COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD: Program for National Prosperity of the Philippines
Is this the Program most Filipinos demand?
COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD
This program guarantees universal right to education, health care, pension, welfare services, among others!
The program of the National Prosperity of the Philippines is an epochal program.
The following are the programs that will bring the Filipino nation to economic prosperity and national development.
1. We demand the union of all Filipinos in a Great Philippines on the basis of the principle of self-determination of all peoples.
2. We demand that the Filipino people have rights equal to those of other nations; and that the continued domination of the business trust in the country shall be abrogated.
3. We demand land and territory for the maintenance of our people and the settlement of our surplus population.
5. The right to choose the government and determine the laws of the State shall belong only to citizens. We therefore demand that no public office, of whatever nature, whether in the central government, the province or the municipality, shall be held by anyone who is not a citizen.
We wage war against the corrupt parliamentary administration whereby men are appointed to posts by favor of the party without regard to character and fitness.
6. We demand that the State shall above all undertake to ensure that every citizen shall have the possibility of living decently and earning a livelihood.
7. All citizens must possess equal rights and duties.
8. The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.
Therefore we demand:
9. That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.
Breaking the Bondage of Interest
10. We demand the nationalization of all trusts.
11. We demand profit-sharing in large industries.
12. We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.
13. We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class, the immediate communalization of large stores which will be rented cheaply to small tradespeople, and the strongest consideration must be given to ensure that small traders shall deliver the supplies needed by the State, the provinces and municipalities.
14. We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements, and the enactment of a law to expropriate the owners without compensation of any land needed for the common purpose. The abolition of ground rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land.
15. We demand that ruthless war be waged against those who work to the injury of the common welfare. Traitors, usurers, profiteers, etc., are to be punished with death, regardless of creed or race.
20. In order to make it possible for every capable and industrious Filipino to obtain higher education, and thus the opportunity to reach into positions of leadership, the State must assume the responsibility of organizing thoroughly the entire cultural system of the people The curricula of all educational establishments shall be adapted to practical life. The conception of the State Idea (science of citizenship) must be taught in the schools from the very beginning. We demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State.
21. The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor, by increasing physical fitness through the introduction of compulsory games and gymnastics, and by the greatest possible encouragement of associations concerned with the physical education of the young.
22. We demand the abolition of the regular army and the creation of a national (folk) army.
23. We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the press. In order to make possible the creation of a Filipino press, we demand:
(a) All editors and their assistants on newspapers shall be Filipino citizens.
(b) Newspapers shall only be published with the express permission of the State.
(c) Newspapers transgressing against the common welfare shall be suppressed. We demand legal action against those tendencies in art and literature that have a disruptive influence upon the life of our folk, and that any organizations that offend against the foregoing demands shall be dissolved.
24. We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Filipino race.
National Prosperity of the Philippines as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within on the principle:
COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD
25. In order to carry out this program we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the State, the unconditional authority by the political central parliament of the whole State and all its organizations.
The formation of professional committees and of committees representing the several estates of the realm, to ensure that the laws promulgated by the central authority shall be carried out by the federal states.
The leaders of the party undertake to promote the execution of the foregoing points at all costs, if necessary at the sacrifice of their own lives.