Pagpupugay sa mga Ina ng Bayan
ni Wilma Austria Tiamzon
Ang araw ng mga ina ay isang okasyon na dumarating at lumilipas nang hindi
namamalayan ng maraming ina sa kanayunan at kalunsuran. Sila ay
naghihikahos at aligaga paano itatawid sa araw-araw ang pinakasaligang
pangangailangan ng mga anak at pamilya. Sinisikil ang kanilang
demokratikong mga karapatan at dumaranas ng iba’t- ibang anyo ng
pandarahas ng estado at pandarahas sa kababaihan. Sila ay lubos na
pinahihirapan ng mga salot na imperyalismo, pyudalismo at burukratang
kapitalismo na siyang puno’t dulo ng busabos at aping kalagayan ng
Ang masang ina ng uring manggagawa ay dumaranas ng kawalang kasiguruhan sa
trabaho dahil sa kawalang hanapbuhay at laganap na kontraktwalisasyon,
napakababang pasahod na lalo pang karampot para sa kababaihan, paninikil
sa karapatang mag- unyon at magwelga, at mala-aliping kondisyon sa paggawa
kabilang ang mga pang- aabusong sekswal. Milyon-milyong ina ang
nangangamuhan sa ibayong-dagat, nagtitiis ng mga taong malayo sa anak at
pamilya, at sumusuong sa sari-saring kahirapan at peligro. Sa kabila ng
walang tigil na kayod, ang pamilyang manggagawa ay namumuhay na animo’y
pulubi, walang disenteng tirahan, kapos sa pagkain at mga batayang
pangangailangan, at laging nasa bingit ng kapahamakan.
Ang masang ina ng mga magsasaka ay pinahihirapan ng iba’t-ibang
pagsasamantalang pyudal at malapyudal sa kanayunan. Kawalan o kakapusan ng
sariling lupang magsasaka ang pangunahing problema nila. Dahil dito,
pumapasok sila sa mapagsamantalang sistema ng hatian sa pagtatrabaho sa
lupa ng mga panginoong maylupa, lubhang mababang pasahod sa mga gawaing
bukid, walang bayad na pagtratrabaho sa kanilang mga anak na nasa murang
edad at iba pang relasyong mapang-abuso kabilang ang mga pabor na sekswal
kapalit ng ilang gatang na bigas at mga katulad. Ang maralitang pamilyang
magsasaka na binubuo ng malaking mayorya ng mga taga-nayon ay sagad sa
pagbabanat ng buto, salat sa pagkain at kahit sa malinis na inuming tubig,
at nabubuhay nang maikli at alipusta.
Kahit ang maliliit na nagmamay-ari at swelduhang empleyadong mga ina ay
laging gipit ang badyet at nasa peligrong bumagsak ang kabuhayan tamaan
lamang ng biglaang kagipitan gaya ng malubhang sakit o di kaya ay
pagkalugi ng negosyo dahil sa biglang taas ng presyo ng mga produkto.
Nagkakautang-utang sila upang tustusan ang pag-aaral ng mga anak na
mapagtapos man sa pag-aaral ay namumroblema sa walang kawalang-katiyakan
Manhid sa tunay na kalagayan at pangangailangan ng mga ina at masang
Pilipino ang punong papet at reakyunaryong si Benigno Simeon Aquino.
Nasa interes ng masang ina ng Sambayanang Pilipino na makalaya ang bansa
sa kontrol at dominasyon ng imperyalismong US upang makatayo sa sarili ang
ekonomya ng bansa, maisagawa ang tunay na industriyalisasyon, mabigyan ng
trabaho ang lahat, mapababa ang presyo ng mga bilihin at makamit ang tunay
Gayundin, nasa interes ng masang ina ng Sambayanang Pilipino na wakasan
ang lahat ng kasunduan at tratadong militar ng Pilipinas sa US tulad ng
Mutual Defense Pact, Military Assistance Pact, Visiting Forces Agreement
at ang pinakahuli, ang Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Ang mga ito
ay kasunduan para protektahan lamang ang interes sa ekonomya, pulitika at
militar ng imperyalismong US at maglalagay lamang sa peligro ng buhay ng
masang Pilipino kabilang na ang masang ina at kanilang mga anak.
Nasa interes ng masang ina ng Sambayanang Pilipino na wakasan ang
monopolyo sa lupa ng mga panginoong maylupa at kaakibat na pyudal at
malapyudal na pagsasamantala at ipatupad ang tunay na reporma sa lupa sa
pamamagitan ng libreng pamamahagi ng lupa sa mga magsasaka.
Nasa interes ng masang ina ng Sambayanang Pilipino na ilantad, labanan,
ihiwalay at patalsikin ang rehimeng Aquino na punong papet ng
imperyalismong US, numero unong asendero, pasista at tunay na mastermind
sa talamak na korupsyon sa reaksyunaryong gobyerno ngayon.
Nakakawing ang kinabukasan ng mga anak ng bayan sa patataguyod ng masang
ina ng Sambayanang Pilipino sa adhikaing pambansa at demokratiko. Ang
makainang pagmamahal at pagkalinga, ang kahandaang proteksyunan ang mga
anak at pamilya sa lahat ng uri ng kapahamakan at ang katapangang
magtanggol laban sa pagsasamantala at pang-aapi ay hindi na lamang sa loob
ng sariling mga tahanan. Ang tahanan ng mga ina ng bayan ay ang buong
bayan at ang lahat ng anak ng Sambayanang Pilipino ay kanya ring anak.
Mabuhay ang dakilang ina ng bayan!
Wilma Austria Tiamzon
NDFP National Consultant
Mayo 10, 2014
May 10, 2014
Rjei Manalo, Spokesperson, Free Andrea Rosal Movement
Cristina Palabay, Convenor, Tanggol Bayi (0917-3162831)
Release Andrea Rosal, Wilma Austria Tiamzon, Loida
Magpatoc and all political prisoners!
Children and relatives of women political prisoners, and human rights
advocates today commemorated Mothers’ Day, through a tribute-program to
call for their immediate release of women political prisoners and all
“We are inspired by the courage of these women who, though handcuffed and
incarcerated, continue to profess their stand for the cause of the
oppressed and exploited children and women,” said Rjei Manalo,
spokesperson of the Free Andrea Rosal Movement.
Rosal, who is expected to give birth this month to her first child, was
arrested March 27, 2014 based on false charges of murder. She is the
eldest daughter of the late Ka Roger Rosal, former spokesperson of the
Communist Party of the Philippines.
“Perhaps her only crime, if that can be considered a crime, is being her
father’s daughter. Andrea should give birth in an environment where she
can nurture her baby, in the best possible way. That environment is
outside the cramped confines of prison cells, where she is unjustly
detained and persecuted for crimes she did not commit,” Manalo said.
Human rights group Karapatan documented 41 women political prisoners out
of the 489 political prisoners in the Philippines.
The organizers also paid tribute to two women peace consultants Wilma
Austria Tiamzon and Loida Magpatoc of the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines, who are protected under the GPH-NDFP Joint Agreement on
Safety and immunity Guarantees (JASIG). Tiamzon has two children, while
Magpatoc has three.
“Tiamzon and Magpatoc are one with the Filipino mothers in their
aspirations for just and lasting peace, which is why they strive, in their
capacity as peace consultants, to work for the just resolution of the
armed conflict in the country. They advocate for nationalist
industrialization, genuine agrarian reform, and a country that is free
from foreign domination and control,” said Cristina Palabay, convenor of
In a statement, Tiamzon said “Nakakawing ang kinabukasan ng mga anak ng
bayan sa pagtataguyod ng masang ina ng sambayanang Pilipino sa adhikaing
pambansa at demokratiko. Ang makainang pagmamahal at pagkalinga, ang
kahandaang proteksyunan ang mga anak at pamilya sa lahat ng uri ng
kapahamakan at ang katapanganang magtanggol laban sa pagsasamantal at
pang-aapi ay hindi lamang sa loob ng sariling mga tahanan. Ang tahanan ng
mga ina ng bayan ay ang buong bayan at ang lahat ng anak ng sambayanang
Pilipino ay kanya ring mga anak.”
Former political prisoners Angie Ipong and women health workers from the
detained 43 health workers also participated in the program. A mural of a
mother and her child was completed by the participants during the program,
depicting the rights advocates’ tribute to women political prisoners. The
activity was held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and was
sponsored by the Free Andrea Rosal Movement, Tanggol Bayi, Congress of
Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy, and the All-UP
“We call for the immediate release of Andrea Rosal, Wilma Austria Tiamzon,
Loida Magpatoc and all women political prisoners. Great mothers like them
should be honored and treasured, not imprisoned and persecuted,” Manalo
Tanggol Bayi is an association of women human rights defenders in the
Philippines to advance women’s rights as human rights. Tanggol Bai is
formed to further develop the capability of women human rights defenders
to protect and advance women’s, human and peoples’ rights while giving
special attention to the rights of WHRDs; to provide a venue by which
WHRDs can give mutual assistance to one another especially to those who
are facing immediate threats; provide information and facilitate HR
education to WHRDs to even better sensitize them to violations of
political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights; through common
effort, enable WHRDs to effectively forward policies and legislations,
fight for their rights and generate resources for the needs of their human
rights advocacy; and network with other human rights organizations in the
country and abroad.
Contact us at:
2/F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets
Barangay Central District, Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: (632) 434 2837
Fax: (632) 435 4146
Wilma Tiamzon, a peace consultant of the National
Democratic Front of the Philippines and a Martial Law activist, was
arrested in March 22, 2014, despite an agreement between the NDFP and the
Philippine government on the safety and immunity of consultants such as
Wilma from arrests and other rights violations. Trumped up charges were
filed against her, her husband and fellow peace consultant Benito Tiamzon,
and five others.
Wilma Austria, 63, is the third among five siblings of a lower-middle
class family. Her father was an office clerk. She attended elementary at
the San Joaquin Elementary School in Pasig where she graduated
valedictorian. In high school, her high school education at the Rizal High
School was partially supported by her membership in a Rondalla.
Austria entered the University of the Philippines in 1969 where she was a
Provincial State scholar. She was a member of the Samahan ng mga
Demokratikong Kabataan (SDK), an organization of youth activists, which
eventually went underground during the Martial Law period. Since then,
Wilma has untiringly worked for the rights of women and children in the
country, and has actively participated and led the national democratic
struggle of the Filipino people.
Because of the State’s policy of targeting those it unilaterally deems it
enemies, Austria was arrested and tortured by former Pres. Marcos’s
Philippine Constabulary in July 1973 and was released in March 1974. She
was rearrested in October 1989 and was able to escape in December 1989. On
May 4, 1994, she was again rearrested and was released on recognizance in
June 1994 under the custody of the late Bishop Alberto Ramento of the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI).
Wilma has a daughter and a son. In 1975, during Martial Law, she gave
birth to her daughter in a barrio, where a peasant family took care of her
daughter, with the help of the peasant masses in the barrio. She was
nursed with condensed milk from 6 months to 1 year, ate cassava and sweet
potatoes as staple food.
Her son was born in 1980 and was taken cared of by Benito’s family since
then. After high school, her son stop schooling for two years to earn
money for his education, by taking on different jobs, including washing
the dishes in a Chinese restaurant.
From a post by: Tinay Palabay of Tanggol Bayi
Andrea Rosal, 31, was 7-months pregnant during her arrest last March 27,
2014. She is an organizer of the Pagkakaisa at Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka sa
Laguna, a peasant organization in a province south of the Philippines’
capital. She is the eldest daughter of the late Ka Roger Rosal, former
spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Andrea has experienced continuous violation of her rights from the state
forces since she was a child. In 1989, when she was merely five years old,
Andrea was abducted by soldiers, while she was under the care of her
grandmother in Ragay, Camarines Sur, in a bid to force Ka Roger’s
surrender. The military was eventually compelled to release Andrea due to
strong public protests.
Andrea was arrested using a warrant of Arrest based on an indictment for
murder, and kidnapping with murder, case of trumped up cases implicating
her because she is the daughter of a former high-profile official of the
She is currently detained at the Female Dormitory at the Camp Bagong Diwa,
Taguig City. Andrea’s condition inside jail violates international
standards such as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the
Treatment of Prisoners, the Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and
Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (or the Bangkok Rules) and the
Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment. All measures are in accordance with the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which the Philippine government
signed in1966 and ratified in 1986, almost three decades ago.
Andrea currently shares the cell with 24 other female detainees, some of
whom are also political prisoners. Each cell has only a window built along
the building’s corridor; no window is built where fresh air and sunlight
could get through. Due to her arrest, Andrea did not have the chance to
prepare for the baby's needs, such as diapers, clothes, etc. She had
stopped drinking her supplements and has to make do with food rations,
usually just rice and a very small amount of fish or boiled vegetable.
According to Andrea’s attending doctor from the Health Alliance for Human
Rights, the baby is due anytime. When she gives birth, Andrea is
reportedly given only 24 hours to be with her baby, a very short period
for her to feed her child with colostrum and eventually breastfeed her.
The threat of separating Andrea and her baby forebodes the Philippine
government’s violations of the recommendations of World Health
Organization on breastfeeding and the UN Convention on the Rights of the
Child. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months and
sustained breastfeeding for more than two years in an environment where
both baby and mother are properly fed and cared for, where the mother can
also have the health and stamina to nurture her child, free from
unnecessary stress and discomfort. Article 7 of the Convention of the
Rights of the Child stipulates that the child has the right to know and be
cared for by his or her parents.
From a post by: Tinay Palabay of Tanggol Bayi