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Towards an Anarchism in the Philippine Archipelago

Written by Simoun Magsalin.


There is a necessity for a liberatory politics in the Archipelago known as the Philippines and as anarchists we think Anarchism has the framework to fill this need. The dominant forms of politics we have now are insufficient for developing a liberatory politics in the archipelago. This liberatory politics becomes a necessity because politics in the Philippines is currently an alienating affair—a politics done to people rather than people doing politics. We are also dominated by domineering structures and institutions like the market, capitalism, and the state. Against these we forward the liberatory politics of anarchism for a world beyond domination.

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Original Writing

Against the Terror of Anti-Terror

Written by Malaginoo.


The Philippine government is another step closer to revealing its true self: an undemocratic, oppressive entity ready to protect and serve the interests of the powerful, wealthy, and privileged few. Before there was talk of lockdowns and quarantines during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the issue of updating the Human Security Act, a law defining the parameters of terrorism. After many days and weeks of politicking, grandstanding, and red-tagging, Congress unveiled the 2020 Anti-Terror Bill.1

  1. See a report on the proposed law: Neil Arwin Mercado, “Longer warrantless detention among features of Lacson anti-terror bill.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 02, 2019. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1172687/longer-warrantless-detention-among-features-of-lacson-anti-terror-bill []
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Indokumento Republished Translations

Social Revolution is the Solution

Written by Bas Umali in October 2011. Published in May 2020 by Alimpuyo Press. Translation into English and edits by the author with help from Maku Felix. (Basahin sa Filipino.)

This is a republished article written by anarchists in the archipelago known as the Philippines or its diaspora. We at Bandilang Itim wish to highlight and disseminate these works to better propagate the ideas of anarchism in the archipelago.


The political exercise that is taking place in the United States is a manifestation of the worsening crisis of capitalism, where one percent of the population of the world has the sole control of the labor, resources, facilities and tools that were supposed to develop and expand the potentials of the world populations’ 99 percent.

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Indokumento Republished

Panlipunang Rebolusyon ang Solusyon

Sinulat ni Bas Umali noong Oktubre 2011. Inilimbag noong Mayo 2020 ni Alimpuyo Press. (Read this in English.)

Inilathala namin ito sa Bandilang Itim para sa kahalagahan nito sa mga anarkisista sa kapuluan.


Ang pampulitikang ehersisyong nagaganap sa Wall Street sa Estados Unidos ay manipestasyon ng lalo pang lumalalang krisis ng kapitalismo, kung saan ang isang porsyento ng populasyon ng daigdig ang siyang may kontrol ng lakas-pagawa, likas-yaman, mga pasilidad at kasangkapan na dapat sana’y magpapaunlad at magpapayabong sa potensyalidad ng 99 porsyentong populasyon ng sa daigdig.

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Anarki 2.0 Indokumento Republished

Ang Werpa ng mga Institusyon para sa Kontrol at Dominasyon

Sinulat ni Bas Umali at inilathala sa Anarki: Akin ang Buhay Ko 2.0 noong Disyembre 2017. Inilimbag ni Non-Collective (NC) at Onsite Infoshop.

Inilathala namin ito sa Bandilang Itim para sa kahalagahan nito sa mga anarkisista sa kapuluan.


Ayon sa diksyunaryong Cambridge ang kontrol ay: to order, limit, or rule something, or someone’s actions or behaviour.1

Ang kontrol ay ang sapilitang limitasyon ng kilos at mga gawain sa mga tao o hayup sa mga tukoy na lugar. Halimbawa: pagpigil sa pagpasok, pag-okupa, pag-ani o paggamit ng mga biyaya ng kalikasan.

  1. Cambridge English, “Meaning of control in English” https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/control []
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Anarki 2.0 Indokumento Republished

Maikling komentaryo sa Dispalinhadong Pag-Unawa sa Ideya ng “Survival of the Fittest”

Sinulat ni Bas Umali at inilathala sa Anarki: Akin ang Buhay Ko 2.0 noong Disyembre 2017. Inilimbag ni Non-Collective (NC) at Onsite Infoshop.

Inilathala namin ito sa Bandilang Itim para sa kahalagahan nito sa mga anarkisista sa kapuluan.


Ang “survival of the fittest” na naunang ginamit ni Charles Darwin ay naabuso bunga ng maling pag-intindi at konteksto. Magbalik-tanaw tayo saglit para lang sa komon na pag-intindi sa ideya ni Darwin ng ebolusyon. Ayon kay Peter Kropotkin ang mga organismo ay dumaan sa mahabang proseso ng ebolusyon bago nakamit ang kanilang mga pisikal na kaanyuan at ang kanilang partikular na “sosyal na kaayusan” sa kasalukuyan. Halimbawa: kung ano man ang ating pisikal na katangian sa ngayon ito ay dahil sa dinaanang proseso ng pagbabago dulot ng kapaligiran at ng taglay din na kakayahan ng organismo na umangkop sa kanyang likas na paligid.

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Anarki 2.0 Indokumento Republished

Ang Bawat Organismo ay may Puwang sa Daigdig Natin

Sinulat ni Bas Umali at inilathala sa Anarki: Akin ang Buhay Ko 2.0 noong Disyembre 2017. Inilimbag ni Non-Collective (NC) at Onsite Infoshop.

Inilathala namin ito sa Bandilang Itim para sa kahalagahan nito sa mga anarkisista sa kapuluan.


Ang anarkiya ay buhay na karanasan. Taliwas sa ibang ideolohiya at pampulitikang pananaw, ang anarkiya ay hindi inimbento. Ito ay iniluwal ng aktuwal na praktika ng tao. Kung may inimbento man sa anarkiya, walang iba kundi ang katawagang anarki. Subalit ang diwa ng salitang ito ay umusbong bunga ng pangangailangan ng tao na magtulungan upang patuloy na umiral ang buhay at masiguro ang susunod na salin-lahi.

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Diaspora Republished

Notes on Autonomy & Anarchism

Written by Andrea Castro, originally published at their blog.

This is a republished article written by anarchists in the archipelago known as the Philippines or its diaspora. We at Bandilang Itim wish to highlight and disseminate these works to better propagate the ideas of anarchism and libertarian socialism in the archipelago.


I identify as an autonomist leftist largely based on personal experience. Autonomist can be used somewhat synonymously with anarchist — I use the term because peoples’ conception of anarchy usually = total chaos, which more often than not derails any further conversation about it.

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To a Free Press and Free Minds: An Anarchist Position on the Nullification of the ABS-CBN Franchise

A statement from the Bandilang Itim Collective.


Two Days from World Press Freedom Day

Two days after celebrating World Press Freedom Day the Philippine government in the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the broadcast network ABS-CBN to cease and desist their broadcasting operations.1 The NTC ordered this because the legislative franchise that allows ABS-CBN to operate expired on May 4, 2020. Included in the cease-and-desist order are 42 television stations and 23 radio stations that are operated by the media conglomerate.2 Normally congress would renew such franchises before their expiry as it had done so in the past, but President Rodrigo Duterte has had a tirade against the ABS-CBN network since becoming president, accusing the network of “swindling” and for refusing to air his political ads during the 2016 presidential election.3 Just days after he signed into law the franchise renewal of the GMA (the rival of ABS-CBN) Duterte had gone on record saying he would even block the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.4 We do not doubt that the franchise was willfully allowed to expire without a renewal as Duterte’s allies dominate both houses of congress.

  1. Neil Arwin Mercado, “BREAKING: NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop broadcast operations.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. May 05, 2020. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1270074/ntc-issues-cease-and-desist-order-vs-abs-cbn See also a timeline at Melissa Luz Lopez, “TIMELINE: ABS-CBN franchise.” CNN Philippines. February 13, 2020, (updated). https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/2/13/ABS-CBN-franchise-timeline.html []
  2. ABS-CBN News, “NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop broadcasting.” ABS-CBN News. May 5, 2020. https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/05/20/ntc-orders-abs-cbn-to-stop-broadcasting []
  3. Pia Ranada, “Duterte to block renewal of ABS-CBN franchise.” Rappler. April 27, 2017. https://www.rappler.com/nation/168137-duterte-block-abs-cbn-franchise-renewal []
  4. Ibid. []
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In Solidarity With Comrades Imprisoned in Malang and Tangerang, Indonesia

Written and initially published by Safehouse Infoshop at their blog. This is also a statement from the Local Autonomous Network.


It seems that blame-game is a common tactic of different states during a pandemic. As petty violators in the local are blamed to cover up the late travel ban and late mass testing imposed by the government, the same is done by the Indonesian government by cracking down those who are critical to their incompetency.

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Survival of the Fittest in the Time of Pandemic

Written and initially published by Safehouse Infoshop on Facebook.


People often equate Charles Darwin’s notion of “survival of the fittest” with competition. People think that the natural way of the world requires some sort of battle. This is also often translated in how we deal with other people. “It’s either myself or others,” that’s how many people justify cruelty and domination. But if we think closely, survival of the fittest does not always mean competition.