May 1 marked another annual holiday to celebrate the hardships and relevance of workers all over the globe. Labour Day, orginated from the the eight-hour day movement. This movement pushed for equal hours of work, (eight hours) recreation and (eight hours) of rest.
In the Philippines, May 1 is also known as the International Workers’ Day. Interestingly, instead of resting, workers did a different kind of ‘celebration.’ The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) rallied in Mendiola and wore red shirts. This was an effort against the regime of President Noynoy Aquino. The BMP expressed anger against the country’s president for not living up to its promises to eradicate corruption. BMP also voiced out concerns on power rates and tax breaks.
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