Friday, March 28, 2003

By Justice Not War Coalition

(The Pinoy consumer's response to the U.S. war and the suspension by the U.S. and Britain of the Oil for Food Program for the Iraqi people)

Mga kababayan,

On March 20, the United States started its illegal, immoral war on Iraq. So-called smart bombs have hit civilians, houses, hospitals and other non-military targets. The U.S. will use up hundreds of billions of dollars for this war that could have gone to alleviating the poverty and suffering in the world fuelling extremism and terrorist attacks.

To top these, the U.S. and Britain have suspended the Oil for Food program, the only way the Iraqi people are allowed to import food under the terms of a UN embargo. The US and Britain seem oblivious to certain death for the Iraqi people from hunger, if not from bombs and bullets.

In the face of such inhumane acts and this unjust US war vs Iraq, let us take a stand. Let us refuse to buy or conduct business with icons of US commercial interests: McDonalds, Coke, Caltex, Citibank, Starbucks, Marlboro, Nike, Colgate, Kraft, and farm fertilizers made by the Monsanto multinational company .

In the meantime, we urge you to patronize products and services made in the Philippines, especially by Filipino entrepreneurs.

Let this boycott be an expression of our stand for peace and against the illegal, immoral and inhumane U.S. war vs Iraq.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs. Fanny Abaya, Alerto Mamimili! & Power
Mrs. Lolita Donato, Alerto Mamimili!
Prof. Raul Segovia, Citizens Alliance for Consumer Protection
Prof. Cynthia Nograles Lumbera, Concerned Faculty of Ateneo de Manila
Mr. Anthony Ian Cruz, TXTPower
Prof. Bienvenido Lumbera, Justice Not War Coalition & Education for Development
Raymond Palatino, National Union of Students of the Philippines
Ms. Beverly Archangel, League of Filipino Students
Elmer Labog, Anib Manggagawa
Ka Daning Ramos, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

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