Invitation to Jepa Forum

NO DEAL! Movement Against Unequal Economic Agreements, St. Scholastica’s College, Benedictines for Peace, and the Institute of Women Studies cordially invite you to a forum entitled “JPEPA: Deal or No Deal? The People’s Issues” on September 4, 2008 at Barrion Hall, St. Scholastica’s College Manila from 9:00 am to 12 noon.

As the Philippine Senate prepares its deliberation on the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement(JPEPA), we believe it is timely for the members of the Senate to once again hear the people’s concerns on the JPEPA. Many issues remain unresolved as far as the impact of the said treaty on the national economy and industries and the livelihood of our poor and marginalized sectors are concerned. The treaty continues to be controversial also because questions on its constitutionality remain, in spite of the efforts of Senator Miriam Santiago to forge a so-called side deal with Japan , not to mention the fear of toxic waste dumping which has not been substantially assuaged even by the “exchange of notes” between Japan and Philippines .

Among the invited speakers are Senators Manuel Villar, Francis Escudero, Pia Cayetano and Former Vice-President and No Deal! Lead convenor Teofisto Guingona.

For details on the forum, please contact the NO DEAL! Movement Secretariat at 435-6930 or Benedictines for Peace Secretariat c/o Rose Buyucan at 526-8075 loc. 107.

NO DEAL! Movement is a broad coalition of organizations and individuals campaigning against unequal economic agreements. St. Scholastica’s College, Benedictines for Peace and the Institute of Women Studies are Catholic institutions promoting the call for “SSS” : Serve Others, Save Mother Earth, and Seek Justice and Peace.

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