Testament of an Unknown Revolutionary

20 03 2011

After a one year hiatus, I am back with a repost of Testament of an Unknown Revolutionary.  Flames of revolution still continue in the Philippines and around the world despite counter-insurgency tactics led by U.S. Imperialists, their allies, and their reactionary puppets.

Testament of an Unknown Revolutionary

by Robert Whymant

Published in the Guardian on January 21, 1974

Whether Solita Esternon is her real name, her alias in the revolutionary movement, or an arbitrary invention still remains unknown to the interrogators in the military prison at Sorsogon.

What they have established so far is that the woman they are holding is a 24 year old university student and a cadre in the Maoist guerrilla organization, the New People’s Army (NPA) until she was caught in December. They have found too, that she is four months pregnant.

According to her captors, the para-military Philippines Constabulary, she’s a “hard-core” case, she was carrying a loaded .3 calibre pistol when arrested, and is believed to have been entrusted with the delicate task of establishing a base in Sorsogon City.

Her rigid espousal of the necessity for armed struggle, her refusal to compromise by disclosing information about her comrades’ whereabouts will make her a tough subject to re-educate, they say. Read the rest of this entry »

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People Power Tour

14 04 2009

People Power Tour

Filipino American emcee Geologic (Blue Scholars), and fellow organizer/emcee Kiwi, embarked on the Stop the Killings tour (2007), to address the human rights violations and raise funds for the families of victims in the Philippines. Now in 2009, with a new partnership, the two emcees have formed the People Power tour with a mission to bring awareness to the plight of the Filipino people through critical, class-conscious music. Both Kiwi and Geo are active Filipino community organizers in their respective cities, drawing connections between the struggles of Filipinos in the US and their compatriots back home. They share the view that art is not only a reflection of the world, but a tool, which can help shape a just future society. From the rapidly gentrifying street-corner to the Ivory Tower of academia, Kiwi and Geo bring forth a message of resistance and self-determination in the tradition of pro-people Hip Hop music.

 

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Two of the West Coast’s premier Filipino emcees, Geologic aka Prometheus Brown of Seattle’s Blue Scholars and San Francisco’s Kiwi (by way of Los Angeles), formerly of Native Guns are teaming up again to rally youth and students nationwide to raise awareness about the worsening social, political and economic conditions in the Philippines under president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s (GMA) current administration. Read the rest of this entry »





Kabataang Makabayan

13 04 2009

 

Kabataang Makabayan

Kabataang Makabayan

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A muni bus shelter displaying the letters “K M” at night.  KM stands for Kabataang Makabayan or patriotic youth in tagalog.

The History of KM

The Kabataang Makabayan (KM) which was founded on November 30, 1964, arouses, organizes and mobilizes a wide section of the youth and students sector for the revolutionary cause. A major contribution of the KM is its relentless disposition of its members in the countryside to help build organs of political power and conduct important revolutionary work. It is constantly engaged in building and consolidating revolutionary chapters in schools and communities. 

KM was driven underground by the Marcos dictatorship under his decree of martial law to maintain the bourgeoisie rule at a time when workers and peasants were organizing for their basic rights.  KM, which is composed mainly of youth and students was declared illegal.  Those who were caught in KM were tortured and those who were suspected were accused of being enemies to the state.  Families and friends were threatened to any members known or suspected to be in KM.  A dark period had blanketed the Philippines in Marcos’ reign of terror.  With the leadership of KM, many students were able to mobilize with the broad masses to bring Marcos’ terror to an end.  People Power I will forever be remembered.  Today, President GMA,  is targeting legal mass organizations and labeling them terrorists without justification.  Her attempts to silence the masses is a slap in the face to human rights. The  jailing, kidnapping, extrajudicial killings of progressive lawyers, teachers, mass leaders, vocal women and students, unions, workers and peasants, as will as church leaders will continue to be documented, ridiculed, and condemned by the people.

The real heroes of the people have been fighting for their rights.  The real terrorist of the people have been silencing them.  

Kabataang Makabayan, in its historic role as the vanguard organization of Filipino youth, should know the balance of forces between imperialism and feudalism on the one hand and national democracy on the other. On the side of U.S. imperialism are the compradors and the big landlords. On the side of national democracy are the broad masses of our people, composed of the working class and the peasantry to which the vast majority of the Filipino youth today belong; the petty bourgeoisie, composed of small property-owners, students, intellectuals and professionals; and the national bourgeoisie, composed of Filipino entrepreneurs and trade Read the rest of this entry »