National democratic groups, spearheaded by Kilusang Mayo Uno, mounted a protest action last November 30 to commemorate the 155th Bonifacio Day. Various progressive organizations and sectors converged at the Mendiola Arch in Manila to condemn the patent obeisance of the Duterte regime to US and China. They also demanded an immediate end to the widespread suppression of civil liberties and martial law in Mindanao.
Thereafter, the protesters marched to the US Embassy to oppose continuing US imperialist intervention in the country. In culmination, an effigy portraying Duterte being henpecked by US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was torched.
In a related news, progressive groups from Southern Tagalog, spearheaded by Pamantik-KMU, protested at the Calamba Crossing at 4 p.m.
Members of Anakbayan simultaneously celebrated the Bonifacio Day and their 20th founding anniversary. The national office of Anakbayan led the staging of the play “Ang Naratibo ng Bayan ay Naratibo ng Digma” (“The People’s Narrative is a War Narrative”) at the UP Film Institute, UP Diliman and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Local chapters in Bicol, Cavite and Cordillera respectively mounted their assemblies and protest actions.
Meanwhile, the underground organization Kabataang Makabayan (KM)-Lucille Gypsy Zabala Brigade mounted a lightning rally in front of the Far Eastern University in Manila on November 29.
The protest was conducted in conjunction with the commemoration of the 54th anniversary of KM and in honor of youth revolutionary martyrs.
The participants called for the downfall of the of the US-Duterte regime’s tyrannical reign and for the youth to join the New People’s Army. A similar protest action was launched by Kabataang Makabayan in Cebu.