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[Tula] May araw din ang mga ina… -ni Nina Somera

May araw din ang mga ina…

Aakalain mo na iyon ay karaniwang gabi.
Sa isang iglap tinangay at pinatay
ng buwitre at ng kanyang galamay:
Mga anak na minsa’y may minimithi.

Hindi pa rin umaaraw.
Ang Pebong Silang ay balot sa takot
Maging sa mga pabaong bangungot.
“Totoo ba ito?” Nais mong magduda…
Ililihis sa iba’t ibang mararahas na tagpo,
Bibingihin sa mga ingay ng mga sumasambang tao at kanilang bayarang anino sa poon na mamatay-tao.
Ngunit sadyang gising ang diwa.
May kamalayan sa katotohanan.
May kumikitil sa mga karapatan.

Sa pusod ng poot ay pangarap ng mga ina:
Sa dulo ng bangungot ay may mga mananagot.
Wala nang maitatago at makalulusot
kapag nakalaya ang ginapos na hustiya.

(Mga litrato ng mga ina – Lorenza de los Santos, ina ni Kian de los Santos, kuha ni Jonathan Cellona para sa ABSCBN; Nanette Castillo, ina ni Aldrin Castillo, kuha ni Noel Celis para sa AFP at nalathala sa Rappler; at kuha ni Ezra Acayan na kinilala sa Ian Parry Award sa kanyang dokumentasyon ng mga extrajudicial killing sa ilalim ng rehimen ni Rodrigo Duterte.)

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[Tula] Nay, laban! -ni Talidhay ng Kaisa Ka-Mindanao

Nay, laban!
Ni Talidhay ng Kaisa Ka-Mindanao

Nay, kumusta ka!
Nitong nakaraan bigla ka raw nanghina
Isang linggo ka na palang hindi dinadatnan
Hindi mo lang pinansin, sa mga gawain tuloy lang sa paggampan
At nuong isang araw nga, ikaw ay dinugo
Ni hindi mo naisip na sa ospital magtungo
May masasakyan ba, e may COVID pa
Ilang oras pa ba ang byahe kung sa ospital pupunta
Kaya ang sabi mo, iinom ka na lang ng gamot at magpapahinga.

Sa susunod na mga araw, iikot ka na namang parang trumpo
Gabundok na labahan maghapon mong binubuno
Maglilinis ng bahay at magluluto kung meron mang mailuluto
Sana kahit ngayon lang, palabigasan natin ay mapuno.

Sa gitna ng pangamba kung san kukuha ng panggastos
Araw-araw kang bumabangon, sumasabay sa agos.
Sa kabila ng pag-aalala sa balitang sa bayan ay may ‘positive’ na
Nagpapapakatatag kang lagi para sa pamilya
Bago matulog hindi mo nakakalimutan na isa-isa kaming halikan at sabihan ng “Mahal kita”.

Kahapon nabalitaan mong nagbibigay na ng ayuda sa kabilang baranggay
Kumpleto naman daw pero dito sa atin mukang hahatiin.
Aba! Galit mong wika.
‘Sabi sa batas pwedeng kasuhan ang barangay o DSWD pag hindi buong ibibigay ang ayuda.’

Napangiti ako,
Kahit gaano kahirap ang buhay
Alam mo ang iyong karapatan
Alam mo kung paano kami ipaglaban.

Nay, kumusta ka!
Gabi-gabi ka pa rin bang lumuluha?
Wag ka lang bibitaw nay.
Hintayin mong kami ay lumaki
At sabay tayong lalaban
para baguhin ang lipunan.

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Remember Nanay Patria Andal – #rememberML@40

HRonlinePH.com celebrates Mother’s Day by remembering stories of Mothers who fought against Martial Law – women who have given us a vision of potential for human strength and renewal. Those who died leave us their stories of heroism.  Never again to Martial Law! #rememberML@40 

“Anong hirap pala ang mawalay sa mga mahal mo sa buhay, sa katulad kong isang ina. Ngunit ang damdamin ko ay lalo kong pinagtitibay; hangad ko pa rin ang paglaya at muling magkapiling tayong lahat.” – Nanay Andal
Nanay Patria Andal

Nanay Andal. Source: TFDP

Her story is that of a mother’s unselfish love for her children, on March 2, 1979, in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. Element of the Philippine Constabulary and Integrated National Police raided her house and retrieved a carbine under the bed in the room formerly occupied by Reynante, Nanay’s late son.

Nanay Andal had to be fetched from her small meat stall in the market, and her other son, Ervin were arrested and detained at the Provincial Jail.

It took ten days before they were arraigned in court and both pleaded innocence to the charge. The lawyer assigned to them convinced Nanay to plead guilty. He told her, that if she plead guilty, her son will be set free and she would get, at the most, two years in jail. She agreed. She withdrew her plea, and instead, entered a plea of guilty. Two years imprisonment was little sacrifice for her son’s freedom.

In the decision of the court dated December 14, 1979, Nanay Andal ws sentenced to a minimum term of 20 years to a maximum of life imprisonment.

The gun found at her house, was a momento she kept of her dead son Reynante, who was killed by members of the Task Force Lawin of the Philippine Army in 1971.

Source: “Filipino Women in Struggle” TFDP

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On the 40th Anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, let us push for the ‘Compensation Act’ for all victims
of human rights violations of the Marcoses,

JOIN us in our pledge to remember, inform and inspire the youth with the truth and lessons that our nation learned from this dark period of our history.

I pledge to…

Never Again to Martial Law!
We remember, we inform, we inspire
Our youth with the truth and lessons of Martial Law.
#rememberML@40

and Invite people to…
1. Like and share the “Remember ML@40” FB page
2. Invite/recruit 40 or more others to like “Remember ML@40” FB page and ask them to recruit 40 more
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5. Participate in the “Online action day”
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