Friday, November 6, 2009


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Armed with flaglets in red, yellow, blue and white colors and not placards and posters, progressive activists numbering close to two thousand are gathered today at the Bulua Gym chanting “Pilipino Para sa Pagbabago! Pagbabago para sa Pilipino!”
            Not in their usual mode of shouting on the three “isms” that plagued society: imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism and feudalism, members of partylist groups Bayan Muna, Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP), Anakpawis, Kabataan Party, Migrante, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), Courage and Katribu Partylist are abuzzed with militant spirit and candor with the launching of Makabayan coalition, an alternative party organization advocating for change.

            Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Women Partylist Rep. Liza Largoza-Maza will be the keynote speakers of this historical activity. Ocampo and Maza will be welcomed in a traditional “salubong” by members of the different partylist groups in coalition in a flag parade upon their entrance at the Bulua Gym.

            Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan or MAKABAYAN is a coalition of national, sectoral and local progressive partylists, organizations and individuals advocating for politics of change. It champions the democratic interests of the people --- the peasants, workers, urban poor, women, indigenous peoples, youth and other basic sectors whose welfare and interests have been continually neglected by the government.

            “As a political force, the progressive parties in coalition have proven in the past three elections its consistency in pushing for significant economic and political reforms within the halls of Congress and in other venues amidst brutal political repression among its ranks and will continue to advance the people’s programs despite challenges in the coming 2010 elections, Kristin Lim, Makabayan Northern Mindanao spokesperson said.

            Makabayan holds responsible the Arroyo regime and its agents for the latest killings and harassments citing the recent deaths of Katribu members Datu Mampaagi Belayong and Datu Aladino “Mansubaybay” Badbaran, the tailings and harassments against youth leaders and members of the Kabataan Party, and the smear campaign launched by the military against the progressive block .

            “The people’s struggle for change will persevere amid this environment of violence and injustice and today’s gathering shows the people’s will for change is ripe,” Lim said.

            Makabayan will elect today its new set of officers for the city and provincial chapters of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental, respectively.


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