Plaques of Recogntion for contribution to the mass movement
Bantayog ng mga Bayani
December 16, 2010
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MESSAGE TO BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN (BAYAN)
ON THE CELEBRATION OF ITS 25th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
|BAYAN Chair Dr. Carol Araullo|
AMADO GAT INCIONG
-- from citation read by BAYAN
ARKIBONG BAYAN (MON RAMIREZ)
Sa panahon ng internet at digital information, isa sa mga mahusay na inisyatibang dapat kilalanin ay ang website na Arkibong Bayan. Ito ngayon ang pinakamasaklaw at pinakamalaking taga-tipon at imbakan ng documentation ng iba’t ibang pagkilos ng ating mga organisasyon – mula sa mga kilos-protesta, mga porum, hanggang sa parangal sa mga kasama, at iba pa, hindi lamang sa NCR at iba’t ibang rehiyon kundi maging sa ibang bansa. At hindi maaaring hindi natin kilalanin ang masigasig at matiyagang nagmamantina ng Arkibong Bayan, na isa ring engineer at syentista ng bayan.
Photo above shows Arkibong Bayan webmaster receiving the plaque of appreciation in behalf of its server host, Migrante Australia, and its group of volunteer photographers and archivists who keep the website supplied with photographs. statements and articles on various issues..
|Widow of Nards San Jose receives the plaque of appreciation||
(Plaque of appreciation received by a relatives)
Top 10 Mass Movement Moments
2. The struggle for land in
Hacienda Luisita. This fight has been waged for two decades now but 2010
was another major high point in the struggle. For the first time, the HLI
land dispute, which had the stock distribution option as the main issue,
was set for oral arguments by the Supreme Court. It was also during this
period that the HLI management sought to maneuver and undermine the court
proceedings by issuing a bogus compromise deal. The sham compromise was
immediately exposed by the farmers and their lawyers. Protests were held
at the SC and in HLI. The case is yet to be resolved. The farmers have
rejected the mediation being conducted by the SC.
3. The militance of the North
Triangle residents. This is one struggle where we saw the determination of
the urban pooor in defending their right to housing. With no real
relocation plans waiting for them, the residents of North Triangle QC
relied on their own organized strength and militantly resisted the
demolition teams, resulting in street battles along EDSA. The residents
were able to get a reprieve and the demolition attempts appeared to have
stopped for the meantime.
4. The “kuliglig” drivers’
resistance. This is another display of militance by working people
defending their right to livelihood. On the day they were to be banned
form main roads, the kuliglig drivers assembled near Manila City Hall and
blocked the main road with their vehicles. The protest on December 1 was
violently dispersed by the police. Thirteen were arrested, many were
injured. The economic crisis is so severe that people are ready to protest
when their livelihood is threatened.
5. The nationwide protests and
strikes by students and teachers against budget cuts in education. The
sustained protests against the budget cuts were able to mobilize thousands
nationwide. The actions were laudible because aside from the numbers
mobilized, the activities were broad, alliance-based actions. Students and
teachers marched side by side with school administrators.
6. Guarding the automated
elections. The year 2010 was historic also because of the first automated
nationwide polls. People were anxious about the reliability of the
elections, especially when there is the fear of a failure of elections and
a GMA-holdover. Various groups were organized, including AES Watch, Kontra
Daya and the nationwide network of TFPW. There were also broad protest
actions against any failure of elections and GMA’s holdover. The Jericho
March at the Comelec united many groups opposed to GMA.
7. Electoral victories – 2010
also saw gains in the electoral arena as progressive partylist groups
gained more votes and a new progressive partylist entered Congress. The
increase in votes however was undermined by the many bogus partylist
groups that the Comelec accredited. The 2010 elections also provided
valuable lessons in the conduct of a nationwide campaign for the Senate.
8. GMA’s last days in office.
Arroyo’s last days in office were marked with protest actions demanding
accountability. On June 29, Bayan led protesters to a march in Mendiola. A
giant mural as unveiled and dancers dressed in prison orange danced to the
tune of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”.
9. Aquino’s first SONA. The
SONA march was the signal fire in challenging and exposing the new Aquino
regime. The challenge revolved around economic policies, human rights,
justice and national sovereignty. Nearly 10,000 marched to Batasan on that
day. The SONA speech fell short of many people’s expectations and showed
the main weaknesses and lack of depth of the Aquino government.
10. Fight against impunity.
This year the fight against impunity continued. We marched to condemn the
extrajudicial killings under the new administration. Despite Palace claims
that 3 out of the 6 cases have been prosecuted, more killings emerged
reaching a total of 20 as the year ended. This year also marked the first
anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, with journalists and social
activists holding activities in Mendiola and Maguindanao.
(Plaque of Appreciation received by a member of Anakpawis)
(Plaque of Appreciation received by a member of Anakpawis)
|BAYAN Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr.|
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KADAMAY's Bea Arellano, an aunt of Mulong, and CAP member Joel Garduce hold a portrait of the poet in front of the FQS mural at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani. His portrait appears in CAP's Artista ng Bayan Calendar for 2011. The portrait of Mulong was done by visual artist and CAP secretariat member Renan Ortiz.J.►