR PARENTS!
September 21, 2011
BAYAN USA Northeast Coordinator
Joining NYCHRP outside the Asia Society were members of BAYAN USA, GABRIELA USA, Anakbayan New York/New Jersey, and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). Labao also emphasized the release of political prisoners, particularly the 14 detained consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), is an obligation of the Aquino administration as their continued detention threatens the ongoing peace negotiations between the NDFP and the government, which seeks to resolve the crisis that has spurred a decades-long civil war and massive social unrest in the country.The group also addressed economic concerns, such as aggressive liberalization of the Philippine economy to accommodate foreign investment, and the slashing of the 2011–2012 Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) budget for overseas Filipinos.
Lastly, the group urged PNoy to uphold the spirit of genuine patriotism of the September 16, 1991 Philippine Senate decision to reject the renewal of the US Bases Treaty by abrogating the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement, which reversed the gains of the historic 1991 victory and gave US troops unlimited access to over 20 ports for basing throughout the archipelago.
Aquino, in New York City this week primarily for the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations, was invited to speak yesterday on his domestic and foreign policies at a forum sponsored by The Asia Society and The Citi Foundation. ###