Three Urgent Steps For The Survival Of Our Nation
July 1, 2008
As the whole world experiences the on-going and rapid disintegration of the global economic and financial system, despite ample warnings by the LaRouche Movement, a negligent government, incompetent economic managers, and a confused population helplessly look on as prices of all commodities begin to spiral;
As economic policies of import-liberalization, privatization and deregulation have proven to be the means to destroy our society’s ability to survive as a nation;
As the system of “floating-exchange” rates , implemented in 1971-72, provided the mechanism for the world’s rapacious creditors, represented by the IMF, to impose periodic and continuous devaluation of our currency, thereby automatically and onerously increasing our foreign-debt stock and immoral payments thereof;
As our country is plunged into almost total dependence on imported oil, by mothballing what might have been a principal and most cost-efficient, reliable and indigenous source of power—the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant;
As the prevailing conditions of life are rapidly deteriorating into historically unprecedented and intolerable level, where desperation and hopelessness are shockingly manifested daily among the poor;
As the present government repeatedly proves itself to be grossly incompetent, extremely corrupt and callously insensitive to increasingly severe conditions our people are subjected to;
As powerful politicians, influential businessmen, and econoquacks in the academe, conspire to maliciously mislead the general public thru false propaganda and miseducation;
As our people are treated to “political entertainment,” not much different from the tele-novelas, by politicians who present themselves as alternatives, full of rhetoric, yet empty and devoid of sublime ideas, betraying lack of wisdom and understanding of problems. And the absence of necessary courage to do what is right and confront the real issues to save the lives of starving Filipinos;
As we further deteriorate into chaos and anarchy, experience government’s inability to provide basic services, and proliferation of criminal-political warlords who arrogantly roam with impunity;
It is time to invoke our right, and perform our duty, as citizens and patriots of the Republic of the Philippines, to demand of this current leadership, that emergency measures be undertaken for the survival of our nation to immediately avert further loss of Filipino lives due to hunger and disease, and to give assurance that the succeeding generations will prosper;
To these ends, we strongly propose the following urgent and necessary steps to be implemented immediately:
1) To DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON FOREIGN-DEBT PAYMENTS, now beyond US$10 billion per year, payment of onerous debts, booked and incurred by devaluing our Peso, and collected thru an efficient implementation of the Value Added Tax, or consumption tax, increasing electricity rates, privatization of public utilities in water, telecommunication and highways;
2) To START THE OPERATION OF THE BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT as part of an energy development plan consisting of all alternative sources of energy, immediately establish a Nuclear Energy Program, not merely to provide the cleanest, cost-efficient power to our population , but to explore other beneficial uses more specifically the production of potable water from nuclear-powered desalination plants, the production of isotopes used in modern medical facilities, and general use for mass-transit systems, water management and agro-industrial development;
3) To immediately implement a SCIENCE-DRIVEN, INFRASTRUCTURE-BASED MASSIVE NATIONAL FOOD-PRODUCTION PROGRAM, to double, triple or even quadruple food supply, led by government and all its agencies, private sector and civic organizations. This should take precedence over all other government projects as its primary defense against hyperinflation.
These are not the only solutions to our country’s most serious problems. But if we are to function as a nation, confronting the devastating impact of a global economic crisis, immediate action along these lines is imperative, the alternative is a level of starvation and death never before experienced in our history as a people.
True leadership is expected to serve only the interest of its citizens, and no one else’s. It is expected to convey only the truth, and not propagate lies. It is expected to save lives, not to destroy them. If this government continues to renege on its sworn responsibility, causing much suffering and pain, reaching the limits of patience and tolerance of the Filipino, then it risks being changed by the sovereign will of the people, even if it meant the sacrifice of their own lives.
We call on all patriots, to join us in fighting the evil which has caused this present malaise. Join us in carving out a future for our youth. Let us act in solidarity with those who uplift the dignity of human beings, as unique creatures, created in God’s image, endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Together with true patriots of all nations, let us defeat the forces intent on destroying the human spirit to discover truth. As we enter a new global renaissance, a new just economic world order, a world of peace, development, and prosperity for all.