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What empowerment?

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Republic Act No. 11291

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A MAGNA CARTA OF THE POOR

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

Section 1. Title. – This Act shall be known as the “Magna Carta of the Poor”.

Sec. 2. Declaration of Policy. – It is the declared policy of the State to uplift the standard of living and quality of life of the poor and provide them with sustained opportunities for growth and development. It shall adopt an area-based, sectoral, and focused intervention to poverty alleviation where every poor Filipino must be empowered to meet the minimum
basic needs through the partnership of thegovernment and the basic sectors.

“…every poor Filipino must be empowered…” Yeah.

By the enactment of the TRAIN Law, and its more vicious phase 2 ironically, aye, sarcastically dubbed TRABAHO Bill that shall further take out whatever morsel left on the poor man’s table.

By opening local employment to the Chinese horde at the expense of Filipino labor.

By controlling the minimum wage to the lowest low, and enabling the rampant rise in fuel prices and cost of prime commodities.

By the greater promotion of mendicancy and indolence with the 4P’s, the subjugation of the poor to deeper political patronage.

By endemic corruption in government.

Indeed: “Mahirap kayo? Putang ina, magtiis kayo sa hirap at gutom, wala akong pakialam.” As that character elected president by the poor shouts back at them.

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