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[Tula] Asukal na Pula (alay sa Sagay 9) -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Asukal na Pula (alay sa Sagay 9)
ni Rene Boy Abiva

Sagay…
sa ibabaw ng lupa mong tiwangwang na wari sa ‘sang ulog
dekada ka nang kaulayaw ng mga pagal na kaluluwa ng mga sakada
at ang maalat-maasim nilang pawis ang tumubog
sa katas ng bawat sangang nakatirik na anong tamis
na sa katas ng bawat sangang nakatirik ay anong pait ang pagka-amis.

Sagay…
sa ibabaw mo’y mayroong munting dampa
dampang yari sa kawaya’t binubungan gamit ang lona
na moog na sanang maituturing ang nakapalibot na haliging yari sa tubo
na kung lumawiswis sa kalagitnaan ng paggawa
ay animo’y uyayi nang ‘di mabilang na ama at inang pinatatahan sa kanilang dibdib
ang pagod na katawan at utak ng mga Anak ng Sakada
na kung umatungal ay waring pagod na baka at kalabaw
na kung mangarap ay nais ding abutin ang lahat ng kanilang tanaw.

Hanggang sa…
pasado alas-nuwebe gabi ng Oktubre beinte
unang gabi ng bungkalan sa Hacienda Nene
sing linaw ng liwanag ng buwan sa ala-ala ni Danilo Canete
kung paano nilasog ng balang wari’y sa machete
ang mga katawan ng sakadang lalaki at babae-
kinse minutos na umulan ng bala
na sa dami’y animo’y mga alitaptap na nabulabog sa kailaliman ng gabi
binalot ng ingay at alingawngaw ang paligid
ng mga pagputok na wari’y mula sa kwitis na sinindihan
upang salubungin ang Bagong Taon,
sa may kalayua’y pipisikpisik ang bunganga ng mga kanyon
na waring sa ‘sang kidlat
nangamoy pulbura at kalburo ang hangin
bumigat at nangamoy dugo
ang dating simoy na mula sa dagta ng tubo,
sumisigaw at manakanaka’y nagtatawanan ang bando ng mga bandido
at ‘di nakuntento at lumapit ang ilan sa kanila
at pinagkakalabit sa ibabaw ng ulo at dibdib ng siyam na sakada
ang bakal na gatilyo ng kwarenta y singko at trenta y otso,
habang sa magarbong palasyo ni Carmen Tolentino at Allan Subinco
naka-upo ang dalawang Panginoong Maylupa sa silyon
tumotongga ng ‘sang bote ng vodka’t puluta’y ubas
habang inaawit ng radyo ang Silent Night.

Sagay…
magpapasko na naman at babaha ng mga putaheng matamis
sana’y sa kada-nguya ng mga panga sa malutong na balat ng letson
o sa manamis-namis na hibla ng ispageti
o sa ‘sang tasa ng mainit na kape,
mayroong maka-alala ni isa sa mga Pilipino
na noong unang gabi ng bungkalan sa Negros
may s’yam na nagbuwis ng buhay
sa ngalan ng pakaasam-asam na kalayaan
laban sa mapaniil na sistemang pyudal
na sa una ngunit ‘di huling pagkakataon
kahit ‘sang saglit
kahit ‘sang saglit
hayaan nating tayo’y gisingin ng pait
ng asukal na pula!

Oktubre 30, 2018
Lunsod ng Queson, Maynila

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[Press Release] Labor rights group cries justice for 9 massacred farm workers in Negros Occidental -CTUHR

Labor rights group cries justice for 9 massacred farm workers in Negros Occidental

The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) condemns in strongest possible term the massacre of nine sugarcane workers, including four women and two minors, in Hacienda Nene, Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City, Negros Occidental yesterday October 20, 2018. While resting in a hut at 9pm last night, around 40 armed men strafed them with bullets. According to reports, there are indications that most victims were shot at the head and atleast three of them were burned.

The victims, who were all members of National Federation of Sugarcane Workers (NSFW), together with other landless farmers of Hacienda Nene had just begun their Land Cultivation Activity or ‘Bungkalan’ in the 75 hectares area of land. The said land owned by a certain Carmen Tolentino, is confirmed to be covered by government’s agrarian reform program yet remains to be undistributed.

It is as if not enough that farm workers in plantations, including those in Hacienda Nene, have been suffering from awful and slave-like conditions, receiving pay far below the living wage and became consistent targets of intimidation and red-tagging by state forces in order to delegitimize their struggles. This recent brutal killings of farmers just in time for the National Peasant Month and amidst soaring prices of rice and inflation merely reflects the Duterte administration’s apathy and atrocity towards farmers who toil to feed us every day.

The nine massacred farm workers add up to the 163 peasants killed under Duterte administration. Undeniably, President Duterte’s malicious and irresponsible tagging of peasants and workers’ organizations, human rights defenders, and dissenters as ‘communists’ has led to escalating attacks on their civil and political rights.

CTUHR also slammed the statement of Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Chief of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, saying that one of the slain victims was armed with calibre .38. The labor group finds this statement ridiculous and an obvious attempt to use “tokhang-style” planting of evidence to turn the tables and justify the brutal attack.

The unfolding of events over the past week which include the illegal arrest of labor and peasant organizers in separate incidents in Laguna and Nueva Ecija, abduction of two activists in Central Luzon and massacre of 9 sugar workers indicate how the government shamelessly disrespects and gravely violates human rights. For the people, these attacks are all but reason to tirelessly continue the struggle for just wages, dignified work and genuine land reform.

CTUHR adds its voice in demanding justice for Sagay 9 and supports independent investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

MEDIA RELEASE
21 October 2018

Reference:
Daisy Arago
CTUHR Executive Director
Tel # 0916248 4876 / 4110256

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[Appeal] Emergency appeal for Camiguin-Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro

Emergency appeal for Camiguin-Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro

AN APPEAL FOR CAMIGUIN

Another typhoon struck Northern Mindanao. This time Typhoon Gener hit the Island Province of Camiguin last July 27, 2012.

All five parishes in Camiguin; Mambajao, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman were not spared of destruction. Continuous heavy rains generated flashfloods which uprooted trees, with tons of mud and rocks rolling down from the mountains, and strong winds blowing houses away.

Damage assessment reveal the following figures: 26 totally damaged houses, 22 partially damaged houses, and 1,683 flooded houses, for a total of 1,731 affected families.

Damage to infrastructure which directly affected all residents of Camiguin is the destruction of the water system of the entire province, except Mambajao.

Immediate assistance needed are food; particularly rice, noodles, canned goods and
drinking water; medicines, particularly for fever, coughs and colds; hygiene materials like laundry and bath soaps; kitchen wares; blankets, mats, and mosquito nets.

For financial assistance you may send your donations to this bank account.

Account Name: Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Inc.
Peso Account No. 9330-0014-42
Dollar Account No. 9334-0221-69
Bank of the Philippine Islands

For donations in kind, you may send your donations to the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City.

For more details, you may contact:

Rev. Fr. Nathaniel C. Lerio, SSJV
Social Action Director
Telephone No. 857-302
Mobile No. 0917-7195626

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