Thousands protest low wages and US relations on Bonifacio day
Organizations took to the streets on Bonifacio Day to commemorate the birth of Andres Bonifacio, the father of the Philippine Revolution, and to protest the Aquino government's low wage policy and unequal relations with the US.
People's organizations, headed by labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) and anti-imperialist alliance Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance), took to the streets on Bonifacio Day to commemorate the birth of Andres Bonifacio, the father of the Philippine Revolution.
The groups decried President Benigno Aquino III's implementation of low wages and the country's unequal relations with the United States.
KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno) said in a statement that Filipinos should emulate Bonifacio and not let foreign powers take hold of the country's sovereignty and natural resources. Meanwhile, BAYAN (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) secretary general Renato Reyes said that Bonifacio's love for country will never lose its appeal, adding that while Bonifacio has been long gone, there are new "Katipuneros" to take his place.
From Liwasang Bonifacio, thousands of protesters marched to US embassy for a short program and proceeded to Mendiola. A mobile theater was organized for the general populace, with the participants acting out the sufferings of workers and other sectors under the administration of Aquino.
November 30, 2012 is Bonifacio's 149th birthday. He was dubbed as father of the revolution because of his work as founder and "Supremo" (supreme leader) of the Katipunan which fought for the country's independence from Spanish colonial rule.