On the third straight day of huge protests in Metro Manila against the visit of US President Donald Trump in line with the Asean Summit, progressive youth group Anakbayan slammed Philippine President Donald Trump’s subservience to Trump and US imperialism.

Duterte’s fully exposed subservience to US imperialism

“From symbolic gestures like serenading Trump up to matters of policy like bending his knee to US military presence and Asean’s neoliberal economic agenda, Duterte has fully exposed his subservience to Trump and US imperialism,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.

“More than being a court jester to Trump who like a good dog sang upon the request of his foreign master, Duterte is allowing imperialist powers like the US, China, Russia, Japan, and Canada to project their political and military might in the country and the Asia-Pacific stage,” said Crisostomo.

It can be recalled that Duterte sang upon the request of Trump during the Asean Summit’s November 12 gala night. “Ladies and gentlemen, I sang an invited duet with Ms. Pilita Corrales upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States,” he said after singing.

“Being the puppet that he is, Duterte has meekly accepted the imperialist powers’ imposition of neoliberal policies and all-out liberalization of the Philippine economy to clear the way for the boundless exploitation of our resources and cheap labor,” Crisostomo added.

Signing of Asean migrant workers’ rights accord hit as hypocritical

The youth group also hit the Duterte government”s signing of the Asean migrant workers’ rights accord as hypocritical amidst its continued promotion of a labor export policy of forced migration and anti-worker labor flexibilization schemes like contractualization.

“The Duterte regime’s so-called concern for migrant workers is all empty publicity amidst its pimping of Filipinos who are forced to migrate and become vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of opportunities at home. This is belied by his government’s blatantly anti-worker policies,” said Crisostomo.

This was in response to self-praise made by the Duterte government over the signing of the Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, which it claims will strengthen migrant workers’ rights in the region.

He said the all-out liberalization agenda of the Asean Summit translates to the subjection of workers in the country and the region to contractualization, working hour extension like the reduced work week and other anti-worker labor flexibilization schemes to attract foreign investments.

 

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