I read recently about the whole stink being raised about six Filipino “activists” being summarily kicked out of South Korea on the basis of their being seen as potential troublemakers. This comes as South Korea goes on high alert with the coming meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 leading world economies in a summit to be held in Seoul next week.
Those who got the Korean boot were described as “union officers and civil society activists” and the South Korean government stands accused of acting “[w]ithout knowing about or even considering the work these people have done in the past” and “denouncing them all as impure elements or dangerous individuals” without clear bases.
The blog People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy listed the following among those deported on grounds their being in some sort of government “blacklist”:
– Joseph Puruganan, Focus on the Global South
– Josua Fred Tolentino Mata, Secretary General, Alliance of Progressive Labor (ALP)
– Rogelio Maliwat Soluta, Secretary General, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)
– Jesus Mannuel Santiago, progressive Filipino singer
– Tatcee Macabuang, Migrant Forum on Asia (MFA)
Just looking at the names of the organisations to which these people are associated with, one can’t help but think: C-O-M-M-U-N-I-S-T. I suppose it’s not surprising then that a state that is living under a constant threat of warfare erupting with a belligerent communist state to its north would be averse to the idea of letting such people simply walk off a plane and onto its soil.
Take the Kilusang Mayo Uno (literally “May 1 Movement”, the first of May being Labour Day in the Philippines) to which this guy “Rogelio Maliwat Soluta” is “Secretary General” of. Bulatlat.com is outwardly peeved that the KMU is being made out to be a lackey of the Communist Party of the Philippines:
The labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) has been specifically targeted in OBL, being labeled as a “front organization” of the Communist Party of the Philippines / New Peoples Army (CPP/NPA). Most of the 93 extra-judicially killed from the labor sector under Arroyo were KMU leaders, organizers and activists. Many have also reportedly fallen victim to enforced disappearances.
And yet nowhere in the article can be found any explicit denial of this being the case. You’d think that a supposedly unfair portrayal of the KMU as a “front” of the CPP/NPA would be vehemently denied in writing by the editors of Bulatlat, wouldn’t you?
Indeed, if we look further back, the KMU figures quite significantly in CPP/NPA propaganda literature…
It was on May 1, 1981 that the KMU was formed. The workers, unions and mass leaders that were tempered and grew in influence as they waged trade union struggles closely linked with the antidictatorship struggle, formed the backbone of KMU. Six trade union federations and more than 100 unions participated in the founding of KMU.
… where there is some implying that these are all part of an over-arching “fight” being waged by the CPP/NPA…
[…] the working class, the trade union movement under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines is far more determined and prepared to fight against the new forms of exploitation of the imperialists and its local lackeys.
…that seems to be organised much the same way as any underground illegal organisation would be…
[…] solid organising and the organisation of party cells and branches
Indeed, though today there is a veneer of legitimacy that surrounds the Left, it probably won’t be too surprising to find that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is…
Alliances are being established along revolutionary lines […]
More so considering that old habits die hard…
Cadres are being systematically deployed to the countryside to join the New Peoples Army.
Another one of those things that make one go hmmmm…. The authors of CPP/NPA propaganda also take great care to word their blurbs in such a way that there can be no literal construing of some formal relationship between these labour groups and the Party. But then, I don’t think too many people (at least among those who think) — and certainly not the Koreans — were born yesterday.
What are these commie bozos gonna do? Make a big stink about this? I don’t think they will find too many people who will be sympathetic to a cause that has largely been discredited as a tragic blight in the modern history of humanity.