Fifty years ago this month an eruption of protests and violence in the streets of Manila, launched the heady, charged days of January to March 1970, a period that came to be known as the First Quarter Storm.
An odd, unpleasant photograph was taken forty-five years ago today. Imelda Marcos, the conjugal head of a two year old military dictatorship, intimately greeted the aged Chairman Mao who openly ogled the straightcut neckline of her terno.
The ruling opposition was thus mobilized for a particular reason -- to have their hands upon the reins of the inevitable dictatorship. The working class and exploited masses of the Philippines were mobilized for very different reasons: price hikes, runaway...
The famed 1971 seizure of the UP Diliman campus and the formation of the ‘Diliman Commune’ was part of a coordinated campaign of barricades erected by the KM and SDK throughout Manila and beyond.