Workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno marched to the Bantayog ng mga Bayani compound in Quezon City this afternoon to celebrate the inclusion of labor leaders’ names in the Wall of Remembrance, which contains the names of people who “fought, died and were martyred” during the Marcos dictatorship.
The labor group said that the entry of the names of labor leaders Felixberto Olalia, Sr., Rolando Olalia, and Crispin Beltran in the Bantayog ng mga Bayani is long overdue and that their names should have been immediately included when the memorial center was founded in 1992.
“The inclusion of the names of Ka Bert, Ka Lando and Ka Bel in the Bantayog ng mga Bayani is long overdue, but we are glad that their names will finally be added. The important role played by the labor movement and the people’s movement in ousting the US-backed Marcos dictatorship always needs to be emphasized,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.
The workers, who carried a mural containing the three labor leaders’ faces with those of working-class heroes Andres Bonifacio and Crisanto Evangelista, held their march in time for the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation’s Annual Honoring of Martyrs and Heroes.
“Ka Bert, Ka Lando and Ka Bel, as well as Andres Bonifacio and Crisanto Evangelista, struggled both for workers’ rights and for national and social liberation. They united with and led the masses of workers and toiling masses in struggling for a bette future for the Philippines,” Labog added.
The labor leader said the workers’ movement pays tribute to the working-class heroes by continuing their struggle, embracing their principles and emulating their lifestyle of hard struggle and simple living.
“We have no doubt that had these working-class heroes been alive today, they would lead protests against the Aquino government. This government has not only trampled on workers’ and people’s rights but pushed the country deeper into neocolonial relations with the US,” Labog stated.
Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597