A music video shared by the page BBM SARA – Tigre at Agila page showed a video clip from the infamous Mendiola Massacre. The video claims that it was Cory Aquino’s administration that treated the farmers unjustly, hence, the protest. The Mendiola Massacre, or Black Thursday as some call it, was a violent dispersal of a farmers’ protest that took place at Mendiola Street, Manila.
Just a year after the ouster of then dictator Ferdinand Marcos, a devastated national economy and conflicts with separatists in Mindanao plagued the newly-installed administration. Land reform programs during the Marcos regime failed miserably due to long-term abuses of cronies to the farmers.
President Aquino issued EO 229 to address the problem but the failure in its implementation disappointed the farmers causing them to protest.
Despite the advice of then Agrarian Reform Minister Heherson Alvarez to wait for the 1986 Philippine Constitution to take effect, the farmers grew suspicious due to alleged indecisiveness.
On January 22, 1987, the protesters decided to March from Quezon Memorial Circle to Malacañang Palace to express their demands.
The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas led by Jaime Tadeo was joined by other militant groups Kilusang Mayo Uno, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, League of Filipino Students, and Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod.
Tension grew as the protesters drew near Malacañang, which prompted the law enforcers to set up multiple lines of defense. However, the barricades could not contain around 15,000 restless marchers.
The violent dispersal resulted to 13 deaths and at least 70 injured.
The lyrics of the song published by BBM SARA – Tigre at Agila page is a twisted version of “Di Niyo Ba Naririnig,” which was originally translated to Filipino by Vincent A. De Jesus from Les Miserable’s “Do You Hear the People Sing?” The earlier Filipino version was accepted as a de facto marching song against the impunity of Marcos’ and Duterte’s regimes.
The Facebook Page BBM SARA – Tigre at Agila was previously named Bongbong Marcos for President until it was changed on February 10, 2022.
Tagalog Lyrics by Beki Baguio
Performed by Musikero sa Bukid https://www.facebook.com/musikerosabukid/
In collaboration with The Adobo Chronicles https://www.facebook.com/TheAdoboChronicles/