Theses on Halalan 2022 [en]

Editorial note from Bandilang Itim

This is an edited anthology of collected notes from comrades critical of Halanan 2022, the 2022 Philippine General Elections. “KonTRAPOlitiko” is not an organization, nor is it our collective name. Rather, KonTRAPOlitiko is the name we give to our anger: “Kontra” meaning “against,” “TRAPO” meaning “traditional politician,” and “politiko” meaning politician. Thus “kontra-politiko” could be translated as “anti-politician.” We the authors are not all anarchists, but we are united in our anger and contempt of the politicians. Because this is an anthology of sorts, certain themes in some theses are repeated in others, but on a whole we have tried to curb repitition and arrange these in a thematic way.


Mar 22, 2022 Read the whole text... 32 pp.

How to Fire Your Boss A Workers’ Guide to Direct Action [en]

“I don’t know of anything that can be applied that will bring as much satisfaction to you, and as much anguish to the boss, as a little sabotage in the right place at the right time.”

— “Big” Bill Haywood, Industrial Workers of the World.


Feb 27, 2022 Read the whole text... 18 pp.

Paano Sisantehin si Bossing Isang Gabay ng mga Manggagawa para sa Direct Action [tl]

“Wala akong ibang maisip na pwedeng isagawa na mas makakapagbigay ng ligaya sa iyo, at mas makaka-hassel sa amo niyo, bukod sa kaunting sabotahe sa tamang lugar at sa tamang oras.”

— “Big” Bill Haywood, Industrial Workers of the World.


Feb 27, 2022 Read the whole text... 19 pp.

Andrea Alakran
Reflections on Fil-Am History Month From an Autonomist Filipinx [en]

Where do I begin? I was born in the Philippines almost three decades ago. My story there is brief — by the time I was two years old, I’d already migrated with my parents to the United States.


Oct 29, 2020 Read the whole text... 4 pp.

Adrienne Cacatian
Wrath Over Pride A call-out post to “radical” cis (het) men and their inadequacy in gender struggles [en]

I want to talk about gender issues in “progressive/radical/revolutionary spaces” before Pride Month ends because it’s so important. I need to call out cis (het) men[1] in radical/progressive spaces—especially the anarchist, Marxist, or generally progressive men that I see around or know.


Jul 8, 2020 Read the whole text... 8 pp.

To Be Queer is to Love All A Perspective on Queer Activism and Anarchism in the Philippines [en]

Content and trigger warning: This text discusses physical, mental, and sexual abuse, discrimination, and murder committed against queer people.


Jul 1, 2020 Read the whole text... 23 pp.

Lords and Kings [en]

Humans have not progressed as much as they believe since the feudal ages. Even today, we worship Lords and Kings as if they were god. The titles may have changed – we call them CEOs and Presidents and Ministers now – but their offices and functions are pretty much the same. And therefore, the injustices and inequalities, the oppressions and cruelties perpetrated, are pretty much the same. Humans believe they have the right to rule over us, simply because they said so.


Apr 5, 2020 Read the whole text... 3 pp.

Simoun Magsalin
Against a Quarantine with Martial Law Characteristics [en]

The Opportunism of Martial Law

In March 2020, the people of the archipelago known as the Philippines were alarmed at the rate of local transmission of the disease known as COVID-19. On March 12, police and military forces were mobilized to enforce a community quarantine for the whole of Metro Manila scheduled to start on the midnight of March 15. This quarantine was later generalized for the whole island of Luzon, a population of some 53 million souls. That the mobilization of the state’s apparatus of violence was more noticeable than the mobilization of medical and social resources is telling of the administration’s priorities.


Apr 2, 2020 Read the whole text... 13 pp.

Adobong Anarkiya
An Anarchist and Filipino Diaspora Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic [en]

It has been 2–3 months since the COVID-19 virus had spread across the world infecting hundreds of thousands and killing tens of thousands, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic. Within that span of time, places of work and schools here and abroad have shut down, effectively leaving people at risk of losing their jobs and becoming evicted from their homes.


Mar 30, 2020 Read the whole text... 5 pp.

Simoun Magsalin
Towards an Anarchism in the Philippine Archipelago [en]

There is a necessity for a liberatory politics in the Archipelago known as the Philippines and as anarchists we think Anarchism has the framework to fill this need. The dominant forms of politics we have now are insufficient for developing a liberatory politics in the archipelago. This liberatory politics becomes a necessity because politics in the Philippines is currently an alienating affair—a politics done to people rather than people doing politics. We are also dominated by domineering structures and institutions like the market, capitalism, and the state. Against these we forward the liberatory politics of anarchism for a world beyond domination.


Mar 30, 2020 Read the whole text... 38 pp.