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.
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.
[For more photos of Crisanto’s burial, check this page.]
They are the people that we remember. Long live the honored dead!