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Groups demand junking of TRAIN Law

Progressive organizations and Partylist groups held protested at the office of Bureau of Internal Revenue in Quezon City Wednesday, February 12, demanding the junking of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law (TRAIN) and Oil Deregulation Law.

Saying both laws have severely eroded the people’s economic wellbeing, the protesters also demanded an increase in the wages of both private (P750 per day) and public (P16,000 per month) workers.

In his speech, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr urged candidates in the coming local and national elections in May to fight for people’s issues.

Makabayan senatorial candidate Atty. Neri Colmenares for his part vowed to push what he calls the people’s agenda if elected in the Senate. He added that he will protect ordinary Filipinos against high prices and taxes. (Video by Joseph Cuevas)

Bandillo 21

Hindi pa sumisilip

ni madama ang liwanag at init ng bukang-liwayway

ay kasama mo ang mga pamalakaya

na naglakbay; pumalaot kayo sa gitna ng mabangis,

madilim at ‘di payapang karagatan

ng karalitaan; maingat mong inihanda

ang nilulumot na lambat kasama ang gasera

na siyang inyong tanglaw

sa kagilagilalas na pakikipagsapalaran

sa ilalim ng mga bituin,

ng buwan ng bulong ng hangin,

ng mga nakakatakot na pangitain,

ng pakikipag duwelo

sa mga nagsisisayaw na

anino ng mga mangangaso ng tao

sa ilalim ng hubad na kalawakan;

habang ang iyong puso’y

puno parin ng pangarap

na balang araw babalikan mo

ang lupang iyong pinanggalingan

at hahalik ang labi

ng iyong bangka

sa dalampasigan ni Laya

kasama ang minahal mong


Pebrero 4, 2019

Para kay Felix Randy Malayao 1970-2019

Isinulat ni: Rene Boy Abiva

One Faith, One Nation, One Voice

Ginanap ang One Faith, One Nation, One Voice: A gathering for truth, justice and peace noong Enero 25 sa Rajah Sulayman Plaza, Malate, Manila.

Nagtipon ang mga taong simbahan, kasama ang iba’t ibang sektor sa isang prayer rally para sa karapatang pantao, at pagkundenda sa lowering of age of criminal responsibility.

Nanawagan rin sila sa mga Pilipino na tumindig na at huwag matakot magsalita laban sa patuloy na extra judicial killings, lalo pa’t ngayon maging ang mga taong simbahan ay isa na rin sa mga target ng administrasyong Duterte.

Nagkaroon rin ng candle light protest at nagwakas sa isang human chain sa kahabaan ng Roxas Boulevard. (Bidyo ni Maricon Montajes)

Randy Malayao led singing of this Ilocano revolutionary song

After the first round of formal peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Duterte government in Oslo, Norway in August 2016, the NDFP organized a solidarity event in its base in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

It was attended by the NDFP consultants, mostly newly-freed, the Filipino expats from all over Europe, the media and a representative from the government peace panel.

In this video, Malayao, killed January 30, 2019, led the singing of a revolutionary Ilocano song, along with fellow consultants Randall Echanis and Kennedy Bangibang.

Indignation rally for Randy Malayao

The groups strongly condemned the murder of Malayao by two unidentified armed men early morning of January 30 in Aritao in Nueva Vizcaya. BAYAN blames the Duterte government for his vicious attacks against NDF consultants, human rights activists and many others. (Video by Joseph Cuevas/ Kodao)

Journalists start countdown to 10th anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

Journalists led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines held a candle-lighting ceremony to start the countdown to the 10th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre.

Reporters and other media workers as well as media organizations gathered last Wednesday at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani to denounce the slow trial of the suspected perpetrators of the gruesome incident of November 23, 2009 that killed 58 persons, including 32 journalists.

The journalists vowed to press the demand for full justice to the victims of the massacre dubbed as the worst case of election violence in the Philippines and the worst single attack on journalists in human history. (Video by Joseph Cuevas)

Farmers press for justice 32 years after Mendiola Massacre

On the 32nd anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre where 12 peasants were killed and at least 51 were injured, farmers led by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas held a protest action at the site of the incident to press for justice.

Noting that the victims still have to receive justice, the protesters also noted that landlessness among poor peasants is still one of the country’s worst form of social injustice.

Farmer-leaders urged their members to continue demanding for justice. (Video by Jomaline Mamangun)

Friends and supporters launch Free Rey Casambre Movement

Relatives, friends and supporters gathered at the University of the Philippines College of Science in Diliman January 19 to launch the Free Rey Casambre Movement.

The group is calling for the freedom of NDF peace consultant and director of Philippine Peace Center Rey Casambre.

Among those who attended the activity are Bishop Deogracias Yniguez, Pastor Cobbie Palm of Siliman University, Makabayan President Satur Ocampo and former NAPC lead convenor Liza Maza.

A case update was reported by his lead counsel Atty. Rachel Pastores of Public Interest Law Center.

A solidarity message was read by his wife Cora and a poem was performed by newly-released NDF peace consultant Rafael Baylosis.

His daughter Sandra discussed the objectives and tasks of the movement, this includes sending messages of support, signing the petition, mobilizations of different activities and gather more networks and friends for the freedom of Rey Casambre and all political prisoners. (Video by Joseph Cuevas/Kodao)

Freed NDFP consultant Raffy Baylosis thanks supporters

A day after his release from nearly a year of imprisonment, National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Rafael Baylosis attended an event for his fellow peace advocate Rey Claro Casambre at the University of the Philippines in Diliman last January 18.

Baylosis thanked his lawyers from the Public Interest Law Center, human rights groups, progressive people’s organizations, his family and friends, as well as his Sigma Rho Fraternity brothers for his freedom.

He denounced those who arrested him and the trumped up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives filed against him and companion Guillermo Roque.

Gabriela kicks off International Women’s Day commemoration

Gabriela and Gabriela Womens Party held a kick-off activity leading to the commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Dubbed “Womens March against Poverty and Repression,” women leaders from various regions marched from the Bustillos Church in Sampaloc, Manila to Mendiola Bridge Friday, January 19.

The groups assailed the continuous effect of rising prices of oil, utilities and other basic goods brought by the first and second tranches of the TRAIN Law as well as the Build, Build Build program of the Duterte government.

They also decried what they call the intensify state fascism and repression against the people that include rampant killings, illegal arrests and red tagging of different peoples organizations as well as another extension of martial law in Mindanao and Memorandum Order 32 in Negros, Bicol and Samar.

The protest also served as their contribution to the global women’s march happening on January 19 in the US and various part of the world. (Video by Joseph Cuevas/Kodao)