From InterAksyon (Dec 1): RED BOOK MEETS FACEBOOK | Revolution bridges generations in Melito Glor Command
Jaime 'Ka Diego' Padilla, spokesman of the NPA's Melito Glor Command, and Ka Katryn. (photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com)
In a New People’s Army camp in the Sierra Madre, invited journalists saw young guerrillas armed with MacBook Pros, one of them managing the Facebook account of RED BOOK MEETS FACEBOOK | Revolution bridges generations in Melito Glor Command, new spokesman of the Melito Glor Command.
If Padilla, 69, is the familiar face of the revolution, young cadres like the social media savvy college graduate Ka Katryn, 24, are the new.
“Ang old dog mahirap turuan ng bagong tricks (It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks),” Ka Diego said, admitting it would be difficult to navigate the world of social media without his young comrades.
Two generations decades apart bound together in the almost half-century armed struggle in the countryside, the old, the link to history, the young giving new blood to the movement.
Almost 50 years since the longest armed struggle in Asia was launched, the faces -- and technologies -- of the revolution may have changed, but the causes that drive their struggle, such as genuine land reform, nationalist industrialization, social equity, said Ka Diego, have not.
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