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2022 ELECTIONS: Progressives ask 1Sambayan to use all means to unite opposition

Progressive groups urged 1Sambayan to pursue its “original mission” to unify non-administration candidates into a single slate as a convenor announced the alliance is endorsing Vice President Leni Robredo to be its standard bearer in next year’s presidential elections.

Activist 1Sambayan member organizations said they believe the possible continuation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “incompetent and tyrannical rule” as well the return to power of the Marcos dynasty should compel the alliance to “mobilize the broadest range of forces and inspire the voters to defeat Duterte and Marcos candidates in 2022.”

The Kilusang Mayo Uno, Tanggol Magsasaka, National Union of Student of the Philippines, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Promotion of Church People’s Response, Health Alliance for Democracy and Katribu said in a statement Friday they are concerned that 1Sambayan’s role in contributing to unification will be hampered by the perception that it has sealed support for a particular candidate with its early endorsement of Robredo’s candidacy.

“In a situation that remains very fluid, all efforts at forging a single unified slate should be exhausted and all options should remain open,” the groups said.

1Sambayan convenor and former Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio announced on the first day of the week-long period for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) last October 1 it is endorsing Robredo as their candidate for the presidency.

The progressive groups’ statement however suggests the decision to announce the endorsement was not unanimous among 1Sambayan members.

“We had expressed on occasion that it would be best for 1Sambayan to make a decision on the endorsement after the period of filing of certificates of candidacy. By then we would have a clearer picture of who are running. This would also allow all unification efforts, including VP Robredo’s, to proceed unhampered,” they said.

The groups said Robredo remains to be among 1Sambayan’s choices as standard bearer and they support the Vice President’s current position to remain engaged in efforts to unite various parties against Duterte and Marcos forces.

“Vice President Leni Robredo is a very competent and principled leader worthy of 1Sambayan’s support,” the activists said, urging the alliance to support her position to unite the opposition and have a better chance at defeating administration candidates.

Other 1Sambayan convenors have yet to reply to the progressive groups’ statement.

Meanwhile, only Senator Manny Pacquiao among the popular names has formally filed his COC so far while Senator Panfilo Lacson and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno have yet to file after their announcements of their respective intentions to seek the presidency.

Seven other candidates have also filed their COCs the past two days.

In a move that surprised the country, Senator Christopher Go has instead filed his COC for the vice presidency on Saturday despite the announcement of a PDP-Laban Party faction he is its presidential candidate next year.

His announced running mate President Duterte has instead announced he will retire from electoral politics.

Activists however noted that Duterte has a history of announcing his retirement, only to later use the substitution provisions of election laws for his candidacy. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Highlights of the #TamaNaWakasanNa protest last Tuesday

Commemorating the 49th anniversary of martial law declaration in the Philippines, social activists from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) vowed to end the Duterte regime which they likened to the Marcos fascist dictatorship. (Video by Philip Brown)

Wakasan si Duterte, sigaw sa Pambansang Araw ng Protesta

Nagtipon ang iba’t-ibang grupo sa Liwasang Bonifacio bilang bahagi ng pambansang araw ng pagkilos para sa panawagang wakasan na ang administrasyong Duterte, Setyembre 21, 2021. Itinaon ang protesta sa ika-49 taong komemorasyon ng batas militar na ayon sa mga progresibong grupo ay walang pinagkaiba si Duterte sa dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos lalo na sa usapin ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao at korapsyon sa gobyerno.

GABI NG LAGIM

Ni Pablo Tariman

Mahirap alisin

Ang tagaktak ng pawis

Sa maalinsangang hapit

Ng hangin

Sa biglaang buhos ng ulan.

Ubos na ang mga laway

Sa magdamag na pagmumura.

Nawala ka na naman sa iyong sarili

Bunga ng sigalot sa magdamag.

Hindi ko masyadong napansin

Ang pagsara ng Graphic magazine

At ABS CBN noon Setyembre 1972.

Tahimik kong tinanggap

Na wala na akong trabaho

Sa edad 23.

Upong diyes pa noon

Sa mga jeepney.

P35 isang buwan ang bed space.

Proofreader ako P240 isang buwan.

Ngunit napagkakasya

At may natitira pang

Naipapadala sa probinsiya.

Kung iisipin

Isa lang namang network ang nasarhan

Sa kakaibang ‘martial law’ ng 2020.

Pero bakit kumukulo

Ang iyong mga dugo

Tuwing nakikita mo imahen

Ng berdugo sa telebisyon?

Kakaiba ang martial law ng 1972

May namamatay

Pero hindi nabibilang ng DOH.

Hindi puno ang mga ospital

Ng mga agaw buhay at

Mabilis na yayao.

Kakaiba ang ‘martial law’ ng 2020

Ang dami ng nagugutom

Marami ang nakatira sa mga jeepney

Dahil napalayas na

At hindi na makabayad ng upa.

Bakit?

Nasa gitna pa

Ng walang katapusang konsultasyon

Ang mga butihing mga tauhan

Ng DOTC na walang kibo’t bibig

Kundi kung ano-anong hierarchy

Ng mga priorities.

Maraming salita sa English

Na hindi halata

Ang harapang pandarambong.

Kakatayin ka na lang

Pero ipapakita ang mukha

Kuno ng compassion

At pikit matang binigay mga rota

Sa mga modern jeepneys.

Bakit masaklap ang ‘martial law’

Ng 2020?

Ang daming gutom.

Ang daming nawalan ng trabaho.

Ang daming naglalakad

Dahil walang masakyan.

Kalunos-lunos ang mga hiyaw

Ng mga OFW

Sa evening news ng TV

At humihingi ng tulong.

Ngunit inuna

Ang pagpapasa ng Anti Terror Law

Sa gitna ng paghihirap

Ng mga tao.

Ubos na ang mga laway

Sa magdamag na pagmumura.

Puyos ng galit

Ang lumalabas sa mga bibig mo.

Hindi na maiibsan

Ang paghihirap

Sa pagbigkas

Ng mga tula ni Maya Angelou

At mga pahimakas ni Walt Whitman.

Malinaw na ang daan

Na tinatahak

Ng diktador ng Mindanaw.

Nagkukumahog na dumalaw

Sa mga namatay na mga sundalo

Para sabihin lang

Walang ibang pangulo

Ang nagbigay ng maraming benepisyo

Sa kanila

Kundi siya.

Sa totoo lang

Takot siya na iwanan

Pag kumampi ang mga kawal

Sa galit na sambayanan.

Inabutan na ako

Ng dalawang kakaibang martial law.

Isa lang ang may pakana noong 1972.

Sa 2020, kakutsaba ang kongreso

At mga galamay na matsing

Na todo intense acting

Sa hearing.

Pero laging nabubuking

Ang mga

Totoong pakay.

Ako’y handa na

Sa susunod na gabi ng lagim.

Handa na ang mga kuwento

Ng mga halang na kaluluwa

Sa gitna ng pandemya.

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‘We commit ourselves to the highest standards of journalism to serve the oppressed’

“We, the member student publications of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, strongly call and urge every campus journalist to join us in commemorating the evils witnessed by the nation during the Marcos dictatorship. In honor of our brave predecessors Liliosa Hilao, Leticia Ladlad, Ditto Sarmiento and Antonio Tagamolila, we will never forget the horrors that the Marcos regime tried to hide but never succeeded. We commit ourselves to the highest standards of journalism to serve the oppressed and exploited masses. We won’t and will never forget!”

‘We will never forget the atrocities they committed and their cronies’

“The Marcoses and the Dutertes, as well as their cohorts, might join forces in rewriting history. But we will not forget nor cower. We, victims of Marcos’ martial law, will never forget the atrocities they committed and their cronies. Together with the Filipino people, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to uphold truth, justice, and human rights and continue to defy past and present fascist regimes.”Danilo Dela Fuenta, Martial Law victim and National Vice Chairperson, Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA)

‘We will never accept a repeat of such regimes’

“We will never accept a repeat of such regimes, which will be made worse with a Duterte-Marcos tandem in the 2022 elections. We call on all freedom-loving Filipinos to vigorously reject, campaign and vote against them and to continue to demand accountability from them.”Prof. Judy Taguiwalo, Martial Law victim and Convenor, Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (CARMMA)

EDSA PEOPLE POWER 1: Paggunita sa tagumpay ng mamamayan

Sa komemorasyon ng ika-35 anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power I, ipinaalala ng mga progresibong grupo ang mahabang paglaban ng mamamayan kontra tiraniya at diktadurya. Sa programa sa harap ng Department of National Defense at martsa patungong People Power Monument, hinimok nila ang sambayanan na muling tumindig para sa demokrasya.

‘Nagpapatuloy ang pakikibaka para sa kalayaan at hustisya’

“Talumpu’t limang taon ang nakalipas, kasama sa martsa ng mamamayang Pilipino ang uring manggagawa para ibagsak ang isang diktador. Subalit ang inisyal na tagumpay na magtutulak sana ng mga ekonomiko at pampulitikang reporma ay tuloy-tuloy na nilustay ng mga sumunod na rehimen. Pero isa ang tiyak: Nananatiling buhay ang militansya ng pagkakaisa ng mamamayang Pilipino. Nagpapatuloy ang pakikibaka para sa kalayaan at hustisya ng ating bayan.”Jerome Adonis, Pangkalahatang Kalihim, Kilusang Mayo Uno

Kabataan, ipagpapatuloy ang laban na nasimulan noong martial law

Sa pagkilos ng mga kabataan sa harap ng Commission on Human Rights sa ika-48 anibersaryo ng martial law noong nakaraang Lunes, Setyembre 21, nagpahayag si Regina Tolentino, deputy secretary general ng College Editors Guild of the Philippines o CEGP, na nais ipagpatuloy ng mga kabataan ang pakikibaka noong panahon ng batas militar.

Ito aniya ay dahil walang pinag-kaiba ang kasalukuyang rehimen ni Pangulong Duterte sa panahon ni Marcos sa isyu ng karapatang pantao at usaping panlipunan.