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Thursday, June 12, 2008

"Origins of the Hukbalahap"

You don't have to be an activist or a communist to appreciate the efforts put into the making of this documentary. Although far from being perfect, it provides us a good backgrounder on one aspect of the social unrest that has plagued the country from the colonial era to the contemporary or post-colonial period. As we celebrate the 110th anniversary of Aguinaldo's Declaration of Independence, we also remember the peasants' continuing fight for freedom from injustice and poverty. I join the hope of many that in the years to come more and more rural folks will gain that freedom -- minus the violence that had bloodied the earlier sections of the rugged road towards genuine land reform.

Related post: "Luis Taruc Surrenders"

1 comment:

Cristina Taruc said...

Thank you for posting the ORIGINS of HUKBALAHAP.
My grandfather lived and died for the HUKs, the poor peasants of our country, for the land reform and the toiling hands of our farmers of Philippines.

Please feel free to email me if you have any information on Luis Taruc, the HUKS, and Land Reform.

I am presently writing a book, In Memory of Luis Taruc.