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Defend our Free Spaces! Defend UP!

Written by Hubren Estor.


The Duterte regime’s attacks on our civil liberties continue, this time aimed towards the youth. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that the DND would unilaterally terminate the UP–DND Accord, effective January 15. This targeted attack by the state is nothing new or unprecedented from Duterte’s henchmen.

The UP–DND accord had ensured the freedom of students to organize within the university by the state and protected the students from state persecution by prohibiting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) from entering the campuses of the University of the Philippines (UP) without prior notification. This was one of the few hard-fought victories by the students in asserting their rights and a trophy earned through years of resistance amid state repression and forced disappearances. To take that away shows blatant disregard for students’ rights and welfare, and to do so unilaterally—a move whose legality is unclear—only drives the point home. It is a naked exercise in flexing the state’s might and crushing dissent with a mailed fist.

The reason given by Lorenzana in cancelling the accord—that the accord is an obstacle in the administration’s goal of eliminating the Communist Party and their armed wing, the New People’s Army—is proof of the government’s desire to silence criticism by any means necessary. This is a tired excuse! This was the excuse of Marcos in declaring Martial Law, and it is now the excuse of Duterte in justifying his program of murdering everyone in his way. It is the excuse of power-hungry tyrants that view criticism as an existential threat. The insinuation that certain sectors of the university community are communists is another tired trope used to malign activists and obscure the real reason for their resistance.

But in the first place, there was nothing but the goodwill of the DND ensuring that they would always respect the accord. In fact, violations could be seen dating back to last year when students holding a protest action in UP Cebu were hounded by police on university grounds. The existence of the decades-old accords, the CAHRIHL, and even the constitutionally guaranteed Bill of Rights is only as powerful as the will of those in power to respect them, yet this has not stopped the Duterte regime from disregarding them all to indulge in crimes against humanity. The abundance of legislation aimed at uplifting the most oppressed sectors of society has not at all alleviated their suffering. The law of the state is but a gentleman’s agreement: what happens when our rulers are the opposite of gentlemen? We still await the hearings before the Supreme Court of the Anti-Terror Law. Will we also wait for the courts, ostensibly packed with Duterte sycophants, to save us this time?

When the state has turned towards its own people, who do we call? The imperialist United States? They would never make moves against a president who, for all his anti-American grandstanding, still kowtows to them? The CPP-NPA? We have heard tales of their own offenses time and again. It falls unto us to defend ourselves by any means necessary. We must stand against our oppressors, with militancy and force if need be. We must dismantle the supremacy and legitimacy of the attack dogs of our ruling elite. Woven into our history is a tradition of resistance; we must revive it once again.

But no matter what, we cannot let this stand. The students of UP will not let this go unnoticed. The students have always stood firm against the tides of state oppression, most famously during the Diliman Commune—a student-led uprising which saw the university barricaded as students and transport workers on strike fought against the police in the streets. History often repeats itself, and if that means the return of state oppression, so too shall the fires of activism and resistance return.

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What if there are no police & prisons?

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“Communities of care are alternatives to policing.”

Bungad ng 2021 at binibigyan na tayo ng sindikatong estado ng mga karima-rimarim ngunit lehitimong dahilan para sila’y buwagin, kasama ang mga aparato nitong kapulisan na siyang nangunguna sa panlilinlang at pagsisinungaling.

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Sensationalism and Smokescreens

Written by Butingtaon.


Once again, the nation has been gripped by another death: that of Christine Dacera, where, for lack of details from the as-of-yet confidential autopsy results and for the peace of mind of our readers, we will not go into the details of what happened. All that we know so far is that this is a tragedy and that her family is still grieving.

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Organize around promoting and defending “Freedom Technology”

Written by Butingtaon.


This article serves as a natural expansion of the things I assume we already do individually for our own collectives and adjacent circles. This time, however, we’re pooling our shared skills and knowledge to not only assist radical groups take advantage in digital communication and peer-to-peer production, but also the wider public in general.

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Kill Your Heroes: A Filipino Anarchist Discussion about National Heroes

Written by Malaginoo and first published by CrimethInc


On December 30, the day set aside to commemorate Dr. José Rizal, scientist, author, and icon of the Philippine Republic, it is only right to emulate his example by analyzing and critiquing our society. Our contributor Malaginoo focuses on a concept that informs how we regard Rizal and his contemporaries during the ascendance of “Filipino nationalism”: Heroes. Specifically, national heroes.

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Ang Anarkistang Koreano ng Rebolusyonaryong Shinmin

Sinulat ni Simoun Magsalin. Pinasalamatan ni Simoun Magsalin sina Malaginoo at Lahumbuwan sa kanilang komento sa dating draft nito.


Siguro naman alam ng mga anarkista sa Kanluran tungkol sa rebolusyon sa Catalonia at sa Ukraine. Pero mayroong din kami sa Asya ating sariling anarkistang rebolusyon: ang Rebolusyonaryong Shinmin sa Manchuria noong 1929 hanggang 1931.

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Alienation and Mass Organization

Written by Sitsirya.


This essay is the first of a two-part series titled “On the Mass Organization Paradigm in Activism.” It chronicles my mixed experiences and realizations as a member of a mass organization based in UP Diliman. I reflect on the alienation I experienced within the organization’s structure and practices, and how I never manifested as a true “activist” despite my affiliation. Later, concepts in anarchism will be explored as an alternative to the current “mass org paradigm” in PH student activism. This series is a call for the revolutionary space to remember humility and reflect on its inclusiveness going forward.

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Students Lead the Militancy!

Written by Laya.


The whirlwinds of danger have raised around us again. Unfortunately for the archipelago, it was in its most literal sense. Over October and the beginning of November 2020, right at the tail end of the yearly typhoon season, five consecutive storms ravaged the Philippines, particularly the easterly provinces of Luzon and Visayas. Marikina and Cagayan are deluged. Bicol and Catanduanes are flattened. This all happened while the government continues to to have no national plan for mass testing and continued mismanagement of the pandemic. Thousands are dead—victims of police killings, pandemic mismanagement, and now, typhoons.

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Resilience means fighting back

Written by Butingtaon.


The recent typhoon Ulysses has left much of Luzon either under water, without access to clean water and a way to ask for help, or a combination of the three. As I write this, many of my work-from-home colleagues aren’t able to attend work because of the power lines being down, still.

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Reflections on Fil-Am History Month From an Autonomist Filipinx

Written by Andrea Alakran.


Where do I begin? I was born in the Philippines almost three decades ago. My story there is brief — by the time I was two years old, I’d already migrated with my parents to the United States.