Got this email from the PHIL.
The clamor for President Estrada's ouster goes worldwide as our overseas
compatriots today declared their unity with the rest of the Filipino people.
Here is the statement of their newly-established movement (list of
From: OVERSEAS MOVEMENT TO OUST ERAP!
c/o MIGRANTE International
Declaration of Unity
We, members of progressive organizations and individuals abroad, composed
of Filipinos and of various nationalities are one in the call for the
Estrada government to resign.
The Estrada administration does not reflect the interests of the Filipino
people. In just two years in office, he has tainted the Philippine
presidency with gross immorality, cronyism, and blatant profiteering from
gambling, illegal and otherwise. Estrada has packed his government with
cronies composed of gambling lords, drug lords, and big business out to
extract the utmost financial gain while Estrada is in office. All these at
the expense of the Filipino people and the nation.
While Estrada rhetorically espouses good and clean government, he is
dipping into illegal gambling and has profited millions of pesos as exposed
by Gov. Luis Chavit Singson;
While he promised to build low-cost housing for the masses that are
actually dilapidated and unfit for human abode, he purchased lots and built
multi-million mansions in posh villages for his mistresses;
While he mouths the upliftment of the economic lot of the Filipinos, he
allows the local oil cartel to wantonly increase the prices of petroleum
products that results to poverty for a large majority of Filipinos; he
staves off any substantial wage increase for toiling workers and salary
hikes for over-worked government employees, teachers and health workers.
While he mouths protection and security for millions of overseas Filipinos,
thousands of them are sent home in coffins yearly, thousands more are
bruised physically and psychologically due to abuses from their employers.
He has also systematically increased the collection of fees from overseas
Filipinos in the guise of services.
Indeed, while the regime of Estrada flaunts without shame its gross
irregularities and the unexplained wealth of his several families, the
Filipino people are pushed more deeply into the quagmire of poverty. The
livelihood of the Filipinos lay in shambles as vultures in the Estrada
government - his families, cronies, drug lords and gambling lords - partake
in government coffers and profit from kickbacks and unscrupulous business
and state deals.
The economy is fast crumbling not only as a result of a decrepit social and
economic structure but is hastened and aggravated by the political crisis
engulfing the Estrada administration.
No amount of refurbishing can save the Estrada administration from eventual
The Filipinos are better off without the likes of Estrada. In fact, the
Filipino people are far better without a decrepit social system that
perpetuates poverty, exploitation and oppression, and degradation of a
large majority of the population.
What is imperative is to oust the Estrada government and establish a
Council for National Unity and Renewal that shall be composed of all
sectors and groups who contributed to the ouster of the Estrada government,
and shall suggest the successor of Estrada.
Indeed, the Estrada government is out and out anti-people and serves only
the likes of Atong Ang, Lucio Tan, Danding Cojuangco, the Marcoses, the
local oil cartel, and of US imperialism. As such, it must be ousted by the
concerted efforts of the Filipino people.
Oust the US-Estrada regime!
Establish the Council for National Unity and Renewal!
Onward with the struggle for national freedom and democracy!
October 28, 2000
Overseas Movement to Oust Erap!
PHILIPPINES: Kalipunan ng mga Migranteng Pilipino at Pamilya (KMPP),
Kabataan ng Migrante para sa Bayan (KAMiYAN), Advocates for Migrants Rights
And Welfare (AMRW);
HONGKONG: Erap Resign Network (ERN): The Mission for Filipino Migrant
Workers (HK) Society, United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-HK), Asia
Pacific Mission for Migrant Filipinos (APMMF), Abra Tinguian Ilocano
Society (ATIS), Cordillera Alliance (CORALL) , United Pangasinan Hong Kong
OCW Association, Iloilo Federation, Migrant Ilonggo Association (MIGA
Intl), Philippine Independent Church Hong Kong (PIC-HK), Friends of Thai
(FOT), Bethune House Migrant Womens Refuge, Friends of Bethune House
(FBH), Filipino Friends in Hong Kong (FFHK), Association of Concerned
Filipinos (ACFIL), Abra Migrant Workers Welfare Association (AMWWA),
Pinatud a Saleng ti Umili (PSU), Bataan Migrant Workers Union (BMWU),
Maharlika Association of Hong Kong (MAHK), Methodist Filipino Fellowship
(Wanchai), Unified Friends in Hong Kong (UFHK), Women of Philippine
Independent Church (WOPIC-Antique), San Vicente Migrants Organization
(SVMO), Dolores (Abra) Civic Association (DCA), LIKHA Cultural Group, Labor
Rights Commune, Grassroots Development Center (GDC), International Young
Christian Workers - Asia Pacific (IYCW), Migrante Anak Pamilya (MAP)
Foundation, Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC), Fr. Emilio D. Lim, SVD,
Sis. Aida Casambre, RGS, Bruce Van Voorhis (Asian Human Rights Commission),
Daisy Mandap (The Sun), Reverend Father Exequiel M. Dimaculangan (RC
Chaplain to Filipino Migrants), Mrs. Alegria Toquero (Methodist Shelter),
Sr. Marilu Limgenco (Maryknoll Sister), Mrs. Linda Mendoza, Ms. Monique
Wilson (Actress - Purple Rose Campaign and MFMW advocate), Fr. Aloysius
Nato, SVD, Franklen Gullit Choi, Miranda Yip (AI), Pastor Barry Prior
(Methodist Church - English Speaking), Jimson Dator, Ma. Lourdes Donna dela
CANADA: Vancouver: B.C. Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines,
Filipino Nurses Support Group, Philippine Women Centre of B.C., SIKLAB
(Filipino migrant workers organization), Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa
Canada (Filipino-Canadian Youth Alliance); Winnipeg: KAMPI - Movement of
Filipino Workers in Manitoba Montreal: Filipino Homemakers Association,
Filipino Workers Support Group, Montreal Coalition of Filipino Students,
Movement of Filipino Workers, PINAY-Filipino Womens Organization, Centre
for Philippine Concerns-Montreal; Toronto: Philippine Solidarity Group,
Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada (UKPC-Toronto), KMK-Toronto, St.
James Town Organizing Committee, Philippine Network for Justice and Peace
(PNJP), Barangay Parkdale Organizing Group, Progressive Filipinos Overseas
United for National Democracy (PROFOUND), Filipino Gay-Lesbian Association,
Purple Rose Campaign Organizing Group, Migrante Womens Collective;
U.S.A.: US Alliance for Estradas Ouster, Alliance of Filipino Immigrants
and Advocates (AFIA), Pilipino Workers Center-USA, Sentenaryo ng
Bayan-Seattle, MIGRANTE-San Francisco, Migrante-USA, League of Filipino
Students (LFS-Chicago), Committee on Philippine Issues-Chicago, Philippine
Solidarity Committee-Chicago, Human Rights Lawyers League, Gabriela Network
(NYC), MAKABAYAN Youth Collective, Philippine Forum, Network in Solidarity
with the People of the Philippines (NISPOP), Filipino Workers Center-New
York, League of Filipino Students-Seattle, South Bay Peoples Assembly (SF
Bay Area), League of Filipino Students-SFSU, Committee for Human Rights in
the Philippines, Philippine Information Network Services, Filipino Workers
Committee, Karapatan-Filipino Center for Human Rights-South Bay, Peoples
Artists-Los Angeles, League of Filipino Students-Los Angeles, BAYAN
International, USA-Los Angeles, PESANTE-Philippine Peasant Support Network,
GABRIELA Network-Los Angeles, Kabataang maka-Bayan-Los Angeles,
Nagliliyab-Los Angeles, Panay Solidarity Network, Alyansa ng Komunidad-Los
Angeles, Balagtasan Collective-Los Angeles, Foundation Kollective-Los
Angeles, Filipino Ministry of San Bernardino, Peoples Health Network;
AUSTRALIA: Migrante-Australia, Gabriela-Australia, Philippine-Australian
Union Links (PAUL), Tanghalang Bayan;
KOREA: Katipunan ng mga Samahan ng Migranteng Manggagawa sa Korea
(KASAMMA-KO), Filipino Workers Association (FWA), Federation of Filipino
Workers in Korea (FFWK), Bicol Association, Iloilo Association, New Era
Foundation, Association of Filipino Migrant Workers in Kwangju (AFILMWOK),
Women on the Move (WEMOVE);
JAPAN: Kaisahan ng Migranteng Pilipino (KAMPI-Japan), FICAP-Aichi, Filipino
Migrants Union (FMU);
SAUDI ARABIA: Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS), System of Unity and
Social Integration (SUSI), Lakas ng Manggagawa sa Jubail (LMJ), Lakas ng
Manggagawa sa Al-Khobar, Kalipunan ng Manggagawang Pilipino (KALMAPI),
Lakas Manggagawa sa Silangang Probinsya (LMSP), Lakas Manggagawa sa Qatif
(LMQ), Lakas Manggagawa sa Dammam (LMD);
MIGRANTE - EUROPE: European Purple Rose Campaign Committee,
Filipino Refugees in the Netherlands (FREN), Pinay sa Holland, Liga ng
Kabataang Pilipino (LINKAP)
GERMANY: Concerned Fil-Germans in Berlin (CFGB), MIGRANTE-Germany,
German-Philippine Friendship Association in
ITALY: Manggagawang Pilipino Tungo sa Pag-unlad (UMANGAT-Rome),
LAMPADA-Milan, Concerned Christian Filipino Migrants (CCFM)
BELGIUM: Ugnayan ng mga Pilipino sa Belgium (UPB-Brussels and Antwerp)