Iskolar ng Bayan, Laging Lumalaban

(Written for Tembtation column)

“Uh la la, Oreta puta ka!” was among the most memorable chants that our group shouted on our way to Mendiola last January 20. A cute and brave girl behind me started it: I overheard her as she recited it while she and a friend were chatting during the earlier part of the march. After some prodding, the girl was convinced to lead the chanting of the anti-Tessie Oreta line. Eventually, almost the whole UP group was crying “Uh, la la, Oreta puta ka!” We surely shocked a good number of manangs every time we passed a crowd of onlookers and sympathizers.