An invitation to new scientists, technologists, and engineers
Scientists and engineers, impart your knowledge!
Serve the oppressed and the exploited!
Liga ng Agham para sa Bayan (LAB), an organization of patriotic scientists, technologists, and engineers, working for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines through armed struggle, warmly salutes you graduates and congratulates you as you ready yourself towards becoming a full-fledged scientist, technologist, or engineer.
Despite deepening economic crisis in our country and in the world over, you struggled very hard to surpass all sorts of problems inside and outside the school, from looking for matriculation funds and buying or acquiring books to persistent efforts to obtain the knowledge that is not accessible to the majority.
It is undeniable that the seemingly unfathomable crisis causing the lack of jobs or the low income of your parents motivated many of you to try very hard to finish college. This comes with the hope that there are enough jobs awaiting you, high-paying jobs at that. This hope may be true to some of you but a nightmare to majority of the Filipinos especially those who have not even entered formal schools.
We are now facing an ostensibly endless economic crisis brought about by centuries of colonization and neocolonization, a situation where only imperialists and their local puppets benefit from our rich natural resources. In a semicolonial society such as ours, science and technology remains backward because its growth would conflict the interest of imperialist countries like the U.S. who is now practically controlling advanced science and technology. They dump their surplus products, like food, electronic gadgets, and cars, while they continue to extract our natural resources to bleed for their cheap source of raw materials.
On the other hand, our peasant brothers in the countryside, aside from bearing the brunt of low agricultural productivity, are tied to a feudal system of production. They are slaved by big landlords while the latter continue to reap riches through its connivance with comprador bourgeoisie.
The current state of our society should serve as a challenge to you while you struggle to realize your dream of becoming a scientist, a technologist, or an engineer. This dream of yours can only happen meaningfully if you unpretentiously make use of your acquired knowledge and skills for the Filipino people. The bulk of them are in the countryside, the oppressed peasants who have long been waiting for help, hungry of scientific education, while in urban areas exploited workers are burdened with very low wages and lack of social services like decent housing or shelter, health care, water supply, and electricity. They should be the ones benefiting from the fruits of advanced science and technology.
We urge you to continue your education not just on advanced science and technology but more importantly on the society where your science and technology must impact on. We invite you to study with us; let us understand and develop further the science of revolution, and apply this for the majority of the Filipinos’ advantage. You are welcome to send us a message at LABphils@gmail.com so that we can work together for the good of our country.
Again, our most ceremonious salute to you new scientists, technologists, and engineers of the Philippines. Mabuhay kayo!
Support the armed revolution for freedom and democracy in the Philippines! Down with the U.S.-Arroyo regime!
Liga ng Agham para sa Bayan
September 01, 2008