By Reynard Magtoto
LEGAZPI CITY – “Kabataan Kumilos Ka!” Jovenes Anakbayan emphasized this slogan for the youths to protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s revolutionary government during its Bonifacio Day protest here.
Over 300 youths in Albay responded to the call of the progressive youth group by joining the protest action dominated mostly by youths trying to bring back the tradition of ‘Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga anak ng Bayan’ or KKK.
“We look back to the history so we want to use KKK (Kabataan Kumilos Ka) to encourage young people to act. We want young people to look back in the past that it should never happen again and we need to continue what Andres Bonifacio started. Foreigners continue to harass us and large corporations from other countries continue to attack the people. Let us not lose the success in our history,” Christian Zorilla, spokesperson of Jovenes Anakbayan Albay chapter, said.
“The revolutionary government if we notice in Andres Bonifacio’s time, it is the revolutionary government that came from the people themselves. It was not from [someone who is in] position but it has been done by collective action because of the demands of the people. This is more beneficial to the Filipino community,” Zorilla said.
According to Zorilla, Duterte’s revolutionary government is just a way to implement Martial Law then Federalism, further gain personal interest and the interests of some rich people in the country. “Andres Bonifacio formed the KKK to expel foreigners and oppressors who abuse the Filipino people,” he added.
“At present, the government still does not give the right wages to young workers. There is still contractualization which continues to torment the Filipino people,” Zorilla said.
Even the government implemented free tuition policy in selected State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Zorilla said that until now there students in SUCs especially in Bicol University who are incapable to avail the so-called free education.
Merlyn Berjuega of Bicolana Gabriela supports the protest action of the youths saying that they really felt the impunity and abuses of the present administration.
“There so many ‘Jovenes’ who are not able to study especially to those poor families,” said Berjuega adding that parents like her suffer more. (BaretangBikolnon.com)