Ateneans for Noynoy Aquino: A red socialist flag amidst the yellow ribbons in Katipunan Avenue

I was walking in an overpass in Katipunan avenue that stretches from National Bookstore to Gate 2.5 of Ateneo. A saw an Ateneo faculty member and I guess some students handing out yellow ribbons to passing cars at the U-turn bottleneck. Amidst the yellow and white is a curious sight: a red flag with two Filipino words: “_____ Sosyalista”. I can only remember the English translation I made in my mind: Socialist Foundry. In the flag is a hand holding a hammer.

I was curious. I went to the guy carrying the flag. I asked them what group does he represent. He mentioned the name emblazoned in his flag. I asked him how is his group related to Noynoy Aquino for president campaign. He answered that his group supports the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino.

I am really suspicious of the word “socialist” in large red flags. I see these large red flags in leftist rallies. I think one reason for such large flags is to compensate for their little numbers. A group of ten people carrying one large red flag each, when viewed close-up by a cameraman for TV news broadcast, would appear a force to reckon with. But if you look at them from a distance and do a head count, you are lucky to get ten or more. And they use these large megaphones calling for the rejection of the present government system, which is a odd since Lisa Maza of Gabriela and Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna are joining the senatorial race. This is a departure from Mao Tse Tung’s strategy of conquering the countrysides and then constricting the cities from without. I think the Philippine Left’s strategy now is to infiltrate the government system and use the government’s money to fund the Left’s conversion of the countryside. Communism is a Atheism, a godless religion. Communism was condemned by Pope Pius XII in 1948 and all who support it are excommunicated, e.g. Fidel Castro. But the condemnation is only for communism and not for socialism. And Satur Ocampo and Lisa Maza may call themselves simply as socialists, not communists. But I am still suspicious of those who call themselves socialists.

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

7 Responses to Ateneans for Noynoy Aquino: A red socialist flag amidst the yellow ribbons in Katipunan Avenue

  1. AFN fan #1 says:

    i was there. the red flag that you saw is a party list. peace.

  2. Allan says:

    Maybe these Leftists finally learned what Saul Alinsky is preaching, “the end justifies all means”. Whatever way they can think of to influence and change the status quo. Maybe this is a good thing. To bring the leftists movement, the likes of CPP NPA to maintream politics will finally end the armed struggle and bring peace to our land.

  3. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    I still look forward to the final end of communism. Communists stole the Christian idea of “from each according to his need; to each according to his ability” from Acts 4:34-37. This is practiced by the religious orders; they do it out of free will. This cannot be enforced from without through the government.

  4. blackshama says:

    Are you sure these people know what socialism is really about? And I don’t think the Philippine Left’s brand of Maoist-Leninism will be bought by the people. Communism is a FOREIGN imposition on the Filipino people and Jose Maria Sison never truly understood that.

    Communism is not godless. It creates its own gods. It is an idolatrous religion if we look at the ideology in that way.

  5. Jonny says:

    I’ve observed this as swell. Socialism and liberalism go hand in hand. Both a nesting ground for Communism.

  6. me says:

    well what you were seeing may have not been a socialist party becuase of the new change in flags the socialist have noticed that communist and nazis have red flags so socialist made there own flag with a hand holding a red rose.The socialist party though repusents all persons being equal.This includes how much people get paid and lowering the gap of how much money the big corps are makeing say if they make 10 billion dalliors the people get about half of that to pay for heath-care,dentel work, and to lower the middle classes taxes. In the socialist socity there is only the middle class and the people accully runs the contry unlike the united states where the rich and the big corps run the contry. Just so you know socialist and communist are not the same party communists contrys have pritty much complete power of who works where and where people live like a dictatior ship. But scoialist nations don’t work that way the people get to work and live where they want to.A socialist government is for the people run by the people like hoe democracy should be.

  7. me says:

    oh and don’t worry about who calls them selfs socialist if the people support what the people get like heathcare coverage dental lower taxes for free.Socialist are basicly people who want the best for sociaty not just for them-selves.Higher taxes on weathy little to none on the middle class if you have noticed yet there are not real entire socialist nations yet.

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