Satur Ocampo and Rex Robles have emerged as among the country’s leading political thinkers. Both are compassionate nationalists. They share the same measure of zeal in fighting for freedom; the goal to uplift the poor are similarly placed in their hearts and minds even as they both dream of reforming government and a corrupt bureaucracy.
Ocampo and Robles were principal characters in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship. More similarities can be said about them but all these stop with their respective political philosophies. Ocampo is Left-leaning, while Robles is linked to the Right.
Ocampo was co-founder of the communist National Democratic Front (NDF), while Robles helped organize the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM), a fierce anti-communist organization of military officers.
As the country celebrates its 113th Independence Day on Sunday, Ocampo and Robles gave some insights about pertinent issues related to the celebration.
Ocampo, who served nine years as congressman representing the Bayan Muna Party-list, believes both the elder and younger generations of Filipinos still value the essence of the celebration. However, the youth of Sunday may have to be “properly educated on our history of struggle as a people” to embed in them the significance of June 12.
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