CL JOINS UNITED PEOPLE’S SONA

CL JOINS UNITED PEOPLE’S SONA

CENTRAL LUZON JOINS UNITED PEOPLE’S SONA AS BUILD, BUILD, BUILD WORSENS DEVELOPMENT AGGRESSION Heavy rain from the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Depression, serious flood and seven checkpoints attempted to stop the peasants and Indigenous People of Central Luzon from reaching the United Peoples SONA this year. “They can delay our vehicles but never our anger!” they said. Not even sickness could prevent them from marching to Batasan to hold a protest particularly on the worsening development aggression in several provinces like Tarlac, Pampangga and Zambales. They have come a long way to testify that during the past two years President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had never fulfilled his promise: to improve the lives of the Filipino people. Displacement of Aytas in Tarlac including thousands of national minorities due to numerous projects lined up the President’s Ten-Point Economic Agenda. The president’s BUILD, BUILD, BUILD program triggers the destruction of productive farmlands of local peasants and the ancestral domains of the Aeta which is...
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Fake Independence

Fake Independence

The Philippines is still under colonial status despite Filipinos celebrating its Independence Day, in which the Aetas are displaced from their ancestral lands due to widespread imperialists' plunder. In the image: Protesters during the 120th anniversary Philippines' Independence Day | Photo courtesy of CNN Philippines  On June 12, the Philippines celebrated its 120th anniversary of independence after being colonized by the Spaniards for 333 years. Up to this day, the Philippines is still under this fake independence due to the semi-colonial status and indirect control of the Philippine society being tied to agreements and organizations controlled by the U.S. imperialists such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization, Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Moreover, the Duterte regime will borrow trillions of pesos to fund their "Build Build Build" project. Corr Analytics founder, Anders Corr, has warned that the Philippines could fall into "debt bondage" if this project will be fueled by high-interest rate loans...
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Peasants March Against Fascism

Peasants March Against Fascism

  KAMANDAG joined the nationally coordinated protest to demand genuine agrarian reform and fight against tyranny and state fascism of the US-Duterte regime held last June 8, 2018. Among the failed promises of Duterte during his campaign includes genuine agrarian reform for the peasantry. He promised in his early days in office to implement a moratorium in land use conversion, and the peasants held high hopes as he directs the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) to review all land use conversion applications. It was only a press release, a promise written in a body of water, a macho fascist bravado. In reality, KAMANDAG witnessed the worsening of the situation of peasants, as he not only continued previously rampant land conversions, but up the ante--widening and hastening state-sponsored landgrabbing. The Duterte's 2040 AmBisyon plans with 'Build Build Build' Campaign as its flagship program to eradicate poverty, but on the contrary is now killing the livelihood and eradicating the homes of peasants and indigenous people....
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A 71 year Old Nun

A 71 year Old Nun

The Administration Trembles On A 71 Years Old Nun   PHOTO COURTESY OF: THE PHILIPPINE STAR As the pontiff reiterate that it’s very important to visit secluded places where injustices happen frequently or those communities being forgotten by the society. Submerging once self to the masses is a deed that cannot be separated from the life of a Christian, especially for those who consecrated themselves to serve the people of God. Sr. Patricia Fox is a foreign nun who choose to serve in the Philippines, because he saw and loved the peasants and the indigenous being oppressed at the countryside. The life of sister Pat reflects the message of Jesus: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” -Matthew 25:35 The only goal of sister Pat is to feed the empty stomach of the farmers, the ones who provide food for us cannot have a food...
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Hinggil Sa Imersyon

Hinggil Sa Imersyon

Mensahe ng pagkundena sa red-tagging na pahayag ni PNP Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao hinggil sa pakikipamuhay sa batayang masa sa kabundukan, ng mga mag-aaral ngayong bakasyon. Photo Credits to: Manila Bulletin Kamakailan lamang, nagpahayag si PNP Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao sa mga magulang na bantayan ang aktibidad ng kanilang mga anak ngayong bakasyon. Ayon sa kanya, ang pag-akyat sa mga kabundukan upang makipamuhay sa mga lokal residente at mga katutubo ay kinakasangkapan umano ng ilang mga grupo upang marekruta at maging rebelde ang kanilang mga anak. Ang ganitong mga pahayag ay isang malinaw na represyon sa panig ng mga guro at mag-aaral na naghahangad ng kongkretong pagsususuri sa konkretong kalagayan ng iba't ibang sektor sa ating lipunan, gayundin ay isa itong antagonistikong pagsupil sa uri ng edukasyong siyentipiko at makabayan na naglalayong makapagbigay ng malalim na pag-aaral sa mga kalagayang panlipunan. Mariing kinukondena ng KAMANDAG – Kaisahan ng mga Artista at Manunulat na Ayaw sa Development Aggression ang naging pahayag na ito ni...
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SI ERNIE

SI ERNIE

SI ERNIE, ANG KAIBIGAN KONG ITA Sa alaala na lang malinaw ang dating yaman nila Ernie. Ang imahe ng dating malawak na lupaing tinutubuan ng samu’t saring mga gulay at prutas na makakain ng mga hayop at tao ay isang alaalang nananatiling buo sa kanyang pusong puno pa rin ng pag-asang matatamasa muli. Sagana sa pagkain at tubig ang buhay noon, bukang bibig ng kaibigan kong Ita nang magsimula siya magkuwento tungkol sa buhay nila noon bago pumutok ang Bulkang Pinatubo. Nakatingin siya sa malayo, kaliwa’t kanan ang pagtuturo habang pilit pinaiintindi kung gaano kalawak ang lugar nila noon. “Ang daming pagkain noon. Nagtatanim kami ng ampalaya, gabi, pinya. Madami!” Pagmamalaki ni Ernie habang ipinapakita kung gaano kalalaki ang mga gulay na naaani niya noon. “Ganito kalaki!” Idiniretso ni Ernie ang kanyang humigit kumulang limampung taong gulang na braso para ipakita na ganoon kalaki ang mga ampalayang inaani niya noon, ga-braso. Ganoon din daw halos kalaki ang mga isda na hinuhuli nila...
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On MMK’s recent episode

On MMK’s recent episode

On MMK’s recent episode: The true story of Roman King revealed On Maala-ala Mo Kaya’s (MMK’s) recent episode which aired on March 24 2018, we were promised a dramatization of the life of Norman King, the first Aeta who graduated in the University of the Philippines (UP). The achievement of Norman King received positive reactions by the general public and on social media; Despite the reality such attainment is never the usual case for an Aeta because of systemic and socio-economic factors, we are among those who were pleased with the education that Norman King attained, as we also believe that all Indigenous People have a right to higher education. But in the actual episode, instead of merely celebrating Norman King's achievement, the limelight and the lead role falls unto Norman’s father, Roman King, portrayed as a hero. Here we had to draw a line and expose the truth, for as much as we are glad of Norman King's achievement we cannot...
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ChaCha: The casualties

ChaCha: The casualties

ChaCha: To More State-Sponsored Land Grabbing and Imperialist Plunder. On Photo: KAMANDAG Artists joined mass-movement against charter change. The supermajority of the Congress is taking its steps to amend the constitution as per the precept of President Duterte. The focus of the amendment is the shift of the Philippines to a Federal Government, that will divide the country into five states: The state of Luzon, the state of Visayas, the state of Mindanao, the state of Bangsamoro and the state of Metro Manila. The Philippines for Sale On the declaration of Federal-State Principles and Policies, it will remove our two current economic principles that states, “the State shall develop a self-reliant and independent national economy effectively controlled by the Filipinos” and “The State shall promote comprehensive rural development and agrarian reform”, thus, the 60-40 limit of foreign equity will be removed, so the Philippines will allow 100% ownership of lands and companies from foreign investors. The result of this action leads to more oppression,...
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Obliterating A Race

Obliterating A Race

Projects, to Obliterate Aeta Race  Aeta Tribes currently live on the mountain range in Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Tarlac. Various tribal elders reveal that they once lived in the plains: The men were hunters that provided meat for the family; while the women worked on farms, took care of the kids,and cooked the meat from the hunt. The Aetas lived peacefully; nature provided all of their needs --from clothing, shelter, up to their daily necessities. Colonizers tried to steal their ancestral lands but none was successful. Unfortunately, because of the widespread dominion of our colonizers, the Aetas have been gradually pushed from the plains to the mountains ranges. Since then, Aeta Tribes continued to struggle because of their displacement from their initial location. In today’s time, Indigenous people continue to suffer from the imminent plunder of their ancestral domains; and the constant threat of displacement; and worse, the obliteration of their entire history, culture, and race. The struggle for the right to self-determination...
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