An Anarchist and Autonomous Community-Based Resource Center in Muntinlupa City (Manila south), Philippines
Last April 27 2013, a group of politicians with their aids and supporters stormed Onsite community in Muntinlupa City; they were armed with colorful propaganda materials, loud sound system combined with sweet talks and fake smiles.
They shook hands with people who are characterized by “culture of silence”; they tend to keep issues within themselves and generally avoid confrontation with the politicians.
The beauty of spontaneity lies in its unpredictability. The politicians encountered unexpected things which exposed their ignorance. First, they unable to react to bulletin board set-up by Onsite Infoshop volunteers; it deals about the inability of the politicians and local officials to respond to flood that regularly occurs in the community.
Then, they met a well articulate and tenacious volunteer who discussed flood problem and its relationship to the changing pattern of the climate. He told politicians to pay attention to more serious issues such as heavy metal contamination of the biggest lake in Southeast Asia (Laguna Lake, which is few meters away from the community) caused by industries in its surrounding.
Flood, pollution and ignorance of the people to their actual situation are the inter-related issues in our community where Onsite Infoshop currently operates.
People should be acquainted with issues they directly confront on the daily basis. Elections and politicians proved nothing in terms of improving our lives; poverty, ignorance; environmental destruction, hunger and social injustice persist. Politicians come and go without changing anything.