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The Philippines-Venezuela Solidarity Network (PhilVenSol), where Transform Asia and Partido Lakas ng Masa are both member organizations, organized a forum on Latin American and Caribbean Integration Issues on October 9. The forum featured Venezuelan leader Luis Brito Garcia as the main speaker. Following is the PhilVenSol statement:
PhilVenSol welcomes the representatives of the socialist government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Campañero Luis Brito Garcia and Campañera Yelitza Ventura.
We established the solidarity network in the Philippines because we were inspired by the gains of the Bolivarian revolution and its people, under the leadership of then President Hugo Chavez, as they began to envision and build a new socialism: a socialism for the 21st century. In doing so Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan people demonstrated that a 21st century socialist alternative was not only necessary, but possible. And not in some distant and unknown future, but in our time.
A key message of the revolution — to end poverty, the poor must be in power –has inspired the renewal of the struggle for a socialist alternative in Latin America and internationally. This is the path that the government of President Nicholas Maduro is also committed to, thus earning him the wrath of the United States government, which continues to seek the overthrow of the legitimate government of the Venezuelan people and to crush the Bolivarian revolution.
The Bolivarian revolution has also inspired a new model of regional integration: the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, or ALBA. This is a model based on solidarity amongst people, not neoliberal competition — an economic, social and cultural solidarity. Given the moves towards an ASEAN integration, which is based on a neoliberal framework, ALBA provides a pro-people’s alternative of regional integration.
We use this opportunity today to pledge our continuing solidarity with the Venezuelan peoples Bolivarian revolution and their government.