(Manila, PH)— Militant poets, Kilometer 64, together with the distinguished members of the academe send off their first hundred poems in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Chino Roces, Mendiola criticizing the 15th President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s first hundred days in office, also called as the “honeymoon period”.
The project “Tulagalag: 100” of Kilometer 64 was launched last September 24, where they were able to gather poems beyond the expected number.
Besides provincial vernaculars other than Filipino, entries from Belgium, Singapore, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and more were sent by overseas Filipino workers— showing the powerful attachment with reality shared by different people having one verdict.
These creative literary verses expressly urge to reveal President Aquino’s failure in ensuring the promises he made during the campaign trail and the surrounding issues being totally neglected.
They have addressed the issues on oil price hike, budget cuts on social services, demolition of houses and deprivation of better relocation conditions for informal settlers, intensification of counter-insurgency program resulting in human rights violations, long-term ties with foreign interests and oligarchs, and the utmost challenge of his governance- the agrarian disputes such as full distribution of hacienda lands and the ongoing fascist attacks on peasant masses such as massive militarization and internal displacement.
These concerns clearly prove that he is not after the interest of his people but serves as a symbol of a long-running feudal aristocrat in this country that genuinely oppose the dawning of real change.
Recognized poets were: Polytechnic University of the Philippines professor, writer and poet, Rogelio Ordoñez; nationalist writer and poet, Gelacio Guillermo; former political detainee and poet, Axel Pinpin; palanca awardee, Mark Angeles; and music icon Bobby Balingit.
Kilusang Mambubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Movement of the Philippines) together with advocates from different sectors will be joining the nationwide mobilization as a symbol of continuous support in the fight for human rights. A 48-hour concert vigil will be held in Mendiola starting October 6 to 8.
Let us all join together in this fight for justice!