Hindi ako magbibigay ng opinyon tungkol sa nangyaring massacre ng mga police forces natin. Pakinggan mo lang ang talumpati ng Pangulo at maiitindihan mo agad kung anong klaseng pamahalaan ang may hawak sa mga kapangyarihan ng estado. Hindi mo na kailangan talaga ng college degree para hatulan ang katinuan ng mga nasa kapangyarihan.
Gusto ko lang magbaliktanaw sa isa sa mga least famous chapters ng ating kasaysayan- the 56 Sakdalistas massacred on holy grounds by government forces.
The Sakdalista movement originated in Cabuyao, Laguna, and was founded by the writer Benigno Ramos in 1930. He used to work for the big men of Malacañan Palace as speech writer and adviser. The Sakdalistas were advocating for reforms that would help the peasants and the poor, and above all, the immediate Philippine independence from American rule. The movement appealed so much to the masa that the party won many important municipal offices and three seats in the House of Representatives.
As the United States and Philippine government worked together on exploiting the Filipinos, the Sakdalista worked harder and became more forceful in their fight against corruption and exploitation that they started to organize an uprising.
There was significant number of rebels but not enough to topple down the government. The uprisings that began on May 1, 1935 ended abruptly on May 3. There were 69 deaths reported at the end of the day, 56 of which were Sakdalistas who were massacred on holy grounds in front the of San Policarpio Church. Many others were imprisoned.
Honest men were killed because the government could not support the welfare of its citizens, so they had to kill their own kin.
The 56 were long-forgotten in our history. If they were remembered, they were vilified in textbooks and treatises of historians who licked the disgusting feet of despicable half-bloods in the government.
56 men lost their lives for their country. They died because of the government. Ngayon na lamang nabigyan ng karangalan ang mga taong ito.
Ngayon, 44 na tao ang namatay dahil ginagawa nila ang kanilang duty sa bayan. Isipin niyo na lang ang kasaysayan natin. Isipin niyo na lang kung ano ang ginagawa ng pamahalaan. Kailangan ko pa bang sabihin sa inyo kung sino ang dapat magbayad ng lahat ng ito?