The following statement below was originally published by the Communist Party of the Philippines:
Southern Tagalog Southern Tagalog Chapter – MAKIBAKA (MAKIBAKA)
May 12, 2012
“I realized that I am not the mother of my children only, but the mother of all the children of the oppressed peasantry…”
Pamela Jane ‘Ka Sol’Lapiz
Revolutionary Martyr of the New People’s Army
April 1966 – April 2012
Traditionally, the second Sunday of May is always commemorated as Mother’s Day, throughout the world mothers are remembered of their heroic deed. Thus the revolutionary forces of MAKIBAKA express its highest regards to all of its members who were mothers and those women who chose to be mothers of the oppressed. This occasion might be a bourgeois initiated commemoration but the fact that we’re going to commemorate this special day with the revolutionary mothers and martyrs makes all the difference. We will always treasure the undying compassion of mothers and women who have served their life for the revolution and the Protracted Peoples War.
All along in our semi-feudal and semi-colonial mothers are stereotyped to be at home attending the needs of her husband and children, and in some harshest condition they become the submissive servant of the entire family lineage.
Along with the pace by pace advancement of the Protracted People’s War, we sow the seeds of the revolution in the so-called basic unit of the society. We splinter to pieces the remnants of the old society and as we establish the new society brought by the National democratic Revolution, we build with a stronger foundation and equality amongst its members.
We give our highest salute to the revolutionary women cadres, red fighters, red commanders, and members of the revolutionary organizations. They have continued to break the traditional mothers that the patriarchal society have thought us, they are women and mothers without homes to tend, they are mothers with children to fed but have continuously feeding children whom were literally homeless and have long been forgotten by the US backed government. Their undying vocation for the revolution made them mothers of the oppressed peasant, workers and the broad masses. These are mothers that though not with their children physically, have preserved their families and have guided their children to be children of the revolution.
MAKIBAKA-TK also pays tribute to the entire revolutionary martyr, the mothers who unselfishly shared their time, love and life for the revolution and its children. Ka Soli, Ka Sol, and other martyrs have not only made their children orphan but they orphan the revolutionary forces and the masses that have considered them as their mothers also. Thus, our cause to liberate the country from imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism will carry on to be aflame by their children and its generation, until our nation democratic aspirations have reach its completion.