Partido ng Manggagawa – Negros
June 28, 2009
“It may be David versus Gloriath in the second district of Pampanga but in Negros, it will be an Obrero versus Haciendero Arroyo.”
This is how Teofilo Agravante Jr., Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)-Negros chairperson, describes the politics in Negros island in 2010 should the working class pits itself against the traditional politicians who are big capitalist- landowners themselves.
Since it is not physically possible for the workers of Negros to extend their support to Prof. Randy David’s fight against Gloriath, they rather launch their own “war” on another place ruled by another Arroyo.
Agravante said the PM-Negros plans to field its candidate for the fifth congressional district of Negros Occidental if Iggy Arroyo runs unchallenged.
If this would be the case, this would be an unorthodox realization of class struggle between a representative of the big capitalist landowners and the workers.
PM-Negros said politics in Negros has been a politics of land monopoly and monopoly of political power by the big capitalist-landowners for almost a century.
“For the workers and the poor to end the cycle of poverty and gain political freedom in the region, a radical change must be instituted. This may be a long, long way but changes must be initiated nonetheless, and participating in electoral struggle is an arena of battle for the working class,” explained Agravante.
Agravante added that the seemingly formidable Goliaths in the bastion of sugar industry could be vanquished by the Davids of a united working class.
“Labor power in mass struggles must be translated to labor votes. Votes that for a long period of time have been lent by the workers and poor to the trapos must now be cast for the true representatives of the working class, either through direct election or through a party-list system,” Agravante concluded.