Continuing the Struggle that Reuben Fought For
I have never met Reuben personally and have only known about him (e.g., his work with the workers and labor unions) thru NGO friends in Cebu. Having been given a great opportunity to be a father of his two sons Daniel and Rafael at their very young age of 1 and 2 1/2, respectively; the opportunity to know closely and be endeared with his siblings (especially Belen and Noemi and their respective families here in Manila) for the last 15 years that I have married VIda and fathered Pael and Daniel, I'm sure Reuben is a great man as described by all who have loved and knew him.
The world and the Philippines may have changed and the context , the approaches and methodologies in effecting societal change have broadened, widened and diversified, but the basic struggle that Reuben fought for such as freedom and justice, especially the fight towards reducing poverty, good governance in state institutions, and the quest for peace and development in Mindanao and the Philippines in general, the struggle for human security, etc
., remains essentially the same. Reuben did not die in vain. Many have continued to pursue the struggles he fought for.
I'm doing my little share on my own in my NGO developmental work with small farmers and other marginalized sectors (e.g., women, Muslim communities, indigenous peoples, etc.) which Pael and Daniel are quiet aware of and understands very well. They are great young boys that I'm sure Reuben is very proud of! Close