Some 35 years ago, among the jokes shared then were parallelisms made of a supposed couple-dictator in South America or the fascist Hitler with our own “conjugal dictatorship” who also would have rewritten history the way they would have wanted it, and not the way people carved it.
When gentlemen, leaders agree on things but cannot keep their word, they are no gentlemen nor leaders, they are but men without honor.
Why would the Filipino’s very own King of the Road take to the streets? Last week the militant organization of public utility vehicles (PUVs) declared a nationwide strike against the recently revised government proposal for transport modernization.
Social media was recently vibrant with spirited discourse on the “Igorot Attire”. The image of Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) Chairman Windel Bolinget in g-string delivering a speech against Marcos and Duterte fascism went viral, at the September 11 protest march to the Libingan ng mga Bayani, one of the many mobilizations in the National Lakbayan of National Minorities that converged in Metro Manila for self-determination and just peace.
October is indigenous peoples (IP) month and also is peasant’s month. It was a Presidential Proclamation #1906 of 2009 that designated October as the national indigenous peoples month, and the Catholic and Protestant churches have also declared it the Tribal Filipino month. On the other hand, according to independent think tank Ibon, October too is marked by the Philippine peasant movement as Peasant Month.
The President declared the anniversary date of the declaration of martial law by then president Ferdinand Marcos as the first national day of protest, as if to steal and take away the thunder from the legitimate protest and rage of the Filipino people against the oppressive fascist dictators’ rule of the country.
Duterte also greeted the Muslim population a Happy New Year. September 21 is also the Islamic New Year or Amun Jadid celebrated by all Muslims the world over. But he did not say anything about the immediate end of martial law over the Island of Mindanao where most of the Muslim population of the country are located.