Archive of Features

Community pantries reflect hunger and Duterte’s failed pandemic response
May 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Community pantries have sprouted in various parts of the country in the past three weeks. These aim to provide immediate and temporary aid for Filipinos who have lost their jobs or those who have not received sufficient aid from the reactionary government. This initiative was known for its tagline: “contribute based on your capacity, get […]

Shortchanged banana farmers
May 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Uni­ted Pan­ta­ron Ba­na­na Wor­kers Uni­on (UPBWU) filed a pettion at the office of the Re­gio­nal Tri­par­ti­te Wa­ges and Pro­ductivity Board (RTWPB) in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte on April 6 to demand a ₱100-daily wage increase for all workers in the Davao Region. The said region is the main source of bananas, both for […]

Massive damage caused by destructive mining
May 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Rodrigo Duterte issued last April 14 Executive Order 130 which ended the 9-year moratorium on new mining projects. The moratorium was put in place in 2012 by the Aquino regime on some protected areas and tasked Congress to craft a new tax regime for mining companies. At that time, there were 291 new mining applications. […]

Duterte’s legacy: Dirty electricity
May 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Earth Day, an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection, was commemorated internationally last April 22. In the Philippines, the Duterte regime announced its submission of its Nationally Determined Contribution to make it appear that it is doing something to fight global warming. The document contains the commitment of the Philippines to gradually […]

The Battle of Mactan
April 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521 marked the first organized struggle of Filipinos against foreign colonizers. Datu Lapulapu and the indigenous warriors bravely faced and defeated the Spaniards led by Ferdinand Magellan who had superior weapons. In the early 1600s during the early stage of capitalism, several empires such as that of Spain, […]

Demand for 2021 Labor Day: Just aid and wage increase now!
April 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Kilusang Mayo Uno, along with its affiliate unions and other labor organizations, launched a series of protest last April 16 to drumbeat their demand for a ₱10,000-aid for all who lost their jobs during the pandemic and a ₱100-wage increase for all workers and farm workers. On the same day, workers conducted a noise […]

Intense exploitation of coconut farmers
April 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

In contrast to the hardships of coconut farmers, big landlords, traders and monopolistic corporations continue to fatten their pockets. Amid the pandemic, the exploitation of coconut farmers has further intensified. In December 2020, a tenant family based in a barrio of Camarines Sur which tends a four-hectare coconut farm earned a measly ₱4,900. Of the […]

IMF-World Bank, landgrabber and environmental plunderer
April 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Progressive organizations went online last April 11 to protest the opening of the Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank (IMF-WB). In this meeting, leaders of the IMF-WB and delegates discussed the issues of Covid-19, debt and climate change. As in the past, the IMF-WB claimed to be an “environmental champion” by announcing its […]

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans escalate
April 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans in the US are escalating. Hate crimes pertain to crimes committed on the basis of a particular skin color, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age or gender. One of such case is that of a 65-year old Filipina who was kicked in the head in New York. On the same […]

Solidarity between the masses and people’s army in Ilocos-Cordillera
April 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Like in other places in the country, the Covid-19 pandemic and intensifying state fascism poses a huge challenges to the people’s army and the revolutionary people in the Ilocos-Cordillera region. Units of the people’s army in the region faced these with determination. In its ranks is Ka Emil, a young revolutionary who serves as their […]