Category Archives: Filipino Struggles
Last summer 3 correspondents from BASICS News in Canada went to the Philippines to report on the social conditions and the people who are organizing to change their society in the interest of the oppressed. This is a short documentary of the situation of the urban poor in the Philippines as told through a song written by Boy Tan, a long time cultural worker in the urban poor movement.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the broad masses of peasants and farm workers of Hacienda Luisita in their celebration of the Supreme Court’s November 22 decision revoking the stock distribution option (SDO) scheme of Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita Inc. and paving the way for the distribution of HLI’s remaining 4,900-hectare plantation. At the same time, the CPP calls on the peasants and farm workers to further strengthen their unity and brace for bigger struggles.
The Supreme Court decision which was made public yesterday marks a turning point in the legal struggle of the peasants and farm workers of Hacienda Luisita against the SDO, a scheme used by the Cojuangcos since the late 1980s to evade land reform. Besides revoking the SDO, the SC also compelled HLIto pay the peasants and farm workers the amount of P1.3 billion, corresponding to the area of land sold by HLI in the past years, including those which have been turned into a residential enclave and a portion of the Subic-Clark Expressway. While ordering the distribution of land, the SC also recognized the HLI’s “entitlement to just compensation.” Read the rest of this entry
October 21, 2011, Metro Manila – Over a thousand members of underground national democratic organizations from the Philippines’ Southern Tagalog region marched in EDSA to pay tribute to Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Ka Roger died of a heart attack on June 22, 2011 after serving as the national spokesperson of the proletarian party for almost two decades. He joined the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), during the 70s and have served the Philippine revolution ever since.