Posts

WHICH SHALL COME AHEAD?

By Jose Maria Sison

Which shall come ahead?
The blazing of forests,
The thawing of icebergs,
The rise of oceans,
The drowning of cities,
The parching of the land,
The whimpering death?

Which shall come ahead?
Sudden fright at the big burst,
Mushrooms in the sky,
Blinding light in a trice,
Before the endless night
Under the seamless fog,
The freezing of the land?

Which shall come ahead?
The endless rule and lure of greed,
The cycles of boom and bust,
The captive flow of blood and sweat,
The ruin of the greenscape,
Or the breaking of chains
To end myths of the endless?

Which shall come ahead?
The rise of the human spirit,
The liberation of the oppressed,
To smite the vile sources
Of greed, wars and plunder
To end the absurd choice
Of calamity to doom all humankind.

 

ALIN ANG MAUUNA?

Alin ang mauuna?
Ang pagliyab ng mga gubat,
Ang paglusaw ng mga yelong bundok,
Ang pag-ahon ng mga karagatan
Ang paglunod ng mga lungsod,
Ang pagtigang ng kalupaan.
Ang maungol na kamatayan?

Alin ang mauuna?
Biglang takot sa pagsambulat,
Mga kabute sa kalangitan,
Saglit ng makabulag na liwanag,
Bago ang gabing walang hanggan
Sa ilalim ng walang siwang na ulap,
Ang pagyelo ng kalupaan?

Alin ang mauuna?
Laging paghari at tukso ng kasakiman,
Mga siklo ng paglobo at pagsabog,
Ang binihag na daloy ng dugo at pawis,
Ang pagwasak sa luntiang tanawin,
O ang paglagot sa mga tanikala,
Nang wakasan ang mga mitong walang hanggan?

Alin ang mauuna?
Ang pagtayog ng makataong diwa,
Ang paglaya ng mga inaapi,
Upang bigwasan ang mga imbing bukal
Ng kasakiman, digmaan at pandarambong
Nang wakasan ang balighong pagpili
Ng kalamidad na tatapos sa sangkatauhan.

             —Utrecht, October 16, 2018

Day of reckoning in 2nd Duterte SONA protests

In a day of reckoning, tens of thousands of protesters under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) trooped outside Congress for Pres. Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017.

This was before he faced the protesters asking for more time and patience.

Bayan Sec-Gen Renato Reyes states the reasons for the protest citing anti-people and anti-national policies including the bombing of Marawi and martial law. (ILPS Philippines video)

Activists to Duterte: Is this the change you promised?

Marking Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office, people’s organizations from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) evaluated his performance using emoticons in a rally in Manila last June 30.

While acknowledging that the Duterte government delivered on some of his promises, the activists said the president promised so much more but has yet to deliver.

They added that whatever achievements the administration may have delivered, these are rendered inconsequential when compared to the killings of thousands under Duterte’s so-called war on illegal drugs.

They expressed opposition to martial law in Mindanao and demanded its lifting.

(International League of Peoples’ Struggle – Philippines video / Music by Danny Fabella of Musikang Bayan / Featured photo by Mark Kevin Reginio)

Read more

Progressives ready ‘wish-list’ for Duterte

Economic development workshop.PROGRESSIVE GROUPS from various sectors and regions gathered at the University of the Philippines yesterday for the “Pre-Summit to People’s Change” to discuss various issues they hoped would be addressed by the incoming Rodrigo Duterte administration.  The list will be presented at the National People’s Summit on June 29, also at UP.

Initially a broad 15-point agenda, the forum divided the list into four issues: economic development, social policy, corruption and government, and peace and human rights.

Read more