Maghimagsik! The fight for freedom and national democracy is not over.
Filipino families commemorated Andres Bonifacio Day (November 30) by fraternal union in the streets of Manila. Bonifamily Day as a national event was organized by sectoral formations of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN / New Patriotic Alliance) spearheaded by Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), GABRIELA and ANAKBAYAN with the support of Anakpawis Partylist, BAYAN MUNA, Gabriela Women’s Party, Kabataan Partylist, ACT Partylist, Migrante Partylist, Kalikasan Partylist, AKAP-Bata and Piston Partylist.
The assembly started at nine in the morning at Liwasang Bonifacio where a statue of Bonifacio is built in 2002. The brief program at the Liwasan included the One Billion Rising dance presentation of women and children advocates.
After taking picnic lunch, the assembly marched their way to the US Embassy as gesture of resistance to the US government’s colonial occupation in the Philippines at the current time of globalization. People did not reach it to the embassy façade however due to police blockade. Anyhow, they were able to perform the pre-rehearsed ritual of burning US flags, t-shirts and paraphernalia defying laws against US flag “desecration”.
It is not possible for the US government to dominate the country without their collaborators in crime such us the enthroned in Malacañang Palace. Thus, despite the terrible heat at midday, people then marched to Mendiola via urban poor sites of old Manila. A pro-people palace has open windows and doors for the poor but not this palace wherein the entrance gate at Mendiola Bridge is set with barbed wire and the national President does not even celebrate the national holiday with the majority hungry people.
Taking Mendiola as the next site for the people’s program, it was to be a symbolic declaration of Filipino people’s principled stand for social change, inspired by Bonifacio’s fighting spirit. While workers and youth members of the Linangan ng Kulturang Pilipino presented tableau sets of suffering people, the street gathering was a portrayal of a people being the country’s sons and daughters who care for equality and peace based on justice. In international solidarity, foreign participants of the International Migrant’s Tribunal on the Global Forum on Migration and Development also attended the event, sharing their sympathy over negligence and violation of the state to OFWs and migrants.
Ka Andres was not only a theater actor. He was a hero and martyr. He was a Filipino proletarian whose leadership was crucial in uniting hundred thousand people scattered in 7,107 islands and more than hundred languages. The Katipunan as a national movement was born in the late 18th century because corruption, human rights abuse, imposed religion and slave thinking were no longer edible.
Ka Andres lives, a hundred and forty-nine years at birth in the blood of new-born parliamentarian of the city for Genuine Land Reform, decent wage, food security and human rights.
Ka Andres lives, a century after the first colonial occupation in the blood of New People’s Army in the poorest of provinces who wage an agrarian revolution to socialize farming and feed the nation.#
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