MANILA, Philippines – Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) commemorated the birthday of national hero Andres Bonifacio on Friday by conducting a nationwide protest.
KMU blasted President Benigno Aquino III for allegedly having no love of country, unlike the great plebian and working-class hero.
The protesters brought with them an effigy of the president who they depicted as an "American Boy".
KMU chairperson Elmer Labog claimed that Filipinos are in a worse situation now because the administration only caters to the interest of a handful of wealthy Filipinos and foreigners.
Labog criticized the current administration on a number of issues, including stingy increases in minimum wage, massive contractualization, continuing a so-called bogus agrarian reform program, expanded operations of mining and logging companies in the country, and the increased presence of the US military in the Philippines.
Joining KMU are other allied groups under umbrella organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. Organizers estimate the crowd to reach 10,000.
The group was blocked by police along Kalaw Avenue as they made their way to the US embassy. The protesters plan to hold a short program before marching to Mendiola.