Affiliated mass organizations of the Philippines Chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Philippines) mark Human Rights Day in Manila. They joined a protest march and rally of rights victims led by KARAPATAN to indict the US-Aquino regime for crimes against the Filipino people. Among those who expressed support are international delegates of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty and Asian Peasant Coalition. Performing with cultural groups from the Manilakbayan of Mindanao is One Billion Rising (OBR) Global Director Monique Wilson.
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Francis Morales would have joined the hundreds of Mindanaoans who are now in Metro Manila to demand food and peace for Mindanao from the Manila government. But he succumbed to complications of leukemia a few weeks ago.
“Tatay Francis” (Father Francis) was a seminarian who thumbed down privileged treatment so he can be dissuaded from his activism. Only short of his ordination, he chose instead to work full time among peasants and indigenous peoples teaching them literacy and sustainable agriculture. He joined the New People’s Army when the Philippine Army was out looking for him. In jail, he never wavered in his commitments to the people. Until he reached old age he was still in the forefront working for the people’s interest.
Francis was active calling for justice for the victims of natural and human disasters. He put high and mighty government officials to task in whatever forum. Mindanaoans feel orphaned by his death.
This video shows the humble tribute organized by Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment and the Manilakbayan who could not attend his funeral in Davao.
The members of Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) held a protest to denounce the four year Aquino administration for not giving them any single salary increase amidst endless price increases of basic commodities and services.
November 27, 2014