For Atty. Evalyn Ursua and other advocates of Philippine sovereignty

this exchange of fire was never about one woman alone.
Our banner was being ripped from its pole
as her clothes were being torn from her,
but she was never our colors’ sole carrier.
She was not the first to fall prey to uniformed night beasts
from “the great humanitarian North American nation”,
and there will be many more who will wake on a pile of garbage
by the boardwalk, stripped almost to the bone
so long as uniformed bearers of the Stars and Stripes
are allowed to run around like mad beasts
in our own land.
The fight can rage on even without her,
it should rage on even without her!

Let us march on in pursuit of the honor and justice
that have long eluded us.

Alexander Martin Remollino

Alexander Martin Remollino was's associate editor. He was a poet, essayist, and journalist. He also wrote some short fiction.

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