Militants set Labor Day march to Mendiola Wednesday


Various trade unions and militant groups announced Tuesday they would hold a massive Labor Day protest in Manila to reiterate workers’ demands for wage increases.

The demonstrators will assemble at the Welcome Rotunda, Buendia corner Taft Avenue, Moriones in Tondo, Blumentritt corner Avenida and Stop n’ Shop in Sta. Mesa.

Some of them will march toward Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarane in Quiapo to attend a Mass that will be officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Antonio Tagle at 11 a.m.

From Quiapo Church, they will proceed to Liwasang Bonifacio for a program until 3:30 p.m.

According to Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), the workers will then march toward Chino Roces Bridge (formerly Mendiola) for street performances and the burning of the effigy of President Aquino at 5 p.m.

The 10-foot-tall effigy was created by artists from UgatLahi Artist Collective. It depicts Aquino and President Barack Obama as two serpents around an electric post and was inspired by the symbol for universal healthcare, according to KMU.

Like a clown

The KMU is also preparing a mural, measuring 15 by 24 feet, portraying Aquino dressed as a clown and hounded by workers, peasants, urban poor and other sectors while hanging on an airplane piloted by Obama.

Created by painter and printmaker Orlando Castillo, former president of the Art Association of the Philippines and founding member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, the mural will be unveiled at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.

It added that Castillo’s mural “also shows the growing anger of the Filipino people against Aquino’s antipoor policies, betrayal of the people, and puppetry to the US. Anger at Aquino’s propaganda stunts aimed at deceiving the public is intensifying.”

Other artworks by various artists will be highlighted on Labor Day.

“They depict suffering and lies being inflicted on the Filipino workers by President Noynoy Aquino,” said KMU.

The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) contingent will merge with the labor coalition Nagkaisa in a march from España to Mendiola.


PM said it will underscore its “Apat na Dapat” demands—regular jobs with living wages; housing, education and health care services for all; cheap prices of food and utilities; and equal rights and opportunity for women.

PM members are also attending nationwide protests on Wednesday. In Cebu, thousands of PM members will unite with the Nagkaisa contingent for a 7,000-strong rally from downtown Colon to Fuente Osmeña.

In Bacolod, PM will merge with the labor coalition Gawa for a downtown rally. In Iloilo, PM will gather an assembly of construction workers and then march on Plaza Letogay. In Davao, PM and Nagkaisa will have a joint protest at Orcullo Park. In Iligan, PM will link up with a labor unity rally at the public park in front of City Hall.

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    Pakiusap sa mga organizers ng mga kilos protesta, maging responsable naman tayo sa ating kapaligiran. Huwag naman tayong magkalat at mag-iwan ng basura at iasa na lang lahat sa mga kawawa at pobreng mga metro aide. Huwag na ninyong dagdagan pa ang pahirap sa kanila.

  • jorgii0550

    Sana hulihin bukas lahat ng member ng KMU and deport them all to China.

    Mukhang hindi sila masaya dito sa Pinas maski sino pa ang nasa Malacanang puro sila welga.

    I think they will found peace and happiness in China, their dream of being a part of a communist country will finally come true.

  • Juan Cuevas

    Teka bakit nagwewelga ang mga militanteng grupo during “Labor Day”? Hindi naman trabaho ang extortion ng mga kabaro nilang NPA diba? Hindi naman trabaho ang pagpatay ng civilian o pagsunog ng mga plantation sa mindanao diba?

    Paano aangat ang kalidad ng buhay ng mga militanteng yan kung ang trabaho nila ay magwelga or rally? At ano naman ang kinalaman ng US sa labor day?

    Tinanggihan ng China ang cavendish banana from mindanao tapos inako ng US by opening our market here for PH Cavendish banana products tapos may reklamo pa din ang mga militanteng ito?

  • Platypus09

    Do these workers realize that they are being exploited by the communist rebels, the KMU?

    How can these fellow Filipinos be naive?

    They should know better. They should have said NO to exploitation from the KMU communist rebels.

    Knowing that rebels are not here to promote democracy, that is real SICKENING…

    They also exploited our democratic processes to advance their communist agenda, so wrong.

    And the Philippine media condone these “fake” labor organizers by giving them coverage.

    That is ridiculous.

    Communism should have no place in our democratic society.

  • farmerpo

    P500 + pagkain at meryenda sa mga sasama sa rally. Yan lang ang motivation ng karamihan. Hakot pa nga galing sa probinsiya ang iba. P300 naman at pagkain. Hatid sundo ng bus. Saan galing ang pera? Malamang dito,Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela at Butil.

    • Platypus09

      That money or amount is not enough of all the troubles I am gonna go through or anyone to attend.

      To me, it was not worth to join. Plus, I have reservations on the actual motive of KMU, see my post below.

  • tiago_572

    suholan pa rin ang mga kasapi ng KMU! walang pagkakaiba ang mga ito sa mga corrupt at gamahan sa kapangyarihan na mahilig manuhol upang maipakita na boses ng karamihan sa taumbayan ang isinisigaw nila. LOKOHAN TALAGA! KMU – -pweeeee! lalo na sa Bagong Alyansa Makabayan at dito special mention si Beke’ng Renato Reyes!

  • disqusted0fu

    The only increases that the Filipinos are experiencing in this administration are increases in prices of commodities, increases in poverty, unemployment, corruption, smuggling, and all sorts of crimes. Everything else that are supposed to uplift the lives of the Filipinos are decreasing.

  • Ako_Hiking

    They can protest all they want and even if what they are requesting is fair and makes sense President Aquino will not hear them because he is so completely detached from the regular everyday Filipino folk who is struggling in the country. He’s lived a very privileged life and does not know how the poverty stricken Filipinos live so don;t expect he will start empathizing now.

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