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Workers honor the ‘Great Plebian’ in the streets today

By CONG B. CORRALES
Associate Editor

TODAY is the 152nd birthday of Gat Andrés Bonifacio, and worker-members of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) will take to the streets to honor  the Great Plebian’s legacy.

Wildon Barros, secretary general of the local chapter of KMU, said they will commemorate Bonifacio’s birthday by holding a program at Bonifacio’s shrine in Divisoria here at 1 pm today.

Representatives of various workers’ unions in Misamis Oriental will be tackling the issues that have been hounding the workers’ sector.

“We will be discussing issues like the living wage, mandated benefits, and the recently concluded Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) which we know will be another round of burden to the already blighted workers across the country,” said Barros.

“Where does that put the workers  who even now are receiving way below the mandated minimum wage?” Barros asked.

Often called “the Father of the Philippine Revolution and Filipino nation,” Bonifacio was the founder and later “supremo” (supreme leader) of the Kataastaasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) or simply and more popularly known as Katipunan.

Bonifacio, Barros said, has always been the icon of the Filipino working class especially since the issues that have hounded the workers during the time of hero are still the same issues pestering the Filipino workers.

“For the Filipino worker, he is the symbol of the workers’ struggle against oppression and slavery. He himself was a lowly factory worker who fought for freedom against exploitation during his time,” Barros said.

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Before joining the Gold Star Daily, Cong worked as the deputy director of the multimedia desk of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and before that he served as a writing fellow of Vera Files. Under the pen name "Cong," Leonardo Vicente B. Corrales has worked as a journalist since 2008. Corrales has published news, in-depth, investigative and feature articles on agrarian reform, peace and dialogue initiatives, climate justice, and socio-economics in local and international news organizations, which which includes among others: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, MindaNews, Interaksyon.com, Agence France-Presse, Xinhua News Wires, Thomson-Reuters News Wires, UCANews.com, and Pecojon-PH.

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