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Celebrate the militant resistance of Filipino women fighting against imperialism! 

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On this International Working Women’s Day, Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle (FFPS) celebrates the long militant struggle of the Filipino women against imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism.

Together with all oppressed and exploited Filipino masses, Filipino women are suffering severely under the semi-colonial and semi-feudal conditions. Peasant women face extreme exploitation and land grabbing by big landlords, while also being terrorized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in their ‘counterinsurgency’ war against the New People’s Army (NPA). Working class women face worsening contractualization and low-wages. When they resist this, they experience red-tagging and other forms of violent repression from the AFP. Women also particularly suffer from patriarchal oppression ranging from sexual violence and unpaid reproductive labour, which serves the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. 

Against this oppression and exploitation, women have been anything but passive. Throughout the entire history of the Philippines women have rebelled. One of the strong organizations of militant women is the Patriotic Movement of New Women or MAKIBAKA. Founded in 1970, MAKIBAKA was declared illegal by the US-Marcos Sr. dictatorship. Today, as an allied organization of the NDFP, it works to organize Filipino women to wage revolution against the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. It also helps build the new People’s Democratic Government in the organs of political power. 

Many Filipino women have joined the NPA. The NPA doesn’t discriminate between the genders and has many women regular Red fighters and NPA leaders. Alongside their male comrades, these women give all their effort to serving the Filipino people. They organize and help local communities, while also fighting off the fascist AFP. In this fight many of these heroes have been martyred,  like Hannah Jay “Ka Maya” Cesista and Emarie “Ka Jandy” Pastidio. Ka Maya, a young lawyer from Cebu, was murdered on February 23rd as part of the Bohol Massacre. Ka Jandy died serving the people of Negros island, even as the fascist AFP kidnapped her son, Baby Marx Cairo. These women dedicated their lives to the national and social liberation of Filipinos, and have made the ultimate sacrifice. This shows that women are and have always been an integral part of the cause of national liberation from U.S. imperialism.

We as FFPS give our highest salute to MAKIBAKA and all Filipino women in struggle! We salute all the women martyrs, knowing that their examples will inspire countless others to fight against patriarchy, state fascism, feudalism, and imperialism and for national and social liberation!

Long live the militant resistance of Filipino women! 

Long live MAKIBAKA!

Women hold up half the sky!

Support the revolutionaries and defend the bases of the people’s army!