We remember not only our dearly departed but those who fell raging against the dying of the light, those who fell struggling in the night.

They are remembered by the people whom they have served so faithfully and for whom they have died for.

We remember Serge Cherneguin of the National Federation of Sugarworkers (NFSW), Hansel Teodosio of the National Federation of Labor Unions who both died in the 1990s.

[Just found this archive of the New Internationalist Magazine where Serge had a report about the situation of sugarworkers in the island]

Serge was felled by a sickness while Hansel was killed on New Year’s eve when he mediated in a feud that ended with him being knifed.

More than thousand activists were killed during the dark reign of President Arroyo and among them was Benjamin “Benjie” Bayles of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.  He is also an organizer of NFSW.

The Bayles case stands out among the thousands of those killed in the country since the suspects are members of the Philippine Army and this was admitted only recently by officials of the Department of National Defense.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED even when President Aquino said we are going down the daang matuwid. It is still the same, says Aglipayan priest Welfredo Ruazon, national coordinator of the Task Force Benjie Bayles. Ruazol is also executive assistant to the Obispo Maximo | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

THEY SHOULD BE HELD IN CONTEMPT, says lawyer Noel Neri of the National Union of People's Lawyers and one of the private prosecutors in the Bayles case, referring to military officials who have refused to appear before the court . The trial for the murder charge against two Army soldiers is ongoing | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

"Mr. President, many died because of our love to live in peace. Among the more than 1,500 victims of extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances in since 2001 under the corrupt and fascist term of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the case of Mr. Benjamin “Benjie” Bayless stands out because of numerous factors." This is part of the open letter of Aglipayan Bacolod Bishop Felomino Ang to President Aquino | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

Aside from Bayles, we also remember peasant leader Crisanto Fat who died of an enlarged heart last September 20 inside a government-run hospital in Bacolod City.

Crisanto was chairman of village chapter of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in Moises Padilla town.

He was charged for illegal possession of firearms.  Despite his failing health, the KMP said jail officials have not allowed doctors to see him inside the jail.

ONE OF CRISANTO'S sons during the burial in Moises Padilla town | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

[For more photos of Crisanto’s burial, check this page.]

They are the people that we remember.  Long live the honored dead!


About Hannah|JuliusMariveles

English instructor and broadcast journalist



  1. Don’t really agree with some of their philosophy, but sometimes you can’t blame people who rebel. It’s a defect in the system that makes them that way. 😦

    Posted by Serena Labrador | November 3, 2011, 6:23 am
  2. y r dey letting GMA leave for medical reasons… wyl somebody like crisanto fat is deprived of doctors? bad naman….

    Posted by Hera Meister | November 3, 2011, 6:55 am

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