March to Mendiola kicks off Labor Day


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COMPLETE STOP. The protest rally of militant groups at Plaza Miranda on Tuesday, Labor Day, holds traffic to a standstill in Manila. Video by's Matikas Santos

MANILA, Philippines – Militant groups are expected to gather at the Mendiola Bridge in Manila Tuesday in commemoration of Labor Day.

The Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) said around 1,000 of its members would join the “Sakbayan ng Maralita”, a caravan of urban poor people whose march will start from a relocation site in Montalban Rizal, and will pass by the Aquino family’s ancestral home at Times Street in Quezon City and then to Welcome Rotonda, heading towards Mendiola.

At 8 a.m. members of Kadamay, led by the Montalban Relocatees Alliance, will join other urban poor groups from Caloocan, Payatas and Commonwealth at the Litex Road in Quezon City, as they
make their way to Times Street with a makeshift coffin.

Gloria Arellano, Kadamay secretary-general, said the casket represented their condemnation of the death of a resident from Silverio Compound during the recent violent demolition in the area.

“Simbolo umano ito ng pambubusabos na nararanasan nila na halos katumbas na rin ng kamatayan,” the group said.

At 1 p.m. the group will join other members of the Kilusang Mayo Uno to stage another program at the Plaza Miranda before heading towards Mendiola.

Kadamay said other groups such as the Alyansa ng Mamamayan sa Silverio-Kadamay-NCR, Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon, etc. are also expected to gather at Mendiola later this day.

At 3 p.m., militant groups are scheduled. to burn an effigy of President Benigno Aquino III.

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  • catmanjohn

    These militants are revealing their level of intelligence by attacking the wrong Party and People. They should be burning an effigy of Corona and Arroyo. These ‘militants’ are either misdirected or Stupid.

    • Fulpol

      hintayin mong maging Presidente si Corona, at matutupad ang wish mo…


      • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

        to Fulpol (polpol kang talaga),

        si Corona presidente?

        Diyos mia, pati mga poste ng Meralco aalis na rin papuntang overseas.

    • Rare Earthling

      hintayin mong maubos ang mga corrupt na katulad ni corona, at matutupad wish mo…


    • kris makati

      sus, si noynoy ang presidente, hindi yang si corona at arroyo. bakit sila pa din sinisisi mo? anong petsa na, move on ka na boy!
      ang sabihin mo tamad at bobo lang talaga yang noynoying na presidente kaya pinoprotesta ng mga tao.

    • pizza ria

      you burn your house, har har har.  ungoy!

  • Fulpol

    kung si Binay maging Presidente, lahat ng squatters area, papatayuan ng high rise building for housing parang condominium para sa mga squatters…

    may dignidad at pag-respeto sa pagkatao ng mga mahihirap… at hindi ang pagbibigay biyaya sa mga oligarkiya…


    • Rare Earthling

      Condo using tax payers’ money?


      • pinoyusa2012

        Finally, somebody who understand the concept. Who is going to pay for this?

      • Rare Earthling

        I’m sure he’s just kidding
        Tenements like the ones in Tondo don’t solve illegal squatting problem,it encourages it.

        Unless the political clan of the binay’s will shoulder the expenses, straight from their pocket.

      • pinoyusa2012

        Thats an idea. Another would be to strengthen our economy to solve the squatting problem.

    • Rolly257

      sa panaginip siguro

    • Cerise David

      Wag naman condo. Kahit tract housing lang.

  • iyot

    Bunch of Lemmings! I would admire these people if they just carry guns and go for armed struggle.

  • pinoynga

    Truly, the first, and foremost difficult thing to change, is the mindset or way people think. Our militant groups think only in one direction. If they were hummers, they act as if everything are nails. But a hummer can’t turn a screw or cut wood.

    With many problems, from corruption in society to environmental disasters lurking around us, these militant groups remain to be part of the problem and never the solution. With many things wrong happening around us, we humans must realize that we either all join hands to help, if not suffer all the consequences by being divided. I pray for enlightenment for all of us.


      Yeas, true. this militant group has not beien appreciable of whatever government that come and go, especially the NPA’s which have been harassing our folks and businessmen in the country side. I think that they should channel their activities into something fruitful likevteaching our country folk to apply tech in their farming. :-))))

  • pinoyusa2012

    They were protesting during the Marcos era and continued until today. The only time I saw these militant groups were on the streets during the overthrow of Marcos. I thought then they were against the Marcos regime.

    Now, they have a seat in congress. They have a voice. They have proper channels to voice their concern. Why take it to the streets? Who are the people joining these groups? Are they getting paid?

    The only thing I can think of is they are not satisfied with their standard of living. What is their solution?Has anybody tried to talk to them? What do they really want? Do they want better labor laws? Do they want change in ideology? Power?

    I don’t understand them.I find their cause erroding.

    • lance g

      They don’t have projects to help the poor, they are like roaches in the country, they are full of negative energy, they don’t really help in the progress of the nation so I think they are dispatched by china to make noise in Manila… 

      • pinoyusa2012

        China? To change ideology? Maybe. It needs to be expose if true. OR

        Someone trying to take advantage of the poor. Telling them there is no hope thus take to the streets.

  • Sword

    Hoy mga komunista mag trabaho nga kayo, puros na lang kayo reklamo!

  • Palparan

    These communist should be shot on sight!

    Traffic na naman dyan Taft… buwisit!

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