Edwin Batongbacal

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Edwin Batongbacal


Edwin Batongbacal was a member of the U.S.-based socialist organization, Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino aka Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP), in the 1980s.[1]

He now serves as Director of Adult and Older Adult Service for the Community Behavioral Health Services. Edwin Batongbacal serves as a Member of Governing Board at San Francisco Health Plan.

Education

Activist schoolmates

Boy Morales was a Ten-Outstanding-Young-Men awardee turned Communist rebel, who was able to bring together a left-liberal alliance against the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines in the early eighties. Edwin Batongbacal's activist schoolmates from De La Salle University signed up to be members of his staff in the underground. [2]

Recruitment

But at the very beginning for Edwin Batongbacal was kasamang Maita Gomez.

I had just graduated in 1979 with my degree in Industrial Management Engineering, and had begun working for a multinational computer firm, Burroughs Corporation, in Makati, when a close activist friend asked me to serve as a driver in Manila for an underground figure in the movement. That figure turned out to be Maita, the former Miss Philippines-World who mysteriously disappeared from the country’s elite social scene a few years earlier, rumored to have joined the leftist New People’s Army in the countryside. I was starting a corporate career and was leaving my anti-Marcos, student activist days behind me, but in those weeks that I served as her driver in the city, Maita turned me back to the struggle for national democracy. We talked morning until night about the unjust situation in the country, and about dedicating ourselves to fighting tyranny and oppression, in behalf of workers, peasants and other marginalized sectors of society. She took me on my first trip to a guerilla zone in Nueva Ecija province, where the New People’s Army was empowering poor peasants to fight feudal exploitation and military abuses. Maita opened my eyes to a new calling, and before long, I was introduced by her to my new political work collective. I began shuttling back and forth between Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija and Bulacan provinces, carrying out tasks full-time for the movement and the revolution.

And when he later came to the U.S., and continued his activism through the KDP, his next leader was Geline Avila, who was high up in the KDP’s senior executive leadership, as well as the National Coordinator of the Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship. [3]

To the US

Edwin Batongbacal moved to the US in 1980 and became a member of the Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino, or KDP.[4]

Oakland comrades

Edwin Batongbacal and Geline Avila lived together for a time in a housing collective of KDP activists – a rented apartment, in Oakland, California, in which all shared expenses and household duties.

Geline was principled and consistent in pointing out to me back then the many instances in my political and personal life when I was my exercising my male and class privileges.

Ang Katipunan

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Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship

Edwin Batongbacal, was in 1986 a coordinator of the Los Angeles chapter of the leftist Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship.[5]

Serving with "Ka Rexie"

Luisito Balgos de la Cruz aka "Ka Rexie", was executive committee member of the eastern central Luzon regional organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Edwin Batongbacal served as his aide when he was with the region’s communication and logistics support branch, and followed his lead during his early days in the underground after college. [6]

Cuba

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Edwin Batongbacal travelled to Cuba circa 2013 on a "research and educational" trip, OK'd by the U.S. government.

Filipino-American Human Rights Alliance

Edwin Batongbacal, Filipino-American Human Rights Alliance, 2016.

References

  1. [http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-fighting-filipinas, The Fighting Filipinas Edwin Batongbacal Book Review: Women Against Marcos: Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought a Dictator By Mila de Guzman]
  2. [http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-fighting-filipinas, The Fighting Filipinas Edwin Batongbacal Book Review: Women Against Marcos: Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought a Dictator By Mila de Guzman]
  3. The Fighting Filipinas Edwin Batongbacal Book Review: Women Against Marcos: Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought a Dictator By Mila de Guzman
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  6. [http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-fighting-filipinas, The Fighting Filipinas Edwin Batongbacal Book Review: Women Against Marcos: Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought a Dictator By Mila de Guzman]