(Para sa mga Atenistang naging tunay na mamamayan para sa bayan, para kay James Balaquiao, at Edgar Jopson)

Is there something wrong with one becoming a rebel?
Is there something wrong with one becoming a Katipunan, a HUKBALAHAP, a NPA rebel?
Is there something wrong with National Liberation and the Armed Struggle?

Is there something with Ateneans becoming a rebel and join THE People’s Army?

Is there something wrong with Edgar Jopson, the Jesuit-trained EdJop
who fought a dictator and an imperialist cohort by organizing in the countryside?

Is there something wrong with James Balaquiao,and the praises that he got
from Fr. Phelan who said, “…he died for his country,” the James who captured poverty in his art?

Is there something wrong with Ted Palacio, accused of being a rebel,
an Ateneo computer professor; Or other technical savvy middle class wanting to be men and women for others?

Is there something wrong with wanting to be free and accepting the armed struggle?

Is there something wrong with Andress Bonifacio and his Katipunan;
Or Gabriela Silang who fought Spanish Invaders and their local cohorts?

Is there something wrong with Macario Sakay and his armed liberation army?
Is there something wrong with Simeon Ola of Albay;
Or their nameless-but-with-many-names comrades fighting the American invaders and local cohorts?

Is there something wrong with one becoming a rebel and join THE People’s Army?
Is there something wrong with the Hukbalahap and their communist organizers?
Is there something wrong with the Tangcong Vaca Gerilya Unit of Cres-Ancianos and the Juan-Mirandas of Naga City;
Or their nameless-but-with-many-names comrades fighting the Japanese invader and local cohorts?

Is there something wrong with being a rebel?
Is there something wrong with the THE People’s Army?
Is there something wrong with the Katipunan and the HUKBALAHAP?
Is there something wrong with rebels in a revolution?

Is there something wrong with leaving one’s name and replacing it with the many names
of the working class?

Or perhaps, there is something wrong with people who belittle those who rebel wanting
to be free….

pmcalara@hotmail.com

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