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The Makabayan bloc expresses its full support for the series of militant actions led by urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) to occupy thousands of idled and vacant houses in government relocation sites in Bulacan which started last March 8.  The Makabayan bloc also disputes the characterization of the ongoing occupation as “anarchic.” On the contrary, what we are witnessing is an organized action of homeless victims of violent demolitions and failed resettlement programs of government to boldly assert and claim their right to mass housing, decent shelter and a dignif

Bayan Muna Rep.Carlos Isagani Zarate today called on the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to revoke the provisional authority it granted to Meralco allowing a P.66 per kilowatt hour power rate increase in March, and, at least P.22/kwh in April and May, respectively. “The power rate hike order is not only premature but highly questionable,” said the progressive solon. “First, the hearings on the rate hike only started Tuesday and numerous groups came forward to question and oppose it,” “Second, the circumstances surrounding the proposed rate increase now is very similar to the Malampaya s

March 13, 2017

Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate,

On the 22nd anniversary of the country's mining law, House Committee on Natural Resources chairperson and Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said "now is the time to finally replace a deeply problematic and plunderous mining law." "The time is long ripe to scrap the Mining Act of 1995. What is crystal clear, in the more than two (2) decades of liberalized mining, is that it does not work for the development of our economy and the betterment of our people.

             “I remember it was in 2011 when a group of twenty Social Security System (SSS) pensioners talked to me after my May 1 speech in a plaza in Bacolod City to inform me that they only receive P1,200 pesos a month and if I can do something about it.  And the rest is history ika nga.

Bayan Muna Chairman Neri Colmenares today condemned SSS President Emmanuel Dooc for announcing that there will be an increase in contribution even as SSS has not even started promised improvement of collection efficiency.  He showed a screen cap of a previous SSS message to him that there is no announcement of increase in contribution. “Ka bagong upo ni Pres. Dooc dagdag contribution na agad ang inatupag at hindi yung pag taas ng koleksyon. Ni hindi pa nga natanggap ng pensioners ang P1,000 increase, taas kuntribusyon na ang gusto. We warn Pres.

In support of today's transport strike, Bayan Muna Rep.Carlos Isagani Zarate called on the transportation department to junk its proposed jeepney phase out policy.At the current state of the country's transport system where narrow streets and alleys where buses can hardly fit, public utility jeepneys (PUJ) are the most suited to transport  people from the side streets to the main thoroughfares.It would be a big blow to our economy if the government phases out these PUJs  in the absence of an efficient mass transport system.It is the PUJs that fill the void of an affordable mass transportat

Bayan Muna Chairman Neri Colmenares today criticized SSS President Emmanuel Dooc for insisting on contribution increases even if no reforms to improve collection has yet been undertaken by SSS.  “Section 18 of RA 8282 or the SSS law requires presidential approval for any increase in contribution.  Nowhere in the SSS Board Resolution and even in the Malacanang order approving pension increase can one find an approval of contribution increase and yet, SSS Pres.

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