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Original Writing

Against a Quarantine with Martial Law Characteristics

Written by Simoun Magsalin with input from the Bandilang Itim Collective.


The Opportunism of Martial Law

In March 2020, the people of the archipelago known as the Philippines were alarmed at the rate of local transmission of the disease known as COVID-19. On March 12, police and military forces were mobilized to enforce a community quarantine for the whole of Metro Manila scheduled to start on the midnight of March 15. This quarantine was later generalized for the whole island of Luzon, a population of some 53 million souls. That the mobilization of the state’s apparatus of violence was more noticeable than the mobilization of medical and social resources is telling of the administration’s priorities.

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Original Writing Pamphlets

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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Diaspora Original Writing

An Anarchist and Filipino Diaspora Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic

An original article by Adobong Anarkiya, an anarchist from the Filipino diaspora in the United States.


It has been 2-3 months since the COVID-19 virus had spread across the world infecting hundreds of thousands and killing tens of thousands, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic. Within that span of time, places of work and schools here and abroad have shut down, effectively leaving people at risk of losing their jobs and becoming evicted from their homes.

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Quarantine

Orihinal na pagsulat ni Malaginoo ng Bandilang Itim.


Una, nang lumala ang krisis, walang mass testing. Hindi raw kaya ng gobyerno. Hindi nila tuloy nalaman kung gaano kalala ang sitwasyon. Naubusan ng mga equipment ang mga ospital, kaya ang mga health worker na nag-aalaga, nagkasakit at pinauwi. Kada araw, nadadagdagan ang mga nagkakasakit, nauubusan na sila ng espasyo para sa bagong pasyente. Habang may mga politiko na kahit retirado na agad pinagpa-test, may mga namamatay nang hindi nalalaman kung COVID nga ang ikinamatay. Kapag may umaalma, may nagreklamo, pinaparatangan at inaaresto agad bilang terorista.

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covid-19 lockdown: quarantine reflections

Original article written by sze-tao.


This is not martial law. Our enemy is the virus.”

— some poor politician in Malacañang (living a simple life & shops at Jaeger-LeCoult [1]Shoppers mob, take selfies with Duterte in upscale mall. Virgil Lopez. GMA News Online. May 7, 018. … Continue reading)

Inhale slowly 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004. exhale slowly 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004.

We are in 1984. the Marcos nightmare is back.

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1 Shoppers mob, take selfies with Duterte in upscale mall. Virgil Lopez. GMA News Online. May 7, 018. https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/652465/shoppers-mob-take-selfies-with-duterte-in-upscale-mall/story/
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Issue 1 Original Writing

What is Egoism?

Original article by Tadano, published by Bandilang Itim.


Egoism is named after the word “ego,” which is latin for “I.” Everyone around us has an ego for which, Max Stirner understood that we all have a drive to serve ourselves and the I, the self. This philosophical observation is also often seen in the sciences, as any serious scientist studying in the field of psychology or zoology can tell you that humans act for their own self-interest. It is then asked, is altruism a case against egoism? The answer is no, for which even Stirner argues that even altruism is a form of egoism on its own. Stirner said that altruism and cooperation—and even community—is made because it serves our ego in a way. Why do we work with other people? For our own interests. This is the meat and flesh of egoism, it’s not at all complicated.

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Issue 1 Original Writing

There is no “Natural Balance”

Original Article by APS, originally published on his personal blog, and revised for Bandilang Itim.


On social media, I usually see people moan over how we’re “Destroying Nature”, and that “Mother Nature is dying.” No, my sweet summer child. Mother Nature ain’t dying. Mother Nature is just grabbing the slippers she’s gon’ use to spank our collective asses with. Natural processes that lead to life are going to remain well after we are gone. We just won’t be in it.

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Issue 1 Original Writing

Intervention on the Filipino Mindspace: Identity and Belonging in an age of Social Media

Original article by APS, originally published on his blog, revised for Bandilang Itim.


Attorney Oli Reyes mentioned in a viral tweet how foreign youtubers were taking advantage of the Filipino need for global validation to garner more views – and therefore, ad revenue. But what is going on here? What does that mean for us as people? Does anyone care?

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Issue 1 Original Writing

Abusing Resilience: The Filipino in the face of Disaster

Article by APS, originally published on his personal blog, revised for Bandilang Itim.


On the afternoon of January 12 the Taal Volcano began spewing ash and smoke from its ancient caldera. Within hours a massive evacuation effort was launched to get people out of harm’s way. A comrade was among the people fleeing the scene. Government offices and schools were understandably closed due to the disaster, but BPO centers around the areas most affected by the ensuing ashfall had the gall to call their workers back to work.

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“Di ka naman tunay na aktibista”

Original article by Adrienne Onday.

Alternate title for republishing purposes: “You’re not radical enough”: Reflections on Philippine Leftist Exclusionism


When I was an undergrad, I had to fight so many people to allow my voice and opinions to be heard. The central point of my struggle as a young activist then was to get formally organized activists to realize that speaking up is a form of action, too; that not being part of any organization or not being as physically and publicly active in political struggles as they were didn’t mean you weren’t one; that just because someone isn’t doing activism and radicalism the exact same way the established Left does, doesn’t mean they aren’t activists or radicals.